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Monday, April 21, 2014

STEREO LOVE BRINGS "FAMILY" BACK TO ROCK AND ROLL

The Dad behind the music: JUDD STEELE

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  STEREO LOVE BRINGS "FAMILY" BACK TO ROCK AND ROLL

 

Lisablog picInterviewed By: Lisa "Sunshine" Svelnys

LA Rock Correspondent: Xombiewoof Magazine

Host: Hollywood Rock Underground TV

First getting my attention last fall through production work and video by a friend in real life, and Facebook, Foni (Live Guerillas Entertainment), I began becoming intrigued by STEREO LOVE. When I was presented with the opportunity to meet them for the first time face-to-face at NAMM, I was beyond impressed with the professionalism sisters Jewel and Lula showed. I decided then to see them play live on a Sunday at DiPiazzia's in Long Beach at a show put together by George Rindfleisch. It was fantastic; I can't wait for you to meet them too...

 

StereoLove2014,STEREO LOVE, based out of Studio City, Calif., is a family trio that simply loves to rock n' roll. The band members are 15 year old Jewel Steele on lead vocals & guitar, 16 year old Lula Steele on bass and back-up vocals, and their father, Judd Steele on drums.

Jewel Steele picked up the guitar when she was 9 years old and has been playing non-stop ever since. Jewel began performing in public the Summer of 2010 on her local street corner. Jewel is endorsed by Daisy Rock Girl Guitars and she also rocks the violin and drums too.

 

LulaSteele2Lula Steele picked up the bass guitar when she was 10 years old. Influenced by her jazz musician Grandfather, Lula also plays Upright Bass and was the only female bass player in her middle school orchestra. Lula is also endorsed by Daisy Rock Girl Guitars and loves to “thump da bass” every time she gets a chance.

Judd Steele brings years of playing drums to the table. Judd has toured for the troops, playing in Afghanistan and other destinations around the world. Looking for a fun family activity to do together, Judd being a rock and roll dad, decided to start a band with his two daughters, and in that moment, a 3-piece made in heaven came into being. Judd plays Premier, English made drums, like his father, Judd Sr., did.

JewelSteele1When was the first time you and the girls performed?

JS - It was at Jensen's Music, Girls of Rock Night, in Santa Barbara. The girls were just 10 and 11 years old. The show was fantastic and the girls learned they loved to play in front of a live audience and I got a chance to back them up on “dem drums”, lucky me, Five years later, the girls now 15 and 16, STEREO LOVE is still going strong. The band played 37 live shows in 2013, all the way from San Diego to Santa Barbara and out east to Las Vegas. Venues include clubs, bars, schools, festivals, fundraisers, parks, street corners, where ever we can play without getting arrested. Over 21 clubs will let the girls come on stage before 10pm to rock their set, then they have to leave, but at least they got to perform.

 

JuddSteeleCCWhere do you pull your inspiration from?

JS - Of course, within myself and definitely from my kids for sure! My wife really likes and listens to stuff from the 60s and 70s and I was a hair band guy from the glam rock days in the 80s. So our tastes include everything from Elvis to Kix to Janis Joplin to Enuff Z'nuff. Jewel personally likes Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Orianthe and Grace Potter. She listens to many types of music from Stevie Wonder to the Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Katie Perry and more up to date young people music that never gets played on the radio. And Lula, she really digs bass player Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and Flea from the Chili Peppers. Lula tends to like heavier music and riffs and listens to anything from Paramore to Lorde and she also enjoys rap too. Me, I am influenced by Tommy Lee, Buddy Rich and of course my jazz drumming father, Judd Sr. My dad was a real musician; he toured in the 40s and 50s with a group of guys and played standards at famous hotels and casinos. He was on the road for 16 years. In 1985, my dad took me to see Buddy Rich play and this this guy was a real showman and his performance has always stuck in my mind. I bet Tommy Lee got some moves from him.

So Dad, Who does the songwriting?

JS - Jewel and Lula both write the songs and some of the songs they work with a co-writer, a good friend of mine who is wildly talented and has been doing it a long time. He shares his experience with the girls, which is priceless. The remakes we play are how we express ourselves and they are played in our own style. Some people tell us that we do it better than the original artist, and we always love hearing that! Or other people will say, is that an original?

