Archive for February, 2014

 

Saturday 69: Moving supplies

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Got to keep on moving

Got to keep on moving

Mmm, dat bubble cushion…

Saturday 69: Executive parking

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
One space to rule them all

One space to rule them all

KBilly managed to get quite the presidential parking spot, which totally makes karmic sense. As for the key to the executive washroom? Not quite yet.

It’s, like, heavy

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Since we’re on a little bit of a hiatus here, what with personal obligations of a few of the guys, I’ve taken to exploring ways to work on things that we :

(a) have in the pipeline in some sort of state of completion
(b) want to resurrect from the vast, echoing archive that is our recording history, or
(c) can remix and/or license

I ran across an opportunity to work on a (c) style bit of music based on an existing track we recorded for the Get Up album: “Lose U Baby”.

In this case, the folks looking for some music were interested in a song that had a vibe similar to The Heavy. I wasn’t familiar with them, but I have to say I’m grateful that I discovered them – very cool stuff. Upon listening to their referenced song “How You Like Me Now”, I immediately thought of “Lose U Baby”.

We had really gone for the James-Brown-era funk feel on that tune, combined with our usual heavier guitars. Since I needed to do an instrumental remix, I decided to make a few edits to keep it tight, add some excitement, and fill in for spots that seemed empty without vocals.

I have to say that I almost like the new cut better than the original mix.  The Hammond is very cool, and the way that some of the edits worked really seemed to tighten up the song structure a bit. I also like the “less is more” approach to the instrumental: I eliminated a number of parts that seemed to clutter up the mix. With the vocals the clutter didn’t really seem to be a big deal (apparently), but once they were out of the mix things seemed to need cleaning up.

Here are the versions. Let me know what you think!

Original version from our 2012 Album “Get Up”:

Instrumental edit:

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Saturday 69: Everything must go!

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
One magical price fits all

One magical price fits all

Discovered on a late-night, post-gig snack run, this gas station clearly knows how to handle their pricing. We bought one of everything.

Keeping score

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Scorekeepers

Scorekeepers

We’re very excited to have licensed an instrumental version of our song “Next Big Thing” exclusively to the Scorekeepers music library. The LA-based library discovered our music via TAXI, and we were able to get a deal together in short order.

Scorekeepers has provided music for a huge variety of films and TV shows, so we’re excited about the possibility of our music showing up somewhere “in the wild”.  If you happen to hear it, drop us a line!

Here’s the instrumental version:

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And here’s the version that appeared on our 2011 album “As Big As You Can Get It”: