Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Update time. And I'm at 100 posts!

I guess it's been about 3 weeks since my last update. What's up, eh?

Hmm. Well, in the past 24 hours I found out my parents' house (where I grew up) was broken into yesterday, a friend of Marci's is pregnant for the 3rd time (not planned), and a friend of mine had their first pregnancy sadly ended by miscarriage. Bummer.

In other, happier news, my Xmas shopping is done. I did it all on-line and only stepped foot in a mall with the family last weekend and that wasn't even for Xmas shopping.

The Lunds and I played a gig last Friday at EMP again. It was much fun, but hardly anyone showed. Lucky for us the EMP pays up front and even though we had maybe 10 people between the 3 of us show up, we got paid $200. My buddy came and shot some video and made us a little DVD. Quite nice of him.

Looking forward to having Xmas here by ourselves this year. My in-laws (bro and sis) wanted us to come down to CA this year. They've been remodeling their house since June or so. Doing it by themselves, no contractors, no helpers, really. They stayed with a friend for about 6 months and now they're staying with my bro-in-law's mom. Now, if we had planned to go down like my s-i-l wanted, we'd be in a world of hurt, all trying to stuff into Todd's mom's house, or paying for a hotel. Todd had thought he'd have the house done by Xmas, but now it's looking more and more like they won't be in until Spring. Which sucks. I say he go down to Home Depot and pay an amigo or 2 $15 bucks a day for some cheap labor. He probably won't though; he's getting some sort of perverse satisfaction by doing it all himself. Ambitious, yes. Smart? No comment.

Seahawks and Colts go to town this weekend. Sadly, the Colts lost this weekend, but still, seeing a 12-2 team vs a 13-1 team could make for a more entertaining game than the Super Bowl, but, unfortunately, they'll probably both throttle back just a bit.

Oh well. Off to watch the Sonics and Suns on Tivo now. Good night!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Tuesday at the Croc or Weekday Gigs Suck

A few weeks ago we got word that the Croc wanted us to play there. I was pretty excited. The Croc, to me, is probably the place to play in Seattle if you're in a rock band. I'd played there before, but never again since. I'd seen a few shows there (both for Juliana Hatfield), and have always wanted to get back in. So, when Pete at the Croc asked us to play, I jumped at the chance.

Tuesday rolls around and, to be honest, I wasn't expecting many people to come out. It was a Tuesday, after all, and, to top things off, all the weathermen were talking about the possibility of that night being SNOWBLAST 2005!!!!!! If it snowed, forget anyone coming out.

I got there first and loaded in. There was an alterna-chick at the sound board taking direction from this older guy in Dockers, maroon button-down and tan sport jacket. He had trendy, rimless glasses and was clucking into the mics, checking their levels.

As I set up my gear, I asked the guy if he was the same guy who'd been running sound at the Croc for 100 years. He said yes, and went into what seemed to be a rehearsed spiel. He whipped out his driver's license and showed me the picture. What I remembered of the soundguy (named Jim) was someone who looked like Uncle Jesse from the Dukes of Hazzard. Big, scruffy, with overalls on. But Jim also had scraggly hair and ran sound like a mutha. Turns out this version of Jim just got sick of the previous version of Jim. Throw in a hip replacement and diabetes and understand why he decided to change his lifestyle. He looked like he could be working at the Men's Wearhouse.

But, I digress.

Chris and Sean showed up a bit later and we all got set up. Of all the emails I sent out, 4 people showed up. The bros had some luck with their friends. Overall, there were about 20-25 people I counted while playing. Not bad, I suppose, but I would've liked more.

I think I played ok. Maybe a 6-7 out of 10. Chris was on fire. He really lit things up. He even said so himself, but I could really tell during the set.

One thing I need to remember is that even though I sound loud through the vocal monitors during sound check, they need to be even louder during the set. Note to self: tell soundguy to turn it up!

Afterwards, we got all sorts of kudos yet again. I got a video copy of the show, and, like an idiot, left it at work. Even though I didn't feel so hot about my performance, based on what everyone said (which may have been BS; who knows?), it should've been a good show. The video won't lie.

Anyway, I'll be glad when Dec. 9th rolls around. Because then I won't get smoke in my face anymore! After the show, I was sitting at a table with C & S and some friends. Some of the friends were smoking and the draft seemed to blow their smoke (though they were considerate and did the blow-the-smoke-to-the-ceiling method) right into my face. Ugh. Hate that shit.

Our next show is back at the EMP. It's just us and one other band. On a Friday night. Should be a good time.

Seacrest... OUT!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

My brother the entrepreneur

Talked to my brother for Thanksgiving tonight. The youngest one, unfortunately named Dung (which means East in Chinese, though Mom & Dad could've spelled it a *little* differently), called up to say he bought 3 Xbox 360s. THREE. This from a guy who simply doesn't have time for video games anymore. I think he has an original Xbox and uses it for movie watching.

Anyway, he apparently went to the Bellevue Best Buy and was #179 in line. He waited for 19 hours, he said. And, he went on a whim. Which kind of chaps my hide cause, had I known, maybe I would've camped out with him. I did bust his balls for not calling.

He got one at BB, then one at Costco (got there at 4:00am sometime this week), as well as one from Circuit City online (spent 4 hours online trying). In all, he said over a 48 hour period, he got 2 hours sleep. This from a guy with 3 kids and one more on the way.

So, his plans, much to my chagrin, are to sell each one. I read online about a guy who sold one for $900, had another one from somewhere else, sold it for $800, and is taking the profit ($900) to buy one more Xbox 360 and put the rest towards an HDTV. I told my other brother, Knight (more fortunately named), that come Xmas, Dung's pretended to sell his Xboxes, and he and I will magically find new Xboxes under our Xmas trees.

Yeah, right. I should have done that myself. Make a few bucks for a little effort. Ah, well, there's always the PS3 launch next year...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Quickies

I've recreated myself under Myspace. You can see how wild and crazy I am at www.myspace.com/gwonchang. How original!!

Also, that cat got picked up by animal control today. We're hoping it finds a nice home.

Marci's mom is getting on my nerves. Here's what she does. She'll sit at the table. Marci's slaving away cooking something and steps away for a sec. That something cooking starts to boil. Instead of getting up and tending to it, Marci's mom yells, "Marci! Something's really starting to boil!" At which time Marci runs from the other side of the house to take care of it.

Drives me crazy.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Things that go Meow in the night

There's a cat outside my back door right now, eating my food and sleeping (maybe) on my towel.

A few minutes ago, Marci heard some meowing. I told her our dumb cat was under the coffee table, dead to the world. Yet she still heard meowing. I turned on the light to the deck and saw this completely gray cat. Boy or girl, I don't know. Its tail is a bit weird, like it got caught in a door. Actually kind of a cute cat.

We put some food on a plate and put it outside with it and that cat chowed down. I pet it a bit and felt its spine right at the surface. Fluffy as the cat may be, it's pretty skinny. It also has no collar or tags, so we have no idea who's cat it is. Haven't seen it around the 'hood. Haven't seen any Cat Missing signs either.

This cat was quite friendly to me, raising its ass in salute as I pet it. I brought a towel outside for it to snuggle in as it's going to get to mid-30s tonight.

As much as I despise my cat (she's an idiot), I hope the Gray Ghost outside does ok tonight. I've sent an email to a cat friendly friend; if the GG is still around, maybe she'll take pity on it and give it a home? If not, we may give Animal Control a call and cross our fingers.



Forgive the zombie eyes. It's actually a pretty cute cat.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Last night at the 4th Ave Tavern

Last night's show was the first I've had in a long while where I just didn't want to go. The main reason was the 60 mile drive to Olympia. I spent all day at work driving around, delivering stuff in Seattle, stuck in traffic, etc. Usually it's not a big deal, but, after dinner, sitting down with my visiting father-in-law, and watching the first half of the Sonics game, I didn't want to go anywhere. But, like a good bandmate, I packed up the car at 8:30 and made the trek.

60 miles and 60 minutes later, I was in the state capital. I'd played the 4th Ave a few times a few years ago with Ethyl. It's an interesting club. Half of the place is like a theater. There's a stage and a large viewing area with tables and chairs. Kind of cavernous. The other half of the place is the bar area. There's some pool tables, dart boards, etc.

Sean was there and he was excited; he works in Olympia and was expecting many friends. I got introduced to many people (he has lots of eye-friendly female acquaintances). Sean really puffed me up. I had to have a good show or else I'd be letting everyone down :).

After the first band finished (a lousy, meandering jam type band), we took the stage. The seating area was pretty much filled with people. There were some diva-ish moments on stage with Chris as he had the soundguy tweak his monitor level. Took us about 5 minutes to sort through that. We then started the set. Since there were only 2 bands last night, we got to play our Extend-o-Set, about 25 songs.

Did I mention that EVERYONE in Olympia smokes? That stage was a cancer hazard! However, with the passing of 901, smoking in public places in Washington will soon be a thing of the past! Sweet!

But, I digress.

A few songs in, the girls started dancing. About 3 or 4 of them, just doing the generic White Girl Shuffle. However, having 3 or 4 girls in front of us doing the WGS is better than no girls doing no WGS.

No fisticuffs tonight. Lots of appreciation from the people there. Ran into a guy who was in a band called the Splinters years ago; we played some shows together way back when.

All in all, it was a good night. We got paid again, $100 between the 3 of us. Kind of nice to make money playing music, and also play for more than 10 people. I could get used to that.

For now, we have one more show lined up, though I've been in talks with some bookers around town. Hopefully we'll have one at the Chop Suey in the near future. I'm starting to get the feeling that the bookers around town are hearing about us, seeing the Lund Bros. name in the Stranger, and with my emails, hopefully are keeping us in mind for some shows. Not all will be as great as the past few shows, but, if we can keep the train moving, it'll continue to build.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday at the Jet Deck, put up your dukes!

