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roxy high school is an amazing band name

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


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

this is going to be really awkward when you reject me

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

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

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

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

sp3ctacular l0ud s3x

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

would watch n/a z s band

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

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

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

l0ud high school s3x

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

the biggest audition opportunity of my lap

lol dan

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

oh no, I've said too much

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

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

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

Cheers n/a

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

what are you using?

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

i love stuff like that.

queeple qua queeple (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:28 (seven 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 (seven 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

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

i'm listening to spotify

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

I was briefly in a(n all-male) duo called "Sarah"!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:52 (seven years ago) link


possibly touring in the summer with the black/doom band, havent been out in a long time bc our guitarist lives a couple hours away, so we havent been as "active" in general. mostly an east coast thing, possibly all the way to canada, where i have never been

purp (roxymuzak), Thursday, 7 March 2013 22:48 (seven years ago) link

come to Atlanta!

I have been recording bits and pieces for an eventual cassette release. I've also been asked to do a split release with a local drone act. AND my band is recording stuff. So hopefully soon I'll have lots of physical stuff to give out at shows!

I've heard good things about getting cassettes made through National Audio?

C: (crüt), Thursday, 7 March 2013 23:00 (seven years ago) link

Yeah National Audio is great, I've done a couple things through them.

cwkiii, Friday, 8 March 2013 03:48 (seven years ago) link

guitarist in one band left us cuz he moved out of london :( which is a shame. was looking forward to recording those songs. we'd played 5 shows or so. it was going well. oh well. i have a decent recording of the last practice, guess i'll stick that on soundcloud if i can be bothered to mix it.

started a new thing with the same guys, got a new guitarist, and he rules! he's a bit older than us, used to run a drone and kosmiche club. had a practice on sunday and ended up with 16 little things to work on, 3 or 4 fully formed songs just happened, so looking forward to this band. krauty space rock with big OTT vocals and thinking i'm gonna bring an edp wasp and delay pedal into the equation. will prob play a show in the next month or two. my drumming is really rusty tho, need to get back on the practice pad before they kick me out!

tracks sitting in the computer way into the 100s by now, mostly experiments with the ridiculous synth collection that lives in the studio where i live. none of the synths are mine, but i'm free to use what i want and i've set up a synthesizer room and got everything patched up. pretty sweet. currently obsessed with the doepfer modular and making new presets for the matrix 1000- that's a seriously powerful bit of kit but the presets that come with it are crap.

playing classical guitar again, got my nails all purty, think i'm going to try and start performing too. maybe get some restaurants gigs.

have also been digging my uni pieces, trying to put together some sort of composer portfolio. surprised myself by how good some of those pieces are. the goldberg ensemble performed some of my string pices, which was very cool, had to ressurect an old hard drive, thought i'd lost those recordings for good!

Crackle Box, Friday, 8 March 2013 14:13 (seven years ago) link

Why is having good nails important for playing guitar? I don't play with my nails. I guess if I had long nails it would be difficult but...

dog latin, Friday, 8 March 2013 15:55 (seven years ago) link

if you play fingerstyle you get more control over your sound, you can also play louder and as everybody knows louder = better

Crackle Box, Friday, 8 March 2013 16:56 (seven years ago) link

It's a really fundamental part of classical guitar technique. Your nails are the tools you use to create and shape your sound.

Do restaurants in the UK hire classical guitarists??

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 8 March 2013 17:14 (seven years ago) link

What are you putting a composition portfolio together for, CB? Graduate schools? Grants/gigs?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 8 March 2013 17:16 (seven years ago) link

*Show us your scoressss*

* (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 8 March 2013 17:28 (seven years ago) link

making new presets for the matrix 1000- that's a seriously powerful bit of kit but the presets that come with it are crap.

surprised to read this, mine is coming back from service today but from the little i got to play with it before it went in i thought some (though yes far from all, or even most) of the presets were absolutely lovely. insta-BoC!

elephant's piss with milk and sugar (electricsound), Monday, 11 March 2013 00:48 (seven years ago) link

i believe they ran a competition so the 1000 presets are all from users of the matrix 6 (which has identical innards) those patches are just a bit uninspired imo! but yeah totally get the BoC thing- if that's what you're after, they're perfect!

x-post, i'll up some stuff on my soundcloud and mayyybe post some stuff up here when i've got it all sorted, but i'm a bit shy about my own music, esp the stuff i've spent a lot of time on.

