My reading list hasn’t exactly been high-minded lately. I just got through Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. I wouldn’t urge anyone to buy the book, which I probably skimmed more than half of. It does have a few choice quotes, one or two that made me laugh out loud.
Here’s Lars Ulrich with an observation on Cliff Burton:
Cliff and Kirk brought incredible depth into the band. Cliff went to music school. We would sit there and talk about Venom or Angel Witch. He’d sit there and talk about Bach, Yes, and Peter Gabriel.
Now I’m on to You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music’s Most Maligned Tribes. I’m still in the early pages, but I think this one’s a winner.
Posted by Gillies on June 13, 2013
Marco Benevento, quoted in JamBase on the occasion of Page McConnell’s 50th birthday:
He’s real subtle and can support every musical idea you may throw into a improvisation very graciously.
Posted by Gillies on May 18, 2013
New York Review of Books:
No one took this further, with more imagination and daring, than David Bowie. At a time when American groups would often dress down—affluent suburban kids disguised as Appalachian farmers or Canadian lumberjacks—Bowie quite deliberately dressed up. In his words: “I can’t stand the premise of going out [on stage] in jeans…and looking as real as you can in front of 18,000 people. I mean, it’s not normal!”
Posted by Gillies on May 2, 2013
Posted by Gillies on May 1, 2013
My Kaki King station on Pandora has served up a couple of songs by Antoine Dufour. They’ve made my evening commute.
Posted by Gillies on July 11, 2012
Posted by Gillies on July 2, 2012
John Petrucci on “Close to the Edge”:
“The title song has a breakdown in the middle where it gets very trippy, and then it creeps up and has the most beautiful melody. I used to listen to that over and over and over. It’s very grand and thematic, and that’s something that was a huge influence on Dream Theater – the larger-than-life approach. Big melodies, big sounds – it’s overwhelming. Those were all elements, the sound and and style, that we wanted to shoot for.
Posted by Gillies on June 16, 2012
Joe Walsh, interviewed by JamBase, on contemporary recording:
You can go over to somebody’s house and work on music. You used to have to book studio time before. And the other thing is – and this is a curse and a blessing – you can fix ANYTHING now! That’s great because it’s really fun, but if we’d have had digital recording when we were doing Hotel California we’d still be working on it! At some point you have to be done. This technology is like bait that gets thrown out in front of you, and you end up fixing things that don’t really need fixing. They’re not wrong, they’re just different than what you planned.
Posted by Gillies on June 15, 2012
Guitar Noize flagged a great interview with EVH and son. One surprise: Eddie seriously gives it up to Peter Gabriel.
Posted by Gillies on June 14, 2012
From a recent email from Phish, promoting their upcoming shows in Atlantic City:
Years of marketing research and focus groups have revealed that Phish fans, given a choice of a wide variety of beverage options, often choose a fermented concoction made from cereal grains. The Beers of the World tent will be back at Bader Field with over 50 different kinds of beer available.
Posted by Gillies on June 12, 2012