Archive for March, 2011

March 26, 2011

skipapalooza!

skipapalooza = both of yours trulys bands in one place for one night!

skipapalooza should be a fantastic night!  of course, we are soooo looking forward to it.  theres so much on the plate.  new songs for TooNice, the stage debut of our cover band Those Handsome Hooligans and also some collaborations on the menu.  it will be a busy night on the ol’ four string indeed! Orleans was nice enough of a venue to let us make this dream a reality and we plan to make the most of it.  wow, strongbow, grasshopper and flying monkeys all on tap too.  it will be good!

rumours are running rampant that Those Handsome Hooligans will be test driving their sound once or twice before the official debut.  more news on that at 11.  but sticking with Those Handsomes, a quick word about words.  picking a band name was tough. but worth it.  we had no idea it would take that long and be such a process but the journey was worth it and we couldn’t be happier.  looking back, there are just way too many good band names out there and some are in use and others not.  Those Handsome Hooligans sums it up quite nicely and the longer time goes by, the more the name fits.

March 7, 2011

No Strings Attached

so when we got the new(to us) gibson sg bass, it came with the strings from the store on it.  who knows what they were?  most likely some nickel something somethings. we’re diggin the flatwounds anway so a change in strings was inevitable.  so here’s a pic of what the bass looked like before the string change.

you can see that the part of the strings where the winding at the end is actually going over the bridge.  this can’t be good we thought.  so sure enough when we put the new flats on the same thing happened.  the G string actually cleared the bridge on its own.  and we could clearly hear the tone difference between it and the 3 other strings that had the winding on and over the bridge.

so what do we have handy that could extend the winding part of the strings over the bridge?  well, we have just taken off some useless strings… could the ends of those slip over the string and add to the length?  why not reuse what we just took off the instrument?  lets try the ball ends of the old strings!

so we did and in the end we got it to work.  it took some time, patience, and some fiddlin’…  especially with the E string since the winding was thicker and the string ball end couldn’t quite get over it.  we had to take some wire cover trimmers to it to shave it down a bit.  no harm done to the string, u just needed to be gentle doing it.  as u can see, some strings needed more than one ball end.  the tone of each of the 3 strings we did sounded so much better once we had done this that it made the time and effort all worthwhile.  the bass stays in tune and we get great comments on its sound.  now only if we could figure out the sweet spot for that “tone” knob…. more on that in another post!

ps: here are the results in picture form.  hopefully, they help explain and show u what we did.  the blue part was going over the bridge before we added the ball ends of the strings.

March 6, 2011

TooNice Vizness

as luck would have it, some1 actually brought a camera that took decent video to the last TooNice show this past Friday.  t’was a great show and thx to skaface and frankie foo for having us play! also thx to every1 who packed the dancefloor.  that was a dandy sight to behold indeed! Mitzi’s Sister is a sweet venue with swell staff and TANKHOUSE on tap too!  all in all, natty times!

hopefully some of the reggae vibe of the night translates well to ye…. enjoy!

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Last Call

March 3, 2011

friday night, saturday morning

well its not everyday that you get the opportunity to share the stage with bands that u know, love & truly enjoy. it is beyond any shread of a doubt that yours truly is super keen to finally share a night with ska brethren.

TooNice’s roots reggae stylings meet the likes of the legendary Skaface and ska-super group Frankie Foo this Friday, March 4th.

drop in and see and feel what the beat has to offer!

Frankie Foo set time 930

Skaface set time 1030

TooNice set time 1130

Mitzi’s Sister, 1554 Queen St. West (just west of Jameson), Toronto

Doors at 9 – 19+ – ONLY $5

here’s all the links you’ll need!

TooNice – http://www.toonice.ca/
Frankie Foo – http://www.frankiefoo.com/
Skaface – http://skaface.ca/
Mitzi’s Sister:
http://www.mitzis.ca/sister.html
http://www.blogto.com/bars/mitzissister

more info here:
http://www.mitzis.ca/sisterevents.html
http://www.eyeweekly.com/music/music/article/109293
http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=53124&subsection=&category=&criticspicks=&date1=&date2=&locationId=0