Archive for the ‘Stuff We Like’ Category

There’s a saying that goes, “It isn’t what you play, it’s how you play it . . . ”

For many of our favorite guitarists, the saying rings true. Honestly, most of them could shred gold on a shoebox rubber band guitar without any of us being too surprised.

But for many of the players themselves, there’s always that one special guitar whose fame rises with the guitarists themselves, making that particular instrument just as iconic as their masters.

So to honor our favorite “axes,” here’s an ode to the legendary guitars (and guitarists) responsible for some of our favorite riffs in rock ’n’ roll.

Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat”

Eddie Van Halen

 Image Credit: Taringa!

What happens when you combine a Fender Stratocaster body, Gibson pickups, some paint and masking tape? Well it seems for Van Halen’s guitarist Eddie Van Halen, the answer is the iconic “Frankenstrat.” Eddie thought he’d try his hand at creating the Gibson sound with a $50 Fender and by golly we’re glad he did.

B.B. King’s “Lucille”

bbkinglucille
Photo Creddit: Cage Doc

After a fire broke out in an Arkansas dance hall, a 24-year-old B.B. King ran back inside to save his $30 Gibson. He found out later the cause of the fire was a dispute between two men fighting over a girl named Lucille. As a reminder to never fight over a girl (or run into a burning building) he’s named every Gibson he’s owned (usually similar to the ES-355 model above) “Lucille.” Watch King and “Lucille” here.

 

Brian May’s “Red Special”

brianmay

Photo Credit: DCM

Queen’s searing, harmonic guitar tones, created by guitarist Brian May, can be attributed to the one and only “Red Special” (also known as “The Old Lady”). The guitar was designed and handcrafted by May and his father between 1962 and 1964, largely from pieces of an old fireplace mantel, to produce a distinct sound that May could hear in his head, but couldn’t find in any other guitar.  Thus “The Red Special” was born.

Jimmy Page’s EDS-1275 Double-Neck Gibson 

jimmypageguitar
P
hoto Credit: Wackerman

Famous for its 12-string neck on top and a 6-string neck on the bottom, Page’s double-neck Gibson is famous for not only its obviously unique look, but for being the force behind the multifaceted Led Zeppelin epic “Stairway to Heaven.” Two heads are better than one.

Slash’s Gibson Les Paul(s)

slashlespauls

Slash of Guns N’ Roses has never hidden his adoration for Gibson guitars . . . He’s even collaborated with them on 12 signature Les Paul models. But his “main” guitar will always remain the 1959 Gibson Les Paul, which he used to record the majority of his sessions with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and his own solo albums.

And speaking of Slash . . . it just so happens to be his birthday today!

Celebrate with a free download of “Welcome to the Jungle” from our Lullaby Renditions of Guns N’ Roses.

P.S. We know there are more than a handful of iconic guitars we missed on this list. That just means we’ll have to do a Part 2. ;)

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and our bear is celebrating with a visit to one of L.A.’s most treasured landmarks. Does this scene look familiar? Think 2007.

bearformers1

 

For you film enthusiasts, we’ll send Rockabye Baby stickers to the first 10 people to post the name of another Hollywood film that was shot at this famous site. Show us your pop-culture knowledge in the comments below.

And here’s your chance to win a little Bowie. 

bowiebundle

The Rockabye Bear looooooves bear holidays, as you can imagine.


picnic-fb (3)

Are you celebrating Teddy Bear Picnic Day today? Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #RBTeddyBearPicnicDay

guiltypleasures_FB

 

Reality TV shows, tabloid magazines, Top 40 radio, Barry Manilow? Just don’t ask Dave Grohl what his guilty pleasure is. Why? He doesn’t believe in them.

“If you f*cking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong with our generation: that residual punk rock guilt, like, ‘You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not f*cking cool.’ Don’t f*cking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic.’ It is cool to like Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic!’ Why the f*ck not?” —via Wil Wheaton Tumblr

He really doesn’t believe in them, as he emphasized in his SXSW keynote speech last year. And you’ll never guess what other song he likes.

