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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby landspeednyc on Tue May 09, 2017 4:54 pm

An hour of FM Andrew B. Cohen:

http://www.sparkandfizz.com/crashing-yo ... drew-cohen

Jake talks with Andrew Cohen, formerly of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit, about his first release with backing band Light Coma. They also discuss what led him to finding his unique guitar sound.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Carl on Tue May 09, 2017 7:34 pm

Since it's baseball season, here's a question of little to no interest to Andy and no interest to anyone else.

Ever go to a Sox game with Dick Badger when you were in law school?
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby NewDarkAge on Wed May 10, 2017 4:54 am

landspeednyc wrote:An hour of FM Andrew B. Cohen:

http://www.sparkandfizz.com/crashing-yo ... drew-cohen

Jake talks with Andrew Cohen, formerly of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit, about his first release with backing band Light Coma. They also discuss what led him to finding his unique guitar sound.


This is great. Is Jake on the forum?
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Me Again on Wed May 10, 2017 8:52 am

Hate to say it, but as much as I've enjoyed The Worm and The Pit, I think Andy's really gone downhill since:

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The money's probably great, but maybe he should get back into music...seems like it was a better fit for him.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Dudley on Wed May 10, 2017 9:22 am

landspeednyc wrote:An hour of FM Andrew B. Cohen:

http://www.sparkandfizz.com/crashing-yo ... drew-cohen

Jake talks with Andrew Cohen, formerly of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit, about his first release with backing band Light Coma. They also discuss what led him to finding his unique guitar sound.


Hey Andrew B Cohen!

I enjoyed this, and am very much looking forward to "Unreality".

In the interview, you use the expression "can't be arsed" (about Spotify, I think). As a Brit (and a volunteer in the "ass v arse" wars that are ravaging the UK) this made me cheer!

Is this a standard US or regional expression? If not, where did you get it from? Do you use it a lot?
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby bdm on Wed May 10, 2017 9:52 am

Apparently I am the guitar-nerd "expert" the host refers to when he mentioned consulting an online forum regarding Andy's guitar rig. Some ancient messageboad post. I just found my "sheer volume" quote.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby tallchris on Wed May 10, 2017 10:15 am

Andrew Cohen wrote:"Bring the crunch and rock that shit!"
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Dudley on Thu May 11, 2017 10:26 am

tallchris wrote:
Andrew Cohen wrote:"Bring the crunch and rock that shit!"


This so makes me want to see a "Meltin' Faces with Andrew Cohen" instructional DVD.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Mason on Thu May 11, 2017 11:27 am

I really enjoyed that interview. Now I feel like picking up a Pro Jr. and a 2x12. For to Crunch.

A part that stood out was the bit where FM Andrew B. Cohen talks about how he never sees guitarists playing in anything like his style, how they think about their playing too much. I kind of smirked when he said (words to the effect) that it's relatively easy to play how he does. That was great to hear. Because so few people play that well or that distinctively, clearly, but at the same time, his playing makes me feel that he's on kind of an emotional autopilot. It's very informed, you can hear the skill and the practice, but it comes across like it's all impulse. So it checks out.

Hearing the second song from Unreality this morning got me thinking—to keep talking like he's not here—about his lyrics. Which I think of as coming from maybe the opposite of an emotional autopilot. But that could easily be wrong—the little I've read/heard him talk about lyrics has made them seem pretty impressionistic at times, not always "about" something.

I'm not a big "process" dude, but if FM Andrew B. Cohen felt like talking some about his lyrics—what drives the songwriting, how the ideas come together—that would be rad.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby benadrian on Thu May 11, 2017 3:15 pm

I loved the podcast. I've only gotten to chat with Andy a couple times (Pit show at PRF BBQ 2010 and Pit show in L.A.), but seeing his playing live made me less self conscious when it came to playing guitar solos. I take a couple on one of my latest releases. Thanks Andy.

Also, it made me look at myself and realize that I'm cool with just having a guitar that sounds like a guitar. I was always trying to fuck up and un-guitar my guitar sound. Now I'm cool with guitar right into amp, and I'm always trying to get shit out of my guitar setup.

Pro Jr. amps would be so much better with 6V6 tubes. Kinda garbage build quality, too. I encourage everyone to gut their Pro Jr's and build a clone of a Tweed Harvard.

Man, I love me some guitar.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby NewDarkAge on Sun May 21, 2017 12:29 pm

Ciao Andy!

A friend's grandpa is offering me mate's rates to build a custom amp. The guy has been building amps since the 60s and is a dab hand at it so I'm pretty excited. So far my ideas is "copy of the old AC-30 without a master volume, and no other pointless controls". Can it be so simple? Is there anything else I should be considering? What would your ideal custom amp be?
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Hosoi on Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:33 pm

Hey, Andrew B. Cohen,

I'm waiting to blast the vinyl, but I picked one song to hear now, just based on which title I liked the most.

"City and River" sounds real neat.

I like how no one plays anything fast the whole time.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Redline on Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:01 am

http://www.sparkandfizz.com/crashing-yo ... drew-cohen

turning everything up alot

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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Andrew B. Cohen on Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:07 pm

Carl wrote:Since it's baseball season, here's a question of little to no interest to Andy and no interest to anyone else.

Ever go to a Sox game with Dick Badger when you were in law school?


