Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
HOHNER LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITES
The global networks of HOHNER websites have been completely overhauled. The new websites have an improved look and feel and offer many new features including; video work-shops and tutorials for harmonica service, a section dedicated entirely to harmonica customizing from the leading customizers in the world, artist videos, free harmonica lessons, Hohner news from around the world, interactive galleries and much more. “We’ve been planning this website upgrade for quite some time and I’m very proud of the way the project has turned out,” commented Scott Emmerman, Director of Marketing & Sales. “This new website gives us more tools and much greater capabilities with which to promote our brands,” he added.
The new website allows users to filter news, artist’s bio, videos and other media by instrument, country, topic and year. It also introduces a brand new media database to which dealer and distributors can easily log in and download high-res product images, artist’s photos, videos, catalogs and more. Global social media activity has been integrated into the new site in order to help Hohner stay in closer contact with its customers and to keep them better informed.
For more information, go to www.playhohner.com.
HOHNER AWARDS FLACO JIMENEZ WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
On October 3rd, 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts named Flaco Jimenez a National Heritage Fellow at The Lincoln Library in Washington, DC. He was also awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Hohner for his incredible achievements culminating in his receiving 5 Grammy awards for musical collaborations with some of the most prestigious artist in the world. Flaco has played a very important role in making Conjunto (Tex-Mex) music known all over the world and is recognized as the ambassador of Conjunto music.
"Hohner has been a part of my life and music from the very beginning. I'm talking about my grandfather, my father, and me, three generations. All of the many recordings throughout the years including 78s, LPs, 8 Tracks, Cassettes, 45s, and CDs have been music that was created with Hohner accordions.
My signature sound could not be possible without the Corona II (accordion). It is with great honor and humility to be recognized by Hohner with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” commented Flaco. “I also want to thank Hohner for supporting me and always being there throughout the years. As they continue to remind me: it's not about the product, but the music and the musicians. Because of this, I will forever be loyal to such a great organization that cares about what I think and feel. I love my Hohner accordions,” he added.
For more information, go to www.playhohner.com
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sony Legacy is offering some great new collection of music by artists that have been immortalized by their talents and our appreciation for their unique sounds. These Boxed sets and multiple album library items are sure to be momentous in both sound and quality of recording. some tracks are so rare that any of these would soon be the crowning jewel of the most selective collector.
Take a moment to see what may be just the set you need to hear.
FENDER® HONORS JAZZ GIANT GEORGE BENSON WITH SIGNATURE COMBO AMPLIFIER AND ENCLOSURE
It is with great pride that Fender announces the release of the GB Hot Rod Deluxe combo and GB Hot Rod Deluxe 112 Enclosure – two elegant performance machines designed in close collaboration with Grammy Award-winning jazz guitar virtuoso George Benson.
“When I plug my guitar through this amplifier, it gives me everything I’m looking for: punch, power and tonality,” said Benson. “The fact that Fender allowed me to design the covering and the amplifier’s looks is outstanding.”
Meticulously engineered, the GB Hot Rod Deluxe is a striking 40-watt 1x12 combo outfitted in a gray-black vinyl covering, silver-strand grille cloth and a classy GB logo badge. It has the full bottom-end characteristic of 6L6 tubes, and a versatile all-tube preamp including a 12AT7 up front for cleaner tone, especially with humbucking pickups. A 100-watt Jensen® C12K speaker handles the immediacy of Benson’s singing soloing style with clarity and range, and the solid-pine cabinet increases tonal resonance while reducing weight.
The GB Hot Rod Deluxe 112 Enclosure mates perfectly with the GB Hot Rod Deluxe combo, and adds fullness bass response and wider stage coverage. It is a closed-back cab neatly dressed in gray-black vinyl covering and silver-strand grille cloth with a GB logo badge, and is equipped with a Jensen C12K 100-watt speaker and solid pine construction for lighter weight.
“Just to have my name on these is enough prestige for a guitar player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Benson quipped.
For more information, and to locate a dealer near you, go to www.fender.com.
FENDER® CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GREAT TONE WITH THE RELEASE OF THE VIBRO-KING® 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION AMP
FENDER® CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GREAT TONE WITH THE RELEASE OF THE VIBRO-KING® 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION AMP
Vibro-King anniversary model reigns supreme with new and improved features
Fender introduced the Vibro-King in 1993 to great acclaim, marking a return to a great hand-wired amp tradition while including a previously unavailable selection of sought-after features.
In the two decades since, guitarists and amp aficionados everywhere have prized the enduringly classic Vibro-King as one of the most touch-sensitive amps ever, with sparkling-clean shimmer at lower volumes and powerfully thick overdrive when cranked up. Fender now commemorates those two decades of pristine tone with the release of the Vibro-King 20th Anniversary Edition amplifier.
