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August 30, 2012

Indefinite Hiatus!

A few people have asked me what is going on with the blog, and the answer is a whole bunch of nothing!  I have had a lot going on lately, including fiction writing, being in a band, and working a day job.  Something had to give, and unfortunately it was this blog.  That doesn’t mean I don’t love you, but much like Sleater-Kinney, I am here to say the blog is on indefinite hiatus!!!

Please continue to support the bands and musicians listed here.  Wussy, Screaming Females, Rebecca Gates, White Mystery , and She Makes War all came out with new albums in 2012.  Go buy them if you haven’t yet.  But most importantly, keep rockin.

P.S.  Here’s a great blog called Underground Bee with a review of Wussy’s recent Chicago show.  Lots of pictures.  Enjoy!

May 6, 2012

Ut – Mosquito Botticello from In Gut’s House

May 6, 2012

Ut Live in Lyon

Ut playing live. Nina Canal on far left of screen playing guitar.

March 17, 2012

DIY IKEA Pedalboards

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my growing collection of pedalboards.  A Pedaltrain is tempting, but because they start at a hundred bucks for one of a decent size, I haven’t jumped on the possibility.  I came across a DIY trend this morning that’s intriguing.  There are quite a few people who make diy pedalboards out of a shelf from Ikea’s GORM shelving unit.  You can see examples in the Harmony Central forums here.

Oh, Ikea, what can’t you do?

March 2, 2012

Guitareste In Hibernation

I’ve been a little absent lately, and for that I apologize.  But!  Never fear, I am still playing and thinking about music.  My little student ensemble group is getting ready for another performance this weekend.  We’re covering Wire, Gang of Four, and PiL.  And yes, we will be doing the most excellent song Mannequin (See Grass Widow’s lovely version below.)


February 4, 2012

Check out this blog post by an MFA student at Naropa. She discusses her poetry class with Thurston Moore.

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by Katie Ingegneri

When I came to Boulder last January to start my MFA at the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, I didn’t know…anything. Even though I had been writing since I was a small child in Concord, Massachusetts (a trip to the Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott and her family, inspired my first ghost story when I was a student at Alcott Elementary School), and spent most of my only-child life devouring books, the desire to become a writer only hit me sometime around the end of my third year of undergrad. After a highly academic, theory-intensive college experience, and given my love of deceased writers like Kerouac, Vonnegut, and Ginsberg, I thought I knew writers and writing. I knew names, I knew concepts. But I didn’t know what the scene was going to look like in the world I was placing myself into at Naropa.

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February 1, 2012

Stay Tuned!

Coming up in future Guitareste goodness…

1)  This weekend I’ll be posting an interview with Sara Landeau of The Julie Ruin and teacher for the wonderful Willie Mae Rock Camp.

2)  Today I got a diy boost pedal kit in the mail from Mod Kits DIY.  I’m very excited to start soldering away.  I’ll be posting pics and audio clips of the finished product as the construction progresses.

In other (not so great) news — I didn’t make it to the finalist stage of The Bloggies.  But go check out all the wonderful sites that did.  Good luck to the finalists, and thanks to those who nominated the site.

December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe it’ll be 2012 here in Chicago in a little more than twelve hours.  2011 was a big year for this little blog.  I started it last January on a bit of a whim.  I was upset that there weren’t more places to learn about and read interviews with women who wield guitars, so I decided to get all DIY about it and make my own place.  I ended up learning a lot myself, and getting interviews with many amazing women.  (If you missed any interviews, you can always see them by going to the “interviews” category in the sidebar.)  Readership has grown steadily over the months.  I’m hoping to grow even more in 2012 — more posts, more interviews, more reviews.  More, more, more!

This year was personally a good year for me.  I got a dog.  I learned to play much better.  Carrie Brownstein split my lip.  It was a weird year too.  The political climate was weird, frightening at times.  The economy sucked.  I got sick a lot.  I worked too much.  But overall, it was a great year, and I’m glad I could share it with you.

Thanks for a wonderful 2011, everyone.

December 20, 2011

Guitareste Holiday Countdown Day 2! Evil Beaver’s Blue Christmas

In another life I was a radio DJ. We had a format at that station, and during Christmas we were encouraged to play holiday tunes. Evil Beaver’s Smells Like Christmas Spirit was my go-to disc.

Unfortunately, the only track I was able to find playable on the internet was Blue Christmas, which you’ll see below available from the Youtubes. It’s a great song, but there are a lot of other good ones on the album I’m sad I can’t share on here. Anyway, Evil Beaver’s site is here, and copies of Still Smells Like Christmas Spirit are still available via Amazon.

December 18, 2011

Performance Today!

I have a performance with my little student ensemble today. We’re doing covers of Wire, Gang of Four, and Public Image Limited. I’m playing guitar on all of it and singing the tune Public Image. This morning I’m hand-copying lyrics to make sure I’ve got them memorized.

Our set list….
Public image
I am the fly
Natural’s not in it
Practice makes perfect
Damaged goods

Super fun music to learn and play, and I get to utilize my special Jag bridge at the end of Practice makes perfect. I’m stoked!


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