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Everything Must Go!

Among the trove of gear being cleared out of the Nine Inch Nails touring machine are a couple of decent-looking Fender P-basses and a couple of MusicMan Stingray basses. Given that these are fairly standard production models without autographs or anything, these auctions will probably appeal only to hardcore fans and curiosity seekers. But hey, if anybody wants to wildly overpay for these types of basses, let me know and I'll hook you up right and proper.

EDIT: The P-basses are actually from the Lyte series, and I'm not sure Fender makes those anymore. So there's a compelling reason to bid, I suppose.


New IMN Podcast is Up, and There’s Still Music in Fountain Square This Weekend

It's a bit late to listen on WFYI's HD2 channel (4pm every Thursday), but you can still download it or listen at the site.

Radio Radio takes this weekend off, but you can listen to New Addiction, Southern Country, Kid Savant, and Meatpipe tonight at the Vollrath. Saturday brings in The Receiver, Verona Red, and Things Behind the Sun. And there's always live music at Maria's Pizza and Deano's Vino this weekend. Enjoy.


Looking Back At DOOM . . .

Hearkening back to a blog post from earlier this year, it looks like DOOM is up to his old tricks again. The Daily Swarm reports another fake show, leaving fans upset and confused. It may be true to his artistic vision of his character, but it's certainly not winning him any fans. And remember, it's the villains you love to hate that everybody gets behind - not just the bad guys in general.

Also, I've already mentioned it on Twitter and the Facebooks, but there have been some . . . interesting comments on the Indianapolis Star's Fountain Square article my wife and I appeared in over the weekend. So go over and have some fun with those.

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Fountain Square Music This Weekend

What, the Tonic Ball tonight at Radio Radio and the Fountain Square Theater isn't enough for you? The music of Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan doesn't do enough for you? Then try Will Hoge and Charlie Mars on Saturday.

The Vollrath Tavern has Ezra Furman and the Harpoons tonight, with Jookabox and Child Bite tomorrow.

And, of course, there's live music at Deano's Vino and Maria's Pizza this evening. But seriously, the Tonic Ball. Have fun there.


New IMN Podcast and Tonic Ball

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm.

Also, just a quick plug for tomorrow's Tonic Ball - well, not so much a plug as some advice. The podcast and Top 10 list have it listed as the #1 show, and rightly so. It's a huge event featuring some of the best musical talent Indianapolis (and now Nashville) has to offer, which means there are going to be huge crowds. So, the advice:

  • Don't worry, there will be plenty of parking, either in the bank lots or on the streets. You may have to walk a block or two, but you'll be OK.
  • If you're looking for a pre-event dinner, get to the restaurants a little early. Plenty of people are thinking like you.
  • If you want to spend a good deal of time in Radio Radio, GET THERE A LITTLE MORE EARLY. Seriously, it always packs out by 9 or so, and there's a line out the door. One in, one out. It'll be a bit crowded in the theater, too, but that has more room than the club. Consider yourself warned.

Enjoy the show, and we'll see you Friday.


The 2×4 Bass

Has there ever been a true evaluation of the tonal properties of 2x4s? Somebody obviously had the idea a long time ago to use such wood to craft low-end-oriented instruments, and yet I'm not sure we really know more today than we did then. The only homemade bass-like instrument I've ever played was made from PVC pipe, and it gave an . . . interesting fretless tone. Plus, you could use it to route water under your sink until the next rehearsal. The 2x4 is unexplored territory for me, though. However, it won't be wood coming from Gibson. For shame, Gibson. Yet another reason to stick with my Fenders and MusicMan Stingray . . .


Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Forgive the shameless self-promotion on this one, but the Playboy Psychonauts will be doing two sets at Radio Radio this evening along with the wonderful talents that are Jon and Denise Martin. It's a benefit for the organizations that make up the Community Building Committee, so you get to enjoy some great music and help out Southeast Indianapolis communities at the same time. Saturday brings the Vulgar Boatmen with Old Flames and the David England CD release show. Sunday, there's a special matinée show featuring the Meat Puppets and Blue Moon Revue.

The Vollrath hosts a huge show tonight with Prizzy Prizzy Please, Dr. Manhattan, Elsinore, CJ Boyd, Bronze Float, and Big Colour. CJ Boyd is a solo bassist, which makes me happy. Saturday, the venue hosts Casual Interuption, The John Strahl Band, and The Gypsy Revival Band. Hank Haggard makes an early appearance Sunday.

It's Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater tonight, and there's live music at both Maria's Pizza (jazz) and Deano's Vino (acoustic). Enjoy, and I hope to see you tonight for sitar-based psychedelic freakouts.


Steampunk Bass Porn and New IMN Podcast

2Norwescon32Well, this is just frickin' cool. As with most steampunk artifacts, the emphasis rests squarely on form and not function. Just based on looks, though, this bass would work well in any technology-oriented group. If it sounded good. There's a steampunked Thunderbird later on down the article, along with some six-string guitars and guns that received the steampunk treatment. Enjoy.

Also, the new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2 Thursdays at 4pm.


Quick Thoughts

  • Musicians must feel the need to hibernate like bears. The more the temperature goes down, the more the shows drop off and the studio requests go up. We're either lazy or smart, and I'm not going to take the time to figure out which.
  • The Playboy Psychonauts managed to integrate both the new distortion pedal and a dose of shoegaze into the set for Friday night. Not in the same song, though. That might be a little much.
  • One of those albums that skirted right underneath the attention it deserved about 8 years ago was "How I Do" from Res. Her new album is a free download from the artist itself, and from the listening I've given it, it too deserves wider attention. Head over to and get your own.
  • Don't forget about Seth Horan's new album Clang and Chime, either - I can't believe I haven't mentioned it yet, but it's a deep slice of bass-y goodness. Have at it!

Bootsy Collins: Unsung

bildeThe above title looks a little weird to me - after all, in the world of bassists, Bootsy Collins is anything but "unsung." He is, as one Parliament-Funkadelic singer put it, "The Jimi Hendrix of the bass guitar," and there's no denying his influence on funk bass, or indeed funk music as a whole. Hell, even those who don't follow the funk at least saw him in that Dee-Lite video from oh-so-long-ago. Still, he was the first subject to be profiled in the new TVOne series "Unsung," and the episode airs this Sunday at 8pm (check local listings for the channel in your area).

I'm just loving the picture in the article with a sampling of his basses - truly drool-worthy. Can't wait for the episode, either.