The camp crew and myself are very happy to announce Freak Guitar Camp 2014 is now open for registration!
Truly hope to see you in Sweden this summer!
Big news! (And a first glimpse at the Cooking with Pagans fantastic artwork as well!)
The press release:
Blacksad's Juanjo Guarnido Launches His First Kickstarter Animation Project. Famed Blacksad artist and former Disney animator, Juanjo Guarnido, along with French animation studio, Fortiche Prod, has launched his first Kickstarter project to support their initial short movie, which will be a music video of Swedish rock band, Freak Kitchen's new single. The project, (which can be found here, launched on February 19, 2014, and will run through March 26, 2014. The debut of the movie, along with in-person commentary by Juanjo, will occur at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, July 23-27, 2014.
The Jazz Raj is a Jonas Hellborg trio recording continuing his collaboration with IA and introducing drummer Ranjit Barot.
The music is seamlessly bonding Western and Indian improvised music while avoiding the stylistic cliches that are so often the pitfalls of this type of music.
The Jazz Raj continues the tradition of the Bass/Drums/Guitar trios that Hellborg has been fronting for more than 2 decades featuring wonderful musicians such as Shawn Lane, Buckethead, Michael Shrieve and Jeff Sipe.
The tracks on the record are 2 half hour extended compostions with sections inter-related thematically using western interpretation of Indian Ragas.
It is a genre defying work, it is Jazz Metal and Indian music but primarily music for the pleasure of listening.
To be released through Bardo Records worldwide January 21st!
Got smoking leads but make uncontrollable spasms when trying to groove over, say, 11/4? Can you take it away at warp speed all over the fret board but risk breaking your ankle keeping time with your foot while playing odd groupings? Well, then the fourth edition of the popular Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache download tuition series is something for you.
Subtitled Everything You Wanted To Know About Rhythm But Were Afraid To Ask the package includes 24 tracks (8 tracks with guitar, 8 tracks with no guitar and 8 tracks with drums and percussion only), a no less than a 59 page booklet with super accurate notation of all the written parts, a notation guide, tons of traditional and exotic scales, artwork and more.
From the nine minute Carnatic Metal to the demanding riff monster Blues for FK, from the frantic Indian breaks in Babali Bedouins to the funky vibes of Climbing for Stevie W, from the tapping and arpeggio inferno of Piece of a Bit to the odd tuplet frenzy of Floor Tom Tim, Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache IV has a lot to offer if in need of a serious vitamin injection.
On top of all the intense, rewarding rhythm parts there is plenty of room for you to work on your lead chops as well (your very own “moustache”), using both unorthodox and more common tonality.
Produced, recorded and mixed by IA. Notation by Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson. Mastered by Torben Schmidt.
01. Carnatic Metal (8:39)
02. Carnatic Metal - no gtr (8:39)
03. A Piece of a Bit (2:49)
04. A Piece of a Bit - no gtr (2:49)
05. Blues for FK (6:06)
06. Blues for FK - no gtr (6:06)
07. Babali Bedouins (3:42)
08. Babali Bedouins - no gtr (3:42)
09. Johnny the Metronome (5:39)
10. Johnny the Metronome - no gtr (5:39)
11. Climbing for Stevie W (2:44)
12. Climbing for Stevie W - no gtr (2:44)
13. Floor Tom Tim (4:20)
14. Floor Tom Tim - no gtr (4:20)
15. For the Love of German Bread (2:03)
16. For the Love of German Bread - no gtr (2:03)
17. Carnatic Metal - drums only (8:20)
18. A Piece of a Bit - drums only (2:50)
19. Blues for FK - drums only (6:07)
20. Babali Bedouins - percussion only (3:35)
21. Johnny the Metronome - drums only (5:39)
22. Climbing for Stevie W - drums only (2:38)
23. Floor Tom Tim - drums only (4:19)
24. For the Love of German Bread - drums only (1:59)
Get it at www.freakkitchen.com
Hot, delicious news! Prepare to devour! Steve Vai and Favored Nations released my audio feast Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord worldwide March 5th! An intense buffet with no fewer than 40 tracks, served in double disc packaging (with close to two hours worth of nutritious music!) Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord also features a number of prominent, tasty guests: Dweezil Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Andy Timmons, Georg “Jojje“ Wadenius, Guthrie Govan, Morgan Ågren, Ranjit Barot, Kiko Loureiro, Jonas Hellborg, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and many more.
