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  1. Your guitar is good, strings don't matter so much as long as they are quality, and Earnie Balls are quality. Your amp is weak and generates all tone through software. The all valve Marshall is a good recommendation, you need tubes and high wattage to get a big sound, but dont discount the versatility of a good quality hybrid amp. Line6 bogner or a Vox hybrid are ones to look at too. The selection of an amp probably warrants a whole book! Once you get your chops you'll be able to let your ears judge which is best for you. Chops are wayyyy more important than the amp. Jimy could make that Spider IV sing, thats for sure. There is one no brainer item though that helps get a decent Led Zeppelin sound. #1 An MXR Dynacomp reissue (GET THE REISSUE or a vintage if you can find it) Jimy Page made a few references to this little gem of a box. Ive got one and it makes a HUGE difference. Its an analog compressor that adds a very meaty flavor that sounds great!! Dont get the modern standard version. Those are simply colorless compressors, nothing like the vintage or the reissues. Link... http://www.buyanalogman.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MXR%2DDYNACOMP1976 Good Luck!
  2. awesome! This totally made my day. Los Lobos one of my faves too!
  3. What exactly do you mean by going downtown? and whats wrong with going there?
  4. Evermore

    The Man Thread

    My goodness! Courtney never seemed to look that good on Friends. I've never seen those pictures before. She is gorgeous. She sure knows how to model too. That's more important in a way.
  5. I've never really read about it, but she must have been huge influence on him. Or perhaps they arrived at the same place because they are much the same in that they are both WASPs from middle class backgrounds who fell in love with the blues. Another similiar case is Patti Smith's influence on U2's Bono. Although Bono does cite her as one of his chief influences. Bono has said that he very much tried to perform like Patti Smith. If I had been a singer my choiciest influence would have been Chrissie Hynde, no doubt about that.
  6. I don't see Led Zeppelin as the godfathers of metal. I think the concept was aready there and they certainly influenced it. The concept of light and shade led them to fuse old european classical and folk traditions with american blues. This in itself is not metal but Jimmy's appreciation of the occult and pre raphaelite art lent a baroque aura to the band. This arua influenced classical explorations by other bands from the mid seventies onward. I am thinking of Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Randy Rhoads etc. Metal is defined by the darkness and heaviness of a few forceful bar chords played through a distored guitar. Of course heavy metal would not be what it is without Tony Iommi's riffs. But to me, the term godfather would go to somone who was doing something before anyone was even aware of what his influence would be. The earliest and most influential musician to play riffs like this is Link Wray. Link Wray is the one who I would call the godfather of metal.
  7. I think the contraction in English has to do with the increase in the number of messages sent and received by people today compared to the past. In the days before radio, television and the internet, the printed word was pretty much all everyone had. The cost of printing, or handwriting, and distribution of the written word was considerably high so the content had to be worth the investment. Nowadays the cost of sending or receiving a particular message is practically nothing. In the past, people had just a few books and a newspaper. People are now bombarded with shows, music, movies, websites, bookstores, and cell phones. It's impossible to keep up. The messages all compete for attention. The successful messages are the ones that are efficient at getting the message across. Using symbols to convey meaning is much more efficient than text, so we see semiosis replace the written word. Just like the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words". So in some sense I think our communication is much richer than it ever has been but it has come at the expense of the written word. As a reaction, I think that there has been a crisis in English education. I know that in school my teachers strongly advocated plain English. I think this was a reaction to poor professional and academic nonfiction writing. This writing was full of jargon like tech speak, and legalese. As far as nonfiction writing goes, I think that to be clear and concise is the way to go. The lament I think is that this leads to writing that is boring using few words, always using them in their predictable place. I would agree that the pendulum has swung too far. But maybe really, it has come back a full circle. Maybe all the best writing is now done for movies, or more personally our own one to one conversations. Maybe we have come back to the tradition of the spoken word. How's that for irony?
  8. Not to mention that at the end of the LA Greek show on June 25 Robert told everyone "Come back and see us again" or words to that effect. Anyone else catch that? I had though of Raising Sand as a one time project. Union Station is Allisons mothership as Led Zeppelin is Robert's. Allison, Robert and T Bone have uncovered a lot more treasure than Raising Sand with their collaboration. It wouldn't surprise me if their next album explores the roots of Rockabilly. Think roots based honeydrippers. It was the basis of their encore. This has always been one of Roberts loves.
  9. Evermore

