Apr 12 2009

Ace Frehley finally has an Official Web Site!!!

Vintage Ace Frehley from the 1970's

Vintage Ace Frehley circa 1977

Ace Frehley, spaceman from the rock and roll supergroup Kiss, finally has an official web site! Ace has inspired many guitarists throughout the years and is now entering the cyber world via his newly launched web site and other various areas of the internet.

Ways to Follow Ace Frehley on the Web

I recently saw that he is now on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and even Twitter! He’s definitely out there making himself visible to the world. All of the various ways to follow Ace on the web are listed on his ‘Into the Void‘ page on his site.

His first video blog from April 2009 I’ll post here:

His band is in the studio now finishing up their upcoming release called ‘Anomaly’. Sign up for exclusive updates from Ace and his webmaster. Here’s an exclusive video of Ace solo tracking for the track ‘Pain in the Neck’ in his studio:

He’s also posted some really nice rare photos from his spectacular career. The official Ace Frehley web site photos section, called ’12 pics’ has a few photos here, but I would suggest also visiting him on Facebook and MySpace to see some other nice images of Ace in action.

Recent Ace Frehley Sightings

Ace opening up the New York Yankee Stadium Hard Rock Cafe

Ace opening up the New York Yankee Stadium Hard Rock Cafe - April 2009

Ace at the New York Hard Rock - Halloween 2007

Ace at the New York Hard Rock - Halloween 2007


Ace Frehley with his new band - New Years Eve 2008

Ace Frehley with his new band - New Years Eve 2008

So there you have it. Ace is back and he told you so!


A recent interview with Ace at Amoeba Record Store in Hollywood, California. Check it out:

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees

Apr 11 2009

Into the Twittersphere?

I recently found this hilarious clip on YouTube on Twitter and it’s effect on people and thought I’d share.


Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees

Apr 10 2009

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page Together Again!

Where did Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page play?

On April 4th, 2009 Jeff Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. Supporting him was none other than the legendary Jimmy Page! There are rumours Jimmy will make a few select appearances with Jeff on his current US tour, but check out these great clips of the two legends up on stage again. The two original Yardbirds together again! Wow!

Videos of Jeff and Jimmy at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance.

Here they are performing ‘Beck’s Bolero‘ and an instrumental ‘Immigrant Song‘.

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Apr 4 2009

Denver Holiday Lights 2008

Denver Holiday Lights 2008 #1

Originally uploaded by CJPolitzki

Loaded up some images from downtown Denver, Colorado from this past holiday season. See the city decorated with seasonal lighting!

View the Daniels and Fisher Tower, the 16th Street Mall and Union Station all decked out in their holiday glamour!

Apr 4 2009

New to Twitter and still figuring it out?

Twitter Logo

I recently joined Twitter to see what the fuss was all about. I’m pretty sure I’m in the same boat as many of you out there when I ask, “What can I use Twitter for?”

So What is Twitter?

In a nutshell, it’s micro-blogging. You are allowed only 140 characters per post. You can add hypertext links. Anything that exceeds 140 characters will be cut off with ellipsis (…) to denote that something has been omitted.

Wikipedia describes Twitter as:

… a social networking and micro-blogging service created by then Cornell student Jack Dorsey that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.

If people like what you have to share, they ‘follow’ you or can also add your RSS feed to their favorite RSS aggregator. You can easily see how popular a particular ‘Tweeter’ is by seeing how many people are following them.

What Can You Use Twitter For?

First of all, I like to think twitter is like a river.

I like what Nate Angell had to say in a recent comment in a blog about ‘Learning to Like Twitter‘:

I think of twitter like a river, always flowing by. When you feel like a dip, you can dive in, otherwise, let it flow on by. If it makes sense, you can use http://search.twitter.com to build some search query feeds (or other techniques) to consume at your leisure—sort of like putting out some crab pots in the flow.

