Saturday, September 22, 2012

new game: critique the blogger's own music!

You've read enough of my words.  How about listening to your host's first band?  Turning the tables, I present to you music of my creation, not of my ripping.  And I want you to critique it.

This band was called V-Girl.  It didn't get beyond the basement.  It featured your humble blogger on bass and a few songwriting bits here and there, and his sister on vocals for most of the non-instrumentals.  We also had a guitarist and a drummer (first human, and then machine).  These 23 songs were recorded at various points in the guitarist's basement in 1997 live-as-she-went, some with the drummer, and some with the BOSS instead.

We fizzled after the drummer quit because we weren't punk rock enough, and she wanted to spend more time with her significant other.

We had fun.  It was my first real experience on bass guitar, as well.

The shitty basement tapes are now tarted up, listenable, and just as important, laughable.  Shit, I laugh at us just listening to it.  We had some really good songs (I'll let you figure out which ones), some jokes-turned-into-songs, and some ridiculous attempts at massacring covers.  We knocked a couple of the covers out of the park (I love, LOVE our take on Seam's "Shame", for example), and others I completely forget the lyrics and just go "aurrrrreh" instead (yes, that's me on a few of them).  At least I nailed "New Dawn Fades".

Enjoy - or not.  I don't mind :)

V-GIRL
23 Songs

Recorded in the basement in 1997 live to two track
Mastered September 2012

Bass/vocals: Mr. Analog Loyalist
Guitars/vocals: Mr. Jeff Hodge
Female vocals: Mr. Analog Loyalist's sister
Drums: Ms. Tricia Wollrab
Replacement drums: BOSS

01 Hello
This was our version of a stupid intro song.  We decided it didn't sound right unless we sang like some idiotic Britpop singers.

02 Johnny Pissed Himself
I really dig this song, to this day; as a nascent bassist at the time I am pretty proud of the bass work.  Our singer didn't appreciate our naming of this song based on the lyrical subject matter.

03 7 Years
Another song I dig.  In an alternate universe - or perhaps professionally recorded - this could have been a real good one.

04 Sad Spot
I liked it at the time.  The Sad Spots are our singer's tear marks on the lyric sheet, at some point she cried while writing it I think?

05 Swill
The first one here that I instigated.  Jeff liked my bassline I was just diddling around with in practice, and a few minutes later we had the song.  I think our singer wrote the lyrics in as much time as it takes to listen to it.  I pick up a bass today and still can't repeat the absolute rhythm and picking pattern I have in the middle of the song when the guitar drops out.

06 Something Significant
The second one I essentially wrote.  At some point we decided it sounded better split into double time bits, so we did.  Our singer sounds like Ozzy, bizarrely.

07 Marry The Moon
For the life of me I can't recall why we decided we liked the start/stop effects.  I like what I do rhythmically and chordally with the bass during the choruses.

08 Play The Game
It always sounded better playing it than it does listening to it.

09 Hell's Demand
We wrote this at a night our singer didn't show up, played it, and then Jeff and I took the tape and sang these ridiculous lyrics over the top of the jolly tune.

10 Death Pit
Just fucking around in practice.  Someone starts playing something, the others join in, and voila: a shitty song (if you can even call it a song)!

11 This Curse
Another one I wrote; it was my first attempt at aping Peter Hook's style on the bass.  It didn't really work.  I have another version somewhere with a full lyric, but the performance wasn't as good.

12 Velour
I have no earthly idea why we decided it would be fun to try some swanky pseudo jazz thing.

13 Shame (Seam cover)
I came in one night and told Jeff that we had to somehow play a Seam cover, because I was just ridiculously in love with that band that week (and still am, really).  He picked this one, which works because the original Seam version also has a girl singing (Sarah Shannon of Velocity Girl).  I really, really love this song and this cover.  I think this was only the second time we played it, and we fucking nailed it.

14 Disconnected (Face To Face cover)
I wasn't, and still am not, a fan of Face To Face.  But someone was, and we learned this song for the hell of it.  I do like our version; I like that I nailed the melodic bass intro-y bit and enjoyed singing backups.

