Thursday, December 3, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
He loves instruments...but he really took to the Drums and the bass. He's already using his thumb!
Soon I'll get to show him how to play this:
The Skjold is another step closer to being finished!
In other news type shtuff:
Amongst the very important musical discussions going on in the twitterverse, there also exists discussion of sophisticated cinema like that of which I present here for your viewing pleasure.
Please to enjoy a scene from, Hard To Kill. Unfortunately this is a scene with a beardless Segal, but nonetheless, features one of the best lines ever uttered by a revenge seeking cop who just woke up from a coma.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Some special highlights from the list and few that may not be on there:
First up is Gustaf Fjelstrom's Metamesmeric, which is described as Ambient Looping Bass Cello Excursions. It's all sorts of ambient loopy goodness...Listen and meditate...or something.
Next is Trip Wamsley. Solo Bassist, Extended Range Bassist...goofball. Aparently was once a zygote...but he got better. Listen now. He's good...like real good.
Here we have Atmos Trio, Rob Michael: guitars, Joe Shotwell: drums, Drew Waters: bass
Rob has been doing loads of Ustream performances, so if the tracks aren't enough you can check him out HERE. It's all excellent music.
I can't leave out Steve Lawson. Solo bassist, fellow looper, and all around social media wizard. It helps that his music is good too:
That's it for now... More to come as I discover more. Take a listen to everyone and if you like, it wouldn’t hurt to throw some of that spare change you got lying around at the chaps above. They could use some more Ramen.
Monday, October 19, 2009
This brings me to the idea of community. I would like to link to Steve Lawson's Bandcamp directory. It's an example of how to do this right. Build a community, interact with this community, make friends in it, and help promote each other. There be loads of great music in here. Please take your time, stroll through the widgets, and if you like it, support it. (was tempted to type put a ring on it...apologies)
I'm on bandcamp, the new CD will be on bandcamp. Hell just about everything I do will be on bandcamp. In fact Surrent(AKA Jake Hildreth) and I are using bandcamp to document our progress in creating a new project. Here is the first version of what we're doing. IT gets rough in places, but I think preserving the creative process is interesting, to me and Jake anyhow. Please take a listen, and provide feedback, I would love to hear comments, both negative and positive.
In other news:
My Skjold Bass is coming together nicely. It's looking fantastic!
That's all for now. No movie clip today. I've got word on a movie called "Highway to Hell" that looks promising. I'll let you know.
But I do have this hilarious look into a discussion of a solo bass gig thanks to Steve Lawson:
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In other news, my Skjold bass is still in the early stages of production, but Pete tells me it's ready to be cut and he starting work on the neck soon. I'm thrilled...I should have it in a few months...hopefully.
When I get more pics I'll post 'em.
In other OTHER news, I'm no longer pulling bass duty for Glass Bead Game. After my son was born I needed to take a good look at the things I was putting time and energy into and evaluate the return. Time away from my family must be productive time, and things just didn't seem to be progressing. There was discussion but differing opinions couldn't fix the issues. It sucks in some ways because the music was great and the musicians are some of the best I've played with, but it just wasn't working out.
So I'm putting that energy into production of a new CD, and some collaberative projects with Surrent. He and i have a show at The Ground Level on Nov 7th. Seperate sets and a collaberative peice. I just might Ustream the thing. We'll see.
The genius of Hard Ticket to Hawaii can be summed up by this clip:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Before I go and get all talky and drive most of you away...I managed to find time to complete my bandcamp site. Bandcamp is very nice and simple. All digital downloads with links to buy a physical copy from CD baby if you're so inclined to do so.
Ok...on with the show....
I've been pretty busy the last few weeks, mostly with that whole being a father and having a job kind of thing. It's been four and half months since Octavius was born and it's true...this time goes by way too fast. He has changed so much in such a short time. But I won't bore you with my views on fatherhood.
But I will post some pics:
Octavius three days old on his last day at the hospital:
Octavius a few days ago:
So...how do I find time to practice? A chore for music types who also happen to be parents to be sure. Well, I've set aside one day a week for myself, with about an hour or two to work in. It's not much and the writing process has been slowed down somewhat but, I've gotten enough material for another project, so I'm ok with the current state of things...
