It has been far too long since I have done my civic doody here.
My two cents based on first listen - a nice solid fight, I thought.
Billy and the Psychotics - You guys are definitely a good combo. On this particular thing some of the slacker-ness of the vocals are working against you in terms of word definition - this may be part mix, too. What is the adage about never letting the guitarist be in charge of the mix. Great hook-ey chorus. Nice arrangement. The double tracked vocals work well.
BSS - Love the opening lick - not sure the vocal phrasing really counterpoints especially well with it. The frantic-ness of the feel changes may be a bit too manic for me. I think you could have dispensed with feel #2 and just used #1 and the chorus. Everything is nicely performed here except for a pretty weak lead vocal, what do the kids call it these days? pitchy? lots of interesting ideas not adding up to an excellent whole, but an interesting listen.
Son of Supercar - rough around the edges, for it's own purpose? for it's own sake? as a statement? I feel it gets in the way of the song that is going on here, for what it's worth. Not listening to the song because of the distraction of all of the sounds (unless the sounds are the song?) The instrumental between verses seems little monotonous. All said - the underlying aesthetic reminds me of Victor Krumenacher, from Camper van Beethoven and the Monks of Doom, who I like.
Radio Show - I swear I have heard this song before - not this performance - but the basic tune and rhythmic cadence.....hmmm. Very nice all around, but I wish it had more levels or build or variation in arrangement or something. The stereo chorus is really distracting. It is good to enjoy one's studio, just know when to stop
Infinity Point Buck - I can't tell a word you're saying - seeing as this is rap and the words must be important, this seems like a major issue. Certainly the backing tracks don't carry this.
Paco - ooh - mic the acoustic. sounds like you didn't get a chance to flesh this out. some nice sounds and the words are a pretty good list. I sense that you left this intentionally ambiguous, but I wish there was just a bit more context. ooh - there's the flesh at 2:30 - ok, now I guess I just think it took you too long to get there - loving the Brian May solo.
Sockpuppet - maybe it's the toy piano, but there is an Eels-ish feel to this that I like - and it is nice hearing your cello in the arrangement - lots of good colors. Probably some of my favorite sockpuppet of what I have heard. Taking a long time to develop conceptually, but the sonic development is very nice - good arrangement work.
King Arthur - Nice doubling in octaves straight out of the box, almost like a british invasion 12-string. Nice to have you back in lately. Nice chord changes coming around the back end of the chorus. Bridge is perfect. Excellent song - radio - ready(1977)
this should win for sure compositional craftsmanship - one of the best I've ever heard on songfight.
Micah Sommer - I wish you had a better vocal mic - the rest of this sounds so good. sounds sort of Genesis influenced? I have a slight problem with the title/lyric inconsistency - but I'm sort of a title nazi. OOh - ends way to soon - bring back the rock, repeat the last verse and chorus, and structurally this would be so much stronger - as is it sounds like an incomplete demo
Smashy Claw - big and fat and white-stripesy. let's hear where it goes. oh, I really want to hear your voice compete with those amps - how would you be singing this if you were on a stage instead of in a bedroom? nice sounds and stuff, even if the piano doesn't quite fit in the soundscape. The lead should be in the higher octave more. Very Promising, but just not quite punching the roll down the windows and drive button - for the reasons listed above.
Caravan Ray - you are so good at this. I don't want to like novelty songs - but this one I do. Classic C Ray Build at the end. It does scare me that this is where your mind goes. Very successful at what it does.
Overall a pretty solid fight!