Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

There can be only one.
User avatar
Niveous
Ozzy
Posts: 6800
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:45 am
Instruments: vocals, songwriting, guitar
Submitting as: Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Contact:

Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Niveous »

5th round is up. Still got gas in the tank?

Submit an original song by June 14th at 11:59 PM (EDT) that fits the following criteria

Title: North Beach Vampires
Challenge: Include an a cappella section

Examples:
The Beach Boys, "I Can Hear Music"
Doobie Brothers, "Black Water"
Queen, "The Prophet's Song"
The Zombies, "The Way I Feel Inside"
Electric Light Orchestra, "Wild West Hero"

Send your MP3 to nurein.sidefight@gmail.com

Good luck!
"I'd like to see 1984 redubbed with this in the soundtrack."- Furrypedro.
NUR EIN!
X-Tokyo
Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
sailingmagpie
A New Player
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed May 06, 2020 12:48 pm
Submitting as: The Serviettes
Pronouns: He/him

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by sailingmagpie »

Can I just check, is this title some kind of cultural reference not immediately obvious to non-Americans or is it just a random collection of words? I've had a look on the interwebs but can't see anything.
User avatar
vowlvom
Lita
Posts: 794
Joined: Wed May 17, 2017 3:29 am
Instruments: guitar, keys, "other"
Recording Method: PC, reaper, ableton
Submitting as: Vowl Sounds, Vom Vorton
Pronouns: he/him
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by vowlvom »

It is not a cultural reference. Until you turn it into one! Using songwriting magic! If you like!!!
frankie big face
Stevie
Posts: 1934
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:26 pm
Instruments: Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Keyboard, Violin, Other Stuff
Recording Method: Logic, UAD Apollo Twin, aging iMac
Submitting as: frankie big face
Location: Lancaster, PA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by frankie big face »

sailingmagpie wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:46 am
Can I just check, is this title some kind of cultural reference not immediately obvious to non-Americans or is it just a random collection of words? I've had a look on the interwebs but can't see anything.
Nope, we’re just as clueless as you.
sailingmagpie
A New Player
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed May 06, 2020 12:48 pm
Submitting as: The Serviettes
Pronouns: He/him

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by sailingmagpie »

Haha, thought I'd check before I plodded off on some nonsensical tangent!
User avatar
crumpart
Mick
Posts: 562
Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:04 am
Instruments: Proficient??? Erm. Guitar, violin, recorder.
Submitting as: Hot Pink Halo
Pronouns: She/her
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by crumpart »

I saw the title, logged onto Facebook, saw the first thing a friend had posted and went HELL YES THERE IS MY SONG. For the first time so far in this whole thing, I actually started recording on announcement day.
Devil’s got me Lindt! Devil’s got me Lindt!
frankie big face
Stevie
Posts: 1934
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:26 pm
Instruments: Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Keyboard, Violin, Other Stuff
Recording Method: Logic, UAD Apollo Twin, aging iMac
Submitting as: frankie big face
Location: Lancaster, PA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by frankie big face »

sailingmagpie wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:08 am
Haha, thought I'd check before I plodded off on some nonsensical tangent!
Some Nonsensical Tangent is next week’s title.
sailingmagpie
A New Player
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed May 06, 2020 12:48 pm
Submitting as: The Serviettes
Pronouns: He/him

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by sailingmagpie »

frankie big face wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:54 am
sailingmagpie wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:08 am
Haha, thought I'd check before I plodded off on some nonsensical tangent!
Some Nonsensical Tangent is next week’s title.
I'm in.

Title: Some Nonsensical Tangent
Challenge: Use no chords. Or melodies. Or instruments. Or vocals.
User avatar
ujnhunter
Stevie
Posts: 1538
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:09 pm
Instruments: Bass, Keyboards, Crummy Guitar & Animal Noises (especially Donkeys)
Recording Method: Reaper 5.9x, Tascam FireOne/Behringer UMC202HD/Avid Eleven Rack/Line 6 UX2, Win 7 PC / Win 10 Laptop
Submitting as: Cock, Chth*.*, D.A.H. (Der Alter Hahn)
Pronouns: His Infernal Majesty
Location: CT, USA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by ujnhunter »

-Ujn Hunter
Photovoltaik - Free 6 Track EP - Song Fight! Liner Notes
Billy's Little Trip wrote:I must have this....in my mouth.....now.
User avatar
BoffoYux
Mick
Posts: 563
Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:22 pm
Instruments: Keys, Clunking, SFX and Strings
Recording Method: Audacity, Adobe, and other 'A' titled software
Submitting as: Boffo Yux Dudes
Location: New England
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by BoffoYux »

sailingmagpie wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:33 am
frankie big face wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:54 am
sailingmagpie wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:08 am
Haha, thought I'd check before I plodded off on some nonsensical tangent!
Some Nonsensical Tangent is next week’s title.
Title: Some Nonsensical Tangent
Challenge: Use no chords. Or melodies. Or instruments. Or vocals.
Some Nonsensical Tangent is my DEVO/They Might Be Giants coverband.
User avatar
Niveous
Ozzy
Posts: 6800
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:45 am
Instruments: vocals, songwriting, guitar
Submitting as: Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Niveous »

