Thoughts On The 80s Invasion Gig 2/24/09

Last night’s show at the Triple Door was a good one. We always enjoy playing there and the house support crew is top notch. During out soundcheck we played “Red Skies at Night” by the Fixx, which has a great texture and always helps us dial in our stage balance. The sound man commented that ...

Nuclear Grade Duct Tape!

All this time I’ve been using the plain old “rock and roll” grade duct tape. 3M has been holding out on me. Behold NUCLEAR GRADE DUCT TAPE. It’s like +5 duct tape with extra awesomeness.

80s Invasion : Mardi Gras Party @ The Triple Door

TONIGHT 2/24 Come on down to the Triple Door tonight for the 80s Invasion Mardi Gras party! We’ll see you for a night of great music and fun. We’ll start playing at 7:30 PM… after all it’s a school night. See you there.

Twang Man

Twang Man
My trusty telecaster has been doing a reasonable job since I got it years ago, and it’s a workhorse guitar. It’s always seemed nasal, bright and twangy, which is what I normally associate with those guitars. Lately I’ve really been paying attention to the awesome playing and guitar tone of friend (and fellow 1-Upper) Kris. ...

Isle Of Lucy 8

Isle Of Lucy
Over the weekend I went to the Pacific Science Center to view the “Lucy” exhibit. The fossil was the first discovered Australopithecus afarensis and is designated AL 288-1 in the catalog. Lucy is 3.2 million years old and is a crucially important specimen as she reflects bipedal posture but has the smaller cranial capacity associated ...

The Wheels On The Bus…

Two flakes does not a snowstorm make. This morning a scant few tiny snowflakes prevented one of the bus runs from even occurring. There wasn’t enough “snow” on my windshield to even obscure the view from inside my car, and with all the latent heat in the road any random flakes were instantly melted. It’s ...

The Great Remodel-A-Thon

This month we’ll be installing cabinets in the dining room and new interior doors for all rooms / closets in the upstairs portion of the house. It’s great to see this project coming together. We’ve been planning to do install cabinets in this area for some time and the additional storage space will be a big ...

Riding On The Metro 1

Riding the bus isn’t particularly delightful under the best of conditions. My morning commute involves searching for parking at an already overcrowded park-and-ride lot (at 6:45 AM!), waiting for the bus to show up, and then a mad scramble to get a seat before they’re all full. Today I was one of the unlucky people ...

Warr Guitar & Preons

Last night was the second full rehearsal where I played Warr guitar. It feels a little more natural to me and I’m getting better at re-voicing my bass parts on the fly. I’m still on the fence about using it at the upcoming gig on 2/27, but I have a few weeks to make a ...

A Classic Door Knocker Suddenly Seems Much Better… 1

Over the weekend we continued work on our latest house project. One of the subprojects was the doorbell chime which we decided to replace since the existing unit was (1) ugly (2) plastic and (3) mounted in a place were it was an eyesore. As long as we were replacing the chime I decided to ...