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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) Permalink

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) Permalink

haha its exactly what it sounds like

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

(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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

roxy high school is an amazing band name

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

haha

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

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) Permalink

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

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

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) Permalink

would watch n/a z s band

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

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) Permalink

l0ud high school s3x

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

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

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

oh no, I've said too much

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

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

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) Permalink

Cheers n/a

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

what are you using?

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

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) Permalink

i love stuff like that.

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

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) Permalink

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

a) tepid b) vapid c) simpering d) milquetoast (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 19:18 (six years ago) Permalink

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.

a) tepid b) vapid c) simpering d) milquetoast (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 19:22 (six years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

i'm listening to spotify

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

we do sound good!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 14 January 2019 22:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Nobody owns improvisation imo

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 14 January 2019 22:22 (three months ago) Permalink

If you sound good you’re doing it right

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 14 January 2019 22:22 (three months ago) Permalink

i loved being in a noise improv combo, best musical time ever, would noodle again

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 14 January 2019 22:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I love learning and rehearsing pieces on piano but man do I also love noodling on it. I might be a more effective noodler if I knew my theory better but I'm having fun and not hurting anybody

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 14 January 2019 22:57 (three months ago) Permalink

update: we recorded our show and i made a bandcamp -- here it is
http://planquartet.bandcamp.com

we had to split it into two tracks because bandcamp says so but it was meant to be heard as one piece

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Cool! Will listen when I get home this afternoon.

I have a new project being rolled out today that I've decided to call "THE BEST EVER."

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 21 January 2019 22:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Me and a couple friends have started a house music band. We hope to put out an EP later this year. Here is a sample:
https://soundcloud.com/balboa-park/sunset-summer-quick-master

DJI, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I got a vintage Rickenbacker! This thing is so rad. I've been interested in them for a long time, but they've certainly been outside of my budget. But I ran across this Electro ES-16 model from 1966 at a shop here locally. They were student model Rickenbackers made for a couple of years. This one is super short scale but as far as I know, it's basically a 420 or 425 with a thinner paint finish (and no Bigsby). Same electronics, toaster pickup, maple body, varnished rosewood fretboard, Kluson tuners.

It's just delightful sounding. The difference between the toaster pickups and the '70s-and-after high output pickups Rickenbacker has used is a lot more extreme than I realized.

timellison, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 18:22 (two months ago) Permalink

can someone recommend me a small electric guitar - not just short scale, more like mandocaster size but without the doubled strings?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:22 (two months ago) Permalink

idk, maybe get an acoustic-electric ukulele and restring it to suit your needs? I mean, you'd only get 4 strings that way though.

peace, man, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

I tried looking and was caught up in a wash of Epiphone Les Paul-shaped ukes complete with bad burst finishes, but then I happened on this. Seems pretty bad-ass for a uke.

peace, man, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

these are all four-string but: https://eastwoodguitars.com/collections/tenor-guitars

na (NA), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

what about if i got an eastwood mandocaster 12 and just took out one string from each course? Would the lesser tension fuck things up?

https://eastwoodguitars.com/products/mandocaster-12

I just don't like double course strings but I really want a tiny gtr

That seagull one looks awesome but more acoustic-electric than I'm thinking

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 21:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I have def seen mandolas / mandolins with four strings.

https://goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldtone/instruments/gme-4

http://jazzmando.com/bill_bussman_jm.shtml

Would like to try electric mandola some time, they sound tasty with effects. But what I want most right now is an octave mandolin. More beef and more fretboard real estate; no need to transpose in my head (As I suspect I would with a mandola).

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 23:52 (two months ago) Permalink

The Gold Tone GME-6 is exactly what I’m thinking of! And I could almost afford it at some point.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 24 January 2019 01:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Fender announced a new tenor Telecaster this week

louise ck (milo z), Friday, 25 January 2019 09:07 (two months ago) Permalink

That's great, Tim!

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 25 January 2019 10:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Played "Autumn Leaves" and "Lester Leaps In" (at ≈200 bpm, not whatever Parker played it at) at my favourite Gatineau bar last night. I think it went decently.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:39 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Going to do my first wedding gig in August. The owner of a school where I work asked me to play at his. At least I have lots of time to figure out and prepare repertoire.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Monday, 18 February 2019 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Are you going to be the solo guitarist while people are coming in for the ceremony etc?

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 18 February 2019 18:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I recommend reviewing the johnny b goode scene from Back to the Future

Karl Malone, Monday, 18 February 2019 18:43 (two months ago) Permalink

I think so, Jordan. Karl: it is never far from my thoughts.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Monday, 18 February 2019 19:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Good luck Sund4r.

My current "acoustic 80s" band is also playing a wedding in April, but the couple wants us to focus on Americana/country/alt-country (as opposed to synthpop). It's doable, though we will be dropping anything Whiskeytown/Ryan Adams-related. Working on some Son Volt instead.