BoffoYux wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:22 am
sailingmagpie wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:33 am
frankie big face wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:54 am

Some Nonsensical Tangent is next week’s title.
Title: Some Nonsensical Tangent
Challenge: Use no chords. Or melodies. Or instruments. Or vocals.
Some Nonsensical Tangent is my DEVO/They Might Be Giants coverband.
Do they do both bands songs OR is it all mashups like "Mongoloid in your Soul" and "Uncontrollable Worm"?
"I'd like to see 1984 redubbed with this in the soundtrack."- Furrypedro.
NUR EIN!
X-Tokyo
Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
User avatar
Generic
Ozzy
Posts: 5500
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:45 am
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Accordion, Bass
Recording Method: Cubase 10.5
Submitting as: Jon Eric, Hunky
Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Generic »

Generic wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 8:17 pm

Micah Sommersmith - Reviewing the lyrics in writing, I can see that they're extensively annotated, and... yeah, I'm not reading all that. I'm not above using a link to one obscure word when I transcribe my lyrics, but what you did was... a lot, dude.
I've just completed and posted my "North Beach Vampires" lyrics, and, well uh... oops.

To quote the the patron saint of Song Fight, MC Frontalot... "My least favorite thing is a hypocrite, but I'll be one." :lol:
"Warren Zevon would be proud." -Reve Mosquito

Jon Eric - Get your feel on.
Website powered by Spud's Amazing Website Machine.

PLAY DISC! - A podcast of deep dives into full albums.
mo
Lemmy
Posts: 275
Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:46 pm
Instruments: guitar, bass
Recording Method: behringer umc202hd, Bias FX, Reaper
Submitting as: duboce triangle
Location: hell a

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by mo »

I feel like I should tell embarrassing stories about Damian every time he gets referred to on Songfight anymore
User avatar
crumpart
Mick
Posts: 562
Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:04 am
Instruments: Proficient??? Erm. Guitar, violin, recorder.
Submitting as: Hot Pink Halo
Pronouns: She/her
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by crumpart »

Gizo has gently pointed out that I automatically translated “North Beach Vampires“ to “North Shore Vampires” in my head. This is because I’m very Australian and permanently have this line from our Holy Teenage Girl Bible, Looking For Alibrandi in my head:
"the wogs marry the wogs, the westies marry the westies and the north shore marry the north shore!"
(Note: yes, that there quote contains a racist slur. It’s a book about race and the person saying it was of the ethnicity it refers to and was using it in context.)

Now, my song is not about Looking For Aibrandi, but it is specifically about a well known North Shore Vampire. A shore’s a beach, right?
Devil’s got me Lindt! Devil’s got me Lindt!
User avatar
iVeg
Mick
Posts: 501
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 10:06 pm
Submitting as: inflatable vegetables

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by iVeg »

Got part recorded, then infinite interruptions struck. I really need to find a way to speed up my process.
facebook.com/ivegband
User avatar
Generic
Ozzy
Posts: 5500
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:45 am
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Accordion, Bass
Recording Method: Cubase 10.5
Submitting as: Jon Eric, Hunky
Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Generic »

I've been having issues with my computer crashing and my DAW either taking a long time to load or not loading at all.

My song isn't finished yet, but it was in a "good enough" state that I decided to bounce it down, run some quick mastering over it, and email that to Niveous. Hopefully I'll be able to finish the rest of the mix without any further problems and submit a revised version before the deadline, but even if worse comes to worst, I'll still at least have SOMETHING in this round.

This is only my second time in Round 5. Last time I made it this far, the judges ranked me 8th place out of 8. So, no matter what happens now, I've at least tied my best-ever Nur Ein showing. Good luck to everyone!

NUR EIN!!!!!
"Warren Zevon would be proud." -Reve Mosquito

Jon Eric - Get your feel on.
Website powered by Spud's Amazing Website Machine.

PLAY DISC! - A podcast of deep dives into full albums.
User avatar
Generic
Ozzy
Posts: 5500
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:45 am
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Accordion, Bass
Recording Method: Cubase 10.5
Submitting as: Jon Eric, Hunky
Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Generic »

Liner notes, for those judges and other listeners who care about such things...
But hidden behind a tag for those who don't care about such things...
Show
One of the examples of the challenge was a Beach Boys song, and the title contains the word "Beach," so I went for the obvious approach, musically, and did a pastiche of the Beach Boys, and tried not to overthink it. Since the title also contains the word "Vampires," which is an image quite incongruous with the mood I associate with the beach, I chose to lean into that incongruity and made it a song about some lovable monsters... or rather, comparing myself and a non-specific group of a million people to these lovable monsters. Each monster is described either looking silly, doing something silly, acting incongruously with their myth, or is seen in a place where they don't belong.

