Themed Thursday: Guitar Solos


This week’s Themed Thursday theme is the art of the guitar solo. Many artists and groups have lost the desire to shred a guitar, and this is lamentable. But some musicians (such as Ted Leo, The Strokes, etc.) have been able to satisfy us with face-melting, heart-pumping guitar solos to get the blood flowing and the body rockin’. This is the worst writeup ever. Just listen to the music.

Nicholas’ Choice: Rye Coalition – Communication Breakdance

Rye Coalition prides itself on pelvic-thrusting riffs and gritty vocals in the vein of AC/DC, but this song provides a pocket allowing for an extremely tight solo near the end. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Other notable mentions of great guitar solos are Pele’s “Blacks Socks”, and Maps & Atlases’ “Songs for Ghosts to Haunt To”.

Adrian’s Choice: The Mars Volta – L’Via L’Viaquez

By far my favorite song off Frances the Mute. The guitar solo you hear about three minutes into the song is actually the work of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante. I feel bad for choosing this song because Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s guitar playing style is absolutely phenomenal and could be showcased with some other song. But this song’s combination of prog-rock, latin rhythm, and of course face-melting guitar solos, gives me the chills every time I listen to it.

Zack’s Choice: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Timorous Me

Ted is the master of the guitar solo, as evidenced by the fact that I had to re-listen to almost every one of his albums to choose just one guitar solo that stood out above the rest. “Timorous Me” was the obvious choice, with two absolutely incredibly dual-guitar solos, found at the 1:56 and 2:53 points of the song. I really believe that the second solo is my favorite part of any song, ever.

Tune in to next week’s edition of Themed Thursday, and enjoy Guitar Solos.

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4 Responses to Themed Thursday: Guitar Solos

  1. luke says:

    From what I’ve read of your blog, this is nowhere near the type of music you guys are into, but if it’s face-rocking guitar solo’s that you’re looking for, Dragonforce is the band that you need. Check out the 3 minute mark in this video, it’s insane.

  2. amaseda says:

    Ahhhh, I can’t believe I forgot about Dragonforce!!! Although I’m not a huge fan of the music, their guitar solos are quite face-melting. Thanks for posting this Luke.

  3. […] Zack Friendly and Adrian Maseda of All Things Go stuck a nice mention in their “Themed Thursday” post titled Guitar Solos. From the post: Rye Coalition prides itself on pelvic-thrusting riffs and gritty vocals in the vein of AC/DC, but this song provides a pocket allowing for an extremely tight solo near the end. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Other notable mentions of great guitar solos are Pele’s “Blacks Socks”, and Maps & Atlases’ “Songs for Ghosts to Haunt To”. […]

  4. Whos holdin? says:

    Sherd is not dead my friends have a listen to “whos Holdin” track called” two slow” great tone and burnig fast scales!!!!

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