|Posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Sorry for the late update this week, I've had the flu for a few days, and I've been busy with other projects with strict deadlines (more on that in a minute). Anyway, this week's cover is a partial re-recording of Session, I kept all of my improvised guitar work from the previous version but re-recorded the "real" guitar part at the end of the song because I thought the tone on the original version was pretty bad. Here's the new-and-hopefully-improved version:
(Those blue socks tho...)
Anyway, regarding my next couple videos, I was supposed to have my last couple isolated track reuploads done Sunday and today, but those plans got put on hold for a much more important project as I did end up getting a remix of Place to Start done for the Remix Post Traumatic contest! You can check out my entry here for now, it'll be up on my YouTube channel at some point after the contest is over: https://soundcloud.com/anthonystaten/place-to-start-a-staten-remix
Some fun facts about this remix!
-The first sound at the beginning of the track is actually a guitar. It's the neck pickup on my Strat run through a compressor, then all three sections of my EHX Epitome. Then I cut out the "center" section of each chord to remove the pick attack, flipped everything backwards to create the "swelling" effect, and ran the resulting sound through a bunch more effects in AmpliTube. The end result sounds like some crazy Deep Purple-esque distorted Hammond B3 thing. It's probably the proudest I've ever been of a guitar sound I've come up with.
-The overdubbed lead part in the intro is the first time I've used an EBow on one of my own recordings.
-This is the first time I've ever written my own lyrics for anything. Like literally ever, in my entire life.
-My vocals were recorded on the day my flu symptoms were at their worst. I was running a fever between 102 and 103 degrees all day, and could barely sing above whisper volume. I had the input gain on my mic pre cranked about as far up as it could go!
-The bass solo in the middle is a nod to a comment Phoenix made on the Member Guest podcast episode with Mike, about how there's a cameo by a bass in his video for Place to Start. I thought it would be a fun reference to actually put a bass solo in my remix.
-I hurt my left forearm pretty bad at work while I was working on this (I definitely don't recommend carrying a 200-pound adjustable base for a bed up a hill, in case anyone ever thought it would be a good idea to do so...). When I went to record some of my guitar parts, I found that I had no gripping strength in my left hand. Not wanting to lose any recording time, I ended up re-tuning my guitar and using a capo to record each chord without actually having to use my fretting hand, then edited the whole chord progression together!
Anyway, good luck to anyone else who entered the contest! As for what I've got coming up, I'm going to reupload Crawling tomorrow, but I'm going to save my other isolated track reupload (Shadow of the Day) for sometime next week. I'll also have my usual "cover of the week" up for the weekend. I'm about halfway through updating tabs for Reanimation, so you'll see those soon as well.
|Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
I just wanted to address something regarding my Youtube channel moving forward: Since WMG has, by most accounts, been a bit more relaxed about copyright blocks lately, I'm going to be re-uploading videos I had previously uploaded as isolated tracks, with the music mixed in like I would typically do. I will still record two versions of each video and use the isolated version to avoid copyright blocks when necessary, but will otherwise not be posting isolated videos anymore. HOWEVER, I will be including download links to my isolated guitar tracks in the description for each video moving forward! I already did this for my A Place for My Head video from the other day, and I re-uploaded By Myself today as well. I plan on posting one of these re-uploads every couple of days until they're all done, in addition to new videos being posted on weekends as usual. I'll also gradually be adding isolated track download links to older videos as I'm able. I hope this is a good compromise, I personally prefer having the music mixed in with the video for context's sake, but I know a lot of people want isolated guitar tracks too!
Hope everyone's having a good week so far!
|Posted on February 2, 2018 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Well guys, the photo situation is FINALLY fully resolved! Everything is back on the site for the first time in nearly 8 months! I'm sincerely sorry for how long it took to fix this, if you've been following up to this point you probably know that I didn't just go from Photobucket to Imgur, there were failed attempts at using Instagram and Facebook for photo hosting in between, and Chester's passing in July coupled with dealing with impending fatherhood (and at this point, the first six weeks of having a baby at home!) really delayed things. But it's finally done, and I can wash my hands clean of Photobucket permanently and move on to other, more exciting things!
