Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chimaira's Mark Hunter Talks About The Music Industry

Really good interview with Chimaira's frontman over at Metal Insider that covers a lot of interesting territory about the current state of the music industry.  I kind of bumped into it sideways from following Randy Blythe's twitter feed, and found it a compelling read.  And just incase you aren't familiar with Chimaira...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Curse Of Limited Finances

My newest bass looks exactly like a Subaru Forester.

Recently my 13-year-old car was in need of prohibitively expensive repairs.  The kind of repairs that exceeded its value many times over.  The kind of repairs that lead to new cars.  So goodbye old car and disposable income, hello new car and car payments.

I did score two last goodies before I officially have to start being more responsible with my money.  You may recall when I was talking about my 5-string bass how I found out that I didn't really like 5-string basses.  I picked up an ESP LTD B-304 and set it up tuned BEAD.  It is awesome and I will talk about it soon.  I also got a DigiTech Bass Synth Wah pedal as my first envelope filter.   It is loads of fun, and probably warrants a video of some kind.

So in the meantime, anybody want to buy a Tradition B-105...?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Insomnium

There must be something in that viking DNA that just makes great metal.  Insomnium are from Finland and they have been gradually moving up my list of favorite bands.  They are dropping a new album on October 18th (in the US), but this song is from an older release.  Rock!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Interview With Arch Enemy Bass Player Sharlee D'Angelo

MetalSucks has a good article/interview with Arch Enemy bassist Sharlee D'Angelo.  I always like seeing how bands I like make the magic happen.  Unfortunately the stars didn't align properly and I missed their tour when it landed in Baltimore.  Very depressing. At any rate, thanks to Metal Mouth for linking it to me.

And just in case you aren't familiar with Arch Enemy, here is a video off their latest album: Khaos Legions.

And in case you missed it, there is a contest to win a Sharlee D'Angelo signature bass from Ibanez.  

And just because I feel like it, here is an awesome pic of Angela Gossow getting her metal on:

And also because I feel like it, here is a video of Angela giving a seminar on how to do death metal vocals.  Her German accent is just adorable.

Every Friday should be Arch Enemy Day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Foo Fighters Destroy Westboro Baptists

There are few kinds of people I hate more than the Westboro Baptist Church people.  (Yes, I am aware of the irony/moral dilemma of I myself hating people who hate other people.)  Incase you don't know who the Westboro Baptist folks are or what they stand for, you should stop reading now and be content in your blissful ignorance. But if you do know, or watched the video before you read this far, you now know two things:  First, Westboro Baptist Church is all about the worst kinds of things that religion can represent. Second, the Foo Fighters are just awesome.  This made my day.  If you want to read more about exactly what happened, you can check it out here.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Parkway Drive

This song came up on my iPod the other day, and I thought I remembered it having a really cool video.  I was right.  Check it out and have a great weekend.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Kustom 310c Groove Bass Amp

I went into my first gig having played only through my Crate 80w amp.  It was a 90's cover night where a bunch of local bands were doing songs from that era.  There were eight or ten bands playing, so the venue provided drum shells that were shared by each band, and also the bass amp.  I basically had no idea what I was doing. We were the opening band, and there was this puffy-vinyl upholstered amp sitting there for me to use.  It looked something like this:

I thought to myself, "what the hell is this thing?"  I had never heard of Kustom amps, but thats what they had.  So I plugged it in and fired out a few notes and almost crapped my pants it sounded so awesome.  I'm sure part of it was nerves and part of it was the beer, but our band sounded great that night.  The next day I decided to start looking for a "gigging amp" and Kustom was where I started.

At the time, I didn't feel I had the money or experience to dive into the cabinet/head arena, so I was looking for a combo amp of some kind.  A combo amp with balls.  Beginning the search with Kustom lead very quickly to the 310c.  It was just under $500 brand new.  I ordered one, sound unheard, hoping that it could hold a candle to my experience with the other Kustom amp at that first show.  I think the candle was successfully held.

I've had this amp about three years now, and I am still really happy with it.  The 310c designation is for the three 10-inch speakers.  The manual says it has 1200w output.  I don't know exactly what that means, but I can tell you this thing is loud as hell.  Actually, it might be as loud as two hells.  Playing up against a half-stack and acoustic drums, I don't think I ever turn the thing past more than 1/4 of its output.  It has a great sound which I think the 10-inch speakers help deliver: really great presence, with a growl on top and powerful bottom.