    Whisky Tread

    Second that.. Great Thread... Eh, and I dont mean to be a snob about it but these last few months the only whisky for me has been Gentleman Jack. I've had whisky off and on, but never much paid much attention to the stuff. I got curious when I saw a trvel show about Scotland and they talked about the history of Scotch whisky. Next day I found myself at the local liquor store taking a crash course from the owner. It's always been a kind of mystery to me but once I started looking at the shelves it made sense Other than the quality of the distillery there are two things that drive price. * * Scotch from a single barrel is more expensive than scotch from a blend of many barrels * * Scotch aged 12 years or more is more expsnsive than the fresh Scotch. That makes four levels of scotch to choose from. I figured a 12 year old aged blend would be a good starter. I thought a single barrel would be risky lol. I picked Dewar's out of brand recognition. Might be interesting to try one of those bottles from obscure Scottish distilleries, but that is for another day. I can't say I cared for the Dewars bottle though. A little bitter and very hot, like drinking medicinal firewater. I would have liked it better had it not been bitter. I imagine it's an aquired taste. I much prefer Sour Mash, there is definitely something to the charcoal filtering, Gentleman Jack is made the same as the regular stuff, only its filtered twice. So thats my knowledge so far. Next up in the Study Lab - BOURBON.
  10. Maybe I'll root for the Celtics. I haven't followed basketball since Kobe had Shaq tossed out of the Lakers years ago. LOL
  11. Let's leave religion out of it. Who says the bats have to be metal. Isn't there any kind of polymer that can be developed that sounds as good as wood. Bet the person who comes up with it will get rich fast. And by the way are you implying that the fans ought to participate in this so called contact sport?
  12. I think its stupid to use equipment that carries so much inherent risk when there are better alternatives.Whats wrong with using a bat that does not crack the same way? Hell I am sure people can develop bats that hit farther, break safer and sound better than wood. And if you must use the old bats the the stadiums ought to put up proper barriers to prevent broken bats from hitting fans. Look at what NASCAR has done to improve the safety stock car racing. They completely reconfigured the stock car this year. The seats are better positioned, the handling is better, the harnessing has been improved. Plus the wall materials are better able to absorb the force of impact. I am sure this is only a partial list. You want proof that this has worked? Take a look at this crash from a couple of weeks ago. Michael McDowell walked away from this with bumps and bruises. Even just a few years ago he would have been dead. Baseball's pretty wimpy compared to auto racing but that doesn't mean they should not improve safety where its possible. It would be nice if everyone could self govern so but it is a sad fact that people only pay attention when a court tells them they must pay damages. Beware what you wish for. I believe that tort law is a key component in the success of western civilization.
  13. "...unspoken limit which people haven't understood or recognized?" I consider this the lamest of all rhetorical techniques, the appeal to hidden knowledge. I know exactly why I opposed this war. 1. I did not believe Iraq posed a direct threat to this nation 2. We have enemies more powerful and dangerous who we could not fight because of the Iraqi war. 3. Congress never properly declared war. 4. We did not follow the Powell Doctorine 5. There were little controls on government contracts to help with the effort. I hate seeing my tax dollars support corruption. 6. Thats just my top five. Perhaps the president should have done a better job of leading and convincing the people that this war was correct. But the old saying applies you cant put lipstick on a pig. Just a piss poor performance. And I don't forsee a point where Americans would ever say "You know, maybe he was right" Americans DO understand that we have vicious ignorant enemies, the Iraqi war just feels like a punch that misses its mark and Americans undertand that too. Don't you understand the basic economic principles of supply and demand? The perception is that we are approaching peak oil hence supplies are finite. The world is rapidly becoming industrialized hence more people demmand energy. If the oil belongs to Iraq tell me how invading them would lower prices. You mean we would steal it from them? Explain your reasoning? I think we understand exactly what we have thats why we devote so much time and treasure to having a clean environment, functioning municipalities and a large portion of our investment DOES go to defence. But I think we also understand that a war is a means of last resort, and that a war must be well planned, well argued and well supported. instead we got a bunch who tried to execute a war with as little support as they could get away with the least ammount of money and planning possible. Instead of convincing the public they used bully tactics. Few of their supposed facts actually turned out to be true. It begged the question nobody wants asked of their leaders. Was the White House deceitful or just plain stupid? People saw through all that don't you think?
  14. Nobody called Bill Clinton these things because nobody believed he was any of those.
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