Archive for ‘Videos’

June 8, 2012

Slow Puncture – She Makes War

June 8, 2012

She Makes War Demonstrates Using A Boss Loop

Ok, so Laura Kidd is playing a ukulele here, and not her guitar.  But!  I thought this was just such a great demonstration of how to use the Boss RC-30, I had to post it!

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 10, 2012

Tattooed Love Boys

Some friends and I are planning on learning / covering The Pretender’s Tattooed Love Boys.  So I’m putting together a simplified map for myself and my comrades because the tabs on the internets are kinda all over the place.

But my question for you, dear reader, is this… is anyone cooler than Chrissie Hynde?

February 5, 2012

The Julie Ruin Performing Cookie Road At The Knitting Factory

January 29, 2012

This Week In Guitareste

This week has been crazy busy for me.  And full of guitar goodness.  Last Friday I watched Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.

This movie was a revelation to me, boys and girls.  It stars Diane Lane, and is about a young woman who has lost both of her parents.  She goes on the road with her sister and a good friend, forming a band, and calling themselves The Fabulous Stains.  They start with one (really bad) song, and gain celebrity, infamy, and heartbreak along the way.  It’s a comedy, poking fun at the music industry.  I loved it.

Last night, I attended the Forever 27 concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  For those of you who don’t know, the 27 club is all of those talented musicians who died at 27.  The list includes Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Robert Johnson, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, D. Boon of The Minutemen, Pete Ham of Bad Finger, Mia Zapata of The Gits, Jim Morrison, and the school snuck Nick Drake in there for good measure (he was 26).  There were many great performances last night, including those by talented women guitarists such as Lisa Derosia, Shelley Miller (last night playing banjo), and Cheryl Lawson.

And finally, all week I’ve been playing with a new little toy of mine.  It’s the Vox AC30 AmPlug.  It’s this tiny little amp you plug directly into your guitar so you can play into headphones.

This thing rocks!  Like the name suggests, the one I bought is designed to sound like a Vox AC30 amp, but they have a bunch of varieties including “Lead,” “Metal,” and “Twin.”

My S.O. was also performing in the concert last night, so he had to practice a lot this week.  He does much better practicing along with recordings — he’s all ear — while I like to switch back and forth between practicing single riffs and practicing with the recording.  So this week we kept finding ourselves in situations where we both needed to practice at the same time, but we were practicing different things.  With this little amp, I can just sit my butt down in the bedroom, close the door, and jam away.  I don’t have to drag my amp and cables in there to set up.  I just need the guitar, the tiny AmPlug, and my earbuds.  It is great.  Plus, I can practice “at full volume” any time I want without disturbing the neighbors.  It’s far preferable to practicing unplugged.

January 12, 2012

Marissa Paternoster Videos – Screaming Females and Noun

January 8, 2012

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Documentary On Youtube

This morning I stumbled upon a BBC documentary about gospel singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.  It looks like the thing is posted on Youtube, but I’m wondering if it’s somehow available as a DVD.  She’s someone I’ve been wanting to learn more about for some time, so I’m pretty excited.  The documentary is part of privatefender‘s channel – there’s quite a bit of interesting stuff up there.  Most of the documentary is posted to Youtube, although it appears the end or final section is missing.

Here’s the first section of the Rosetta Tharpe doc.  And here, too, is a piece on Tharpe’s influence on Elvis.

December 26, 2011

Kaki King On Electric Ukulele

I spent a bunch of time playing my cheap little Mahalo Ukulele this weekend.  (Quite frankly, it is a lot easier to haul around than my guitar.)

I did a lot of internet surfing and what-not to learn more about ukes, and I stumbled on this gem of a video.  It’s guitarist Kaki King doing an improvisation on her electric tenor ukulele.  There’s banter at the beginning, so if you want to go straight to the ukulele jam it’s at about 1:37.

December 25, 2011

Guitareste Holiday Countdown! Nanci Griffith On Grafton Street

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!  This song is so pretty.  But I don’t think Nanci Griffith has ever written anything that’s not exquisite.  Enjoy it.  (I’m done with presents and stuffing my face.  We’re relaxing and watching The Wrath of Khan, and enjoying Ricardo Montalban’s lovely accent, while our dog stinks up the place with his turkey farts.  Heaven, really. :))

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