I'd booked a gig a few weeks ago with Brett from Starchief. This was at a place called the Jet Deck in Everett. I'd heard about it from a friend; she told me it was near an airport in Everett. Their website doesn't do it justice.

I drove into Paine Field and made a few turns. There was this little two story building at the end of this parking lot, surrounded by cars. Brett had told me that there would be a lot of people there; it was a friend's birthday party. I loaded in and was surprised to find that it was on the upper floor of this building, with windows all along the north wall, looking right out onto the tarmac. Had any planes been flying, it would've been quite the sight, but since it was after 9:00, the airport was closed. Bummer.

Anyway, once inside, it was evident that not only was this a cool club, but that there was going to be many many fine patrons there. Keep in mind, the birthday girl was turning mid-20's and most of her friends were around that age. Very eye friendly. :)

Brett's bassist, co-singer and drummer were all there by 9:00, but Brett himself was nowhere to be found. He finally called about 9:15 or so and said he was on the way and to hang tight. Turns out, he went down to take a nap at 3:00 and ended up waking up at 9:00. Then again, he has 2 little kids (he's a stay at home dad during the day, a waiter at night) and is pretty burned out a lot of the time. He finally showed up and they went on about 10.

Overall, for Starchief, it was pretty rough. They had their moments, but, the fact that they'd only rehearsed once in a month (confirmed by B$ himself) showed. Their co-singer (she sings backs and plays tambourine) is new to singing in a live setting and it shows. I've seen them 4 times now and only once has she really been in the game. She doesn't seem to know how to use her monitors to gauge her pitch.

When they finished, we were up. The stage was tucked into a corner of the club and had not only a PA, but also a bank of lights stage left (right where I'd be standing). I wasn't too keen of having the heat of the lights on me all night, so I asked Sean to move his drums over a bit so I could have some room. Because of that, he had to scoot his vocal monitor over also. Chris had his Orange amp there and didn't want to move it over. Some arguing ensued and then the monitor speaker got shoved into Sean's foot. He then shoved Chris.

I was over by my gear, seeing this, thinking they were goofing around, especially when Chris started bouncing on the balls of his feet, dukes up like Ali. I scrambled over there and ended up straddling Sean's kick drum, between the bros. I was thinking they'd stop messing around when I was there, but they didn't. I had my arms spread, one hand on Chris, one on Sean. They were fired up. The club owner came over with a bouncer, thinking it was a bar patron screwing around. When I explained that we were the band and the combatants were actually brothers, well, they had a good laugh. People couldn't believe it.

Chris and Sean finally calmed down and we were able to get down to business. Chris introduced us as Oasis and off we went. We ended up playing pretty well, all things considered. I was able to play without too much trouble with the lights. I got hot, but not any more than usual. It was a great time. Lots of ladies dancing, lots of applause after songs, lots of compliments after the show. And, to top it off, we made $200 for our troubles. Pretty nice night for us.

Next week, the Fightin' Lund Bros. take on Olympia. I can't wait.

The in-laws are coming! The in-laws are coming!

That's right. As of the end of this week, my life is over. Hurricane Judy blows in on Friday. Luckily for me, I'll be gigging in Olympia that night.

Actually, she's not that bad. I just think she is. Luckily, my father-in-law is in on Thursday (the day before), so it's like two steps forward, one step back. Simply having him here neutralizes any power Judy might have.

Because they're coming in, that means it's Clean Up Time at the house. Marci's in full cleaning mode, 1) because the in-laws are coming, and 2) because it's about damn time we did some cleaning around here.

To me, cleaning the house is about as fun as, well, cleaning the house. Actually, it sucks. We are hoarders, so when it's cleaning time, it becomes throw your crap out time. I just threw out a bunch of stuff from my home cleaning excursion from the spring. A bunch of stupid stuff I'd saved from high school. Why do I save it? Apparently because I thought I'd like to have something like a 6" x 6" mirror with Huey Lewis & the News silkscreened across it. Sheesh.

Actually, it shouldn't be too bad with them here. Ted's a great guy and it'll be great to have them here with the kids.

I should have some fun stories when they're here, though. As I once heard on a TV show, our family puts the "fun" in disfunction.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

55 minutes of boredom and despair

followed by 5 minutes of excitement and 5 seconds of elation. I still have goosebumps from the end of the Seahawks game.

Like I said in a previous blog, sometimes it's the little things.

Sweet!!!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hot diggity dog

When I joined the Lunds, Chris gave me about 5 CDs to send out to clubs in Seattle. I sent them to the Croc, Chop Suey, handed one to Neumo's, and a few other places I can't recall. Basically "A" clubs, IMO. Back in the day, you could also throw the Sit n Spin and the I Spy into the mix.

In my other "successful" bands (Ethyl and Starchief), we played at all those clubs, though we were never the "popular" kids. We'd play on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Let me put on my thinking cap. We played the Sit n Spin twice in Ethyl. If I recall, both times were quite fun, but nothing happened (ie: we didn't take that next step to a Friday night gig). Actually, thinking back, I think both SnS gigs were Saturdays...

Anyway, we also played the Crocodile once, on a Thursday, I think. Would've been a good night, except everyone was already partied out as it was January 2. That was fun, too, but, alas, nothing happened after that either.

Well, the other day, I received an email from Pete at the Croc, offering the Lund Bros. a show. Once I got the go ahead from Sean (he goes to night classes), I sent Pete an email back. Sadly, after a day's worth of email checking, I had no response. I called Pete today and as I'm telling him that we're in, I saw on the Croc's site that he'd already listed us for 11/29.

Sweet!

It is a Tuesday and we're playing with a band called Gary Reynolds & the Brides of Obscurity. They seem to have some juice around town, and, judging from their pix, they have the oh-so-important Indie Cred (tm). I might have to get myself some sort of fashionable sport coat. To me, it seems that in Seattle, not only do you have to sound good, you gots to look hip. And what's hipper than a cool sport coat these days?

Not sure why Pete finally looked us up. I'd called him last week and he gave me a stock "don't call us; we'll call you" type response. I'd like to think he'd gotten good word about us from the EMP gig. Maybe I'll ask him when I see him next month.

Indie Cred Here We Come!!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Saturday at the EMP

What a cool place to have a gig. Pro all the way around.

We showed up and loaded in. Usually this consists of lugging your gear through the bar, up some stairs, and onto stage. On Saturday, we loaded in with a cart AND an elevator. No one was breathing hard or tired from moving their stuff. Sometimes, it's the little things...

The Liquid Lounge at EMP is definitely the coolest venue I've played before. If you've seen the EMP from the outside, you know it looks odd. Kind of like a big lump of shiny red clay dropped from the sky. Apparently it's supposed to represent Paul Allen's vision of music or something.



Anyway, from the outside, it's huge. From the inside, it's huge. It's like a big, odd shaped warehouse. The Liquid Lounge is on the second floor, tucked into the NE corner of the blob. As you look at where the stage is (it's actually a glorified drum riser), you see the vastness of that particular area of EMP. Hopefully the pictures taken will be sent to me soon. I'll put some up here.

We were scheduled to go on at 10:00, which we thought was second, but ended up being first. No worries. It actually worked out fine. There were many people there. I was responsible for 15 of them, which was great, but I'm a bit disappointed as there probably could've been many more. Oh well...

We soundchecked with a song (Feel), then hung out for an hour while we waited for showtime. I heard from several people that as you walk up to the place, there are speakers outside that broadcast the band's music. Don't know if anyone came in cause they liked what they heard, but I thought it was pretty cool.

Finally, it was showtime. Chris started playing, but it wasn't what was on the set list. He started with Accident, which isn't a big deal, but no one told me. I was able to play along fine, but I like that song later in the set because I like to get a feel for how the PA and monitors sound, as that's a trickier vocal song for me. As it was, I had to bail out on one part, but finished the rest without (hopefully) mangling it.

The rest of the set continued without issue. There were a few flubs here and there, but nothing disastrous. We got appreciative applause after each song, and after our last song, we got the coveted, "ONE MORE SONG" chant. Sadly, the soundman said we'd done our share and we had to vacate the stage.

Afterwards, we had many kudos and compliments. Several people said they wanted to remove the band that followed us and have us play instead. I would've loved to do that, but it wouldn't have been PC, you know?

As it is, we made good strides at that club. Hopefully the booker was impressed with our draw and will have us back again. I'm pretty sure we can draw like that again.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Oh my

# 1. Fly By Night, Church Sessions Video 1975
# 2. Circumstances, Live in Studio 1978
# 3. La Villa Strangiato, Live in Studio 1978
# 4. Farewell to Kings, Live in Studio 1978
# 5. Xanadu, Live in Studio 1978
# 6. Various songs - soundcheck at Ivor Wynne Stadium 1980
# 7. Closer to the Heart, Compilation Video 1977-1977
# 8. Freewill, Performed at the Toronto Rocks/Stones Concert

Anyone know what that is? I'm sure the freaks at the Counterparts message board are filling their pants with glee...

I was just at the Power Windows Rush News site and saw that little tidbit regarding another DVD release by my favorite band, Rush. A double DVD, chronicling their recent R30 tour, which made a stop in Frankfurt, Germany.

The concert DVD is nothing I haven't seen before. I have a bootleg from Radio City Music Hall. I saw them at the White River last summer. Two summers ago, I saw them on the Vapor Trails tour at the Gorge. And, of course, I have the Rush in Rio DVDs, which are of the VT concert. So, the concert DVD? Meh.

But, look at that track listing for DVD #2.

HOLY SHIT!

Let's break it down.

#1. FBN, Church Sessions Video. Church sessions video? Is it an "in the studio" video? Or a performance video? On the RiR DVD, there's an easter egg of the boys playing to a recording of something (it slips my mind at the moment), but I think it's from FBN. And it's COMPLETELY LAME! Shot in the early '70s, before music videos became what they are today, most of the video is a close-up of Geddy's face. Not his hands (which would be more interesting), but his mug. Hmm. Not sure if this video is the same as that, but it may be from the same session.