I've also started to use that time to practice with drummer Dave Kontak. I've known Dave for a few years and used to play in a death/black metal band with him called Into Nothing. The first track on his myspace called Into Nothing is a track I produced and played on oh so many years ago. He's a great drummer with a lot of good things ahead of him.
SO yeah...I've decided the next CD will not only be solo bass. You must be asking, "but Steven, you've been pushing this solo bass thing for quite some time now...a drummer you say?" Yes. The truth is, I'll still do a majority of solo shows , but I also would like to have a drummer to bounce things off of...like rocks and other trajectory type objects. I also would like to groove. The loop can be restricting in some cases, and the more complex the device and the more intrusive the technology, the less I can actually enjoy what I'm doing without worrying about the loop crashing and burning. I'm a scatterbrained type of Joe...So the more buttons I have to click the easier it is for me to be confoosed.
Not to fear though...I already know the third will be a solo disk again, as I've already got the idea for that one. But I digress...
And in other news... for those who missed it and might find it as neat as I did, No Treble: The site for Bass Players featured my video of Concluding Remarks a few weeks back. They had some pretty nice things to say too. CLICK HERE to see the video. A Big Thanks to them!
So how about a few highlights from the basement?
Dave Kontak on drums and me soloing too much:
Dave Kontak on Drums again while I beat up on my bass and look at my loop station like WTF?:
That's about it for now...I think. I've been watching "Crimewave" while doing this so I'm sure I left something out. Check out the youtoobyness of a "Crimewave scene!
Friday, July 17, 2009
And there you have it. The first annual Cincinnati Bass Blast all blogged out for you. Hopefully it makes sense and hopefully it conveys what an awesome event it was. Here's to next year!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I'm on twitter...you can read all the riveting things I have to say from my twitter feed over there on the right. That would be that'a way ----->
Anyhow, After youtubing my way through memory lane looking for "Old Skool" metal to point to for #musicmonday...(you've got to have the hash mark or you fail, It's all about the hash marks apparently) I came across this:
Testament- Souls of Black. Can't embed it but here be a link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqiTNHJVp9E
Which lead to this: Exodus - The Toxic Waltz
Then This: Megadeth - Peace Sells
Which then led to many, many other things...some of which were rather embarrassing and perhaps a blog about the embarrassing music I listened to is in order...at least for penance...a sort of public flogging for all of the horrible music I used to listen to...except for these songs... they rock. \m/ <--- That's so freakin' metal! Grrr!
What's my point? Well, ignoring Exodus....Souls of Black and Peace Sells were two songs I just had to learn when I was a yute. Exodus is with us today simply to remind us how to mosh.
Are they truly "Old Skool?" That's up for debate...It is a touch disconcerting to hear 80's music on the oldies station....perhaps it is "Old Skool."
Anyhow...All this was inspired by some twitter discussions and I thought I'd go ahead and blog about it. (I would include the discussion but I've no idear how to do that.) There are more bass centric old skool metal songs out there to be sure....Some more have already come to mind. But in the interest of attempting to make this blog an interactive experience...does anyone who just might be reading have any songs and experiences to contribute to the list?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
He was partially responsible for my contribution to The Chain Tape Collective project "Bugs." I recorded the crickets he later ate and warped the sounds into a track which is included as a free download from The Chain Tape Collective.
Let's remember Darwin in all his cricket eating glory, by listening to Martyrs and Saints
Oddly I have no pictures of him, so this will have to do.
Darwin looked just like this, and was just as big:
Thanks for the croaks good buddy...
Monday, July 6, 2009
I tweeted so hard that night about the event...I managed to tweet two whole pics! I'm amazed at my internet prowess.
I do indeed have a set list together for The Cincinnati Bass Blast. I've added in one of my favorite songs to cover. "Grace" by Sean Malone. I haven't played it in quite some time as it's one of the first youtube vids I uploaded over a year ago. It's a beautiful piece of music originally played on the Chapman Stick. The song has been present at major moments of my life and I see no reason to not play it at The Bass Blast as it's a pretty special occasion.
