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.