This is a great way to approach Twitter, in my opinion. It’s also been thought of as a useful tool to perform light-weight Reputation Management for your business, company or even yourself. Just go to http://search.twitter.com, and enter in a search term to see how hot the topic is. For example, I work for DexKnows.com. If I enter in ‘dexknows.com’, I’ll get a list of what’s been said about dexknows.com. Some of it can be positive and some negative, so be prepared. It can also be used as a QA tool to see what issues might be occurring with the site, product, etc. A nifty little tool!

If you sign up for Twitter, ‘Trending Topics’ are also displayed on your home page. This allows you to easily see what is popular in realtime.

Can Twitter Be Used for SEO?

This is the big question and if their are any of you who have ideas around this, please leave a comment here and share it with the rest of us. I’d love to know if there are any methods people are using to gain a SEO advantage with Twitter.

So far, I’ve only seen minimal traffic building possibilities via posting URLs to particular pages. A mention of RSS playing a SEO factor in Twitter here: Twitter for SEO Blog. I’d love for people the share more on this topic.

I’m CJPolitzki at Twitter if you’d like to follow me.

Thanks and happy tweeting!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees

Apr 3 2009

Dinosaur Jr has a new album out and are on tour!

Dinosaur Jrs Original Lineup Reunited in 2007

Dinosaur Jr's Original Lineup Reunited in 2007

You can’t imagine how excited I was to find out Dinosaur Jr have been in the studio recording a new album. Apparently, the title of the album will be ‘Farm’ and will be released on the Jagjaguwar label. The boys from Amherst, Maine have done it again! Created another collection of audio explorations for us all.

It looks like the tour will begin tonight in Portland, ME. Check here for more tour dates.

It looks like the tour will begin tonight in Portland, ME. Check here for more tour dates.

I got to see the guys back in 2007 and must admit, much to J Mascis’ chagrin (as I know he likes it when people complain about how loud they are), it was the loudest show I’ve ever been to… and I’ve been to quite a few shows in my time! Now they are back for another round with a new album to boot! I hope they plan to stop into Colorado on the tour sometime.

They were and still are, in my opinion, one of the best and most original Grunge bands to have come out of the 80′s and 90′s. There’s just something so tasteful about J Masic’s guitar playing that is unsurpassed. They were contemporaries with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Screaming Trees… just to name a few! They weren’t from Seattle, but they were well-respected by their peers on the west coast.

Dinosaur Jr as they appeared in 1987

Dinosaur Jr as they appeared in 1987

A song entitled, “I Don’t Wanna Go There” from the upcoming release has been posted up to see the studio process of Dinosaur Jr. Just follow this link, Dinosaur Jr Studio Performance 2009 on the J Mascis web site. There’s also a video clip of them performing “Tarpit” in the studio along with a great extended video interview!

What’s really intriguing for me, at least, is to see J playing on his Fender Signature Model J Mascis Jazzmaster in these studio clips. It’s a way cool guitar and I’m lucky to say I’m the proud owner of one. Also worth watching, is the interview clip and the discussions on equipment as well as visuals of some of the gear the boys use. Excellent!

I wanted to post these video clips because I really find them interesting, but it wasn’t possible… didn’t find an ‘embed code’. However, I will post the YouTube video of J talking about the signature Jazzmaster. Interesting how he started out as a drummer (still is) and how he chose the Jazzmaster… he originally wanted a Stratocaster! 

Watch for the album coming to stores soon!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees


New Dinosaur Jr Session Material available for download! These a four songs available as a free download from the daytrotter web site. This is from a recording on June 9th, 2009. They perform ‘SEVERED LIPS’, ‘REPULSION’, ‘CRUMBLE’ and ‘BACK TO YOUR HEART’. Well worth the free signup for an account to get the downloads. The studio is called The Horseshack and is located in Rock Island, Illinois. Enjoy!

And while I’m updating, I might as well also let everyone know they should check out Dinosaur Jr on MySpace as they have some new material uploaded there… photos, videos and songs. Can’t wait until they roll through Colorado again!

And remember, the new album comes out June 23rd of this month.