Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Quo Vadis

Happy rainy, snowy Saturday.  I'm not exactly sure what happened to last week's music video.  I'm thinking maybe I previewed it and never actually posted it.  How dumb.  So here it is this week.  Quo Vadis is a band that I don't really know much about aside from the fact they rock.  I looks like their website has been inactive for a while, so maybe they are now defunct.  Hopefully not.  Here is a kick ass live performance that will make your day awesome!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Another BBF Milestone!

Today was Bass Bottom Feeder's first 100 hit day!  Depending how the weekend rolls out, it could also be the first 1000 hit month. I hope that everyone on the planet earth who ended up at this blog has found something helpful or entertaining.  Between having a family and friends, actually playing bass and brewing my own beer, sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.  And stupid Battle Pirates.  And on top of all that, my time management skills are terrible.  And I'm lazy.

Guess I shouldn't start a brewing blog...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bass Guitar Setup: ESP B-304 to BEAD

I mentioned some time ago that I picked up an ESP LTD B-304 that I wanted to setup for B-standard (a.k.a. BEAD) tuning.  I had never really done a whole setup myself, so I though I would share this really decent series of videos I used as a reference.  They have a kind of long intro, so you may want to skip to the 20 second mark to get right to the instructional part.

Step 1: Truss Rod Adjustment

Truss rod adjustments always scare me.  Fortunately, I didn't need to do a truss rod adjustment when I set up my bass, because the action was pretty much spot on.  I also don't have a set of feeler gauges (or a capo for that matter), but I understand you can pick them up at an automotive supply place.

Step 2: Bridge Action Height Adjustment

I didn't have to do much in the way of bridge height adjustment. Even though I was switching from lighter (E-standard) strings to the heavier (B-standard) strings, the bottom of the string is still the bottom of the string.  A few minor tweaks and everything was golden on the bridge end.

Step 3: Nut Action Height Adjustment

Nut height was pretty good, but I had to widen the slots to accommodate the larger strings.  I don't have nut slotting files, and they are expensive.  But I did have access to machinist's files at work, and I'm pretty good with hand tools, so I used those.  I worked outwards to widen the slot without actually cutting down and making the slot deeper. The shape probably isn't slotting-file-perfect, but it ended up pretty darn close.

Step 4: Intonation Adjustment

This was the most tedious part of the whole setup.  The ESP LTD B-304 has a 34" scale neck, and I think I now understand why people recommend a 35" scale neck for B-tuned basses.  I almost ran out of adjustment when setting the intonation for the low B.  Fortunately the key word there is "almost."  In the end, I got the intonation dialed in with a couple turns to spare.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Bolt Thrower

I really hate it when I let a week go by without posting anything, but in addition to being sick this week my family has about three dozen birthdays in October.  Plus a beer festival.  But I'm feeling better now, and nothing warms my heart quite like Bolt Thrower.  I love them.  I have all of their albums on my iPod.  I once heard them described as a pizza from your favorite neighborhood pizza joint.  It's not the best pizza in the world.  You know it, but you still love it, and you know exactly what you are going to get when you order a pizza from them.  Well I must like my pizza slow, heavy and covered in extra riffs.

I couldn't find any videos with really great sound quality, but I did find this one from the Maryland Deathfest.  Probably my only chance to see Bolt Thrower in the states and I blew it.  Still kicking myself.  This has some great shots of the band, including Jo Bench - The Queen of Death Metal Bassists.  It also has great shots of the very hard working security crew.  

Dear Bolt Thrower,

Please release another album and tour the US.  


Bass Bottom Feeder

P.S.  Here are some more videos.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Metallica

This is Metallica, and an homage to Cliff Burton.  I can't believe this is 25 years ago.  Aside from making me feel really old, it makes me appreciate how ahead of their time Metallica really was. Master of Puppets is the quintessential metal album, even today. And you've gotta love that 80's hair crowd!  Makes me wonder how this person snuck a 40 pound VCR camcorder into a concert.  Well, its 70 degrees and sunny, and I'm off to a beer festival.  It will be a good day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

R.I.P. Cliff Burton

I'm a metal fan and a guy with a blog about playing bass.  Cliff Burton is one of the reasons I picked up the instrument to begin with, and I can't help but wonder what musical trajectory Metallica might have taken if not for his untimely passing.  It is really touching to see Cliff's dad remember him and appreciate the very real impact he and his music had on so many people.  Rest in peace, Cliff Burton, rest in peace.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Primus Sucks Tower Theater / Philadelphia!

Went to the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia last night to enjoy "An Evening with Primus."  Three hours of awesome music and a great show.  I didn't record anything because I really hate watching concerts through some device, but I did jot down a set list so I could put one together on my iPod.  First half was a ride in the way back machine combined with plenty of Primus-style jam band noodling:

To Defy the Laws of Tradition
Frizzle Fry
Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Toys Go Winding Down
Is It Luck
American Life
My Name is Mud
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver

After a brief intermission filled with Popeye cartoons, it was on to set two which consisted of Green Naugahyde from front to back, capped off with Here Come The Bastards and Pudding Time.  The show literally flew by.  I really got a greater appreciation for the new album after seeing and hearing it performed live.  Good job Primus! Even after all these years, you still suck.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

BBF's Saturday Morning Music Video - Primus

Primus sucks, and I'm going to see them tonight in Philadelphia after their very long hiatus!  I like the new album, Green Naugahyde, but I wouldn't say it's anything surprising.  I've been following Les Claypool's numerous side projects since the last Primus album, and I'd say it's a mash-up of what he's been doing recently and Punchbowl-era Primus sound.  Envelope filters and upright bass aplenty!  Good times.  This video, though, is off my favorite Primus album.  In fact, my favorite album of all time.  It could be part sentimentality, but Sailing the Seas of Cheese is just a masterpiece from front to back.  Enjoy, and have a great weekend!


Okay, I had to add this one too...