Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Presented Without Comment: Vegan Black Metal Chef

Microrant: Spotify Sucks

Am I the only one who thinks Spotify sucks balls?  Because I think it does.  Maybe I'll change my mind, but I doubt it.

New In The Stable

I had stated previously that I was in the market for a cheap but cool travel bass.  Last night, my wife surprised me by bringing home a truly kick ass bass I had been pining for:  A Peavey T-20.  I love just about everything about this bass - from the sound and feel to the fact it sounds like it was named after a Soviet tank.  It was a steal for what I paid for it.  The shop it was purchased from also has the T-20's sophisticated sister, the Peavey T-40 if anyone out there is interested, but I only had eyes for the T-20.

I opted for the T-20 over the T-40 was not so much that the T-20 was cheaper (though that certainly helps), but mostly because the T-20 is a solid, no bullshit bass.  Tonally, you have volume and tone controls and that's it.  Hell, the tone knob doesn't even offer that big of a tonal spectrum, which is just fine with me (I'll adjust the sound on the amp).  I'd characterize the sound as "meaty" - not super bassy, not high gain like a Rickenbacker, but full bodied and "vintage" sounding.  God I love having a bass with passive electronics again.  The hardware is nicer on the T-40, but as you'll see in the photos below that the T-20 is pretty damn good as well.  Add onto this a very sturdy molded plastic hardshell case and you figure out this bass was a freaking great deal.  Check it out below - I apologize for the blurred, poorly lit photos.
Not sure what year this bass is.  I'll have to
check into it.

Don't know how many times I've told Auggie
not to leave wet towels on the furniture.

Close up of the bridge, which is secured with
no less than five screws.

The pickup sounds great!  I love how they integrated a
thumb rest as well.  I will use the hell out of it.

Volume and tone.  That's it. And that goofy
"P" from Peavey's logo.

This bass is 'murican made - how great is that?
The headstock also features that awful-in-a-cool-way
Peavey logo. 

Responsive, quality tuning pegs.

One of my favorite features of this bass is the
microtilt for the neck - something one only
sees on higher end basses.  You stick an allen
wrench in the hole and twist. This adjusts the
tilt of the neck in relation to the body and allows
the player to fine tune the bass's action.  Very,
very cool!

There is a small hole drilled in the lower horn of
the cutaway.  Likely it is for a strap button
and this bass was probably owned by
a  left handed bass player at one point.

The immediate upgrades for this bass will be strap locks and strings that can handle the Trowar drop tunings.

I remember scoffing at Peavey gear as a teen aged bassist.  I'm not sure why.  I probably thought it was just some cheap Japanese crap (which in itself is an ignorant, uninformed opinion).  This is a phenomenal American-made entry level bass.  Hard to believe, but maybe I've grown up just a tad.  But only a tad.

Deep heartfelt thanks to MB.  Somehow getting this bass from you made it even more special - really.  I promise to play the hell out of this bass.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Arizona State Deadhead Shirt

I walked down to Goodwill at lunch today for shits and giggles.  I'm not much of a Grateful Dead fan, but I have to admit I was a little charmed by this shirt I saw there.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Get It?

I promise to do an actual post soon.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Audio Scratch Pad: Vacation Edition

If everything goes smoothly, this post will go up the very minute we head north for vacation.  Soon, sounds like the one below will be filling my ears.  You should definitely put on some headphones and crank this up so that you feel me.

This track was recorded Memorial Day weekend of this year.  It is a recording of the water lapping the shore from two different points of a boat access ramp near where we stay.  Occasionally, you can hear a car go by on a nearby road; other than that, it's pure Lake Leelanau.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fixing An Omission

I don't believe I've ever talked about cats or techno music at this blog.  Let's fix that today, shall we?  You're welcome.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Almost There. . . .

I can't believe these guys played in my hometown (with the B-52s!) at the horsetrack/casino.  I bet it was a pretty fun show.

Radio Ga Ga

I've been riding my bike to work pretty religiously this summer.  I don't like to have anything on/in my ears when I ride (it's not safe and I prefer to "be in the moment"), so I haven't been getting my (diminishing) dosage of news and talk radio.  Although I seldom even turn on a radio anymore, for many years I was an avid National Public Radio listener.  I still think of myself as a fan/supporter of NPR; it's just that my heart is too weak to listen to the coverage of the grim world/country we live in.  Well, that and every time NPR tries to do humor, my stomach turns a bit.  I'd still say their cultural and arts coverage is parless as are many of the shows - both produced by the local NPR affiliate and the nationally syndicated shows (Radio Lab and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me come to mind) - are still bright spots in the media landscape.  Even though NPR can not keep pace with some of the better Internet news outlets, I find that NPR is still informative and can still stoke my imagination and curiosity.

If I listened to NPR on the way to and from work when I was driving, lunch time was all Rush Limbaugh.  I'm pretty fascinated with the twisted old fuck.  His rhetoric and fear mongering should offend me, but it is easy for me to keep his blathering in perspective for two reasons:  1.)  Like many pundits, he's politics' version of a pro wrestler - a lot of flash and bluster, not too much substance.  2.)  Try as I might, I can't find a single bit of logic in most of his positions.  Seriously - I made it a personal challenge for a month or two to tune in every day, and do my best to have an open mind.  The foundations of any position he takes are based on assumptions that are subjective and flawed, dooming anything that comes out of his pie hole as more or less "unless you're watering and mowing it, you brown people get off my lawn!"  Ultimately, I could never tune in for more than 15 minutes or so for a reason that might surprise you:  it just made me tired to listen him.  I mean, he gets soooo angry everyday - I wonder how he has the energy to do it.  I wonder how he psyches himself up for the show.  I wonder how he winds down after the show.  Maybe he goes the the animal shelter after work and kicks puppies.  At any rate, he's okay to listen to in tiny doses.  I suppose I should thank old RL for the whole host of hilarious local spin offs who think they can out-Limbaugh Limbaugh.  Talk about going off the deep end.  They make Dennis Miller sound like a bleeding heart liberal.

If I'm in range of some of the AM sports stations, I make it a point to listen to them.  Honestly, you won't find a lot of insight on these shows*, but they are useful to hear what's on an average sports fan's mind.  I tend to be entertained by them the most when they delve into an athlete's mind/persona, or when they explore in depth key games/events in a particular sport.  My heart goes out to the local dudes that host call in shows (Mark Patrick and JMV) - their is a wealth of idiots that call into those shows, but they always handle them with grace and charm.

Lastly, every once in a blue moon I catch the local swap shows and evangelists.  I must admit that it is the evangelists that I have the least amount of tolerance for, but the swap shows are great.  It feels like a bit of Americana somehow.  These are folks who'd never use Craig's List even if they heard of it, and I love them for that.  There's something really cool about hearing the voice of the seller and the buyer.  Not sure what it is.

Talk/news radio has less and less of a role in my life, but I'm not sure it will ever go away.

* - This past Friday night, I heard a commentator on ESPN radio posit that the reason there has been a spike of NFL players getting in trouble with the law (Aaron Hernandez among them) is because the player's union negotiated more free time into their contract.  That's right:  he was essentially using the old "idle hands (and labor unions) are the devil's playthings".  Shit you not.

Oh - and if you needed it - here is the source for the post title.