August 12, 2014

Girl I’m Gonna Make U Sweat

morning dew?

morning dew?

so over the weekend, we took the bass outta the case to find it covered in a coating of damp dew.  which has us wondering if this happens more & we just don’t know it?

here are the deats of the events:

  • gig the previous night ended around midnight beside Georgian Bay
  • bass loaded & stayed in the vehicle overnight
  • took out bass around 11am the next morning when we arrived at our next show only to find it soaking wet

how it ended up this way has us scratching our heads.  was is the temp change from night to day? was it cuz we were further inland?  did it have to do with the time of night we put the bass in the case?

usually (ok, 9 times outta 10), we bring the bass inside with us overnight but since we were back on the road again in 6 hours, we didn’t this time.  if that was the big factor, we will never do it again.  if this has been happening more often and we just didn’t realize it, we will be taking it out of the case or opening the case every night as well.  from now on, we will be tracking this phenomenon!

August 4, 2014

New Dynablock in da Hood!

Blue Mtn Crowd!

Blue Mtn Crowd!

twas a great weekend of 3 shows with TooNice & we had a new piece of equipment with us as well.  we managed to score a slightly used Traynor Dynablock 400 from a moving sale in the days prior to the shows.  we played an acoustic night with it, then a big stage the next afternoon & then as part of our live rig with a soundman later that same night.  essentially, running it thru our bassic usual paces & it passed with flying colours!

Traynor Dynablock 400!

Traynor Dynablock 400!

we are still getting used to the finer points of the controls & finding our sweet spots with it but that will come with time.  already though, the low frequency expander seems a bit silly to us.  a “sound” investment that we hope will last a lot longer & with a lot less headaches than our previous Markbass Little Mark II head.

best buddies!

best buddies!

July 28, 2014

August TooNice Dates!

For more info: www.toonice.ca

Hope to see YOU out there!

Aug 1 – Wasaga (Barcelos) 7p

Aug 2 – Bracebridge (Beer Fest/Olympics) 12-3p

Aug 2 – Collingwood (Blue Mtn) 7-9p

Aug 6 – Collingwood (Molly Blooms) 10p

Aug 8 – Gravenhurst (Street Fest) 2p

Aug 8 – Midland (Boathouse) 9p

Aug 9 – Gravenhurst (Street Fest) 11am

Aug 9 – Wasaga (Sweet Tooth Carib Fest) 7p

Aug 16 – Calgary, Alberta (Vern’s Bar) 8p

Aug 22 – Thornbury (Bridges) 10p

Aug 23 – Oro Ontario (Hardwood Hills) Noon-4 – & dj skip spins all day!

Aug 23 – Wasaga (Wild Wing) 9p

Aug 29 – Penetang (Flynn’s) 9p

Aug 30 – Collingwood (Blue Mtn) 7-9p

TooNice August!

July 27, 2014

skaliciousness nite!

General Rudie!

General Rudie!

we had the sublime opportunity to spin some ska this past Friday at the Rivoli.  t’was a dandy nite out & a great bill with General Rudie mounting a massive reunion while staking a heartfelt return to form.  pfft, no rust apparent on these Rudies! our night ended with a cowbellgasm with Frankie Foo at the Legendary Grossman’s Tavern.  The Foo never fail to impress and whoa…. they STILL party til they drop!

frankie foo!

frankie foo!

last but not least, we have always been a huge fan of King Kong Girio’s work.  his latest 4 piece is a slice to behold & they were the sonic treat of the night! we can’t wait to see ‘em again soon!

July 27, 2014

Traynor TS-15!

so this is a bass blog more or less but we can’t help but write a quick post about a 76 Traynor TS-15 we scored a few weeks back. we had just traded in our Fender Acoustic 30w amp that we just weren’t using and started to be on the lookout for something with more “character”. we aren’t much of a guitarist but we wanted something to jam/practice with and couldn’t be happier with this amp.  we hope it inspires us to pick up the guitar more often. this is how it sounded as soon as we plugged in for the first time!

2×8’s with a 5/10/15w switch.  going from 10 to 15 is a sonic delight!  we are the 2nd owner & it had been sitting around in a closet for years collecting dust and therefore, is in impeccable shape!  it also has a low input.  this is how it sounded as soon as we plugged in for the first time on the low input. no adjustments needed!

thou both utube selections are overdriven, the amp does have a clean tone as well that we love.  off to play some more!

July 25, 2014

Friday = Ska Day!

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a rare dj gig tonite!
doors/tunes/fun/ska starts at 9 sharp!

July 23, 2014

jazz jag!

smells like a jazz!

so we picked up a 2005 MiM Jazz Jag over the weekend.  it came on the cheap cuz the body is a tad rough. we guess at some point the body had some stickers on it.  when they were peeled off, the coating came off with it and the previous owner attempted to repaint. so it feels rough to the forearm. in reality, it looks fine from afar and the neck is super great. & that’s the most important aspect for us.  it plays really funky and gritty.  we dunno if most jazz/jags play that way or if its only this one with its sorted history.  we are tempted to make this into a “project” bass and see if we can tweak the pickups into providing more low end.  it really does play more like a “geetar” than a “bass” at the moment.  there is one sweet spot with both pickups set in a particular way. that should do for the time being.  we think this will be our “gig spare” and we’ll use it for a few songs in the current set that require a more high end funk sound (cuz this bass is great at that) and keep it handy in case something happens to our main bass of the night.  it is set up with a brand new set of D’addario lights & we shouldn’t let those go to waste just yet! ;)

its a looker!

 

 

 

July 23, 2014

outdoor vizness!

been busy with shows every weekend but wanted to share some recent outdoor vizness that has come our way. the gravenhurst viz has us playing a Rik! omg, that was a sweet experience!

anyways, here it is warts & all!

newmarket farmers market:
gravenhurst splash party:



June 26, 2014

Funkzilla Stomps on Board!

funkzilla!
the funkzilla arrived!  its been played pretty much straight for the last 3 hrs & we love it!

at first, we were drawn to all the tap tempo options.  SO very addictive!
but second sober thought has us just using it as an envelope filter.
that will be the more practical (read: less annoying) use in a lot of the songs we play.
now the board is simple and clean.  tuner – beta – funkzilla
the next add might compression.  and we’ll stop there… ahahaaaa ;) ahem… right!
a MASSIVE thanks to SOLID GOLD FX for not only making RAD pedals but great service too!
here’s a wee vid we did!

June 25, 2014

Summer Starts!

getting more into making posters of late. here is one we did for this Friday!
and one someone else did for this Saturday! obviously, we need to upgrade our poster skills!

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