#2. Circumstances, Live in Studio. Did you hear that sound? That's me changing my shorts. Yes, I shot my load, and we're only 2 tracks in. LIVE IN STUDIO, ladies and gentlemen. The closest I've ever gotten to seeing the Holy Trinity in studio is from the Chronicles DVD where they have the Limelight and Tom Sawyer videos. Here's hoping the Circumstances vid is more documentary style than flashy and clever. This video, my friends, is worth the admission price of the entire DVD set.

#3. La Villa Strangiato, Live in Studio. Did you hear that sound? That's prog rock geeks all around the world changing their shorts. Yes, we shot our loads and we're only 3 tracks in. Will this video show the band nailing this song in one take (as has been stated many times?). Holy cow. I scanned the track list and completely did not register this one. Now, the question is, do I ask for it for Xmas or do I buy it myself in late Nov and get my ass kicked by the wife?

#4. Farewell to Kings, Live in Studio. Again, very cool, but not as epic as the previous two tracks. These late '70s videos should be ultra-vintage, though, with Alex's big ass Gibson hollowbodies (ES65? Jerry?) and Geddy's Rics. Nice...

#5. Xanadu, Live in Studio. SWEET! I'm thinking that this DVD is the band's way of saying thanks to the fans. Fans have been clamoring for some "inside" kind of video/DVD, and I think these are them. The Rio documentary was kind of cool, but these will blow that out of the water.

#6. Various songs-soundcheck. Should be interesting. I have a boot of the boys doing a full concert, rehearsal style, of R30, where it's just them, no crowd. Geddy sings some songs in their entirety, and doesn't sing on others. A very cool boot, which makes me think this video will be cool too, as it's the guys just playing and not performing.

#7. Closer to the Heart compilation. Boring. Though, seeing the guys through the years should be a hoot.

#8. Freewill at the SARS benefit. Boring. I saw this and wasn't too impressed, thought it was on low quality internet feed. Seeing 100000 people in a crowd for the gig sould be cool though.

So now I have a new addition to my Xmas list. For those keeping score, it goes like this.

1. Highly improbable, but it's on the list nonethless:




2. Highly improbable also, but what the hell, while I'm dreaming...



3. And, the Rush DVD.



I suppose I'll be adding more to this list, so keep checking back and start saving your pennies.

Selling a bass cab

Anyone interested? My good ol' Trace-Elliot 1048H 4x10 bass cab for $350 ($400 shipped). I'll miss it, but my back won't. It's also listed at Craigslist.org with pics for the interested few.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Last night's gig

Last week, it was at the Marsbar in Seattle, about 20 minutes from home. Last night, it was at Bob's Java Jive in Tacoma, about 40 minutes from home. And to make things more interesting, the show wasn't starting until 10:00pm. Praise Jesus.

So the drive down was uneventful. I got to BJJ at about 9:30 or so. If you've never seen the Java Jive, here it is:



Only, when I got there, it was dark, wet and kind of scary. I pushed my way in the front door and was immediately greeted by thick smoke, and a dame/broad sitting at the corner of the bar. She had on leopard skin, of course, and looked 10 years older than she probably was. Lucky for us, she was nice.

This place, the Java Jive, is quite small. When you first enter, it's a bar, which can probably seat 15 people. There's a few tables opposite the bar. Getting through is pretty tight. Getting through with a bass cab and gear is tighter.

Passing by the bar and tables brings you to the music room. Immediately to your left is the "stage". By "stage", I mean "area behind the counter". And by "area behind the counter", I mean "it's not really a stage, just a spot where bands play".



It is elevated, though, which makes it ok, unless you're over 6'5", in which case, you'd have to play on your knees.

We were scheduled to go second, with a band called Twink the Wonderkid (featuring a local DJ on bass) going last. No clue who was to play first and it wasn't until about 5 songs into their set that they said their name.

But, they were a 4 piece punk band and they were GREAT. They're called the 4 Easy Pieces and they rocked the Java Jive. The singer/guitarist looked like he could've been an accountant by day, and punk rocker by night. He was clean-cut, but had a super growl. His lead guitarist was great too. Had all the cool punk moves. Each song was a 2:30 punk ditty, 3 chords and a cloud of dust and all that, but they were really fine. If you can catch them, I recommend it.

After 4EP tore down, we set up. Sean's friend Cam showed, plus a few chicks he knows. I didn't send any emails, nor did Chris; we want to do the spam this week for our EMP show. We started off without a setlist. Chris apparently forgot 'em. Whoops. Luckily, he had an old one laying around so we improvised off of that one.

I think we played ok. There were a few clams by yours truly, but overall, it was passable. Luckily (or unluckily) there weren't too many witnesses. One funny thing was that I found out while tearing down was I didn't plug in my 15" cab. I remember before we started, thinking my bass sounded a little less-bottomy. I thought it had to do with some settings I'd tweaked on my SansAmp. Well, turns out I forgot to plug in the 15". Whoops. But, the 2x10 didn't sound half bad on its own. I'll make sure to plug in on Saturday at the EMP.

One good thing that happened last night was we actually got paid! I think since I've been in the band, we've been paid once. Now, it's twice! We made $20 and I got $8. Sweet! We probably won't get paid next week, but, then again, that's not why we're in it, is it?

Here's a picture from last week:




Cheers!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Calvin & Hobbes


I recently re-discovered a C&H compilation I had from a few years back (HS years, I think). Read through it and re-loved it. What a shame that some yahoo had to take innocent images of Calvin and/or Hobbes and make them look like they're pissing, etc. (For those that don't know, the reason Watterson ceased creating C&H was because of his characters being used improperly like described above)

I can only imagine how great things would be if C&H were still around. As it is, there is an end-all collection out now for close to $100. Xmas, maybe?

Still alive and kicking

No reason for not blogging. Just lazy, I guess.

Been doing a lot of nothing, really. Working, coming home, playing with the kids, playing music once a week or so. Nothing terribly exciting. Haven't gotten any cars stuck anywhere.

Oh. Here's something I got. I purchased a 2x10 bass cab off eBay. Wanted to downsize my rig, mainly because I got tired of lugging around a big ass 4x10 cab. Besides, the 2x10 is better suited to my amp (has to do with ohms and impedence), and runs more efficiently. Plus, my entire rig fits in my car without me having to put my rear seat down. Nice.

Speaking of music, the Lund Bros. gig is going along nicely. At our most recent show, last Saturday at the Marsbar, we played with only one band, as the other band didn't show. We lucked out and got to play an extended set - about 18 songs or so. Some were rough though; it'd been months since we played 'em. I sent out an email to my list (about 180 people) and one person showed. ONE. Pathetic. Chris and Sean, from Tacoma, had about 20 or so people between them, most of whom lived in Seattle. I suck.

Anyway, we finished and the second band played. They were a SoCal pop/punk style band from Seattle. Four dudes who were old enough to know better, meaning that they should have known that the schtick works for 20 year olds, not 35 year olds with beer guts. One dude had a 4 inch mohawk. Very punk. He even made lame goofy "look at me" faces behind the singer during each song. My one friend, Fred, who showed up, said he wanted to kick that guy's ass. It was entertaining. But, I digress.

The bass player had a wireless rig that didn't work right. Kept cutting out, so, finally he ditched it for a cord. Funny thing about that band; they had all this great gear. Mesa/Boogie guitar amps, Hartke bass rig (actually, not that great), Les Pauls, etc. What a shame that they didn't do any of it justice. Not that they were poor players; quite the contrary. They were ok, but the tones they got were awful! All mids, no bottom, very dry and thin.

Anyway, they finished and we were thankful. Ironically, this band has played the Warped tour (supposedly) and have gigs up and down the West Coast (DIY style). Their studio recordings aren't half bad, but if you go see them expecting that, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Enough about them, let's talk about us...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Check it out

We're in the paper.

Ok, a really really small local rag, but a paper nonetheless.

Go here.

Monday, September 12, 2005

When was the last time you did something really stupid?

Like really stupid? Not like locking yourself out of the house stupid, but like locking yourself out of the house with no clothes stupid.

Today I went out on deliveries for my work. We have a BIG HONKIN' Chevy van. Seriously. It makes a Jeep Cherokee look small in comparison.

I've had my share of mishaps in this ride. Cutting corners too close - WHACK, dent in door. Misjudging distance from light pole - SCRAPE, scrape in side. Needless to say, I suxxors at driving this van.

Recently, however, I've been driving this van like Mario Andretti (minus the speed). I've gotten quite confident with the dimensions and haven't been having any issues. Until today.

My first few deliveries went without a hitch. Smooth. Then I went to a building downtown, where sometimes, if I'm lucky, I can park on the sidewalk at the front door to Load/Unload for a few minutes. No such luck today. But I know there's a parking garage around back where I can do my thing.

I go around back and negotiate the tight corner (90 degrees) to get in the garage. Up above is the obligatory "CLEARANCE 6'6"" sign.

My van regularly clears a 6'4" overhang without problems, so I figured I'd be fine.

Actually, not so fine.

I punched the ticket to open the gate and slooooowly drove in. I figured there'd be a bit of scraping, but not right at the Clearance sign. When I lifted that sign 2" with the roof of the van, I should've backed out.

But no.

I wanted to park in the garage so I wouldn't get a ticket on the street or in an illegal spot. *smacks forehead*

I continued pulling in with various scrapes and scronks, and then a loud CRACK. I jumped out and saw that I had scraped the roof of the van on a sprinkler head and pulled off a plastic molding over the rear doors.

I stood there a minute pondering my next move. I wasn't really blocking traffic, but I was in the middle of a parking garage, wedged in. I had no one with me and there was no one around to help.

