Thinning The Guitar Herd

Looks like I’ve sold one my guitars… my trusty Jackson is currently on extended test-drive with a friend who is delighted with it. This guitar is a classic shred machine with reverse pointy headstock, Duncan humbuckers and a Floyd Rose trem tailpiece / locking nut. I originally purchased the guitar for use in Vital Idol, ...

The Garage Is Clean ! 2

It’s so completely aberrant and unexpected that I’m going to blog about it : my garage is actually clean and mostly empty. That is pretty unusual. This weekend Teri and I spent the better part of two days hauling junk to the dump and Goodwill, and all the remaining stuff got put out in the ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 5/22

The Preons are sounding better all the time. I think our Thursday night show at the Comet tavern was really good. Janie and Josh were very solid, and Brad was his usual awesome self. Good stuff all around, with everyone reaching for new ideas during the more free moments of our set. We shared the ...

That Giant Fuzzy Woofy Sound 1

My Behringer bass amp (BXL300A) seems to be on its way out. Fortunately it’s not my gig amp; the trusty Ashdown half-stack is awesome sounding. But I use the Behringer as a practice amp and it resides at our rehearsal space. I don’t feel I’ve abused it particularly, and it isn’t like it’s been moved ...

Jumbalassy 6

Jumbalassy
It was a strange turn of events that caused the Jumbalassy.com domain to escape into the wild where it frolicked and commingled with other feral web sites. Eventually an expedition allowed this domain to be safely recaptured and it’s back home again. I spent the last year thinking it would never happen. At any rate, ...

Tube Sox Go 2-0

Last night was another great softball game. We came from behind to win against a pretty good team. Hats off to the “banal fowls” for a great game and for having such an awesome team name. The team is playing pretty well, and after two games I think we’re starting to find our groove. I ...

Standing Ovation 1

A week ago my wife and I went to hear the Seattle Symphony perform some chamber works. It’s always a pleasure to hear the SSO because the level of musical competency is very high, and because the acoustics in Benaroya Hall are superb.  Naturally, at the end of the performance there was a standing ovation. ...

The Falcon Has Landed

The Falcon Has Landed
Yesterday I purchased an XBOX 360 with the new 65 nm “Falcon” chipset, which is smaller and more energy efficient than the previous 90 nm build. The biggest differences between this new chip and the old one is heat,  which is the prime suspect behind the dreaded RROD. It took a few days of research to understand ...

Thoughts On The 80s Invasion Gig 5/10/2008

We played a wedding reception yesterday in Cashmere, Washington. It was a lovely drive over, and we arrived early enough to enjoy the 76 degree weather. Cashmere is a beautiful small town right on the river, and I enjoyed watching the rafters, kayakers and dogs playing in water. The wedding was nice. I was hired ...

The Quest For Wattage

My trusty Stewart power amp sounds amazingly good. It’s a reference-quality studio amp and delivers a very clean 60 watts to my 8-Ohm speakers. The issue of late is that I’m playing bigger venues and could use a little more oomph. The logical step would be to find a bigger power amp. I’ve started to ...