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 March 2013 14:01 (seven years ago) link

and just doing a portfolio for.. err.. i don't know really. i've seen a few bits of paid work recently, such as composing some piano pieces for an audio walk in london. i'd have probably had a chance of getting that if i had some music organised and online. unfortunately the only stuff i've written that's even half listenable i did at uni ages ago, since then i've just been obsessed with synths, microtonality, learning to play drum kit and never finishing things.

Do restaurants in the UK hire classical guitarists??

yeah, you can make pretty good money (read: actually make *some* money) doing functions/events/restaurants/weddings etc. i'm thinking some satie, beatles arr. for classical guitar, cheesy spanish stuff, play through a little amp. will be good practice anyway.

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 March 2013 14:24 (seven years ago) link

Yeah a lot of this conversation resonates with me, and putting it in these contexts made me think about my responses above as a listener (and as someone listening who also makes) and i think that personal thing in your song Karl is amplified not only by the fragility of your voice but by the very "here is a song" 3+ mins long, standing alone- in comparison to 2 lengthy organ pieces or LL's drumming. These two I can let drift over me, engage with them in focused listening or just in the background - but an individual song presented in the way yours was kind of asks "listen to me closely, because I will stop soon." Whereas I think if it was 30 mins of songs with that dreamy jangle and I could actually approach it as I did with the other two???

Tib, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 00:50 (two months ago) link

exactly! i feel like i know exactly what you mean by that! and for similar reasons i think that's why the majority of my listening consists of things i can walk away from and not feel like i'm missing something.

in a slightly different way, i think that i could just quickly scroll through 20 different finished product paintings and think "nope. nope. nope. nope." as i went, but if there was a recording of someone painting those same compositions, or was just presented less as a final "thing" and more like "this is what the thing is like, sort of, as it comes into being" i'd be way more interested and would watch for much longer. (maybe i'm off on that - i'm not even sure what i mean by that, but it seems right)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:04 (two months ago) link

one more thing that seems relevant: what's interesting to me is that when i go about writing a shorter, 3-minute-esque "song", it will take me forever. the fact that is has a clear beginning and ending and that there will be repetitive elements of the song that are recognizable even during the first listen, leads to so much more attention being paid to it, compositionally. whereas when i record longer things, i'm so much more open to letting the "performance" of it stand, warts and all.

the reason i mention that i think there's an interesting difference between the two compositional forms in terms of how they represent the raw music that's inside of everyone. the shorter structured song brings out the obsessive, foreground conscious decisionmaking, while the longer forms seem more primordial and real in some ways.

(i recognize that's not true of everyone - some people really, REALLY labor over super long drone recordings in the same way that someone is sitting there chewing on a pencil's eraser trying to figure out a better inflection for the last syllable of a two-verse song, while others (robert pollard?) seem to just crank out short-length songs without worry

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:27 (two months ago) link

...more like "this is what the thing is like, sort of, as it comes into being"

yeah this interests me as a maker/player in terms of music too and its the main reason this board is so nice. I lurk a lot (because hah,I usually think anything i could say about the world wouldn't be meaningful or maybe yeah feeling incapable of producing something that would be meaningful to others0 and just find the smallness and openness in terms of process, sharing, approach here rewarding to read and occasionally join.

Tib, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:55 (two months ago) link

Anyone try this thing yet?


DJI, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:55 (two months ago) link

no but it’s very interesting — I’d try it!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:57 (two months ago) link


this just launched yesterday too

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 04:03 (two months ago) link

ok keen to hear experiences?

