HMT – 11/3/22
March 23rd, 2011

[translate lang=english]This is late (although its still Tuesday where I live), so better late then never, amiright?

Of course I am. This post is to alert you to the fact that there is a completely sanctioned Lemmy movie out entitled “49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch” and while I haven’t seen it yet, you’d better believe this sweet little piece of ass is headed its way to my house AS WE SPEAK!

You can buy it directly from Mr. Kilmister himself right here: http://store.lemmymovie.com. It’s available as a digital download, as well as in Blu-Ray and DVD formats. The hard discs cost a few bucks more (its 20 plus shipping for DVD and 25 plus shipping for the Blu-Ray, whereas the download is just 14), but it comes with some extra features that are probably worth it considering the subject matter. Here’s a trailer:

If that doesn’t get your Motor(head) running, you probably won’t care about any other Heavy Metal Tuesdays either. Don’t sweat it!

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[translate lang=Severe-slang]This is late (altho its still Tuesday whar ah live), so bettah late then nevah, amiright? (Its still Tuesday whar ah live)

Of kerse ah am. This post is ta alert ya ta tha fact that thar is a completely sanctioned Lemmy movie out entitled “49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch” n while ah haven’t seen it yet, you’d bettah believe this sweet little piece of ass is headed its way ta my house AS WE SPEAK!

You ken buy it directly from Mr. Kilmister himself right here: http://store.lemmymovie.com. It’s available as a digital download, as well as in Blu-Ray and DVD formats. Tha hard discs cost a few bucks more (its 20 plus shippin fer DVD n 25 plus shippin fer tha Blu-Ray, whereas tha download is just 14), but it comes with some extra features that are prolly werth it considerin tha subject matter. Here’s a trailer:

If that doesn’t git your Motor(head) runnin, you prolly wont care about any otha Heavy Metal Tuesdays eitha. Don’t sweat it!

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HMT – 11/03/15
March 15th, 2011

[translate lang=english]HMT stands for Heavy Metal Tuesday so get excited! I was not heavy metal in the slightest this weekend, instead I celebrated my 30th birthday (not metal) by going to Monterey (not metal) because I wanted to check out the aquarium (awesome but not metal) and spent my actual birthday eating vegetarian Chinese food w. some good friends and drinking fancy drinks (not metal, not metal, not metal).

So instead, here is something METAL – the almighty GWAR perform most of their songs from their debut album Hell-O in less then 9 minutes. I saw them perform this live a few years ago and it was hands down the highlight of the evening.

GWAR is one of my favoritest bands of all time. I’ve been listening to them since I was 12 or 13 in high school, and they were the first show I ever got to see on a school night (GWAR and the Misfits – 1998). I came back the next day covered in fake blood and have been hooked ever since. One of my favorite high school memories is looking up on stage and seeing a Tyrannosaurus Rex battle a 12-foot tall robot, while a guy with condom on his head tried to mediate, the whole time a woman in metal lingerie whipped a mace around as naked guys in jock straps (slaves) hooked up tubes to the monsters to facilitate the inevitable fake blood. Oh, and the band was on stage in crazy costumes, singing about being from outer space and wanting drugs. It’s as juvenile and as brilliant as it sounds.

Hell-O! is far from their best album, but it did set the stage for many obscenities to come, and that is priceless in my book.

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[translate lang=Severe-slang]HMT stands for Heavy Metal Tuesday so git excited! Ah was nawt heavy metal in tha slightest this weekend, instead ah celebrated my 30th birthday (nawt metal) by gaein ta Monterey (nawt metal) because Ah wanted ta check out tha aquarium (awesome but nawt metal) n spent my actual birthday eatin vegetarian Chinese food w. some good friends n drinkin fancy drinks (nawt metal, nawt metal, nawt metal).

So instead, here is somethang METAL – tha almighty GWAR perform most of thar songs from thair debut album Hell-O in less than 9 minutes. Ah saw them perform this live a few years ago n it was hands down tha highlight of tha evenin.