What has been the biggest moment for "Stereo Love" as of now?

Afghanistan1JS - This would be winning the Vegas Rocks Music Awards 2013, hosted by Miss Sally Steele, the rock n' roll Goddess of Vegas. STEREO LOVE won the 'Hollywood Rocks' category and Jewel just happen to win a Dean Guitar in a raffle at the same time, signed by many a rock star who were performing that night. STEREO LOVE was rolling in Vegas! The band actually won by our fans voting for us. We are still riding high from this award and have met so many wonderful people who want to help us with our music endeavors.

 

How do you describe your music? How close are your lines of reality and music drawn?

JS - Our music is all over the place... from blues to pop to alternative to heavy. We just try to stay away from politics and religion and keep it upbeat and positive. As far as how close our music is to reality... I personally have been around the block a few times but my girls are still so young, 15 & 16, and they really are untainted at this point in their lives. Neither one has even had a boyfriend yet. And I like it like that. Of course, they usually have crushes on the same guy. (Btw, did I mention I bring my Louisville Slugger to every show?) Original songs like 'My Perfect Date' is just simply Jewel being sarcastic in her own dream world, she can't even drive a car yet. 'Straight Up' are past crushes that lasted a “Nano Second”. Other songs like 'What do You Want' and 'You're A Star' are down tuned to drop D and these songs make the girls feel incredible, like they are invincible, plus they love the way the crowd responds to these tunes.

StereoLoveFamily2014What is it like raising two teenage daughters in music?

JS - It is a lot of fun raising 2 teenage daughters in the music business. I am around them all the time so I can keep my eye on them, and I like that. This is the first band that I have ever been in, when I tell them it is bed time, they listen to me (he laughs). The only set back is that they won't let me have a microphone. And every time I start to talk, they tell me "shut up and rock". I feel very blessed, like I have re-invented myself as a musician. I also like that I am more popular at their high school than they are. They definitely make me feel 17 years old again.

StereoLove2014What musical influences did you make available to them on an ongoing basis?

JS - When Jewel and Lula were 9 & 10 years old, we stopped in Guitar Center for something for me and my drums. Well, they of course ditched me and headed for the guitars. When I was done doing my business, I headed downstairs and heard this noise, sounding like it was almost music. It was Lula and Jewel, messing around on guitar and bass, doing their own thing and at that moment, I could tell they definitely had a knack for music and showmanship. They really had no fear and they were playing their hearts out like they were rock stars! And here we are now, 6 years later, with endorsements and still moving forward.

Our favorite song written to date is 'What Do You Want'. This song is about going to the top, playing arenas, a dream of STEREO LOVE's.

Our next show is in our home town at Universal Bar & Grill on April 25th. We will also be playing the 41st Annual Topanga Days in May, Fiesta Days in Santa Barbara in July and Summerfest in August with a lot more shows in between. Check out our Show Dates on our website for more info: www.StereoLove.us

 

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Download STEREO LOVE's latest album for FREE here:

http://www.reverbnation.com/stereolovemusic/album/65061-no-pain-gain--vocals-by-jewel-steele

 

 

 

532879_492074360846165_1693186334_nFor Booking and More Info about Stereo Love: judddrums@aol.com

STEREO LOVE website: www.StereoLove.us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/STEREO-LOVE/310100929043510

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/stereolovemusic

Instagram: http://instagram.com/stereoloveofficial

Twitter: @StereoLove_band

Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MilitaryBratz2010

 


Friday, April 18, 2014

LE REVERIE'S "THE DREAM" SELECTED AS THEME SONG FOR UPCOMING HORROR MOVIE THRILLER "LAKE EERIE"

"The Dream" by Los Angeles-based Goth-Symphonic Metal band Le Reverie has been selected as the theme song for upcoming horror movie thriller "Lake Eerie" starring veteran actor Lance Henriksen. Written and directed respectively by Meredith Majors and Chris Majors, "Lake Eerie" - set for a  Summer 2014 release - is about a young widow who moves into a house on Lake Erie to recover from her husband's sudden death, who is then enveloped by a whirlwind of tragedy and dark forces and must fight back and figure out the evil truth before it's too late. More on Lake Eerie at http://www.lakeeeriemovie.com.

