What tunes put you in the mood to seize the day? Hyvmine guitarist Al Joseph and Premier Guitar staffers share their picks.
April 2018: Do you have a favorite wake-up song? What is it and why?
Al Joseph — HYVMINE
A: I don’t listen to just songs, so the album would be Black Clouds & Silver Linings by Dream Theater. It captures the core attitude of how I tackle my day. Raw power, erect energy, and constant inspiration. This record pushed me to step into the role of being a true musician and songwriter.
Current obsession: Steely Dan and D’Angelo. Those dudes just have such a raw, rock-driven take on funk, jazz, and R&B. Aja is my favorite from Steely and Voodoo is the best work D’Angelo has done. It has such a sexy feel and the message speaks to my heart, from my past relationships to everyday trials. I listen to these records in the car, shower, and in the club—ha-ha! What a metal head I am, huh?
Andrew Frazier — Reader of the Month
A: “Painkiller” by Judas Priest. Nobody’s sleeping through that.
Current obsession: Learning to play Ram Jam’s “Black Betty.” I always try to work on songs with my guitar teacher that will teach me something new, and with Black Betty, I can work on improving my speed.
Shawn Hammond — Chief Content Officer
A: The Blood Brothers’ “Spit Shine Your Black Clouds,” with its chipper electric-piano-and-bass intro, is a good post-caffeine slow-build boost.
When more drastic measures are called for, the thrashing post-hardcore shriek-fest of the Blood Brothers’ “Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon” serves as a great EpiPen to the heart.
Current obsession: The “reverb sandwich” (see Tuning Up).
Tessa Jeffers — Managing Editor
A: “One Day Like This” by Elbow. It captures the floating feeling of hope and magic in the air. The sun is shining, and nothing can break your spirit. The live version with the BBC orchestra makes me feel like I’m in the opening scene for La La Land.
On a not-so-sparky morning, I prefer Elbow’s “Grounds for Divorce.” If those don’t work, I turn to the Beastie Boys. Forever and ever amen.
Current obsession: How the drums and bass lines on Awolnation’s Here Come the Runts hit with conviction. Check out “Sound Witness System” and “ Handyman” and call me in the morning.
Matt Roberts — Marketing Manager
A: Depends on the season! In the deepest/darkest winter, I jam to the sweet folk-fusion of Chris Thile. His latest album, written during his first season of Live from Here, is a time-machine of the feelings of the past couple years, but also a reminder that we can all be better about listening to others.
In the spring/summer, I love to wake up to happy indie-rock like “City in the Sun” by Almost Classy.
Current obsession: With the 10th anniversary of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, I’ve been re-obsessed. Justin Vernon has gone from a falsetto-heavy, one-man folk hero to the nine-piece, electro-folk orchestral sounds of Bon Iver and is now leaning into the experimental sound with 22, A Million.
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This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA
MLA Pedals AC/OD - Music & Demo by A. Barrero
Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
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