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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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

haha its exactly what it sounds like

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

roxy high school is an amazing band name

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

haha

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

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

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

i think we are gonna be called "high school"??
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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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

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

would watch n/a z s band

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

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

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

l0ud high school s3x

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

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

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

oh no, I've said too much

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

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

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

Cheers n/a

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

what are you using?

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

i love stuff like that.

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

i'm listening to spotify

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

Oh wow, good to know I'm on the right track then. Only took me 23 years to get here, I'm a late bloomer.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

if you're a late bloomer, idk what that makes me
a revived corpse?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:17 (one month ago) link

lol :)

i am feeling good about things clearly if i can make jokes about that

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:17 (one month ago) link

LL - those tracks are great! Gotta say I'm enjoying it more than the noise stuff, but I'm a sucker for catchiness.

DJI, Thursday, 23 May 2019 18:03 (one month ago) link

Haha, you're not a late bloomer, just a late starter

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 23 May 2019 18:06 (one month ago) link

I started playing guitar and singing lead vox in a Grateful Dead (and other similar stuff) cover band. It's a lot of fun.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 31 May 2019 15:03 (one month ago) link

https://midwestaxn.bandcamp.com/album/life-is-twigs

album out today, also on spotify and hopefully the other usual places

na (NA), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

also i'm trying to get back into doing my own stuff but i've set a very leisurely pace for myself: write and record one song per month. attempting to follow the loose monthly schedule of writing lyrics the first week, writing music the second week, and recording the third and fourth weeks. trying to not worry about the songs being "good" or other people hearing them. the goal is just to be regularly working on my own music without putting too much pressure on myself. i finished the first one of these yesterday.

na (NA), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:17 (one month ago) link

Just played a decently lengthy set before a decently large arts-festival crowd, and was decently well received. Pleasurable.

Velcromancer (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 1 June 2019 23:29 (one month ago) link

NA -- holler if you want to record or borrow some drum shit! that sounds like a fun project.

i am playing with the new band on a porch this afternoon. i feel prepared, which is pretty weird! i need to write down the set list and some notes so i don't get confused bc i'm not used to playing a bunch of rock songs in a row. on a porch.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:25 (one month ago) link

Band released a record, I’m pretty proud of it. I think the producer/engineer did a great job making a gang of hacks sound decent. salthorse.bandcamp

Next batch of songs is nearly all written; now we need to start whipping them into shape. Summertime is always tough for that bcuz everyone goes on vacation & we never seem to be able to coordinate that.

I bought my first synth after years of jonesing — a Mopho Keys. Looking forward to learning something new from scratch (the synthesis part, not the playing part).

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:16 (one month ago) link

Sounds fantastic!

DJI, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:28 (one month ago) link

Shoutout for the physical strenuousness of playing 45 min/12 energetic rock songs (only 3 are even moderately slow) in a row at full enthusiasm in a row.

Wow

Show is on Tues, I need to practice more! We played on a porch on Sun and it was fun but also very low pressure. A 94 year old lady offered me a $5 billl while I was playing <3

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:22 (one month ago) link

Clearly the things that are getting to me are 1) in a row continuously and 2) at full enthusiasm

Sigh

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:24 (one month ago) link

we have a show on the 14th and my drum lessons are changing the way i'm playing significantly, it's both great and... well, i just wish my playing were a little more fine-tuned at this point, it's v erratic from where i'm sitting (my bandmates mostly hear improvement)

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:35 (one month ago) link

I hear you! It’s very difficult to play the same songs with new skills ime!! It’s almost easier the less you know... :-/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:41 (one month ago) link

Also playing songs is different for me — I played some songs last summer and the summer before but mostly when I play w people it’s more improvised and therefore less strenuous. Songs are hard, esp when I’ve only listened to them for like 2-3 weeks?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:42 (one month ago) link

You should expect hiccups as you learn imo — that’s good! It means your playing is expanding 💕

