Archive for March, 2009

March 27, 2009

Goodtime showtime at West Nile tnite

Kaia Wong (of Mixel Pixel) plays her Mbira
Jennie Bringaker (Norwegian Performance Artist)
Unicornicopia
Nothingberryplasma (from Baltimore)

and special niceguy guest DJ Travis Stewart (aka Machine Drum) with fun

285 Kent Ave. #2
(next to “the glasslands” between South 1st and South 2nd)

March 23, 2009

MAIN DRAG on Coolhunting.com

Thanks to Emily for crediting us in Coolhunting.com’s review of EH’s memory man delay.   Check out the article HERE

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March 22, 2009

Garg Viking Drum Lord

img_0646I am Garg the the infamous viking drum lord! I have landed here in Williamsburg at Main Drag music with my treacherous army of vintage drums and snares. Together we will conquer the landscape of studios and dungeonous practice spaces and reign supreme for centuries to come! Look in awe at the ancient wall of majesty behind me made of the finest drum kits NYC has to offer!!!

March 21, 2009

Roland RE-201 Space Echo

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You asked for them, and they have arrived – the original and the imitation.  Like every other toy we collect for you, we’re offering free test drives of this magnetic interstellar explorer deep into the outer regions of your sonic space.

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March 21, 2009

Eventide Pitchfactor – Harmonizer Pedal

img_0625Freddy Nighliker took the Pitchfactor for a spin in his home studio.  These are his notes, scrawled on a piece of paper:

“As advertised, superior sound quality, fun for the whole family (full mix=freak out), slaphappy, 12 oz. mouse voice from adult swim”

Fred tells me he tested the pedal by watching movies and routing the audio through the harmonizer.  In addition to his note he says, “it was ridiculous, but manageable.”

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March 21, 2009

SXSW Day three continued

Glasvegas and other fun things…

March 21, 2009

SXSW day three…..

So last night ended up at the most insane lineup ever which included Tori Amos and L.A.’s Steel Panther….. Wow. While backstage i found our ad in the Vice Magazine’s Sxsw picks. Austin’s last call is 1:30am which sucks. We moved the party ti the Marriot pool.

Day three has been another scorcher. I caught the new Columbia ‘it’ band, Glasvegas at Stubb’s. The free tallboys of High Life definitely helped last nights effects blend into the day.

Hopefully tonight I will catch the long awaited Primal Scream show. Stay tuned….

March 21, 2009

Better know a tech… Garrett Landes

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I’ve only heard Garrett tell two stories.  One of them uses “and then I got hammered” as a central plot device, and the other always beings with, “well I was really hung-over…”  Despite his lack of variety in adventures, one story I’m sure I’ll never hear is one of Garrett intoxicated on the job.  The tube amp shop is not a place to risk getting sloppy.  Working with the kind of heart-stopping current that a charged up capacitor can send through your body will teach you some painful lessons.  This time of year is especially dangerous for the boys in the back.  With the annual migration of aspiring rock stars from Williamsburg to Austin comes a violent surge in “rush” tube amp repairs.  Garrett recalls a few SXSWs ago when his mentor Pat got a little ahead of himself at the bench trying to get everyone ready for Texas.

“I heard a noise, and thought Pat had gotten mad or something and thrown his stool.  I turned around, and Pat had been thrown off his stool, and he landed on a pile of amps.  He had forgotten to discharge a filter cap(acitor), and it knocked him off his ass.”  Pat remembers it well saying, “yeah, it was bad.  I haven’t forgotten to discharge a cap since.”

Death aside, the main thing these students of arcane electronics fear is producing sub-amazing work.  Garrett obsesses over every solder joint; each one challenging him to perfect his skills.  He sees a lot of amps with quick and ugly repairs.  When an amp comes through with unsatisfactory connections, he will resolder them, making each one mechanically sound, and visually impressive.

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Making each connection neat and clean not only means a long lasting, better performing amp, but it also looks great and tells the next repair guy, “somebody took the time and cared for this amp properly.”  Garrett feels that it doesn’t matter how much of his work will go unseen and unappreciated by his customers – he takes pride in the details of every job.  A couple weeks ago, Garrett put in an extra hour and fifteen minutes of wiring that might have taken forty-five minutes if he had rushed through.  The task was to completely rewire a Traynor 8×10 bass cabinet (for the laymen: that’s eight 10″ speakers inside a wooden box made by the amp manufacturer Traynor).  This particular make of cabinet is odd in that, instead of taking off a back panel and seeing all eight speakers at once, each speaker is loaded in through the front.  What this means for Garrett is that no one will probably ever see the care and time he invested into each speaker connection, but that’s not what matters.  This Flint, Michigan native has a working class pride that fuels an impressive work ethic, and a equally impressive drinking ethic – after-hours, of course.

-David Morrin

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March 19, 2009

Sxsw day two cont..

Caught Tim Easton play with long time customer Aaron Tasjan on guitar.

March 19, 2009

SXSW day two

Well we had a great first day here in Austin. My total tally so far for being tagged as, “hey… Your the dude from Main Drag!”: 14.

The finally of day one was catching Gary Louris and Mark Olsen of the Jayhawks at a private acoustic show put on by New West records. Simply stunning!

Today is started off once again with a tall cup of overpriced joe and a bonus morning cig. I will try to sqeeze in a dirty projectors show as well as seeing Tim Easton and The Waco Brother’s Bloodshot showcase. Stay tuned…

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