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Blogathon Biffington

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The Schmafka Blast is now live, and I can get back to writing about other things on my blog. I’m relieved. Getting back to the discussion on baseball, hockey, current worldly affairs, entertainment news and technology is just what the doctor ordered.

Phillies Fans:
How amazing is Hunter Pence? What a superb addition to the team. His strong right handed bat adds depth and forces pitchers to pitch to Ryan Howard. That’s what we’ve been waiting for! Another excellent addition by Ruben Amaro

Charles Minguez

My esteemed colleague Charles Minguez, of launched a new blog this week. His focus is on covering topics that span Music, Buddhism, Food and Technology. He is just getting the site started, but if I know Charles like I think I do, he will make the site a fantastic wealth of knowledge worth bookmarking. Visit Charles here:

Bad Crap in The Quest for the White Whale

Bad Crap in The Quest for the White Whale is now available through iTunes and Amazon, pick up your copy today!

Check out the new Bad Crap web site


Bad Crap – The Quest For The White Whale on Sale at CD Baby

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The secret band

Bad Crap is an elusive and exclusive secret band who is taking the internet by storm. The lineup changes regularly and they rarely make live appearances. In 2007 they released their first CD Ottsville and they just released their epic follow up The Quest For The White Whale for sale on

Pick up your copy today!


Bad Crap presents “Ottsville” on sale at Amazon

August 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Bad Crap and The Quest for the White Whale

August 4, 2011 1 comment

Ottsville and Beyond

After releasing Bad Crap presents “Ottsville” in 2007, the band and I decided to hit the studio to refine what we learned. The first CD was fueled by a couple of buddies who were huge WEEN and Frank Zappa fans, and we just wanted to see if we could make an album. After “Ottsville” was a success, we began working on a set of songs called the “Off to the Races” sessions back in early 2009. The process was a little more refined this time, complete with pre-production planning sessions and scratch demo sessions that really started to give shape to the whole project. The goal was to keep the raw Bad Crap spirit alive, while beefing up our music theory and approach to writing.

Early on there was an idea that the Bad Crap should expand it’s capabilities by creating and open rotation of musicians who contribute in the writing process. So that became a focus quickly, and I think that idea of expanding the group really improved the over all mood of the project. Not too far in we decided the collection of songs, didn’t really remind us of going off to the races anymore, rather they made us feel as if we were setting off on an epic journey. The songs felt symbolic towards our new writing approach of taking on the unknown and going after a bigger fish. And there is no bigger fish out there than Moby Dick, so naturally the title began to take shape. Bad Crap in “The Quest for the White Whale”.

Check out “Atlantic City” a new track from The Quest for the White Whale

here are some other great Bad Crap links:

Bad Crap’s Facebook Page
Bad Crap’s MySpace Page
Bad Crap’s SoundCloud Page
Buy the first CD “Ottsville”

Icon Clarence Clemons is hospitalized with Stroke

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment
The big man has suffered a stroke. Terrible news. Weather your a fan of the Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band or not, there is simply no denying Clemon’s impact on the music world. It’s unmeasurable. Long before I even knew what a Saxaphone was my father would be excitedly clueing me in on an up coming Clarence Clemons lick much the same way Jack Nicholson introduced himself in the Shinning. “Here’s CLARENCE” he’d say. With an intro like that coming from my Dad, I was sure to listen. And I was not disappointed either.

I was sorry to hear the news when I woke up this morning. Hopefully he makes a quick and peaceful recovery.

Get well soon Clarence!

Google honors Les Paul on his birthday

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Hey check out today’s Google Doodle, it’s great. Being a guitarist I certainly know who the legendary Les Paul is. For those who don’t, check him out here:

The legendary Les Paul

The first story I ever heard about Les Paul was about his accident on route 66. Legend has it he was in a horrible auto wreck and after suffering severe damage to his picking arm he was given a choice; amputation or permanently having his arm wired into one position for the rest of his life. Of course the man chose having it wired to play his guitar. OUTSTANDING.

Les Paul was also a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar. For that accomplishment, myself and a lot of other players are eternally grateful.

Back to today’s Google graphic though. I’m sure I could easily answer this using the search engine but this morning I sat in wonderment just trying to play the strings included the Google Doodle. At first I wondered why they didn’t just string the standard 6 string in it’s typical string order and tuning, which is: EADGBE. Instead they have 3 separate groups of strings, 10 in total. Strange.

After fooling around with the doodle for a minute or so I started to figure out if you strum the strings from left to right as three different chords it starts to make more sense. There are at least 3 distinct chords there. Then I started to wonder if they were the chords in happy birthday. I have yet to pick up my axe to confirm, but that’s my sneaking suspicion at this point. Thank you Google for starting my day off with this interesting little music query. I’m a fan of the Google Doodle, I almost always learn something new.

Les Paul Google Doodle.


June 8, 2011 1 comment

So you could say that I’m excited about finally reading cold hard evidence that the new Red Hot Chili Pepper’s forthcoming album “I’m With You” is going to be release this August.  In fact, you could say it’s my most anticipated mainstream release coming out this summer.  This article from Rolling Stone Magazine is excellent so I thought I’d share it (to anyone who happens to be reading me at this early stage).

Here are my questions:

No doubt, without John Frusciante no longer on board the album will surely sound different, but will it be an improvement?

Will the sound be more poppy than previous albums (that’s hard to imagine) or will it drift back to their funk-rock roots?

How will Flea’s new knowledge of music theory impact the Pepper’s sound?

Exactly how many piano driven grooves are we talkin’ here?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Check out this great article from Rolling Stone Magazine:

Exclusive: Inside the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Comeback Album | Rolling Stone Music | Alternate Take by David Fricke.

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