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Electro Harmonix Pedals/POG - Stop the Weakness

Misc. - 6.20.12

electro harmonix ehx pedals pog q tron micro synth drm 16 drum machine russian big muff electric mistress small stone holy grail stop the weaknessBy looking at the picture, it's pretty obvious we are big supporters of Electro Harmonix products. The guy who taught me how to play guitar was/is an authorized dealer as his dad helped design a bunch of their pedals back in the day and therefore they've been mixed in with my playing since day one pretty much.

The other day I picked up an original POG (polyphonic octave generator) and it prompted this writing. The quick EHX history is....they started making crazy pedals in NY in the late '60s through the '80s. Then they had to close down shop and moved things over to Russia where they created tubes along with the Big Muff and the Small Stone under the Sovtek name. Then in the mid '90s they returned to making re-issue versions of the Electric Mistress and the Memory Man and slowly started adding other re-issues before creating new pedals, which they started going crazy with in recent years.

The Electric Mistress (or Small Stone, can't remember) was the first pedal I got back in 1996 or 1997. The Q-tron was (I believe) the first new pedal EHX created in years, and I picked up a copy of that around 1997 or so when it came out. For some reason I was always a little turned off when the company started making all these new pedals, so I didn't buy a new one until the POG the other week. It is an awesome pedal, basically a whole new instrument in a pedal, and I really wish I had purchased it earlier.

So how does this thing work? It is very similar to the Micro Synth, which creates that Dean Ween synth lead guitar sound (among other things), but the biggest difference is that you can play chords/multiple notes together. The sliders bring the levels up and down for the direct guitar sound, one octave up, one octave down and 2 octaves up...then in addition there are sliders for one and 2 octaves up detuned, which are best described as the organ (mostly church organ) sliders. With all of the levels up you have a full organ sound and subtracting from there you can have any octave/suboctave/detuned octave combo in between. Unlike the Micro Synth, you don't get to pick the start and stop frequencies and you don't get the grimey synth sounds, but you get a much cleaner smoother synth/organ sound. For me at least, I'd say the Micro Synth is for lead while the POG is for chords. Both are incredible pedals and must haves.

That concludes our EHX write up for today. We will continue this review at some point and go through the other pedals, so if there is something in that picture you are curious about, just send us an email tweak@stoptheweakness.com and we will do our best to get to it.


Lots of Nirvana News, Never Heard Before Song With Courtney Love, Never Heard Before Kurt Solo Album and More - UNWEAKEST

Misc. News / NIRVANA - 4.25.12

never heard before nirvana kurt cobain song with courtney love solo album dave grohl howard stern interview stop the weakness

Recently we came across a lot of cool Nirvana stuff both we, and most everyone else in the world, never knew about. A lot of it comes from Eric Erlandson, guitarist from Hole who has a new book out entitled Letters to Kurt, and Patty Schemel, drummer from Hole who has a new documentary out entitled Hit So Hard, but we also found a cool Howard Stern interview with Dave Grohl that discusses Kurt a lot.

First up we have this never seen before footage of an unreleased song from Schemel's film. Before you get really exstatic, the quality sucks, and it is just Kurt and Courtney messing around at their house (I think). That being said, it is cool if you are a big Nirvana fan. It's called Stinking of You and I just found out that the full movie, Hit So Hard, is On Demand...so we (you) will have to check that out:

Next up Eric Erlandson went on the record stating that Kurt recorded demos for a full solo album that he said would be Kurt's White Album. Now most everyone knew Kurt was working with Michael Stipe at the time of his death, and many people knew he was going in a new direction, but what that direction was and if anything was ever worked remained somewhat of a mystery. Erlandson told NME that, "[Kurt] was headed in a direction that was really cool. It would have been his 'White Album'. That's really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different people." He said that only 3 people have probably ever heard these demos and he thinks it would be a shame if that is the way it remained....but he has no control over it. Check out the full article in the above link. Pretty f-ing cool for any Nirvana fan.

Lasly, here is a Dave Grohl interview with Howard Stern from back in 2011. It was a long interview and we are posting the section that focuses primarily on Kurt. Again, very interesting stuff and Stern, per usual, asks pretty intense and personal questions about the future of the band, the impact of Kurt's death, working with Kurt, Courtney Love and....well, yeah, you have to check it out:



Axl Says He Won't Allow Them To Induct Him Into the Hall of Fame, and I Have Thoughts I Never Thought I'd Have

Misc. - 4.12.12

guns n roses live era vinyl cover gatefold stop the weaknessBeing a Guns N Roses fan is tough business. Constant drama. But I have held in there through everything. I have read most everything out there and realize that Axl is an easy scapegoat for everyone. Don't get me wrong, he is far from blame free. I also have liked the music he continues to produce, but I may have finally been pushed over the edge.

Axl issued this letter the other day saying he refuses to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and won't attend. Everything in here is nothing new or unexpected, though there was hope that MAYBE they could bury the hatchet and play together....and if not, at least they could get onstage together.

This shouldn't surprise me, but there is only so much the fans can take. The general population doesn't give a fuck about Axl and Guns. It's only the hardcore fans that do, and this is a snub to them, not anyone else.

What pisses me off the most is how much he says he loves his new band, how much he believes in them etc and how this would just be a deterrence to them...but his new band is forced to play dress up like the old band. Axl has never specifically said this, but Brain said there was a heavy focus on the looks of candidates auditioning for the band. They play Slash's solos basically note for note, DJ Ashba runs around just like Slash did, the list goes on and on. I am also pretty positive Axl doesn't even spend time with these people beyond the stage.

Again, I know this isn't anything new and I know this shouldn't really matter but.....this was an opportunity for a one time reunion of sorts. Didn't have to be anything else. Just stand there and acknowledge what they did together and the reason Axl is allowed to continue playing shows.

I will stop ranting, but this finally pissed me off. And I am not happy with Slash either, but at least Slash doesn't go on the record with some huge letter proclaimation as if this will stop the world. It only stops the world for loser GNR fans, and it's finally becoming too annoying to handle. Take a read for yourself:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N' Roses were to be inducted it'd be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we've listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N' Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists' comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we've been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N' Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in "our" induction (that for the record are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine.

That said, I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of "Guns N' Roses".

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp's perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I'm sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I'll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don't intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, "damned if I do, damned if I don't" scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I've publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing's changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.

There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it'd be different. Maybe you'd do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We're there for each other when the going get's rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the "no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn't care about the fans" crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let's move on. No one's taking the ball and going home. Don't get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we've endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball's never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!

Sincerely, Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

Oh, and here is an old rare tune to cheer you up if that upset you too much:




Misc. - 3.8.12

So there's a Workout show tonight in Williamsburg at Grand Victory, which is at Grand and Roebling, and you need to go if you are anywhere near the area. Check out this new video here:






Misc. - 1.31.12

tool laser show atlantic city 2007 stop the weaknessTool is on tour in case you didn't know and they are playing at the Meadowlands tomorrow night. It has been a while since we've seen Tool and this show seems like it is going to be the ill.

In case you don't have tickets yet, you really need to get on that. Tool doesn't come around very often, and even though they don't have a new album, they are playing a ton of "new" material. They are playing a very heavy Lateralus/Aenima set, complete with Hooker With A Penis (a STW favorite regardless of the title), which I haven't heard of them playing in years, and Ticks and Leeches.

A lot of people won't buy this and have no interest checking out this band. People who like metal often think of this band as shit because dumb people tote themselves as sophisticated for listening mainly due to the odd time signatures and long, prog format of songs. Quite frankly, these things are awesome and the songs are sick...though it doesn't take a genius to get this part of the music. The other group of people, who don't like metal, just brush these guys off as.....well, metal. Now, to avoid sounding like the guy people in group A hate, I will just say that these guys aren't really straight metal. On record you may not see this at first, but go to a show and I bet most people will love it. Danny Carey is one of the best drummers around and Adam Jones creates most all the visuals (and worked on the special effects for Nightmare On Elm St 5, which may be the worst NOES but who cares). The basslines....well, they are sweet and I will just leave it at that.

Check out the setlist below as they are playing basically the same thing each night, which is fine by me, and then check out this video of Hook With A Penis:

Hooker With a Penis tool adam jones camden 2006 stop the weakness


(-) Ions


Ticks & Leeches




Forty-Six & 2






Fender Maurader - Seems Pretty Unweak

Misc. - 1.7.12

new fender maurader from musicians friend unweak looking guitar weird jazzmaster mustang combo stop the weakness

vintage fender maurader prototype with the pickups normal style stop the weaknessSo I missed this guitar last time around when I posted random vintage Fender guitars - it's called the Maurader and the reason I probably missed it is that there were only like 8 of them made and they never really went into production. Anyway, the other day I was looking around ye ole internet and saw a new guitar called the Maurader and then came across the old prototype version from the '60s (or was it the other way around, doesn't matter) and, well....both look pretty cool.

The new guitar is a cheaper Fender (around or under $500) so I am guessing it is made in Mexico, but it looks pretty sweet. Mexican Strats can be awesome....or at least that used to be the case - you just want to play it beforehand. That kind of goes for all Fenders. As you can see from the picture, it is a mix of a Jazzmaster/Mustang/Jaguar etc but it has this triplebucker, as they call it, and it doesn't seem to have a quirky bridge. After playing one of those Pawn Shop Mustangs and really liking it, I actually have hopes that this could be a sweet guitar. Anyone played it? Would love a review.

I can see why they didn't do a full reissue of the old prototype - it is pretty crazy. More switches than you would ever know what to do with, there are 2 versions with one having the pickups under the pickguard. I think that was one main reason this guitar never got made - it was just too expensive to do the under the pickguard pickups thing.

Anyway, the pics aren't ours and the new guitar pic came from Musicians Friend, which has the full specs of the guitar, and one of the older pics came from this Electricized tumblr page and....I forget where the third pic of the old guitar came from. If it is yours and you want us to take it down or cite you, let us know. I would love to get my hands on an old (and new) Maurader.

vintage fender maurader with pickups under the pickgaurd specs etc stop the weakness

Nirvana Live Cambridge, MA 1990 - Stream/Download

Misc. Download / NIRVANA - 11.3.11

nirvana live show download cambridge mass 1990 stop the weakness

People may have seen this, but it's worth reposting here. Big Nirvana week, so we figured this would go right along. This show was posted by Duane Bruce of WFNX...not sure what WFNX is, but I am guessing it is a Boston station. This show is from 1990 in Cambridge, Mass, and has Chad Channing on drums as Dave Grohl didn't come til later. A few songs from Nevermind but mainly this is pre-Nevermind material.

Here is what Duane Bruce has said about the show, "60 people in attendence on a Thursday night. Kurt had long brown hair and was all flanneled up. Krist was his usual silly self and Chad Channing was on drums. Kurt handed me a t-shirt as we headed for the stage. I read the back of it as I introduced them...."

And with that, here is the stream and below is the setlist:

01 Live Set by Duane Bruce  



Floyd The Barber

Love Buzz [Shocking Blue cover]



About A Girl

Spank Thru


In Bloom

Big Cheese

Molly's Lips [Vaselines cover]

Been A Son



Negative Creep


Stay Away

Random Unweak Music Stuffs - Unweakified

Misc - 10.18.11

In addition to updating our calendar with shows, here are a bunch of random announcements news stuffs that we thought were worth pointing out here:

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL - Jeff Mangum's show at Town Hall on 10/29 has been sold out for months, but an unreleased track has been posted to the Neutral Milk Hotel Website and another show has been announced in Jersey City on 11/5.

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Ween/Butthole Surfers/Solo Gene Ween - Alright, so Ween is playing Hammerstein on Halloween and it was just announced that Gibby Haynes (of the Butthole Surfers) is DJing a Rocks Off Boat Cruise leading up to the show - INFO HERE. Kind of sucks that it starts so early, but it is worth getting to it I think. Also, Gene Ween announced a solo show at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/3 - INFO HERE.

Guns N' Roses - In case you suck and didn't realize Guns is on tour, we are telling you just that. And yes it is new Guns, and yes it will be awesome even if Axl has gotten fat. Here is an article we just came across about Axl from his last tour in 2006 - it is interesting if you haven't read it - READ HERE.

Top 100 Wu Songs from Complex - Weak/Unweak, Interesting Nonetheless

Misc. / WU TANG - 9.29.11

top 100 wu songs from Complex stop the weaknessWu. If I had to select the top 10 rap albums ever, it would probably be littered with multiple Wu albums. This is list is.....interesting. Interesting because they go for deep cuts and include The Sun and the original Flowers from Bulletproof Wallets, but also interesting in where some of my favorite tracks fall. Some things really pissed me off, but at the end of the day it just goes to show how incredible the Wu catalogue is. Without further ado, check out the list HERE.

Wu Tang Killa Bees, We On the Swarm - Wu Belt - Unweak

Misc. / WU TANG - 9.8.11

wu tang needle point belt black yellow unweak stop the weakness

Jealous? I would be too. Especially if you remembered my Ween belt as well:

god ween satan needle point belt unweak stop the weakness

A God Ween Satan belt. What else could be cooler? Maybe a Wu belt? That is all in the eye of the beholder. Here, take a look at the Wu belt again:

wu tang killa bees belt stop the weakness needlepoint

It is so cool we have been thinking about opening these up so you all can order them. It all started a couple years ago when my mom kept asking me if she could make me a needle point belt. I had one already and it was kind of enough for me. She loves needle pointing though and would keep asking, so one day I had the idea of designing my own. Being the coolest mom around, she was more than happy to bring my dreams of a God Ween Satan belt to life. At the time I bought enough blank canvas to make 2 of them, the other to be a Slayer belt, but I dropped that idea for some reason. A couple years later, the Wu belt seemed like a much better idea.

I am sort of serious about getting these made for people, so shoot us an email (tweak at stoptheweakness.com) and let me know what you are thinking about, maybe some colors, and then we can take it from there. I will design it up, with input from you of course, and my mother will do the heavy lifting.

Here, watch GZA play Liquid Swords on some TV show:



Finally Got a Tall Letter Russian Big Muff Pi - One of the Best Distortion Pedals Around - Link to the Best Big Muff Site Around

Misc. - 8.31.11

big muff pi russian tall letter version stop the weaknessIf you know what you are looking at here then you probably have a little bit of jealousy running through your veins, unless that is you already have one or have a cooler one. What we have here is a Russian Big Muff with the tall lettering.

The Big Muff is the sound of David Gilmour, it is the sounds of J Mascis and it is the sound of Smashing Pumpkins, particularly Siamese Dream. Mudhoney liked the pedal so much they named an album after it. It has such low response that many bassists use it as well.

There have been many versions over the years: 6 USA made before Electro Harmonix went bankrupt, then the Russian versions and then the USA reissues in the late 90s/2000s. The vintage USA versions are all sought after, but the original Russian ones are actually just as if not more praised than the earlier USA counterparts. The Civil War era Russian model is the one that David Gilmour plays and this tall letter version is very close to that one. Soon after the "bubble letter" version was made and this is the most popular Russian version around as it was in production when the whole Big Muff craze took off in the 90s. Or maybe I am just too young to remember it happening before. Anyway, people try to sell those for a ton of money on ebay (even the black box/yellow lettering versions which I think are supposed to be shit) but the real deal ones are the tall lettering versions and before. I had been looking after these on ebay for years, but the price never drops and just keeps going up....so I finally grabbed one for $200 and think it was a steal.

This pedal is Electro Harmonix through and through. Electro Harmonix pedals always go too far, which I think is cool. They make their pedals go so over the top into totally fucked up effects drenched mode where most people wouldn't play, but this is cool for an distortion pedal for a few reasons. One big reason, and the main reason, is the tone control. The reason bassists use it is that it when you turn the tone knob left of 12 o'clock you almost have a completely different pedal - the bass really starts to boom. It is unreal. Usually tone is very subtle, but with EHX nothing is ever subtle and it is pretty sweet here. Playing chords with the bass turned up gives you an awesomely sludgey sound with out being dull.

Alright, I have gone into this a little too much, but for those of you really interested you must check out the ultimate Big Muff site. This page has everything Big Muff related. Check it out: http://www.kitrae.net/music/big_muff_history.html



Misc./ WEEN - 8.16.11

ween caesar quebec demos one stop the weaknessAlright, you want to know the definition of something that stops the weakness, well here you have it. Dean Ween is one of the coolest motherfuckers around and treats his fans like none other. Ween has always been known for being close with their fans and being very interactive with them and here is the perfect example - last week he uploaded 2 full CDs worth of demos from the quebec recordings...though he took them down 4 hours later...but we have links below so you can get them in case you missed the original postings.

He has done this many times over the years and the most recent was a few years back when he found a tape in his car from the Mollusk sessions the he uploaded, dubbed the Long Beach Island Tape. This one tops that. This is 2 full CDs and includes alternate takes of quebec songs (I Don't Want It, Zoloft, If You Could Save Yourself) and previously released outtakes (Someday, Ooh Va Lah) that may be better or at least browner than the released versions. Then there are tracks like Hello Johnny and You Can Go Shit In Your Hat Matt that are just old school fucking Ween.