So I tried backing out. I went slowly but didn't get 2 feet before I heard another crack, and then the unmistakable sound of GALLONS AND GALLONS of water spraying from the now broken sprinkler head.

F*CK.

And then, the unmistakable BEEEEEP BEEEEP sound of the fire alarm.

DOUBLE F*CK.

I didn't know what to do. I tried to let the air out of a tire to see if I could lower the van, but that was in vain. All I did was get wet. I ran upstairs to see if there was a building office where they could at least shut off the water. There was none. So I went back down the stairs, but had to fight the hordes of people evacuating the building.

/faints

I hung around the van and waited. Talked to a few people. They knew I did it but were very civil and kind to me. Eventually I heard sirens and knew the FD was on its way. All for stupid ol' me. And luckily it was only a 4 story building. I can only imagine if I did this at the Columbia Tower (76 stories!).

So the FD showed up and got the water turned off. We piled 4-5 firefighters in the van, lowering it, and slowly backed the van out. I did end up speaking with a building maintenance guy and he took my info. Turns out there was no damage to the sprinkler system other than the broken head. They replaced it and it was fine. My van has worse damage than the building.

I think I'm banned from driving that van for the next few days...

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Still here

I'm going to bed soon but wanted to give my loyal fans some news.

Well, not news, more like what's been going on. So, what has been going on?

We had new floors installed in the kitchen, hall, entry and both bathrooms upstairs. Love it.

Riley is starting to walk a bit, when he's not being too lazy. He's also getting a whole bunch of teeth which keeps him (and us) up at night. Lame.

Lund Bros. played in Tacoma the other night. Did pretty well and had a few pictures taken. Found out today that we have booked a show at the EMP Liquid Lounge. And Tuesday's the big show at the High Dive. That should be much fun.

I'm looking to get a 2x10 cab for my bass rig. Lugging that 4x10 around is a big PITA. I found a couple on eBay; one new, one used, and both for good pricing. One is Buy-It-Now and the other is over Monday night. I may bid on the Monday one, but if it's not as cheap as the BIN one, and provided it's still there on Monday, I'll shoot for the BIN.

There's your quick update. I guess I'll go to bed now. I'm sure Riley will wake up just as my head hits the pillow.

OH YEAH! SEAHAWKS ON SUNDAY!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I'm a geek





Here's Haley.




So true.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Home improvements

This past weekend we stripped wallpaper from our kitchen walls. Whoever made wallpaper adhesive should burn in hell. Why the heck does it have to be so tough to remove? On TV, they saturate it with fabric softener and it peels off like skin from a banana. For us, we ended up shredding it with our fingernails.

Well, not really.

We used a chisel-like scraper to get most of it off. But much of it was left to picking and picking. Quite a pain. Then we painted. 2 coats. But, luckily, it was only 2 walls so it didn't take too long.

Come Tuesday, we had an appointment with some flooring people. After Marci met with her, we ended up committing to two bathrooms (both had carpet; with 2 toddlers, ICK!), the hallway, kitchen and entry floors.

Wednesday (today), two guys started work. That was at 10:00am or so. Right now, it's 9:22pm and they're still here. Me and the kids are holed up downstairs in the basement. Riley is asleep and Haley is goofing off, trying to sleep. I have to take a dump, but our bathrooms upstairs are out of order and I don't want to leave Haley by herself with a sleeping Riley.

So I wait.

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How about Hurricane Katrina. Holy shit. I read about a woman who moved from Florida to N.O. to escape hurricanes. Whoops.

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Music. What's going on? Got the new Juliana Hatfield CD in the mail. Not bad. Rocks a bit more than her previous outing, In Exile Deo, which is not a bad thing. Musically for me, nothing is going on right now. My band is on a break as Sean on drums is on a road trip. He'll be back in time for our gig next Wednesday, though. In Tacoma on the 7th? Come on down to Jazzbones!

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Man. The dust from the floor work is KILLING me. Sneezy and stuffy. Not fun. Kids are finally asleep, though, and in 20 minutes, I'll get to see who is eliminated from Rock Star:INXS!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Monday at the Rendezvous

Well, it wasn't quite the Seattle debut we'd hoped for, but, at the
very least, we got our foot in the door.

We played pretty well, I thought. The Rendezvous, for those that
don't know, is an OLD bar that happens to have a theater attached to
it. Apparently there's some historical significance to the theater
(called the Jewelbox, as it's pretty small) as they used to play
movies and shows in it way back when. These days they play movies
and shows and have rock bands.

We got to go first as Chris and Sean made the 40+ mile trek up from
Tacoma, the City of Destiny! In all, I thought we played better than
we did in Los Angeles. The songs seemed to flow better and I don't
think there was as much pressure. Sadly, there were only 7 people
there to witness the greatness of last night (8 if you count Jeff,
the sound guy).

Matt, the guy who gave us the show, seemed to be pretty impressed
with us (or at least he was impressed that we played for Michael
Keaton in L.A.). Hopefully this gig springboards us to some other
cool gigs. Apparently Matt picks 4 bands from his New Music Monday
gigs and gives them a Thursday showcase once a month at Neumo's.
Now, that would be HOT.

Here's hoping word starts getting out about our little band and
people start coming to see us.

You can't keep a good band down!!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Tonight at the Rendezvous

We'll see what happens.

I've sent out the email bombs.

I've posted on message boards.

I've made some phone calls.

We'll see if people finally come out to see me play.

"But wait!" you say. It's a band and there's no "me" in band.

You're right. It's a selfish thing for me to say, but I think I'm entitled. Why? Because it seems that everytime I play out, no matter how many people I might invite, hardly anyone ever comes out.

Boo hoo, right?

Now, given, tonight is a Monday and we don't go on until 10:30 or so, but, C'MON PEOPLE! It's one night out of your week. We'll be done by 11:00 or so and you'll be in your comfy bed by 12, no later than you usually go to bed.

I've wondered why when I invite people, they don't show, yet when my fellow bandmates invite people, they come by the droves. What gives? Am I a bad person? Do people not like me? Is there some underlying issue that I don't know about?

It's kind of aggravating.

Anyway, I hope some people come out tonight. It'd be a nice change...

Friday, August 12, 2005

War of the Freakin' Worlds

I decided to go to the movies tonight. Since Marci, Riley and Haley are out of town for a few more nights, I thought I'd go paint the town red. Got myself a pizza and a movie. Did you know it's $9-freakin'-.25 to see a movie in this town? Sheesh.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it. Here are some thoughts I had about this movie. There are some spoilers, so read with caution...

Pros (in no particular order):

-EFX! Loved em. The *poof* of the people was great.
-When Ray first gets the van onto the highway and that long sweeping camera shot. From one side to the other, weaving through traffic. The continuity blew my mind. It was kind of like the first shot of him in the crane. A long, helicopter type shot, then circle around, then, wham! Right up on him. Amazing.
-When Ray exits the basement and sees the red devastation.
-the "I have to go to the bathroom" scene. Loved Robby's reaction to the armed forces/conversation with Ray.
-The ferry scene. Insane. What was real and what was CGI?
-And more.

Cons (in no particular order):

-The end. I actually wasn't expecting the end when it ended. I thought it would continue. Silly me.
-The fact that I couldn't hear what Ray said about the birds at the end. I initially thought it was sunlight that killed the baddies.
-Not much else.

I really liked it. Hell, I almost cried when Ray let Robby go to battle. I must be emotional cause my wife and kids are out of town and I miss 'em dearly.

In other news, I watched Harold and Kumar go to White Castle the other night. Dumb at times, but it was my kind of dumb. I haven't laughed like that in a long time. Highly recommended.

My band is playing a gig on Monday. I sent about 180 emails out yesterday, all with the note that if they wanted off the list, to tell me. So far, so good. No removals yet. I hate doing that kind of stuff. I figure the last thing people want is more junk mail. Hopefully, though, they at least take a listen to our music before hitting the delete key.

Boy, being a bachelor ain't what it used to be. Sitting around, watching TV, putting off chores and surfin' the net isn't as exciting as I remember. Give me a wife and 2 kids anytime.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Stuff about music

On the way home tonight, Rockin' the Paradise by Styx came on my mp3 player. I got to thinking how much I loved Styx when I was younger which got me to thinking about the music I've loved/enjoyed throughout my life. Here's a timeline of my musical tastes throught the years. Share yours.

The first record I ever bought:


Cornerstone by Styx

My dad belonged to Columbia house or something and that was one of the 12 records we got for a penny. Why did I choose it? I liked the cover. I think I was about 8 at the time.

As I got older (think 10-12) I was TOTALLY into top-40 music. The funny thing was, top-40 music then was kind of cool. I remember taping Van Halen's Hot For Teacher off the local radio station's top-10 show. Ghostbusters, the song, was popular then, too. So popular, that a local radio station made a lame ass, Seahawk-themed parody of it called Raider-busters (the Seahawks and Raiders were big AFC West rivals in 1984).

In middle school, I really got into Bryan Adams and Huey Lewis and the News (especially with their BttF exposure).



and



I loved those tapes.

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As I got older, I discovered Rock Music. No more top-40 stuff, though it did take me years to figure out what I liked. In high school I got exposed to bands like the Police, Steve Miller Band, Replacements, Rush (!), Queensryche, among others. At the time, I was about a year or so into playing bass. I'd heard Tom Sawyer before (about 5 years prior), but never "got" it. Back then, I remember a friend of mine requesting to hear Tom Sawyer and Queen's Another One Bites The Dust on the radio. But I digress.

For some reason I became OBSESSED with Rush. I started with Hold Your Fire, definitely not their finest effort, but my first real exposure to Rush.



I also started getting into classic rock (WTF??). I joined a Columbia House club and got stuff by the Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band, Boston and SRV. At the same time, I was delving into some hair rock. Stuff by Tesla and White Lion, Van Halen, Winger, Mr. Big (my first concert was Mr. Big opening for Winger at the Paramount in Seattle). And let's not forget the guitar gods, Satriani and Steve Vai. I also discovered a bass god named Stu Hamm (had him sign a CD even).

