Thursday, February 13, 2014

More Mix Tape Standards And Rules

I enjoyed this little article from Kempt magazine about creating mix tapes.  I took a stab at this topic myself at one point.  While I don't advocate going back to cassettes, I emphatically agree with the following from the article:
Fact: people like physical gifts. That means that a well-curated Spotify playlist isn’t going to cut it. So bust out that old cassette player and get down to business, because Macs don’t come with CD drives anymore and you’d be pissed off too if someone said “I love you” and handed you a flash drive.
So get on it:  make your sweetie a mix tape CD! I'm sure they'll dig the effort if not your awesome taste.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Audio Scratch Pad: Putting The New Bass Through Its Paces

Pete and I got together again last night; as usual, it was great fun.  The goals were much the same:  just to get together and see how quick we can crank out a simple tune.  In doing so, we get to hang out, have a good time, and learn something about the recording and creative processes.  I was extra stoked because I got to use my new bass.  I love everything about it -from the balance and ergonomics of it (it's easy to see why this is such a classic design) to the sound and action.  I'm most pumped about the sound - I have come to really love the sound of passive circuitry.  Nice and fat and round.  It might be a little hard to hear anything remarkable in the little experiment below, but it was a joy to hear this bass through headphones.  If I can post an isolated track of the bass, I will soon.

Again - this song is not really any sort of finished product as our main interest was just getting together, playing music and focusing on process.  That's just a fancy way of saying it's okay to laugh if you think this song is a little dorky.  It is. But just like our previous experiment, I'm still real proud of it.

Matt - bass, vocal harmony
Pete - everything else (Garage Band wizardry, vocals, keyboards)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Amazing Bass In Stable, Two Okay Basses Gone

Yesterday I traded two basses (one that was pretty cool and one that broke my heart) and a little cash for a 1990s-era Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.  This time I checked it out before hand, and it plays and sounds amazing.  This one is definitely a keeper.  Immediate upgrades will be a tortoise shell pick guard and strap locks.  For now, I'm just going to post some pictures; hoping to post some sounds soon.

Not shown:  My big ass grin.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Performances From Talented People I Know

I've been meaning to post for a bit some stuff from folks I know.  My friend Dylan's stand up (previous routine here) continues to improve -see below.  And beneath that is a performance of a William S. Burroughs piece called "A Junky's Christmas" by Ian Girdley (and others).  I enjoyed both pieces - you will too.  If you don't, you're wack.

Overcoming The Gap Between Taste And Skill

If you do anything creative this is probably a pretty good video to watch.  I know I've been in such poor spirits that it is the sort of pep talk that might get me through this desired to sell all my bass gear and quit any musical projects in which I'm involved.  Maybe.  Anyway, I'm going to try and take Ira Glass's advice to heart.  What can it hurt?

The visuals in the video are mildly annoying to me, but it's still a nicely done video that showcases some thought provoking material.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.