If you can't tell how awesome this is from reading this and looking at the tracklists, then you have issues and just stop reading this site from now on. This is where it's at and shows why Ween is one of, if not the, greatest band around. Most bands would wait til they need some money and package this up in a deluxe edition and charge you for it, but not Ween. They drop bombs like this on their fans so often that you'd wish that they would wait and do deluxe editions just so you could give them your money. You wonder why Ween fans are always crazy and so into this band? This is why. Alright, I will shut up and leave it at that.

ween caesar demos quebec outtakes stop the weaknessOh, I almost forgot, here are some links to where you can download these recordings. We didn't upload these so we aren't sure how long they will be put up. In typical Deaner fashion he put them up on the Ween Website and took them down 4 hours later, so if you missed them you have to search elsewhere to find them. So for now, you can download them HERE and HERE.

oh, and the pictures to the left come from Dean Ween himself. Those aren't our pics.


Odd Fender Guitars

Misc. - 8.10.11

Alright, so after playing the Fender Pawn Shop Mustang the other day I went online and was searching around ebay etc for guitars. If you play guitar I am sure you do the same thing, looking at guitars you can't currently afford and wish that you could. Anyway, I came across a Fender Custom Maverick, which I had never seen before and it got me searching for other Fenders I'd never come across. There were more than I expected - the Swinger, the Performer and a couple others. In addition I have put up a few other rare ones that people may not have come across before. And here we go (all these pics aren't mine and I have sourced them out respectively):

Fender Custom Maverick

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Alright, this is the Maverick (aka Custom). This was made from leftover Electric VII's. They filled in the tuning peg holes to make it a 6 string, replaced the bridge with a mustang setup and carved down some of the body to make it look different. Click here for where I got this picture as well as more pics. What is most annoying is that when I saw this guitar on ebay, it was being sold from Southside Guitars which is a few blocks from me....I could have played it but it seems to already have been sold. Typical. I missed out. I am such a loser.

I have also included a picture of the Electric VII (below) so you can see what the guitar originally looked like. This picture along with others can be found at the above link as well.






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Fender Swinger/Arrow

fender swinger arrow vintage stop the weaknessNext up we have the Swinger aka Arrow. Did you ever watch Stop Making Sense and wonder what the hell Tiny Weymouth did to her Mustang/Duo Sonic/Musicmaster? Well, it turns out she did nothing to the guitar and bought it this way. This guitar, like the Maverick was made up of extra parts from the Bass V (pictured below). They threw on a Musicmaster bridge, sawed off some of the headstock/body and put a single coil in the neck.








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Fender Coronado

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These guitars/basses are the Coronado collection. These are semi hollow bodies and there is the Coronado, the Coronado II, the Coronado VII and the Coronado bass. I have played one of these before and they surely aren't like a Gibson ES335 like it may appear from the pictures. Surely they intended to be a response to those guitars, but the neck plays a lot like a Jazzmaster/Jaguar, which is to say not all that sweetly. Well, the Jazzmaster/Jaguar is just a different feel, so calling them not sweet is probably the wrong term, but it isn't the easiest guitar to play. Still pretty cool and different. These were made in the late 60s/70s I believe, but you will have to click on THIS LINK for more info as well as picture credit.

Fender Starcaster

fender starcaster vintage stop the weaknessSo for all the Phish fans out there, have you always thought Trey's Paul Languedoc (sp?) guitar was very original and sweet looking? Well he took the idea/design from the Fender Starcaster. Fender uses the Starcaster name now to go along with some piece of shit Squier guitar but back in the 70s it was this semi hollow body guitar that was much like the Coronado. I haven't played one so I am not sure it plays any better, but yeah, it is an odd and kind of cool guitar. PICTURE CREDIT AND MORE PICS HERE.



















Fender Performer

fender performer vintage stop the weaknessThis guitar was only made for a year in Japan and is kind of cool if you ask me. Taking a page out of the BC Rich book and 80s shredder magazine, the Performer was made in 1985 and 1986 only I believe. I don't have the specs on it, but here is the link for the picture and do a little research on it if you are interested.














Fender Lead Series

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Like the Performer, this is another short lived 80s model. Well there are 3 models in fact, appropriately named Lead I, Lead II, and, you got it, Lead III. I think the only difference is the pick up confirguration but I am not 100% sure. Here is the picture source and you can dig around for more info there. I want to try one of these out, they are supposed to be pretty fast for shredding and I think I read somewhere that Clapton played one. They had/have one at 30th Street Guitars in Manhattan if you want to try one out...I think I do.

Fender Bronco

fender bronco vintage stop the weaknessLastly we have a Fender Bronco, which is part of the Musicmaster/DuoSonic/Mustang family. This guitar is....well it just has that weird bridge on it. I have never played one, but would really like to try it out and see what that bridge does to playability. PICTURE CREDIT AND MORE PICS HERE.



And there you have it, I may fill this in with more guitars/pictures/details in the future, but for now I think that is a pretty good collection of weird random Fenders.

Finally Played a Pawn Shop Mustang - Unweakness

Misc. - 8.5.11

pawn shop mustang  unweak stop the weaknessI finally played one of those Fender Pawn Shop Mustangs....the ones with the 2 humbuckers.... and it's a fun little guitar. I have a mustang myself, and the neck plays a little different, but the bridge on it is probably the biggest change. Well besides the humbuckers. It is probably not even a neck difference as much as it is the bridge. I have only played a reissue mustang once though it was over 10 years ago, so I really don't remember how much different the neck feels from that, but as I remember the reissue felt a hell of a lot different than my guitar. Anyway, the humbuckers were pretty awesome, and it was easy to play (i.e. the mustang bridge/neck/short scale can make it a little difficult to play, bend notes, get sustain, etc which is what I like and dislike about the guitar). Not saying that this one plays beautifully, but with the fat sound and $799 price tag, it is a pretty fun little guitar. I would pick one of these up if it were a little cheaper as I really don't need one, but if I didn't have a mustang esque guitar and wanted one, I would really think about one of these. For real.


Download: Beck Show in Clarmont, CA w/ The Flaming Lips 10/14/02 - Unweak to the Max

Misc. News - 7.28.11

beck with the flaming lips 2002 clarmont CA download stop the weaknessRemember the tour back in 2002 when Beck toured with the Flaming Lips as his backing band? Did you want to go? I did too and for some reason I never looked for one of these shows.....but one fell in my lap the other day and it is pretty incredible. The Cold Brains on this is awesome. Pay No Mind, with the Flaming Lips, is another stand out track. It is one of my favorites in general, but this version is very cool with the Lips backing. The Lips show is sweet too. This was right around when Yoshimi came out, so the show that they continue to do today was still fresh and sweet.

Check it out, you can download it HERE.

Reader Questions Seeing Buckethead - Here is Why You Should Never Ask This Question Again

Misc. News / Videos - 7.22.11

Buckethead stops the weakness tour 2011Alright, so we got this post from a reader on facebook, and we are here to tell everyone why they need to rush out to see Buckethead immediately:

Yo STW, have you ever seen a Buckethead show? He is coming to Miami Sept 21 and I am deciding whether or not to go. I saw him play with G N' R and he was as good as advertised but I am not sure about a one man show. I figure it has to be worth it right?

As I said on facebook, this is a straight silly question. You should bow down to Buckethead and beg him to take you money and let you watch him play. I have seen Buckethead close to 30 times in various bands - with Praxis, with Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, with a 3 piece band, in a 4 piece with vox, and completely solo - and while some things do not have the same incredibleness factor as they did the first time, I still don't pass up an opportunity to check him out. There is always new stuff and he still amazes me every time I see him. And that is not just because I play guitar. I have brought or told so many different types of people to go, from those that play and are obsessed with music, to those that don't even particularly like music, and the response has always been the same....he is incredible. If you want to read more, keep going, if you want to jump straight to the videos, click HERE.

