Week 13/52 2018Loop Jam #1

 

Week 13/52
Little diddly in E(b) minor.
Very short of time this week so this is a quick and rough setup – but I also used my camera to film it. Going to use this simple setup to film and record a bunch of guitar stuff for my social media.
Here comes the second quarter of 2018!
Planning on doing lots of guitar instructional vids / loop jams / practice diary stuff – some of which might make it into WB.
Also going to explore some other really different styles of music.
Thanks for listening!

Week 12/52 ‘Rose of Adelaide Town’

 

Week 12!
A hectic week + drinking + a solo gig on Friday means I tried to whip this one out late on Sunday.
Might try and re-visit the vocals on this one soon when my voice isn’t hacked / when I’ve arranged a couple other parts to fill it out without stepping on the guitar part.
So not totally satisfied w/ the ‘arrangement’ / ‘production’ – but I’m super happy with the lyrics and music itself. 🙂

Fairly simple/groovy chords for the main part, in the ballpark of ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Rosanna’ by the Police / Toto.

The chord progession in the bridge section is pretty complex and is one of my favourite things to play ever 🙂 –

(Gm / Em7b5 / A / DbDim / Dmin / GbDim)

(Gm / Em7b5 / A / DbDim / Dmin – C // Bm7b5 / E / AbDim / Amin / DbDim)

(Dmin / Bm7b5 / E / AbDim / Amin / DbDim / Dmin / D7)

 

Almost 1/4 the way through the year and really setting a few basic ‘steps’ in my composition/production process has helped heaps – I’m learning more and more about the sound of my microphones and rooms and I think the acoustic guitar tone in this song is my favourite I’ve got this year.

Note – my dad actually came up with the ‘rose of Adelaide town’ lyric, in a different context, and I found myself singing it so I put it in there with his permission smile

For Grace –
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Rose – Of Adelaide town
You don’t know what you’ve got going down.
Ya got style and Grace – your smile, your face
It drives me wild
It’s like nothing before
At night you come alive
Taking it back to your place or mine.

Rose of Adelaide town
Sometimes you get down
But you’ll come back around.
Coz you’ve been through pain
But you smile again –
You’ve so much love to give
It’s the best of you.

So I write these lines
With you in mind, and on my mind
Too much of the time.
Too much of the time.
Just a little too much
Just a little too much
Of the time.

I know I can take it, is that all it costs?
Just a little too much?
But too much of what?
Too much of the real thing
Too much of a good thing – is never enough.
So when it get’s rough
I know you can take it, I think you might like it.
Anything goes.
Only if you say so.

Rose of Adelaide town.

Week 11 ‘Diamond in the Rough’

Week 11.

Getting close to having enough material to do a full length release!
Tried to capture a bit of the musician life in a song – Cruising reggae kind of a vibe was lots of fun to produce.
Sunday afternoon sesh + a week of mentally preparing how to make this song without access to any drums. So I layered many many samples together to create something with hopefully the complexity of a real player.

Little secret – a pack of ‘old thirteens’ actually refers to .013 thickness guitar strings. As in – wanting to grab the guitar and skip town. But it also kind of sounds like it might mean many other things, bit proud of the lyric haha.

Thanks for listening!
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Rollin’ far away
Goin’ for the coast
Headed for the South
Don’t stop ’till the break of day
Puerto Rican girls
man, I love the Rolling Stones
Skin upon my skin
Bones upon my bones.

Time for me to get goin’
I’ve made up my mind
Pack of old thirteens –
and vagabond green eyes.
Sometimes it’s easier to run
than to fight a battle that can’t be won.

Diamond in the rough
You don’t have to be afraid
(They try to tell ya)
Go and get a real job
(Lemme tell ya)
You’re gettin’ underpaid
Puerto Rican girls
I love the Rolling Stones
Skin upon my skin
Bones upon my bones.

Time for me to get goin’
I’ve made up my mind
pack of old thirteens –
and vagabond green eyes
Sometimes it’s easier to run
Than to stay
And come undone.

