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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Trying out mobile blogger... Leno performance

Hello everyone! Happy Fall! I'm going to try this mobile blogger app to stay up on my blog. Let's see how it goes...

Well, I just finished playing The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night for the second time. We played our current single "Blood Pressure," and overall, I think it looked and sounded good. I was especially stoked to play Glen Campbell's Gretch White Falcon bass (equipped with flatwound strings of course), thanks to owner Julian Raymond. I've been using a combo of amps lately: a bass amp (Ampeg SVT for fly dates) with a guitar amp (Fender Twin for fly dates). Also, I've using JHS' Morning Glory pedal a lot for gain boost and a bit of grit.

By the way, I hope to post some videos of bass AND guitar lessons from our latest album ODD SOUL. I think it's amusing that some hardcore bass fans freak out a bit that I've been playing guitar more lately. I understand the concern, I guess. However, I think a lot of people don't realize that I played guitar first for many years, and it's a natural thing for me. Even though I have a profound love for the bass (no pun intended) I have always considered myself a multi-instrumentalist, not just a bassist. I had a blast taking over the majority of guitar duties on this last album, but it wasn't something entirely new. I wrote and played the "Spotlight" riff, and I'm always working on complete ideas for songs.

Immediately after Leno, we went right around the corner to Warners to play a house party kind of thing. We played our broken-down set with Todd ripping up the Hammond organ, DK on drums, Paul on vocals, and me on guitar (played my Italian Galanti). We did this set up on VH1 not long ago, and we've been having fun with it. It's a great alternative to when we can't do a full set up, and I think it's way more hype than just the two acoustic guitars set.

In other news, I've been getting into Spotify, making playlist and discovering new music. I've been listening to lots of old stuff that my dad turned me onto as a kid, like Rolling Stones, Kinks, Ventures, Hendrix, etc. Also, I really love an Australian band called Tame Impala. Their album InnerSpeaker is brilliant.

Now, off to Japan!!! Amazing/beautiful people, bullet trains, interesting food, trinkets and toys galore, best shows, (just to name a few things) all wrapped with a carefully thought out aesthetic. Got to love it...

Hasta la proxima, until next time...


Martha Jessman said...

Great job at both places last night! Proud of you all!

JMO said...


Would you mind sharing what settings (roughly) you run the Ampeg and Twin at when playing live?


Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).