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GWAR is one of my favoritest bands of all time. Ahve been listenin ta them since ah was 12 er 13 in high school, n they were tha first show ah ever gawt ta see on a skool night (GWAR n tha Misfits – 1998). Ah came back tha next day covered in fake blood n have been hooked evah since. One of my favorite high school memories is lookin up on stage n seein a Tyrannosaurus Rex battle a 12-foot tall robot, while a guy with a condom on his head tried ta mediate, tha whole time a woman in metal linerie whipped a mace around as naked guys in jock straps (slaves) hooked up tubes ta tha monsters ta facilitate tha inevitable fake blood. Oh, n tha band was on stage in crazy costumes, singin about bein from outer space n wantin drugs. It’s as juvenile n as brilliant as it sounds.

Hell-O! is far from thar best album, but it did set tha stage for many obscenities ta come, n that is priceless in my book.

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Heavy Metal Tuesday!
March 8th, 2011

Maybe this’ll be a thing. Maybe it won’t. Regardless, here’s your first Heavy Metal Tuesday!

Today it’s going to be personal-like (as in, all about me). I recently found my sophomore high school picture that I had grabbed from a photo album when I visited my folks in my childhood home for the last time (I wrote an emo blog post about it that I won’t link to, hah!):

My first attempt at facial hair


Also, here’s a version of Ants from this Sunday’s Severe Bass and the Bad Decisions band practice!!!!. This was recorded at our practice space with two mics directly into my Fast Track Pro into REAPER. The quality isn’t great (the vocals are really quiet unfortunately), but it’s the first recording of this song being played with a band since the summer of 1999, and I think it’s halfway decent considering it’s just two cheap vocal mics hanging from the ceiling.

(BTW, streaming it usually lessens the quality quite considerably, right clicking to save and then playing it in the audio player of your choice will sound much better!)

Something for Now….
February 15th, 2011

[translate lang=english]I have been awful about posting or working on my website. This doesn’t mean I haven’t done ANYTHING, but you are also not missing out. Never fear though, I am really working on being more prolific. To tide you over, here’s me playing w. my bass/software (I’ve started using REAPER and it is pretty freaking awesome!).

Anyway, I know it’s not much, but I hope you enjoy![/translate]
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[translate lang=Severe-slang]Ahve been awful about postin er werkin on my website. This doesn’t mean ah haven’t done ANYTHANG, but you are also nawt missin out. Nevah fear tho, ah am really werkin on bein more prolific. Ta tide ya ovah, here’s me playin w. my bass/software (Ahve started usin REAPER n t is pretty freakin awesome!).

Anyway, ah know it’s nawt much, but ah hope you enjoy!
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Better Late Then Never
January 6th, 2011

[translate lang=english]On just about anything I suppose, although this title is really because it’s a few days behind the New Year to be writing a post about time moving on. But I’m going to do it anyway.

Last year, I wrote a post about how I don’t believe in resolutions, but instead believe in goals. Sadly, I failed almost every one of those goals this year. (my actual score was 2 and two-halves [two of them I feel I did about half the time or got halfway there], out of a potential total of 8). I don’t feel bad about all of it, but I was thinking about why I couldn’t reach these goals, and I came up with a few things.

What it all boils down to though is that these weren’t the right goals for me. I did many many other things – I accomplished a lot of the brainstorm I had last February about where to put my intentions. I’m not quite as far as I wanted to be, but neither the work I did on myself nor any of my projects is reflected in the goals I identified in January – no matter how well intentioned they were.

So this year I’m going to put more emphasis on intentions and outcomes. And I’ve really realized that what I do can be driven by three words:

Musick. Yoga. Friends.

I consider Family in there with Friends, but I think what this really means is that what I am doing should be with those three things considered. Of course that doesn’t mean I can’t garden next year, or that bike maintenance isn’t a priority, or that I don’t want more money (for the record, I would love more money), or my day job isn’t important. It just means that when I have time for myself, I should check in and make sure that I am doing what I can to pursue these three things.

Why they are important I think is obvious, but I’ll go into them briefly. For musick, I really need to be making sure I am putting my best effort forth to being an active and continually improving musician. That means learning more about the ways I can record my own music on my own time, writing more songs, and practicing regularly. It’s a growing year – time to find my voice.

Yoga is increasingly becoming more important to me because it teaches me not just about my body, it reminds me to keep paying attention to my body and how it is doing. It can help heal that body when it’s not at it’s best. There’s also what it can do for my mind – bikram yoga helps me keep things in perspective and generally retain my composure. It brings a lot of things into perspective, and I love the journey that it’s taking me on.