Even with all that music, I would gravitate towards Rush. I remember getting their seminal live recording, Exit... Stage Left



and wearing out the << and >> buttons on my tape player to learn bass parts to the solo section in Freewill and La Villa Strangiato.

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In college I started getting into chick singers. Tori Amos, Juliana Hatfield (!!), Aimee Mann (!!), Jennifer Trynin, the Sundays, stuff like that. Don't really know why, other than reading an article in Tower Records' rag (forget the name) and they had a blurb about Juliana's first solo record, Hey Babe.



I got that CD and really dug it. Here was a chick playing bass and singing in a voice that I just loved. And the songs weren't bad either. (Incidentally, Jules' new CD Made in China was released yesterday. Normally, I buy on first day for her, but in this case, ordered directly from her site to get her some $$$ lovin.)

College also exposed me to the Seattle Scene (tm). Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Temple of the Dog (!!), Nirvana. I had Ten before PJ blew up. It didn't do much for me at the time. But it grew on me and pretty soon, I had a PJ woody. Not on a Rush level, but I really liked them, especially the whole Eddie V. thing. Loved him on the MTV specials too. What passion! Of the other bands, I think my favorites were Soundgarden and AiC. Didn't really care for Nirvana much.

I did a little experimentation with uber-proggers Dream Theater for a bit in college. Their Images and Words CD



really hooked me in for a long time. Something about all those notes and that guy who sings like a girl struck a chord with me. :)

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When I got out of college I played in some bands (and continue to do so). As to what I was listening to, I can't really say (actually, the Tea Party and Helmet come to mind...). I continued my love affair with all things Hatfield and Mann, as well as Rush. In fact, I think it's safe to say that through the years, those 3 artists are what I've listened to the most. Then, in the winter of 2003-4, I was hit upside the face with this:



A song called Time Is Running Out by a little English band called Muse. First I thought the song was by Incubus as there was some falsetto singing and, at the time, Incubus had a song with falsetto in it. As I heard TIRO more and more, I finally caught the name of the band (Muse) and off I went. I bought their first CD, Showbiz, then Absolution, when it was released state-side. Then, through eBay, imported Origin of Symmetry, as well as their DVD release Hullaballoo, even going as far as to buy a region-free player to play it.

So in addition to my Rush, Aimee, Jules fascination, you can add Muse to the mix.

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These days, I'm trying to listen to a lot of stuff. I've recently gotten into Coldplay (X&Y is fantastic!), the Donnas, Keane, Weezer (!!!!!!), the Darkness, Audioslave (Out of Exile is great!), Starsailor, Matthew Sweet.

Here's something someone once told me:

Without ears, there would be no music.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

IPO recap

So IPO came and went for us on Thursday. I drove up from Irvine to Los Angeles with Alison (my sister-in-law) and Judy (her mother-in-law). Unfortunately, Marci had to stay at home with the kids since she's already seen me play. Judy hadn't, and by that virtue, won the trip to LA with me.

51 miles is what Google maps said, so off we went. Prior to the gig, me, Chris and Sean had discussed what to wear and what not to wear. My thing (and anyone else in music's thing) is to look cool without looking like you're trying to look cool. All I brought down to SoCal were a pair of jeans and a ringer T with my friend's band Upwell on it. So Rock! And I topped it off with some "vintage" adidas sneakers. When we got to Hollywood, I tracked Sean down. He wore a Radiohead shirt and jeans. And when we saw Chris finally, he had on a t-shirt and jeans. Woo hoo. I guess we looked casual.

Anyway, at the Knitting Factory Alterknit Lounge (basically a small room with a stage on one end and a bar on the other), we saw a few bands play. First band I saw was the Bentleys (most of the bands that night had "The" in front of their name). They were 4 dudes, three of whom were wearing button-down shirts with skinny ties and their hair swept forward like there was a fan blowing them from behind. So trendy! They played indie pop/rock. It was pretty boring. Ali, Judy and I left and walked onto Hollywood Blvd and took some pictures.

Later, we came back to the lounge and a band called Last Day Lost was playing. They were from Vancouver, BC and consisted of 2 women (sisters, I'm pretty sure) and 2 dudes. One of the sisters played lead guitar and sang, while the other played bass. What was unique (or grating, depending on your disposition) was that the girl guitarist was trying WAY TOO HARD to rock. She was bouncing around, moshing almost, doing a hoedown like Ashlee Simpson did on SNL, all while trying to play her leads. Kind of distracting. Her sister on bass was much more subdued, but I think it was to keep the two midgets from fighting underneath her halter top. In other words, she was trying very hard to keep from drawing attention to herself and failing miserably.

After LDL came a band from NYC called The Orion Experience. Before playing the IPO, I tried to find a website for TOE and couldn't. I was expecting a rock band. The name sounded heavy to me. Imagine my surprise when a short guy (in a tie, no less) who looked just like Marshall from Alias took the stage. He had another guy on guitar, a women on keys and percussion and two big black guys on bass and drums backing him. They played a few songs and were great. It was rock, but singer/songwriter style. Very pro and you could tell they'd been around the block a few times (whereas the other two bands hadn't).

We played after TOE and before we went on, we were quite surprised to see many many people coming in the door. Plus, lots of kids came streaming in. As in 10 and under. They all packed in the front and sat on the floor. It was pretty funny. We set up pretty quickly and got going. We started off with Sean's song, Feel. Immediately after starting, two things were very apparent. First off, Sean started the song about 2 clicks too slow. Secondly, my bass on stage was WAY TOO LOUD! They had an Ampeg SVT and a 4x10 cab and I had the gain way too high. Luckily there are a vew breaks in Feel and I was able to turn down a bit.

For the set, we decided to really plow through songs and keep talking to a bare minimum. We ended up playing 7 songs in about 20 minutes and, as far as I can tell, people were pretty entertained. The room was filled and we had a great time. Sadly, there was no record contract offered as we walked off stage. :(

As we milled about after our performance, someone told me that Michael Keaton was in the crowd. I looked around, and, sure enough, there he was, right by the bar. Apparently, the band playing after us (another "The" band), The Hatch (terrible name!!), had Mr. Keaton's son playing keyboards and singing. All the kids (and their parents) were there to see that band, not because of Mr. Keaton's son, but because of their guitarist, who worked for some camp or something.

As it was, we lucked out tremendously as when we played was when the Hatch was supposed to play. So we got a ton of people for our show. Sadly, after the Hatch played (think Maroon 5 clone) everyone left so the last band (get ready for this), The Prix, got to play to a few people.

Overall, I had a great time. It was fun to be up there, in Hollywood, playing for a bunch of kids and a movie star. Having Judy and Ali in the mix made it more fun as well. I just wish we had another gig or two booked while we were down here. Maybe next time, I guess.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sunny day in SoCal

Today we packed into Judy's (our host in CA) Yukon (a nice ride, btw), and headed back to the airport to pick up our rental. We stuffed everything in and ran some errands, one of which was finding myself a pair of sunglasses. Apparently I left my sunglasses on the plane last night. I couldn't find any I liked (I guess I'm a sunglasses snob) and figured for the amount of $$ I paid for them, I should at least call the airline and see if they found 'em. Rats.

Anyway, in the afternoon we headed to the Old Man, a beach a little south of San Clemente down I-5, or as they say down here, the I-5. Why's it called the Old Man? Apparently because the waves are so nice and steady, that anyone from the young to old can and will surf there.

We met my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their brood, plus a friend, there and wiggled our toes in the sand. It's kind of nice to be able to walk around on a beach barefoot and not have to worry about large, rough pebbles or stinky-ass goose poop. Nope. Just soft, white sand.

We ended up watching Todd (b-i-l) and Alison (s-i-l) surf a bit. Not necessarily something I'd ever want to do (me and oceans don't mix), but very fun to watch. We had some sub sandwiches on the beach and topped the afternoon off with s'mores! Sadly, being raised Chinese, s'mores are something I never really did as a kid. Luckily, though, it wasn't too tough to do.

So tomorrow's the IPO gig. It's been a long time coming. When the Lunds first got in touch with me, the IPO was one of the first things they mentioned. We ended up basing our trip to CA around the gig. I have some people coming to the show, which should make it fun. It'll be Judy and Alison, my friend Aaron and some of his friends from LA, I think, as well as some of Johnny Low's acquaintances. Not sure what kind of turn out there will be otherwise, but at least my people will represent. I'll be sure to put up a recap tomorrow or Friday.

Peace out.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Traveling sucks

I'm typing this from our friend's kitchen in Irvine, CA. My family and I are down here because my band is playing a gig on Thursday at the legendary (?) Knitting Factory.

We spent the 3 hours before leaving for Sea Tac frantically packing. Both kids were crazy. Excited for the trip and not taking naps excited. Good times. But, we got to the airport in plenty of time. I was a bit nervous because I was bringing my bass with me, but, long story short, I wasn't asked about it at all. Carried it on, stuffed it into an overhead compartment (fit perfectly), watched some yahoo shove his suitcase on top of it (expected), and carried it off when we landed.

We originally purchased 3 tickets (me, Marci and Haley. Riley would lap ride). At the ticket counter we asked if we could get an extra seat and they said it would be fine. So in this 737 (2 aisles, 3 seats each, total 6 seats across), we'd get the last row of seats, occupy 4 and have 2 free. They said it was no problem.

So we get on the plane first (small children rule!) and head to our seats. We get nice and comfy, get the car seat strapped in and wait. Pretty soon we see people coming down, eyeing their tickets, eyeing the seat numbers, eyeing me and saying, "I think that's my seat."

Great.