(I come undone)

Week 10 – ‘Point to Prove’

10 Weeks!
I’m noticing an improvement in the finished-ness of the last couple of pieces. Getting better at making quick mix / arrangement decisions and also coping with the weird emotional rollercoaster associated with weekly deadlines.

Recorded / processed all the percussion myself and accidentally created a huge bass tone. Turned a very boring/basic idea into something completely different.

Also getting better at just putting SOMETHING down early in the week – and fixing it up into something new if necessary.

Happy with how this one turned out.

Got a notification from a sort-of ex while donating blood – and the lyrics just popped into my head on the drive home.

Thanks for listening!
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She don’t give a fuck about you
Don’t waste time on those who doubt you
Let ’em slide
Let ’em fall by the wayside.

Weekly Beats 9/52 ‘Death of a Nurse’

Week 9/52
A punk / rock kind of a jam which tbh I’m very happy with!
I wrote part of this song a while ago and used this week to really piece it together into entirety.
The drums were my friend Anthony – recorded with my 2 NUDE microphones (Ribbon + Condenser) in my dad’s house.

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Bass / electric guitars DI and digitally re-amped.
Acoustic guitar I used a Mid/Side recording technique to create a nice wide sound, which i could ‘scoop’ in the middle to make room for the vocals in the mix.

(Using a kind of jazzy chord progression – somehow inspired from Springsteen’s ‘I’m on Fire’)

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Lyrically this song has to do with my mum passing away a few years ago – and also, a few of the ideas/thoughts that surround something very difficult like that. But it’s also a fun energetic song and I like it that way.

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Thanks for listening!
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Well a new year’s coming and it’s coming up fast
Boy start running it’ll kick your ass
Starts out hard and only gets worse
End of a life – death of a nurse.

Heartache, heartache of the realest kind.
Now it’s too late, too late, to say goodbye.
So I’m growing up cold and talking straight
I got big dreams and they can’t wait for you to
pack your bags and walk behind
Never been one to stand in line.

Look at you all
I can’t believe
They were the final words you said

Before you checked your ticket and closed your eyes
I’ll see you on the other side
Starts out hard and only gets worse
End of a life – death of a nurse.

Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know that everything ends.
Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know.

Something to say boy or something to prove?
Risky play, so much to lose
Wet your lips and dry your eyes
Good days make the best goodbyes.

Look at you all
I still believe
She’d be having a ball

Before you checked your ticket and closed your eyes
I’ll see you on the other side
Starts out hard and only gets worse
End of a life – death of a nurse.

Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know that everything ends.
Hold me now and don’t pretend like you don’t know.

WeeklyBeats 8/52 – The Very Best Of – My Washing Machine.

 

This handpicked, carefully selected excerpt represents some of the finest music concrete to ever grace the ears of the housing co-operative.
The old Simpson, after a career of hits, graces you with possibly its most raucous and energetic performance to date.

Mixed and digitally remastered for all your listening pleasure.

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

WeeklyBeats 2018 7/52 ‘Gasoline’

A short and melancholy finger-picking diddly, based around some chords I’ve liked for ages.
I think as part of this group of WB songs I’ll also write up some guitar transcriptions for the eventual bundle/release. I’ll also do some guitar videos – though the microphone on my phone is useless – so that might have to wait till I figure something better out.
I’m going back during the weeks now and working on my previous songs – adding parts / remastering them, and the difference is huge! Starting to get comfortable with the idea of releasing these tracks in such a rush – especially now that I’ve heard some of them with the polish that comes from a bit of extra time.
Thanks for listening!

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Is this everything you’ve ever wanted?
We’ve come so far
I know at times you get so lost and daunted –
but look where we are.

And it’s always
Cookin’ in the back of my mind.
I keep on looking and looking –
But I don’t find it.

And I’ll go running round the streets where I grew up
Without you
And I still dream of lighting gasoline
and busting out.

