August 30, 2015

Brian May: The 1983 "Star Licks" tutorial video

Watch Brian May explaining some of his techniques for Star Licks video series. The video was recorded at Sarm West, London, UK and produced and directed by Mark Freed and Robert Decker. Originally released in 1983 and reissued in 1993/4, it's been out of print since then. Brian May:

Mark initially came to me with an idea for making audio cassettes of guitarists explaining their techniques. It seemed a good one and we arranged to meet and make it happen. But I said ... if we’re going to the trouble of recording this stuff, why not film it as well, and make it into a Video Cassette ?! So we made a ‘pilot’ video, and people liked it, and this became the template for a whole collection of videos which, I think, stand up very well to this day.


Blimp Rock: My Mind Is A Shark

Canadian art pop band Blimp Rock have made a video My Mind Is A Shark, a song for people whose brains are never at ease. The animation was created by Parker Bryant. It is a song from their latest album Sophomore Slump.

Live dates:

  • 09/04 Kitchener, ON @ Cafe Pyrus
  • 09/05 Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet
  • 09/12 Chatham, ON @ Left Wing Tatoo
  • 09/19 Maynooth, ON @ Arlington Hotel
  • 10/02 Kingston, ON @ Musikki


HCTF review of Sophomore Slump.

August 29, 2015

Public Image Ltd: "Double Trouble" video

Shit happens in the new Public Image Ltd video for Double Trouble, the lead single from the forthcoming new album What The World Needs Now.... John Lydon's snarl is still intact when he goes on a limb about broken toilets and other mishaps.

Live dates:
  • 09/18 O2 ABC Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • 09/19 Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
  • 09/20 Riverside, Newcastle, UK
  • 09/22 Fibbers, York, Uk
  • 09/23 The Copper Rooms @ Warwick Uni, Coventry, UK
  • 09/25 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, UK
  • 09/26 The Tivoli, Buckley, UK
  • 09/27 Sub 89, Reading, UK
  • 09/29 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, UK
  • 09/30 UEA, Norwich, UK
  • 10/02 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
  • 10/03 Cheese and Grain, Frome, UK
  • 10/04 Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK
  • 10/06 Le Trianon, Paris, France
  • 10/07 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10/09 Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 10/10 Rivolta, Venezia, Italy
  • 10/11 Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
  • 10/13 Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
  • 10/14 Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
  • 10/15 Columbia Theatre, Berlin, Germany
  • 10/17 Zeche, Bochum, Germany
  • 10/18 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium


Kapok: "Cacti" stream, final week for crowdfunding campaign

Dutch unusual jazz trio Kapok are sharing a stream of Cacti, a horn driven track from their forthcoming third album Glass to Sand. This one has some vocals, which work quite well.

The trio are running a crowdfunding campaign (currently at 91% with seven days left to reach their goal) on Voordekunst to cover the costs for mixing, mastering and promotion. Guest players on the album include Niels Broos (keyboards), Mete Erker (saxophone) and K.O.Brass (the horn section of the Kyteman Orchestra).

Live dates:


HCTF review of Kapok.

Trey Anastasio Band: stream "Sometime After Sunset"

The Trey Anastasio Band are streaming Sometime After Sunset, a track from of the new album Paper Wheeles (October 30 on Rubber Jungle Records/ATO Records). It's a mid-tempo rocker with a dash of brass and a prominent role for Anastasio's guitar chops.

Paper Wheels is available for pre-order from his website and Phish DryGoods.

They hit the road in Octoebr and November. The Halloween shows in Las Vegas shows, which were announced earlier, are sold out.