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Post-Nothing
Post-Nothing
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just wanna worry about those sunshine girls, 29 Dec 2009
This review is from: Post-Nothing (Audio CD)
Hands down the best album of 09' I'm hoping this will be the sound that propels us into the new decade.

Japandroids have gained a lot of comparisons to bands like No Age and Sunset Rubdown due to their sparse Guitar-Drums-Vocals two piece setup, but the album sounds like a four piece playing through fuzzed out guitars bouncing off the walls of a padded room. The energy is immense, which is a nice change of pace compared to all the ultra cool, lo-fi, cardigan wearing, 'Let's drench everything in reverb' hipsters that are polluting the alt rock scene at the moment. The wailing (but not dramatic) vocals and adhd drumming blend seamlessly into the sharp catchy riffs. There's an undeniable early 90's vibe to the album that makes it upbeat and catchy, every song is awesome, the guitar tones are amazing, the vocals sound a little muted on first listen but are perfectly in keeping with the consistent production.

I'm not going to state which songs are better than others, because they're all at least an 8/10, this deserves to be bought as an album, rather than a few select songs because it's a beautifully crafted masterpiece. One one hand these are real emotional songs, delivered with a passionate, carefree uncertainty, unlike the whiny Kerrang trash we attribute emo to today. On the other hand they're songs about girls and escaping your home life that are perfect for getting wasted with your best friends to.

Not lame enough to be cool, not cool enough to heard of, Japandroids are Alt Rock heroes. Just don't let the hipsters find out about them.


Line 6 Spider IV 75W Guitar Combo Amp
Line 6 Spider IV 75W Guitar Combo Amp
Offered by Simmonds Music
Price: 259.00

11 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont, just dont, 29 Dec 2009
To be fair I don't own this amp, I own a Spider II cab and head, I tried this out at a guitar store and there's very little improvement. I thought I'd offer a little insight into why I don't like this amp. Firstly, if you're not familiar with amps, there are three different types; Tube amplifiers, Solid State (or SS amps) and modelling amps (Line 6). This particular amplifier has 300 preset tones dialed in by professional musicians ranging from Johnny Marr to Slipknot in an attempt to emulate their signature tones. Unfortunately most of the preset tones are only rough approximations. All standard features are here, Bass, Treble, Middle, Gain, plus some cheap built in effects that you don't necessarily find on Solid State amps.

However, here comes the rant. The overall quality of the tones the amp can produce are terrible. In fact I couldn't manage to dial in a tone I would be remotely satisfied playing live with. The Bass levels are overpowering, the Mid tones are non existent and the Treble cuts piercingly above everything else as soon as you take it past the 2 o'clock position. Everything is overkill, there is no subtlety to this amp whatsoever. Furthermore the tone ALWAYS sounds horribly muffled, as if there's a mattress stuffed in between the speaker and the speaker cloth.

Another problem with modelling amps is that they tend to pick up outside interference more than other amps, I've had many problems with my particular model (although I can't say it'll happen with this model, but I'm pretty sure it will) it also doesn't take kindly to any pedals you might want to add into the mix for live use, making them sound meaty and indistinguishable from each other.

It's clearly geared towards younger, novice guitarists which is obvious when you take into account the amount of distortion available (to cover up average guitar playing) but even the distortion lacks any type of character and ends up sounding static and lifeless. The whole premise of the amp is a bit annoying, you're basically paying money to sound like a cheap version of famous musicians (i'm pretty sure none of whom play or record through modelling amps) and punished if you want to add any outside effects to add some personality.

The amp can sound OK at bedroom volume, if it's just gonna be used in doors then get the 30 watt version and save some money, however when you start to push the volume up for a live performance all of the above problems start to emerge. If you really wanna nail that Slipknot tone, buy a Solid State and a decent pedal. For the record i'm in the process replacing my model with a tube amp.
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