Now we’re running up and round the garden –
of branching paths.
Read the signs we don’t know where we’re going
Too much to ask.

And it’s always,
playin’ in the back of my mind.
I keep on looking and looking
but I don’t find it.

Weekly Beats 2018 6/52 ‘DRDT’

 

I have a German surname. I like beer. I also live ridiculously close to a local German Club, to which I ventured just before recording this guy.

Though I’ve never been to Germany, I have been as far as the Northern hemisphere once.
Around July-August 2016 I spent close to a month in Nashville. TBH in many ways it was a poor financial investment – I could have spent the money on Bitcoin, for instance.
But I did get to hear first hand the absolute extent to which they take Country music. Let me tell ya folks, it’s pretty full on.
In general the quality of the musicians and local music scene is great and really varied.

I wrote this song around that time – just before I left tbh, but with country music vibes in mind. And then arranged it quite differently in my band – in a big production kinda style.
But I never recorded the solo, stanky version that I originally intended to do – so that’s W6. Again, not technically an original composition, but definitely an original exploration of my electric guitar tone + vocals.

Rode M1 Dynamic on Vox amp
Nude C12 Condenser in a room.

Thanks to Nick for some lyrics on this one!

That German club has very strong beers.

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I got an old friend of mine.
She’s been around a long, long time.
I got her back – and she’s got mine
I don’t wanna go, but it’s my time.

And it’s happening again
a thousand times, I’ve been here,
And a thousand more.
I don’t know how and I don’t know when
but I’m already dead –
dead and gone –
down river, downtown, down river, downtown.

I’m getting old before my time
She been ah rollin’ down the line
Tell us a story in all your glory
you’re breaking down
Meet me on the main street,
or on the edge of town.

When I reach my destination
When I’m running on and free
I got my baby by the doorstep –
Think she’s good enough for me

I’m enamored by your dancin
I’m a fool for you

Baby girl when I was gone
down river, downtown.

Weekly Beats 2018 5/52 ‘St Paul’s Piano’

Week 5/52

WeeklyBeats is hosted somewhere else around the world – and the resulting time zone difference means that the ‘week’, from my location in South Australia, ends at 1030am on a Monday morning, instead of Sunday midnight.

Which is lucky because I’d planned to do a lo-fi guitar recording last night, but was instead drunk and dancing to techno at midnight.

I may have slightly contravened the WB rules regarding a ‘new’ song every week because this piece is pretty old, but considering I did write a new piece and just got drunk and didn’t record it… and the overarching reason I’m doing this project is to consistently put out content, I don’t really care.

This project – the hip-hop vibe made in collab with my friend Michael, is going to feature strongly in WB2018, but not before I’ve finished some more solo guitar stuff to give myself a personal Album which I can sell and promote.

 

“Made with the help of a good friend M Ellingford.
Instrumental hip-hop piano vibes – I love the sound so expect more. ”

 

 

The Skeleton Club – Alberton EP

https://theskeletonclub.bandcamp.com/

TSC released a record this month!

We recorded the 5 tracks in Melbourne at Oaklands Studios with Beau McKee. It was heaps of fun and many good memories were made. We hired a charmingly-dodgy shithole of an AirBnB in Richmond. Some ate UberEats and went to bed early, some stayed up all night getting weird. Hint – direct correlation with girlfriends.

The process verged on being rushed – but I think we got heaps done in a small amount of time. We even had some horn players come in on a dime and lay down horns on track 3.

The end result is, in my opinion, very profesh sounding and I’m super proud of it. I learnt a lot and think we could do some things better next time / would love to explore different approaches. All things considered though, I reckon Alberton is a really good piece and it’s so good to have it out so we can finally show people recordings which sound like us!

I’m going to upload some videos of guitar play-throughs because a couple of these guitar parts I’m also very happy with and would love to put them up online for science. Tabs to follow.

 

Please have a listen and buy the CD if you like it!