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:43 (one month ago) link

2 funny things from my musical life

two weeks ago: played on a porch as part of a "porchfest" neighborhood summertime thing. i was set up directly next to the front door in a little corner. during our 2nd or 3rd song, the 94 year old landlady (who lives upstairs) walked out the door and stood there on her porch/the stage right next to me while we played, but the singer had no idea because her back was turned to the door. Landlady was kindly ushered back inside, but she came back out a few songs later and offered me a $5 bill while we were in the middle of the song. i did not stop playing! good times.

last night -- played a free show with a touring band and a local band that had no social media presence but had been written up in the Trib (I didn't read it before the show). They were ok but had bad manners and did not stay for either of the sets after theirs and took all their people out to the bar to socialize amongst themselves for the entire evening. i looked it up this morning and guess what -- the drummer was my old dermatologist. i didn't recognize him. lol!

good times, feeling happy :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:06 (one month ago) link

i had another lesson on monday where my instructor made some final adjustments to my grip and i'm pretty confident with how i'm playing rn, even though it's still a little difficult (my right hand has adjusted organically, but my left hand considers what i'm trying to do a grave injustice and cramps up a lot). instructor emphasized that comfort is paramount, but i think i'm getting there anyway? i move around way less (and waste way less energy) and can play faster than i used to, just after 4.5 weeks of rudiments

band practice last night was wonderful, we've never sounded better

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:21 (one month ago) link

that's great! what are you doing for warm ups to your rudiment practice?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:23 (one month ago) link

i've just been dipping in and out of the first 10-15 pages of both stick control and ted reed syncopation and alternating these with the PAS rudiments

rudiments have been mad fun to play but also excruciating at 40 bpm which my instructor insists on lol (he finally upped the speed to 45 this week)

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:29 (one month ago) link

prob the most immediate benefit of these lessons is that i'm no longer baffled by drummers that really impress me, i can now tell what they're doing even if i can't do it yet/at all

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:31 (one month ago) link

been there! otm about understanding impressive drummers more. i think at heart i am ultimately most impressed by feel and seek out unique voices in that regard.
i did a lot of strength building a few years ago and have been maintaining my routine -- it definitely pays off. i am currently at the point where i aim to increase my vocabulary so i can express more things, just like with language :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:02 (one month ago) link

even though that lady was trying to give me $5 to stop, it will take more than that!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:02 (one month ago) link

i think at heart i am ultimately most impressed by feel and seek out unique voices in that regard

this is otm for me too

it took me forever to wrap my head around jeremy taggart's drum part on our lady peace's "automatic flowers" and but i think it's all just lightly modified stroke rolls? anyway just *thinking* about this stuff is fun

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:52 (one month ago) link

oh excellent i found a decent drum cover, maybe this one is still baffling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_xFjY3y1nQ

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:57 (one month ago) link

the drummer was my old dermatologist

Insert "skins" joke here

Velcromancer (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:12 (one month ago) link

I just sang Love Bade Me Welcome at an evening service tonight, which means I’ve now performed all 3 of the solo numbers from Vaughn Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs”

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 13 June 2019 01:43 (one month ago) link

The singer/bandleader for the band I play bass in dissolved the band yesterday, after 6 months of rehearsals & one fun show. It’s a bit of a relief, because I feel like I’ve taken on too much in my life & need to simplify, & now I get to not be the flaky guy who quit.

Need to make sure I keep up my bass muscles/chops, though — those took a while to come back!

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:08 (one month ago) link

did not stay for either of the sets after theirs and took all their people out to the bar to socialize amongst themselves for the entire evening

I hate this. I am relatively understanding if a band's on a big tour and they need some chillout time for themselves but it smacks of arrogance to not bother watching other bands on the bill.

My band's album is soooo close to coming out now, just finalising artwork and checking test pressings. It's been a long time coming!

emil.y, Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:07 (one month ago) link

awesome about the album! looking forward to hearing it!! will it be on bandcamp as well as physical copies? this is slum of l3gs?

the uncouth band who took off after their set was local! they played and then literally hightailed it to the bar (different room) to hang with their friends, presumably because they had to work the next morning as rock and roll dermatologist + friends. the touring band, who were very kind and funny and had some sweet harmonies, played to an almost empty room :( (we all watched them + maybe 5-6 other people) they were good sports.

usually i would be on the side of the people who maybe just didn't know the rules or conventions but these people really should have known better. i wonder if the dermatologist is an advertiser at the paper they were written up in :thinking emoji:

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:58 (one month ago) link

Insert "skins" joke here

fyi i loled at this
wonder if he hears that much

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link

will it be on bandcamp as well as physical copies? this is slum of l3gs?

