Monday 22 July 2013

Happy Birthday to "Maggot Brain"

On this day, July 22, 1971 Funkadelic released the album Maggot Brain. The album, not surprisingly, included the title track, Maggot Brain. To this day the song stands as an electric guitar opus, featuring the intense expressions of Eddie Hazel, in a similar school as the likes of Neil Young's Cortez The Killer or any number of great Frank Zappa guitar adventures. If you don't know the piece, here it is (for God's sake, please don't listen to it through your lap top speakers.

If you want some more guitar inspiration here's one that gets me fired up;

And one of Chester's favourite players, Joe Bonamassa;

If theses videos have inspired you Ballistic Pig can help in a couple ways.

-First off Monday nights we host a jam night at Jack's Pub in Tofino's Marina West Motel where you can listen to and play with a ton of local and visiting talent.

-Secondarily we have been known to teach lessons in guitar, bass and drums on occasion... if you're looking for lessons in the Tofino/ Ucluelet area email

Speaking of jam night, you never know who's going to show up. Last week bass guitar virtuoso (and I really mean it) Felipe Gomez gave us all a lesson in the true power of the bass guitar, here's a video I found online. Totally nuts!;

Our next non-jam-night gig is this Saturday night opening for reggae-rock dude, The Steadies. See you there, piglets! -Geoff