1. Amphibians Night Out
3. Mattias - The Beautiful Guy
4. Hells Bells
5. The Smorgasbord
6. Friedrichs Wahnbriefe
7. Sexually Frustrated Fruit Fly Flamenco
8. Daily Grind Disco March
9. Lease With an Option to Buy
10. The Swede and the Wolf
11. Mambo Italiano
12. Mind Your Step (at Schiphol Airport)
13. Crossing the Rubicon
14. That's Amore
15. Keep It in the Dojo
16. Infrared Jed
17. Peter, I Won't Drive Another Meter
18. Larvatus Prodeo
19. Blaha Blaha
20. Lullaby for Gabriel
1. In the Goo of the Evening
2. The Dogs of Delhi
3. Special Agent Bauer
4. Mahavishnu John
5. The Harry Lime Theme
6. Dark Matter
7. Trumpet Lesson
8. Mandur and Morgan's Camel Safari
9. Shore Thing
10. Captain Smith's Moment of Truth
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná
12. The Nigerian Gynecologist
13. 6 Rue Cordot
14. Kali Ghat
15. Safe to Remove Hardware
16. Did You Actually Pay for That?
17. Those in Badiyah
18. The Essence of Emptiness
19. Meralgia Paresthetica
20. Guano Afternoon
Keeping my Viking fingers crossed you will enjoy (and be able to digest) this beefy record! I had a ball producing it!
Get your copy here:
Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), iTunes, CD Universe, Abstract Logix, CDON (Sweden), CDON (Norway), CDON (Denmark), CDON (Finland), Ginza (Sweden), E-shop
Musth - the first video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is shot in Kathmandu, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, New York City, Johannesburg and Brisbane.
Hells Bells! The second video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord, performed on a True Temperament fret equipped Alhambra Iberia (plus Beijing hotel room doorbell, shaker and Moroccan percussion).
Blaha Blaha! The third video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is now out there, with yours truly at the age of three, doing some intense Swedish swearing!
Crooner Metal Punk! That’s Amore! The fourth video from The Smorgasbord. Watch yours truly sing, dance and harass the innocent people of Rome and the Vatican in Dean Martin’s timeless classic.
Upcoming gigs and clinics:
2013.02.15 Athens, Greece - Athena (Freak Kitchen)
2013.02.16 Athens, Greece - Athena (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.03.06 Växjö, Sweden - Musikhuset (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.03.16 Trollhättan, Sweden - N3 (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.03.28 Barcelona, Spain - Fanatic Guitars (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.04.10 - 13 Frankfurt, Germany - (Laney Freak Guitar Clinics)
2013.04.26 Tourcoing, France - EF2M Music School
2013.04.27 Amstelveen, Holland - Headway Festival (Freak Kitchen)
2013.04.28 Gothenburg, Sweden - Fuzz Guitar Show
2013.05.03 Norrköping, Sweden - 4Sound (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.05.03 Norrköping, Sweden - K7 (Freak Kitchen)
2013.05.04 Västerås, Sweden - Club Rockers (Freak Kitchen)
2013.05.23 Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.05.23 Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet (with Jonas Hellborg)
2013.05.24 Copenhagen, Denmark (Yamaha Freak Guitar Clinic at 4Sound)
2013.05.24 Copenhagen, Denmark, Lions & Barrels (Freak Kitchen)
2013.06.22 Tongeren, Belgium - R-Mine Metalfest (Freak Kitchen)
2013.07.20 Saint-Julien en Genevois, France, Guitares en Scène (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.08.03 Upplands Väsby, Sweden - Väsby Rock Festival (Freak Kitchen)
2013.09.07 Bernau, Germany, Neue Musik Laden (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.10.08 Uppsala, Sweden - Uppsala Konserthus (Freak Kitchen with Steve Vai)
2013.10.09 Uppsala, Sweden - Freak Guitar Clinic at Uppsala Internationella Gitarrfestival
2013.10.12 Vansbro, Sweden (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.10.13 Orsa, Sweden (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.10.15 Skene, Sweden - Kulturskolan i Mark (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.11.02-03 Rock the Boat, Norway, Denmark (Freak Kitchen)
2013.11.05 Theater Fabrik Sachsen, Leipzig, Germany, Franz-Flemming-Str. 16 (Freak Kitchen/Panzerballett)
2013.11.06 Berlin, Germany - ORWOhaus (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.11.06 Berlin, Germany - K17, Pettenkoferstr. 17a (Freak Kitchen/Panzerballett)