15 New Dawn Fades (Joy Division cover)
I don't remember why we picked this Joy Division song to cover, out of the entire universe of Joy Division songs.  I think Jeff liked the Moby version of it?  I remember him modeling his guitar work after the Moby version more than the Joy Division original, at least.  I sing it, pretty well, and I still like this version a whole lot.

16 99 Red Balloons (Nena via 7 Seconds cover)
We all were punk rock kids when the 7 Seconds version of this song was new/popular in our small circle.  So of course we had to do our own version.  It's pretty funny.

17 Brand New Love (Sebadoh cover)
I just really love this song and got the folks to play it.  I never actually nailed the bass, and completely blew the vocals.  Ah well.

18 Sick Of You

19 Bridge
Tracks 18 and 19 were things that Jeff and I worked up immediately post-drummer.  Jeff does some interesting things with the guitars, and that's really about it.  Unfortunately the drum machine is too loud.

20 Freak Scene (Dinosaur Jr cover)
Jeff's pick.  He does a pretty good J Mascis.  Needs a drummer.

21 Pictures Of You (The Cure cover)
Another one I completely blow the lyrics on.  Jeff and I did it just to fuck with it (though we both love the song), and after "singing" it that night I think I had lost my voice.

22 Hungry LTW (Duran Duran cover)
Another one I have no recollection of why we played it.  It's stupid fun though.

23 Help Me
The music was one of the first things we did after starting playing (I think I originated it), but for some reason Jeff wanted to sing Concrete Blonde lyrics over it.  So this version is after our drummer quit (though somewhere I have a tape as the full band).

There you have it.  Here's the songs.  If you want it as FLAC (lord help me) I am happy (heh) to oblige.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Status update...

First of all I'd like to thank all those whom have contributed to future hosting.  The generosity of others is wonderful and while I will stay with Mediafire for the short term (under the new account set up in the wake of the old account's deletion), permanent hosting is in the plan.  Many have stated that the biggest cost will be for data/throughput, not server space itself; this means that it's critical I come up with a plan regarding lossless FLAC availability to all who want it.  Not sure yet what that will entail (link by invite only? Trackerless torrent using DHT?  Self-hosting at terrible transfer speeds (and the certain notice/hit it will be with my ISP)?  Things to think about.  Regardless, posting will continue.

Second, while activity may have slowed on the New Order Archives posting front, I still have a large pile to plow through.  I've taken a slight break from New Order simply because it was approaching burnout again; I'll bury myself into a project so much, at such a frenzied burst of activity, that I have to step back lest I not want to hear a single note again.  It was getting to that stage.  Rest assured that in short order new posts will be forthcoming, just as splendid as the last ones.  I do have some good ones in the works too for TPoIT only (non-New Order), I just have to get finished with them.

Creative solutions invited to the data throughput conundrum.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

status update regarding file hosting - read me!

For the short term I've created a new Mediafire account and will be slowly migrating content over to there.  Not sure if I'll go back in the archives of TPoIT because a lot of the original files I no longer have due to an older drive crash, though.

What's going to certainly be migrating is the recent New Order postings, starting with the stash sets here.  I'll post new links in the comments as I go along.

This is only a short-term solution, however.  A few readers have suggested a collection box to arrange for more suitable hosting as we proceed, and this is a good idea.  I'm also contemplating moving to a newer model whereby the public links are M4A (AAC) files, and readers who would want lossless can simply request it.  This would cut down on server costs, and I am slowly coming around to the convenience idea of the basics being easily accessible and usable off-the-bat by my readers.  The purist in me really is kicking and screaming that I am even considering doing this archival material in any form of lossy format, but the debate is raging healthily inside.

So... followers can help by PayPal, any amount, to dcrumbaugh at gmail dot com (I don't have the analogloyalist account set up properly for PayPal), and this will go to future hosting costs as I transition down the road from Mediafire to something a bit more reliable.

Thanks for your continued patience, and let's carry on!

mediafire account suspension - help your host out!

So, the blog's download host has suspended the account.  All downloads are invalid.  I've submitted a ticket to Mediafire asking which file led to the suspension, so I can remove it and ideally restore access to the overall account.

That said... your host humbly now asks if a follower can generously donate storage/hosting space.  Any helpers are advised to contact me via email analogloyalist at gmail dot com and your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

This affects TPoIT and The New Order Archives.

Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience!

Sunday, September 2, 2012