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this can be a rolling thread, maybe. forgive me if one already exists, i didn't see it.

i started taking guitar lessons again! that is exciting

my long term black/doom metal band (argentinum astrum) recorded an album last fall and we're waiting on a label dude to get another label to go in on releasing it? i have no idea how or what that is about. i want it to come out soon because we haven't put anything out in a couple years and i want to tour and am antsy about it.

im learning ableton in order to start doing electronic stuff by myself. that's kind of on the backburner atm tho

one of my fave local bands atm asked me to replace their bassist/harmony singer and i am probably gonna do it. it is kind of superchunk-esque?

i started a band with 2 of my girlfriends and we just had our first practice. guitar, bass and drums. playing kind of 60s-esque poppy tunes so far, but i have no idea where we will end up. i think we are gonna be called "high school"?? please tell me if that is a ridiculous name.

i recorded this local band called Killer Whale who play very crazy surf-influenced punk/metal, i love them and i am excited to record bands and put out records and things tho god it is so expensive to do this

i've been playing in this band with a weirdo that plays only covers of local, small time musicians. i just joined it, but it's kind of a local institution, been around a while with a rotating cast of ppl around this one guy. i don't know. it's fun to play with him , and very fun to choose and learn the songs, but he has a weird value system w/r/t music, ie he doesn't want me to sing harmonies cause i sing "like an angel", which isn't really true. he also has no ambitions (how can you be ambitious with a covers band really tho) and is really skeptical of people who have them. its fun tho.

i dont really have time to do any of this stuff

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:04 (nine years ago) link

this band with a weirdo that plays only covers of local, small time musicians

haha i love this

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:17 (nine years ago) link

haha its exactly what it sounds like

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:18 (nine years ago) link

the first person I contacted about guitar lessons is too busy to take me on as a student but promised to give me contact info for other ppl, which basically means I am back at square one re: finding a guitar teacher

I am currently in the process of tracking down sheet music for a recital of solo and ensemble spiritual arrangements I'm doing as part of a quartet made up of ppl from my church choir (inc. my wife as the soprano) for the Tuesday before Easter; we're also going to take parts of that recital to do as music for the Good Friday service later that week.

I'm also looking over the Dvorak Mass in D major, which I'm doing at an evening Good Friday service in Dorchester; my primary responsibility AFAIK is augmenting the bass section but I believe I'm also going to be doing the tiny solo parts as well. (The other ppl from that include my wife again plus other folks from the spiritual ensemble we sing in.)

Also have a concert with the church choir coming up where we're doing Stainer's Crucifixion; I am not the bass soloist for it (thank God).

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:42 (nine years ago) link

i didnt realize you were a bass! it occurs to me that i have never actually heard you sing. i imagined you having a very high tenor voice. haw.

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:43 (nine years ago) link

i started a band with 2 of my girlfriends

Me too! We are called Ta1nted Pussy and have played 2 shows so far. We were supposed to have a show next Saturday opening for this weird Dutch guy, but he got detained by the Dutch government and told he can't leave the country without a work permit, so that show was cancelled. I play bass. I have not played bass since I was a teenager. So now I get to have fun learning/re-learning an instrument, plus I get to have fun with pedals. We are all noise/new music ladies, thus lots of fun with pedals. I got a Dr. Sample 202 for christmas! More fun! I kept one of the built-in samples, which is a lady saying "Stand By" for when we have technical difficulties during our sets.

We are planning to tour at some point later this year. L.A., maybe the South?

sarahell, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:53 (nine years ago) link

next month we have a gig opening for Cock E.S.P.

