Joe Satriani is coming to Indonesia

One of my guitar idols, Joe Satriani, is coming to Indonesia!

Yahoo! Indonesia OMG! had this report (it is in Bahasa, so you need some help if you want to translate it to English).

He will be in Indonesia from July 13 to 15. So if you’re into rock guitar, this is definitely a must-watch concert.

For those who are not familiar with Joe, he has been behind great guitar instrumental albums like Surfing with an Alien (where his hit Always with you, Always with me was born) and Flying in a Blue Dream. He has released numerous rock instrumental albums (I’ve lost count). He also is behind some of the greatest guitar players in rock (Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett). His style is quite unique (having mastered legato) and beautiful and yet simple melodies that will make you drool.

Joe traces his roots to the Blues, with a lot of influence from Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and other greats like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. But what got him was Jimi Hendrix.

Joe Satriani

Akira Yamaoka and video game symphony

Music4Games recently had a chat with Akira Yamaoka, the guy behind a video game symphony.

Gamers will immediately recognize the tunes he has composed.

Eddie Van Halen entering rehab

(Photo taken from Wikipedia) 

Finally, he’s doing it. It’s long overdue. I miss listening to him play Monster guitar! Here’s the same announcement from his official website.

Gravity and blues guitar

Gravity is working against me
And gravity wants to bring me down
-Gravity, John Mayer (Continuum)
I love the Blues. Thanks to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Freddie King, and other countless guitar slingers, I’ve been addicted to the Blues. So when I picked up John Mayer‘s new album, Continuum, I was surprised to find blues gems. Like many pop artists in the past, Mayer is going back to his roots, which is obviously the blues. As this wiki from indicates:
In September 2006, Mayer released his third studio album, Continuum. The album, written and produced exclusively by Mayer (with the help of Steve Jordan from the John Mayer Trio) is a culmination of Mayer’s growth as an artist and continues with the blues-rock style that he began to flirt with on Try!.Also notable is John Mayer’s various adaptations in style. He always maintained a blues tone, and in Try! he introduced a rockier edge. However, in Continuum, he adopts a calmer genre, returning to his previous styles.
Mayer is a schooled songwriter/musician, having studied at Berklee College of Music (although he did not finish). He started out on the acoustic guitar but eventually graduated to the electric with Heavier Things, and now Continuum. He also had another live album, John Mayer Trio Try!, which is also a blues-rock album. You can find more about Mayer at Wikipedia.
Gravity is one of the songs included in the Continuum album. It’s a heavy, and slow blues song that will keep your head bopping. But I love the tone of the guitar in this song. It reminds me of Clapton: it’s subtle yet it’s soulful. Add to it are good lyrics that read like a poem:

Gravity is working against me
And gravity wants to bring me down

Oh I’ll never know what makes this man
With all the love that his heart can stand
Dream of ways to throw it all away

Oh Gravity is working against me
And gravity wants to bring me down

Oh twice as much ain’t twice as good
And can’t sustain like one half could
It’s wanting more
That’s gonna send me to my knees

Mayer also maintains a blog, where I found this video clip of Gravity.

Start the day with Zakk Wylde unplugged

Black Label Society’s  Zakk Wylde on MTV Unplugged. This guy can play hard rocking metal music. But this time, he unplugs and plays this beautiful music captured by MTV. Rock on!