Over the weekend I procured a Boss RC50. I've been using a RC20XL as my main looper coupled with a Line 6 DL4. It's worked out for me and the only complaint is that my loops are static because of the limitation of the devices. That and it's all mono...BOO HISS! The Boss RC50 is a stereo looper and I can still utilize the DL4. I know these can be buggy, but I'm working on a budget here and I couldn't pass up the price. With about fifteen minutes of messing around with the thing I managed to come up with some pretty nice stuff and can see the possibility of some more fluid compositions. Very exciting!
Besides I blew my budget on this thing:
SixString Fretless made by Pete Skjold he makes some of the finest basses out there! I wont have it until December...I'm dying to play it.
I won't be using the RC50 at the Bass Blast as it's a new device and am not willing to risk some brain fart mucking things up. I'll stick to what I know for the Blast and woodshop after.
I am by far not a Dragonball fanatic. But I tell you if there is ever an incarnation of a Dragonball movie you should see, I say skip the new one heading our way and que up Dragonball The Magic Begins. A live action Taiwan mash up of the Monkey King and the anime series. Early 90's Z grade stuff here. I tell you it's a must see if you're one who enjoys spaceships, monks,kung fu, wire fu,talking alligators, poor english dubbing, pervert pig men, magic clouds, aliens bent on world domination and ZOMBIES!
It's just so random in editing, dialogue and effects. It's simply too much fun. I've included for your enjoyment some clips I found on youtube. But this doesn't capture the full gamut of shlockyness, much less include the extreme prejudice in which villagers are gunned down by the lead singer of Vixen.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
A few days ago I was invited to perform at Jerry Gray's new art gallery's grand opening this Friday. Looks to be a good time. I go on around 8:00 pm.
Here be a flier:
Jerry's events are always great and always feature some of the areas best creative types. You can follow Jerry on twitter: https://twitter.com/Bozarts Address is 151 S. St. Clair #104 Toledo Ohio 43604. I'll be posting pics throughout the event on twitter: www.twitter.com/StevenGuerrero
Monday, June 29, 2009
Well now, Last week was interesting wasn't it? Jacko moonwalked out of the building and because of that we heard just about every hit he had over the weekend on the radio. The only record I had was Thriller. But was reminded how much good music he made. Personally my favorite stuff was with The Jacksons, but I suppose that would be because I love Motown bass. I remember watching Mtv (when there were videos) hoping they would play the thriller video. I was already knee deep in shlock like "The Blob" and "The Wax Museum" but that video was partially responsible for my love of zombies. Seriously...Vincent F'ing Price!
What else... I should be practicing for the Bass Blast. http://cincybassblast.blogspot.com/ I have my set list down...methinks. It'll have a few slower tunes, which I hope go over well. Those are some of my favorite ones. I struggle with set lists. I want them to flow nicely and because I have some pretty mellow stuff don't want to bore people. Usually I'll have a set list together and abandon it halfway through depending on how I think it's being received. We'll see how it goes. This is the first year for The Bass Blast and hopefully it'll be a yearly celebration of all things bass. Jauqo III-X and his band from Chicago: http://www.jauqoiii-x.com/ and Ohio bassist Doug Johns: http://www.dougjohns.com/ are performing.
Here be the flier:
I suppose that is all for today. So on that note I leave you with something that has nothing to do with anything with the above:
Thursday, June 25, 2009
How 'bout this:
1. I'll blog about bass.
2. I'll blog about ME playing the bass and where I will be doing such a thing.
3. I'll blather about various things that I find interesting about my life. Probably stuff about my kid, because we all know how interesting it is to hear about other peoples kids!
4. There will be talk of movies...This I swear. Mostly that will include musings such as "Was that a real jet pack Jim Kelly flew in Black Samurai? It sure looked real and not like he was dangling from a crane!"
5. I'm open for suggestions on number five.
6. I promise there will be spelling and grammatical errors...oh and ellipses!
7. I'll let you know about cool music folks like this guy: http://surrent.blogspot.com/ & these peeps: http://cincybassblast.blogspot.com/
There you have it...the future content of my blog all laid out for you in nice bullet point. Things will not be that orderly in the future...
By the way, you can find me at these places on the web: