Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Terry Jacks - Seasons in the sun
The Beach Boys - In my Room
Harpers Bizarre - The 59th Street Bridge song
Tommy James - Hanky Panky
Herman's Hermits - I'm Henry the VIII, I am
and The Beach Boys - Sloop John B, Plus all their respective B-Sides
I also found a copy of The Fugs II on vinyl and Mr Show Season 3 on DVD at this little book/record shop in Toronto today when we went to go bring my Synth to the doctor.
Hopefully those will keep me busy for a bit, and Mr Synthesizer comes back as good as new.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I was listening to Dr. Dog's we all belong, and wanted to make something very simple with a nice slow groove. All it is, is Piano, Drums, Bass through the Fender Deluxe, Guitar solo ADT'd, Lead and 3 tracks of backing vocals. I really don't use backing vocals enough, i have vocal harmonies everywhere, but i need to start putting more ahhhhs in the back of things, especially in falsetto.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
for some reason Protools has felt like being a jerk lately and feels like freezing up everything.
Its got a lot of stuff going on, i started off with the piano and then did vocals, the lead if 4 tracks, 2 parts so i could finish one line while starting another then double tracked. 2 more tracks for the back up vocals plus ADT on them (about a 30 millisecond delay panned the opposite side to thicken it up) i didn't want to put in real drums so i started slapping a beat on my legs, and put hand claps in instead of snares, then i ended up putting a real drum track in and just leaving the other parts to augment the real drums. After that i did the banjo and ADT'd that so i could pan it to one side but still have it take up space on the other. I played bass to double the bass hand on the piano and put in the wah guitar. After that i just spent like half an hour trying to play a good sounding solo, double tracked that and then put the glockenspiel heavily compressed then through a Leslie simulator. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I Fell In Love
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Feel It Comming - The guitars were done through guitar rigs orange simulator but were big muffed before entering protools, The bass was DI then put through the Ampex amplitube. They lead synth is my Roland Sh-1000 and the chorus was the Juno 60 with lots of the onboard chorus to try to get it to sound more leslieish.
Shake Me - Basicly the same set up, but the bass was big muffed too, lots of memory man on the clean guitar, and a healthy dose of glockenspeil with some tremolo.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Matt coming down reminded me of what i love in life, food, traveling music and a good documentary.
Then Breaking up
But having a day out with Owen and Jeff the next day really made me feel better, and hanging out with Steph more lately too has me really feeling a lot closer to the band. It's weird to have this falling out and coming together at the same time in life, but i guess this means I'm off to a new chapter, i just wish every time i moved on with myself it didn't feel like i got cut off from the world as it was before.
But on the music front, the albums starting to come together on my end, i think I'm done the majority of my tracking for 3 or 4 songs and have been writing a lot more lately, something about hectic emotional ups and downs always gets me writing a lot of music.
Flies on my Duck - Mellotron Cell0 and Choir, Vocals, Timps, Banjo, Acoustic and Vocals) these are just my tracks for the song, its still missing drums, piano, bass and glockenspiel
Take A Little Time - Vocoded Bass and NaNa's with Roland SH-1000 and Yamaha CS-01, Acoustic Guitar, Bontempi Organ, Circuit Bent Sk-1, SH-1000 random note Generator, Vocals, 808 and probably something else I'm missing Again no Drums, Piano, Bass and vocal Harmony.
Dancey Dance Dance? - Just a thing i made the other day fooling around with the CS-01 through a emulation of a Mutron Flanger and moog analog delay, my Danelectro 59Dc through a big muff, Boss Space Echo and a Whammy into A Fender Deluxe Reverb and a sampled Dmx drum kit
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I can't stand up for more than 30 seconds without the feeling of needing to vomit and also extreme discomfit in my abs. I'm hoping that this will mostly go away in the next couple days and i will be in pristine condition for the debut show of Tyson and his fabulous backing band on the day after the day after next.
Captain Wonderful has been taken off the back burner and new instrumentals are being written, hopefully
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
You're The One (that i love) B/W Stuck On You
Recorded over the past couple days
I figured out that i can take the drums in ez drummer and send them to different tracks for processing, so they sound a bit clearer, and i can put reverb on my snare!
Also just about every guitar part was put through my awesome new Space Echo pedal, god i love that thing.
if you listen closely one of the drum fills was sampled from Dr Dog.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The main guitar was put through the speech wah pedal in Guitar Rig with a LFO on it. other than that its mostly just Big Muffed guitar and one with a tremelo and some delay here and there. The vocal in the first halfs of the verses were put through speaker simulation too to grit them up a bit. Enjoy.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
After my show at the house of Trepid i was told that i had a backing band, we've been practicing once or twice a week and are set to make our debut performance in a couple weeks at the Carl music festival under the name Tyson and the Trepids.
