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Old Friends (will at least give you Reviews)

Postby Pigfarmer Jr » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:54 pm

... whether they are good reviews or not....
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Postby Lunkhead » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:25 pm

I'm trying to get the site updated but my Internet is almost completely crapping out on me. :/ I'm gonna keep trying, might be a while...
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Postby Lunkhead » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:52 pm

Whew, ok, songs finally posted. Had a busy week, got a bit delayed, but now you can enjoy some hot new tunes. Hooray!
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Re: Old Friends (will at least give you Reviews)

Postby Chumpy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:07 pm

I for one welcome our new Joey Wildcat overlords.

Those are some tight harmonies. I am blown the fuck away. Like Jim Croce had a session with The Byrds in Muscle Shoals. Bravo!
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Postby thehipcola » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:43 am

Ditto - Joey Wildcat knocks it out of the park. What a voice and those guitars.. nice!
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Postby Rone Rivendale » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:15 pm

Glad to see a decent amount of entries this time. I was starting to worry after the last couple fights. :)
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Postby BoffoYux » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:48 pm



What the hell. I have some time, let's do a LP right now!

SongFight Listening Party for 'Old Friends' Pre show starts now - LP at 9:00 pm.
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Re: Old Friends (will at least give you Reviews)

Postby Jerkatorium » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:32 pm

Okay some quickie reviews:

Balance Lost: The five percent nation of casiotone. Really well done. The vocal melody and drum machine combo has that Rural Alberta Advantage charm. I like it a lot.

Berkeley Social Scene: That first chord hits like a soft wave. I wish I had the guts to compose a song with non-rhyming lyrics. The secret must be in the cadence and confident, natural delivery, which this performance definitely has. Nice, relaxing tune with a lovely guitar tone.

Lichen Throat: I'm beginning to believe that what I'd originally thought was inventive and experimental about Lichen Throat might instead be a consistent, distinctive style and not a conscious effort at an original approach. That doesn't make it any less interesting to listen to. It's like Laurie Anderson meets Daniel Johnston meets Spaulding Gray... but last week's LT entry sounded like that too.

Joey Wildcat: Those harmonies are solid, tight. Good lyrics and instantly listenable. The best song of the fight. I wish the harmonies escaped the lead vocal earlier in the song - for most of the song the harmonies just layer the lead vocal, and the backing vocals don't start doing anything on their own until the end of the song. But that doesn't matter, it sounds great, I still think this song is the best of the bunch.

WreckdoM: Lately WreckdoM has been submitting entries that are inventive and compelling, but this song isn't really doing it for me. Maybe the chorus is a letdown in this one? I can't put my finger on it. They deserve big points for originality and nerve, and I always appreciate hearing something out of the ordinary in SongFight, but I just don't want to listen to this one more than once.

Andy Balham: The drum machine setting is distractingly bad. The semi-monotonal vocal melody reminds me of Depeche Mode and Bauhaus. That comparison might be the meanest thing I've ever said about any SongFight submission, yet I don't dislike this song. It effectively conveys this ominous feel which somehow seems to build over the course of the song.

NeilYounger Jr.: So very Neil Young that I can't help but like it. It's just so, so, so Neil Young. Definitely my favorite Pigfarmer Young oops I mean Neilfarmer Jr oops I mean Pigfarmer Jr song to date.

Dark Side of the Sun: Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" after a half jug of moonshine and a handful of Ambien. Seems off time/balance here and there. A little gimmicky, but you'll always win points from me with a banjo.

Flaming Tiger: Oh goddammit I love you guys. Obviously way too short, left me wanting more more more.

Jerkatorium featuring Micah Sommersmith: Micah did so much on this song, both music and lyrics, that the band name should really be "Micah Sommersmith featuring Jerkatorium", but we kept the current name for consistency. The idea was to do a song in the style of one of the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope duets like "Teamwork" or "Put It There Pal".
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Re: Old Friends (will at least give you Reviews)

Postby Chumpy » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:52 pm

Some half assed reviews, because I am a lazy fuck.

Wreckdom: Parts of this remind me of Ween, probably the line about watching a hobo throw up mucas. I like the chorus vox. The unfocused BVs kinda ruin it for me though.

Flaming Tiger: WANT MOAR.

Balance Lost: This sounds great. Dig the way you sing Aeroplane. This has such a happy up-tempo groove, I love it. VOTE.

Lichen Throat: Lots of room for improvement on vocal timing and rhythm. In some spots like "All the stock options and the dividends" it feel like you're cramming too many sylables into the space allotted. Words crisply landing on beats would go a long way towards improving the listenability of this song.

BSS: I bailed at around 02:00. I figured after one verse, one chorus, and some guitar noodling I'd heard enough.

Joey Wildcat: This is my favorite song of the fight by a long shot. I was singing this in my car yesterday, "I knew them back when they were Gods / I know we were not meant to beat the odds". I could remember exactly how this part went, because it's a killer hook.

Dark side of the Sun: Nursery school rhymes, herky-jerky timing, bleak subject matter, I didn't make it all the way through.

Andy Ballham: I'm a fan of your deep Nick Cave style vocal delivery, but I struggle with all the synth. So. Much. Synth.

Pigfarmer Jr: I can't help but like this, because it reminds me of a certain someone. I can't quite put my finger on it. I think this is the first song I've heard you sing a harmony part on, and it sounds great. VOTE.

Micahtorium: I quite like the bit where Micah and Ryan have an accordion/guitar duel. I don't sing this in my car because I can't remember how it goes, which is sad because I must have heard it like a hundred times by now. Will our shameless SF meta pandering pay off?
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