After a few minutes, we ended up having 2 other men in our row. Lucky for us, though, the flight attendants saw what was happening and made things good for us. We ended up hogging one side of the aisle and having the aisle seat on the other side. One poor dude ended on the window side of the other aisle, but he was cool about it.

As luck would have it, directly in front of where Riley sat in his car seat was this 2 year old girl who KEPT POKING HER HEAD OVER THE BACK OF THE SEAT AND STARING AT ME/RILEY/WHOMEVER WAS OVER THERE. I HATE THAT SHIT!!! Plus, to make it worse, she had snot running all down her nose. So I have this little standing, snotty brat staring at us and her dad was doing nothing about it.

Ok, he was sleeping. But I digress.

I would make eye contact with this girl and point at her to sit down. She kept looking at me and then averting her eyes. That's right. I'll kick your ass! Little by little, though, she got more and more bold and started reaching over for my son. Then Haley's hair. She was just all over. Not even the flight attendants told her to sit.

Anyway, when all was said and done, we all got here in one piece. Everyone's a bit tired, but they're all asleep now. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Entertaining

I forgot how fun it is to have people over. Since we had Riley... heck, since we had Haley, we just haven't had people over much. Kids take up a lot of time. But, recently, we had a neighbor's family come over and, you know what? It was a lot of fun. Then last week, we had another friend come over and that was fun too. And tonight, we had a whole boatload of people (and their kids) over, and that was fun.

Nice to be social once in a while.

OT: Google Earth is the shiz!

OT: anyone seen the Family Guy movie? So many good quotes, so little time!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Rock Star: INXS follow-up

Rats. Tara (not Tana) made it back. But I figured Neal was done for. He was great doing CCR and Stones, but I think he's a one-trick pony. The fact that he couldn't sing Suicide Blonde really killed him.

Jessica's song sounded too low for her range. I'm surprised they didn't say anything about that, or, at least have the band capo up.

Rock Star: INXS!!!

How could I forget this? I've become obsessed with this show. Not so much the drama (as there really is not that much), but the talent on it. Some of these guys and girls BRING IT. Seriously.

Now, some of it is over the top. Then again, they are auditioning to be the frontperson for INXS. I didn't think it was that big a deal. I figured INXS was washed up, the type of band that used to be big, and now plays casinos to make a living. They had a tidbit somewhere that said INXS outsold U2 in record sales or something. (Not as impressive the way I word it, but I thought it was pretty cool).

Anyway, the house band the show uses is pretty bad. As in good. As in super good. And the singers (the show calls them "rockers") all bring something pretty good to the table. So far, I think JD is running away with it. The INXS boys and Dave Navarro (he needs to lose the John Waters pencil moustache) are in love with him. Many of the other rockers do well, but you can only envision them fronting bands in a club style venue. You can see JD ripping it up in a stadium setting.

I'm also sporting wood for Marty. He's a bleached out Iggy Pop, but has great stage presence and cool ass moves. Dud sings pretty well too.

As far as the girls go, I liked Tattoo Girl's (Heather) rendition of Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane). She ripped that up! It was great. Last night she did something else that wasn't *as* good, but the dudes still ate it up.

I think Tana will be gone this week. She did Paranoid and really was just too corny, though, again, the dudes all ate it up.

Check it out. M, Tu, Wed on CBS. Tivo is your friend.

Let's catch up.

Well, what's new? I've been spending a lot of time online (duh) pimping my band. Today, I went and did some deliveries for work and dropped a CD and one-sheet at a club called Neumo's. Kind of a cool club. Never played there before, but saw The Best Band In The World play there. Neumo's is on Capitol Hill, which, if we score a gig there, garners us instant Indie Cred (tm).

I saw the list of bands playing the IPO in the next few weeks. There are many and they are good. Check them out at the official IPO site. I'm really looking forward to getting down there and playing for some people. Should be a great time. However, I'm not entirely sure how to travel with my bass. I'm planning on using my hard case, but don't really want to put it down in the luggage compartment. If I bring my gigbag, I may be able to put it by my seat, or up front, but if not, then they'll stow it anyway and there's not that much protection for it that way. Hmmm.

I'm a bit perturbed that the Sonics let Antonio Daniels go. Here's a guy that was more than willing to come back, and to be a backup PG, no less. He just wanted more of a commitment (5 years instead of 2, I think). The Sonics wouldn't pony up and off AD goes to the Wizards. I always loved it when he checked into a game. The attitude and intensity of the Soups would always ratchet up a notch. Hopefully some of his swagger rubbed off on Luke Ridnour. He's gonna be a 3rd year vet now and I think needs to step up his aggressiveness to the hole.

I guess that's all I got for now. Send your friends to the Lund Bros. myspace.com site. Be our friend. It really is good music. Give it a listen!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Mixed signals in Tacoma

On my way back from practice I had to stop and get gas. I didn't want to get stranded on a 40 mile trip with no gas.

Anyway, as I'm pumping away, I heard a little boy laugh, and his dad talking to him. I saw this boy, maybe 3 or so, and his dad and another man walk through the parking lot. The boy ran and promptly got grabbed and yelled at by his dad for running through the lot. The three of them disappeared into the mini-mart and I continued pumping away.

A few minutes later, the two men and the boy (3 and up at about 10:00pm) leave the mini-mart, with a case of beer in hand.



Not sure what kind of beer it was, but hopefully it was like Guinness or something.

On a side, completely unrelated note, I spent several hours yesterday playing with a database program called Mediaman. This software lets you catalog all your books, DVDs, video games, CDs, video tapes, etc. You enter the barcode for your CD, for example, and it searches Amazon.com for the best match. You then choose what matches best and, poof! You get a cover shot and text pertaining to said CD. Quite cool for a free utility.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

I suck

I just got a response to a blog entry in which I responded to another response.

I won't go into detail much; it's all there if you want to read it. I don't know what was wrong with me at the time I wrote that mean response. I guess I wanted to prove how clever and witty I was, at Tommy's expense.

Turns out, one of Tommy's bandmates found it and sent me a really thoughtful and mature response (unlike mine). I really appreciated what he wrote. It made a lot of sense to me.

Basically, who am I to judge these other guys? Was it fun to rip those ads from the Stranger? You bet. Am I usually that nasty? Only when provoked.

Anyway, my point is, to those offended or put off by what I wrote, instead of saying the standard, "Well, then, don't read my blog!", I'll say, my bad.

To the guys in Horsehedd, I wish you good luck.

From that response:
We may not know what we're doing but we sure have fun doing it. That's what it's all about, isn't it? I personally feel that music is music, one cannot claim to be better than another. We've played with a million bands (slight exagerration) with all kinds of names, with all kinds of personalities, and I'm happy to say that we've generally got along with all of them. We get called all kinds of things and that's what's dissapointing to me. It's not the deflating of ego, we collectively don't have much of one anyway. It's that there are NO black and whites in the world, but everybody seems to think there is. If a band sucks, but all their members are cool, what then? If a band's name sucks but their music moves somebody (even one person) what then? If a band sucks, their name sucks, but they have a blast doing it, isn't that respectable? It's all valid. Too much division in music.
The thing is, I've been there too and for me to bash those guys, Tommy especially, was out of line. +1 to Jonn Rockwell for opening my eyes.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

New Lund Bros Link

Click on the star to see more!

Jones Town Tunes

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Rush geeks (Neil Peart, esp), Unite!

Whilst surfing the Counterparts message board, I stumbled upon a link that is pretty dang cool.

This links to a 3D animation of a man (presumably Neil Peart) drumming to YYZ.

Pretty cool stuff, I say.

Oh yeah. 56k beware. It's a 43mb download.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Late nite blogging

Looks like I'll be going in the studio next week. I'll be laying down one (count 'em. One!) bass track to a song for the Lunds. It's a mid-tempo tune, not a ballad nor a rocker. Grooves a bit. Apparently it's in a guy's home studio. I'm assuming it'll be good, otherwise Chris wouldn't have booked the time. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Been slaving away at trying to put together a promo picture to send to clubs. Sadly, playing in any town pretty much requires some sort of promo pak. A few years ago in Ethyl, we paid some guy who normally shot bloody goth chicks a nice wad of cash to follow us around on Capitol Hill and take pictures. We got some ok pictures, but unless you're pro, any pictures you get taken will look COMPLETELY STUPID.

Actually, here's one he took that I'm pretty fond of (even if it's in front of the dreaded brick wall):

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Notice that Rob is totally checking Brett's jock.

For more fun pictures, here's a website that has some great examples of HOW NOT TO LOOK IN A BAND PICTURE. Hilarious stuff.

If you're lucky, maybe I'll put up our so cool picture.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Of course

Window regulator breaks. Window falls into door. First full day of summer and what do we have? Epic rain.

Fantastic.

In other news, I got a show booked for us. Sadly, it's a Monday night, but to get our feet in the door, we all have to start somewhere. We're playing the same place my last Starchief gig was at, the Rendezvous in Belltown. It's a quaint little place. We'll be going first on August 15th, so plan accordingly. As of right now, it's our first Seattle gig. Yay for me!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Car woes

My pride and joy, my little red GTI, seems to be having some issues. For some time now, it's kind of wheezed when I start it in the morning. Sounds like there's some sort of leak somewhere. It would also lurch, sometimes pretty badly, when cold, right after starting. A buddy of mine with a GTI had the same problem and he had his fuel injectors cleaned. Fixed 'er right up. But for $125, Homey don't play dat. I went the po' man's method. Bought a $11.99 bottle of cleaner from Chevron, dumped it in, and crossed my fingers. So far so good. The lurches are much less now.

I also get a ton of Check Engine lights. At least one every two weeks. According to the dealer, to hook my car up to their diag machine is $90 bucks. $90 BUCKS! For something that probably takes them all of 30 seconds. Plug. Press Button. Read Display. $90 Please. So, needless to say, I haven't had it checked yet.