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 18 February 2019 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

does springsteen work?

i'm getting ready to finally "release" some music, which just means posting it on bandcamp. it shouldn't be a big deal but it is to me. my wife has never heard anything i've ever recorded, for example. plus all the lyrics are kind of a downer because i wrote it during the 20+ years when i was really depressed (i'm totally fine now and will never be depressed again! (a quarter jk first part and a full jk on the second part)) so i'm worried someone i know will take them too literally. anyway, look out for it on your bandcamp near you sometime soon

Karl Malone, Monday, 18 February 2019 20:07 (two months ago) Permalink

One of the people I sent feelers out to asked if I wanted to play at some fund raiser at (but not for) the university art museum. I'm playing bass, learning actual covers, and we only get to practice a couple times before the show because of kids and jobs and all that. I should be far more terrified than I am right now.

joygoat, Monday, 18 February 2019 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Xp to Karl, I do "I'm on Fire" and will likely add "Atlantic City," so yes.

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:41 (one month ago) Permalink

i've alluded to this a few times but i've been in a band with a couple of other guys for the last two years or so. it's nice to be playing music but it's not really the kind of music i want to be making, and in general i am just not feeling very motivated to make music right now. the other guys are alright but we aren't friends or anything. so i'm ready to not be in this band anymore.
the complication is that we recorded an album last year that still hasn't come out. one of the other guys in the band paid for the $$$ recording and has put a lot of his own money into promoting the band. he also shopped the album around and got a small local indie label interested in putting it out. right now the plan is for the album to come out in may.
so i basically feel like it would be a dick move to quit right now. i kind of feel like i have to wait until this album comes out. right?
do i give them some forewarning that i'm on my way out or just quit?

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:51 (one month ago) Permalink

hmm, that's a tricky one. do you think they plan on playing shows around may to promote the release?

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Maybe help them find a replacement for you?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't know. there's a constant push and pull between this main guy wanting to play more shows and get more people to like the band and the fact that we're all old and have kids and responsibilities. i think the hope is that being on this label will lead to more shows but who knows.
i should add that this band existed as a two-piece for a number of years before i joined so there's a good chance the other two guys will keep it going without me.
i'll probably stay with it through the album release and then look for a good time to gracefully exit?

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink

as the person who usually is the person who cares too much, i would say the more forthright you can be, the better. offering to help find a replacement would be nice.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:31 (one month ago) Permalink

even if they don't take you up on the offer to find a replacement, it's a nice gesture.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:31 (one month ago) Permalink

i'd offer a related nice gesture, which would just be to offer to show the new replacement your parts (if they plan on replicating them or at least using them as a starting point).

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:47 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Went to a jam Monday night and did "Footprints" and "Freddie Freeloader". I was feeling a little unsure, like the other guitarist kicked my ass, and like I should maybe not do this again without taking lessons, but I ended up getting some of the best feedback I've gotten (+ some helpful critique). The other guitarist (who has played with some big names) actually wants to meet up and jam things out together, and drummer friend is also talking about booking some regular studio rehearsal time.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 22 March 2019 23:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Cool!

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 March 2019 01:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I’m singing a minor duet on Sunday in a performance of Handel’s Esther and I’m kind of freaking out about it because this isn’t the type of thing I normally sing as a soloist, even though my bit is tiny/inconsequential

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Had no idea there was Christian Purim music

moose; squirrel (silby), Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

V cool, DJP. Hope it goes well.

I'm also thinking of doing the Prelude from Bach's BWV 1007 at a school's recital next weekend.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Like a warm-up for doing it at the ceremony in the summer.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That's great Sund4r, wish I could play some jazz with you.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

would attend this performance!!

i finally gathered all the stuff i have been up to for the last 5 years into one post with links and a light introduction to me/what i am after wrt music/drumming. i answered the question no one asked, "what are you doing here?"
lol

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 23 March 2019 14:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i played a show at the batting cages in philly two weeks ago and i wish i could go back and live in that moment forever

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 March 2019 14:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I’ve started a new label for exp/avant audio art. The first release is a cassette by legendary Seattle rapper Specswizard (aka Specs One). Some may know him from his Sun City Girls affiliation.
This one is titled ‘TS AND THE S’. Lots more in the works.

ongoingdiscipline.com

Yelploaf, Saturday, 23 March 2019 14:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Am on board if we ever end up in the same town, Jordan!

I somehow spaced out and forgot where I was in the middle of playing that Bach at the recital today so improvised a little until I could get back on track. People didn't seem to notice, curiously, perhaps because it might have actually been the least shambolic thing about the recital.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 31 March 2019 04:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

BTW that duet went well and ppl loved the concert, yay

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's great.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 31 March 2019 17:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

a collaborative album I made with my friend John called Movies was featured on Bandcamp Daily last week: https://daily.bandcamp.com/2019/03/28/best-experimental-music-bandcamp-march-2019/

flappy bird, Monday, 1 April 2019 17:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Good for you. I enjoyed it and will probably listen again.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Monday, 1 April 2019 20:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That was excellent grant-writing music, flappy. (I applied for a grant to make an album btw, which is relevant to the thread.)

Last Sunday, at a classical guitar concert, I found out there was a classical guitar open mic that night so I went and played this as well as Villa-Lobos's Etude 11. Met some cool people and good guitarists and actually saw my guitar teacher from undergrad.

I was also accepted to perform a guitar/electronics piece of mine (v loose first performance here) at this festival in August, where I will also do a teleconferenced improvisation and might play in a guitar orchestra. Was also asked to play in the guitar orchestra for a performance of Ben Verdery's Scenes from Ellis Island at a chamber music festival here in July.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 7 April 2019 02:26 (one week ago) Permalink


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