Le Reverie's unique musical mix of progressive rock, metal, classical symphony and goth is fronted by enchanting vocalist, Allie Jorgen. The Los Angeles-based rock band's album "Dark Symphony" won "2013 Best Group CD" from the L.A. Music Critic/Examiner, who exclaimed, ""Allie Jorgen and Le Reverie are smokin' hot rock stars and one of the best things to come out of L.A. in many years. With acts like them, the Strip could find itself back in its glory days when Rock reigned."

Jorgen is also the Los Angeles reporter for music/entertainment publication, National Rock Review.

 

 

 

Watch the Trailer on YouTube

 

Le Reverie's "Dark Symphony" Gets Shining Reviews

All critics agree, Le Reverie is awe inspiring and is destine for greatness in every level imaginable!

"Le Reverie delivers a Goth-fueled arena-sized vision exemplified by the darkly sensual 'Twisted' and 'Le Reverie,' with heaps of hard-rock riffage and haunted yearning. (Allie Jorgen's) vocals are strong on power balled 'The Ghost Of You,' with its Stevie Nicks aura."

                                       MUSIC CONNECTION

"Dark Symphony sounds like it should be coming out of northern Europe rather than right here in America. I would liken this band to the sound and feeling of bands such as Dream Theater, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and a bit of early Evanescence. A great album by a great band!"

NATIONAL ROCK REVIEW

"If you're a fan of symphonic-styled epic rock with sorrow in their hearts, you might well rejoice as another quality act are added to the community. Dark Symphony is a good debut album; ten tracks with meat on their bones, and a compelling lead vocal performance by Allie Jorgen."

SCREAMER MAGAZINE

"Dark Symphony is a remarkable album, deftly combining a dazzling array of influences into a unique and enthralling whole. Allie Jorgen's vocals are rich and warm, and she conveys emotion like a master on the metal title track."

100 % ROCK MAGAZINE

"Le Reverie ('The Dream') catches you with its metal-influences guitar and rhythm, paired with use of piano and (Allie) Jorgen's soaring vocals. A solid release...a strong future for Le Reverie is in store."

ROCK OVER AMERICA

"Le Reverie will lure you in with their haunting melodies and dark heavy tracks...Dark Symphony demands the attention of diverse fans of Progressive Metal music. The songs boast an array of powerful progression and passion while still retaining its heavy metal attitude."

ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE

"On Dark Symphony Le Reverie stands out and separates themselves from similarly-sounding bands of their ilk. A noticeable lingering air of darkness and layered sound runs through the album on such standouts as 'Le Reverie (The Dream)' 'Hold Me Down' and 'Pleasure & Pain.'”

STARPULSE

"Not since Fleetwood Mac was fronted by Stevie Nicks has a band been fronted by such a hauntingly, bewitchingly beautiful singer. Allie Jorgen handily commands the mic, stage, persona, and vocals as well as any veteran rocker who comes to mind. An incredible merging of Goth, Prog, and Metal with some very healthy doses of symphonic bliss."

BOOMEROCITY

"Fine collaboration of Goth Prog-Metal dreamscape music. Top-notch musicianship. I get this feeling I'm on a sonic caravan with an aural backdrop of nebulous and shadowy landscapes leading the listener to soft swaying fields of nirvana. Are you ready to take a symphonic journey? If so, there is no looking back!"

GUITARZ FOREVER

"I received Dark Symphony and found this collection of work to be a truly magnificent gem of musical composition. Le Reverie has taken traditional rock, Gothic music, progressive metal, and classical symphonic stylings, and blended it into a perfect creation of emotionally stirring music."

XOMBIEWOOF MAGAZINE

"An interesting blend of Goth rock, Metal, Prog Rock and even symphony music as in the album's opener, 'La Naissance.' 'Twisted' is another example of Le Reverie's fine musical and songwriting skills. Powerful and enthralling chord progressions, and songs that create poignant visual images in the listener's mind."