Our singer said, "Why do we always end up on shows with other bands with dirty names?"

sarahell, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:54 (nine years ago) link

having trouble finding time/motivation/energy to do anything too focused or serious over the past couple of years. i was playing with my friend who's a full-time musician but he decided to just play shows solo instead of with a band because the economics/logistics are easier that way. i've been doing some sample-based stuff on reason recently, i like it because it takes me back to when i was learning guitar and didn't know what i was doing and would come up with cool stuff by accident. also occasionally jamming/recording with the drummer from my old band, doing shitty lofi four-track stuff.

i would really like to have a more regular band where someone else bore the heavy lifting of the songwriting and i could just come in and play guitar and play shows a few times a year. but i'm not really connected to any kind of music scene anymore so i don't know how to find that kind of situation.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:56 (nine years ago) link

Band practice tonight. Eagerly anticipating our two track demo bak from being mixed/mastered although worried it might sound bad as we only spent two days on it.
Working on writing and practising our next batch of songs after an initial 6. It's now a concern that we have a 'sound' and aesthetic developing, meaning that we have songs we wrote and quite like that for one reason or another don't work very well alongside the others. Anyone had this problem? It didn't really matter before because we were still forming an identity which eventually formed into 6 upbeat slightly unhinged post punk numbers, but now this next one is a big dramatic sweeping thing with a more serious tone and we're not sure what to do with it.
Also written a reggae song, which I'm please with but need a way to subvert because right now it's verging a little too close to sixth form peace and love bob Marley cliches and I want to put a twist on all that really.
Wrote a sort of fast kinda sung-rap song but my girlfriend said it sounded like flight of the conchords. Not that that's an insult, but I wanted it to aoud more like Haim or something.

dog latin, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:02 (nine years ago) link

i didnt realize you were a bass! it occurs to me that i have never actually heard you sing. i imagined you having a very high tenor voice. haw.

haha that would make my dad very, very happy (he's a failed tenor in a previous life, sang lead in a doo-wop group in college)

I am technically a "bass-baritone" which really means that because most of my singing experience comes from being in ensembles rather than private, focused vocal study, I have no idea how to use my head voice and sing practically everything in chest; I have a sneaking suspicion I would end up being a true baritone or even a low tenor after several years of focused, serious voice training based on how my low range actually sounds, but the flip side is that I can actually croak out low notes even if they're inaudible unless I've been binge-drinking the night before so I dunno. But yeah, I've always sung low.

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:17 (nine years ago) link

(which is actually why, in my teens, I realized I was never going to be a pop or rock singer, and why I was so taken by the grunge explosion)

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:18 (nine years ago) link

putting the last touches on my new record (doesn't feel new, been working on it for about 15 months now) to send to mastering next week, figuring out how to put it out.

then i want to take some time to switch up my process, shake things up a little. work on some new synth sounds without any goals, try to finally learn ableton, record a bunch of new percussion samples. i want to take some piano lessons too, since i do everything with midi + mouse. i can figure stuff out on piano very sloooowly, so i thought it would be fun to play through some tunes in real time and get some chords under my fingers.

honestly though i probably won't do most of these things and i'll go back to what feels easy & comfortable. :/

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:51 (nine years ago) link

I just got our first track back from the studio. I love it and I also cringe a bit because I can hear bits where my voice goes a bit wrong or a beat doesn't quite land how it's meant, and I'm trying to work out if anyone in their right mind would really notice or care.

dog latin, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:57 (nine years ago) link

roxy high school is an amazing band name

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 18:58 (nine years ago) link

this is a neat thread idea.

i've been playing with a couple guys for the last month or so but it's just working out that well. they seem like they really want to sound like real estate or something, which isn't terrible, but a bad real estate impersonation comes out sounding reaaaaally bad, and it's not much fun to play drums to, either!

i've been writing and recording some new tunes, which doesn't sound like much but it's actually been a big breakthrough for me after about a 10 year songwriting/music coma that i didn't realize was a coma.

i'm moving back to chicago in a few months and i'm determined to join up with a good band. i used to be good friends with the cave/bitchin bajas scene so i'm hoping i can be looped back into all that stuff and that someone needs a good drummer

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:05 (nine years ago) link

and yeah, high school is good, although i have to say i liked it even more when i thought the name was high school??

