Archive for June, 2013

June 23, 2013

Cajon Beats

cajon time!

cajon time!

its been a week & we couldn’t be happier with our most recent purchase… a CAJON!  it had been on our wishlist for quite some time & this was a deal we couldn’t pass up.  too bad it came at the expense of a pair of new running shoes but we’re sure we can get another few weeks out of the old pair, but we digress…

its adjustable chain & padded seat are quite the bonus! thats what makes it better than the introductory/cheapest/bottom of the line model.  plus the wood on the front is pretty sweet.  judging by the tender state of our hands, we either need to play more to build up better calluses or play differently.  some essentials we learnt from here.  most notably the point on posture.  your back does tend to get sore if you play hunched over for any length of time.

we are still experimenting with styles & sounds.  the cajon offers a wide variety depending on where, how & degree of touch.  its been a hit at every open mic jam we’ve taken it to so far.  we wish we could carry it around with us all the time & bust out grooves with every spare moment.  next purchase, a carrying case that we can use to put the cajon over our shoulder!

June 21, 2013

skip the duke presents!


skip the duke presents:


Mtn Dukes
(Alt. Rock covers!)

(Female-led All Springsteen!)

Hayley Carro
(Acoustic Roots)

at Duffy’s Tavern
1238 Bloor Street W

Music starts at 9!

FB EVENT is here!

June 21, 2013

skaaaaaa party!

humble ska party beginnings!

humble ska party beginnings!

its been a 7 year hiatus for Ska Party radio.  once heard on the airwaves of CKLU Sudbury and CIUT Toronto for a combined 12 years,  it was put to rest on July 4th, 2006. at a recent Slackers show we had a few skanksters come up & ask if we’d ever be doing the show again.  we always thought we’d do the show again at some point & likely online when the time was right.  well, like Joe Strummer said “if not now, WHEN?“. the time was nigh to restart the show & all signs we’re pointing to starting on

now its meager beginnings for the restarted show.  we’ve got some rust to shed & so far its just an hour hear & there when we can spare it.  likely we will get the show to a point that it will get updated & go to air weekly on Tuesdays(which we have renamed Tunesdays). right now we are just working out the kinks & likely get some more online presence happening.  in the meantime, you can hear some of our showreel right here!

June 21, 2013

country bassics

nashville anyone?

nashville anyone?

in the last while we’ve had a few chances to join a few country groups.  each opportunity has been a wonderful learning experience. now some bass players may poopoo country music but we are finding it to be great fun.  the hardest part seems to be holding back and knowing when NOT to play.  which makes us understand why some bassists might not like country bass.  we all want to play!  learning to keep the space is great practice.  its not just about the notes but also about the space inbetween the notes.  think we once read that somewheres…

anyways, nothing concrete is ready to announce but when it does…  it’ll be noted here! hoping to find a sweet blend of country and orgs to do!  the telebass with its flatwounds is ready to explode on some country roots!


June 17, 2013

Input Bassics

Well, its been 2 months since we blogged.  That means we’ve been busy, busy, busy! Lets effort some blog fun this week!

mtn dewks!

mtn dewks!

Mtn Dukes keep rollin’ along.  Adding new songs, playing a show every month, trying to squeeze in a weekly jam. The fun never ends!  We recently played a HOT night with Dirty Rumours at Rancho Relaxo that has to be in the top 3 of hottest gigs ever for us!  The bar had 2 AC units that only blew “coolish” air at the bar & not at the stage.  The stage was sweltering! It took us most of a week to recover & get back to norm.  We also had bass issues that night…

Since we bought the telebass, it had always had a loose cup.  The “cup” is what holds the input jack in place.  Sounds purty important and as we have discovered, it has a known design flaw on the new high end Fenders.  It always gets loose! They opted to go for looks over practicality!  We had been just finger tightening it whenever it felt a wee bit too loose.  Maybe that was or wasn’t the right thing to do in hindsight.  As it turns out, during the Rancho show, we picked up the telebass for set2 & went to plug in when everything holding the input jack fell out!  Of course the show went on.  No high leg kicks for set2 as we had to tape the cord into the input jack & then stay in a relatively still position to keep the connection going.  Any movement & we’d lose it!  So after jumpin our way thru a sweat filled set1, set2 was the most we’d ever NOT moved onstage.  Talk about 2 sides of a coin!

new telebass input!

new telebass input!

So we brought telebass into the shop for a fix.  A new input jack holder was only $10 and about $20 in mechanic fees.  Well worth the investment! So what if it doesn’t have the vintage look?  Its just the jack & we’d rather have it working & reliable then lookin’ “vintage“.

Mtn Dukes next show is Saturday, July 6 at the Eton House.  New tunes & some leg kicks on tap all night long! Be there!

June 17, 2013

Bass Cover: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People

a dandy version and we cover this soooo often. almost as often as Rockin’ In the Free World… so why not reblog it!

Lisa Caliva

I know I’m late on being obsessed with this song, but at least it happened :-).  Anyway, I found this crazy cool bass loop version of Pumped Up Kicks by Adam Stevens.  Check it out!

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