Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Sasquatch: Maneuvers

Just, damn. Fuzzmasters Sasquatch just released their latest full length album and it is the perfect kind of ‘drop the hammer in your muscle car driving through the desert’ music this summer needed! It’s a cocktail of smoky 70s riff rock, with influences ranging from Mountain and Black Sabbath to Soundgarden and CoC, and goes down as easily as a pint of your favorite beer.

Originally from Philadelphia, power trio Sasquatch now kicks its own brand of ass out of Los Angeles. Heavy without crushing you, fuzzy but no joints required. Just some damn solid bluesy rock and roll that you need to get in your ears as soon as possible!

Favorite tracks: Drown all the Evidence, Rational Woman, Window Pain.

Rational Woman

Sasquatch on the interwebs:

http://www.sasquatchrock.us
https://twitter.com/sasquatchrocks
https://www.facebook.com/sasquatchrocks

 

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Mothership “High Strangeness”

MothershipStoner rock stalwarts Mothership have returned with a new album, “High Strangeness”, released on March 17, 2017, and it’s a sweet ride. Starting slow and easy with the title track before picking up speed with rumbling tracks like Midnight Express and Crown of Lies, High Strangeness is a great addition to the genre, full of what bassist-vocalist Kyle Juett calls “supersonic intergalactic heavy rock and roll”.

The Texas trio is currently on the road with Black Pussy. Catch them if you can.

High Strangeness is available to stream or buy from Ripple Music on Bandcamp here.

Crown of Lies

Mothership on the web:
http://mothershipusa.com
https://www.facebook.com/mothershipusa
https://twitter.com/mothershipusa

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Logic Pro X 10.3

Logic Pro 10.3My pick of the week is the latest, greatest version of Apple’s digital audio workstation, Logic Pro X 10.3. This is no minor point release, but an overhaul of an already world-class DAW. You must have OS version El Capitan (10.11) or greater to install it, but reluctant as I was to leave the comfort of 10.9, even that upgrade was a performance bonus.

The actual list of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes in 10.3 is so long I’m not even going to try to cover more than a few standouts. The full release notes are here:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203718

Some of the more obvious changes are with the UI itself.

The colors are different – the background is lightened from the bold darkness of 10.2, it’s now somewhere between the look of v9 and X. This is to make it easier to see in different lighting conditions.

And the buttons and tools all have a simplified 2d look that goes along with the aesthetic of the last couple OS versions. The whole thing is very responsive and slick.

Logic Pro 10.3 UI

My personal favorite changes in 10.3: 

When you move the ends of a region, a ghost region appears so you can better see where you are in the audio file waveform.

Logic Pro Ghost Region

There is a new standalone loudness meter that measures in LUFS (Loudness Units).

The cursor icon now changes more obviously and intuitively for the different selected tools.

You now get the choice of stereo vs dual mono in each stereo track, and true stereo panning. (What was it before? I don’t even know!)

Logic Pro Dual Mono

Less obvious changes:

  • Faster startup and shutdown times
  • Less unexpected quitting when switching between projects
  • Touch bar support for the latest MacBook Pros
  • 64-bit summing engine and support for 256 busses per project
  • Ability to process clips separately within the same audio track

Bottom Line

If you have OS X 10.11 or higher, this is a great update to a great DAW. And if you don’t, I recommend updating. My mid-2012 MBP is so much happier with El Capitan, and so am I. And though I’m not 100% thrilled to be re-re-learning my daily use DAW, I’m loving the new features so far.

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