Throwback Thursday: Drive Like Jehu

Throwback Thursday: Drive Like Jehu

Today’s Throwback Thursday is about taking advantage of second, or even third chances! It is festival season now with Coachella coming up, and that means a lot of us musicians are headed to airports, into vans or on trains. But either way, festivals are our best chance to see bands come through our towns. What happens a lot these days is that bands you thought would never perform together again, do, and we all get our chance to see a band we saw back in the day. Or even better, we get to see a band you never saw when they were active. For me, one band I never got to see was Drive Like Jehu, but in 2015, that day finally came!

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Demo: Mantic Flex Pro

Demo: Mantic Flex Pro

There will be pedal builders and then there will be the ones who build sonic frontiers such as Mantic Effects. As I stated before, this is an exciting time for effects and to have access to inventors like Mantic during such a boom. These guys first hit me up on email and were so excited about what they were building, they would give me heat for not putting up videos of a pedal they sent me. Being an artist myself, I recognize that kind of enthusiasm for our creations and so I told the Mantic crew, I will do you justice.

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Demo: Earthquaker Devices Cloven Hoof

Demo: Earthquaker Devices Cloven Hoof

The Cloven Hoof from Earthquaker Devices is a suped-up version of Earthquaker Devices popular Hoof fuzz where they kept the clarity of the Hoof and widened the range of dirt and grit. The Cloven Hoof delivers a more bombastic, bass heavy tone with more crunch that can not be achieved with the standard Hoof.

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Pedals And Effects: In Conversation with Julie Slick

Pedals And Effects: In Conversation with Julie Slick

Pedals And Effects is honored to welcome bass player extraordinaire, Julie Slick! Julie stopped by 5Starr Sound labs where we talked gigs, gear, and so much more. You may know Julie from her work with the Adrian Belew Power Trio, or more recently from a video that was making the rounds on social media, where she ripped crazy bass while an artist painted the walls around her. Without further ado, here is Pedals And Effects in conversation with Julie Slick. 

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Demo: Red Panda’s Raster Digital Delay

Demo: Red Panda’s Raster Digital Delay

This video review of Red Panda’s Raster with Dan Elkan and Nick Reinhart is one of my favorite videos we've done on Pedals And Effects. This pedal is so deep, I knew I had to ask pedal wizard, Dan Elkan, to help me really do this insane digital delay, justice. What I love about this video is that Nick comes in like a guy who hasn’t played through the pedal at all. Then Dan comes in and, in a highly detailed approach, shows Nick what is so fantastic about this pedal.

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Demo: Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Bass microModeler

Demo: Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Bass microModeler

Pedals And Effects has previously covered the Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar microModeler and, to round it all out, we are covering their Bass microModeler.  As ingenious as their guitar pedal is, this bass overdrive-fuzz-distortion pedal is an all-in-one bass grinder.

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Adrián Terrazas-González rips effected horns for Halo Orbit

Adrián Terrazas-González rips effected horns for Halo Orbit

Adrián Terrazas-González is a two time Grammy winning saxophonist, bass clarinetist, percussionist, and overall pioneering multi-instrumentalist who spent years with me in the Mars Volta. Adrián is a great guy, a great musician, and was gracious enough to rip on the new Halo Orbit for me. Adrián pulls out traditional sounds and then rides the outer boundaries of effects to give his instruments heavy layers of texture.

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Demo: Earthquaker Devices Fuzz Master General

Demo: Earthquaker Devices Fuzz Master General

Whenever Nick or I go out and demo pedals for Earthquaker Devices we always get such great reception from you guys. You guys are all super enthusiastic and curious about pedals and effects, it's a joy to demo and do clinics for you. The Earthquaker Devices boards are split in two, one board is all modulation and the other is all dirt, distortion, fuzz etc. We are often asked about a certain fuzz pedal, and today we'll get into the nitty gritty. It's the Fuzz Master General!

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Halo Orbit released today via Alpha Pup Records!

Halo Orbit released today via Alpha Pup Records!

Back in 2012 I started a band with two friends, the result of that friendship is the debut of Halo Orbit. This is a project of three individuals whose friendship drove the idea of starting something together. I love this band because all who participated are musicians who continually strive to create something totally original.

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