If you have not before, please check out the fantastic youtube channel of WESSERPARAQUAT2. Here he is doing a great version of The Doors Touch Me on a Farfisa Compact Deluxe and a Fender Rhodes Bass Piano.
Wow, would you look at this fantastic white organ in this Metronomy The Look video. It’s like some futuristic sixties space ship theater organ. Does anyone have an idea what it is? If so, please comment below! It looks more Elka to me that Cordovox, but something tells me that it could be a ridiculous one off Conn or Yamaha.
This Saturday I will be performing with The Columbines at The Hideout in Chicago. Two weeks ago I broke a key, and noticed an oscillator divider going on my Farfisa, so I’m not going to be playing a Farfisa. Fear not, I will be still bringing a combo organ, my Fender Contempo. She’s noisy, but fully functional, and sounding sweet. We will be performing with the faiztabulous Faiz Zeppelin
Check out this great video from gearwire where they interview Dengue Fever’s Ethan Holtzman about his Farfisa and his Nord that he tours with. While he sticks to the Farfisa, among other vintage (and heavy) gear in the studio, he loves his Nord for the road.
He even gives a shout out to Robert’s excellent Combo Organ Heaven!!!
In the battle between authenticity and portability, the Nord Stage Compact has it over Ethan Holtzman’s vintage Farfisa organ, as Ethan opts to leave the old thing home when his band, Dengue Fever, takes to the road [or skies, as the case may be].
Patrick Ogle caught up with Ethan at a Dengue Fever sound check and chatted about the differences between what he uses in the studio and what gear he brings on tour. While Ethan does admire the Nord’s sample patches, their are some Farfisa qualities it cannot reproduce, like the Farfisa’s ability to “harness the power of a nest of bees.” True story.
The wonderful folks at Metropolis Coffee here in Chicago let us throw a party in their roasting warehouse. The proceeds benefited Pierce Elementary School. My band, The Infrasonics played all day between sets of rock as the house band. Below is Clear the Fort with special guest JP from Begin By Gathering Supplies on the electric kazoo. The full playlist can be found here: The Infrasonics – PRF Cauldron 2011. Among other random musical (and not so musical) devices, I am playing a Farfisa Compact Deluxe.