Here are some great albums for people to check out - Colma, Praxis - Transmutation, and Enter the Chicken...not to mention Chinese Democracy as he plays most of the solos on that record and they slay. The albums I pointed out were selected to show the range of stuff as well. Colma is an acoustic album and the track For Mom is one of my all time favorite songs. I bought this one freshman year of college and a lot of my friends ended up loving it and bought it as well. Buckethead doesn't just shred and this is the best example of that. For real check it out. Transmutation - this album is by Praxis, which is Buckethead, Brain (of late 90s Primus), Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic, Talking Heads and more) and Bill Laswell, who has worked with too many to name but his work with Public Image Ltd is incredible. Anyway, this shows straight funk shredding awesomeness. There are so many ill tracks but Seven Laws of Woo is the tops. Lastly, Enter the Chicken, and Chinese Democracy for that matter, show Buckethead in a non-instrumental band setting. Normal song structure, verse/chorus singing, guitar solo type stuff. Serj from System of a Down put together Enter the Chicken and sings on a bunch of the tracks. There are some ill tunes on this and not just the guitar playing. Same with Chinese Democracy - even if you hate it, it is hard to deny how ill the guitar work is.

Alright, now to the videos. Here is one but click HERE to go to the videos section and see a whole bunch more:


I was going to post the tour dates as well but there are a shitload, so just go to his site HERE and find out when he is coming to your town. He is going everywhere, so he has to be coming close.

Ikea Expedit Shelves - Perfect Size Shelves For Storing Records

Misc. News - 7.19.11

perfect shelves for storing records ikea expedit stop the weaknessNot much to say here, these are the perfect shelves for storing records. These are from Ikea and are called the Expedit Bookcase. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, can be put on wheels or hung from the wall, and since they're from Ikea they are cheap. These ones were $39. Here is the exact listing on the Ikea website. I had been looking for something like this for a while, something to put my turntable on top and my records below, and there you have it. Maybe this can solve your problems too.

perfect shelves for storing records cheap ikea expedit shelves stop the weakness

wEEn Show for Download - Oakland, CA 2008

Misc. News / wEEn- 6.24.11

ween show for download oakland 2008A reader sent this show in saying it is the sweetness. Awesome Demon Sweat and a bunch of other great tracks. To download the show, go to this link HERE and if you want to know the set list first, here you go:

1. Crowd 2. Fiesta 3. Nan 4. Transdermal Celebration 5. It's our first time in Oakland 6. Take Me Away 7. Wavin' My Dick in the Wind 8. Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony? 9. Learnin' to Live 10.With My Own Bare Hands 11.Baby Bitch 12.Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down) 13.Happy Colored Marbles 14.Bananas and Blow 15.Did You See Me? 16.Demon Sweat 17.Voodoo Lady 18.Chocolate Town (acoustic) 19.Tried and True (acoustic) 20.Lucky Man (acoustic) 21.The Mollusk (acoustic) 22.Joppa Road (acoustic) 23.Help Me Scrape the Mucus Off My Brain (acoustic) 24.I Don't Want It (acoustic --> electric) 25.Buckingham Green 26.Ice Castles 27.Final Alarm 28.Your Party 29.Let's Dance 30.Wayne's Pet Youngin' 31.The Goin' Gets Tough From the Get Go 32.Fat Lenny 33.Dr. Rock 34.Sorry Charlie 35.The Blarney Stone 36.E:Stroker Ace 37.E:You Fucked Up 38.E:Never Squeal on the Pusher

Bird Dog - Chance to Vote Them Back in the War of the (un)Week, and a Show @ Pianos on Tues (6/28) - Get at it

Misc. News - 6.23.11

bird dog show at pianos june 28th tues stop the weaknessYou may remember Bird Dog from the very first round of the battle of the bands but if not check out their tune HERE, where you can also vote to have them brought back to the battle of the bands. They are fucking sick and it's a shame they got beat out because I personally wanted them to advance to the next round. Oh well what can you do. Well, 2 things actually....as mentioned you can vote to have them brought back to the War, and you can go see them at Pianos on Tuesday June 28th....that's what you can do. I have been meaning to check these guys out for a while now but have yet to make it. Therefore June 28th at Pianos will be my first time seeing these guys and if you haven't seen them I suggest we go cherry popping together.

Free Video Downloads of Bright Eyes and Other Conor Oberst Related Bands

Misc. News / Bright Eyes - 6.7.11

conor oberst introducing band memebers live at radio city free video download bright eyes stop the weaknessSo I came across this link/website the other day while looking around ye olde internet, and it is filled with free easy downloads of Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst related bands shows. Videos to be exact. I know there are plenty of torrent sites and tons of other spots where you can find live shows for download, but this is a nice easy link for those that don't think go to search this stuff out, those that don't have torrent stuff downloaded or know how it works.

Alright, before giving the link to said site, here is a brief rundown of what you will find: Bright Eyes from 2000, a couple 2002 shows, a 2004 show with Jim James and M Ward, a couple 2005 shows (one being a Digital Ash show), and a 2007 show; Desaparecidos from 2002 (2 shows); Mystic Valley Band shows from 2008 (2 shows) and 2009 (2 shows), and a Monsters of Folk show from 2010.

The highlights would have to be the pre-Monsters of Folk Monsters of Folk show from 2004. We have posted video from this before and I will put up a clip of that video below with Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, Jim James and M Ward doing Girl From the North Country. The early 2000 show is also very cool, as well as....well...I haven't downloaded and viewed all of them, but from what I have seen they are all pretty sweet. Check them out for yourself, you really just have to click and download. Pretty easy. Without further ado, here is the link:


And here is the video of Girl From the North Country:




The GZA Doing ALL of Liquid Swords and Rae and Ghost Doing ALL of Only Built For Cuban Linx at Rock the Bells - No Rap Could Stop Weakness More

Misc. News - WU - 6.2.11

cuban linx liquid swords live in concert rock the bells stops the weaknessThis may be old news, but while I posting the below article about Raekwon's mixtapes I remembered the other Wu related news I found out this weekend. Rock the Bells has The GZA and Raekwon/Ghostface doing all of Liquid Swords and Only Built For Cuban Linx, respectively, in their entirety. Yes, you heard correctly, you get to hear the two best Wu Tang solo albums, possibly the two best Wu Tang albums, and maybe even the two best rap albums ever live, start to finish, in one show. The two best rap albums ever call out is a little bold, and probably not true, but they are in the top 5 I would say for sure. This is going to be sick.

I saw the GZA do Liquid Swords at Irving Plaza a few years back and it was as awesome as it sounds. I have seen Raekwon, and Raekwon and Ghostface, do Cuban Linx tracks on a few occasions and they were the highlights of the shows. This promises to be incredible. Last year Wu Tang did all of 36 Chambers at Rock the Bells and I missed it like an asshole. The overall line-up may have been better last year, but it doesn't matter because this is the sweetest thing ever. Here, check out the line-up and dates HERE. This is coming to NY on September 3rd but it is going to the West coast (LA and SF) before that and Boston after that. Oh yeah, Nas is doing Illmatic and Cypress Hill is doing Black Sunday....and Cypress Hill live is actually a pretty damn good show.

Alright, to end this I am throwin the question out to you guys - which album do you prefer? Honestly, I have to go with Liquid Swords, though Cuban Linx is right up there. I am really torn and may have to say that Liquid Swords may be better than 36 Chambers. I know some may say that's blasphemy, but....well...it may be true for me. The classic Wu solo albums....well....36 Chambers is like a sampler of those. Put Tical, Cuban Linx, Liquid Swords and Ironman together...yeah, awesome. So, email your thoughts to tweak@stoptheweakness.com

?uestlove's Twitter - Problems with Translating Rap/the N Word in Other Cultures - Unweak Funniness

Misc. News - 5.30.11

So I was on Twitter the other night (Saturday 5/28) and saw the following interaction go down. First ?uest love of the Roots posts this (sorry can't get pictures to copy and/or save from Twitter):

Questo of The Roots: if you have brazilian followers please RT for me: dj @questlove of the roots rare dj set tonight! sao paulo http://bit.ly/mySLyA 15 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

I see this, but don't think much of it as I don't believe we have many followers in Brazil and I personally don't know anyone there. Anyway a minute or two later the following post comes up, and this is where the pictures would have helped out because this post came from a white girl:

Rbassii: by questlove @ @questlove hey nigga! unfortunately, I could not buy tickets to honor you and the roots! :/ 8 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

When I saw this I just started dying laughing, couldn't help it, the absurdity level was too high. Talk about connotations etc. getting lost in translation. Questlove then responded with some joke about a translation fail and normally I wouldn't go responding to some celebrity's twitter post (tweet if you will), but under the circumstance it was too funny/ridiculous to pass up. So he wrote back to me and a few others who also caught it and replied to him, and he asked something along the lines of, she can't have any idea what she just said, right? Now I guarantee she had no clue what she was saying. Look at the post, it seems so harmless, eager to help and...well...nice. Well besides dropping an N bomb in her salutation. Though looking at it with the ! and ignoring the connotation, it is as if she was saying, hey man! or something as innocent. Just absurd. I actually feel bad because after a few posts from Questlove on the subject, and nothing bad, just questioning what the fuck just happened, the girl deleted her account. So yeah, if you go on twitter and search for this post, you won't be able to find it as it disappeared when she deleted her account. I mean....I could go into some long analysis of the implications of using the word in rap songs, but that is for a more intellectual moment. For now maybe we just laugh at the absurdity of it all and you can think about all that later while walking your dog or while standing around the grill cooking up some hot dogs.

