Moog have announced a limited re-release of three of their big modular synths from the 70s: the System 55, the System 35, and the Model 15. They’ve been lovingly re-created, conforming to the original product specifications, and using the original manufacturing processes (such as ye olde hand-wiring).
So what are you going to do about it? You’re going to buy me the System 55, that’s what. It’s only $35 000, so don’t be stingy, have a whip-around and get me one before some one-fingered investment banker who thinks he’s God’s gift to electronic music blows his bonus on it, before losing interest three days later.
In return I promise to take it on stage, play some amazing solos, and then stick knives in it so it makes funny noises and then blows up. Not even Keith Emerson stuck knives into his Moog modular (I think — or did he?)
If you can’t stretch to the System 55 then at least get me the Model 15 (a snip at at $10k), so as not to embarrass yourself and to prevent any funny looks at the club. Come on, 10k is just pocket money, so stop pulling that face.
If you really insist on spinning me some sob story about how money is tight and you’ve had to sell off another yacht then I’ll also settle for you just buying a CD, okay, spare me the details, just buy the CD, but bear in mind that Jake’s vintage guitar collection doesn’t grow on trees. (Made out of trees, sure, quite a lot of them in fact, but someone has to make them, preferably 50 years ago.)
Pity this guy disappeared from the music industry — if they replaced 99% of all rap songs ever made with this sort of thing then the 90s would have been much more enjoyable.
The Classic Rock Society have had to cancel the PB2/Cloud Atlas gig this Saturday that we were doing support for. Have only just heard. Obviously this is a real disappointment for us as we had been working hard on putting together a brilliant set. There may be another CRS slot next year though.
Apologies to anyone who has bought tickets, I expect you’ll be able to get your money back from the CRS. I’ll also send anyone in that position a free ‘Honey and Lava’ CD, just e-mail us.
Our drummer Ed also plays in a hardcore prog metal band called Taken by the Tide. They’ve got the first track on Metal Hammer’s cover CD this month. They’re on tour next week (the last week of August), so if you’re into the heavier side of things go check them out. They’re playing Manchester, Nottingham, Basingstoke, Swansea, Bristol, Belper and Brighton.
Check out their Facebook page for tour dates.
How is it that these things have come together? I’m a massive fan of satirical musical genius Rob J. Madin (creator of YouTube sensation Brett Domino). And then he goes and does a cover of a Genesis song from Selling England By The Pound. It’s ‘More Fool Me’, admittedly not a very proggy song, but still, what a combo.
As one of the commentators notes, the production is done in such a way that you can really hear that it’s a Phil Collins song.
Yes, there really were bands and videos like this in the late 70’s.
Next Thursday at The Maze in Nottingham (3 April 2014) our bassist Mick will be playing with his instrumental prog band Red Bazar, along with reformed 70’s proggers The Tirith.
Details here. Facebook page here.
From what I can see Red Bazar will be on first, followed by The Tirith about 9:30.
Here’s where things are at the moment. We’ve recorded all the drum tracks for our second album, and also all the bass tracks. That all went really well. Recording the drums in good acoustic spaces meant they came out much better than the home recorded drums on our first album (which did end up sounding good, but that required a lot of work). Jake has recorded the majority of the guitar tracks as well. We’ve got going with the editing and mixing, but there’s a lot to do (and I’m rather fussy about taking the time to get it sounding right). Also, the keyboard parts still have to be done (and as I don’t just slap down a bit of basic organ that’s also time-consuming). And of course the glorious vocals still need to change their status from currently non-existent to existent.
Also, at the moment all that has stalled because real-life is getting in the way for me, but come mid-April things will get going again. In the meantime Mick is getting on with doing the next Red Bazar album, Ed is busy playing with his metal bands, and Jake is busy finishing the guitar parts and telling me to hurry up and get on with the album. Ellie also has real life getting in the way, so she’s not harrassing me to get on with it.
We do have one song almost finished, apart from the vocals, and it sounds awesome!
There’s also some exciting news on the horizon for live prog in Nottingham, but I have to keep the details of that under my hat for a little longer.