L.A. MUSIC EXAMINER

"Majestic melodies and soaring female vocals from (front person) Allie Jorgen are a guarantee on this release with highlights including the orchestral instrumental opener 'La Naissance' and the piano-led ballad 'Ghost Of You.' Well worth checking out."

METALLIVILLE

"Dark Symphony is a collection of well-written songs along the vein of Evanesence with a pinch of Prog. Allie jorgen's vocals weave a hypnotic spell through each track that takes the listener to a different realm."

ROCK THIZ MAGAZINE

"Le Reverie have managed to take the sound of Evanescence and bring it to a whole new level. At once aggressive and melodic, they are clearly not afraid to push the boundaries of what is considered metal. While many bands seem to be a one-trick pony, Le Reverie bring epic scope while stripping it down and nearly pulls it off with perfection. 4 out of 5 skulls (covered with black candles)."

THE HAZARD REPORT

"Dark Symphony is a mesmerizing opus."

ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE

"Fronted by the amazing Allie Jorgen, Le Reverie's Dark Symphony is twelve tracks of amazing hard rock with a progressive undercurrent. 'Hall Of Mirrors' and 'Dark Secrets' continue the terrific momentum set by the previous tracks. 'Truth & Lies' and a reprise of 'Ghost In You' ends this amazing album. 9 (stars out of) 10."

RAVENHEART MUSIC

Visit www.lereverie.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Reverie/123374824370714?fref=ts for more info


DESERT DRAGON TO ROCK THE ROOF OFF DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL

VIVA LAS VEGAS!: DESERT DRAGON TO ROCK THE ROOF OFF DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO /SATURDAY, MAY 17TH

(LAS VEGAS, NV) - Just as U2 did at Rockefeller Center during their recent Tonight Show appearance, L.A. band Desert Dragon will rock the roof off the Downtown Grand Las Vegas during the hot quintet's upcoming show there, Saturday, May 17, 2014. 10:45 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Free. Info: (855) 384-7263 or https://www.facebook.com/DowntownGrandLV.

  Known for their fiery live shows (no pun intended!), Desert Dragon recently took to the road for a six-city SXSW Tour that included a date at Shakespeare's Pub in Austin, TX. KESHA keyboardist Jenna Stone joined Desert Dragon for the tour. 

In January Desert Dragon recently performed with iconic rock band Blue Oyster Cult at The Canyon Club, to great reviews. Vintage Rock's James Shelley wrote, "before I get started on BOC's performance I must shout from the mountain about the opening band, Desert Dragon. In a word, dynamite! These guys rocked! They definitely have the old school sound: heavy on guitars, thick bass lines, dynamic percussion, keyboards and great vocals. Percussionist Nicholas Mason held everything together. No fancy moves, just solid rock drumming. Singer Ross Petraca demonstrated a set of pipes that, head to head, would compete with a list of established vocalists, some having been around for greater than fifty years."

  National publication Music Connection opined, "(Desert Dragon's) rhythm section is tight...Double-duty DeCario plays deep, sludgy grooves on the bass and atmospheric synthesizers, one of the highlights of the set...the twin guitar attack of Greg Patnode (who also wrote "Darkness Shines") and Thiago Straioto show the kind of balance expected from Judas Priest's K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton, if not with harmonized solos, then definitely with their distinct styles. Lead singer Ross Petraca has some quality pipes."

In a just-published review, the L.A. Music Examiner calls Desert Dragon's recent EP release Desolation, "Miles Away from the competition." Writer Will Phoenix goes on to say, "Darkness Shines" is an energetic introduction to their signature sound..."Miles Away" is yet another song that works well live...every band needs a song like closing cut "Bring Back The Life." Read the entire review here: http://www.examiner.com/article/desert-dragon-s-desolation-is-miles-away-from-the-competition?CID=examiner_alerts_article.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxtyFjPOxo4Zc1PF5fjwjkr3FiTbRCKcY

https://www.facebook.com/DesertDragonMusic

Vintage Rock - Live Show Review

Rockwired Magazine - Feature

All Access Magazine - Interview


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Album Review: Pomme de Terre by Pawns or Kings

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Artist: Pawns or Kings

Reviewed by Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine

Missouri based and US born indie folk band Pawns or Kings, described by the Indie Shuffle as "The Fleet Foxes and the Avett Brothers have a music baby", have recently released their newest album, Pomme de Terre.