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:05 (nine years ago) link


flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:08 (nine years ago) link

whoa z s do you want to be in a band with me?

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:10 (nine years ago) link

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:10 (nine years ago) link

well, that was easy. sure, let's play!

it's gonna be more like september or so

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:12 (nine years ago) link

i think we are gonna be called "high school"??
I started a band in college called junior high university. I recorded one song for it and we had two practices and then everyone split up in different directions. that was the last band I was ever in.

have not touched my recording computer since my son was born. I long for a classical acoustic guitar so i can play around the house but I have no money for that now. debating selling an amp or two. I think my creative well has run dry for the foreseeable future.

we're beautiful like robots in dis guys (m bison), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:19 (nine years ago) link

i'm really burnt out on school this semester & have been slacking off to spend more time doing music stuff. all three bands i'm in are pretty active rn which can be overwhelming at times but is really fun. most notably i went on tour in january and started a new band called l0ud s3x which i am just so, so stoked on. the other songwriter in the band is really prolific and i really want to keep our ratio of songs 1:1. it's been a really fun challenge trying to keep up, he also writes amazing songs so i've had to be really strict about scrapping my tunes if they're not up to par. we're playing our first show at the end of the month & i'm pretty nervous because not everyone shows up for practice consistently and i want it to be spectacular

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:21 (nine years ago) link

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:25 (nine years ago) link

I am not going to go into any more detail than this but the biggest audition opportunity of my lap literally just fell into my lap; I fully expect it to go nowhere but still, you never know...

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:28 (nine years ago) link

would watch n/a z s band

flopson, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:29 (nine years ago) link

DJP on x factor, it's America has been waiting for

we're beautiful like robots in dis guys (m bison), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:29 (nine years ago) link

l0ud high school s3x

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:32 (nine years ago) link

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:33 (nine years ago) link

oh no, I've said too much

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 19:34 (nine years ago) link

I am in month 15 of releasing a home-made recording every month. A lot of times I put it off until the month is almost over and then go into crunch mode. But at this point, even though I approach each song as its own thing and wasn't trying to make an album or anything, I can listen to all the tracks straight through and it sounds really cohesive to me, which I think is really cool. I also feel like I get a little better/more efficient at production each time.

I haven't performed onstage in like a year though, which was a conscious decision and I don't miss all of the bullshit that made me sick of doing it, but I do miss being onstage. But I maybe just joined a band that I actually think is really good and is kind of successful locally, which is cool because I don't feel that way about hardly any local bands and also I've never really been in someone else's band. They have kind of a Modern Lovers/Beat Happening/Magnetic Fields/Morrissey vibe. It'll also be neat because I'll be playing synth and I'm not actually a keyboard player at all, I'm a guitarist and songwriter, but that's also why I'll be a good fit for this.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 21:33 (nine years ago) link

kicking off recording of a new album. finally a chance to properly use all this new synth gear

the history of mom's apple pie (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 00:49 (nine years ago) link

Hey all - could I get a little bit of constructive feedback on this please? We've had an initial "how's this?" from the studio engineer on one of our tracks. Overall, I think it's okay but it's very difficult to distance myself and listen to it with uninvolved ears.

I'd really like to hear your thoughts, particularly on the mixing/production (we can't really go back into the studio to do any overdubs or retakes so we're working with the raw material we have, for better or worse). Are there any glaring errors on this track or things I should mention before I get back to him? One thing I noticed is that he's been a bit heavy handed witht he gating and compression, particularly some of the vocal parts where the sibilants and plosives are almost non-existent.