Friends, as I’ve mentioned, is overarching and really means those who are special to me, related or not. Sometimes I need to be reminded that I need to take effort – even if I feel like I’m almost always the one taking the effort. The effort in the act of initiation is greatly outweighed by connecting and reconnecting with other humans, especially those with the ability to make me think (or crack me up).

Anyway, I am working on trying to keep my posts brief (both for writing sake, but also because translating them into Severe Slang is easier), so I will sign off with the question – what’s important to you in 2011?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you want to see what goals I did and did not keep, see here.

P.P.S. Pics from the Severe Bass and the Bad Decisions gig are here![/translate]
[translate lang=Severe-slang]On just about anythang ah suppose, altho this title is really because it’s a few days behind the New Year ta be writin a post about time movin on. But ahma dae it anyway.

Last year, ah wrote a post about how ah don’t believe in resolutions, but instead believe in goals. Sadly, ah failed almost every one of those goals this year. (my actual score was 2 n two-halves [two of em ah feel ah did about half tha time er gawt halfway thar], out of a potential total of 8). Ah don’t feel bad about all of it, but ah was thinking about why ah couldn’t reach these goals, n ah came up with a few things.

What it all boils down ta tho is that these weren’t tha right goals fer me. Ah did many many other thangs – ah accomplished a lot of tha brainstorm ah had last February about whar ta put my intentions. Ahm nawt quite as far as ah wanted ta be, but neitha tha werk ah did on myself nor any of my projects is reflected in tha goals ah identified in January – nae matter how well intentioned they were.

So this year ahm gaein ta put more emphasis on intentions n outcomes. N ahve really realized that what ah dae ken be driven by three werds:

Musick. Yoga. Friends.

Ah consider Family in thar with Friends, but ah think what this really means is that what ahm daein should be with those three thangs considered. Of kerse that doesn’t mean ah can’t garden next year, er that bike maintenance isn’t a priority, er that ah don’t want more money (for tha record, ah would love more money), er my day job isn’t important. It just means that when ah have time fer myself, ah should check in n make sure that ahm daein what ah ken ta pursue these three thangs.

Why they are important ah think is obvious, but ahll gae intae them briefly. Fer musick, ah really need ta be makin sure ahm puttin my best effort forth ta bein an active n continually improvin musician. That means learnin more about tha ways ah ken record my own music on my own time, writin more songs, n practicin regularly. It’s a growin year – time ta find my voice.

Yoga is increasingly becomin more important ta me because it teaches me nawt just about my body, it reminds me ta keep payin attention ta my body n how it is doing. It ken help heal that body when it’s nawt at it’s best. Thars also what it ken dae fer my mind – bikram yoga helps me keep thangs in perspective n generally retain my composure. It brings a lawt of things intae perspective, n ah love tha journey that it’s takin me on.

Friends, as ahve mentioned, is overarching n really means those who are special to me, related er not. Sometimes ah need ta be reminded that ah need ta take effort – even if ah feel like ahm almost always tha one takin tha effort. Tha effort in tha act of initiation is greatly outweighed by connectin n reconnectin with othah humans, especially those with tha ability ta make me think (er crack me up).

Anyway, ahm werking on tryin ta keep my posts brief (both fer writing sake, but also because translating them intae Severe Slang is easier), so ah will sign off with the question – whas important ta you in 2011?

Thanks fer reading!

P.S. If you want to see what goals ah did n did nawt keep, see here.

P.P.S. Pics from tha Severe Bass n tha Bad Decisions gig are here!
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Wikileaks
December 7th, 2010

Censorship is bullshit!

I’ve created a mirror to WikiLeaks that can be found at wikileaks.severebass.com –> following the suggestion of this blog.

Finding Ones Voice
November 23rd, 2010

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This last year or so I’ve thought a lot more about the songwriting process than I have in quite a while – specifically by paying more attention to the many subtleties in the music I find myself listening to. In order to do so, I’ve been forced to evaluate the music I listen to, and am now trying to find ways to factor this into the way I create music. I haven’t quite made a breakthrough yet, but I am learning things about my musical brain and how that translates to the rest of me, which is interesting.

