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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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

haha its exactly what it sounds like

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

roxy high school is an amazing band name

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


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

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

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

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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

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

would watch n/a z s band

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

l0ud high school s3x

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

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

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

oh no, I've said too much

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

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

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

Cheers n/a

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

what are you using?

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

i love stuff like that.

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

i'm listening to spotify

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

will be released friday 26 october.

Sorry for the confusion!

I wanted to try and build some chatter about it, so I posted it as a "forthcoming" release for now. Songs will be live on Friday. After that, I plan on doing a VERY SMALL BIT of promotion for the bigger releases by using the single as a teaser. I wanted to make something useful, so the "A side" is actually exclusive to the single. The remix on side B is on both of the albums, but not as its own indexed track (as it will be on the single). Hopefully it will serve the purpose of drumming up some anticipation.

In the meantime, I've removed most of the "demos" albums from my bandcamp, as I took all of the recordings I'm using for VERSIONS / MENTAL ILLNESS from those albums and I didn't want to be redundant. This means that those songs will be available again (in a slightly different configuration) when the albums are released in November (this was intentional, as I felt like it may help grow anticipation a little). Some of the stuff was so new, I'm not sure many people noticed when I posted it on the 2018 demos page. The last few songs were literally only days old when I took everything down, so probably not a lot of people heard those newer songs on MENTAL ILLNESS. In addition, there will also be five brand new, not yet heard "remix" recordings to be included at the end of VERSIONS.

So, even though most of it has, not all of the contents of these upcoming releases (I would reckon about ten songs total) have been posted before.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 22 October 2018 22:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Because I'm lazy and it's already Friday on the east coast and overseas, the single is now live.

No more self-promo for a while. Promise.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 26 October 2018 04:12 (one month ago) Permalink

nice work Austin!

Karl Malone, Friday, 26 October 2018 04:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds good and chill.

DJI, Friday, 26 October 2018 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Fuck, my drone game was on point yesterday. One of those times you really wish you'd recorded your noodling.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 29 October 2018 08:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Hi y'all. So for some reason I've been extremely prolific lately. I have two albums of material I am going to be putting up on Bandcamp soon. The first is from a seafood/ocean-themed grindcore project called Dead Crustacean, which I have been working on for a while. I may have even linked to it here during its earliest stages.

The project started as kind of a goof but it was so satisfying to work on that it became a fairly serious endeavor. The vocals were the hardest part to get right, and I now have a much deeper respect for metal and punk singers. The album (titled Boiled Alive) is completed and almost ready to go. I am just waiting for the cover illustration to be completed before I publish it.

As an appetizer, here's the title track:


The second project is called The Snickerson Brothers, it's also something of a "concept band" but a lot more freewheeling and less bound by genre. This allows me to be less perfectionist about the production aspects-most of has been recorded on an iPhone with GarageBand.

The album (which I am still in the process of finishing) is titled Peaches N' Sour Cream. Here's the first son, also named "Peaches N' Sour Cream" (yes another title track, lol).


Also here's some artwork for both projects. I had a lot of fun designing and making these:


Can't wait to share the final products with y'all!!!

latebloomer, Monday, 29 October 2018 18:07 (one month ago) Permalink

LISTEN: https://t.co/b300HN2TKT
START TALKING: #mentalillnessbygaa #mentalillnessawareness #therapythroughmusic

— Gregory Austin Anderson (@gaustinanderson) October 29, 2018

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 29 October 2018 20:58 (one month ago) Permalink

I recorded a new one yesterday evening and it's seriously one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

I have no idea what to do with it.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:45 (one month ago) Permalink

So, over the past five days, I've recorded two of the best, and most gorgeous, things I've ever done. I'm unsure what to do, as I have Mental Illness and Versions to be released in a few weeks and that's basically three albums' worth of material.

