Casino Porn

30. Dezember 2008

To close the year on a high note, here’s some serious guitar porn   😛

One of my all-time favourite guitars is the Epiphone Casino. It is the ultimate Beatle-guitar – all three guitar-playing Beatles have owned and played this model. Paul McCartney still rates the Casino as his personal favourite.

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Originally called the Epiphone Casino ES-230TD it was the sister model to Gibson’s ES-330. Gibson had bought (the then US-firm) in the mid 1950s and produced Epiphone models alongside their own line in Kalamazoo (Michigan). Nowadays the Epi brand serves as Gibson’s cost-conscious line and the production has long been moved to the Far East (mostly China).

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My Casino is an early Noughties Korean-manufactured guitar. Originally a natural (gloss) finished model, it has been Lennon-ised by my friend Sebastian Bunge of Soundhaus Lübeck (Germany). He dulled down the finish (at which point the serial number went missing) and installed higher quality P-90 pickups made by Göldo.

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Although the Casino shares the double-cutaway thinline body of Gibson’s ES-335/-345/-355, it is nonetheless a completely hollow bodied model (like the ES-330). There is no maple centre block running the length of the plywood maple body, which is why the neck joint is at the 16th fret.

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While the originals had one-piece mahogany necks, my guitar comes with a three-piece neck. Basically, the neck is one piece, save for an added bit to make up the height of the neck heel, as well as the headstock, which is joined to the rest north of the saddle/wrist area (not scarf-joined beneath the 2nd fret!).

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While the first Casinos from the late 1950s/early 60s feature (rather ugly) wide Gibson-type headstocks, all post-65 models come with the much more distinctive Epi-hourglass design.

This guitar plays like a dream and sounds like it should. Sebastian pulled it out of its case and said „I think you might be interested in this!“ – damn right I was. He plugged the guitar into a Fender ’65 Deluxe reissue, and it sounded exactly like John on the Apple-building roof in January 1969.

I love this guitar. One example of myself playing the Epiphone Casino can be found here.


Son of the Walrus

30. Dezember 2008

Frank Badenius liebt – genau wie ich auch – die Beatles. Da wollte ich ihm einmal eine Freude machen, und habe seinen Text „Let Me Think About It“ mit einem beatligen Arrangement vertont.

Frank nennt den Song seitdem „Son of I Am The Walrus„. Da habe ich wohl etwas „richtig“ gemacht 😀

Ystäväni Frank rakastaa Beatles-yhtiön musiikkia – samoin minäkin. Näin sovitin meidän yhtennäisen biisin „Let Me Think About It“ vanhatavalla tavalla.

Frank kutsuu tulosta „Son of I Am The Walrus„:iksi. Olen siis onnistunut 😀

My friend Frank and I share a passion for the music of the Beatles. That is why I tried to give this recording of our song „Let Me Think About It“ a beatle-y arrangement.

Frank calls this track „The son of I Am The Walrus“ – seems I’ve done something right 😀

Let Me Think About It

@Pavel: This is me drumming (badly) on a Roland SPD-8. Have mercy 😉


Saz me up, Scotty!

29. Dezember 2008

When my wife attended a conference in Istanbul, she hit upon the idea of presenting me with a saz. The saz is a traditional lute-type instrument in Turkey and the Middle East. It looks like this:

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Naturally, I simply had to write a track with a saz part in it.

Here it is:

Caught In A Mirage


Oldies, but goodies?

29. Dezember 2008

Hier sind zwei Aufnahmen aus dem Jahr 1996:

Tässä kaksi biisiä vuodelta 1996:

Here are two recordings from 1996:

I Don’t Know How You Do It

What I’m Talking About

Ein herzliches Dankeschön an Sebastian Bunge für die Gitarrenlinie im Intro!


My Father Jaroslav: the Missing Link

29. Dezember 2008

I caught the music bug off my father Jaroslav, who was a drummer.

He started off in (what was then) Czechoslovakia in the Sixties. Jaro emmigrated to the West in 1969, while he was playing the Jazz Clubs and US Army Bases in Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany with Prague’s Reduta Jazz Revival Band.

In the Seventies my father was with one of Germany’s best showbands Die Studiker.

Sadly, my parents divorced in the late Seventies, and Jaro left Germany for Australia. I haven’t heard from him since…

Here are two pictures from the mid-Seventies. In the promo-picture you can spot Jaroslav in the second row (fourth from left overall). Behind his right shoulder (the guy in the last row at the far left) is organist Werner Becker, known to many in Germany as the easy-listening band-leader Anthony Ventura.

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That’s what Anthony Ventura looked like on his records:

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A big thank you to my uncle Karel for tracking me down, and to my uncle Pavel for providing me with the old photos of Jaro.


…and we will all go down together

19. Dezember 2008

Ich weiß, diese Art „Betroffenheitslyrik“ ist in unserer heutigen heiteren Zeit völlig out (wie mir ein Entertainer kürzlich stecken wollte), aber dieser Billy Joel -Song berührt mich. Diese alte Liveversion finde ich besonders toll!

 

I know sticking your neck out with lyrics that actually say something is passé these days, but I cannot help myself – this song always „gets“ me! This live version is a favourite of mine:

 

Tämä laulu on toimiva vastamyrkky mitäänsanomattomille Idols-lauluille, sellaisesta ajasta jolloin artistit ottivat vapauden sanoa asioista oman mielipiteensä.

 

You Tube says: „Embedding disabled“, so paste the link into your browser (sorry for the inconvenience).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Dl9Q4jCPg


Der Piano Man

19. Dezember 2008

Unsere ganz privaten und persönlichen (unüberbrückbaren) Probleme mal ganz außen vor gelassen:

Wer einen unterhaltsamen Abend mit 100%ig live gespielter Musik sucht, liegt bei Deutschlands Piano Man Klaus Porath bestimmt goldrichtig.

Vielen Dank für den Link.