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The Borfski Press The Borfski Press is an independent publishing company located in Hamilton, Virginia. We currently publish poems, short stories, reviews, and more.

The Borfski Press is a brand new magazine and small publishing company. We publish poetry, short stories, lyrics, articles, reviews, photos, art, and music compositions. However, we are open to bizarre queries. The Borfski Press welcomes art of all kinds and is a place to say what you want. We believe in the first amendment and want to hear the good s**t, so don't hold back. That said, please, NO

The Borfski Press is a brand new magazine and small publishing company. We publish poetry, short stories, lyrics, articles, reviews, photos, art, and music compositions. However, we are open to bizarre queries. The Borfski Press welcomes art of all kinds and is a place to say what you want. We believe in the first amendment and want to hear the good s**t, so don't hold back. That said, please, NO

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Happy New Year everyone!Quick intro and plan for the year. Going to do a lot more videos on pedals, guitars, amps, espec...
01/23/2022
Happy New Gear Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Quick intro and plan for the year. Going to do a lot more videos on pedals, guitars, amps, especially vintage Big Muffs and Stomp Under Foot pedals. Expect more from The Borfski Press as well!

http://theborfskipress.com/2022/01/23/happy-new-gear-year/

Happy New Year everyone! Quick intro and plan for the year. Going to do a lot more videos on pedals, guitars, amps, especially vintage Big Muffs and Stomp Under Foot pedals. Expect more from The Bo…

Hey everyone, Shawn here. I'll occasionally (maybe monthly, maybe weekly, maybe whenever the hell I feel like it) be pos...
12/21/2021
(Big) Muff Monday!

Hey everyone, Shawn here. I'll occasionally (maybe monthly, maybe weekly, maybe whenever the hell I feel like it) be posting my Big Muffs and their circuits for (Big) Muff Mondays.

Since I got this one out so late some of you may be reading this on Tube Screamer Tuesday…this week features a 1979 Red & Black Tone Bypass with an EH-3003 circuit...more at https://theborfskipress.com/2021/12/20/big-muff-monday/

#theborfskipress #bigmuff #circuit #tonebypass #vintage #vintagemuff #muff #vintagebigmuff #fuzz #fuzzpedal #vintagefuzz #fuzzbox #guitarpedals #pedals #guitarpedal

Hey everyone, I’ll occasionally (maybe monthly, maybe weekly, maybe whenever the hell I feel like it) be posting my Big Muffs and their circuits for (Big) Muff Mondays. Since I got this one o…

Frank Zappa passed away twenty eight years ago. He released sixty-two records during his lifetime. Six-tee-two. That doe...
12/04/2021
28 Years Without Deviation from the Norm

Frank Zappa passed away twenty eight years ago. He released sixty-two records during his lifetime. Six-tee-two. That does not include singles, compilations, box sets, or any of his session work. Another note worth mentioning is he had so much unreleased music that fifty seven full length records of original tunes have been posthumously released by the Zappa Family Trust.

Twenty-eight years later, it’s a Saturday on December 4th, 2021 and Frank’s music is not forgotten. The first Zappa record I ever heard was Joe’s Garage where songs like “Stick It Out,” “Watermelon in Easter Hay,” and the title track stuck out to me. Frank’s playing style, compositions, and prolific discography made a huge impact on myself and those I’ve collaborated with.

#zappa #frankzappa #joesgarage #joe #muffinman #stickitout #music #guitar #fusion #jazz #rock #rnb #randb #TwentyEight

In 1991, Frank Zappa was chosen to be one of four featured composers at the Frankfurt Festival in Europe. Among those composers were American John Cage, German Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Russian Al…

Hey Borfski folks, check out this blog piece Shawn Hatfield wrote on Dinosaur Jr. and the Electro-Harmonix 1976 Big Muff...
03/07/2021
Vintage Ram’s Head and Dinosaur Jr

Hey Borfski folks, check out this blog piece Shawn Hatfield wrote on Dinosaur Jr. and the Electro-Harmonix 1976 Big Muff. Also includes some chatter about Stomp Under Foot clones, Coast Sonic exclusives, and jazzmasters.