STW Writer Goes to a Rethink Music Conference Regarding the Weakness/Unweakness of the Music Industry

Misc. News - 5.23.11

stop the weakness writer goes to the rethink music conference in bostonOn April 26, 2011, day one of the Rethink Music conference took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Since the name of Stop The Weakness has been rippling through the music world I was able to gain a press pass to the conference. And thank God, the registration for the conference was $995 on site, $795 before April 24, and $245 for qualified students and working musicians. I think I pulled a fast one on them.

The conference was constructed by Berklee College of Music, MIDEM, Harvard Business School, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The intention of the conference was to bring the industry together to isolate the issues facing the music business today, and solve them at “21st century speed” (Roger Brown). The main issues that all of the panels discussed was, what is the value of music when technology has allowed the consumer to accept it for free? And how can the industry appeal to the consumer so they will accept the value that the industry believes it is worth? From the panels I attended, musicians to venture capitalists and CEOs to academics, these issues had different meanings to different areas of the industry. The academics are excited about the doors technology will open to be able to share music with the masses and create new kinds of music. The execs. have less use for the new technology because they still have to find talent to create a star and want to avoid finding one hit wonders. Artists are able to use technology to avoid the traditional methods of producing a record, but are also feeling ripped off because consumers can obtain it for free. And the techies are trying to create a medium to distribute the music electronically, and essentially, make profit off of it. The conference had all of these people speak separately, so there was not much cross-industry discussion, so the problems weren’t really hashed out. It led to a lot of similar minds agreeing to the problems affecting them. This needed to be a rebellious brawl where blood and whiskey were spilled, but instead it was a pillow fight of squares sipping coffee from cups made of recycled paper. In fact, there was not a lot of resolution being discussed. One theory from John Potter, CEO of RPG Strategies, was that we should let the music industry go bankrupt so everyone would be forced to throw out the present model and start anew. He was kidding, but there is a vision of a tulip rising out of the ashes of an apocalypse that could really shake things up for the music industry. The other model brought up was by an audience member, who asked if the rock ‘n’ roll industry could survive as a non-profit. I have little knowledge about this, but it seems that symphonies rely on donations to survive. I think this idea is intriguing, but the market is too large and the music industry is too greedy for this to work.

I did not voice my opinion at the conference, but I will do so here. Trust me, I had visions of myself doing something like Hunter Thompson. Getting hammered on Wild Turkey in the parking lot, grabbing control of the mic, and ranting about how weak the music industry is. I was expecting somebody to do this. I thought journalists were all drunks and I thought the music industry was fringe society. But this is not so. People were behaved. And this, I believe, is the problem. When pop music began there was a social element to it that allowed people to feel rebellious. My dad wasn’t allowed to watch Elvis on TV, and I remember my parents ripping out the lyrics to the cd booklet of my brother’s copy of Use Your Illusion. I think the rebellious edge of music is lacking right now. You no longer here news of artists driving cars into Holiday Inn pools (Keith Moon). You’re more likely to hear about an artist doing yoga and taking shots of wheat grass and then tweeting about it. It’s very pedestrian and not very rock ‘n’ roll. So I guess my answer to the music industry is some sort of rock savior. A Ziggy Stardust. Or a challenge to current musicians to be more rock ‘n’ roll. And maybe if you’re cooler, people won’t steal your music.

New Workout Band Page Up, To Get You All Ready For Their Boatshow This Coming Friday - Get Your Tickets

Misc. News / Workout - 5.15.11

workout playing a rocksoff cruise friday may 20, 2011 get there and stop the weakness

Alright, readers that have been around here for a little know that we think Workout is where it's at, which means Workout is where it's at. They are the best band playing around the city these days. Huge hooks, over the top sound with prog metal guitar lines, insane drumming to pummel your dome, and it's all tied together with a Ween/Zappa humor that puts a huge smile on your face while not being a joke. I am always hesitant to include Zappa when referencing a band that works humor in without making the music a joke, because I hate Zappa's humor to the point where it ruins a lot of his music for me. His music is so sick too, that it is quite a shame. These guys are unweak. They are out there helping to stop the weakness every night.

Alright, I will include this video I found recently as it is one of the few out there that we have not already posted on the site. This song/video, while good, is just a very small snippet of their unweakness. Even if does not seem like something you would like, make sure to go to the new page we set up for them, read the reviews and watch the videos, and try to resist buying tickets for their boat show coming up. Oh F, lame, I totally forgot the main point of this post.....Workout are doing a Rocksoff show this Friday, May 20th, and it is going to be ill. For those of you that don't know what a boat show is, it is just what it sounds like, a show on a boat. Rocksoff is the company that runs them and they put on concerts on various sized cruise ships that cruise around Manhattan. I have only been on one before and it was for Sound of Urchin. That one went from midnight til 3am or something ridiculous and it was a blast. I don't know why I haven't been on one since and I really can't wait to see Workout in this environment. So awesome. The boat for the Workout show is leaving at a more manageable 7pm but it is taking off from the same spot at 23rd st on the east side. If you have ever driven by that area on the FDR at night and noticed these fluorescent palm trees by the water....that is the spot. So yeah, here is the link to purchase tickets, and see you there Friday night. Oh yeah, in case you haven't put two and two together, you can't show up fashionably late to a boat show as the boat will not be there when you arrive.....But I guess if you follow the boat from land and strain your ears so you can just barely hear the beautiful sounds of Workout and pure crowd bliss, the salty tears pouring down your face and into your mouth may actually help you believe you are there.

Oh yeah, here is that video I was talking about a little bit ago:


Recent Bright Eyes 4/22/11 Interview/Performance on NPR and Leno Video

Misc. News / Bright Eyes - 5.12.11

So I missed this the first time around and was kind of annoyed at myself, but I just got word that NPR is streaming the interview. Anyway, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott went on NPR at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, which is an awesome music venue/radio station if you have not been, to discuss the new album, The People's Key, and play a couple tunes. The played Triple Spiral, Firewall, Beginner's Mind and Lua in a cool stripped down fashion. The interview itself isn't bad either. It's roughly 25 mins long with 4 songs thrown in there, so there isn't a whole lot of talking going on.....or I guess it's more that they just don't say all that much. Nevertheless, it is very much worth listening to for the music. In case you didn't pick up on the fact that the green underlined text in the first sentence is a link to the streaming interview, you can click HERE to get there too.

I also found this video of Bright Eyes playing Beginner's Mind on Leno:


Grimace Federation Playing at Sullivan Hall Tonight - Do Yourself a Favor and Go

Misc. News - 5.11.11

grimace federation show at sullivan hall may 11th 2011 stop the weakness check them outAlright, Grimace may have lost the last War of the (un)Week but they are sick. They are playing Sullivan Hall tonight and you should go check them out. They are instrumental and they are sick. For real, check them out. Here are some tracks to listen to, and click HERE to listen to their latest album:

  Bosico by Grimace Federation by stoptheweakness


Also, if you want to hear something real sick....check out this remix of the above tune by Aesop Rock. Aesop Rock works with these guys a bunch and their tracks are always the ill:


Adam Deitch - Dominating Beats and then Some

Misc. - 5.9.11

The title pretty much sums this one up. Deitch has been around for a while now, which makes sense given both his parents were professional funk drummers, but I still think the guy deserves more credit. While he’s probably better known for playing with the Royal family records crew - Lettuce, Chapter 2, etc. and Average White Band, his hip-hop beats and solo shit are really where it’s at. Not to say that the Royal Family Records stuff is amazing too, but The Adam Deitch Project plays some of the coolest beats ever and is worth checking out. It’s Deitch, Borom Lee on keyboards and effects, Adam "Schmeeans" Smirnoff (Lettuce and Robert Randolph's Family Band) on guitar and Stu Brooks (G-Unit and Dub Trio) on bass. Below is from a show they did Feb. 18, 2006. Just a sample, but still pretty fucking awesome…

Also awesome and worth bringing up is Breakscience, who has a show coming up in NYC at the Highline Ballroom with Paper Diamond this Thursday, May 12th. Until you see the guy play it’s hard to understand how good he is, but check out some videos and clips below and definitely check out the show if you can.