2013 11.07 Bremen, Germany - Meisenfrei Blues Club, Hankenstr. 18 (Freak Kitchen/Panzerballett)
2013.11.09 Eindhoven, Holland, Let's Play Music (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.11.09 Roermond, Holland, Cultuurfabriek
2013.11.10 Amstelveen, Holland, P60
2013.11.11 Verviers, Belgium - Spirit of 66
2013.11.12 Mourcourt, Belgium, Relais du Vieux Comté, Route de Velaines, 61
2013 11.13 Köln, Germany, Zülpicher Str. 10 (Freak Kitchen/Panzerballett)
2013 11.14 Hamburg, Germany - Logo, Grindelallee 5 (Freak Kitchen/Panzerballett)
2013 11.15 Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett, Schmidtstr. 12 (Freak Kitchen/Panzerballett)
2013.11.22 Madrid, Spain - Sala Ramdall, C/Albasanz 79 (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.11.23 Madrid, Spain - Sala We Rock (C / Costanilla de los Angeles)
2013.11.28 Genova, Italy, Sunburst (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.11.29 Solaro, Italy, Bi-OS Music Productions (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2013.12.01 Rome, Italy (Freak Guitar Clinic/Laney Contest Final)
2013.12.20-21 Oslo, Norway, Festiviteten, Eidsvoll Verk (IA with Farmers Market)
2014.01.03 Gothenburg, Sweden - Gothenburg Sound Festival
2014.01.04 Gothenburg, Sweden - Gothenburg Sound Festival (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2014.02.01 Karlshamn, Sweden - Effekt
2014.03.08 Glasgow, Scotland - Wishaw Guitar Lessons (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2014.03.28 Arkhangelsk, Russia, (Freak Guitar Clinic)
2014.03.29 Arkhangelsk, Russia, Koleso Club (Freak Guitar show)
2014.05.10 Rjukan, Norway
2014.05.15 Tallinn, Estonia, Freak Guitar Clinic
2014.05.16 Paide, Estonia, Freak Guitar Clinic
2014.05.16 Võru, Estonia, Cultural Centre "Kannel"
2014.05.17 Tallinn, Estonia
2014.05.18 Moscow, Russia, Mezzo Forte Club (Freak Guitar Clinic at Guitar Player Party #40)
2014.05.23 Arhus, Denmark (Backstage)
2014.05.24 Copenhagen, Denmark (Nordic Noise Festival)
2014.06.04 Sweden Rock Festival, Norje, Sweden
Freak Guitar Fundamentals! Five new tracks to play along to (+ five videos + notation of the entire thing)! Available this very now from Jam Track Central!
Total Guitar! Three video lessons with yours truly are now online (and in the magazine)!
Splendid article in Italian Axe magazine!
Nine (!) page tiptop feature plus ***** review of Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord in Norway's Desibel!
"Innovation & Madness"! Great Smorgasbord feature in Germany's Gitarre & Bass!
Extremely jolly to be playing DiMarzio pick-ups these days!
Thrilled to be on the cover of leading Scandinavian guitar magazine Fuzz!
Groovy Smorgasbord feature in Spanish Guitarra Actual and Indonesian Gitar Plus too!
Splendid Smorgasbord review in Total Guitar!
Splendid Smorgasbord review in Guitarist too!
Happy Harmageddon – Blog of Doom! The beefiest, freakiest read yet is just up, stretching from January - December! Enjoy!
Thrilled to be part of Toontrack's Metal Guitar Gods expansion pack for EZmix2, very much also featuring Fredrik Thordendal, Devin Townsend and Misha Mansoor!
Listen to Baila Chincilla on Soundcloud, the frantic collaboration between buddy Tomas Perez from Chile and you-know-who.
Do a good thing and order a copy (or many) to support Jason Becker and his long battle with ALS. Not Dead Yet - Live in Haarlem, featuring yours truly and many brilliant players, is available through Pledge Music.
I am super excited to announce a new Freak Kitchen album, entitled Cooking with Pagans, is being produced for a fall 2013 release. Cooking with Pagans will include twelve kick butt tunes we will take on the road after completion:
Professional Help, (Saving Up for an) Anal Bleach, Come Back to Comeback, I Don't Want to Golf, Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan, Hide, Private Property, Sloppy, Ranks of the Terrified, Goody Goody, The Mathematics of Defeat, Freak of the Week.
More news later on.
Interview done by my friends at Caparison Guitars.
Get yourself a copy of Germany's finest new release - the stunning Panzerballett and their butt-kicking album Tank Goodness! Tank Goodness is featuring Randy Brecker, Conny Kreitmeier, Ron van Lankeren and yours truly!