Tib, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:46 (two months ago) link

id give it a go but i'm me

Tib, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:48 (two months ago) link

bandcamp page for my weird organ music - https://cutternumbers.bandcamp.com/

na (NA), Monday, 6 April 2020 15:35 (one month ago) link

sounds great! your organ is awesome. I love how each of the three has a very different sound, too.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 6 April 2020 16:16 (one month ago) link

yeah i am listening while i try to focus on a very boring task and it's making me feel like i am hurtling through space while i do it
into it!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 April 2020 16:19 (one month ago) link


it's weird how when i do song-oriented stuff i'm pretty confident about knowing when i've made something worthwhile or good but when i do more experimental/formless stuff i have so little confidence in it, despite having listened to that kind of stuff for a long time and played versions of it for a while too.

na (NA), Monday, 6 April 2020 16:36 (one month ago) link

your organ is awesome


cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 6 April 2020 16:36 (one month ago) link

NA I'm listening to your organ record and I figured it would be, y'know, cool and all, but it's REALLY good.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 6 April 2020 18:29 (one month ago) link

thank you!

na (NA), Monday, 6 April 2020 18:31 (one month ago) link

enjoyed this

donald failson (sic), Monday, 6 April 2020 19:15 (one month ago) link

its such...so good.

Tib, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 15:09 (one month ago) link

i mean just sgo ood

Tib, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 15:18 (one month ago) link

Emily, I'm still listening to your wonderful SoL record lots, and enjoy singing along :) Bought it yesterday. My gf said it reminds her heavily of The Au-Pairs, which is meant as a big compliment!

I soldered for the first time ever, a new 9v terminal on a vintage Fender Blender fuzz I bought not working from a pawn shop and let sit for two years.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 03:41 (one month ago) link

Oh, LBI, I missed your post, thank you so much!

emil.y, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 13:52 (one month ago) link

I've been writing and performing/recording jingles with my wife and kids for her read-aloud series:



DJI, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 23:41 (one month ago) link

I mostly finished a stompy ambient track in ableton, re-learning how to do everything all over again

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 23:41 (one month ago) link

DJI those are fantastic! Are the full stories up too? Is this a storytime in the time of COVID-19 thing?

Tib, Thursday, 16 April 2020 03:18 (one month ago) link

Thanks, Tib! We had fun making them. My wife is an elementary school librarian so she’s been doing these for the lockdown.



DJI, Thursday, 16 April 2020 04:14 (one month ago) link

Thanks. These are good. I've seen some really bad ones! Usually when the book is tiny and held in the hands of someone too far away from the camera.

I do think the voice audio could be a bit louder on the reading in the sideways story one though.

Tib, Thursday, 16 April 2020 05:59 (one month ago) link

i listened to all of the sideways chapters (parts 1-3, I mean). i used to adore that book when i was a kid - haven't read it since

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 16 April 2020 16:52 (one month ago) link

among others, the one that really stuck with me is the chapter about the student who keeps tightening his tie, and keeps looking better and better and getting compliments every time he does it, until he can no longer breathe. i really do think about that story all the time

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 16 April 2020 16:53 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

New single came out Friday:

And also, my wife and I made a theme song for the Apocalypse:

DJI, Saturday, 2 May 2020 16:16 (one month ago) link

Have been reluctant to out myself, but whilst my Working Stiff Old Man Student Jazz Band is on hiatus I have been taking Skype guitar lessons from Sund4r to work on my finger picking and such and it is really helping a lot. He is as good a teacher as one would expect: really organized, calm, focused and clear and, as you know, he knows a ton about the guitar and all kinds of music.

My Chess Hustler (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 May 2020 19:32 (one month ago) link

Ha, glad it helps!

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Saturday, 2 May 2020 22:23 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

As I’ve gotten back into making tracks under quarantine, I’ve also slipped back into staying up until almost 3am with my headphones on.

Just listened to a couple of tracks I made with my dinky rig from 1998 or so (in the college radio station’s newsroom, over the summer when nobody was using it, and I was the program director so I had one of the keys) and remembered why it is that I really like having my unbothered hours late at night to fiddle around. Now if only I had PROPER gear back then, etc

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 04:59 (two weeks ago) link

amen brother

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 05:14 (two weeks ago) link

So many good ideas, mixed like shit on weak monitor setups, with no multiplex compression

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 06:38 (two weeks ago) link


El Tomboto, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 06:39 (two weeks ago) link

I need to figure out Acapella tonight so I can record myself singing a 4-part a capella arrangement of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" I put together yesterday for Sunday's church service.

(so serious) (DJP), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:23 (two weeks ago) link

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