As far as features and controls go, it is pretty comparable to my other amps.  It has a gain knob and a switch for active versus passive instruments.  It has three instant EQ settings for bass, mid and high, and also a 9-band EQ.  It also has a mute button and a solo button (which boosts your volume by 6dB) which can be activated on the console or via a foot switch that comes with the amp.  A master volume and on/off switch finish off the front of the console.  On the back is a balanced line out for running into a PA, an effects loop send and return, and jack for a dedicated tuner.

The thing is built like a tank.  Pretty typical black vinyl over plywood/particle board structure.  There are impact guards on all the corners.  It has built in handles on the sides, and also built in casters on the back so you can tip it back like a furniture dolly and roll it around.  Now I am a pretty big guy, but this thing weighs about 150 pounds (which is like 50-trillion grams or whatever the metric system uses).  Getting it in and out of a car by yourself can be a challenge.  It is also just large, and since it is a combo amp, it doesn't come apart.  I could fit it in my old station wagon if I put the back seats down.  So yeah, it's large. And heavy.

I looked around to see if anyone had these for sale, and it seems like this amp has been discontinued.  So used is how the Kustom 310c rolls now.  If you have a chance to check one out, or any Kustom amp, definitely give it a try.  I'm kind of kicking myself for not buying one of the old school puffy-vinyl ones that popped up on Craigslist a few months ago.  Next time maybe.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Special Edition

I thought I would change it up a bit this week and feature some music from some bands that started following my Twitter feed.  They are two totally different kinds of music, and I kind of dig them both.  Enjoy!



Thursday, September 8, 2011

BOSS BF-2 Flanger Pedal

Man, I need to dust off my pedal board.  This is it.  My last pedal.  The flanger is simultaneously my favorite and least useful effect.  This was a pedal I acquired about 15 years ago when I was doodling on guitar.  I had the space left on the pedalboard to try it out.  So I did.  I don't play any Tool, which is what immediately springs to my mind when I think of flanger on bass, so I guess I'll have to write a song just to have an excuse to really use this bad boy.

This is not the older BF-2B that was made for bass, nor the current Boss flanger BF-3 that has a separate input for bass.  Sometimes there is a "tone-suck" issue when using bass through "guitar" pedals, but I don't feel that is the case with the BF-2.  It has a really great sound.  I would like to share a sample, and since I'm feeling pretty lazy today, I'm just going to link you a video someone else made instead of doing one myself:

It has four controls: Manual controls the delay of the flange (not sure why they didn't just call it delay), Depth controls the range of the flange, Rate controls the speed of the oscillation and Res is like a gain control for the flanging effect. The controls are very responsive, allowing you to generate a whole range of sounds. Like all Boss pedals it is built like a brick.  If you are thinking about picking one up, check out the manual here.  I checked eBay, and it looks like these are now considered a "vintage" and therefore highly sought after pedal.  The prices ranged from $80-$150, but I imagine if you could buy one from an actual person as opposed to an eBay store, the cost would be somewhat less.

So that's it.  The only piece of gear I have left is my huge Kustom combo amp.  I guess I'll have to hurry up and get another pedal to play with...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Primus Sucking/Streaming New Album!

What can I say?  I'm a big Primus fan.  I'm also a big South Park fan.  How ironic that Primus should choose to stream their new album in its entirety on the South Park FaceBook page.  I think you have to be a fan of South Park to be able to listen.  I am digging it as I type this.  Go check it out.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bass Bottom Feeder Now On Twitter!

Over the holiday weekend I decided to start a twitter feed for Bass Bottom Feeder.  You can check it out here or click the large sexy icon on the right side of the page.  My goal is to keep things bass and or effects related, and pass along any news about contests for music related loot.  There is already a chance to win a DigiTech Whammy Pedal or an amp head from Orange, so check it out.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Godflesh

Continuing the electronic/industrial trajectory I thought I'd share a little Godflesh.  The band consists of two British guys who smash together metal with (usually) sampled drums and industrial chaos. Apparently they just reformed last year after a long hiatus, but I haven't checked out any of their new music.  Streetcleaner was one of my favorite albums of theirs for a long time, and this video is a song off of that album.  I might have to check out the DVD this came from...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Free Music From Century Media!

If you're looking for a taste of new music and aren't into illegally downloading everything, Century Media has a 24 song sampler up on this Facebook Page.  As usual, there is no such thing as a free lunch.  You have to give them an email address and join their mailing list, but that is kind of a so what.  Arch Enemy, Intronaut, In Flames, and Iwestledabearonce are all highlights for me, but I already have all of those albums.  You have to download each track separately, which I guess can be good or bad.  So check out something new on Century Media.