Three Below

Three Below
Last night I attended the Three Below concert in Seattle, featuring three incredible musicians: Trey Gunn, Michael Manring, and Alonso Arreola. Trey is one of my favorite musicians and composers, and he is a trailblazer in touch instrument technique. He performed and recorded with King Crimson for twenty years, and has continued to expand his musical horizons in ...

Pondering The Rig

My existing live performance setup is very good. I use a combination of great instruments, boutique pedals, a central multi-effect unit and a fabulous tube amp. I’ve been very satisfied with the tone and versatility of my rig, but it has some factors that make it challenging: No presets for my boutique pedals. The only ...

Tony Levin : Soup 1

Tony Levin : Soup
Tony Levin has released a CD “Soup”. Show your support for artists by purchasing direct whenever possible. Just who is Tony Levin you ask? Let me tell you. Actually, let’s start with a few quotes from other musicians… “Tony Levin is one of the best bass players in the world, if not THE best” – ...

The Preons Rise Again 1

The Preons Rise Again
Last night we had the first Preons practice in quite a while. We intentionally took a little break last fall, though it wound up being a longer break than we anticipated due to work, vacations, Swine Flu, and the holidays. But we’re a hard bunch to keep down, and last night we reconvened for a ...

Gear For Sale: Posting Some Items For A Friend 4

Hey all… passing this along for a friend who is selling some gear. As you can see from the list below, this is all top-shelf equipment and has been treated with care. I’ve included the seller’s email address at the bottom of the list if you’re interested. Raven Labs 2 Channel Universal Stereo preamp –mint condition ...

Elephant Talk

King Crimson is so incredibly great. This is one of their signature moments from (what I argue to be) their most amazing and creative period as a band. Adrian Belew, always the joyful rogue. Robert Fripp, mad scientist virtuoso. Bill Bruford, human clock. Tony Levin, multi-instrumental wizard. The three best albums from this lineup are ...

Music Gear Health Check

Last night during 1 Uppers rehearsal my trusty Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp started behaving strangely. It was randomly switching channels, the reverb was cutting in / out, and it was making profoundly unmusical sounds. I tried to switch out the cables, the guitar, and so on. Eventually I unhooked the footswitch and unplugged the ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 2/27 @ The Mix

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 2/27 @ The Mix
For our gig at the Mix, I was the first musician to arrive. And the first to leave. There were three bands on the bill that night, with The Preons scheduled to go onstage at 9:00. We had agreed to be there for a 7:00 load in, and I was in the front door of ...

The Preons Get Crazy

The Preons Get Crazy
Last night’s Preons practice was something of an avant-garde extravaganza. It was the debut of the Warr Guitar, the MIDI trigger pedals, the digitech Whammy pedal, and the Boss Slicer. I busied myself all night trying to consistently find the right strings and frets on the Warr Guitar, switching back to bass for a bit. ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 1/15

Last night’s gig was our best yet. We’re locking in on some great elements within our music and the internal focus is really improving. There are lots of external factors that influence the quality of a show, and among them are the other bands on the bill. Last night The Preons were the final performer ...