On the podcast, we talk a lot about gear, influences, songs we love, and more. Well 'Gear and more' is your directory of things we love at BPM Pod.
All links are external to websites for merchandise, band information, and songs I featured in the episodes. These links are created at my discretion and are not paid for. If they do become sponsored one day, I will say.
Links are broken into the following sub-sections:
- Recording Equipment
- Tracks of the week
These are instruments I love, instruments I use, and ones I recommend. Most of these point to the site Thomann, as it tends to offer the best deals. Thomann do not sponsor these links.
- Epiphone 335 Dot: One of the best instruments I own. Cheap, looks great, plays great, and is pretty damn cool.
- Martin D-15 acoustic: One of the best guitars I have ever played. It is too expensive for me, but a friend has one (which I called "a pile of shit" the first time I saw it) before realising it is a Martin, and it is amazing.
- Yamaha P125: The next one up from the digital piano I currently own (Yamaha P105). I need to upgrade and, if/when I do, this will be the one I upgrade too. Light, sounds decent enough, and does not break the bank.
- Korg Grand Stage: This will break the bank, but totally worth it if you are a pro. Light, packed with sounds, and it looks pretty cool too, this is the stage piano for a semi-pro.
- Roland FA 06: A slightly dated but affordable synth, with remarkably responsive keys and a bank of sounds far bigger than you will ever need. Not the most intuitive menu system, though.
- Digitech Polara: Looks cool, and sounds better. All the reverb and space you could possibly need.
- Harley Benton D-SEED: Delay without having to pay. Thomann's own brand delay pedal is enough to cut it with the big guns.
- Electro Harmonix Big Muff: Great distortion, great sustain, great price. And a great name.
- Joyo R-05 Maximum Overdrive: Pretty cheap, but really solid for all your distortion needs.
- Emerson Custom Overdrive: Super little pedal with enough boost for most of your needs.
- CKK Electronic Infinite Reverb: Incredible value and sound from this. Sounds like you are playing in a canyon.
- Zoom H6: My go-to portable recorder. Can take six inputs, easy to transport, simple to set up, and sounds great. Well worth the money and it might be the best gadget I have ever bought.
- Rode NTA1 (vocal package): My first microphone adventure with RODE, and it won't be my last. Excellent quality and value. The podcast is primarily recorded with these mics.
- Focusrite 8i6 3rd gen: The simplest, sleekest solution for home recording onto your laptop. Easy to set up, packed with features, and great support on the Focusrite website, I cannot recommend another interface for your recording needs.
- Fender Bassbreaker 15: It seems Thomann no longer stocks the 15 watt version, instead opting for the 30 watt. A shame really, as the 15 is all you will really need. Stunning little amp that pairs excellently with pedals.
Tracks of the week
Again, none of these links are sponsored. I am just sharing the love.
- Angel Olsen, All Mirrors: Kate Bush reborn.
- Baloji, Soleil De Volt: Fun, vibrant pop track with Afrobeat influences and a modern soul drive.
- Bibio, Curls: Soft, subtle melodies carry this song straight to your heart. A song for lovers, indeed.
- The Black Keys, Go: Love this track. Short, sharp and a super summer tune.
- Derek and the Dominoes, Keep On Growing: Oldie but goldie.
- Emma Elisabeth, Pilot: Superb pop song from this up-and-coming Swedish singer-songwriter.
- Go Go Penguin, Bardo: Jazzy masterpiece from this three-piece gem
- Haim, Summer Girl: Delightful Lou Reed-inspired number that is perfect for the summer indeed.
- Jason Isbell, Overseas: Live recording only for now, but it contains some sensitive lyrics and a glorious guitar lick.
- Kasey Musgraves, Slow Burn: Beautiful soft track from the goddess of new country music.
- King Buffalo, Morning Song: Starts off like a Pink Floyd song, meanders into a Pearl Jam groove, and ends up like a Crazy Horse jam.
- Limp Bizkit, Rollin': Best song ever. No joke.
- Maggie Rogers, Light On: Pop music at its finest. Well mixed, nicely written, solid lyrics and a memorable melody.
- Molly's Peck, You Should Know: Groovy, powerful, and with a killer guitar solo in the middle, it does not get much better than this for soul-rock.
- Ólafur Arnalds, Árbakkinn: Soul-destroyingly beautiful. Love this track. It will grind you down but will be worth every second. Sublime.
- Phoenix, Bourgeois: Stunningly arranged, powerful synth-driven number from this often overlooked band.
- Phospherescent, Around the Horn: The best track from Phospherescent's great album C'est La Vie. Check it out.
- Tihomir Zdjelarević, Mikrowelt: The very first album reviewed on BPM Pod. Great set of songs here for electronic music fans.
- Tourist, Emily: Amazing ambient dance track for midnight drives and slow beach walks
- Vampire Weekend, Harmony Hall: Very cool guitar driven song from one of the best sounding bands around today.
- White Reaper, Judy French: Stunning punk-rock mixed with classic-rock track from a very underrated band. Their album 'The World's Best American Band' was my fave of 2017.