Anyway, as with the other pages, the Misc. Guitars update brought numerous new guitars to the site:
-A red acoustic guitar that Joe was photographed with at a Meet & Greet in 2004.
-Numerous PRS guitars that Phoenix played on "Leave Out All the Rest" and "Hands Held High" between 2007 and 2010 (I previously had one "catch-all" entry for these guitars, but I finally took the time to track down as many of them as possible for individual entries).
-An Epiphone DR-200S acoustic guitar that Joe autographed along with numerous other musicians/celebrities in 2007.
-A photo of Joe with Mike's Pignose guitar.
-Phoenix used Mike's white Strat on "Shadow of the Day" at the Chester tribute show.
And here are some updates to existing guitars:
-I moved the Dean guitar that Joe painted in 2006 so it's in chronological order with everything else, instead of being at the bottom of the page.
-The Gold Tone Banjitar from the Minutes to Midnight sessions is definitely a GT-750 model.
-I previously had one entry covering both Joe and Phoenix playing the band's "communal" Takamine acoustic guitars, but this has been split into separate entries, as Phoenix actually used one of these guitars on stage recently for "Sharp Edges" at the Chester tribute show.
-The Jazzmaster photographed in the studio with its pickguard and strings off is actually a J Mascis signature model owned by Ethan Mates.
In other exciting news, Mike has released three new solo songs as the "Post Traumatic EP," and they all have guitar in them! Tabs for these songs are already up on the tabs page. I also added a "Mike Shinoda Solo" tabs directory in my master tabs directory and moved his 2005 VMA's score songs into that folder.
So...what's next? Back to the usual! I've officially resumed recording for my Youtube channel, and plan on having something posted next weekend. My guitar rig has changed quite a bit over the past few months, and I'm excited to record with some new gear for the first time! I'm also working on getting some more tabs done, as well as finishing up with guitar information/general updates to my Reanimation and The Hunting Party tabs. Photos of my gear are coming soon too!
It's been a tough few months for a multitude of reasons, but I think I'm about ready to come out the other side of things and get back to doing what I love doing. I feel good. I hope everyone is feeling good.
|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Hey guys, haven't quite gotten around to finishing up the Misc. page yet but I have a smaller update today:
-Added one new guitar to Brad's page, which is actually Mike's Telecaster (Brad can be seen recording part of Guilty All the Same with it in a Youtube video).
-Removed the 1978 Gibson SG from the Misc. page, changed the date of it on Brad's page to reflect it being used as far back as 2013, and moved its position on the page accordingly. I still don't have a picture of Mike playing this guitar, but I figured a picture of Brad with it was good enough to warrant taking it off the Misc. page - note that I haven't done this with Chester and the MJT Telecaster copy though, as Chester wasn't what I'd call a "primary" guitarist. Basically from now on if it's photographed with Brad or Mike, it won't be on the MIsc. page, but otherwise it might still show up there.
-Updated tabs for two songs, Rebellion and Victimized.
|Posted on January 5, 2018 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
New year, new update, and a lengthy one at that!
First of all, I've finished the very emotionally-exhausting task of updating Chester's page, and his page actually saw more updates than Brad or Mike's did, with no fewer than SEVEN new instruments making appearances:
-Chester can briefly be seen playing Mike's Pignose PGG-200 guitar in Mike's home studio on the Making of Meteora DVD.
-The photo I've had on Mike's page for his jumbo Takamine EF250SMC is a picture of Chester with the guitar...why I never added it to Chester's page is beyond me, but it's there now!
-Chester acquired a Vox Ukelectric with a one-of-a-kind finish in Japan in 2013, and there's an LPUTV episode about it ("Electric Ukulele").
-Stone Temple Pilots posted a backstage photo of Chester with one of Dean's Les Pauls in an Instagram tribute post earlier this year.
-Chester hilariously "played" a Music Man SUB 5 bass briefly for one of the joke songs he and Mike filmed for their guest appearance on Rhett and Link's Good Mythical Morning series.