Adam Deitch Project 2-18-06 Track 09 by stoptheweakness  

The Adam Deitch Project 2/18/0610 Track 10 by stoptheweakness  

Old Ween Tour Diaries - 2003

Misc. / Ween - 5.3.11

ween tour diaries 2003 martha's vineyard unweakest show ever stop the weaknessSome Ween fans out there may remember the tour diaries Deaner used to put up on their site after each tour. They were funny and pretty awesome, but then they died and went away. They picked up a few years ago when Deaner started his new site, but then that turned exclusively into fishing. Anyway, I came across these old tour diaries from their 2003 summer tour. It is hard to believe this was 10 years ago. I think the Martha's Vineyard show described here is one of the best, most fun shows, Ween or otherwise, I've been to.

We were under 21 at the time and took a ferry over to Martha's Vineyard for the night with no place to stay and no idea that the show was 21+. A slight panic set in as we found out once in line that it was 21+ but we didn't have much time to worry. We were with a set of twins and one by one we all get in until one of the twins gets pulled aside. Not only do they not let him in, they call the cops. The comedy that his twin brother got in, and the fact that he was the person that bought the tickets for a good amount of our friends, is not lost on me. I bought my own ticket, but he had to go to will call and get tickets for everyone else while waiting for the cops to come. Anyway, cops came, but they didn't arrest him. I think they just wrote him up a ticket, not sure. After they left we paid a bouncer $100-200 to let him in the back door. It was well worth it. The show was incredible and I just wish I remembered more of it. They played Birthday Boy, Tender Situation, Ohio, Put the Coke on my Dick, and a bunch of other incredible tunes. They started off with an acoustic set. Oh and one person in our party almost got kicked out for basically having sex with a girl in the back of this bar. The Hot Tin Roof is just that too, a small bar on Martha's Vineyard. This was awesome. Post show we ended up at someones house. I have no clue if we had any connection to them whatsoever or if we met them at the show but there were close to 10 of us and I think we completely freaked them out into the wee hours. I remember waking up, peeling my face off the linoleum in that where-the-fuck-am-I daze, and slowly waking people up so we could get the fuck out of there before anyone who actually lived in the house woke up. We got out of the house safe and sound while the sun melted us and the taste of deadness wouldn't leave our mouths all day, got a cab to the ferry and left that island never to return. The End.

On that note, here are Deaner's notes from 2003:

2003-07-25 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Laga - arrived the night before, back in old pittsburgh. aaron swears that i promised we'd never play pittsburgh again but i recall saying we'd never play club metropol again. either way, this club was better for sure, nice folks and a sold out show. experienced the backlash from our all request concert a few nights before, people were calling out for "where'd the cheese go" most of the night. i thought we played a little sloppy, but it was actually a pretty eventful show for opening night. topless girls all over the stage during lmlyp to close the show, a few fights, and some dude literally broke thru a wall to get into our dressing room before getting tossed from the club and pummeled by bouncers. ironically enough, me and glenn and this same guy (the wallbreaker) went down the street for hot dogs and french fries like 15 minutes after this incident. ween is all about pleasing the kids, everyone knows that.

2003-07-26 Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre - it was a beautiful theater, maybe the nicest converted movie theater we've ever played, which is a lot of movie theaters. i thought this show was pretty awesome. actually, we played "lmlyp" to close again for the 2nd night in a row and i thought we'd never play this song once on tour let alone twice in 2 nights. having said that, this gig pretty much wore me out for having douchebags crawling all over the fucking stage. the show was pretty much marred by some stupid college boy jumping onstage during "roses are free" and pissing the crowd off so much that people started to throw shit at him. some genius decided to throw a seagram's 7 bottle and it smashed on the front of my monitor. now i'm all for having a good time but once someone throws a bottle in my direction as hard as they can it becomes impossible to concentrate and play a gig relaxed. if it hits you in the head, you're a dead man, if you say something to the crowd you sound like a pussy, and then the tone is set for the night. we all play barefoot too. i thought we played well but it's not about this stupid performance art piece where you buy a ticket and tell your friends later "hey did you see me up there?" we can take some of the blame, you can't have it both ways----it's either we tell security that there's no one allowed onstage or people have to be cool about it. we are on tour to play fucking music, not to put on some asshole dog and pony show.

2003-07-27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave - barricades all up around the stage which meant no stage dancers thanks god. i got fuckin torn up before this show from booze and pills and we played a long strung out set with a lot of long jams. captain, fluffy, reggaejunkiejew, voodoo lady, et al. this is a strange town---we haven't been there enough for me to understand the place but they treated us very well. i thought all 3 gigs were good to start the tour but we need a day off badly. all 3 shows have been sold out too, really not what we expected in these smaller cities. our bus is a piece of crap, we are playing these big ass shows yet we are travelling in a rolling sardine can with no air conditioning or tv. the whole band is trying to drink itself to sleep every night in the 90 degree bunks but we keep staying awake playing poker all night to avoid the horror of the sleepless sweaty coffin bunks. everyone is talking about setting the bus on fire, and only in a half-kidding sorta way.

2003-07-30 Minneapolis, MN – 1st Avenue - a 2 night stand here at 1st ave, one of our favorite clubs. played here too many times to count. we also played an in-store appearance at electric fetus records which turned out to be a lot more than i expected. the store was massive, there were almost 500 people in the place and it was a sweatbox. we had rented equipment (which didn't work the way it was supposed to) so our planned setlist of songs from quebec went out the window because we couldn't load sounds for glenn. i think we played like 5 or 6 tunes and bailed out----nice store though, great people, like everyone in minnesota. the first ave. shows were awesome in my opinion. the crowd on the 1st night was totally off the hook and we played a really rowdy set. i thought we actually played a lot better on the 2nd night, but it was an all ages show that started at 7pm and the crowd wasn't really as liquored up. i thought it was the tightest i've heard the band sound though in a long ass time. we love this club and we played something like 50 different songs over the 2 nights including a bunch of covers. There are a lot ofclubs that we won't go back and play anymore just because we want something different but First Ave. is special somehow, I feel a great affection for that club and it's staff. maybe next time we'll do 3 nights.

2003-08-01 – Columbus, OH – Promowest Pavilion - well, this may have been the worst show i ever attended either onstage or as a ticketholder. sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and in columbus we just sucked a fat one. sorry if you were there, i didn't think we were capable of having gigs this bad anymore, but ween are chameleons, constantly reinventing ourselves in new and awful ways. 2003-08-02 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall - a really kick ass performance at a club we've played a dozen times over the years. i can't think of too much to say about this show---i mean it was in rochester. we basically smashed rochester's ass into pieces and then left.

2003-08-04 Portland, ME – State Theatre - we played golf all morning and then a cab driver pointed us towards the best lobster house in town. we had twin lobsters stuffed with lobster. i mean, lobster stuffed with lobster? are you fucking kidding me? it was pretty serious and we ate like pigs. i also drank like a fiend and was really hurting after this meal. i was in the bathroom at the restaurant swirling around and a fan comes walking in the men's room from behind me, "yo deaner----ween is awesome" and then it came---i puked a pretty large portion of my dinner straight into the urinal, the whole pile of puke was black from the double espresso i capped off my meal with. i think this kid was horrified and i got a good laugh about it later anyway. the gig the next night was really good---we played "cold blows the wind" for the first time ever and overall the set was pretty kick-ass. after the show we went to a bar, maine has this really stupid 1am curfew, but right at last call fire alarms start blaring and 5 fire trucks and 4 cop cars all come screaming up in front of this bar---in rush america's heroes with their axes and oxygen tanks and shit....there was obviously no fire, nor did the bartenders or firemen have any explanation as to what they were even doing there. we busted their balls a bit and then went and played hallway golf back at the hotel.

2003-08-05 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino - the day of quebec's release, i would've bet money that this gig was going to suck. the venue was an old ballroom style dance hall from the early part of last century, you could just imagine the duke ellington orchestra playing there. the security here were total fascist bastards---i mean in an overall way this is some of the saddest shit i have ever seen on tour--and not just this gig. No smoking, no drinking, no dancing, just don't fucking do anything or we'll have the off duty cops we hire as bouncers pound you into submission; we'll have you arrested, take your drugs, suspend your driving privileges, and put you on tom ridge's terrorist watch list. anyway, i'm getting off topic. this gig was fucking great. one of the most solid shows of the tour, the crowd came to get down, we came to play and it was a very memorable day on a number of levels. oh yeah, it was also mick preston's birthday. all 'n all it was pretty off the hook.

