A little a chat

 

 
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Well, we have been very busy rehearsing for a couple of big upcoming shows and we are also working on some original material as well. So a trip into the recording cavern may be soon. It is good to have momentum and a goal.

We hope some of you can come out to our May 9th gig at The Dog & Bull and/or The Covered Bridge Poker Run in Langhorne on June 14th. These are going to be exciting and different for us, especially with our stripped down lineup. New songs, new attitude.

I have been busy getting ready as well, recording material, and listening to a bunch of records (yes, records) from the Numero Group. I highly recommend this lable if you want to hear some obscure but great soul, R&B, rock, and everything in between. Best thing, you get a free digital download when purchasing vinyl so you have the best of both worlds. Check them out.

Don’t currently have a turntable? No problem, I have a recommendation for you. the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct Drive Turntable. These can be had new for about $250 from Amazon. It is basically a clone of the mega-expensive Technics SL-1200. For the money it’s a very good turntable and comes with a very good cartridge. Yes, you do have to set the weight on the tone arm but that takes a few minutes. The unit is very heavy and built solid, you can use the USB connection to digitize your vinyl or plug in to your system and use it as a standard record player. It also does 78rpm. The second runner up would be the Music Hall USB-1 which is in the same price point but does not play at 78rpm10171062_10203684348851108_3607678635670959965_n

Please stay away from those Crosley record players that you see at Target or any cheap record player for that matter, they are crap and will ruin your records because the tracking weight is pre-set, usually on the heavy side. Not good. You can spot a quality turntable be making sure it has the following: adjustable tracking weight, adjustable anti-skate, adjustable tone arm height, pitch control, and strobe (the dots on the edge of the turntable) if it has the, some don’t but it’s not that big of a deal.

So all of you folks who have a lot of records but no turntable, what are you waiting for? There is plenty of stuff out there and a lot of new artists releasing vinyl are including a free download or a CD of the album with the vinyl, so you get both formats for price of one. Which I think is the best thing going

The rest of the summer we will be on vacation so keep coming back to see what awaits us in the fall. Keep coming back for more news.

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Upcoming gig and other stuff.

We are returning to the Dog & Bull on the afternoon of February 9th for another installment of our continuing acoustic series. We also have some folks lined up for the drummer’s chair. So after I survive this stomach flue and Snowpocalypse 2014 we should be good to go.

So stay warm and I will make sure to keep pushing fluids.

Vince

More gigs coming!!!!

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year so check our “Gigs and Appearances” page to see where we are playing next. We are doing acoustic shows in November, January, February, and March at our favorite venue The Dog & Bull and in April we return to The Happy Hour Tavern in Levittown. Stay tuned for more gigs and news as things develop.

Great Gig @ The Dog & Bull and another gig at a new place

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Well The Curve worked their way through a 4 hour set to a packed Dog & Bull ski we want to give a big shout out to the staff and Andy Wells for a great evening as usual. We have another gig coming up on Friday April 5th at a new venue called The Piper Lounge in Lansdale Pa. In facet they are so new they don’t even have a web site yet, but being the fearless men that we are we are pretty confidant we can bring the rock. So if your doing anything come on out. We would love to have you. For further info check out our “Gigs and Appearances” page.

 

What to do on a Sunday afternoon

Sundays can be so hard.

Should you stay in and relax?

Listen to some Dusty Springfield while sipping a cup of fresh coffee?

Read the paper?

Do the laundry?

Or maybe meet up with a friend or two for some brunch, maybe even going as far as having a late lunch consisting of fine burgers and a large selection of beers and ciders. Maybe even a bloody Mary or two while you chow down on some deep fried pickles. And to add to the afternoon’s festivities maybe one of Philly’s premiere cover bands happens to be playing some fine songs.

The two things that would make it perfect would be no cover charge and being easy to get to.

Well guess what, such a thing does exist and on Sunday January 27th you can experience it with The Conshohocken Curve at The Dog & Bull Brew and Music House which is located right at the Croydon station on the Septa Trenton Line. Come out, have a delicious burger and other fine foods, drink the wide selection of beers, ales, and ciders and take the train back home to Center City.
There. That was easy wasn’t it?

Having A Wild Weekend

Live at the Dog & Bull August 26th 2012

Well, as you can see the CC have invaded historic Croydon in their never-ending quest for world domination. Don’t let the picture fool you, it was a very tight squeeze. Another thing that was kind of strange was playing music while the sun was still out.

The staff of the Dog & Bull were great and we had a great time and the crowd seemed to enjoy what we were doing. But there was a tense moment before the music began, a sad event that threatened to destroy our happy atmosphere. Read on.

Now I bought the Club on April 17, 2010 and have used for gigs and recording sessions so I would say he has seen moderate use. I like to switch my gear time and time again to keep things in rotation. When we started up the band Scott didn’t have his own amp so I sold him the Club, I already had 2 amps with 12″inch speakers so I really didn’t need it anymore.

It was an afternoon show and we had to play from 3pm to 7pm. My dear friend for over ten years  and coconspirator  Scott was using the ZT Club 12  I sold him and I was using my ZT Lunchbox Stack because the place was small and it was a very tight playing area.

While getting ready for the show Scott set up the amp and his pedals and when we started a line check the Club 12 would not turn on. We checked the power cable, power strip, cables, outlets, everything and it would not turn on. Due to the tight space I had to lay the amp on its front to check the back and then the pilot would turn on, when the amp was set back up the light would go off. Then a very fait throbbing sound came out of the speaker and began to intensify. I shut down the amp and repeated everything. Same thing happened only the throbbing started much louder. WHAT COULD IT BE?

Needless to say we were kind of in a panic because this was our first gig at this place and we wanted to put our best foot forward and the amp in question was working fine that morning so Scott and I were none to pleased.

Lucky for us Alan,our bass player, lived only 10 minutes away and rushed home and got his ZT Lunchbox stack so we were covered for the gig but the amp is out of warranty and it requires a trip to Berkeley, California so ZT Amps can look at it and  repair it. To ship it and fix it Scott will be out of pocket over $100. As of now he is still thinking about the options.

But the gig went on and we played great, a great time was had by all and we all drank lemonade. The end.

Now we have some more gigs com in up in the near future. Of course we have the LOOM gig on Friday, September 7 and we return to the Dog & Bull on 11/24, that’s right Thanksgiving Day weekend. So if your sick of seeing the relatives and want to go someplace with a great beer selection come on out. Details to follow.

Ciao