I'm only gonna keep this track online for a short while, but if someone could give it a listen and let me know their thoughts, i'd be very much obliged: https://soundcloud.com/doglatin/honolulu-demo-050313

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 11:36 (nine years ago) link

god this sounds like a super harsh thing but i dont mean it that way - do you want/intend the beginning to sound like a 80's nylons style acapella group thing? like exactly like one? because thats what i hear. also some pitchy weirdness in the "so afraid" "yesterday" multivoice responses. again, if these are intentional things, no prob.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 16:49 (nine years ago) link

Lol, I haven't hear the nylons but it is supposed to be a bit of a tongue in cheek doowop thing and if it comes across that way I guess that's intentional. The song is very much a comment on retro culture and so it's littered with 60s and 80s references. Cheers for checking it out jjjusten, I'll look into the autotune thing. Think the sound guy's gone a bit overboard with vocal manipulation, but then we're not at all trained singers so there's undoubtably gonna be a push/pull thing going on.

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:29 (nine years ago) link

song sounds good to me, esp. for a demo. i like it.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:30 (nine years ago) link

Xpost If you're talkin about Housemartins/Flying Pickets, I def see what you mean and kind of don't mind. I (was made to) grow up with that shit, haha.

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:31 (nine years ago) link

Cheers n/a

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:32 (nine years ago) link

I am making a lil album of songs that are about a min long each, I have about 10 so far where the music is done but I have finished singing over one of them, I've come up w/ vocal melodies for about 3

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:47 (nine years ago) link

I am seriously using the dumbest most unwieldy out of date programs to put the songs together because for whatever reason I like how it all sounds more than if I do it in ableton?

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 17:54 (nine years ago) link

what are you using?

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:13 (nine years ago) link

I (lol) am using cues in virtual dj to play my laptop like an mpc or w/e (I could slice to a drumkit in ableton and do the same thing I guess, but idk, when I use ableton I spend 3 extra hours on shit) and then editing shit further and recording vocals in audacity, its a forehead in my hands deal, but still

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:22 (nine years ago) link

i love stuff like that.

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:28 (nine years ago) link

well I hope it lives up to its rudimentary description, I'm starting to embrace it, at least this way I don't end up fucking around with corpus for a week with no results

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:35 (nine years ago) link

Good sounding demo, dog latin. I'd get some friends in a room for the backing vocals. And as for your solo performance it's a little too measured, just make sure you're saying "gate" instead of "gay" and make it fast and effortless

I was just in Prague recording with a budget-priced orchestra, stuff for five different clients and some stuff for my own use. There were 30 "pieces" ranging from 45-second long bits of orchestral incidental music to 20-minute marathon workouts. A total of 2.5 hours of music and 24 hours to record the whole thing. I def. got paranoid and overworked but I didn't break. I drove that bus.

It went very well but I instinctively prioritized the work of my clients, taking the time to really get something beautiful out of that shaky orchestra. I left not enough time for my own material. Now I'm futzing.

cheers FGTI - I did the lead vox, the others did backing. I think the engineer's but too strong a release on my vox because yeah, "gaze" sounds like "gay" etc...

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 23:42 (nine years ago) link

i'm listening to spotify

markers, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 23:42 (nine years ago) link

gotta get these tapes out soon (for this band i recorded) but have no idea what im doing! i need to buy a tape duplicator! i need to buy...tapes! i need to figure out how to get this shit onto a master tape! what am i doing with my life! HELP!

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 00:58 (nine years ago) link

i told my mom i was in a new band called high school and she recommended that we call it COOL GIRLS instead. additionally, "i like just a girl's name, like maureen, or mabel, for a girl band"

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:01 (nine years ago) link

lmao at cool girls altho tbh i would like it as a name for a coed or all dude band

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:01 (nine years ago) link

Just listened to the whole thing; it sounded great. Can't have been easy to sing with a mask.

treat the gelignite tenderly for me (Sund4r), Saturday, 25 December 2021 14:29 (six months ago) link

Thanks! We’re all pretty used to the masks by now, been doing it since September; obviously it would be much much better to do it without them but honestly I’m just glad to be performing in public again.