Something that speaks to me very directly is the “voice” of an artist. In most cases I’m probably thinking about bands with a single main songwriter/singer who also has great musicians at their disposal to help take the music somewhere else (Peter Steele of Type O Negative, Glenn Danzig, Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet, Adam Turla of Murder By Death), although there are other examples of bands that work together more collaboratively (Tool, Black Sabbath), and there’s also a few examples of singer/songwriter teams (Ween comes to mind first). And of course, Mike Patton, who can fit into every category depending on what he’s doing.

These artists (especially Ween) can also be adept at adopting a “voice” for an album (or any amount of time, whether its 3 songs in a row or 15 seconds). There is a difference between this and a “concept album” however, which maybe I’ll go into greater detail about in another post. The point is that they are adopting a sound, but (if they are doing it right) can really make that sound like it belongs to them, putting a very personal spin on it. This kind of music can also be very accessible without needing to dumb down the sound for mass audiences. However, what seems to really make the difference is the amount of personality and craftmenship that goes into these albums (or songs, or whatever). Famous (or semi-famous) bands can change their sound to become more accessible, which may or may not help their popularity, but when a musician finds a way to put their “voice” into something specific but still authentic, that’s when I get really excited.

Before I know how to apply this knowledge to what I do, I’m first stuck with finding my voice. That’s one of those things that’s so obvious it catches me off guard. I’m a professionally trained musician who’s been doing this for years I think, How is it possible that I don’t have a voice? (I admit, I can have a pretty high opinion of myself sometimes). The truth is, that you have to do this all the time with great attention to what you are doing, and I just don’t compose music that often, and certainly not with much intention these days. The reason is I’m usually too busy playing in bands to write or practice my own stuff – and that’s made me lazy. I don’t know what my voice is…I sort of know some things that I usually do, and I certainly have a playing style that is relatively my own. But I don’t know what my voice is.

What this means is that now that I’ve been exposed to the concept of “having a voice” and now I have to work backwards to “finding my voice”, and I’m not sure where it is exactly. It seems to be all over the place. In my head, my voice is too crazy and complicated. But when I look at my solo musician repertoire I’m often finding it’s almost too simple and predictable. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t play a song if I don’t think it’s cool and fun to play -unless I’m in someone else’s band – but I’ve been forced to keep things simple and straight forward as a solo bassist, and I don’t think I need to keep thinking of myself as a solo bassist anymore.

So then what? Not sure exactly. I have been paying more attention to the voice of other musicians that I respect and would like to emulate (in terms of quality and musickal prolificness), and trying to see how they do what it is they do in an attempt to figure out things I can steal and make my own. And hopefully, within all of that, some of my personality will shine through, I’ll figure out the tricks I like the most, and I’ll start talking with my voice. It probably will take me a while to recognize it as my own, but I’m pretty sure that’s part of the journey.

What it really breaks down to, is I need to write more, really write, not just grab ideas and say “that’s cool” and never revisit a theme again. You know, be a REAL artist.

I think that’s the new theme of this blog/site/whatever. The journey to becoming a real artist. I could debate with myself over what that means, but for now I feel like I’ll know I’m getting there if I’m doing it right.

Disclaimer: I’m not actually on any sort of deadline to get anywhere, and I generally move sort of slow and cautious towards my goals until I am ready to persue them, so I won’t be quitting my job to move to a farming co-op. Certainly not this year. *wink*

P.S. This also of course applies to blog-writing. I’m realizing there’s also an art to writing and maintaining a blog, and that I need to keep practicing it to develop a rhythm that works for me. Of course, double-coding things into Severe Slang takes extra time too (But is oh so necessary </sarcasm> )[/translate]
[translate lang=Severe-slang]This last year er so ahve thought a lawt more about tha songwriting process than ah have in quite a while – specifically by payin more attention ta tha many subtleties in tha musick ah find myself listenin ta. In ordah ta dae so, ahve been forced ta evaluate tha musick ah listen ta, n am now tryina ta find ways ta factor this intae tha way ah create musick. Ah haven’t quite made a breakthrough yet, but ah am learnin thangs about my musical brain n how that translates ta tha rest of me, which is interesting.

