My Fave Xmas albums, 2017

The first is old (2002) the next two are this year, they what I been listening to.

1 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Jeff Barry / Ellie Greenwich / Phil Spector
Joey Ramone
2 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
Joey Ramone
3 Spirit in My House
Joey Ramone
4 Don’t Worry About Me
Joey Ramone
5 What a Wonderful World
Robert Thiele / George David Weiss
Joey Ramone

All originals, my faves are
7 Merry Christmas Mr. Gulp Gulp
Scott McCaughey
8 Your Christmas Whiskey
Scott McCaughey

1 Merry Christmas Darlings
Rick Nielsen / Tom Petersson / Robin Zander
2 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Roy Wood
3 I Wish It Was Christmas Today
Jimmy Fallon / Horatio Sanz
4 Merry Xmas Everybody
Neville Holder / Jim Lea
5 Please Come Home for Christmas
Charles Brown / Gene Redd
6 Remember Christmas
Harry Wilson
7 Run Rudolph Run
Rick Nielsen / Tom Petersson / Robin Zander
8 Father Christmas
Cheap Trick
9 Silent Night
Rick Nielsen / Tom Petersson / Robin Zander
10 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
Joey Ramone
11 Our Father of Life
Rick Nielsen / Tom Petersson / Robin Zander
12 Christmas Christmas
Rick Nielsen / Tom Petersson / Robin Zander

I mix with olive juice.

On bass board comps …

At talkbass I wrote:

I like compressors always on, almost always. I keep the built-in on my PF-500 on, lightly. My live board has a Toadworks Mr. Squishy what, altho’ a touch noisy, sounds and works good. I have the EBS Multi Comp SE on a studio board – it’s a great sound. And I use a Visual Sound Rte 66 compressor (the small one without w/out the OD) in front of my Source Audio pedals as it seems to (cliche alert) warm ’em up, especially with the gain up.
I also have the brown Boss LMB2 what is kind of a slow, crude and dirty sound – just right for some 70’s stuff. And I have one of the very unpopular pinkish DOD multi-bands; I keep it at the back of a noise-oriented pedalboard.
Finally, I’ll shout the Meek VC3Q- I swear I’m gonna carry that out with me sometime.

Rt 66 pedals review

My talkbass review:
“Visual Sound (now Truetone) Route 66, -2, +1”
Rating: 4 stars
Build Quality: 5 stars
Features: 5 stars
Value: 5 stars

Pros – Sound and control.

Cons – Size and noise (moderated in the comp-only version).

Deduct a star for noise, deduct a star for size.

Add back a star for use/sound.

It really does sound good as a OD/comp on bass, and I have it on a board where it sounds great, but is bulky and heavy and a bit noisy, so it’s mostly used for recording rock.

I use the comp-only version (Comp 66) on a board in front of my 4 Source Audio pedals – puts them over the top.SourceAudioBoard_DI.I should note that the comp version has tone and gain controls, and acts like a “clean” boost!

Price Paid:
I think US$90, each, used.

THD’s *Sleeper Daze*, reviewed

Crazy looks like fun
Good riff and vocal. Quite catchy and motors nicely. Middle and end waffle a bit.

It’s gotta line up
Great bass sound, great drums. I thought the riff was weak.

My bartender
This has the advantage of getting going straight away. The riff was Stones-y and good. Chorus frenetic and end weak.

Outside the door
Great live drums sound, good chorus and nice bass sound – guitar6?

Sleeper daze
Great big sound, but otherwise I didn’t engage with this one.

Jimmy says
Good chorus on this, although the tempo ramps up. Solo weak.

32d floor
I liked the sparse sound on this one. Guitar6 bass again? Simple effective riff, nice atmosphere.

This was the stand-out song for me.Excellent bass, strong moody atmosphere.

Your adrenaline
Wonderful thumping drums on this, but not much else

I replied:
Wow, thanx for taking the time!

Outside the Door – Hohner headless w/ EMG’s into a Zoom MS60b w/ dynaflanger patch to Ampeg BA108 mic’d with a PV520I into The Brick and dbx 160xt, with a Meek VC3Q DI in parallel, panned 11:30 and 12:30.

32d floor – Hohner headless w/ EMG’s into aTech21 VT Bass and Ashdown Octave pedal to Ampeg BA108 mic’d with a PV520I into The Brick and dbx 160xt, with a Meek VC3Q DI in parallel, panned 11:30 and 12:30. Drums came as two-track from Snarl; I used EQ and gating to isolate the kick in mono, and brought that back in parallel under the original.

Your Adrenaline – Android phone mono recording of drums, heavily processed; “Sleeper Daze” has similar drums.

New THD: *Sleeper Daze*


1. Crazy Looks Like Fun 03:50
2. It’s Gotta Line Up 03:23
3. My Bartender 03:22
4. Right Outside the Door 03:33
5. Jimmy Says 03:39
6. Sleeper Daze 04:29
7. 32nd Floor (No more) 03:46
8. Defenseless 03:42
9. Your Adrenaline 03:58

We are greatly embarrassed. We have behaved insensitively at times, and we accept responsibility for that,
though we do not believe that all of the allegations are accurate.

released November 23, 2017

Drums: snarl
Other shite: Vlayman
Drums recorded in Portland, the rest at Feta Central DDL where mixing, masturding and fartwork also got perpetrated.

I mix with olive juice.

S/S vs tube amp preference

In answer to the question, “Why do solid state amps and heads seem to be more widely accepted by bass players, as opposed to guitar players who mostly seem to prefer tube driven?” at basstalk, I said:

As a almost 40 year guitar player and being a almost 25 year bass player, my answer is that I want tubes in the guitar amp so I can play them interactively, particularly on solos, where tone can be manipulated through dynamic playing, and even how you face the guitar at the amp. As a recording guitarist, I treasure my S/S Trademark 10 for the variety of sounds I can get, even as I curse it’s limited dimensionality in the playing experience. I have a S/S Pathfinder that sounds terrific, but also doesn’t really interact with the guitar. In short, S/S amps aren’t as much fun with a guitar.
When playing bass, I want more consistency of tone and to a lesser degree of level, and S/S does that easily. I have a Musicman HD130 that I love to play bass through, and among others I have a S/S PF500 that is so much easier to play bass through for the stated reasons. As well, the PF takes pedals better, which is important to me as I love filters; and OD and distortion can be found through pedals – I think – more convincingly when playing bass with a S/S amp vs. guitar with a S/S amp. In short, the cost, weight, maintenance hassle and difference in sound do not make the difference in fun – and I don’t think there is much of one – using a tube bass amp preferable or in any way superior to to a S/S (my Musicman sits in my bedio.)
But I could be wrong … :);-D


The thread is here:

Los Altercocker Rockers, recording 08-17