J Mascis, Billy Corgan, Frank Zappa, and many others have a huge impact on why I’m so drawn to Big Muffs. The Mascis sound is undeniably the ’76 Ram’s Head Big Muff. Such a huge, open, and lush tone coming from those records that used them. That said, Mascis's tone is not solely coming from a single stompbox. There are several pretty essential pieces of gear that, when combined, get you the various…...
http://theborfskipress.com/2021/03/07/vintage-rams-head-and-dinosaur-jr/

#bigmuff #vintagepedals #jazzmaster #dinosaurjr #jmascis #shawnhatfield #gear #stompunderfoot #coastsonic #pedals #vintage #vintageguitar #vintagegear #vintagebigmuff

J Mascis, Billy Corgan, Frank Zappa, and many others have a huge impact on why I’m so drawn to Big Muffs. The Mascis sound is undeniably the ’76 Ram’s Head Big Muff. Such a huge, open, and lush ton…

For today's 'Muff N' Music' we have a '75 v1 Violet Ram's Head Big Muff by STOMP UNDER FOOT paired with some classic '70...
02/01/2021
Head On With the Ram’s Head

For today's 'Muff N' Music' we have a '75 v1 Violet Ram's Head Big Muff by STOMP UNDER FOOT paired with some classic '70s PINK FLOYD albums. The Violet Muff is assumed to be the unit to recreate the “Comfortably Numb" leads. That said, check out the '73 v6 by SUF and you might find it gets closer 😮 This '75 has a very balanced tone with a huge warm fuzz and the unique color variations make the vintage ones some of the most sought after fuzz boxes out there....

http://theborfskipress.com/2021/02/01/head-on-with-the-rams-head/

For today’s ‘Muff N’ Music’ we have a ’75 v1 Violet Ram’s Head Big Muff by STOMP UNDER FOOT paired with some classic ’70s PINK FLOYD albums. The Violet Muf…

Amy Donnelly is based in Oahu Hawaii and works primarily in mixed media formats. She lived in New York City for ten year...
01/20/2021
The Borfski Blog: Amy Donnelly

Amy Donnelly is based in Oahu Hawaii and works primarily in mixed media formats. She lived in New York City for ten years and recent events inspired her to express herself in ink. Ms. Donnelly also has a background as a librarian and completed her graduate work at Pratt Institute. Rosie Can Do It Donnelly's pieces were created at the beginning of the COVID 'stay at home' orders in Hawaii. Uncle Sam

http://theborfskipress.com/2021/01/20/the-borfski-blog-amy-donnelly/

Amy Donnelly is based in Oahu Hawaii and works primarily in mixed media formats. She lived in New York City for ten years and recent events inspired her to express herself in ink. Ms. Donnelly also…

Grapefruit By: Annabelle Cardin Annabelle Cardin has been writing music for ten years and started publishing a year ago....
12/21/2020
The Borfski Blog: Annabelle Cardin

Grapefruit By: Annabelle Cardin Annabelle Cardin has been writing music for ten years and started publishing a year ago. She takes heavy influence from several of her favorite grunge era rock bands, producing her music individually but laying down several tracks of different instruments. You can hear Cardin's brand new tune, "Grapefruit," out now on YouTube, Spotify, and more....

http://theborfskipress.com/2020/12/21/the-borfski-blog-annabelle-cardin/

Grapefruit By: Annabelle Cardin Annabelle Cardin has been writing music for ten years and started publishing a year ago. She takes heavy influence from several of her favorite grunge era rock bands…

Modern American Gothic by: George Stein From the Artist: "I am quite fond of interesting juxtapositions and strong contr...
12/18/2020
The Borfski Blog: George Stein

Modern American Gothic by: George Stein From the Artist: "I am quite fond of interesting juxtapositions and strong contrasts," says Stein. "This photo is meant to be a modern take on the grant wood piece." Modern American Gothic by: George Stein This modern take on Wood's piece contrasts the relationship between the two characters and their environment. While Wood constructed a home and the father-daughter dynamic that he thought should live there, Stein shows us two figures who cannot share the same relationship....

http://theborfskipress.com/2020/12/18/the-borfski-blog-george-stein/

Modern American Gothic by: George Stein From the Artist: “I am quite fond of interesting juxtapositions and strong contrasts,” says Stein. “This photo is meant to be a modern take…

Hey everybody, hope that things are going well as we start to wrap up 2020. I'm making a lot of progress on the Big Muff...
12/09/2020
Yes to The Triangle Muff

Hey everybody, hope that things are going well as we start to wrap up 2020. I'm making a lot of progress on the Big Muff book and started a little side project to pair with it! I'm going through each of my Muffs and posting pictures of them with records that use them. Today, we start with the Stomp Under Foot…...

http://theborfskipress.com/2020/12/09/yes-to-the-triangle-muff/

Hey everybody, hope that things are going well as we start to wrap up 2020. I’m making a lot of progress on the Big Muff book and started a little side project to pair with it! I’m goin…

But First...Let's Stomp Under Foot! Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Matt Pasquerella from Stomp Under Foot (...
09/19/2020
The Big Muff: Triangle

But First...Let's Stomp Under Foot! Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Matt Pasquerella from Stomp Under Foot (SUF). If you are unfamiliar with his work, Matt hand-wires pedals with vintage and new-old-stock parts out of Orange County, Florida. You'll find many affordable options for Big Muff and other vintage fuzz pedals in his catalog. While I know a bit about the tones, characteristics, and different versions, Matt has been exceptionally helpful with the values, components, and variations.