“F*ck guilty pleasure!’” he said. “What about just pleasure? I can honestly say that ‘Gangnam Style’ is one of my favorite songs of the last 10 years.” —via RollingStone.com

So the lesson here is . . . Dave Grohl won’t judge you for liking the Spice Girls, because he does, too.

“2 Become 1” by The Spice Girls. I couldn’t get this song out of my head. It’s not even a dance song — it’s this slow-jam pop-ballad sh*t. Lord, I just love it and I don’t know what to do. Do you think I need a shrink?” — via UltimateGuitar.com

 

Love Dave Grohl’s music? Then add these to your collection!

027297970922

9609_lrg_150x150027297968929

Yeah, we know it’s a drag to go back to work after a holiday weekend, but, guess what? The holiday weekend actually isn’t over.

It’s Chocolate Day today. Now this is a holiday we truthfully kind of celebrate every day. (Let’s just not tell the kids, okay?) But chocolate cupcakes or brownies just won’t do for us on such an important holiday.

So we’ve handpicked some recipes for you that are unusual ways to celebrate Chocolate Day, but every bit as delicious. Ready for them?

We dare you to try any one of these today to celebrate!

BREAKFAST

chocday_bfast

Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

LUNCH

chocochicken

ChocoChicken in Los Angeles

While we don’t have a recipe, we challenge you to infuse your chicken with a chocolaty twist!

 

DINNER

chocomole

Chocolate Chicken Mole via Ingrid Hoffmann | Food Network

And, of course, we can’t skip dessert! If you really must have cookies, these are anything but ordinary:

chocodoub

Double Chocolate Cookies via Pretty. Simple. Sweet

Enjoy!

 fb

It’s not every day you have a run-in with The Police…the band, that is. We’ll happily avoid the other kind! (Remember that our lullabies can calm road rage if you think the racecar driver in you needs to chill out.)

Have you ever had an awesome or awkward encounter with The Police? Or police?

Today, we’re sharing both.

sarah

Stewart Copeland with “Rockabye Grrl” Sarah

From Sarah: “It was one of the best days of my life, probably. I went to a screening/Q&A (by myself) at the Arclight of Copeland’s documentary about The Police called Everybody Stares and he was there to answer questions afterwards. I actually got to ask the very first question (I said something about loving The Police since birth and some other stuff), but when everyone was hounding him after the whole thing was done, I couldn’t get in to try and get a photo.”

“So I just sort of gave up and walked back to the parking lot to go to my car. But as I got in the elevator, Copeland and his crew came in after me and his wife, I think, was like, “Oh, hey, you’re the girl who asked that first question.” And then our cars were on the same level so she asked me if I wanted a picture with him aaaaaand I flipped out.”

teena

Rockabye Baby blog contributor Teena with Andy Summers

From Teena: “The Police were actually one of my first introductions to rock music, via Synchronicity cassette tapes left at my dad’s business during my preteen years, so I’ve been a huge fan since then. Many, many years later, I had the opportunity to work on Andy Summers’ photography book, I’ll Be Watching You, (here’s where I thank my friend and editor Nina for the gig!) for a month or so leading up to his 2007 photo exhibit at Galerie MX in Montreal, where I was living at the time. But I had never met him in person so I was looking forward to seeing his photography, and, if I was lucky, meet him, too.”

“Thing was, as expected, at the art opening he was always surrounded by people, so it was difficult to even find my way in and just say hello. I was there with a bunch of my friends who patiently waited as I circled him like a crazy fan over the course of the evening. We might have been there for an hour until I finally found a couple-minute window. I walked up and said to him, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Summers, I’m a friend of Nina’s. I just wanted to say it was a pleasure to work on your book. I’m Teena.’ He looked at me oddly at first, didn’t speak right away, and then smirked and, pointing at me with his index finger, said, ‘I know you, I know you…you’re that editor,’ like it was a bad thing. But soon his face and tone softened, and he simply said, ‘Nice to meet you.’ And then you can see what happened next — that tongue!”