Somethang that speaks ta me very directly is tha “voice” of an artist. In most cases ahm prolly thinkin about bands with a single main songwriter/singer who also has great musicians at thar disposal ta help take tha musick somewhar else (Peter Steele of Type O Negative, Glenn Danzig, Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet, Adam Turla of Murder By Death), although thars other examples of bands that work togetha more collaboratively (Tool, Black Sabbath), n thars also a few examples of singah/songwritah teams (Ween comes ta mind first). N of kerse, Mike Patton, who ken fit intae every category depending on what he’s daein.

These artists (specially Ween) ken also be adept at adoptin a “voice” fer an album (er any amount of time, whethah its 3 songs in a row er 15 seconds). Thar is a difference between this n a “concept album” howevah, which maybe ahll gae intae greatah detail about in anothah post. Tha point is that they are adoptin a sound, but (if they are daein it rite) ken really make that sound like it belongs ta them, puttin a very personal spin on it. This kind of musick ken also be very accessible without needin ta dumb down tha sound fer mass audiences. However, what seems ta really make tha difference is tha amount of personality n craftmenship that goes intae these albums (er songs, er whatevah). Famous (er semi-famous) bands ken change thar sound ta become more accessible, which may er may nawt help thar popularity, but when a musician finds a way ta put thar “voice” into somethang specific but still authentic, thas when ah git really excited.

Before ah know how ta apply this knowledge ta what ah dae, ahm first stuck with findin my voice. Thas one of those things thas so obvious it catches me off guard. Ahm a professionally trained musician who’s been daein this fer years ah think, How is it possible that ah don’t have a voice? (Ah admit, ah ken have a pretty high opinion of myself sometimes). Tha truth is, that you have to dae this all tha time with great attention ta what yer doing, n ah just don’t compose music that often, n certainly nawt with much intention these days. Tha reason is ahm usually too busy playin in bands ta write er practice my own stuff – n that’s made me lazy. Ah don’t know what my voice is…ah sort of know some thangs that ah usually do, n ah certainly have a playin style that is relatively my own. But ah don’t know what my voice is.

What this means is that now that ahve been exposed ta tha concept of “having a voice” so now ah hafta work backwards ta “findin my voice”, n ahm nawt sure whar it is exactly. It seems ta be all over tha place. In my head, my voice is too crazy n complicated. But when ah look at my solo musician repertoire ahm often findin it’s almost too simple n predictable. Don’t git me wrong, ah won’t play a song if ah don’t think it’s cool n fun ta play -unless ahm in someone else’s band – but ahve been forced ta keep thangs simple n straight forward as a solo bassist, n ah don’t think ah need ta keep thinkin of myself as a solo bassist anymore.

So then what? Nawt sure exactly. Ah have been payin more attention ta tha voice of other musicians that ah respect n would like ta emulate (in terms of quality n musickal prolificness), n tryin ta see how they dae what it is they dae in an attempt ta figure out thangs ah ken steal n make my own. N hopefully, within all of that, some of my personality will shine thru, ahll figure out tha tricks a like the most, and ahll start talkin with my voice. It prolly will take me a while ta recognize it as my own, but ahm pretty sure thas part of tha journey.

What it really breaks down ta, is Ah need ta write more, really write, nawt just grab ideas n say “thas cool” n nevah revisit a theme again. You know, be a REAL artist.

Ah think thas tha new theme of this blog/site/whatevah. Tha journey ta becomin a real artist. Ah could debate with myself over what that means, but fer now ah feel like ahll know ahm getting there if ahm daein it right.

Disclaimer: Ahm nawt actually on any sort of deadline ta get anywhere, n ah generally move sort of slow n cautious towards my goals until ahm ready ta persue them, so ah won’t be quittin my job ta move ta a farmin co-op. Certainly nawt this year. *wink*

P.S. This also of kerrse applies ta blog-writing. Ahm realizing thars also an art ta writin n maintainin a blog, n that ah need ta keep practicin it ta develop a rhythm that works fer me. Of kerse, double-codin thangs intae Severe Slang takes extra time too (But is oh so necessary </sarcasm> )[/translate]

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Severe Bass Has Launched!
November 18th, 2010

[translate lang=english]After months of searching, I have a band! Severe Bass and the Bad Decisions rocked Ireland’s 32 last night (11/16). The show went pretty good for what I could tell! I try to gauge “effectiveness” on whether or not a)the folks watching are having fun, and b)the band is enjoyin themselves. Last night both criteria seemed to apply. In other words, I’m calling it a success. Note: This does not mean that the songs were played to their perfection, we all made some mistakes, but I expected that. Gotta get those first show jitters out!

