Archive for April, 2010

I never realized that I desperately want a Chinese Military Shovel…

Posted in rants on April 30, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

I dare you to watch this video and not want one.  With this and my Leatherman I could start a civilization.


Carl Thompson Master Luthier

Posted in art, music on April 28, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

I was just doing my Primus post (  )and stumbled across this great japanese TV interview with the legendary Carl Thompson. 

Fascinating, check it out!

Song of the day: Primus, “Jerry was a Racecar Driver”

Posted in music on April 28, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

The first time I heard this song it was while watching MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball” one Saturday night home (as always) back when I was in high school; my first reaction to the song frankly was to hate it.  Despite the initial dislike of the song I just couldn’t get it out of my head and I found myself  beginning to obsess over this weird band.

Obsessive curiosity turned to affection (like in most fanfics) and before I knew it I had a pinup on my wall of Les Claypool’s famous “Rainbow bass” by master luthier Carl Thompson. 

For years now I have been a massive Primus/Les Claypool fan and have been hugely influenced by their music.  If not already farmilliar give them a shot, trust me, this song only scratches the surface of what they can do.

Besides, look at that bass! It’s the same image I cut out of a guitar magazine & tacked to my wall all those years ago.

Obligatory Gig Plug: “The Fantastic 5” Featuring Kingbiscuitpants, Friday 4-30-10 at “O’Malley’s”

Posted in music on April 27, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

FYI to anyone interested this Friday Night at Midnight 4-30-10 I’ll be filling in for a one time appearance with an old friend’s band called “The Fantastic 5” since their bass player is out of town in a bar called “O’Malley’s” in Margate. Amusingly it will be the first gig I play with my new/old bass that Gregg and I built, “Mr. Shitworthy”.
For more info hit teh band’s web site.

Song of the day: “Tell her this” by Del Amitri

Posted in music, Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

“Tell her this” by Del Amitri is hands down my favorite love song.   This song is the soundtrack of my angsty, frustrated late to post teenage years and captures the “crying while the song is on the radio while you’re driving” (really happened & I even remember the girl’s name at the time and the road I was driving down… it was raining too) high volume levels of emotion that I gratefully am mostly incapable of at this point. 

This is the sort of song that can get you to do really stupid things if listened to enough times in a row; if you need to amp yourself up to tell someone you love them for the first time, this is the one to do it.

I’m a bitter, beat up old man mentally, but as I’ve been writing this post I’ve had the song playing as a loop and I swear I’m getting teary and find myself wanting to call my wife at work and blubberly go on and on about how much I love her.  I’ll wait till she gets home so she doesn’t think I’m having a breakdown again.  

My favorite line is “tell her something in my heart needs her more than even clowns need the laughter of the crowd”.  Being essentially a clown at heart that one always gets me.

Listen cautiously, this is serious medicine, and keep tissues nearby.

A Rare Factory 8-string Rickenbacker for my buddy at

Posted in music on April 23, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

I stumbled across these 2 cool pictures and since I know he’s a Rickenbacker fanatic I thought he’d find it a treat. 

So here’s a late birthday present for you.

Song of the Day: Man Raze “Can’t Find My Own Way” (acoustic)

Posted in music on April 21, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

This particular band you almost certainly haven’t heard; however you might have heard of the singer’s other band, Def Leppard. 

Now Def Leppard is a band I always “liked” but I never became a real fan until I rediscovered them around the age of 34 and really noticed their musicanship (yes, most of the lyrics are still rubbish but read the libretto of an opera if you know the language and you’ll notice it’s not a new issue) and listened to the band with new ears.  The “Classic Albums” series was the catharsis for this.

Now Man Raze is not Def Leppard, it’s stripped down (hell so stripped down in this clip the drummer is using a cardboard box) tight and features Phil Collin (Def Leppard’s longtime surviving guitarist who somehow looks better now than in the 80’s-bastard) on lead vocals. 

I picked the song “Can’t Find My Own Way” for its reggae feel, which is an anathama to Def Leppard; it makes me imagine a young Phil Collin (who almost ended up in Iron Maiden by the way) at a “Two -Tone” Ska show in his teens, the math would be right at least.

Oh, and Scott this is a post 2000 song.

Enjoy, & tell me what you think.