Surf-Rock Pioneer Dick Dale Dies

Dick Dale surf guitar
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Another legend has passed away. The master and pioneer of surf-rock guitar, Dick Dale died at age 81 as reported by CNN.

Dick Dale was one of those guitarists with a distinct and original sound. You would know it’s him playing even if you only hear it by ear. He was a big influence when it comes to the surf-guitar style, the fast trills and that thick sound, he’s simply the master of it.

Here’s a tune that you may very well be familiar with, the title is “Misirlou” which was also used in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction.

May you rest in peace.

Goodbye Bandhub

And the day about that big announcement by the creators of Bandhub has finally come and everyone in the community is in grief. After some previous shake-ups, Bandhub managed to stay afloat in the big wave but like a dying person who’s only way to survive is through a machine, the question is for how long? Keeping up a site is very costly and it’s a big blow that the biggest factor the creators of the site face are the financial woes. Now they’ve finally pulled the plug. It’s now officially closed. To all the members, it’s as if someone in the family died.

Bandhub, for all those who don’t know, is a site aimed for people who loved to play music, be it professionally or just a hobby, and be able to collaborate virtually with others as if you’re jamming in the real world. And you’re not just sharing your talents with folks within your vicinity, you’re sharing it to the whole world. So imagine how big it would be when you’re meeting with folks in other continents with different timezones. Bandhub was able to do that. Although it’s not played simultaneously in real-time (which is a good thing because it would be difficult to people in certain parts of the world where internet is slow) it’s pre-recorded with a backing track from YouTube as a guide,  the process is a mix of playing it straight as if you’re in live session or like you’re in a recording studio wherein you can play certain parts, record as many tracks as you want as long as it has no mistakes. It all depends on each individual’s taste. But true enough, it helps the person to play better and improve as a musician.

 Well there are other music collaboration related sites aside from Bandhub, which has an audio and video record output (with mixing and effects feature for pro members) that lessens the job for some serious video-audio syncing edit, such as Smule, which is more on the singer-side; Splice; Kompoz; Blend; Vocalizr; Audiu; Procollabs; newly-operated site Ourjamz, which is doing the same thing like Bandhub with some improved features on the recording end; Bandlab, which acquired Cakewalk and made it free to the public, has a DAW featured on its interface but is purely audio recording.

But what separates Bandhub from rest of the pack is that it’s more than just music collaboration, it has become a huge tight-knit community, where there’s no trolling, politics set aside and all these negative stuff. Everyone is friendly and supportive to each other. And no pain in the arse (if ever there’s one, lucky me I didn’t experience one). Aside from the collaboration, the interaction between the members through its comment section made each users closer so the bond grew stronger. So close that members had already made some gatherings from the past on different countries, and plans for future meet-ups/reunions are in the works.

With that, I give my hats-off to the creative team of Bandhub led by Marcelo and Pablo for making this wonderful site. Many thanks to them, and also to the guy who spammed on my YT’s comment section sending in the BH link. Huge thanks also to all my collaborators, some of whom I became friends with. It’s an honor to have played with you all. Definitely, it’s one helluva wild and fun ride. The beloved site will surely be missed. It may have closed down, but it opened the door to a wider possibilities. As what McCartney wrote, I say goodbye, and you say hello.

Guns N’ Roses Live, Not in This Lifetime

After three long decades of waiting, Guns N’ Roses finally did a show in the Philippines. And it totally rocked! The Not in This Lifetime tour definitely is a once in a lifetime event for the wild fans in this country so when they heard about the news about Philippines as being one of the Asian countries that’s part of the tour’s stops, rockers from that era gathered in the largest arena in the land (perhaps in Asia as well?) the Philippine Arena, come showtime. They even brought their kids to the concert and let them experience first hand the hard rockin’ music their parents once listened.

As for this author, it’s the second time around to see the legendary guitar icon Slash, but this time it’s sweeter because he’s playing with the band that got him on the map, with almost the original lineup, and this one had many audience compared to his first stop wherein seats weren’t filled (his solo project band’s show happened a week earlier than the sold-out concert of Aerosmith).

As expected, it turned out as a sing-along from Filipino fans whenever the band played familiar tunes and when they played unfamiliar songs, fans kept mum. But all in all, it was great seeing original members Axl on vocals, Slash on guitar, Duff on bass and Dizzy Reed on keys live onstage along with the guys from The Psychedelic Furs and Love Split Love Richard Fortus on guitar and Frank Ferrer on drums. Of course there’s FIl-Am Melissa Reese on keys and synths to compliment well on the band’s overall sound. It was nostalgia all over again.

For those of you who’ve missed it, here’s some clips from fans who have shared it on YouTube. But nothing beats the feeling of watching it live hehe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLwFElC2Too

Listen to New Songs by Dizzy Songwriter

Prolific songwriter Dizzy Cruz is back with brand new songs after a long hiatus in the local music indie scene. The frontman of Crude Oz, has launched a new site Dizzysongwriter featuring his latest songs as well as unreleased tracks from the vault.

Taking a rewind, Crude Oz was a band that had songs with regular airplay on local fm stations, numerous number one spots on music countdowns by NU107 and UR105.9 and a nomination on NU107’s Rock Awards In the Raw category during its heyday. This author got a chance to play with the band in its version 2.0/3.0 and was also a part of its Straight Jacket album released in 2009.

Fast forward to present, Dizzy has written a lot of songs in the post-band era (so many that he could actually release a double album in a year if he wanted to), and this site provides us, both old followers and new listeners, to his brand of music.

Dizzy’s goal for this site is to share at least one content every Friday so it’s going to be a treat to everyone.

Click HERE to listen to the latest track Wake Up, a trippy, guitar-driven pop rock that will motivate you in your daily grind.