2003-08-06 Cape Cod, MA – Wellfleet Beachcomber - home, home again. i like to be here when i can. unfortunately we stayed about 45 minutes away from the club in some motor lodge. i thought this gig was pretty solid, but i have to honestly say that i felt pretty let down by the audience. i think maybe expectations were pretty high, i felt like people were waiting for us to pull off some magic trick. playing live is a give and take deal---we came out raging and the audience sorta watched us dumbfounded and gave us the golf clap. it was still a blast and i don't wanna take a poop on the whole night or anything, but i thought the crowd was pretty soft and we played well. did the usual after show partying around the fire down on the beach with the hippies, blah blah. spent the night at the club with my buddy dan, the bar manager, and we attempted to play golf the next morning but i think we were both so dinged up from the night before that i was having hallucinations on the golf course. it's tough to line up putts when you're seeing triple.

2003-08-08 Martha’s Vineyard, MA – Hot Tin Roof - what a strange little island. i would have liked to have seen more of it. i have to be honest though, and i think i can speak for the whole band here. i fucking hate new england and have since i can first remember. something about these people is just so......*white*. i mean there are so many jerked off honkies of irish/anglo descent with their docksiders and polo shirts, living out their jerked off bed and breakfast fantasies up this way. it offends the "new jersey" in me and i basically told the crowd at martha's vineyard how i felt during "the blarney stone". i drank enough liquor to kill a large steer and we fuckin absolutely smashed this crowd and this club into total fucking submission. just a killer gig in every way.

2003-08-09 Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing - the final night of the tour, all our friends and family were there and we actually didn't suck in front of our hometown crowd for a change. at the very last second we decided to do our acoustic set to open the show. (actually we did an acoustic set at martha's vineyard as well.) this was a pretty solid set, our friends "the tin men" opened the gig for us and it was a really satisfying night of music and hanging with friends. i was back in my bed by 4am and slept for about 16 hours.

2003-09-12 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel - played an old r+b club that has recently been reopened called "the orange peel". funnily enough, the place actually did kinda smell like orange peels when we walked in. we did a photo shoot for newsweek before the gig and just chilled in this cool hippy mountain town. it has been years since i made this mistake (and i have made it 3 other times), but before the show someone gave me a basket of cookies and i hadn't eaten all day. i ate like 6 of them and hung around waiting to play before i started feeling pretty strange, and in a bad way. of course they were pot cookies and until dave dreiwitz picked up the letter that had come with the cookies i didn't even notice. within about ten minutes i felt like someone had filled my body with liquid cement and i played our whole set in a deep, hot, miserable stoned haze that i didn't enjoy at all. what a way to start a tour.

2003-09-13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle - just an awesome venue, used to be a church back in the day. we really kicked some fucking ass in atlanta. most of my night was spent trying to get anyone to order the de la hoya fight and tape it for me, but of course it didn't work out because most of the nerds that like ween are too lame to know anything about sports at all. it was like trying to score methadone at a mary kay convention. anyway, we had a great gig here---one of our better atlanta shows in my opinion. after the show i found out that de la hoya lost on a controversial decision and it pissed me off that much more.

2003-09-14 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater - ole memphis, home to jonny "it's not my dog" dubbya. aaron had no voice for this show unfortunately and could barely even talk let alone sing. we tried to take it easy on him and we ended up playing a lot more jams than the sing songy music but he ended up tearing his voice to pieces anyway. the comedian doug stanhope was doing a show after ours so he came onstage before us to plug his gig. we didn't think much of it at the time but he gave us cds of his stand-up routine which turned out to be some of the funniest shit i've heard in awhile. the new "man-show" sorta does suck though. we played exactly 2 hours and stopped without playing an encore and as usual people were bitching at us afterwards. i thought 2 hours was a pretty noble effort for aaron given the circumstances but now the problem was even worse---he couldn't even speak to have a conversation and we were only 3 shows into the tour. overall, memphis really sucks balls, graceland or not. the best thing it has going for it is that jonny lives there.

2003-09-16 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom - this place was the fucking shit. an old roadhouse bar with pictures of country music stars all over the walls. hank williams sr. once played here and this place had the vibe for sure. again, we did a lot of different tunes to make it as easy as possible on aaron which meant a lot of me singing, a lot of older tunes, and a lot of long solos. the gig turned out to be great actually.

2003-09-17 Fayetteville, AR – Dave’s On Dickson - got drunk with a capital d and couldn't even see straight. it started in my hotel room when i put down about 12 coronas before 5pm and went from there. i don't remember much about this show at all. we went out with some girls after the concert and the chick that i was talking to all night turned out to be a total psychopath. at some point some other girl who was at the show came up to me to sign her ticket stub and this girl looks at me after the other girl walks away and says "is that your girlfriend?" i said no, i never saw her before and she gets all pissed off and slams her drink down and says "well if you'd rather go be with that whore then i won't waste any more of your time mister rock star." i was laughing so hard staring at this neurotic psychopath that i spit my beer out. i didn't have the heart to tell her that i was married with a baby because she may have just pulled a fatal attraction on me and slit my throat. fuckin hos, unbelievable. i pity the poor fuckin guy that marries that chick someday.

2003-09-18 Dallas, TX - Granada - one of my favorite gigs of the tour so far, we finally escaped deep ellum and played in a really cool converted theater. just a great over the top set. reminded me instantly why i love playing texas. we hung out with our friends all night after the gig and got torn up. austin is approaching and we are anxious about our return to stubb's.

2003-09-20 Austin, TX – Stubb’s - lots of anticipation for this gig---actually it was 2 gigs. i felt like it was gonna take a magic trick to live up to our expectations. lots of music around austin on this weekend, it's sort of an honor to be playing there on such a heavy weekend of music. we had a night off in town and my friend kwanzaa and i had a nice dinner across the street from stubb's and listened to the mediocre white sounds of string cheese incident wafting through the air like a nasty fart. our show at stubb's was pretty solid and we finally pulled out a bunch of the newer tunes and intentionally avoided playing l.m.l.y.p. if nothing else. we finished on a really high note with one of our better renditions of fat lenny and then went out for a night of texas debauchery that ended in my hotel room with a bunch of friends around 9 am. the next day we played the ACL festival opening for REM at dusk. I don't think we went over that well with the massive crowd (maybe like 30,000 people) but i thought we brought it pretty hard. the second i finished playing and took off my guitar i spotted gibby haynes, (one of my heroes) and we ended up hanging out til 3 or 4 am at a bunch of bars. the funniest part of the night was the fact that you couldn't park a car at the festival so we flagged down a van on the service road behind the stage which turned out to be filled with spanish speaking mexican dudes delivering food to REM from some local restaurant. gibby's girlfriend speaks fluent spanish and we ended up getting a ride back into the city from these mexicans, but we had to sit in the back of an econoline van on crates of seafood on ice. the van smelled like a rancid pussy and the whole ride was spent listening to gibby's girl arguing in spanish with the driver over where he would take us for 20 bucks and being shoulder to shoulder with gibby haynes and 5 mexicans. it was something i'll never forget. he's starting a new band and they're gonna open for ween on our upcoming american tourdates in the new year.

2003-09-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern - this venue was just so nice---reminded me a lot of the beacon theater in nyc. well this was my "birthday" show and we played maybe the most mellow setlist of the tour (intentionally). I really enjoyed this gig thoroughly, it was the most tunes from quebec that we pulled out in a single show---we closed with fluffy. after the gig my friend shelby threw a party for me down the street from the club, and i think the entire crowd tried to squeeze into this little bar. she had someone construct a pinata in my likeness and she also hired a mariachi band that played for me out in the street. i drank every color of shot imaginable and vomitted them all back up in one glorious moment in the bathroom. overall tho, there were too many people in this place and i bailed after a couple of hours and did drugs with claypool on our bus all night instead.

