Dueling Sawzalls

Yesterday the demolition tornado was in full effect at our house. We took down the entire wall dividing our living room from the office, including the removal of three built-in bookcases and a closet. Now the fireplace stands alone and naked. We’ll be rebuilding the wall this weekend with new bookcases. This is a big ...

Voodoo Donut Awesomeness 2

Voodoo Donut Awesomeness
Sure, this is probably the most unhealthy thing I’ve ever ingested, save perhaps that funky moonshine with the cobra in it. But seriously. Voodoo Donut in Portland has taken two of the awesomest things in the world (Maple Bar and Bacon) and combined them into something so utterly perfect in its culinary decadence that I’m ...

Portland : NCAA Round 2

Portland : NCAA Round 2
Saturday’s round 2 games were great. I was delighted that both UW and Gonzaga made it to the second round. In their initial appearances both teams handily won their games and it looked like they were both poised to do well in the second round. Unfortunately, UW played a flat first half against Purdue and ...

Portland : NCAA Round 1

Portland : NCAA Round 1
Yesterday I attended four basketball games… a personal record. As much as I enjoy the NCAA tournament, four games in one day is pretty much a caboose-killer. The four victors of round 1 (Purdue, WKU, UW, Gonzaga) looked pretty good. I especially found WKU impressive; they had an amazingly fast game and adapted well. They also ...

Thoughts On The 1 Uppers Gig 3/8

Thoughts On The 1 Uppers Gig 3/8
The 1 Uppers had a great gig last night, easily our best yet. Sunday shows can be random. It’s hard to predict whether people will actually come to hear music on those night, and the intermittent snowfall this weekend probably didn’t help. This was one of those surprising gigs where (1) we had a sold ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 3/7

Our gig in Ballard was pretty interesting. The venue Live Girls Theater showcases dramatic works by women, and is consistently reviewed as a great art resource in the Seattle area. Our performance was part of the evening’s presentation. Although we had a regular set of songs ready to go, we started playing sort of a quiet ambient ...

Spinal Tap Rides Again!

Spinal Tap Rides Again!
A big thank you to the great gods of rock, sitting comfortably in your easy chairs in the halls of Valhalla. http://beatcrave.com/2009-03-03/spinal-tap-reuniting-for-unwigged-and-unplugged/ Yay!

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 ...