Posted: November 18, 2013
When U.K. indie folk-rock band Daughter was promoting their debut full-length album If You Leave in the States earlier this year, they stopped by Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new tracks.
Two of those were the dreamily haunting ”Smother” and “Human,” both of which feature frontwoman Elena Tonra’s ethereal vocal talents.
Posted: November 14, 2013
The set comes as a companion to the 1994 release of the Beatles’ Live at the BBC, which sold more than five million copies within six weeks. Volume 2 features a 48-page booklet, 63 tracks – including 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band and BBC’s radio hosts.
Watch a preview below and visit the Beatles’ official website for more information.
Posted: November 13, 2013
Credit Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and renowned SoCal hot rod artist Sara Ray for teaming up to create another gem of a guitar from the Gretsch Custom Shop.
The ’59 Duo-Jet that is headed to U.K. resident Steve Isaacs features a 130th Anniversary logo on a larger headstock and an amazing graphic from Ray. It was the second time Isaacs asked Ray to paint a guitar, the previous one depicting a tattooed pinup.
“I got to know Sara Ray quite well over the past few years,” Isaacs said from his home in Poole, Dorsett. “She painted another guitar for me a while ago. When it’s time for her to work on a guitar, she sends over couple of sketches, but I really don’t like to give her too much direction. She came up with a couple of ideas, and I loved this one the most.”
Isaacs had also worked with Stern before, as the enthusiast owns a couple of masterbuilt Telecasters from Stern.
“I didn’t know much about Steve Stern, but he had such a fantastic resume. He’s worked with some of the world’s greatest luthiers,” said Isaacs, who noted that he has been playing guitar for at least 30 years.
“He mentioned that I should check out Gretsch. I have to say, he totally converted me. They’re great guitars.”
The image on Issacs’ newest piece is of Anne Bonny, the infamous Irishwoman who became a feared pirate. With a sword slung at her side, Bonny is also holding a boarding pistol.
“I think it really came out amazing,” Isaacs said. “It is truly one-of-a-kind, and I can’t wait to play it.”
View more of Ray’s work on her official website.
Posted: November 6, 2013
In the video, the band puts on an intimate performance that is made all the more magical with eye-catching filters on the footage.
Watch the clip below and visit Nightmare and the Cat’s official Facebook page for more information.
Posted: November 4, 2013
In September, Waco, Texas native and Nashville resident Brian Wright released new album Rattle Their Chains, a collection of 12 songs that showcases his savvy songwriting.
“There was no conscious theme to this record,” said Wright. “As I listen to it now, there’s a lot of themes that are running through it — self-reflection, where I grew up, where I was living, where I was going. It encompasses far more than location — the past, the future, hope and regret — all the things that are worth writing about it.”
When Gretsch caught up with the singer-songwriter, he gave us this wonderful performance of new track “Can’t Stand to Listen.”
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