Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

One of the Punters

This is all but unheard of in America. We expect rock stars to arrive by private limousine. We expect them to have a tricked out ride when they get where they're going. In Noel Gallagher's case, it's one of two things. He's broke (unlikely) or traffic in London is really, really bad.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures

The story of the cover:

The mysterious cover of Joy Division's 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures – a black-and-white visualization of pulsar data that looked like digital mountain peaks – is the subject of a new, in-depth Scientific American article. The magazine traced the origins of the "computer-generated illustration" to its first publication around 1970.

Brilliant. And the man who did it had to buy his own copy of the album in a shop--no free copies were handed out. He also picked up a poster of it as well, all on his own dime.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Overdrive Pedals

Ride's Andy Bell has said that he believes Noel Gallagher is underrated as a guitarist, arguing that the former Oasis songwriter laid the foundations for a style that many musicians use today.

Bell joined Oasis in 1999 as a replacement for original bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and is now back with his own band Ride following a reunion earlier this year.

Speaking to Music Radar, Bell was asked about his time with the band and also how his life was affected by hearing them when he was still making music with Ride in the '90s.

"I just want to say that I think Noel's really underrated as a lead guitar player," Bell said, "His playing is like a John Squire-y thing, but there's a lot more muscle behind it. He kind of trademarked his own style, which has become something that everyone uses now – that massively overdriven sound with quite a lot of delay on it."

Someone must have mentioned the possibility of playing with Oasis next year. Who knows?

Noel Gallagher has always been a great guitarist--underrated and under-appreciated in a genre where guitar players generally reach Godlike status. Noel suffers because he wrote the songs, sang a few of them, and couldn't possibly wear all those hats, right?

The gear that he's used over the years is fascinating reading. It's as if a kid was given the keys to the candy story and ran wild.