But, now I have these two multi-movement, eight to ten minute songs that each contain a few minutes of some of the best music I've ever created and I'm just like. . . I dunno. I have this album that I'm really proud of, but it now seems a little bit less significant because I have these two songs that I'm really enthusiastic about — I've probably never been more excited about something I made ever before in my life. I know it's borderline tacky to be so into something I made, but I really do think I've created some of my absolute best work.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 5 November 2018 18:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I think people should be more into their own work. If you aren't making music you are excited about, why should anyone else be excited?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 5 November 2018 18:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks, Moodles. That does make me feel better. I mean, the past year or so I've come into the thought that I make music that I like to listen to — but, I don't know, that has always been a slippery slope for me. Maybe it's the way I was raised, but it just doesn't feel sincere at all to be like, "Hey, here's my favorite song right now" and it's one of my own songs.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

it's always a positive thing to feel good about what you are producing -- essential imo! it's what happens next that someone (mystery person i guess) might find objectionable. you can feel very strongly that it's your favorite/best of your own work without sharing it publicly as such.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:35 (one month ago) Permalink

But I actually really want feedback on this stuff.

Therein lies the problem.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Maybe I'll post them on unlisted YouTubes when I get home, just to share with you guys.

Because honestly, I value what you guys have to say more than just about anybody else these days (not kidding here; very genuine).

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:39 (one month ago) Permalink

at a certain point I think one has to let it go despite one's own feelings - it's hard to maintain a solid perspective on work that's been with you for a while. if you really feel like you failed or know you can do better / fix known issues, do so. but vague naggings keep so many people from releasing work and moving on. even if you don't like it at the moment, someone will.

flappy bird, Monday, 5 November 2018 19:41 (one month ago) Permalink

But I actually really want feedback on this stuff.
i mean who doesn't? i think there is a reasonable expectation that one's work can stand on its own and will elicit the feedback on its own strengths

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:44 (one month ago) Permalink

imo you can only truly expect feedback from someone who is in a teaching role or overtly supportive role, like a group of people you are workshopping something with

my feedback diet is basically plankton that happens to float across the path of my organism -- sure i would like to know more about what people think is strong or not but can't make the plankton drift past, they have to do it on their own via current

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Here `tis.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 03:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Still sounding good. Needs some more stuff to fill it out, imo. Vocals in particular. Do you play to a click track?

DJI, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 21:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Thank you!

I does not sing.

I play to a metronome about half the time. I did on parts of those songs.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 8 November 2018 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Whooshy beginning reminds me of Flock of Seagulls (not a bad thing btw). I really dig it once the pulse kicks in. Have not listened to the second piece yet. But great atmospherics

Glasnostradamus (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 8 November 2018 01:47 (one month ago) Permalink

. . .seriously? A Flock of Seagulls?! That's. . .

. . .fucking awesome. Holy shit. Thank you.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 8 November 2018 03:04 (one month ago) Permalink

I am an impatient old man.

. . .and definitive versions.

Already finishing up a post-album single / EP that will be 90% new material and probably to be released sometime around the new year.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 18 November 2018 01:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I started a label with a couple of friends. The first release is an experimental ambient noise drone thing by my band HEP LAD.

Philip K Discs

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 November 2018 05:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

> Philip K. Discs

lol. liking the logo too.

koogs, Friday, 23 November 2018 10:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Slowly catching up: v cool video with Leroy Jones, Jordan! Enjoyed it.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 23 November 2018 14:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks Sund4r! Appreciate it.

Actually just found out I'll be playing with him again in a month. I'm sure it'll be better because of familiarity, but, like, now I have to practice again? I was looking forward to not doing that.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 23 November 2018 16:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Austin I really like your tunes. gonna give it another listen

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Saturday, 24 November 2018 08:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right on, Jordan. Ha, re practising. I think I might have done too much of it over the last week and had brutal pain in my hands.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Saturday, 24 November 2018 15:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thank you, dog latin. I've been really happy with my recordings lately.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 25 November 2018 15:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also, I finally gave in and got a compressor (MXR Super Comp).

So, here's a song I've been messing with.

Here it is again using the Super Comp on three of the four guitar tracks.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 25 November 2018 15:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the HEP LAD cassette came out today.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 30 November 2018 20:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Bought a Squire Jazzmaster a month ago after wanting one for years, a tube practice amp last week, and s bunch of pedals.

