February 25, 2016
dj skip is pretty darn excited to finally announce the lineup for our annual birthday party, SKIPAPALOOZA !!!
Featuring: CATL, The Huaraches, Dub Trinity
Saturday April 16th, 2016
The Foxx Lounge Rock Bar and Hotdoggery
16 Dunlop St. E, Barrie ON
19+ / $5 / Party starts when you get there!
May 5, 2015
enjoy some fun and frantic skipapalooza V viz! such a skasome night! was it only 2.5 weeks ago? so much fun & 4 hours of dancing was too good!
- The King Kong 4: 00:56 – 3:21
- TooNice: 3:21 – 12:48
- Cheap Suits: 12:48 to end
February 6, 2015
finally able to announce the lineup and deats for Skipapalooza V!
OMG Barrie! Its gonna be a the biggest and bestest Skipapalooza ever!
Here’s some youtube action & FB links from every featured band!
The King Kong 4 = http://youtu.be/IyBXK6c1Aq8
Cheap Suits = http://youtu.be/fVrQZQCHwjw
Dub Trinity = http://youtu.be/uQzJThjzObU
TooNice = http://youtu.be/LfPLG5zi-S8
April 18, 2013
WOW! our annual bday bash, Skipapalooza was a hoot! every year, it just keeps getting better on both the music side of things and the personal side. twas great to see soooo many familiar faces and play the night with the likes of our acoustic duo, Raised on Promises and rawk out with the mtn dukes! the special guests from Luke Dukes Dad to the reunion of our powerpop band, Blenderhead were crazy good! the melding of RoP and the Dukes for a few tunes was a sonic delight to behold and we even played a song solo by request. that never happens! the cupcake cake was a great idea too AND no plates or utensils required!
our thx to our hosts, OnCue for letting the night happen. also thx to Mad Mal for attending and bloggin’ about it! plans are already underway to have it again there next year. here’s how the night ended with some very tired mtn dukes…
looking ahead, we recently had to turn down an opportunity to join with a highly active band to keep doing what we love. which is playing the bass for fun and good times. twas a tough choice as the lure of decent $$$ had us thinking hard about it but in the end, we would have had to drop a few of the bass related fun we already have on our plate. speaking of which, here’s whats up for the next while:
- mtn dukes plan on a show every other month (a late May show perhaps and july 6th at eton house on the danforth is confirmed as next) AND to record some our songs live off the floor in order to get more gigs. more new tunes also in the mix as the dukes continue to fine tune a night of sonic goodness!
- raised on promises has a show tomorrow night in Barrie at the Local Gastropub. we also have a June date there as well. we hope to keep up the pace of a night there every other month moving fwd. so much fun to play a whole night as a duo and interact with the folk there in such a laid back setting!
- been casually jamming some 80’s alternative tunes with some locals. we may end up playing a house party here, a bbq there or maybe not at all. its all about the fun right now. 80’s tunes can be a hoot to play. as a bonus, so far we’ve stayed away from any serious 80’s cheese too!
- and speaking of good fun, we’ve recently joined the Jon Abrams Band to play a few festivals this summer/fall and hopefully beyond. getting our country on lately has been more fun than we first imagined! PLUS there are orgs in the mix. we’ve blogged often about our continued desire to play orgs and not covers all the time. this seems like the perfect way to do both as the sets are a good mix.
more bass news to come. hoping to buy a pbass in the next month or so stay “tuned” for that. we had to say goodbye to our SG as we weren’t playing it at all anymore and pbass is the direction we are heading. we are REALLY enjoying our telebass right now. also, expect a post about learning country songs at some point too. until then, thanks for dropping by!
April 9, 2013
so much to catch up on!
but first we gotta mention that our yearly bday celebration is this coming Saturday, April 13th at OnCue (349 Jane St) in Toronto!
mtn dukes are the main musical source with a sprinkling of Raised on Promises and some surprises. lotsa pool tables, Toronto’s BEST perogies, bevvy’s and YOU! it gonna be a hoot! party starts once the Leafs game ends and goes til close. lots of songs both new and old on the agenda. can’t wait!
February 5, 2013
time for a gear movement update!
acoustasonic 30 on arrival!
we swapped our circa mid 2000’s Ampeg BA210 for a Fender Acoustasonic 30 recently. “peggy” as she was called was heavy & great for many gig while we were first making our way around stages. recently though, she’d just been sitting at home. never being used. never quite loud enough anymore. never quite portable enough. she’d done her service(100 gigs approx) & really owed us nothing. so when the opp presented itself, we thought we’d change it up a bit. get an amp that is suitable enough at low volumes for both bass & guitar(trying to play more guitar, ie: once a week) & practice our mic/vocals with. the acoustimatic has 2 channels. one for instruments & another for a mic. a great practice setup that we can quietly tweek our pedals with. another long overdue task. we’ve also added our drum machine into the chain for practice service & so far so good! so nice to come home & plug into a comfy setup when u only have a few mins to play. if we ever want to get louder with it, it has a lineout that we can plug into anything else.