I also leaned heavily on prosodic techniques like assonance and alliteration to reach for silly images that still felt good to sing. So, for instance, Nosferatu with a pompadour, a sea creature at a ski lodge, a kraken on the wing of a plane, cadejos skipping rope, and of course... Technicolor Chupacabras. (I hope Grumpy Mike will be pleased to note that, at long last, when the Chupacabra appears in my lyrics, it's actually a Chupacabra.) Using these silly images definitely pushed the song's genre beyond "Beach Boys pastiche" and into "60s novelty single" territory, so I did a silly vampire voice at the very beginning to prime the expectation for silliness right off the bat. One person I showed this to advised against this intro, but I'm trusting my instincts and leaving it in.

There are several words and phrases in my lyrics which I annotated over on [urlhttps://songfight.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11820]Ye Olde Lyric Archive[/url] with hyperlinks. I'm not sure any of these are strictly necessary to understanding the idea of the song, but if you were curious what a cadejo is, or Baba Yaga, or perhaps wondered about that one thing being shouted at the end, you can find it there. I'm aware that many listeners (and at least one judge) wants the song to stand on its own and chooses not to read along with the lyrics. I totally understand that - it was my intention for the song to bop regardless of whether you've done the homework, and I hope that comes through.

Musically, the verses start and stop a bit, which I intended to be musically symbolic of a monster's shambling gait. There's a harmonica solo in the middle. I thought a saxophone would have been better, but I didn't like the sound of any of my VSTs, so stuck with the acoustic instrument. I actually bought a new harmonica specifically for this song, because my old "A" harmonica was cheap and had some bent-out reeds.
I think that's all I have to say this time around. I mean, it's not a manifesto; it's a silly little surf-rock dance song about movie monsters. Just dance and have fun! AWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Er... I mean, NUR EIN!!!!!
"Warren Zevon would be proud." -Reve Mosquito

Jon Eric - Get your feel on.
Website powered by Spud's Amazing Website Machine.

PLAY DISC! - A podcast of deep dives into full albums.
User avatar
lichenthroat
Lemmy
Posts: 281
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:54 pm
Recording Method: MuseScore & Ardour on Linux
Submitting as: Lichen Throat, Dimetrodon, Sparetooth
Location: New Mexico

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by lichenthroat »

I'm in with a shadow entry. This was, at long last, my attempt to write a goth song. It didn't come out quite as gothy as I had hoped, but I think I like it. The lyrics are just silly commentary on women's fashion trends; when I lived in Miami in the late 1990s, it was apparently fashionable for women to tie their hair back as tight as possible and wear a particular style of very dark, strangely cut, uncomfortable-looking jeans, even when it was 95 degrees and everyone sensible was wearing shorts. In reality, I don't think that they never came out during the day, but there did seem to more of them at night. But they probably weren't real vampires.
User avatar
crumpart
Mick
Posts: 562
Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:04 am
Instruments: Proficient??? Erm. Guitar, violin, recorder.
Submitting as: Hot Pink Halo
Pronouns: She/her
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by crumpart »

I hope everyone likes mouth sounds.
Devil’s got me Lindt! Devil’s got me Lindt!
User avatar
Niveous
Ozzy
Posts: 6800
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:45 am
Instruments: vocals, songwriting, guitar
Submitting as: Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Niveous »

crumpart wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:20 pm
I hope everyone likes mouth sounds.
Since I'm sitting around watching Youtube videos on Con Langs, I am all about the mouth sounds right now.
"I'd like to see 1984 redubbed with this in the soundtrack."- Furrypedro.
NUR EIN!
X-Tokyo
Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
User avatar
truth
Pat
Posts: 33
Joined: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:45 pm
Submitting as: Cavedwellers, Yardley Social Scene, Katy & the Dwellers, Tindersoot, Mandibles

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by truth »

Cavedwellers have written a little love letter to the beats and freaks of an Italian neighborhood in the shadows of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, where poets, pranksters and pigeons left their mark over the years.

Locations:
Nepenthe (Restaurant in Big Sur)
The Stinking Rose (touristy restaurant)
Caffe Trieste (coffeehouse)
City Lights (bookstore)
Vesuvio (bar)

Dramatis personae:
Henry Miller
Jack Kerouac
Allen Ginsburg
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Neal Cassady
Francis Ford Coppola
Mario Puzo (in spirit)
“Me”

Special thanks to Paul Lorigan, who played the baritone saxophone.
Last edited by truth on Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
Cybronica
Joan
Posts: 197
Joined: Mon May 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Submitting as: Mandibles

Re: Nur Ein XV Round Five "North Beach Vampires"

Post by Cybronica »

You know how when you haven’t properly gone outside for a really long time (Like months) and you lose any glimpse of a tan you might have had and you joke about Being a vampire because you haven’t seen the sun in so long? Also you know actual vampires? Yeah, that’s what Mandibles’ song is about.
Last edited by Cybronica on Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:53 am, edited 1 time in total.
Post Reply