|Posted on July 11, 2017 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
I finished up all of the photo hosting updates for Brad's page yesterday! Glad to have that out of the way, as it was by far the page with the most photos on it. I've uploaded all of the photos for Mike's page to Facebook, and I'll be working on updating the linked photos on his page over the next few days.
Speaking of Brad, I also added two new guitars to his page. One is his new Martin acoustic that he's been using for performances of Sharp Edges, the other is an old Les Paul copy that he smashed as part of a magazine interview/photoshoot way back in 2002 or 2003. I remember seeing those photos YEARS ago and had been searching for them for a while, as it seemed like none of the fansites had them uploaded anywhere.
I also uploaded a tab for Talking to Myself a few days ago, I just didn't post about it at the time because I knew this photo update was going to be posted soon anyway. I'm working on Nobody Can Save Me next! As for recording, I've kind of put things on hold while I deal with this photo hosting thing, along with a host of other things (taking care of my pregnant wife, working up to 15 hours a day 3 or 4 days a week, planning a vacation at the end of August, searching for a new apartment and getting ready to move in September, trying to find time to get ready for my last semester of college...). Recording, mixing, filming, and editing one song is usually a 2-day process for me now, so it's hard to fit in around everything else. I still have a few things in the works though - I know I've been avoiding anything involving acoustic guitar parts lately because I've never been able to get the sound out of my Ovation that I want, but when I visit my family I'm going to see if I can record some stuff with my brother's guitar (he has a BEAUTIFUL old Taylor jumbo acoustic that sounds incredible), and maybe finally get stuff like The Messenger, The Little Things Give You Away, A Light That Never Comes, Talking to Myself, and Castle of Glass recorded in a way that I'm happy with. We'll see!
|Posted on June 25, 2017 at 3:20 AM||comments (1)|
Just a quick update on the photo hosting situation - Instagram wasn't going to work out due to how convoluted the process of uploading photos from my computer to my iCloud account just to redownload them onto my phone and finally upload them to Instagram would be. For a simpler solution, I've decided to just upload all my images to a private album on Facebook and directly link to each photo. Same system as before with clickable thumbnails that open to larger images and such. I have to do the HTML coding for each image manually this time though, so it's a very time-consuming process. I'm slowly working my way through Brad's page right now, and I'll periodically let you guys know how I'm progressing. Should have everything moved over in the next few days. Good riddance, Photobucket.
|Posted on June 15, 2017 at 2:05 AM||comments (2)|
It has come to my attention that Photobucket has recently started blocking photo access for anyone running an adblocker. A personal policy of mine is that I will not, under any circumstances, do business with (or even knowingly use) a website that does this. I wholeheartedly believe in the rights of Internet users to customize their preferred web browser as they see fit without having their browsing experience restricted in any manner, and anyone with basic knowledge of web-based monetization formats knows that there's very little money to be had in digital ad revenue anyway. Go ahead and run ads if you really feel like there's something to gain from it, but don't force them upon people as a requirement for using your website. As a result of this, Photobucket is losing a customer who has been with them for 12 years, and I'm currently exploring other options for photo hosting. I apologize to anyone affected by this.
|Posted on June 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
As promised, here's my biggest guitars update in several years! You may have seen some of the new stuff periodically added to the website over the past few days (I didn't add everything all at once), but it's officially done now. Here are some of the highlights:
-All "active touring use" guitars have been updated, and are current as of the iHeartRadio album release show on May 22nd. Some guitars have changed rigs/tunings, some are no longer in use as of this tour, and some have returned after absences. I'll admit that I'm making educated guesses on a few of the backup guitars (particularly for Brad), but I'm fairly confident that all of this information is correct.
-New Brad stuff: A Jazzmaster from the One More Light recording sessions, a new backup PRS that I'd never seen before, and a couple oddities - one of Chester's D'Angelico guitars (from rehearsals), and a random acoustic guitar from a promo performance in New York.
-New Mike stuff: Nothing! Mike's guitar arsenal doesn't seem to have changed at all for this album, other than a few guitars being moved around.
-New Chester stuff: Chester is now a D'Angelico Guitars artist, and is playing two (soon to be three, probably) of their DC models on tour for "Battle Symphony." There's also a random Tanglewood acoustic guitar he's been seen with a couple times recently.
-New Misc. Guitars stuff: "Leave Out All the Rest" is back in the set for the first time in several years, and Phoenix is now playing Mike's SG's on it! There are also new pictures of Phoenix and Joe playing Takamine acoustic guitars.
Now that this is out of the way, back to tabbing and recording. Yaaaaaay!
|Posted on May 29, 2017 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Moving right along with these new songs, I tackled the new album's incredibly divisive lead single Heavy this week. Not a ton of guitar in this one, but still considerably more than people tend to give it credit for:
Nothing else to post TODAY...but I do have a MAJOR guitars update in the works for sometime in the next couple days. I did update one guitar with a better photo a few days ago (Mike playing the blackberry burst Sustainer-equipped PRS on Waiting for the End - LP posted a really nice picture of him with that guitar on Instagram), but everything else is going to be updated in one fell swoop. New touring cycles are always fun times!