Pomme de Terre has it has been gaining some impressive momentum in the UK underground scene but has remained relatively unknown in the states, which is a shame because this group has a great sound to offer. I find their sound to be a hybrid of Dave Mathews and a bit of the Hollies, maybe even a bit of Country Joe McDonald … just something about the way they sound reminds me of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seger, true sounds of the people’s music.

Peaceful, Serene and Reassuring in their lyrical majesty, Pawns or Kings gives a front porch softness to a world gone mad and I will be following them steadfast and sure.

Of all the songs on this emotionally driving and surely spiritual invigorating album is the track The River Will Rise, go to http://pawnsorkings.bandcamp.com and hear it, as well as their other songs for yourself, you can also find them on Facebook Here- http://www.facebook.com/PawnsorKings.


Get into The Spaces Between

Front imageAlbum Review: Let's Leave It At This For Now

Artist: The Spaces Between

Self-produced Independent Album featuring Jon Anderson of YES

Review by Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine

With an organic, flowing and retro sound, The Spaces Between have been performing to standing room only crowds and as of late been gaining great popularity here locally on the Central Coast of California with their ambient sound with alluring and progressive tempos.

facebook roxyThis unified trio, Andrew Rubin on lead guitar, Noah Colton on bass and vocals and Liam Smith on drums have proven themselves to be not only serious musicians but musical visionaries inspired by genres including funk, jazz, alternative and rock n' roll. With many performances at notable venues such as the Whisky a Go-Go, the Roxy, the Viper Room, and the Live Oak Music Festival, the Spaces Between have produced and released their first full-length album, "Let's Leave It At This For Now..." is now available on limited-edition CD and on iTunes.

Let's Leave It At This For Now is Co-produced and mixed by current Blind Melon vocalist Travis Warren, the album features eight intrinsic and avant-garde tracks and features a very special guest appearance by the voice of Jon Anderson of YES.

First listening to Let's Leave It At This For Now , you get a sense of 70’s and 80’s inspired pieces but not with the “poppish” or repetitive “hum-drum” ego pop sound, I would say they have more of a progressive / power trio feel and fall strongly in line with the likes of Brian Ferry, Robert Fripp or their contemporaries. This album has a warm sound with an almost “Day Glow” pop that calls for attention but is not overwhelming. Persuasive and ambient harmonies create a dreamlike state of musical bliss.

Online streaming of Let's Leave It At This For Now is available at www.reverbnation.com/thespacesbetween and you can find out more at the group’s website http:// www.thespacesbetweenband.com. Other contact and social pages include their Facebook page, http:// www.facebook.com/spacesbetweenband and performance footage on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/thespacesbetweenband.

WINNERRRR

Vocalist Jon Anderson of YES whom appeared on the track Orchasm has said in comment that they were “a great band and excellent guys” which from the founding father of progressive music is a statement of faith for a group of musicians of their youth. Key tracks on the album- Independence, Jubilation, Century, Let it Out have strong hit song qualities and would be anthem tracks if given their due.

Get into The Spaces between, Let's Leave It At This For Now will be this summer’s breakout indie hit!


KIX TO RECORD NEW ALBUM–BREAKING NEWS

 

KIX SIGNS WITH LOUD & PROUD RECORDS; FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 19 YEARS, CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS AND SET FOR JULY 22 RELEASE

 

 

The Wait is OVER!

Look for KIX-- Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records.  What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.

“The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman.  “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years!  We'll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”

Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun.  What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise.  They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves.  They’re simply doing what they do best...and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”

Marking the re-emergence of KIX in early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received.  Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S.  Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX.  The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as Best Performance at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more.

As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs.  The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album.  Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.