Yep, definitely putting it on bandcamp too. And yes, it's SoL!

emil.y, Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:43 (one month ago) link

Had a recording session in a lovely church space last night that I'm pretty happy with. I recorded a guitar duo playing a piece of mine and a piece by a friend and former student. Hope to get my piece edited and out, probably next week after life slows down. I used two of these, which wouldn't seem like the obvious choice to record classical guitars in a church but seemed to work well.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:17 (one month ago) link

Going to do a short improv set with a biggish name classical guitarist at a concert in early July and play in a guitar orchestra for Ben Verdery's Scenes from Ellis Island at a chamber music festival here later in July.

Also getting closer to completion with a guitar/electronics recording. Still hoping to get an album done this year.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:54 (one month ago) link

Cool Sund4r!

I agreed to back someone up for a festival set here, because her partner (who is also in the band) is an old friend, and I played on some of the albums. Feeling conflicted because I think the music is bad (not good). Well, the music is fine, but I find the singing and lyrics embarrassing. It's whatever and I'll just put on my session dude face, but I probably shouldn't have said yes. :/

I'm always trying to figure out how people can best present their talents, and this person could make really great instrumental music, or use their voice effectively in a style that doesn't call for great singing in a very traditional sense. But in this very exposed singer-songwriter context, man. People get to make their own creative decisions though, I'm sure people think I've made some bad ones too.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:16 (one month ago) link

On other fronts though, I'm playing some drums and percussion for a Dr. John tribute show tomorrow night, and finally got a release date (Aug) for the electronic album I finished early in the year.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:26 (one month ago) link

Those sound p cool. The other situation sounds tough. Curious how you end up making out with it. I'm probably going to have to say no to something that is just not my bag but it can be hard.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:27 (one month ago) link

i love the apple "music memos" app, especially the feature where it can add drum and bass parts to what you've recorded. it's a little wonky but that makes it even more fun. i recorded a sketch of a song i'm working on last night, which doesn't have words yet so i'm kind of murmuring some nonsense, and with the fake drums and bass it sounds like a skip spence song. i'm tempted to export it as is and just sing real vocals on top of it once i write lyrics.

for a while i would also get my kids to do stuff by singing a song about brushing their teeth or getting dressed or whatever into my phone then adding the drums and bass before playing it for them. i should bounce all those down.

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:17 (three weeks ago) link

ok i did what no one was asking for and bounced down the songs i made up to nag my kids. i don't know why there's 10 seconds of silence at the beginning but otherwise it's truly the "fingerprints" of being an annoying dad

https://soundcloud.com/user-378919876-468565288/nagging-songs

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

I uh found myself last night looking at the free preview of a lead sheet trying to arrange piano accompaniment for Green Day’s Basket Case. Nobody asked me to do this.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Friday, 5 July 2019 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

Wow

flappy bird, Friday, 5 July 2019 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

I have only gotten about three measures in so far and to date I would not describe myself as being able to sing so I'm not sure what this exercise is for, exactly, if anything

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Friday, 5 July 2019 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

Going to do a short improv set with a biggish name classical guitarist at a concert in early July

This was last night. I just played prepared electric guitar with him on one piece at his concert, which was an honour. (He was also my teacher from 02-05.) It reminded me of how much I used to enjoy spontaneous improvisation with other musicians, using one's ear to dialogue.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Saturday, 6 July 2019 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

ooh write some more words about what you enjoy about it -- i am getting my improvisation workshop together for 12-13 year old campers (later this month) and i could use some fresh quotes!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 6 July 2019 05:24 (two weeks ago) link

"It's the notes you don't play, maaaan."

(not helpful, sorry)

Velcromancer (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 6 July 2019 10:45 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry, LL: I was thinking about it but wasn't really sure what to say; maybe there's too much to say? I'd be happy to answer more specific questions.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Monday, 15 July 2019 16:12 (five days ago) link


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