After a few lengthy conversations about fuzz, we decided to start working together on the book. Matt has mentioned that he has thought of writing a book on Big Muffs in the past but has obviously become very busy with his successful entrepreneurship. He has been an amazing resource and friend during this process, and I look forward to what we can accomplish.

On the SUF website you can find information on Matt’s journey through fuzz on the Blog, stay up to date on sales and specials, and contact for vintage repairs.

Shoutout to Matt Baker from Action Music for putting me in contact with Matt/SUF and shoutout to Matt Pasquerella for all the help!

Now let's get on with the Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff!

Full article at http://theborfskipress.com/2020/09/19/the-big-muff-triangle/

#bigmuff #electroharmonix #ehx #trimuff #triangle #trianglemuff #stompunderfoot #fuzz #vintagefuzz #fuzzbox #shawnhatfield

But First…Let’s Stomp Under Foot! Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Matt Pasquerella from Stomp Under Foot (SUF). If you are unfamiliar with his work, Matt hand-wires pedals w…

In 1967, a young musician named Mike Matthews was working at IBM (International Business Machines) in New York City when...
07/07/2020
The Big Muff: Early Years

In 1967, a young musician named Mike Matthews was working at IBM (International Business Machines) in New York City when he was asked to take over production on a stompbox called “Foxey Lady” with Guild Guitars. He had recently finished a masters program at Cornell University EE and wasn’t exactly looking to get into electrical engineering, but made an obvious choice.

Read the full article below to learn the early history of fuzz, Electro-Harmonix, and an in depth demo of the Vintage LPB-1!

Featuring a 2016 Fender Jazzmaster and Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark from Melodee Music and the vintage E-H LPB-1 and 1979 Big Muff Pi V5 Op Amp w/ Tone Bypass from Action Music

#bigmuff #lpb1 #electroharmonix #electro #foxeylady #guild #jimihendrix #stompbox #ibm #newyorkcity #theborfskipress #book #shawnhatfield

In 1967, a young musician named Mike Matthews was working at IBM (International Business Machines) in New York City when he was asked to take over production on a stompbox called “Foxey Lady&…

The Big Muff: An Introduction“What the heck is that?” You might say. Well the short answer is that Big Muffs are fuzz gu...
06/17/2020
The Big Muff: An Introduction

The Big Muff: An Introduction

“What the heck is that?” You might say. Well the short answer is that Big Muffs are fuzz guitar pedals designed and released by a company called Electro-Harmonix.

My wife, Dagney, came up with the lovely idea of me writing articles and short pieces on my field research of the Big Muff that would ultimately lead to a book… with hopes of a thumbs up from Mike Matthews. I’ll be posting weekly about the history of Big Muffs, my own collection, video demos, audio samples, and watching my collection grow to an unmanageable size.

My goal with these articles is to give the long answer, breakdown, thesis, dissertation, and eternal search for the best sounding fuzz pedal.

-Shawn

#bigmuff #vintage #vintageguitar #vintageguitarpedal #vintagepedals #transistor #nyc #greenrussian #tallfont #bubblefont #blackrussian #classic #shawnhatfield #theborfskipress

“What the heck is that?” You might say. Well the short answer is that Big Muffs are fuzz guitar pedals designed and released by a company called Electro Harmonix. Mike Matthews started …

We really appreciate all these amazing submissions folks. Please keep up the great work and we'll keep publishing.Oració...
06/04/2020
Christine Sloan Stoddard - Oración (Official Video)

We really appreciate all these amazing submissions folks. Please keep up the great work and we'll keep publishing.

Oración
By: Christine Sloan Stoddard

From the Director: “I directed a short music video that was done completely in quarantine. My collaborators are the musician John Davis and the still photographer Dmitriy Kosoy.”

It’s nice to see that folks are able to collaborate from a distance during quarantine and isolation. Three artists came together to make something from three different angles and successfully grabbed our attention. Oración is a fantastic piece of work and should be shared appropriately!

Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American author, artist, and film/theatre-maker based in Brooklyn. She is the founder of Quail Bell Press & Productions, which recently released Her Plumage: An Anthology of Women’s Writings From Quail Bell Magazine. Her single author books include Naomi & The Reckoning, Desert Fox by the Sea, Belladonna Magic, and other titles.

#borfskipress #theborfskipress #tbp #theborfskiblog #blog #director #shawnhatfield #christinesloanstoddard #american

From the Director: "I directed a short music video that was done completely in quarantine. My collaborators are the musician John Davis and the still photogr...

Please check out our latest blog post featuring artist Francesca Badea and her piece, 'Spiral.'We can all relate to the ...
05/25/2020
The Borfki Blog: Francesca Badea

Please check out our latest blog post featuring artist Francesca Badea and her piece, 'Spiral.'