It has been so long since I’ve fronted a band, I really didn’t know what to do at times. I tried to keep the band moving along and the patter to a minimum. During the songs I did my best to play the bass and sing as well as possible, and when I wasn’t singing felt the need to bang my head to show that I fucking mean it when I play. I have been playing solo for a while so I’m sort of used to what it feels like to stand in front of a microphone and sing. However, the second we finished our sound check I realized I had only played as a solo musician twice since moving to the area 3 years ago. One of those times was actually at Ireland’s 32 (March of 2008), and they even kicked me off early as a solo act. I was in the both the preceding and following band, so it just meant I drank two beers really quickly and then got back on stage. I play phenomenally when I am angry, which is the only good part of that experience.

Anyway, I am really appreciative of the folks that came out, as well as Chris Rodriguez for hooking us up w. the slot. It was really cool to get a taste of what it feels like to front a band with 10 more years of musickal experience, and to hear the songs in a live environment. I can’t honestly say it was the most fun I’ve ever had, but I think after a little more practice doing this will be more comfortable and relaxed.

Got to admit, I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do if I want to be the frontperson/songwriter/bandleader. It’s hard work – luckily my band is pretty cool. And I’m not afraid of hard work 🙂

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[translate lang=Severe-slang]Aftah months of searchin, ah have a band! Severe Bass and the Bad Decisions rawked Ireland’s 32 last nite (11/16). Tha show went pretty good fer what ah could tell! Ah try ta gauge “effectiveness” on whether er nawt a)tha folks watchin are havin fun, n b)tha band is enjoying themselves. Last night both criteria seemed ta apply. In othah words, ahm callin it a success. Note: This daes nawt mean that tha songs were played ta thar perfection, we all made some mistakes, but ah expected that. Gawta git those first show jitters out!

It has been so long since ahve fronted a band, ah really didn’t know what ta dae at times. Ah tried ta keep tha band movin along n tha patter ta a minimum. Durin tha songs ah did my best ta play tha bass and sing as well as possible, n when ah wasn’t singing felt tha need ta bang my head ta show that Ah fawkin mean it when ah play. Ah have been playin solo fer a while, so ahm sorta used ta what it feels like ta stand in front of a microphone n sing. Howevah, tha second we finished our sound check ah realized ah had only played as a solo musician twice since movin ta tha area 3 years ago. One of those times was actually at Ireland’s 32 (March of 2008), n they even kicked me off early as a solo act, Ah was in both the preceeding and next band, so it just meant that ah drank two beers really quickly – then gawt back on stage. Ah play phenomenally when ahm angry, which is tha only good part of that experience.

Anyway, ah am really appreciative of tha folks that came out, as well as Chris Rodriguez fer hookin us up w. tha slot. It was really cool ta git a taste of what it feels like ta front a band with 10 more years of musickal experience, n ta hear tha songs in a live environment. Ah can’t honestly say it was tha most fun ahve evah had, but ah think aftah a lil more practice, daein this will be more comfortable n relaxed.

Gawt ta admit, ah feel like ah have a lawt of catchin up ta dae if ah want ta be tha frontperson/songwritah/bandleadah. It’s hard work – luckily my band is pretty cool. N ahm nawt afraid of hard work :)[/translate]

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First Severe Bass and Band show!
November 16th, 2010

[translate lang=english]HOLY SHIT!!! I can’t believe I forgot to tell you folks – Severe Bass is performing it’s FIRST SHOW EVER with a backing band! Severe Bass and the Bad Decisions (working name) will be the featured band at Ireland’s 32’s open-mic night, TONITE at 9:30. It’s going to be awesome!

I’ve been playing with Steve Bealey on guitar all year and Cameron Fleischer on drums since July and we are proud to present a full on band experience. It has been over 10 years since I fronted a band, and I am both super excited as well as a little bit nervous!

