Author: GuitarGuyTim

Weezer Just Won the Internet…

It’s 2018. 24 years and 11 albums in, there’s no reason we should be talking about the somewhat obscure indie darling, Weezer, who peaked with their first album in 1994.  Yet, somehow they’ve done it again. They’ve made themselves relevant and they’ve won the internet. And this isn’t the first time they’ve done it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a fan since the beginning, it’s that I should never underestimate frontman Rivers Cuomo.  While his creativity goes from sheer brilliance to cringe-worthy (look at 1996’s Pinkerton, which single-handedly kicked off emo’s second wave and compare it to 2008’s Death to False Metal, which was so bad that it was downgraded from being the bands 8th studio album to a b-sides and rarities album in their discography), when he’s on, Rivers is one of the most brilliant viral marketers on the planet.  Decades from now, college courses on social movements will still be dissecting how his happy powerpop with a side of 80s metal pulled the mid-90s alternative world out of the gloom and doom of West Coast grunge. It defies logic…So how did Rivers break the internet this time?  By covering Toto. Yes, you read that right. By covering Toto.  Not once, but twice.As far as I can tell, it all started in mid-February when Rivers made a passing comment in an interview with an Australian...

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Is Your Music Making You Dumb?

There are no dumb questions, just dumb people… That’s how the saying goes, right? I’m constantly researching music data, music interests, music trends, etc. on the internet.  My interest in music research started several years ago when I wrote my graduate thesis on the psychological motivation behind playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band.  Long story short, the #1 motivational factor behind playing a music based video game is the desire to play an instrument coupled with the lack of self-confidence in the individual’s ability to learn to play an actual instrument.   Wow, I just summed up 100+ pages in a sentence....

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Nostalgia's Role In Music

Nostalgia is a funny thing.  It’s what keeps acts like The Rolling Stones selling out shows worldwide, and on a less fortunate end of the spectrum, keeps Axl Rose employed.  I started thinking about nostalgia after reading a recent article about Fleetwood Mac.  After an extended absence, keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie is back to complete the classic lineup.  Fans are ecstatic, never mind that this woman is now 71, and initially left in her mid-50’s because she could no longer keep up with the touring lifestyle.       I think that as musicians, we take nostalgia to a whole...

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DIY Ikea Shelf Pedal Board

To begin with, I’m not going to take credit for this idea.  The concept of using Ikea shelves as pedal boards has been floating around the internet for several years.  I simply took the design and added a few improvements to it. Honestly, you could add self-adhesive velcro to the shelf and that quick, you’d have a pretty decent pedalboard.  For those who are more adventurous, read on.     For this project I used a table saw, miter box saw, nail gun, and staple gun.     Materials needed: – Ikea Gorm shelf – they’re sold in 2 packs for $10.99 here.  If you only need/want one, get a friend to join in the fun!   – Wood glue – 8’ 1”x4” board – Finish nails or screws – Velcro – self-adhesive is best.  If you’re patient, you can buy rolls for cheap on ebay, like less than $5.  If you buy it at a hardware store, it’s going to be much closer to $20. – Spray paint – optional – Eyelets – optional, but they’re less than $2 at Home Depot, so probably worth it.     I wanted to build this pedal board so that it would be slightly angled instead of flat.  To accomplish this I used my miter box to cut two 12 ¼” inch legs.  These legs are 2 ½” at the top...

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DIY Briefcase/Hardcase Pedal Board

This is a pedal board design I came up with a few years back when I was playing venues much more frequently.  I wanted something to keep my pedals safe and secure while in transit, but didn’t really have the cash to buy a professional case.     To complete this DIY project, you’re going to need a drill and a hand saw.  Ideally, you’ll have access to a miter box saw.  It’s even better if you have a table saw.   Now, let’s get started!  The first component you need is a hard shell briefcase.  Since these were...

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