I've gotten work setting up and helping with audio and video at a bar for their blues night video cast every Tuesday, if the boss likes me I'm sure it can lead to an actual job in my Field.
I got a Gallstone and have to get my gallbladder out in a couple weeks, apparently this will supercharge my digestive system.
I think most of my album is going to be recorded with the band at this point, so i think I'm going to put out what was to be my first album as a download soon, also coming as soon as Mr Matt Moskal has some free time from his hectic itinerary will be the Appetite for Salad split as well as Matt's debut album.
Other than that I've just been working, sleeping and waiting for my acoustic to get fixed so i can feel inspired to write and record some music again.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Also its February and that means FAWM. For those of you that don't know what this is, its February album writing month, where you try to write 14 songs in 28 days. So far I'm past halfway at 8, you can listen to my songs right here.
Other than that, i have band practice on Tuesday, my first band practice in almost a year. I really hope this works out, these guys seem really cool. Look forward to more music in the future as i got a boxstr account and can now put songs up!
Monday, January 19, 2009
2. Finish the song for Matt's radio show
3. play Trepid house
4. go to Sudbury
5. Play in Sudbury with the Captain opening
6. Find a damn duffel bag big enough for booty of musical instruments and clothes (might have to sacrifice bringing clothes for instruments, getting arrested for playing a naked show would make for good publicity, but its probably pretty cold up in Sudbury)
7. Stop writing run on sentences
8. Get ahold of Steve and see if he has my vibraslap
9. Eat more fruits and i love you most of all my favourite vegetables
10. Get good fake moustaches for me and Matt for the................ moustache party.
11. Find out who the hell put this up.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
2008 wasn't that remarkable of a year for me, half of the albums that i was looking forward to hearing didn't come to be this year (Clues, Starlight mints) and ones by bands i used to love just seemed to disappoint (Islands, Of Montreal) but here are the ones i did like in no particular order.
1. Tobacco - Fucked up Friends
Taking a more instrumental/hip hop approach to the same formula that made black moth super rainbows dandelion gum so awesome last year Tobaccos album wasn't a show stopper but is consistently good enough with a few great moments to probably be my favourite album this year.
2. Beck - Modern Guilt
While the risk taking, genre bending Beck of last decade may be gone the new beck sure knows how to set a mood over the course of an album. I think this is the first time Beck has taken a big stab at more 60's styled music, tho he dabbed in pscydellia before it is was a more post modern version. Song for song this isn't one of Becks best efforts but i give him points for always trying something different.
3. The Bicycles - Oh No, Its Love
Expanding on their debuts style the new album is more hit and miss but still a very good pop album. On some of the songs the bigger production values seem to strangle the songwriting a little bit, not enough to hate the songs but enough to slightly annoy you. In other places the album tends to go a more 70s route than the 60's styled pop the first album specialized in, but a lot of the more mediocre ideas only last 30 or 50 seconds and its on to something fun and funky again.
4. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
This record didn't win me over at first, but eventually a lot of the material really grew on me and it turned out to be one of my favourites of this year. The record has the instrumental prowess of 70's Zappa and mixes it with the strangeness of Primus and that's bound to turn more people off the band than on to them, but under it all the songs are strong and the instrumentation, i think is well chosen and played.
5. Unicorn Dream Attack - Love Bits
I just got this in the mail a couple weeks ago but its one of the most original pieces of music I've heard this year. Made mostly of game boy beats and old Casios it gives you that warm feeling of being 8 and playing video games. One thing they have on other 8bit or Chiptune music that put them ahead of the pack is the vocals, although vocoded are sweet and melodic as opposed to the sometimes harsh and abstract approches of other 8bit groups.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Devo - Girl U Want
The Specials - Gangsters
Saturday, January 10, 2009
At the store, which is more like a warehouse I ended up finding a good selection of records all for under $10. Really good considering antique stores usually mark everything up a ton. I got
T.Rex - The Slider
Devo - Freedom of Choice
Pink Floyd - Wish you were Here
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper
ELO - Time
ELO - A New World Record
all in almost spotless condition.
Tomorrow apparently I'm going to the ROM with Ally's family then maybe to Ikea whereupon i can finally get the shelf i want for my record player and records.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
On the 20th (hopefully) my excursion to Sudbury should happen leaving my bank account a little smaller but hopefully my esteem will be bigger recording some music with Matt and playing my first solo show in over a year.The next step is to work out an hours worth of material to play although the Satellite Farts did it and I'm sure i can cop most of the songs from those days and acoustify them as 70% of my CD is songs from that era anyways.
Speaking of my CD Its in its final stages with nothing (besides maybe a vocal) Left to record and just art and tracking left to do, in the next few months i hope it sees physical distribution and then i can send it around to see if any labels are interested in helping me along the way.