We can all relate to the idea of coming out of the darkness to find oour own light. If we build a spiral of our own, we can get ourselves sturdy again by climbing from the depths to a bright new optimism. Like Badea says, we may have to be patient in order to receive the things we want and need. Climbing an intimidating, lengthly, and spiraling staircase takes patience and breaks.

#art #artwork #artist #borfskiblog #theborfskipress #tbp #borfski #francescabadea #shawnhatfield

Spiral By: Francesca Badea From the Artist: “The spirals I’ve painted are about leaving darkness in order to find light. The spiral represents a time in my life in which I had to leave …

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring Peter Shaheen and his original poetry!#poetry #borfskipress #borfski #borfsk...
05/22/2020
The Borfski Blog: Peter Shaheen

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring Peter Shaheen and his original poetry!

#poetry #borfskipress #borfski #borfskiblog #poem #petershaheen #shawnhatfield

Ekphrasis By: Peter Shaheen From the Author: “Readers of the Iliad will note that the shield Hephaestus made for Achilles is perhaps the greatest example of ekphrasis in western literature. H…

What is particularly interesting about Edward Supranowicz’s piece, is the clashing of red and blue with yellow, purple, ...
04/27/2020
The Borfski Blog: Edward Supranowicz

What is particularly interesting about Edward Supranowicz’s piece, is the clashing of red and blue with yellow, purple, black, and turquoise peppered in. It’s possible that these kindergarteners have already taken sides; creating first, second, and third pizza parties of their own. Supranowicz is able to capture elements of chaos with the idea of a “rational adult” imposed upon young children.

Looking at this piece another way brings us all back to recess: the most awaited activity of the entire day. For the most fortunate this meant up to fifteen minutes of outside playing. Again, a cosmic and largely enjoyable experience for students but a massively stressful situation for some teachers. Perhaps this could be an elementary school teacher’s point of view of the playground, basketball courts, and baseball fields at recess time.

#theborfskipress #publication #magazine #borfski #borfskipress #borfskies #playtime #edwardsupranowicz #edward #art #artist

Playtime 2 By: Edward Supranowicz From the Arist: “Playtime 2 came about on one of those days when the whole world seemed to be run by mean kindergarteners pretending to be rational adults, w…

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring artist, Paula DeStafanis!#artwork #theborfskipress #borfski #blog #quarantin...
04/24/2020
The Borfski Blog: Paula DeStefanis

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring artist, Paula DeStafanis!

#artwork #theborfskipress #borfski #blog #quarantine #pauladestafanis #art #artist

Home Alone By: Paula DeStefanis From the artist: “Home Alone is a large scale acrylic painting (36″ x 36” on canvas) that I created in my home studio during the Covid-19 crisis. I…

Send us your blog pitches to shawnhatfield88@gmail.com (please read the whole post for details!)As we mentioned before, ...
04/07/2020
A Blog for You

Send us your blog pitches to [email protected] (please read the whole post for details!)

As we mentioned before, we're taking a break from publishing volumes of The Borfski Press. That said, Lulu is offering 15% off all print products through April 9th. Apply the coupon code ONEFIVE at checkout to save on your purchase. As we push into the unknown with COVID-19, we're going to try to take advantage of being stuck at home.

In this blog post I'm going to focus mostly on music. I've recently announced my 3rd album, Beach Nugs, will release on April 17th. The record is primarily fuzzed out beach tunes and I composed, performed, and produced all tracks myself. The first single, "Tasty Cakes" released on March 1st so give it a listen and let me know what you think.

#blog #newmusic #guitar #poetry #prose #film #covid #f**kcovid #april #coupon #magazine #journal #composer #producer #audioengineer #art #artist #visualart #writer

Hey Borfski Folks, As we mentioned before, we’re taking a break from publishing volumes of The Borfski Press. That said, Lulu is offering 15% off all print products through April 9th. Apply t…

New article featuring a brand new art gallery in Purcellville! Go check this rad place out. I am not one to often pick u...
08/24/2019
The Purcellville Art Gallery

New article featuring a brand new art gallery in Purcellville! Go check this rad place out.

I am not one to often pick up a newspaper, but I just happened to see a friend of mine, Dave Levinson, in the newspaper with his associates at their new art gallery. Purcellville Art Gallery opened on July 31st, and after reading the Loudoun Now article I immediately got in contact with Dave.

-Shawn Hatfield

I am not one to often pick up a newspaper, but I just happened to see a friend of mine, Dave Levinson, in the newspaper with his associates at their new art gallery. The Purcellville Art Gallery op…

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28 Years Without Deviation from the Norm. Frank would be 81 on Dec 21st this year but sadly he said goodbye to us a few weeks before his 53rd birthday. He lives eternally as the M**fin Man, the slime, and humor in music.