Finally getting the sounds I want out of these things, so I’m getting back into playing music. I just need to take lessons again.

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 19:36 (one week ago) Permalink

teach yourself! it's faster, easier, cheaper, and lord knows there's an infinite amount of tabs, videos, online instruction out there

what pedals didja get

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Need photos and a full gear rundown, kingfish. Strictly for scientific purposes.

And yeah, like flappy said, there's so much stuff online these days, it's kind of a waste of money to get lessons unless you want to really get serious. But if you're just noodling on the weekend or whatever. . . yeah, keep your phone handy when you're practicing and you'll be good.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:37 (one week ago) Permalink

even if you're serious I really don't think you need to pay for lessons, it's just a matter of putting the hours in. IMO all you need lessons for are when you're at absolute zero and are frustrated for months waiting to get callouses, being able to comfortably change chords, etc.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Idk i wouldn’t be as serious at piano as I am if I weren’t taking and paying for lessons, nothing like shelling out $x00 a month to motivate one.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:40 (one week ago) Permalink

true & I can't speak for piano

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:42 (one week ago) Permalink

It's been at least 6 years since I played music with anyone else, and even then it was very infrequently and I was never any good. Nobody I knew where I used to live played anything so short of soliciting strangers it wasn't going to happen.

I moved a year and a half ago and a whole bunch of people I've met have mentioned having played in bands, wanting to play in bands, etc. About a month ago, I finally said fuck it and overcame my intense fear of looking and feeling stupid and being bad at socializing and told a bunch of people that I'd be up for playing at any point if they were into it.

This past Sunday two of them came over and we played for a couple of hours. One is a colleague in my department, one is a PhD student and both had been in various bands at points in the past. I mostly played bass but everyone sort of switched around a bit and made noise and I played TV Eye on the guitar and remembered how shitty a drummer I am because I can barely get three limbs going but damn it was fun.

I still kind of can't believe I actually did this, and might do it again after semester break or with more or different people, whenever my wife is willing to take off with the kid for a couple hours.

joygoat, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Where do you live, j?

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:58 (one week ago) Permalink

inviting people over to jam is nerve wracking but worth the pain because if you succeed you get to jam!! and that is the funnest thing.

i bought a combo looper and vocal processor pedal box and i can't wait to use it!! i just took it out of the box this afternoon and played around with it for the first time and i am in love!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 23:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Me? I live in the lansing Michigan area.

Kingfish you’re in Portland right? I actually bought a squire jazzmaster last time I was there when I still lived in Washington.

joygoat, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Looper news = super exciting!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:56 (one week ago) Permalink

i really am quite excited about it. the power to make all the noises myself feels like i got handed The One Ring -- what will i do with this enormous power?! (jk - i will use it for good, not evil)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 04:38 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah we'll see about that once it has intoxicated u

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:10 (one week ago) Permalink

LL: absolute power corrupts, absolutely. You literally hold the future of existence itself in your hands. Be wise.

joygoat, I was asking because I'm down to jam. Seeing as I live in southern California, I may need to save up some gas money for a few days before we commit to anything.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 21:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I can play, but paying for regular lessons forces me to practice. I got good enough at bass to play out when I took lessons years ago back in Ann Arbor. I view it akin to Weight Watchers, where I need externally reinforced structure to make myself gain the better habit.

Bought a tube practice amp, too, a Bugera V5, slightly modded by the original owner.

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Thursday, 6 December 2018 04:49 (one week ago) Permalink

this year i launched a website for KTUH FM Honolulu, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa college radio station. i haven't shown it off on ILX previously, so would like to plug it here.

it took a couple years to develop and i'm happy with how it turned out, tho i wish the station could stick to my recommended publishing schedule and make more writing available on the site.

check it out if y'interested: https://ktuh.org

davey, Sunday, 9 December 2018 00:49 (five days ago) Permalink

Looks great, man!

DJI, Monday, 10 December 2018 18:19 (four days ago) Permalink

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