Archive for September, 2010

Song of the day: “They Call Me Doctor Worm” by They Might be Giants

Posted in music on September 28, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

it’s just where my head is today…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfOx-SDbk1A&feature=related

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Yet another bass finished, Introducing Mr. Blackwell

Posted in music on September 27, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

This bass is made almost entirely of  “Hand-me-downs” and was sitting around unfinished (over 10 years in my closet) until recently.

It has the original neck & bridge from my fretless Frankenstein Jazz bass (AKA the Vanilla Pudding pop bass), an extra string tree that I ordered when intending to mod my 6 string, spare tuners from carvin, a spare 500k pot & jack that Gregg had lying around & I took advantage of a great sale on EMG Select pickups from Stewart Macdonald to finish it off.

The bass is light as a feather, very lively and responsive & the tone from the EMG select P pickup is something I couldn’t be happier with.

Unfortunately this bass is a bit lost in the shuffle since i’ve been concentrating on my 5 & 6 technique wise, but I just had to finish it up & hell, every bass player nees a P bass.

Special thanks to Gregg for all his help.

Dub Side of the Moon, “Time” Live by the Easy All Stars

Posted in music on September 24, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Around 8 years ago I had a casual acquaintance whom I knew from The Nakamal (the only cool place I had found in the 3 years I lived in Boca Raton) mention something that just sounded nuts to me during a conversation about music.  What he mentioned was a Dub reggae band that did a song for song cover album of “Dark Side of the Moon”; obviously I HAD to hear it & luckily he lent me the album.

From that night on I’ve been all but obsessed with this album as well as the other works available by the fantastic Easy All Star band (amongst them are “RadioDread” & and “Sargent Peppers Loneley Hearts Dub Band) they are phenominal Musicians and I would happily leave the state to check them out live.

The Link is to “Time” (which happens to be my favorite Pink Floyd song) performed live, there is a ton of other stuff out there too but it’s the 21st century so I’m assuming you know how “YouTube” works.

To buy the albums (you’ll want to) go to

easystarrecords.com

Great music moments California Guitar Trio jam with Jake Shimabukuro

Posted in music on September 20, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

I stumbled across this while looking for some online bass lessons.

The great

California Guitar Trio jam with Jake Shimabukuro

Just another reminder Music is music regardless Genre or tool.

Check out these Wiki links for more info on these great artists.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Shimabukuro

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Guitar_Trio

Real KLingon Opera

Posted in music on September 18, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Being both a Sci Fi geek, an opera dork and a musician I have to make as many people as possible aware of this awsomeness.

Bravo my friends Bravo…

http://www.u-theopera.org/about-2

Victor Wooten Vs. Steve Smith

Posted in music on September 15, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Because all drummers & bass players occasionally need to be made humble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpoHWtTYelM&feature=fvw

My favorite part is the beginning when Victor drops his cane, gets a serious look on his face then his lightsaber flies into his hand.

Bass in your Face-Not an 8-track… My heavily modified Kramer Baretta

Posted in music on September 10, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

For about 5 years this bass has been the equivalant of a car up on cinderblocks in the front yard; but now is a fully functioning hot rod.

I bought this several years ago while shit faced drunk at 3 am & while in my defense it was only $109. bucks including shipping the bass had some fatal flaws; namely the pickups.

This bass was one of a club of cheap basses where they cram 4 string pickups in a 5 string and hope for the best…  The best didn’t happen, the bass was deaf to the B string.

So a few months ago gregg & I cannibalized the parts and created Mr. shitworthy as notated in the following…

https://kingbiscuitpants.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/made-a-newold-bass-yesterday-introducing-mr-shitworthy/

Still my Kramer Baretta was left unfinished until circumstances allowed it’s renewal.

Now my “Kramerstein” has 2 Carvin soapbar pickups, a Badass V bridge, and glow in the dark knobs.  I strung it with DR Flatwounds so it really sings now.

I currently await a shipment of “Glow in the Dark Googly Eyes” to further customise it; until then here it is.