Happy 6/9, 2014 edition

Posted by dd69 on June 9th, 2014
THe Pint of No Return

Our album in progress (“Pinto” for short)

Ah, our favorite day has arrived once again. Happy 6/9!

Unfortunately we do not have an album release this year, being on a bit of a hiatus. However, we are working on old/new material in bits and pieces. Our next album is entitled “The Pint of No Return“, and sees us going back to the ska-rock side of the DD69 experience. We’ll post updates here as we make progress!

Meanwhile, because it’s a DD69 holiday, here’s one of the rough mixes of a song called “We Have To Laugh” that will be on the album:

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Saturday 69: Not quite big bucks

Posted by dd69 on March 1st, 2014
We could've quit scratching after the first two numbers were revealed

We could’ve quit scratching after the first two numbers were revealed

It wasn’t a winning ticket. But we felt like winners anyway.

Saturday 69: Moving supplies

Posted by dd69 on February 22nd, 2014
Got to keep on moving

Got to keep on moving

Mmm, dat bubble cushion…

Saturday 69: Executive parking

Posted by dd69 on 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

Posted by dd69 on 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. ┬áThe 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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