Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Last Post 2010!

3 Boxing Week sales we did not expect to see:

1. 50% off Christmas trees!  Who would want half a tree?
2. Refurbished Parachutes!  No strings attached and comes with a lifetime guarantee!
3. Food for Thought!  THE BEST deal of them all!

Happy and Safe New Year!

December 23, 2010

Top 5 Fave Holidazed Listens 2010

here’s what we’ve been enjoying the most leading up to Santa’s visit:

  1. Christmas Spirit of ’69 – North Pole United
  2. Holiday Hell Yeah – Go Jimmy Go
  3. Winter Wonderland – The Toasters
  4. Rudolph the Reggae Reindeer – Bolivar
  5. Sleigh Ride – Los Straitjackets
December 21, 2010

Presenting….. Early Presents!

some early presents came in…omg, the surprise!

fender vs d'addario time!

first came a pack of medium light long scale (code 9050ML) Fender Flatwounds.  already using the ECB81 D’addario regular light gauge on the MusicMan bass.  sometime in the near future, will change over the EB3 to the Fender Flats for a comparison and also future review here. the back of the pack says they “offer warm, rich tones with reduced finger noise and long life“.  can’t wait to give them a go!

also, as we were shopping for someone else, we came across this hilarious book that we JUST could NOT pick up as a gift to ourselves:

the couch potato bass workout

only cracked it open and have yet to do any of the exercises but lookin’ fwd to it!  somehow, this book and its title just seemed like a good fit and  also the cheap price made it irresistible.  stay tuned….

December 7, 2010

5 Good Reasons 2 Keep Drinking?

Its been awhile since we rated any beers so here goes a five pack of mini reviews of stuff we’d tried out of late:

5 good reasons?

KLB Raspberry Wheat: good and light.  tasted like it was nothing going down the tube which could be dangerous.  looking fwd to having a few more of these when the weather warms up. could be in the rotation once summer comes.  one thing we learnt is that KLB is made by the once fine folks at Amsterdam brewery.  could this be a return to form? we used to really dig their nut brown but then it tanked.  it mightabeen something in the water that year though. stay tuned.

Mill Street Tankhouse:  hearty and rough.  great oaky smokey taste.  wow, this one is a keeper.  though we never have enjoyed much of anything from Mill Street, this one is a top notch!  was definitely the most pleasant surprise of this lot of revews.

Great Lakes Red Leaf Lager: though we aren’t much of a lager drinker, this one was well worth another look and taste.  very smooth and non-offensive, even with the after taste!  Great Lakes Brewery is fast becoming one of fave local breweries.  they are already solidly in our top 3!

Beau’s Lug Tread
:  new bottle this year.  gone is the ceramic which made a great gift item last holiday season.  so now its in a glass bottle and is anything different?  nope.  its still all good and super tasty!  ever since we had a nasty first bottle (we suspect it wasn’t sealed properly) back in the fall of 2008, we haven’t met a Beau’s we haven’t enjoyed to the fullest.  why do you think it was gift worthy last holiday season?  yup, cuz its that good! also newsworthy from Beaus is a special release called “community brew” of which 30% of sales goes to local charities.  can’t wait to check that out soon!

Nickel Brook Ale:  we really, really, really enjoyed the Green Apple beer that Nickel brook puts out.  THAT is a great summer beer.  this ale however was a waste of time.  lofty expectations not met. too bad. really a beer that was remarkably unremarkable.

wow, all this beer reviewing is making us thirsty.  gtg!

December 2, 2010

heads up!

on to the next step, which at the core has always been about improving oursleves on the bass.  now that the sheets are gone, we’ve noticed there is a whole world out there on the stage to look at…. is that where the whole world is a stage quote comes from?

anywho, we took to heart the comment the other day that we need to look up more onstage.  tis true and we won’t deny that we look down lots.  before the sheets were occupying some of our eye time a bit and now they are gone and that opens up some time to look around.  also, we still are not comfortable enough with our playing to totally stop looking at our instrument.  that day will come we guess.  but when who knows?  until then, we will still have to look at what we are playing a considerable amount of the time.

we have been noticing with more familiarity with the material we play, the more we’ve been able to look around while we play.   the last few shows have been fun (as always!) but now that we are looking up more, what we see, experience and therefore end up remembering is changing.  changing for the better we thinks. we are becoming more aware of our surroundings and naturally that is changing what we do onstage.  we can forsee more interaction with bandmates on stage in the near future.  maybe more interaction with the crowd as well. more interaction=more fun!

the fine tuning continues.  “heads up” seems like such a simple thing but its a biggie that is opening up a whole new world.  likely this is not the last time we’ll write about this subject so stay tuned.

in other news,

*we really took to heart the other day of this quote we got from Gorehound : most new players practice until they get it “right”. If you want to excel at playing an instrument(or any discipline), you have to practice, until you can’t get it wrong.we totally were doing it to get it “right”.  this mantra is perfect to keep in the back of our minds and once we thought about it, it could not be any truer.  onto getting the songs we know to the next level!

*also worth checking out for inspiration is gorehounds list of quotes from guitarists.  so many quotes to take to heart!

*we happened upon this free download of the first album from Sons Of Freedom.  the first 3 tracks are essential listening.  they really nailed the right bass sound.  so good, so addictive!

*last but not least, we’ve reimplemented into our weekly practice routine some time on percussion.  last week’s onstage jam during the TooNice cd launch party got us behind the kit again and also got us thinking about how much we loved playing drums.  we’ve read in numerous places that drums will also help bassists with their playing so with those things in mind, welcome back!  may the dust never settle on those skins again.