Awkward or awesome?

So one Police member is still missing from our awkward or awesome Police moments. Do you have one to share with us?

Share your Police photos with us on Facebook or Twitter and you may see it featured on the blog next!

Blog-promo-2014

godfathers

Thanks to everyone who entered our Sh*t My Mother Says Giveaway last month. There were some hilarious quotes that we’ve shared, and a couple unfortunate slip-ups like one mom not knowing the meaning of LOL. Check out all the responses HERE. We did, however, discover some great life tips from your moms. And here’s one submitted by Betsy Shapp we had to share.

shitmymomsays (3)

Here’s some advice worth taking! Don’t miss out on our Father’s Day Sale and Father Four-Pack Giveaway this week.

 Blog-promo-2014

 

godfathers

You already know that Los Angeles is home to some of the most famous rock venues in the world. What you may not know is that we also have some of the most rockin’ murals in the country.

And this mural by our city’s most (in)famous artists, Shepard Fairey and Risk, is no exception. Do the words “Justice Tonight” and “Good Times Bad Times” sound familiar?

blogphoto_streetart

 Rossmore Hotel, Skid Row
Background by Risk and stenciling by Fairey
riskrock Instagram

It’s because they’re songs from two of our favorite groups, The Clash and Led Zeppelin. Are you fans, too? Well, then give a listen to our lullaby renditions of their greatest songs below. Obey.

027297966024027297960121

 

We’re even giving you one gratis just so you can get a taste of dreamland.

When you really think about it, public libraries are about the most amazing thing ever. Not only will they find almost any book in the world you want, they will let you take it home, free of charge. Ditto on films, TV shows, and even music. Plus, it’s a nice place to sit and read.

librarylove

 

I’ve long been a library lover, but having kids led me to feel even more grateful for this too-often-taken-for-granted institution. Because along with all the great stuff for adults, there are free kids’ activities galore: story times, puppet shows, crafting demos. At our local branch, here in Silver Lake, wee-sized authors can even make their first books!

libraryart

My daughter discovered this little gem the other day and spent a solid hour working on her literary masterpiece. As far as setups go, it’s pretty simple with some blank, homemade accordion books (with cardboard covers), markers, crayons, tape, cutout illustrations and a stapler, which was my daughter’s favorite tool. Apparently, a kid patron, whose letter is on display, presented the idea of a DIY-bookmaking space at the library and they went hog wild for it.

librarylove2

Watching my daughter have so much fun making her first “book” took me back to my own zine-making days and made me tear up with pride. What a great way to inspire art-making and a love of books—thanks, thoughtful people of our local library!

 

And speaking of great artists, who wants a Bowie CD?

rbbowiegiveaway

Happy Monday, everyone!

Aaack, who are we trying to fool, Mondays can be the pits. But worry not for we have a quick remedy: a giveaway!

Now that we’re all clear on the things you shouldn’t say to new parents, let’s turn the tables on our Rockabye Baby Etiquette and discuss the things you should never say to non-parents. I’ll start with my list:

nonparents (v2)

1. “Pumping is tricky, you see you’ve gotta . . .” No. Noooo, no, no. Totally cool with breastfeeding, just don’t need to know the mechanics right now
2. “Can you hold this?” (When someone hands you the dirty diaper they just took off their child)Nope, I really can’t.
3. “Do you mind if I bring the baby?” – Sure! Hold on, you do know we’re going to a hot yoga class, right.
4. “Getting peed on isn’t that bad . . . “ Wait,what?
5. “Can you hold him/her for a minute?” – Yes, for a minute, maybe even twenty minutes, but not for an hour and half while you watch Breaking Bad.

Now you tell us . . .

What are things you think you should never say to non-parents?

Tell us in the comments below to enter our random drawing for a Rockabye Baby CD of your choice! One (1) winner will be selected. Enter by Monday, May 5 at 12 pm PT. Now go on and spill!

nonparents