Music Releases – April 24-30

Here are the albums released in the country for the week of April 24 – 30
(click the name or artwork of the album to go to download/purchase link)

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Music

Listening Session: Shoals – ‘Mad Turf’

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Delhi based studio project Shoals, comprising of Utkarsh Varma and Sidharth Gupta, list Steven Wilson, Massive Attack, hip-hop DJ Kaytranda and oddly, Ancient Aliens (which is a History Channel series), as their influences. But the duo draws inspiration from a wider palette of alternative sounds and styles like post-rock, electronica, and trip-hop for their debut EP, ‘Mad Turf’. Recorded and produced entirely at home, the EP was released on April 13 through Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download.

Listening Session Music

Electric Talk 1 – Sunil Shinde

What happens when your cherished stringed instrument breaks down, or needs to be serviced? Or what if you wanted your dream guitar to be made from scratch? Enter Sunil Shinde. Shinde is a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments), guitar technician, and proprietor of S.S. Custom Instruments. Affectionately called the guitar doctor, Shinde has been working on instruments for two decades is the go-to-guy for all kinds of repairs. He takes on various guitar repair related tasks, like servicing, parts replacement, modifying, restoring, and refinishing instruments.

We had a chat with him at his new workshop in Charkop about the history of his work, his experience working on a wide variety of instruments, and his bespoke instruments.

Electric Talk

Guitar Strings – How long do unopened packs last?

Guitar and bass strings wear out with use. Your playing style, frequency and the environment all have an effect on how fast strings wear out. For this reason, it is recommended that strings be replaced at frequent intervals. But what about strings that haven’t been used? How long can they be kept in your closet or guitar case before they are unusable? Do guitar strings have an expiration date? This is something I have thought about before. So instead of speculating, I decided to write to major guitar string manufacturers and ask them.

Here’s what I wrote:

Do electric/acoustic guitar strings have a shelf life and an expiration date? How long does an unopened pack of strings last? Also what can one do to extend the life of strings when they’re on the instrument?

And the responses I got from string companies-

Tech

Guide to Small-sized Guitar Amplifiers – Part 3

I like small-sized guitar amplifiers. These amplifiers are affordable and also easy to use – just plug-in and start playing. Most small-sized amp heads and combos are low power, 100% valve driven units. But there are also some micro amps out there that are transistor based and just incredibly small in size. A non-musician could easily mistake them for toys and not real musical instruments. Modern manufacturing technology has made it possible to have such amazing gear available to us.

In the final part of this list, I have listed a few exceptions that were worth mentioning, as they provide usability for a variety of needs. The list includes the model of the amp and its specs and also the pros and cons of each amp, so you can get a complete perspective on what the amp is all about.

Here’s the list (in alphabetical order) :

Tech

Guide to Small-sized Guitar Amplifiers – Part 2

I like small-sized guitar amplifiers. These amplifiers are affordable and also easy to use – just plug-in and start playing. Most small-sized amp heads and combos are low power, 100% valve driven units. But there are also some micro amps out there that are transistor based and just incredibly small in size. A non-musician could easily mistake them for toys and not real musical instruments. Modern manufacturing technology has made it possible to have such amazing gear available to us.

In this second post of this list, I have presented a list of the most prominent small amp heads available today. It is is no way an exhaustive list, but I did my best to find amps of all kinds from all over the world. I have included amps that are fully tube driven or hybrid units of 1 or 5 watts RMS. The list includes the model of the amp and its specs and also the pros and cons of each amp, so you can get a complete perspective on what the amp is all about.

Here’s the list (in alphabetical order) :

Tech