2003-09-26 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater - first we got to enjoy a rare night off, which i spent (on my birthday) eating filet mignon and penne bolognese at original joe's down in the tenderloin. is san francisco truly the last city this filthy and crime laden or is it just the tenderloin? one way or another, that's where i eat everytime we're in the bay area. the next day we played the greek theater in berkeley and it was everything i was ever told that it would be. the only drag about the whole thing was the attendance which still has me sort of baffled. we had pretty much all sellout shows until we hit the greek, which holds something like 8,500 people. less than 2,300 people showed up in what's usually one of our biggest tour stops. how the hell we did twice as many people in portland, vancouver, and denver i'll never understand. there's no way we can draw 8,500 people in any city, but seeing as how the bay area has always been such a great place for ween coupled with the fact that we were at the nicest venue for a concert, no one showed up and it looked really empty from the stage. this probably means that next time we come back we'll be at the same places we been playing for the last 10 years, but truthfully, i don't care all that much when it comes time to start playing. the most memorable part of the whole set was late in the show when we were doing pandy fackler and i look over and there's this black dude sitting down at glenn's keyboard rig----i suddenly realize, "holy shit, that's bernie worrell" and i just about crapped my pants. i mean, if you knew how many times i've seen p-funk and every splinter group that has been spawned from funkadelic you'd be amazed. i mean, here is one of my heroes sitting in with ween at the berkeley greek. after he walked off stage i couldn't play a damn note, i was so nervous about him standing there. what's even cooler is that for like 5 minutes Ween had 2 black guys in the band, that's some pretty good stuff! overall this was a wicked good show in arguably the greatest venue in the world. the sound onstage is just incredible and the staff were extremely nice and courteous to us. we watched "bullit" on the bus after the gig, the definitive san francisco movie and i ate 3 gyros and 3 pieces of baklava and then i puked again and passed out.

2003-09-27 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst - possibly the best show of the tour, maybe one of my favorites ever actually. in los angeles and berkeley we played pretty dynamic musical sets and we were ready to play loud and cheap and the catalyst was the perfect setting. a long and narrow club with a punk rock vibe, we just fucking shredded and played the brownest set in years. we been rehearsing "all of my love" and we finally gotten it to a place where it was passable, although i can't figure out the jimmy page b-bender tasters he plays with the hipshot. we just came raging out of the gates in santa cruz and the crowd was right there with us, it took like 1 song for the mosh pit to get going. we pulled out the most gnarly tunes we have for this one and played our asses off. this was definitely one of the sleeper gigs of the tour. there was so much crazy shit going on that it's all kind of hard to remember, except i think we also did "summer wind" by frank sinatra and "reggaejunkiejew" by ween. aaron summed it up best when he said "this is the place where the hippies and the punks meet and fuck each other up the ass with tea tree oil." before the show i went to some massage parlor because my whole body is in agony, but the hippie girl that gave me the massage smelled like sour milk really bad and her stomach was grumbling through the whole massage and i couldn't stop laughing thinking about the kale and tofu burrito she had probably just eaten before working on me. i think she even laid a nasty fart at one point. also, this bag lady walked into our dressing room and just sat there drinking all our booze before we realized that she wasn't an employee or someone's friend or mom. later on she was sitting on our bus doing the same thing before kirk threatened to kick her ass. all 'n all it was a really crazy fucking night.

2003-09-29 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom - we started with the night off, which is always nice. we went out with some friends and had some drinks and played pool, harmless fun....we ended up going to a barbecue at midnight and i was so hungry that i started picking at the hors d'ouerves that had probably been sitting out since that afternoon. next thing i know i'm in the garden puking my guts out and had to haul ass back to the hotel. i spent the rest of the night on the toilet with a trash can in my hands. diarreha and vomit simultaneously, food poisoning all the way. we had an in-store appearance scheduled for the next morning but i was still awake throwing up so we had to cancel it. by showtime my stomach had settled but i was sore all over and wiped out. the first show was cool and all but we had some major sound issues that were worked out by the second night, which was way more inspired and rowdy in my opinion. i have no recollection of what we played, but i always dig these 2 night stands cuz we get to play a lot more tunes. this place has that crazy dance floor that is mounted on some sort of ball bearing setup. the floor actually moves up and down and you can see it from the stage. overall, i dig this place even though we've played there like 4 or 5 times now.

2003-10-01 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater - i thought we had a night off after portland so i stayed up all night only to find out at like 6am that we had a gig in seattle that day. so i kept drinking. i was so fucked up that i spent the last hour before the show in my underwear walking around the club and trying to figure out how to climb onto the roof somehow. we kicked ass and played a big brown set. we were gonna play for 4 hours and go for our all-time marathon set length record but they pulled the plug on us just as we were getting ready to go back onstage for an encore, which was basically gonna be a whole 'nother set. my judgement was a little sketchy, but i thought the show was great.who knows tho, maybe it sucked. i ate tuna. let's see what else.... i forget what we did afterwards exactly but i think we went to a bar. i can't believe anyone reads these tour diaries. all we do is basically get drunk and play every night. some nights are better than others.

2003-10-03 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theater - we played in this place where the vancouver symphony orchestra performs. one of the nicest looking places we ever played. also the worst sounding place we ever played. it was one giant bass-heavy reverb tank and i was so frustrated i almost smashed my gear. playing quietly didn't help, playing loud didn't help. it was totally sold out and the crowd was there to rock. it felt like having sex with a half hard penis. weird thing about this gig, they'll let you smoke weed in vancouver, there are coffee shops everywhere like amsterdam but cigarettes are totally off limits. security was letting people smoke weed in plain sight, but they were ejecting anyone who lit a cigarette. overall, i was really frustrated by this show, this town is one of the biggest towns for ween and the show fell short of what i expected almost entirely because of the sound. another strange observation about vancouver, i can't pinpoint it exactly, but everytime we go there i see a lot of violence. i see fights at the gigs, fights in the streets, fights in the bars---this time was no different. we hung out afterwards for a little while at a bar but i never feel like celebrating a sub-par show.

2003-10-06 Edmonton, Alberta – Red’s - we played in a club called red's in the biggest mall in north america. the mall had a waterpark and a driving range and a sea-world show and shit. our first time in edmonton and it was sold out--like over 2,000 people. the crowd was divided into two parts, legal age drinkers on one side and underage kids on the other side. the bars in canada serve raw ham and cow blood to the candian patrons to get them psyched for the concert. aaron busted out his alter-ego "hollywood gene ween" for this show, which is sort of a cross between david lee roth and dean martin. for the first 5 songs i watched the red sox/oakland game from the stage on the tv across the room back by the bar, for the rest of the show we showed edmonton how we do it in new jersey. drunk.

2003-10-07 Calgary, Alberta – MacEwan Ballroom - we played the university of alberta in some big square box that sounded acoustically great for some reason. i thought this was a really amazing gig and we closed it down with one of the better versions of "fluffy" that i can remember. after the gig we drove all night towards missoula montana and we crossed the border at like 7am at sweetgrass montana. the fucking u.s. customs pigs had the bus driver drag us all out of our bunks and into a brightly lit office where they busted our balls and then searched the bus. fucking pigs man, they're all the same. while they're harassing us the one pig says to his friend "hey jack, have you tried the new special at chili's yet? you get your choice of a few entrees and deserts and it's quite a bargain." aaron muttered "fucking pigs man" and i almost pissed myself laughing. at the time it was somehow the funniest thing i've ever heard in my life. reminded me of that scene in reservoir dogs where tim roth is in the bathroom and the 3 pigs are having the conversation where the cop says "buddy, i'm gonna shoot you in the face!"

2003-10-08 Missoula, MT – MT University Theater - i don't remember much about this one either except that it was a good gig. some kids printed up counterfeit tickets and it caused a bit of a stir. i thought it was pretty punk rock and was honored in a way. we have been hearing about this town for awhile and finally made it there. unfortunately i didn't get to see any of it except for the hotel bar where i watched the yankees with some homeless guy who had a plate in his head.

2003-10-10 Denver, CO - FIllmore - first time ever at the fillmore, capacity was over 3,500 people and we sold the place out. last show of the tour and we played one of the best shows of the trip, and one of the more memorable shows of all-time for ween. it was just right in every way and it was the best stage sound i've heard in my life, anywhere. people were just amped from the first note and we played our asses off and ended the tour on a very high note. of course some asshole tried to ruin it by throwing a large vodka bottle at the band. if this happens again we're gonna walk off the stage so do me a favor, and if you ever see anyone do this at a ween gig, grab them and either kick their ass yourself, or come get one of our crew guys and point the person out. i'll gladly take a five minute intermission to get my shots in on your cowardly ass. get your heads out of your asses people, ween will tolerate just about anything but bottle throwing. earlier in the afternoon we played an acoustic set in a record store like 5 minutes after we woke up. it was a great store and the show went very well. overall, the tour was exhausting and we probably raged a little too hard during our downtime. the tour definitely took it's toll physically and mentally on everyone and now we get to fly home for 2 weeks off before we're back out doing it over again.



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