A fantastically fun looper pedal cover of The Cure's "Close To Me"

I've been researching looper pedals for my 12-year-old guitarist son and happened upon this video of Mick Bishop using his Boss RC-300 Loop Station to create a very fun cover of "Close To Me," perhaps my favorite song by The Cure.

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Moby auctioning music gear to benefit animal rights group

Moby is selling more than 100 vintage synthesizers and a slew of other musical equipment to benefit the animal rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. His Reverb marketplace store opens tomorrow, April 26.

“This is the equipment I’ve used to make all my records,” Moby said. “I have so much equipment and almost all of it has profound sentimental value to me, including synthesizers I started using in the 80’s. But rather than keep it all in storage, I want to sell it for a good cause.”

From Reverb:

Among the items that Moby is parting with is a Roland Jupiter-6 that he calls the "crown jewel" of his synth collection, having used it on "almost every techno record I made, from Go to U.H.F. to Thousand." Before Moby acquired the Roland, it is fabled to have actually belonged to early techno musician and legendary producer Joey Beltram.

Other synths Moby will be selling include the Yamaha SY22 Vector that Moby used to rework “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from Twin Peaks for his song “Go” (the first single he released under his own name), a Yamaha SY85 he used on “Feeling So Real,” a Roland Juno-106 synth used to create the basslines on song “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” and “We Are All Made of Stars,” and a rare and unique Serge Series 79 Modular unit.

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New line of beautiful and classic-looking microphone cables from Spencer Tweedy

Is this thing on? Musician Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) is bringing his design sensibility and appreciation for finely-crafted musical gear to one of the most boring and ubiquitous items on stages and in recording studios: the microphone cable. "We have compressors with classic faceplates and microphones with precision-milled grates," Spencer says. "But the little things, like cables, usually go uncared for. Just because they're little."

So with the help of Conway Electric, makers of luxurious cotton-jacketed extension cords, and Alchemy Audio, he's launched a company to manufacture Fjord XLR cables, a made-in-the-USA product whose "main feature is that it looks nicer than other cables... but its looks are backed up by components that make it sound great and feel great to use, too."

He's launched a Kickstarter with a very modest goal; a $40 pledge gets you a sharp-looking new cable! And don't miss the excellent project video below!

Fjord XLR: Classic microphone cables

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