talkin' about his flat tire (DJP), Sunday, 26 December 2021 03:08 (six months ago) link

this is from last year but I never got around to trimming the source video.

a few tracks from Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs, where I played Key William and sang the songs from the movie on a ukulele.




they were written with a ouija board and a rhyming dictionary (Neanderthal), Saturday, 8 January 2022 02:14 (five months ago) link

warning: codpiece

they were written with a ouija board and a rhyming dictionary (Neanderthal), Saturday, 8 January 2022 02:15 (five months ago) link




nice codpiece

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 8 January 2022 02:40 (five months ago) link

Haha wow that's awesome

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 8 January 2022 23:58 (five months ago) link

I've been practicing cello every day and neglecting the smaller boxes. Bf said "hey can you still play the violin all right after months of this?" I picked up the violin and said "oh of course!" in a Liza voice and hacked out Day-O

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 9 January 2022 00:01 (five months ago) link

Got a grant to write a piece to be performed and recorded by a v good local guitarist.

treat the gelignite tenderly for me (Sund4r), Saturday, 15 January 2022 00:37 (five months ago) link


Presenting the Fabulous Redettes Featuring James (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 January 2022 01:21 (five months ago) link


treat the gelignite tenderly for me (Sund4r), Saturday, 15 January 2022 01:22 (five months ago) link

Finished scoring an impromptu that mostly came out of a spur-of-the-moment improvisation a week ago. I shut off the critical part of my brain that would say things like "too sweet" or "too flashy" and just kind of let it happen.

The sensual shock (Sund4r), Friday, 21 January 2022 21:17 (five months ago) link

Prepping a new audition song on the off chance I ever do musical theatre again. This is "How Can I Call This Home?" from Parade.

Needs some work but it'll get there

he's very big in the region of my butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 03:28 (four months ago) link

I wrote a setting of Agnus Dei that is going to be sung by my choir this Sunday

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 11:37 (four months ago) link

Man Neanderthal that is a very political audition song choice, I like it

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 11:41 (four months ago) link

Congrats DJP! Is there going to be video available?

(And thanks!)

he's very big in the region of my butthole (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 11:47 (four months ago) link

It’s going to be live-streamed, the replay will live on the King’s Chapel YouTube channel

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 12:21 (four months ago) link

Wow v cool DJP

The sensual shock (Sund4r), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 12:43 (four months ago) link

just got home from band practice and feeling like playing drums every day for the past two years has paid off majorly

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 February 2022 03:59 (four months ago) link


Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 February 2022 04:25 (four months ago) link

The performance of my piece is in this video; fast-forward to 1:03:17 (pretty sure the ILX regex cuts off the timestamp parameter so you can manually add ?t=3802 to the end of the URL if it's not there)


castanuts (DJP), Monday, 7 February 2022 15:07 (four months ago) link

or rather &t=3802

castanuts (DJP), Monday, 7 February 2022 15:07 (four months ago) link

that's so cool! it was really lovely, thank you for sharing

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 February 2022 15:12 (four months ago) link

Thank you! I based the harmonic structure off of a pop song I'm putting together that my guitar teacher is having me write in order to force me to learn how to use more difficult chord fingerings, lol

castanuts (DJP), Monday, 7 February 2022 17:32 (four months ago) link

Very tired of my usual songs and completely done with hearing my own voice. I'm just trying to stay active, even if it's mostly remote and online.

Currently starting on a new recording project with some oldsters who have a throwback 70s vibe. I can get out real drumsticks, and explore nonironic uses of fuzz and distortion pedals. May have to invest in some better ear protection though, because it's been a while since I had the space and mandate to RAWK.