-While visiting the D'Angelico factory earlier this year, Chester's friend Rene Mata took pictures/footage of him playing numerous D'Angelico guitars, including a couple of the DC models he ended up playing on tour later on, as well as two acoustic guitars that I previously didn't have on the site.
Chester's page also saw numerous updates to existing guitars as well:
-I added a backstage photo of Chester with Brad's blue CE 24 from the 2000-2001 period, which resulted in that guitar now being the first guitar on his page, despite him not actually playing it on stage until 2011!
-Similarly, the black Takamine acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance of The Messenger at a radio station in 2013 is actually a guitar he's had since 2001, as it can be seen on his old MTV Cribs episode that was filmed during that era! This is now the second guitar on his page, and I've corrected the guitar's model number as well (it's an EF341C).
-After closer examination, I've realized that the Les Paul Chester played with Bucket of Weenies is actually a regular Tobacco Sunburst Standard, there's no custom artwork on it like I originally thought.
-I moved the entries for the two Dean guitars Chester painted for art exhibits/charity auctions to be in chronological order with everything else on the page, as opposed to having them at the very end like I did before.
-The "half-reversed Explorer" from Mysstery Guitars that Chester was photographe with during Dead By Sunrise rehearsals in 2009 actually has a model name, the NEXP.
-I swapped the order of the entries for Chester playing Mike's sunburst and silver PRS Singlecuts, as he actually used the sunburst one first (at the South American shows in October of 2010).
-I had the model of the Taylor acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance in 2011 completely wrong, it's actually an 814ce just like Brad's, just a newer model.
Lastly, I also added a small tribute to Chester at the top of the page...
In other news, there's some new stuff elsewhere on the site as well!
-Updated some information on the Les Paul Junior Brad used on A Thousand Suns.
-Added two new guitars to Mike's page: A Stingray bass that can be seen at his home studio on the Making of Meteora, and a Seagull acoustic guitar he "played" on the Good Mythical Morning appearance.
-Clarified that the white Strat Mike retired from touring use during the A Thousand Suns era actually was used for a few performances early in the tour.
-I felt like I was getting a little carried away/inconsistent with the "Special Features" line on some guitar entries, so I streamlined/deleted some (I removed that information in most instances of said features being standard on that guitar model).
-Updated misc. guitar info throughout all 3 of the main sections.
-This is kind of hilarious that it took me this long to realize this...but Brad's guitar tech who replaced Sean Paden in 2014 is actually NOT named Benjamin Chandler, that's just the name he uses on his Instagram account (Chandler is his middle name I guess...whoops). His name is actually Ben Young, and his name can be found in the "thank-you" section of numerous LP releases from the past few years. I've updated all instances of his name on the site to reflect this (sorry Ben! I bet you'd find it hilarious though, if you're even aware of this site).
-Lastly, I made another small change to my tab for Invisible. Nothing huge, just a couple notes that got added in one section.
The Misc. Guitars page is all I have left to convert to new photo hosting, and it's a pretty small section, so it shouldn't take long! However, I've already tracked down photos of several guitars that will be added to that section, so it'll still be exciting.
On a personal note, my daughter was born on December 21st! I know I had mentioned this at some point previously (you're probably more aware of it if you follow me on Twitter), but it came as a surprise, as she wasn't due until today (January 5th)! I'm happy to report that mom and baby are both doing very well though. This kind of affects my future plans with recording/tabbing though, as my wife is going to be on maternity leave/short-term disability until the middle of February, and she makes a lot more money at her job than I do at mine! To try to pick up the slack, I'm going to be working a TON of extra shifts the next few weeks, so I'm not going to have nearly as much time on my hands as I typically do. Once she goes back to work, I'm going to cut back to just working on the days she has off (daycare is ridiculously expensive, so we're going to try to always have at least one of us at home). Taking care of the baby will be my top priority while I'm home, of course, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of time to work on stuff as well, so I should only be putting off LP-related work for 5-6 weeks or so. I'll definitely at least get the next website update done in the meantime though!