Doe A Demon

One of the more bizarre songs from the first Repelican album.  I really wish I could remember how I got that vocal sound, but I can’t.  Reminds me of when I used to scream like I hated that bitch.  When I first started “singing” my instinct was to fucking scream my head off whenever appropriate.  I didn’t think twice about it.  For a long time, every song I did had screaming in it.  It wasn’t conscious at all.  Now whenever I try to scream, I feel kind of ridiculous, even though I still think screaming is awesome.

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Published in: on September 28, 2007 at 3:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apples for Finch

A Factoid of the Dustbowl tune.  I play this one as a music bed on the talk show that I engineer, and every time, the host questions who the performer is.  It’s da Factoid, YO!

Published in: on September 27, 2007 at 3:34 pm  Comments (1)  

Painwo

Recorded about 6 or 7 months ago, this song was intended to be for the fictitious band project “October Railroad.”  If the fuzzed out production is off-putting, remember, I only do wierd things like that if I think it makes the song sound better, not merely to frustrate the listener.  I wanted it to sound LOUD, like live rock show LOUD.

Published in: on September 25, 2007 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Talk To You

Pretty funny stuff. This is a song from my high-school band, What to Do With the Children.  I didn’t write this one, it was written by drummer Justin Shapiro. He’s also the singer on this one.  This recording marks my first attempt at doubling the vocals to make them clearer, something I do to this day.  It was our biggest “hit” with the Whitman rockers.  For this reason, resentmect for the song was harbored.  Also, we asked our friend Vivek to join after this song, and he said it was the only song of ours that he didn’t like.  Well, after some years of distance, I can say this song is cool… for a group of 14 year olds!

Published in: on September 24, 2007 at 6:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Me Alive

Another aciustic song recorded relatively recently.  My dad was concerned when he heard the grave lyrics, but I explained to him that with a guitar part and melody like that, uplifting and pleasant lyrics just wouldn’t fit.  There’s a part about infanticide, maybe that was too far.

Published in: on September 20, 2007 at 6:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Little Bag

A Failed Ygreiega song, recorded during the summer of last year.  My friend calls one of her cohorts by the name “Bucket” so I though “Little Bag” could also be a plausible name for a character.  It’s a narritive of a lazy, crazy persons life.  My parents thought I was saying “Little Fag” which is pretty cool.

Published in: on September 19, 2007 at 6:12 pm  Comments (2)  

So Revealing

 This song is from 2001, and was preformed and recorded by my high-school band, What to Do With The Children.  It was one of our few attempts to do a straight-ahead song, as most of our songs were meandering dissonance in strange time-signatures.  Justin, the drummer, currently lives in Boston and is making his way into the business side of music.  Josh is in Philly, playing bass in a jazzy-combo called Drake and a poppy band called The Josh Olmstead Band. 

Published in: on September 18, 2007 at 6:19 pm  Comments (4)  

Dinosaur Jr

 This is a parody that I recorded around the same time as the Art Department.  I thought it would be a fun excersise to imitate some of my favorite bands.  This is my favorite of the batch, mainly sounding like “Green Mind” era Dinosaur. 

Published in: on September 17, 2007 at 7:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Soundproof The Tomb

 Another new Repelican song, recorded a couple of months ago. It, too, is a re-record of Ygriega era shit.

Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 5:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Julia, I can’t Run Anymore

 I originally wrote this song for my high school band when I was 14.  The title comes from an exclaimation made by my friends little sister while we were out sledding (that’s right, in the snow).  If I can find a copy of the original version, I’ll post it.  This version was adapted to the slapstick style of the Art Department, becuase I found it was fun to apply songs I had already written to the style of the Art Department. The Art Department was the first fake band that I invented by developing the ideas of the players in the band and thier playing syles/philosophy before writing and recording the music.  Other fake bands, like the surf band, came mostly from thoughts like “I want to make surf music!”  The Art Department was a bit more of an experiment; character development through music. 

On a separate note: I have just been informed that Washington DC’s public radio station, WAMU, is cutting ALL of thier musical programming.  Their Sunday broadcast typically featured a classic country program, a bluegrass program, Dick Spottswood’s folk rarity show, and a musical biography show where they chronicle the life a musician while playing cuts that exemplify the life of the musician.  All of these programs are amazing, and they will no longer air on AMU, and that’s FUCKED!  The music will exist on HD radio, but no one in thier right mind would ever pay money for an HD radio when there is satellite radio, ipods, iphones,  or even CD-R’s and cassette tapes. I know this sounds like a call to arms, but there is nothing to be done but to stir in angst.

Published in: on September 13, 2007 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment