I am endlessly proud and pleased to say registration for Freak Guitar Camp 2020, the 22nd summer in a row, is now open!
It goes without saying, but the Freak Guitar Camp is my annual pinnacle of the year where I get to hang out with the coolest, curious and most courageous guitar players on this particular planet. A time to boost your playing. A time to boost yourself. Progression. I love it!
Week 1: 27th of July - 1st of August - sold out
Week 2: 4th - 9th of August - sold out
Week 3: 12th - 17th of August
» Read more about the camp and how to sign up.
From time to time I will release music, experimental or ultra commercial, under the name Freak Audio Lab.
Freak Audio Lab is my studio, my sonic laboratory, where I manifest unorthodox combinations of notes and rhythms.
Freak Audio Lab can be a handclapping video on YouTube.
Freak Audio Lab might mutate into a touring combo in the future. You are welcome to join.
Freak Audio Lab could be a collaboration between fellow musicians around the world. Or just me.
Freak Audio Lab is music in any shape and form.
Hope you will dig it.
The eighth download tuition package contains a massive 76-page notation booklet and a serious pile of tracks with challenging (and gratifying) built-in musical tools.
01. A Reshuffling of Atoms (12:57)
02. A Reshuffling of Atoms - stripped (12:57)
03. Variation 21 (5:30)
04. Variation 21 - stripped (5:30)
05. Alien Agenda (2:30)
06. Alien Agenda - stripped (2:30)
07. The Sunless Garden (5:04)
08. The Sunless Garden - stripped (5:04)
09. Rabbit Hole Shuffle (8:12)
10. Rabbit Hole Shuffle - stripped (8:12)
11. Protesto Manifesto (9:59)
12. Protesto Manifesto - stripped (9:59)
13. Have A Peasant Fight (2:19)
14. Have A Peasant Fight - stripped (2:19)
15. The Final Konokol Countdown (4:05)
16. The Final Konokol Countdown - stripped (4:05)
17. Gee... (3:03)
Bonus notation (notation only):
19. Confusion To The Enemy
20. Alone With My Phone
On the video: Variation 21 from the download tuition package.
Over the years, I have received tons of requests for backing tracks to practice guitar playing. So I have picked the best, nastiest, most challenging Freak Guitar Camp tunes to beefy collections of wild songs that will keep your fingers busy for a long time to come.
There's already 8 volumes of Growing your Own Moustache tuition packages! They are releases from the camp vaults: a set of tracks with one version including guitar as I play it, and one without, for you to jam to.
Freak Kitchen released Confusion To The Enemy, our ninth full length record. It is available as a groovy 180 gram, gatefold vinyl.
02. Alone With My Phone
03. Så Kan Det Gå När Inte Haspen Är På
05. Confusion To The Enemy
06. Push Through
07. Only a Dream
09. By The Weeping Willow
10. The Era of Anxiety
11. We Will Not Stand Down
On is the evil twin of last year's massive track Off, only ten minutes longer and a great deal more challenging. Packed with exhilarating rhythms and unconventional techniques that will keep you occupied for quite a while.
Volume 7 of Growing Your Own Moustache also contains notation and playback versions of several tunes from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord and the first Art Metal album.
I am immensely proud to announce we have an online store open with freaky clothing, all organic and toxic free.
My friend and partner, merchandise veteran Andreas Hansen, and yours truly have worked hard to create a brand, a concept with cool apparel as well as a channel to be creative. (I have given birth to the strange Mr Nobs and his irrational stop motion adventures, a lo-fi reason to show the clothing in full HD while having fun). In the future we plan to invite inspired designers from all over the world. First one out is Nukui Bogard and his groovy punk design.
Hope you appreciate this take on what a clothing company can be.
Freak Kitchen are tremendously proud to announce the release of Freak When Spoken To - The Story of Freak Kitchen (Bullet Point Publishing) by Åsa Anastasia Jonsén who spent years and years putting it together, piece by piece.
The mother of all coffee table books is here and Freak Kitchen are very much part of it! Check out Juanjo Guarnido's Freaky Project, written by Miceal Beausang-O' Griafa (foreword by Disney legend Eric Goldberg, afterword by IA), a 158 page colourful treat to drool over with an amazing insight in the passionate and painstaking work of the ground breaking Freak of the Week video. An tremendously top notch read, take it from us!
Available from Big Wow Art:
The almost twenty minutes long track Off is the flagship in the sixth volume of the Growing Your Own Moustache audio fleet.
Produced, written and recorded by IA. Splendid notation in 34 page pdf booklet by Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson. Mastered by Torben Schmidt.
Cooking with Pagans is Freak Kitchen's eighth full length album. The twelve frantic tracks are: Professional Help, (Saving Up for an) Anal Bleach, Come Back to Comeback, I Don't Want to Golf, Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan, Hide, Private Property, Sloppy, Ranks of the Terrified, Goody Goody, The Mathematics of Defeat and Freak of the Week.
Freak of the Week! We are darn excited and proud to present the animated video from Cooking with Pagans produced by none other than the genius Juanjo Guarnido
of Blacksad and Disney fame (also very much responsible for the most groovy album artwork we’ve ever had). A tremendously successful Kickstarter brought
in no less than a $140,000 to finance the painstaking, yet rewarding, work of drawing an entire video, frame by frame. We are in extreme gratitude to each and one helping
out to make this stunning project come to life! The video premiered at Comic Con in New York in October 2014!
For more news and updates, please visit the Juanjo Guarnido in the Freak Kitchen page on Facebook.
Slop-py-py-py-py-py-py-py-py! Sloppy! Wonderfully shot in inky 4K black and white by photographer Anders Bryngel we wanted a simple, straight band video (and song) as a first presentation of Cooking with Pagans. Hope you like it!
(Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach! The third video from Cooking with Pagans!
Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache V is beyond a massive download package crammed with thirty useful and demanding tracks, each one with guitar as IA plays it and one stripped version for you to sink your teeth into and grow your own moustache, so to speak.
The fifth volume of the popular series is designed for you to see the big picture, to add way more colours of your sonic palette, not just a pile of empty licks.
Prepare to devour! Steve Vai and Favored Nations have released my audio feast Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord worldwide! An intense buffet with no fewer than 40 tracks, served in double disc packaging (with close to two hours worth of nutritious music!) Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord also features a number of prominent, tasty guests: Dweezil Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Andy Timmons, Georg “Jojje“ Wadenius, Guthrie Govan, Morgan Ågren, Ranjit Barot, Kiko Loureiro, Jonas Hellborg, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and many more.
1. Amphibians Night Out
3. Mattias - The Beautiful Guy
4. Hells Bells
5. The Smorgasbord
6. Friedrichs Wahnbriefe
7. Sexually Frustrated Fruit Fly Flamenco
8. Daily Grind Disco March
9. Lease With an Option to Buy
10. The Swede and the Wolf
11. Mambo Italiano
12. Mind Your Step (at Schiphol Airport)
13. Crossing the Rubicon
14. That's Amore
15. Keep It in the Dojo
16. Infrared Jed
17. Peter, I Won't Drive Another Meter
18. Larvatus Prodeo
19. Blaha Blaha
20. Lullaby for Gabriel
1. In the Goo of the Evening
2. The Dogs of Delhi
3. Special Agent Bauer
4. Mahavishnu John
5. The Harry Lime Theme
6. Dark Matter
7. Trumpet Lesson
8. Mandur and Morgan's Camel Safari
9. Shore Thing
10. Captain Smith's Moment of Truth
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná
12. The Nigerian Gynecologist
13. 6 Rue Cordot
14. Kali Ghat
15. Safe to Remove Hardware
16. Did You Actually Pay for That?
17. Those in Badiyah
18. The Essence of Emptiness
19. Meralgia Paresthetica
20. Guano Afternoon
Keeping my Viking fingers crossed you will enjoy (and be able to digest) this beefy record! I had a ball producing it!
Get your copy here:
Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), iTunes, CD Universe, Abstract Logix, CDON (Sweden), CDON (Norway), CDON (Denmark), CDON (Finland), Ginza (Sweden), E-shop
Musth - the first video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is shot in Kathmandu, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, New York City, Johannesburg and Brisbane.
Hells Bells! The second video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord, performed on a True Temperament fret equipped Alhambra Iberia (plus Beijing hotel room doorbell, shaker and Moroccan percussion).
Blaha Blaha! The third video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is now out there, with yours truly at the age of three, doing some intense Swedish swearing!
Crooner Metal Punk! That’s Amore! The fourth video from The Smorgasbord. Watch yours truly sing, dance and harass the innocent people of Rome and the Vatican in Dean Martin’s timeless classic.
Amphibians Night Out is the fifth video from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord, entirely shot in Mulshi, India and featuring lovely frog art by Juanjo Guarnido and Anders Nyberg.
My absolutely stunning new signature model from Caparison Guitars - The Apple Horn 8 (AH8)! Read more about this lovely beast.
The Jazz Raj is a Jonas Hellborg trio recording continuing his collaboration with IA and introducing drummer Ranjit Barot.
The music is seamlessly bonding Western and Indian improvised music while avoiding the stylistic cliches that are so often the pitfalls of this type of music.
The Jazz Raj continues the tradition of the Bass/Drums/Guitar trios that Hellborg has been fronting for more than 2 decades featuring wonderful musicians such as Shawn Lane, Buckethead, Michael Shrieve and Jeff Sipe.
The tracks on the record are 2 half hour extended compostions with sections inter-related thematically using western interpretation of Indian Ragas.
It is a genre defying work, it is Jazz Metal and Indian music but primarily music for the pleasure of listening.
Out now through Bardo Records!
Got smoking leads but make uncontrollable spasms when trying to groove over, say, 11/4? Can you take it away at warp speed all over the fret board but risk breaking your ankle keeping time with your foot while playing odd groupings?
Well, then the fourth edition of the popular Freak Guitar – Growing Your Own Moustache download tuition series is something for you.