What Organ Does Metronomy play in The Look?

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.

Faiz Zeppelin/The Columbines – Hideout Chicago – Saturday, April 30th

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

Faiz Zeppelin, The Columbines Live at The Hideout, Chicago, IL, Saturday April 30th, 2011
Faiz Zeppelin, The Columbines Live at The Hideout, Chicago, IL, Saturday April 30th, 2011

Dengue Fever’s Ethan Holtzman Talks About Farfisas

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 Infrasonics Live at the PRF Cauldron

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.

A Caffeinated Compilation

We are releasing a compilation on Saturday as part of the PRF Winter Cauldron Series main event. It is a collection of songs that we have recorded over the last year, filled with a huge array of quite different bands. Fear not my friends, there is a Farfisa on it though, tucked away neatly at the end, played by yours truly.

We’ve made 100 physical copies of the compilation in hand stamped recycled cd sleeves. They are sure to be gone on Saturday, so if you wish to listen, download, or purchase, I have set a bandcamp for the compilation over here.

Far Fen, Peruvian Sixties Farfisa Band

Check out Peru’s Far Fen, and their awesome use of the Knee Booster in this great song from 1969. According to the poster of this video, the band later became Black Sugar!

Far Fen group was formed in 1969 by Victor “Coco”Salazar and Miguel “Chino”Figueroa, very talented musicians that later triggered much discussion. Among the prominent members of Far Fen was the percussionist “Challe” Silva. Precisely is the son of “Challe” Silva who has been kind enough to send me your valuable photographic documents that illustrate this audio. According to what George Bonilla, the group’s name derives from the Farfisa organ and Fender amplifiers owned by that group. Far Fen later become Black Sugar, big words, but that’s another story.

Note: The topic title is tentative, I have found that between the little information that exists, is given different names to this song.