At the same time, a bunch of my other one-off collaborators from the acoustic scene are (from my perspective) young persons. I confess that I don't always quite understand their taste. Case in point: I am casting about for a new female singer to work with. One 30ish scene denizen keeps coming up with cover suggestions that are charmingly random. "Jolene"? ok. "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree"? ok. "La Vie en Rose"? ok; I can probably work out a decent arrangement. I asked whether she had anything easy and she suggested "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)." Ok but wtf?

People of my own demographic tend to gravitate toward Blondie, Pretenders, Madonna. And/or Smiths, Cure, REM. That is comfortable territory for me. Edith Piaf is a stretch but not impossible. But Edison Lighthouse? I am always surprised by what Millennials know and don't know.

There is also a weird dude with a 7-string Fernandez and he does instrumental fusion shit. I can usually follow and find a groove, but I am just not quite sure what audience he's aiming for, if any.

imam and apple pie (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 10 February 2022 18:10 (four months ago) link

there has been a tiktok meme using "love grows (where my rosemary goes)" recently

na (NA), Thursday, 10 February 2022 18:15 (four months ago) link

Aha! That explains it. Thanks. I should alert my teenaged child to inform me of what obscure 70s tunes I will need to study up on henceforth.

imam and apple pie (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 10 February 2022 18:25 (four months ago) link

One of my peeves is discovering a great obscure jam, then pulling it out to wow my kids and them being like “that was a hit on tiktok last year.”

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 11 February 2022 02:58 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Completely out of the blue this morning I got a message: “Hey, what chance you could do a 3-week tour with [hardworking, competent, boring 4th-gen Springsteen-influenced singer-songwriter] in May?”

I’d have to burn all my vacation for the year, but I’d knock “doing a solid tour” off my bucket list (regret at having blown my early-90s window of opportunity has been a recent sore spot as I descend into deep middle age, so the serendipity of this speaks volumes). Such a random chance is unlikely to come again (especially if I decline this one).

Thinking hard about it.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 25 February 2022 04:45 (four months ago) link


The sensual shock (Sund4r), Friday, 25 February 2022 04:49 (four months ago) link

That sounds like fun.

DJI, Friday, 25 February 2022 06:54 (four months ago) link

do it

a (waterface), Friday, 25 February 2022 13:15 (four months ago) link

Had a phone call w/him this morning. He’s got himself sorted with another bassist. Equal parts relief (doing this would have put a complicated squeeze on the rest of my life) and disappointment (no rock & roll month of may for me). After sleeping on it, I would have done it for sure if he’d still needed someone.

Still, it’s cracked open a wedge of really wanting to do music stuff again, and opened my mind to other possibilities I wasn’t considering before, so that’s positive.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 26 February 2022 04:33 (four months ago) link

Thanks for the encouragement! CAPS AND ALL

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 26 February 2022 04:34 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Band played a show last night for the first time in 26 months. Went pretty well, although I vastly overestimated my general stamina & ran out of gas before the end of the set, leading to a massive cock-up on our Big Number. Ah, well.

I had donated blood earlier in the day, like a fool*. You’re not 30 anymore, mister!

*Obv donating isn’t foolish, but the timing was.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 2 April 2022 17:18 (two months ago) link

Played Bartok's "Merriment" on piano at a recital for my teacher's students a couple of weekends ago; it went as well as I could have hoped (and better than some recent guitar performances, heh).

And liberty she pirouette (Sund4r), Friday, 15 April 2022 19:20 (two months ago) link

I got my band's new single done. It is probably going to be going out to the SAFF for some sweet mastering sauce.

I'm pretty jazzed about the drum sound, it is raw but it's probably the fattest sounding kit sound I have gotten. I've got some sweet cut up and single shot samples to come out of this session. I'm going to try to build up my own kit from the sounds. There are also break beats and way we cut the drums, there is zero bleed. Curious to see what I can do with some of these things, recording was built on the click so it is definitely could be cut to a loop pretty easy.

