The Furnace Project

This week we’ll be replacing our furnace at home. The current unit is approaching 30 years old and has been giving us trouble each winter, resulting in an annual visit from the repairman. This year we decided it was time to replace the unit with a new 2 stage model, and correct some of the ...

KISS : 35th Anniversary Tour 1

KISS : 35th Anniversary Tour
I happily admit that I’ve been a KISS fan since 1975. It’s a long and silly saga, but for me they remain the embodiment of rock. It’s amazing to me that the band most feared and demonized in my Catholic upbringing is now considered PG-13 and completly innocuous. What’s changed? Just us. The band remains ...

New DMQ Web Site

New DMQ Web Site
I’m in the process of building a new web site for The Dudley Manlove Quartet. This is an interesting exercise in design and development and I’m looking forward to launching it in October. Stay tuned…

Thoughts On The 9/18 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig

Thoughts On The 9/18 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig
Friday night The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at the Fremont Oktobertfest. This was an enjoyable event for many reasons, and being a festival it had a few funny aspects. Our band dressing room was the back of the stage. As in: the area behind the band currently performing. I decided it didn’t matter. It’s Oktoberfest ...

Ready For Tonight

Well, hopefully all my music gear is rested and ready, because tonight The Dudley Manlove Quartet will be playing at Oktoberfest in Fremont. I’m looking forward to rocking the streets of Fremont with our groovy music. Join us for a mug of cheer and some fine tunes!

Amp Spa

Amp Spa
My amp is currently enjoying a week of spa treatment at Velvetone¬†Valve¬†Works in Seattle. It’s hard to find a really great amp technician and I’m pleased that Jeff is available here in my home town to work his special magic. Since I bought this amp a few years ago I’ve occasionally wondered if there was ...

Thoughts On The 9/9 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig

On Wednesday we played at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville. Mid-week shows are something of a gamble (appropriate for a casino I suppose) and we weren’t certain how big a crowd to expect. We arrived to discover the casino was well-organized but not good at communicating their plan to us. We had to figure out ...

Amp Maintenance Time

Amp Maintenance Time
As the owner of a tube amp, it’s pretty much my expectation that I’ll occasionally need to do some maintenance to keep it happily purring. Last night I noticed that my clean headroom seems to be fading and that the amp sounds a little anemic. My assumption is that I need to get new tubes, ...

Thoughts On The 9/5 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig

Thoughts On The 9/5 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig
Last Saturday I played at the Tractor Tavern with The Dudley Manlove Quartet. This was another of those amazing gigs with a fun band, where everything went very well and a great time was had. I played this show with a broken pinky on my left hand, which made for a lot of on-the-fly chord ...

Some Thoughts On Injury And Recovery (Playing On A Busted Finger…) 1

Some Thoughts On Injury And Recovery (Playing On A Busted Finger...)
Last Sunday I injured the pinky finger on my left hand, which led to a doctor’s office visit for xrays and a tetanus shot. The good news is that I’ll be able to play the Saturday evening gig with Dudley Manlove Quartet, just with a bit of pain. I’m planning to tape the knuckle to ...