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!

Update!!!

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

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 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

Update!!!

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.


Mar 16 2009

Eric Clapton’s New Web Site Review

Ok, so I thought I’d post something that covers two areas that are close to me… Music & Web Design. Having recently posted something on the David Gilmour site, I didn’t really find this too far off-base really. Plus, I got the notice on my MySpace page, went over to the new Clapton site and was pretty impressed. I even became a fan of his page on Facebook, so I guess you could say I’m a bit pumped about this?

The other item I forgot to mention, is that when I looked at tour dates, I noticed Eric was playing the Royal Albert Hall in London tonight (actually is now on stage as I’m writing this) & I wanted to jump on this opportunity to promote his site and his tour. The Royal Albert Hall is, for those of you that don’t know, quite the venue. It makes an appearance in the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life“. The line is, “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall“. The hall is circular in shape and is well-known for it’s great acoustics. Many famous concerts have taken place here, so it would suffice to say that it has a bit of history behind it. It was built in 1871 and is still standing tall as one of the most sought after places for a musician to play. If you’ve played here, then you’ve pretty much made it as a musician.

Getting back to the Eric Clapton Web Site though, I’d have to say it’s one well-thought-out and laid-out site. I immediately went to the video section to find this great 1991 version of “White Room”, which is show above. Okay, so it isn’t Cream performing it, but Eric’s playing is still impressive. One of the most expressive guitar players I’ve ever heard… and that’s coming from a devout Jimmy Page fan!

I think the photo section will grow as the tour progresses and it certainly will be something else to see and hear Eric together with Stevie Winwood again on this tour. The video section also could be a little more robust, but the interviews make up for it. I always enjoyed listening to Clapton talk and this was no different. Pay special close attention to his take in the Concert for Bangladesh he did with George Harrison. Having just read his autobiography, these comments from him really hit home. I do kind of wish the music section, or discography rather, would include some small sound clips from the songs and then also have a feature to buy the song/songs from either iTunes or Amazon, but maybe that was a legal decision. The mini-player of Eric’s music at the top of all the pages is nice though… would be even nicer if while the song played and one navigated to a new page, the song would persist to play, but it does not.

A link to Eric’s enduring fight to help people with addictions is also on the site up top in the header. The facility is called, “The Crossroads Centre” and is truly an amazing thing Eric has given back to this world. All in all, a good site. It might need a little growing into and more content created or added to it, which I believe will take place soon. A site any Clapton fan would be please to visit.

So there you have it, my tribute to Eric Clapton’s start of a 10-night stay at the Royal Albert Hall starting tonight!

Visit the site and enjoy it!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees


Jan 26 2009

And on even a more less serious note… a Great David Gilmour Site!!! (Part One)

 

I’ve come across another great site… this one deals with the likes of the legendary David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. It’s really well done and goes through David’s gear setups and much, much more.

A lot of time and effort went into this one and you can tell. It’s called ‘Gilmourish‘ (http://www.gilmourish.com) and by the looks of it, it looks like it has been setup with WordPress, a popular blogging tool and just so happens to be the one I employ to do this blog here. Anyhow, the producer of this site, Bjorn Riis does a fantastic job at going through almost everything Gilmour-related.

First Section of the Site…

Bjorn’s first section goes through David’s gear and is therefore titled, “The David Gilmour Gear Guide“. In his own words, he says:

In this section you’ll find information about David’s guitars, amps and effects on each Pink Floyd album and tour as well as David’s solo albums including the recent On an Island tour.

It’s really a nice touch on the right-hand side, where he’s broken things down into:

  • Guitars – Everything about David’s famed ‘Black Stratocaster‘, which recently got reissued by Fender Guitars in their signature series of 2008, or his Slide Guitars. Not too many people are aware of David’s slide work and he’s truly a master of the instrument!
  • Amps – Another nicely done part on the amps David uses or has used in the past. 
  • Effects – Is one of my favorite sections. In it, there are photos of actual pedal boards and effects of David’s. Incredible stuff here! Check out the Animals Tour Effects Board.
  • Each section goes through things in complete detail, leaving no fan disappointed.

    IDavid Gilmour with famed Workman Tele in 1984

    David Gilmour with famed 'Workman Tele' in 1984

     

    It’s an absolutely stunning job Bjorn has done with this site. Kudos to him for spending the time and effort to share with us the information he’s collected.

    I’ll continue my exploration of his site in a future post… until then, rock on and enjoy this amazing site!

    Chris J. Politzki
    Studio 119 Degrees