Monday, May 19, 2014


After toying with posting these on Youtube and deciding it was too much of a pain in the ass, I created a Soundcloud account, which I'm still learning to use. Seems like it might be an okay home for this project.

My second logo bastardization masterpiece

Ok I'm pretty proud of this:

I'm not sure if it is better than this one or not, but it still feels pretty spiffy:

For someone who sucks at design, I seem to have an eye for a certain brand of altering logos.

Friday, May 16, 2014

FW 4/25; SVFD 4/26; CJ 4/26; SVFD 5/3

Holy crap I forgot to blog FOUR SHOWS!  I'll have to dig back to get set lists for these...

FW 4/25 at LRC
Went pretty well and I got it on tape.

SVFD 4/26 at LRC
A certain member had the wrong location and so showed up five minutes late to start and without her music. She still kicked ass, though the set had to be abbreviated. Sadly we were supposed to play 1-1:30pm and I was supposed to haul ass to Busking for Books and get there by 1:45pm...but I didn't get there until around 2pm due to the late start at LRC.

CJ 4/26 at Busking for Books
Busking for Books was 1-3pm and I was stuck at LRC, so I didn't arrive until around 2pm. But that was okay, they started without me. In the middle of Manta Ray a little girl jumped on "stage" and started dancing. Also, during Wave of Mutilation someone was carried out on a stretcher from State Street Brats...right when we said "You think you're dead..."

SVFD 5/3 at GRC board fundraiser at Brink
I played pretty well and remember very little else about this other than the guitar player broke a string and, of course, I was the one with a replacement.

Oh right!

I just realized why Flipside still sounds empty. I totally forgot about the horrible distorted keyboard.  Well that will be easy to add.

And I forgot KeD plays through the stop.

Breeders Trib Update

I had kind of given up on the damn thing and decided it would go down as incomplete. I think that hearing my own voice on "tape" was a very discouraging thing.  And the guitar stuff just seemed insurmountable.

But sometimes one gets a second wind.

So last night I added guitar parts for about 3 songs and started messing with editing the drum parts on New Year (they are mostly correct, but my time is just slightly off in a section and I started a fill too soon, so I figured it was a good opportunity to learn how to edit things. I could try replaying a clean performance, but the learning factor is high for fixing it with editing. This would make KiD crazy, but it is a good skill for me to have since I can't afford an "All-Wave" analog tape setup and a professional engineer. Digital is just easier and since it is all just for fun anyway, totally good enough).

I ended up being pleased enough with Cannonball to quietly post it online. I'm particularly pleased with myself that I learned how to crank on guitar with muted strings via trial and error over a period of less than a half hour. I'm learning lots of things.

I'm not good with editing or perfecting things. I like to get them done, however hairy, and move on. It can make them embarrassing to share, but it is just my way. I am not a detail person. I am not a hospital corners person. Get it done and get out. And so it is with this project like all others. It will bother me until it is done...but my version of done probably will feel like most other people's first drafts.

And those people will never finish anything in their lives.

My philosophy on most things in life is perfectly expressed by The Cult of Done Manifesto:
-There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
-Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
-There is no editing stage.
-Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
-Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
-The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
-Once you're done you can throw it away.
-Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
-People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
-Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
-Destruction is a variant of done.
-If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
-Done is the engine of more.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Footnote to all this Breeders stuff

The sound tech for GRC camps 1 & 2 always plays "Cannonball" on her little "waiting around for stuff to happen" house mix. I am TOTALLY playing along to that shit this year while we are running lines.

Breeders Trib Update

Rerecorded the drums for Hag last night as I'd inadvertently erased them.

Don't have the "cut sheet" (is that a term? is it the right term? who knows?) with me but I can say that I've recorded pretty much all of the drums and bass and vocals for like 14 or so tunes. Also have a few lead and rhythm guitar parts in the can. Most of what remains is leads that I just haven't bothered to figure out yet and rhythm guitar that I have to figure out and couldn't play yet even if I knew what it was.

But what I will say is this. My enthusiasm for the project, white hot as it once was, is waning.

I think it is a combination of listening to my own voice on tape and thinking "I never want anyone else to hear that" and being a bit daunted by the rhythm guitar parts. It DOES remind me though, that if I just put a little time into the guitar I probably could master barre and power chords and be oh-so-much better off for it. But for now it hurts my brain and my hands and my pride.

The drum and bass parts, and even a few lead guitar parts, sound OUTSTANDING though. Considering ripping just those to mp3 and posting somewhere. It sort of makes you realize that drum and bass form the core of The Breeders tunes, which had not occurred to me before. They are groo-vy.

I think I best push through this weekend and get as much as possible accomplished, export some mixes, and be resigned to the fact that the thing will proceed no further until some day many years ago when, by that time, I'll have forgotten again how to use all the equipment and will be so horrified with the quality of the performances that I will no doubt start over at that time.

But it does shock one what can be accomplished in just a week or so when one is driven by invisible forces to do something pointless.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Breeders Trib Update

Day three was vocals for no other reason than I was in good voice on the drive home from work and hitting all those low-as-fuck KiD notes without my voice frogging so I went for it.

Lead Vox tracks (and most backing vox) now done for:
Divine Hammer
Do You Love Me Now
Full on Idle
I Just Wanna Get Along
New Year
No Aloha
Son of Three

Had to look up lyrics for Roi (yes I know it only has one line, but I didn't know what it was) and Invisible Man today on interwebs.

Accidentally erased drums for Hag, but the rest of above are done for drum tracks too.

Bass done for: 
Divine Hammer
Son of Three

Some guitar done for Divine Hammer as well. Downloaded a bunch of tab/chords and live video so I can try to figure out the guitar parts. This will by far be the hardest thing for me and will likely come out the worst (even worse than vox...shocking!). Note that I found out there is a Last Splash sheet music book published in 1994 but it costs between $30 and $100 online. And by the time it arrived I'd be all done anyway.

Probably will try to do SOS (once I master it) and Driving on 9 (cause it is easy) too. Off You is floating around as well (did guitar/vox but not happy with them).

I definitely have decided that this will be a "quick and done" project. I know that it can never be perfect because I'm just not that good at recording/mixing and my vocal and guitar skills can't catch up in time to ever make this great within the next year or so. So instead I'll just power through and shoot to be done as quickly as possible. I still like the idea of a title that hearkens to "90 in 90" but using whatever the final song count is (15-20 tunes) and an equal number of days of recording. If I take two weeks on this project that means I've still got two full weekends ahead of me and surely that will be plenty of time plus whatever gets done week nights. A crazy idea to learn and record that many songs in a couple of weeks, but the speed of completion ends up being part of the fun and the accomplishment.

But we'll see what these guitar parts have in mind.