No, don't like baseball. I think I went to one Sox game ever, with FM Tim Midyett and FM Steve Albini. Company was good, don't remember much about the game. I do occasionally go to Wrigley for a work event or whatever, so I will say that I much prefer the Sox ballpark as it is much more spacious for the fans.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Andrew B. Cohen on Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:10 pm

Dudley wrote:
landspeednyc wrote:An hour of FM Andrew B. Cohen:

http://www.sparkandfizz.com/crashing-yo ... drew-cohen

Jake talks with Andrew Cohen, formerly of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit, about his first release with backing band Light Coma. They also discuss what led him to finding his unique guitar sound.


Hey Andrew B Cohen!

I enjoyed this, and am very much looking forward to "Unreality".

In the interview, you use the expression "can't be arsed" (about Spotify, I think). As a Brit (and a volunteer in the "ass v arse" wars that are ravaging the UK) this made me cheer!

Is this a standard US or regional expression? If not, where did you get it from? Do you use it a lot?


I think is a British-ism that I like the sound of and started using a long time ago. It is funny, sounds good, "arsed"!
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Andrew B. Cohen on Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:18 pm

Mason wrote:I really enjoyed that interview. Now I feel like picking up a Pro Jr. and a 2x12. For to Crunch.

A part that stood out was the bit where FM Andrew B. Cohen talks about how he never sees guitarists playing in anything like his style, how they think about their playing too much. I kind of smirked when he said (words to the effect) that it's relatively easy to play how he does. That was great to hear. Because so few people play that well or that distinctively, clearly, but at the same time, his playing makes me feel that he's on kind of an emotional autopilot. It's very informed, you can hear the skill and the practice, but it comes across like it's all impulse. So it checks out.

Hearing the second song from Unreality this morning got me thinking—to keep talking like he's not here—about his lyrics. Which I think of as coming from maybe the opposite of an emotional autopilot. But that could easily be wrong—the little I've read/heard him talk about lyrics has made them seem pretty impressionistic at times, not always "about" something.

I'm not a big "process" dude, but if FM Andrew B. Cohen felt like talking some about his lyrics—what drives the songwriting, how the ideas come together—that would be rad.


I don't think there is really a pattern to how it comes together for me. It feels like a different "process" (such as it is) for every song.

If it is at all helpful, here are a few capsules from latest album: the first song on Unreality ("Repack") is about half edited quotes overheard from kids playing in my backyard, with additional material thrown in by me to fit in. "Sugar puffs," no real concept there, sounded good, liked the idea of living on such a gross, formless substance and added the rest to fill in the gaps. See one of the early Dramarama albums for inspiration (" . . . I've been living on chocolate ice cream.") "Blue Dragon" is a pretty straightforward song about imagining and describing early childhood (sounds pretentious, but there it is). "Unhinged Melody" I think is pretty self-explanatory if you have heard it.

Happy to share thoughts on other songs if desired!
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Andrew B. Cohen on Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:21 pm

benadrian wrote:I loved the podcast. I've only gotten to chat with Andy a couple times (Pit show at PRF BBQ 2010 and Pit show in L.A.), but seeing his playing live made me less self conscious when it came to playing guitar solos. I take a couple on one of my latest releases. Thanks Andy.

Also, it made me look at myself and realize that I'm cool with just having a guitar that sounds like a guitar. I was always trying to fuck up and un-guitar my guitar sound. Now I'm cool with guitar right into amp, and I'm always trying to get shit out of my guitar setup.

Pro Jr. amps would be so much better with 6V6 tubes. Kinda garbage build quality, too. I encourage everyone to gut their Pro Jr's and build a clone of a Tweed Harvard.

Man, I love me some guitar.


Thanks Ben Adrian! I have thought here and there about taking my Pro Jr. to a guru dude to have it rebuilt in some way that is good, but then I don't do it. I have played quite a few of them and they are variable in good-soundingness, which I imagine is due to the cheap build, quality control on the amp/tubes, etc. The one I have sounds really good, so I have resisted the aforementioned urge to "fix" it as I don't want it to get worse.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby Andrew B. Cohen on Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:24 pm

NewDarkAge wrote:Ciao Andy!

A friend's grandpa is offering me mate's rates to build a custom amp. The guy has been building amps since the 60s and is a dab hand at it so I'm pretty excited. So far my ideas is "copy of the old AC-30 without a master volume, and no other pointless controls". Can it be so simple? Is there anything else I should be considering? What would your ideal custom amp be?


Yes, this sounds very good to me. Don't ignore the cabinet - the Vox cabinets, while an open-back design, are boxier (smaller opening on the back than a typical Fender, for example) and have a vertical piece of wood in front of the speakers that adds to the sound. I like it the boxiness for that amp, although you should make your own decision.
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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby ismaelbelda on Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:03 am

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Re: Hey, Andrew B. Cohen

Postby ismaelbelda on Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:15 am

Estimado señor Cohen: this is just to say that I love everything about Unreality. Truly beautiful record. I've been a longtime fan of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit, and I think there are new areas of expression here and that as a record it is equal or better than those of the aforementioned bands. As always, I just love the guitar (I remember falling in love when I was nineteen with the bridge&middle-pickups position sound in a Stratocaster, which previosuly I hated, while listening to "There Is a Party in Warsaw Tonight" and the incredible solo in "Don't Make Plans This Friday" –maybe you'll tell me that wasn't a Stratocaster but a Les Paul, hehe, well, it sounded like that to me–), but your voice especially seems to me to have reached a special purity of expression in this record that I hadn't noticed before. So much beauty. Thank you, sir. Any possibility of dates in Europe?

This is the first time I participate in this forum. I wrote here something similar a couple of days before but no dice.
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