speaking of effects, we’ve begun to fall hard for our El Grande Bass Fuzz that we’ve had for awhile. keeping the settings for fuzz & volume really conservative while using the tone in the middle is giving us a great sound that is perfect mix of low end tasty dirt fuzz! our Carbon Copy delay is also making a rebound. such a fun pedal to practice with! messing with different delay times has been a blast! we are also thinning the herd. gone is the Bass Metaphors to a new lovin’ home. our Picasso Boost is likely next. maybe our chorus or the bf2 that have sat on the sidelines for awhile. ah, a pedal family pic from a few months back… we will ever have 10 pedals again?
pedal fam at the end of 2012!
we also got around to finally swapping out the nickel strings our telebass came with. they were interesting to play with for a time but as time went on, we lusted more & more for the flats we love so dearly. so this past weekend, we made the swap (despite our dream) to d’addario flats. one jam in & we’ve never been happier. a tad bright at the momement cuz they are sooo new but a huge step towards the low end thump thumpy sound we long for. telebass sound with flats= OMG!
d’addario flats in action!
speaking of falling hard, we are in the midst of dealing with our 2nd injury in the past 7 months. back in August of last year, we separated a shoulder that took awhile to heal. now we’ve gone & cracked/fractured a rib. amazing how much it hurts when we are in the wrong position or doing something that it doesn’t like. after getting it checked out on the weekend & being told by a doc to “take it easy, here’s some drugs“, we are finally heeding the advice. not merely the “we must have slept funny” event as we first thought it was, but the defo result of a very wicked tumble. hoping for a speedy enough recovery that we can get back to jumping around for Skipapalooza in April. well at least we can still play the bass, just have to keep the groovin’ movements down a few notches for the next while. in the meantime, our lightweight acoustic bass is getting even more playing time!
acoustic bass with foam fun!
January 29, 2013
happy. stoked. elated. when it rains, it pours show announcements!
first off, the mtn dukes return to Eton House for a night on Friday, March 1st. new songs will be in the spotlight as we inch along to a 40 song setlist. this poster nicely sums up what happened last visit!
and the BIG NEWS is that skipapalooza 3 has been finalized! this year we are taking the party from Newmarket (where our old band was based) and into the epicentre of entertainment, Queen St. West in Toronto! thx to The Sister for stepping up to the plate to host the hootenanny. we’ve had the pleasure of playing there a few times but none since the renos. lookin’ forward to 2 sets from the mtn dukes & then dancing the night away with celtic stylin’s of The Saints Are Coming! more posts on skipapalooza as the date nears. just today it feels great to have the event locked down & now we can just prep the fun stuff like… tunes!
April 28, 2012
things have been pumpin’ along swimmingly for Those Handsome Hooligans. 2 weeks ago, we rocked the house at Skipapalooza and this past week, we wrapped up a sweet set in Barrie for a 911 charity fundraiser. also, we’ve managed to score 13 gigs between April 14th and Sept. 8th which is quite the feat for a band made up of day jobbers with fams. we are nearing 50 songs on the setlist and a run of tees are on the horizon. we were already pretty tight with the weekly practices but now that we have so many shows, the tip of the rock iceberg remains to be seen. goin’ to be a lot of rockin’ out these next few months. lets hope the body can handle it and we’ll see how high it can soar!
here’s a few posters for our upcoming shows in Barrie this Spring/Summer. hope to see you there!
April 11, 2012
skipapalooza2 this Saturday will be “bossome!”. here’s a quick definition: Bossome is a Bruce Springsteen related emotion comparable to wonder but less joyous & more fearful or respectful. Bossome is defined in Skip’s Wheel of Emotions as a combination of Rosalita -inspired delight, surprise & fear. One dictionary definition is “an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by Rosalita which is grand, sublime, & extremely powerful”. Another dictionary definition is a “mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, & wonder inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might reproduced by Rosalita: “We felt Bossome when contemplating the works of Bruce Springsteen.” “The observers were witness to the Bossome sounds of the Rosalita.”
April 5, 2012
if u can recall, we recently found blood on the rental drumkit at the rehearsal factory. so we even more recently returned (a full 2 weeks later) to the exact same room to not only find the same old blood on the snare but even more blood than before!
good thing we had anticipated this & had brought our own snare for the rosalita jam!
speaking of the rosas, we did our last pre skipapalooza prep show at an open mic at grossmans tavern this week. each member got to choose a song for our mini set which was way cool. also the stage setup at grossmans is now improved and makes a massive difference.
whoa! lights even! a riser too! better soundboard! the grossmans we knew has changed for the better! we played decently on the kit. but once we were done, we were once again told we were too loud on the drums. struggling with the combo of keeping the BIG drum sound of springsteen alive while not being too loud for patrons. its tough lesson to learn & even a harder one to put into practice & use!