Stay tuned for new album news, which will be announced in the coming weeks, and check out KIX on tour at any of the following stops (with more to be announced soon):

DATE                CITY                              VENUE

Fri 4/25             Columbia, MD              M3 Festival

Sat 5/24            Pryor, OK                     Rocklahoma

Sat 5/31            Sandusky, OH              Ohio Bike Week

Fri 6/6               Vernal, UT                   Thunder Rocks

Sat 6/21            Idaho Falls, ID              Rock The Falls

Fri 7/25             Royalton, MN               Halfway Jam

Thu 7/31            Leemore, CA                Tachi Palace Casino

 

About Loud & Proud Records:

Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space with releases by Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Earth Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Bad Company and more.  In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Steve Miller Band.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile, powerhouse rockers KIX and the classic Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.  Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC, and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG.

FOR MORE INFO AND BREAKING NEWS

www.kix-band.com - www.facebook.com/OfficialKIX - www.twitter.com/KIXtheband

www.loudandproudrecords.com - www.facebook.com/LoudandProudRecords

www.twitter.com/LoudProudLabel


Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Releases to Examine

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Audio Fidelity limited edition remastered editions of Behind the Sun by Eric Clapton and East West by The Butterfield Blues Band. These 24k Gold CDs have exquisite sound quality.

I recommend you visit http://www.audiofidelity.net and check out all of their available releases. Included in their catalogue is collectors quality vinyl releases.. Great for Record Store Day buys.

#audiofidelity #ericclapton #butterfieldbluesband


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ear Trumpet Labs Introduces Mabel, Their First Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone

Ear Trumpet Labs

  Handcrafted microphones with modern electronics and a vintage look

Mabel.angled.blackEar Trumpet Labs, a privately owned company in Portland OR that makes handcrafted microphones, today announced the release of Mabel, a new microphone designed specifically for studio work.

The Mabel, one of a full line of technologically innovative, visually stunning and a true example of form and function supporting imaginative design, will most definitely spark a new creativity to the studio professional as well as the home studio recording artist. All of the Ear Trumpet Labs microphones are favored by the “New Folk” Artists throughout the United States, and until recently was a most guarded secret.

Mabel is a hand-built multi-pattern condenser microphone utilizing two cardioid medium-large diaphragm (26mm) capsules, designed primarily for capturing demanding sources like acoustic instruments, drum overheads, and vocals. Recognized as “Microphones of Distinction”, and, in my opinion, I would say that Ear Trumpet Lab Microphones have a sought after sound and durability that outlast other microphones in their price ranges yet have no equal in their class.

 

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Mabel.fontal.blackMabel features a unique copper-ringed head basket with brass grill work, held in a pivoting mount within a stainless-steel yoke, and a copper-and-brass body. The design is both visually stunning and extremely practical, as the pivoting head makes for easy positioning adjustments.

The capsules are a pair of fixed-cardioid electret condensers, individually tested and selected to match each other and strict design criteria. The circuit is a transformer-less FET with fully balanced output, incorporating thorough EMI protection.

Other electrical components in the signal path are of the highest quality: metal film resistors, polypropylene and polystyrene capacitors, and individually tested, hand-matched and biased transistors and JFETs. Internal Sorbothane shock and vibration damping helps to minimize vibration noise.

The dual-cardioid-capsule design is an uncommon approach to a multi-pattern microphone. It has advantages in an especially deep null at the sides of the figure 8 pattern and greater control over the directional frequency response across all the patterns. The circuit includes high frequency EQ tuned to the capsules, providing a very smooth high end.

Mabel.top.black.hiresSensitivity: 25 mv/Pa (cardioid) Output Impedance: 150 ohms

The Mabel is now available for $1000 directly from Ear Trumpet Labs.

Visit Ear Trumpet Labs on the Web and see for yourself what your studio should sound like

About Ear Trumpet Labs

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2011, Ear Trumpet Labs is a craft builder of unique microphones for adventurous musicians and recordists. Combining technical expertise, the highest-grade hand-selected electrical components, and a sculptural craft aesthetic, the company is committed to bringing the best of visual and sonic creativity to musicians around the world.

 

Also Visit The Portland Sessions for More Great Videos of Ear Trumpet Labs Microphones

 


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