A common problem for my car is that if the gas cap isn't tightened *just right*, you get the Check Engine light. Sometimes retightening the cap works, but most times, the light just goes off by itself. One of these days, I'll buy a 6 pack for someone to hook me up to their personal VAG-COM and see what's wrong.

Today, on my way home, I had the window down and it started to rain. I pressed the switch to close the window and heard a loud clunk. The window stopped in its tracks. I knew immediately what it was as many VWs have this problem. The window regulator went out. The window stopped, about 1/3rd of the way up. I reached over and *poof*. Down it went into the door. *sigh*

I'm still under warranty, so the window regulator will be replaced. As far as the Check Engine thing? They say that's not covered under warranty, so they won't even check without charging. I may have them replace my gas cap for shits and giggles, though. And the leak? Last time I was there, they said it was something starting to fail(I forget what), but that it was still functional and to get it replaced under warranty, it had to completely fail. LAME!

I'll take it in maybe Thursday and see what the hell's going on.

Music news you can use

Not much happening right now with the LB. We took last week off but will get together tomorrow for 5 New Songs! Well, new to me, anyway.

The gig at Panamonica's went pretty good. When we got there, though, there was some dispute as to which band would go first, us or Shimmer. Of course the guy who booked the show was not in attendance. Luckily, Shimmer was kind enough to let us play first. I think the fact that they were playing a 90 minute set on Sunday afternoon helped too.

We played 25 out of 26 songs we'd rehearsed. Overall performance from 1-10, I'd give a 5. I think we played average. We all made mistakes, but we also all played very inspired at times.

Both Chris and Sean have great stage presence. Chris, since he's not tied to a drum kit, has the Rock Guitar God moves down. Pretty cool stuff.

Sadly, my mic was turned way down and my superb backing vocals could barely be heard. Bummer.

As of now, the next Lund Bros. show is in Los Angeles in August. We have some pending dates in August as well (in Seattle, no less!), so hopefully I'll have something to report soon.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hatemail! Yay! You really love me!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about certain ads in the Stranger. At the time I wrote it, to be quite honest, I didn't think anyone would see it besides the 2 or 3 of you that read it. Little did I know that people will Google their own names (and band names for that matter) and see what comes up.

Well, having been guilty of Googling myself and my bands' names, I have found stuff about me, mainly created by me, and seen by not very many people other than me. Turns out, someone didn't like what I said about his ad. Let's recap. Here's the ad:
Bassist for the band HorseHedd seeks new venture to take music careerfurther. Played a few hundred shows and know the circuit well. Influences uncludeKyuss, Deftones, Tool, Chevelle, etc. Have pro gear and transpo. Can practice anynight and available for tour. Lets jam.
And this is what I wrote:
Now, I think most bassists are intelligent, but, to me, anyone in a band named HorseHedd, let alone played a few hundred shows with a band called HorseHedd, probably ain't all there.
I guess I was in a funny mood at the time and decided to pick on Mr. HorseHedd. In hindsight, maybe I should've not named the band. But that's what stuck out to me. So, in goes the band name.

Well, today I received a response from said bassist. Needless to say, he wasn't too happy. Here's what he wrote:
To respond to your opinion about my ad in the stranger, I thought it was to the point. I had a lot of reponses and was treated very professionally. For the comment on my bands name "HorseHedd", I'm sure your parents could buy you a good name you spoiled little east side bitch. I could play bass circles around your pathetic, tiny musical existence. What type of name is Gwon, anyways? Sounds like something I cough up in the morning after a night of heavy smoking. I normally dont respond so harshly to what is a "right to opinion", but I just wanted to let you know to be careful what you say. You never know who could beat the living shit out of you when you are leaving your parents country club after playing a couple shitty cover tunes since you obviously have no creativity of your own. -Tommy One-Time
When I got the email, I gotta say, I was a bit nervous. It's not my thing to be mean, and, looking back, I was mean. I called the guy unintelligent and I guess Tommy One-Time took offense. So, for offending, I was sorry for a second. So, TOT, if you're reading this: I'm sorry. See you 'round.














/looks for TOT. Is he still here? No? Good. Let's make some comments.
To respond to your opinion about my ad in the stranger, I thought it was to the point.
Agreed. It was my opinion, and you were concise and to the point.
I had a lot of reponses and was treated very professionally.
This was the sentence that made me feel remorseful about what I did. I see myself as a professional person, or at least mature (though my regular reader(s) may disagree). I realized I wasn't professional.

Boo-frickin'-hoo.
For the comment on my bands name "HorseHedd", I'm sure your parents could buy you a good name you spoiled little east side bitch.
To quote my childhood hero, Indiana Jones, "Now you're gettin' nasty". And, as a matter of fact, they could probably buy me a good name, but instead chucked a set of silverware down the front steps and came up with Gwon. The thing is, they had just moved here from overseas and didn't know any better. Tommy, you and your bandmates probably knew better, don't you think?? Poetic, huh?
I could play bass circles around your pathetic, tiny musical existence.
Well, I'm not one for tooting my own horn, so I'll let the music speak for itself.

HorseHedd
Starchief. I wasn't with Lund Bros. yet and haven't recorded with them, but all the Starchief songs feature Yours Truly on bass.
What type of name is Gwon, anyways?
See above. It's my god/parent-given name. Though, if I had a Cool Rock Star Name like Tommy No-Tone, or Tommy Tommorow or Tommy One-Time, I'd be cool like dat. /strokes chin...

Here's my hobbit name: Posco Frumblefoot of Bywater
Elvish name: Tathar Minyatur
Smurf name: Very Uninteresting Smurf
And, finally, Rock Star name: Garth Flynn

Excellent!
Sounds like something I cough up in the morning after a night of heavy smoking.
Gwon/Phlegm. Or, maybe, Gwon/Lung. I'm sure, after a Rockin' Night of Heavy Smoking, you may cough a lung up. Smoking is cool!!!
I normally dont respond so harshly to what is a "right to opinion", but I just wanted to let you know to be careful what you say.
/looks over shoulder. Whew. The coast is clear. But I better be careful, nonetheless.
You never know who could beat the living shit out of you when you are leaving your parents country club after playing a couple shitty cover tunes since you obviously have no creativity of your own. -Tommy One-Time
TOT, I'd like to warn you that I am a 0 degree black belt in no martial art. If you confront me, I may run away from you very quickly (I hate confrontations!). I may run away into the warm, comforting arms of my loving parents (who sadly do not belong to a country club, much to my chagrin). However, you have Thrown Down The Gauntlet in saying I play cover tunes.

OH NO YOU DIDN'T!!!

Have I played cover songs? Sure, who hasn't? By the sounds of your band and style, TOT, you probably grew up playing to the likes of Judas Priest and Def Leppard, yes? 8th note roots RULEZ! But, I digress. The band I'm in now (Lund Bros.) played a gig on Saturday. We played 90 minutes. 25 songs! (and, yes, one cover, if you must know) How many songs do you play on a Wednesday night? 8? 9?

TOT, it's been a pleasure conversing with you. I hope we can continue this dialog soon.

Your friend in cyberspace,

Garth Flynn

Friday, June 10, 2005

Watching old videos

So I dusted off some old band videos from a few years ago. Me and Rob and Johnny, aka Ethyl, back in 02. I made a habit of taping a lot, for learning purposes (on what NOT to do), and for archival purposes. Now it's 05 and what are we doing? I'm playing with the Lund Bros., Johnny is playing with Poor Kids Without Cable in Prescott, AZ, and Rob, sadly, is out of music, making a career for himself in insurance.

Which, frankly, is a cryin' damn shame.

I was so moved by watching an Ethyl video a few weeks ago that I had to call him and let him know how great we were together. He played with such purpose and authority that it made the rest of us great.

Tonight I was going through some tapes to find ones I could tape over for my gig tomorrow with the Lunds and found this tape of us playing in August of 02. Not our best gig, but still, we had a lot of fun together. Rob was usually dead on when starting a song. Occasionally he'd push the beat, but, for the most part, everything was solid. And he was such a fun drummer to watch. No over-the-top histrionics, just solid playing.

I wish he was still playing (it sounds like he's dead) today. He's just too good not to. But he moved to the sticks and it's a PITA to commute to rehearse, let alone work. Not that I don't like playing with my current drummer and gig, but me and Rob had a good thing going. 5 or so years of playing together will do that to you.

I keep saying that one day I'll dump all our videos to DVD (which is actually a lot of work) and send 'em to my boys. I think they'd like that.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Saw a show last night

I went up to Kenmore last night and caught up with my old band, Starchief. Brett has surrounded himself with a new band since me and Nelson both left him :(. He has a guy named Tim on drums, a guy named Matt on bass and a gal named Jessica on backing vocals, tambourine and sex appeal.

Actually, Brett's pretty dang hot himself. And as a straight guy, I have no problem saying that. Because it's the truth. He is fine. Seriously. But I digress.

Brett's played with these 4 for about 3-4 rehearsals and it showed a bit, but they started pretty strong. I was most impressed with Tim, the drummer. His style was much more rock-oriented than Nelson's was. He had some flair, but lacked the solid time that Nelson had. Jessica told me it was her first show ever (other than karaoke and choirs), but she did ok. There were moments where it was evident that she couldn't hear herself, but overall, the drunks in the crowd could care less as she was wearing a low-cut tank.

Due to some domestic issues at home, this might have been Brett's last gig for awhile. Hopefully he can iron things out soon and continue. I think the band he's recruited is a solid foundation to build upon.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Went to the zoo on Memorial Day

And so did the rest of Seattle. And, from the looks of the people, much of Renton and Lynnwood as well.

I don't know what was more fun: looking at empty animal pens or seeing the old Chinese ladies carrying open umbrellas for shade. On a cloudy day.