As for the tunes...well, I think we have one that sounds like what a motorhead cover of little feat might have sounded like. It's also got a dicky betts sitting in with the minutemen string refrain part. The other one is I guess kinda grunge with a wah wah riff and some southern rock guitar army soloing. It's all sat to this mitch mitchell fatback beat. I'm happy how it turned out as I have had it written for years and never got a chance to work it up. I demoed it up a couple times with a drum machine.

earlnash, Sunday, 17 April 2022 12:40 (two months ago) link

Nice! Share bc links as soon as you have em, pls.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Sunday, 17 April 2022 14:36 (two months ago) link

Nice, I wanna hear those drums

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 17 April 2022 16:13 (two months ago) link

I’m going to release some ambient stuff in May. Can anyone point me to to any sites or blogs that specialise in reviewing that kinda thing?

29 facepalms, Friday, 29 April 2022 12:21 (one month ago) link

emil.y, I see Slum of Legs is playing a show with one of my pals tomorrow: Samantha Savage Smith. Wonderful band; the drummer Chris is an absolute gem of a human as well as a monster player. Hope the gig is a roaring success and you all end up as friends. It is indeed a small world.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 9 May 2022 05:01 (one month ago) link

over the past year or two I've managed to build up a pile of half-finished techno tracks, so now I'm making a push to get some of these actually finished, here's the first one:


Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 20 May 2022 19:18 (one month ago) link

Bangin' stuff, Moodles.

I set myself a target of finishing a track every two weeks. Which may or may not be feasible for me. Anyway, here's a new jam:


feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Monday, 23 May 2022 13:53 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Here is the new single. I'm pretty happy how it all turned out.


The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Friday, 10 June 2022 03:24 (two weeks ago) link

This was the previous one.


The ambient jail door slam and the drum machine loop a bit of a nod to the very beginning of 'eminence front'.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Friday, 10 June 2022 03:26 (two weeks ago) link

I've been going to the weekly jazz jam session for the first time in many years, because I hate sitting in and I'm bad at it.

I've been shedding a ton, my hands are feeling more relaxed than ever and soloing is more fluid. When I'm on one of my own gigs on my own kit, I feel relaxed and present.

But when I sit in on someone else's kit without warming up and feel the pressure to show out, I'm still prone to tensing up mentally and physically, after all these years. So I'm making myself go to see where the bottom line of my playing is. I'm definitely not where I want to be yet (i.e. able to sit in and calmly play the same way I do in my basement), but it's good to know that at least some of the things I've been working on come out when I'm on the hot seat.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 17:32 (one week ago) link

Some players are the same way with recording. I've played more with a drum machine and a recorder than with a band, but I have seen musicians that are way experienced in playing live just wilt with red light fever even just doing some basement recording.

I get f'ed up trying to record myself singing. I got to think if I did not have to engineer and record it might be a better situation, but I always think my recorded vocals are not as good as I have done just playing with a group.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Thursday, 16 June 2022 00:33 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah red light fever is real. I've noticed while practicing that I can trick myself into that mindset, like "imagine you're recording" or "imagine that so and so is watching and you can't stop and start again" and it's a helpful exercise.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 16 June 2022 15:32 (one week ago) link

i had no idea that was the name for it. I get that really bad, esp as a singer, when I'm a much looser singer live.

Slowzy LOLtidore (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 June 2022 15:38 (one week ago) link

My trick as a recorder with overdubbing lead guitars with people is to just "hey let's roll through it and just practice and work something out." I then just go ahead and record the 'practice one' anyway and sometimes it really works out as you get their idea as it happened. Of course, sometimes you try to then take a solo idea and then do it again with something else and it just cannot get back to the 'live one not thinking'.

My old band we often recorded the band while we practiced and quite a few cuts on our couple CDs the solo (along with the take) was live. Being able to have it setup and keep it setup really helps in that way, but sometimes you end up with a killer take that the snare mike was off center a bit.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Thursday, 16 June 2022 22:53 (one week ago) link

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