November 29th, 2011

Win a Wee Beaver fuzz pedal signed by Mudhoney!


CONTEST DETAILS: What’s That Dude Play? and DiscoFreq’s FX Site (EffectsDatabase) are giving TWO lucky Facebook fans (one per website fan page) the chance to win an El Musico Loco Wee Beaver fuzz signed by Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Seattle’s legendary grunge-smiths Mudhoney! The boys took this pedals out on a little tour a bit earlier this year, so they are all broke in and ready to roll. To enter, all you have to do is like our pages and ‘share’ the photo above. That’s it! We’ll draw and announce the winners on 1 December. Special thanks to Chris at El Musico Loco, Mark and Steve with the band, and Joe’s Pedals for helping to make this happen. Now… get to sharin’!

TO ENTER: Go here or here.

February 26th, 2011
Grunge Myths Busted (No. 1 in an occasional series) Despite what band members may have told the press back in the day, the Screaming Trees were not named after the Electro-Harmonix Screaming Tree guitar pedal. “Me and [singer Mark] Lanegan were driving over to the video store or something one day, and we were talking about naming the band the Screaming Freaks,” guitarist Gary Lee Conner explained to me. “That was something we thought about for 30 seconds. And that name sounded like the Screaming Trees, and we just decided, ‘What about Screaming Trees?’” Lee added, “I didn’t even know about the Screaming Tree guitar pedal until later.”

Grunge Myths Busted (No. 1 in an occasional series) Despite what band members may have told the press back in the day, the Screaming Trees were not named after the Electro-Harmonix Screaming Tree guitar pedal. “Me and [singer Mark] Lanegan were driving over to the video store or something one day, and we were talking about naming the band the Screaming Freaks,” guitarist Gary Lee Conner explained to me. “That was something we thought about for 30 seconds. And that name sounded like the Screaming Trees, and we just decided, ‘What about Screaming Trees?’” Lee added, “I didn’t even know about the Screaming Tree guitar pedal until later.”

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