People-watching was the action for the day on Monday. The zoo brings out all sorts. First people we encountered? A family of four. Mom, Dad, two kids (boy and girl, I think). They pulled up next to us in their Suburban. Mom got out and promptly fired up. Dad got out and Mom gave him a smoke which he smoothly tucked behind his ear. I heard a funny sound and realized it was the blood boiling in my ears (not really).

A few days ago I saw something similar. A mom driving with a butt in the corner of her mouth and her son strapped in the backseat.

I don't smoke and don't plan to start, but I guess I understand the need to do so. But, to beat a dead horse, at least give your kids the chance to breathe clean air and do it outside or when they're not around.

/soapbox off

Tonight I head to Tacoma. I was (still might) going to play one more gig with Brett this Friday, but he's got himself a band. From what he says, they're pretty good. Apparently the bassist should be able to pull off the gig, but not vocally, so Brett's found a woman to do some of my backing vocals. Either way, I think I'm going to head up to Kenmore on Friday to check things out.

Monday, May 23, 2005

One week later

What's new? Nothing. Well, something. Did a bunch of yardwork yesterday. We believe in the bury-it-under-a-bunch-of-bark method of landscaping. We dump 3-4 inches of bark and hope the damn weeds suffocate and die. So far it's looking pretty good. Still have a small car sized pile of bark in the driveway, though...

I just fired off an email to a bunch of people I know, as well as some people I don't, advertising about my band switch. There were probably 20 or so addresses that were of people looking for bassists a few months ago. They have me on their lists, so I figured I'd keep 'em informed about what I'm up to. Networking, you know?

Bummer about the Sonics. I had a great time watching the playoffs. They just lost to a better team. Hopefully management figures a way to keep the big stud hosses (Ray, AD, heck, even JJ after his first round series).

Monday, May 16, 2005

Gah.

Had a lousy rehearsal tonight. Marci's b-day is Wednesday so we bumped practice to tonight. I was all over the place, missing notes, trying too hard. I need to simplify and learn the parts fully before putting my spin on them.

In other news, Haley took a dump in the potty today. It's about time! We've been on her case for some time and today she did it (3rd time total). We took her to the Raa Sss (Rainforest Cafe) in Ghetto, er, I mean, Southcenter, as a reward. Thing about that place is, their menu is so dang big, I can never figure out what I want. It all looks pretty good, but none of it looks great. Oh well. Riley had a fun time figuring out what the hell the fake lightning storm was all about.

Two words. SONICS, BABY! What a great game last night. I think I love Ray Allen. And don't get me started about Antonio Daniels. I kind of hope Rashard can't play tomorrow. The Spurs have really been killing him on the double team and he can't seem to pass/shoot his way out of it.

Marci got a TiVo for her birthday and Mother's Day. Now that we have 2, I've got some control of my basement again. However, I've forgotten what my dear wife looks like. Turns out, our TiVo time was our time spent together. Looks like I'll have to figure out how to balance things.

Remember: Sonics vs. Spurs, tomorrow @ 6:30pm.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Myspace.com

What's up bitches?

Been spending an evening goofing off with Myspace.com. Some of you might know when I first started a blog, I used Myspace.com. Trouble was, it's a confusing thing to use. People thought they had to sign up to read my ramblings. Rather than feed the confusion, I started this page, which is much easier to use. For the Lund Bros., though, I've started a new Myspace.com site, which you can see here.

Now, you don't have to join or be a member or anything to see that site. It's a big networking thing. I joined and now I can add myself as a friend to, oh, say Jim. Then, his friends see me and maybe one says, "Hmm, the Lund Bros. sound interesting. Let's check them out." They take a look, love what they hear/see, and start telling their bitches, and so on and so on and so on.

You'll see some Myspace.com sites with thousands of friends. Impressive. But when you realize that there are some people that will join just for the sake of joining, you take it with a grain of salt. Apparently those people are called Myspace whores. Me? I'm O.G., baby. Straight up ballin', you know.

So, if you see fit, be my friend.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Just got back

from Tacoma. Had a great rehearsal tonight. 26 songs! Not perfect yet, but getting better all the time. I'm having so much fun playing these songs, singing some backups and getting to know Chris and Sean. We'll get together again on Monday for more fun.

In other news... Marci got Riley to sleep on his own tonight. As I type, he's in his crib and Marci's Tivo-ing right now. This is a first. I was out, of course, so she did all this by herself. I'm very proud of her. Usually she'd give in to the turd's cries, but not tonight. Well done. We'll see if he does it tomorrow.

I finally got a copy ofForza Motorsport and I'm hooked. I remember being a Gran Turismo freak on the PS1/PS2 and now, I'm a Forza Whore. I've been spending lots of time after 11:00pm the past few nights racing, tweaking and cursing. Good times, highly recommended.

I've heard that StarChief is no more. Well, at least Nelson is gone. Johnny called me today, said that Nelson is pursuing another band with former bandmates. I haven't heard from B$ for a while; I think it's time to figure out what he's doing. I'll call him tomorrow.

Keep your fingers crossed for the Sonics tomorrow. Hopefully they can hold serve in Seattle.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pressure's on!

As mentioned previously, the Lunds and I have a gig next month. This weekend I got an email saying to learn 6 more songs. I've got the basics down, now I have to get comfortable with them. I also got info about the band we're playing with, another pop trio called Shimmer, out of Tacoma. I checked 'em out and, DAMN, they're good. More emphasis on pop than rock, but good stuff. Real radio friendly. It'll be a good bill, with us and them, but for me, the pressure is on.

The Lunds (minus me) had an acoustic gig last week and mentioned our upcoming electric gig. Apparently people are crazy to see the Lund Bros. because they haven't played out electric in over a year. So, what are we gonna do for the unveiling? Well, they have me learning 26 songs. 26! We have a 90 minute set to fill. 90 minutes! I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of doing that before. So far, the songs are coming along for me. These last 6, I've been familiar with 2 of them, so 4 are new. Those were tricky ones, but I got 'em down. I gotta tack some vocals on top and we'll be set. Now, if Wednesday would hurry up and get here already!

Saturday, April 30, 2005

LOL and other things

Good lord, I don't know if I can continue the Robin saga. I should let the poor girl rest in peace. Not that she's dead or anything; I have no clue where she is now. But the next few entries are all about how a boy feels about a girl.

Haley knows how to open doors now. Well, she knew how to already, but we'd bought these "child-proof" handle covers. You gotta squeeze 'em to open the door. Well, she just pulls down on it and the doors open. So bedtime is like jailbreak these days. We hear the door open and it's on. Track her down, put her back in bed. Good times.

Looks like the Lunds have booked a gig for June 11th at a place in Tacoma called Panamonica's. Not much of a website, but supposedly one of the better clubs in town. I'll keep you posted.

I've "acquired" a copy of Make Believe, Weezer's latest CD. I've become somewhat of a Weezer lover the past few months, only recently learning of the new CD. My first impression of MB wasn't all that positive. I was hoping for more pop nuggets like In The Garage, or No One Else, Don't Let Go, and O Girlfriend. But there were songs that were quite simplistic, like the lead track, Beverly Hills. And some of the other tunes are very '80s-ish, with keys and all, but, after a few more listens, that sucker's starting to grow on me. It releases May 10th, so do check it out.

For my birthday, Marci got pre-bought for me Forza Motorsport for the good ol' Xbox. That hits on the 3rd and the geek in me CAN'T FREAKING WAIT. I played quite a bit of Gran Turismo 2 on the good ol' PS2, but sold it last summer, so have been without a racing "sim" for some time. Tuesday will be fun.

Oh yeah, did you notice that the Pope blessed my music? How cool is that? He has a blog as well and it's great. Check it out.

The Incredible Hulk has a blog too. Who knew he was literate? Great stuff.

Day: Monday Date: May 21st, 1984

Today, Robin brought Bucky Beaver. Bruce is back! She was mean today. I brought mr 31 to school. Rick loves it. In Math, I'm in Advanced 7th. I saw only 1 person in Standard and thought it was Jeanette, but it was Robin! I feel so sorry for Robin.

Day: Sunday Date: May 20, 1984

Today we went to the Madison hotel to look for one of the China Exhibit people. She wasn't there so we left her a note. Then we went to Uwajamia (or something) and got things like Go-bots.

Day: Saturday Date May 19, 84

Today we went to Chinese school. After that, Dxx Gxxxxxxxx came over. We got our hair cut, the Yxxx's came over (3 little kids Yxxx). But most of all I hope Robin will still like me even with this haircut!

P.S. I recorded Musictime! (turn me on! turn me up! turn me loose! turn me loud!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Last night's gig with StarChief

And then there were three. Me, Brett and Nelson. Brett had booked a gig for SC at the Rendezvous, a small little bar that happens to have a theater attached to it. In fact, this theater used to be a small movie theater, only now they have bands playing there all the time.

Even though the Mighty SC had played there a few times, on weekend nights, no less, the booker considered us new, and therefore booked us for "New Music Monday", a.k.a. "See if you can draw a crowd on Monday before we book you on a weekend". I went in with low expectations. As in happy to play in front of 10 people expectations.

Imagine my excitement when, just as we played our first note, there were four people in attendance. Keep in mind, my band only has three members. Luckily, the way the theater is setup, when you're on stage, you have lights shining in your eyes and you can't see the people dressed as empty seats.

This was our first "real" gig as a Power Trio. The other two (house party and bar & grill gig) didn't count. This gig didn't require us to bring our own P.A.; always a good sign. I could actually hear myself singing (not necessarily a good sign). My rig and bass had really satisfying tone and I thought I played pretty well. In fact, we all did pretty good. There were a couple of clams, though. But, as Nelson's fond of saying, you get one mulligan per song.

When we finished and the lights came on, it was nice to see that some people did actually come out (even though they were there for the Indie Cred filled White Collar High). It was a fun night in that I got to play music. How's that saying go? Even when sex is bad, it's good? That's kind of how I feel about music. Even when it's bad, it's better than not doing it at all.