Available in black, blonde, and brown coverings with silver, oxblood, and wheat grill cloths, respectively, the Vibro-King 20th anniversary model features all-tube hand-wired circuitry, custom Schumacher® transformers, three new proprietary Fender Special Design Alnico P10R-F speakers by Jensen® for warmer tone, and much more. The Brown/Wheat version also has a solid pine cabinet for increased resonance.
fender.com for more information.
SPECIAL PRO-SOURCE ANNOUNCEMENT
Paiste honors Joey Jordison’s passion for eccentric and unique cymbal designs with a special edition in its Alpha series which are both a visually and sonically close fit to Joey’s current Slipknot touring set.
These new cymbals should be available in local stores as of October/November 2012.
Big Sounds for a Big Series
New Formula 602 models re-launched in co-operation with Vinnie Colaiuta – 15” Medium Hats, 24” Medium Ride, 22” Thin Crash.
Three new RUDE models developed in close collaboration with Joey Jordison – 16”/18”/20” RUDE Wild Chinas.
Dominating Bell in Black
Aquiles Priester’s Inspiration – The 18" 2002 Giga Bell Ride «Psychoctopus».
Black Alpha «Hyper» Cymbals - http://www.paiste.com/e/news.php?actn=det&menuid=39&newsid=1245
Formula 602 Additions - http://www.paiste.com/e/news.php?actn=det&menuid=39&newsid=1246
Aquiles Priester’s Inspiration Ride - http://www.paiste.com/e/news.php?actn=det&menuid=39&newsid=1247
RUDE Wild Chinas - http://www.paiste.com/e/news.php?menuid=39&actn=det&newsid=1248
Dean Markley announces giveaway with Matchbox Twenty to celebrate the release of their new CD release, NORTH. Winners will receive the new CD as well as autographed sets of guitar and bass strings, just like the ones uses in studio and on tour. Fans can enter to win at the Dean Markley Facebook page or by following this link.
For 14 days, one winner will be randomly selected daily. To enter for a chance to win; visit this unique Dean Markley Facebook page, give the page a “like” and complete a short entry form. Winners will be contacted and announced on Facebook.
NORTH, the acclaimed new album from Emblem/Atlantic recording group Matchbox Twenty, has made a stunning chart debut, coming in at #1 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 after its first week in release. Fueled by critical acclaim – as well as the current hit single, “She’s So Mean”– the album’s unprecedented popularity marks the multi-platinum rock band’s first-ever chart-topper and #1 debut. “To be a band that put out our first album in 1996, and have our first #1 in 2012 feels like we are doing something right,” said Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas.
To enter the contest, please visit http://www.facebook.com/Dean.Markley.Strings.Fan.Page?sk=app_403359706360567
About Dean Markley USA
Established in 1972, Dean Markley USA is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings. Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include pickups and accessories. Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, Dean Markley USA products are the smart choice. www.DeanMarkley.com
A LIFE ONCE LOST and Lambgoat.com Post Second Exclusive In-Studio Video Update
On Tour with REVOCATION and KEN MODE this Fall
Pre-Order ‘Ecstatic Trance’ Now – In Stores in North America on October 22 and Internationally on November 16 via Season of Mist
A LIFE ONCE LOST and Lambgoat.com have released a second exclusive in-studio video update today, which highlights the recording of guitars, drums, organs and more. The video was taken during A LIFE ONCE LOST’s time in the studio recording their new album, Ecstatic Trance, due out in North America on its new release date of October 22nd and internationally on November 16th via Season of Mist.
Pre-orders for Ecstatic Trance are available now! The album is available for pre-order in four different versions: jewel case, CD Digipack (EU version), LP, translucent orange LP, and grey mixed LP. Each LP version comes with a poster and dropcard. To take a look at all versions and any other merch items, head to www.e-shop.season-of-mist.com.
A LIFE ONCE LOST recently announced a full U.S. tour with Revocation, visiting a venue near you this October and November. Support will come from KEN mode. The tour kicks off on October 18th in Trenton, NJ and comes to a close in Allston, MA on November 13th with another A LIFE ONCE LOST only date capping on November 18th in Amityville, NY.
A LIFE ONCE LOST w/ Revocation, KEN mode
10/18 – Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Championship Bar (No KEN mode)
10/19 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
10/20 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/21 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/23 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
10/26 – Calgary, AB @ Vern’s
10/27 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/29 – Tacoma, WA @ The Loch’s
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon – Lounge
10/31 – Portland, OR @ Rotture
11/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Sub Mission
11/2 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
11/3 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Chaser’s
11/4 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
11/5 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/6 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/7 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music (ALOL only)
11/8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/9 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
11/11 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
11/12 – New York, NY @ The Studio At Webster Hall
11/13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
11/18 - Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point (ALOL only)