The songs will be a mixture of originals and cover songs originally written/arranged for solo bass & voice, but have been re-worked (again) to make room for sweet guitar leads and thundering drum fills. Please come check it out – it would mean a lot to me.

Especially if you have been waiting for an excuse to bang your head (or just laugh at me when I’m in the throes of rawk-stardom), Severe Bass will be rocking just for you tonight at 9:30. Join us, won’t you?
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[translate lang=Severe-slang]HOLY SHITE!!! Ah can’t believe ah fergawt ta tell you folks – Severe Bass is performing it’s FIRST SHOW EVER with a backin band! Severe Bass n tha Bad Decisions (working name) will be tha featured band at Ireland’s 32’s open-mic nite, TONITE at 9:30. It’s gawna be awesome!

Ahve been playin with Steve Bealey on guitar all year n Cameron Fleischer on drums since July n we are proud ta present a full on band experience. It has been over 10 years since ah fronted a band, n ahm both super excited as well as a lil bit nervous!

Tha songs will be a mixture of originals n cover songs originally written/arranged fer solo bass n voice, but have been re-worked (again) ta make room fer sweet guitar leads n thunderin drum fills. Please come check it out – it would mean a lawt ta me.

Especially if you have been waitin fer an excuse ta bang yer head (er just laugh at me when ahm in the throes of rawk-stardom), Severe Bass will be rawkin just fer you tonight at 9:30. Join us, won’t you?
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Labor Day Bike Ride!
September 14th, 2010

This Labor Day my friend Josh suggested we take a bike ride to Sausalito, which struck me as a great idea. I’m at least partially responsible for Josh’s interest in biking – I “conned” him into volunteering with me at the Tour de Fat last year, and then again at Winterfest, where he ended up buying a new bike at the auction, so it was cool for him to come up with the idea. I met him at Polkers (on Polk St of course) and we took off. All in all the trip was about 28 miles (17 miles from Polkers to Tiburon, with 5 miles to Polkers and 6 home from the Ferry, but I’m getting ahead of myself).

The route to Tiburon from the restaurant Polkers: about 17 miles

The ride was pretty easy for the most part, although it took me a little to get used to the constant cycling (I’m used to stoplights and the like). Honestly, the biggest incline we took was getting to Golden Gate Bridge (aside from an unnecessary detour – fuck that road sign that veered us off the main road in the North Bay!). Riding over the Golden Gate Bridge was most enjoyable, and packed full of people (many of them tourists who obviously rented their bikes, but whatever).

I don't think you can take a bad picture of this bridge


The above picture was actually taken on the boat ride home a few hours later, but you get the point.

Once over the bridge, we pulled over for a quick beer in Sausalito, and then casually rode through the rest of the town. I especially enjoyed the houseboats – although I don’t think I’d want to live on one. This part of the ride was especially scenic.

I like the four layers in this picture

And we found a public stretch of “beach” that was just too cool not to take a group picture at!

This would be a much cooler picture if it wasn't taken from a rock

After realizing the North Bay was actually pretty nice, we settled in for some real riding. After passing through Sausalito and the outskirts of Marin City (at some point stopping to get some free tea from the Sausalito Art Fair), it was pretty much straight riding until the end. It was nice, but somewhat empty or industrialized, at least until we got around the bend before Tiburon:

Good reference point, that Sutre Tower

By this point, we were thirsty and starving, so after meeting up in Tiburon we grabbed some food and some weak Tanqueray and Tonics from Sam’s Anchor Cafe (we ended up getting an extra shot apiece). Unsatisfied, then we grabbed chips and more beer from another place in the Ferry mall (where I saw plenty of those rented bikes NOT locked up at all…tourists), and hopped on the Ferry back. The ride was $10, which was a little steep, but the ride was gorgeous and they served beer, so I guess I can’t complain. I snapped the above photo of the Golden Gate bridge, and a few others. Josh grabbed this one of me:

Lovely day for a boat trip, eh?

After that, it was just a quick ride home on familiar territory through the embarcadero.

By the end of the trip, spirits were high!

Josh and I lost each other at the end, but in both cases I think our heads hurt more then our legs the morning after….

The End.

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