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Westberg + HOLMES

Posted on May 19, 2015 by Ray Holmes | 1 Comment

Swans in Belgium, May 17. This skinny passed it's 3rd anniversary on Norm's Tele a few months back and, as is obvious by the evidence, no one makes my straps look better than he does. 

Photo by/courtesy of Vincent Allain.

Posted in Norman Westberg, Swans, Telecaster

Unlikely, I know.

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Once or twice, usually when trying to avoid thinking about something else---I've thought that I should organize a festival with a lineup including only bands/musicians who have used my straps + etc over the years. This would ideally happen in my back yard, with the spirits of Rowland S. Howard and Mark Linkous acting as emcees. #spiritualized #low #slowdive #wilco #leeranaldo #stephenomalley #swans #deathvessel #mymorningjacket#deanwareham #megafaun #neilhalstead #sunno)))

Posted in Carl Broemel, Dean Wareham, Death Vessel, John Murry, Lee Ranaldo, Low, Megafaun, My Morning Jacket, Neil Halstead, Slowdive, Sunn O))), Swans, Tom Blankenship, Wilco

...the Clint Eastwood of electric guitar.

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments


Short clip extracted from the mini-doc 'The Seer' made by Pitchfork on the recent SWANS tour. Norman Westberg is the star of the extract, Michael Gira is on voice-over. Norman's HOLMES strap is present. Love this.

The entire film can be seen here:

Posted in Norman Westberg, skinny strap, SWANS

SWANS pt. 2

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Norman Westberg (foreground right) of SWANS a few nights ago in LA with a HOLMES skinny strap on his Telecaster. A favorite Swans track, decent quality audio/visual, and Norman representing.

Turn it up. 

Posted in Norman Westberg, SWANS