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Where else can you practice your review skills? Write 'em up.
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Please post your lyric here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11797

And you can read everyone else's as well.
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I've been listening to mine a lot and it's great!
All those others...meh...
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Strange, I had the inverse reaction :)

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Songs posted!
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15 entries! Looking forward to listening.
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I'm sorry I don't word well. These are more reactions than reviews. Thank you all for submitting!

Brown Word + Big Whine.
I dig the 80s/90s vibe. I wish I could rock like this. Alas, I cannot.

G. Sorensen.
I'm listening in headphones. I think the panning / doubling thing actually detracts from an otherwise excellent track. Your slide work is so buttery I slipped.

J. Gilespie.
Dude, I wish I had an emotionally rich voice like you do. Now, I know that some people feel that shakers are like cowbells (i.e., more == better), but... if I were doing this track I'd probably turn the drums up and let the shaker rest for a verse or so.

Ken et. al.
This was almost the best track in the fight. It made me want to go listen to Barcelona's first album again. I AM READY FOR THE FUN!! Maybe some harmonies? I have no constructive criticism.

P. Del Stinko.
"Reaaaady for loooove" lol. Nice breakdown in the middle there! Very Minutemen-esqe. You continue to crank out the most consistently pro material.

Phlebia.
This was the best track in the fight (though it is mastered a bit loud). Please tell me about how you did everything. SLEEP IS THE COUSIN OF DEATH.

Roymond + mo.
That was a crazy great build up. You could sell that.

Seaman Ski
If Bob Seger were dead he'd crawl out of the grave and tip his... beardstache to you. I don't think he wore a hat.

SHRTS.
SHiRTS? SHoRTS? You're the only one who really shut the song down properly. We kinda tried but you did it better.

Sober.
Ooo, yeeeaaah. I've totally been using the pandemic to avoid my mom. YOUR MUSIC MAKES ME CONFRONT MY EMOTIONS. What are you using for drums?

S. Toad.
Man, your lyrics are gold. These last few fights you've dropped some really clever stuff.

S. Toad + J. Cashpoint
Man, your lyrics are gold. These last few fights you've dropped some really clever stuff. Mr. Cashpoint's production brings extra fun!

Tom D.G.
As I previously noted, I'm listening in headphones. This makes hard pans hard. I really like the chill ending, though.

WreckdoM.
IIRC, this is not the first time you've channeled late-era Butthole Surfers. Or maybe it's just the anal connection. Regardless, fun times!
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reve wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:23 pm
Phlebia.
This was the best track in the fight (though it is mastered a bit loud). Please tell me about how you did everything. SLEEP IS THE COUSIN OF DEATH.
Well the truth of it is mostly that I never shut down. It's mostly just two bass tracks, one higher register one upper register, except for the second verse where I add a third that's run through iZotope trash on one of the more severe settings so it sounds like a crazy noise feedback. Other than some VST synth that's about it. Really it's just me trying to sound like Pornography-era The Cure but sounding just generally post-punky as a side effect.
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Brown Word and the Big Whine: Still quite the bass heavy mix, but in 6/8 time, woohoo! Except for when it stops being in 6/8 time. I’m generally a fan of time signature shifts so that works well. Topically I’m kind of happy to see you write a song that isn’t about COVID, it’s a nice change of pace! This has a nice stomping rhythm to it and doesn’t quite take itself too seriously which is fun! Plus the chord progression is based heavily on diminished fifths in the verses...and I almost always like that.

Chthonic Chthock: I am very glad that you did this because I was initially going to write a song like this but decided against it. So yay, New Wavey shutdown song! THe production on this is really rich, the synths fill out the stereo field well. And I love how you have the echoey warped stuff going on toward the end in the vocals. Perhaps if I have a complaint it’s that I wish it was longer because I really enjoyed this one. The fact that the drum beat is as minimal as it is works great for the style.

Geech Sorensen: A bouncy uptempo number with a somewhat predictable but effective chord progression. Well recorded. I’m not huge on the choices of harmonies, if only because parallel fifths for vocal harmonies just don’t quite sit right to my ears. I like the guitar work in the b section where it’s got that soft reverb on it. I like the keyboard that’s panned hard right that comes it, that’s a neat little riff.

John Gillespie: Wait, this is the same dude as Absolutely Credible? I wouldn’t have guessed it from the first verse but this is good and your composition skills are good and your singing voice is good and welcome back to the party! Your last entry was dope. The drums in this are giving me kind of bossa vibes in the verses...though admittedly I like the verses more than I like the chorus, which doesn’t really stick with me. Maybe cause it breaks the vibe a little bit? Anyway, it’s a pretty good song! I especially like that instrumental break after the second chorus -- very fresh. This is also really well produced. As for the topic - maybe it’s where I’ve written a lot of reviews for SF over the past few months, but to my ears it’s a little played out. But I’m also in a low-incidence county in a state where half of the people are pretending like nothing’s happening, and my kids aren’t in summer day camp this year because of it, so I’m definitely feeling the impacts. Anyway, good one!

Ken's Super Duper Band 'n Stuff: I think I said it last week but I’d have bumped up the drums a little bit more. Topically, this is yet another COVID tune, which as I mentioned in my last review is starting to feel a little played out but I’ve also been writing reviews here every week for nearly 9 months now so maybe “topic fatigue” is kicking in. Are your vocals really that pitch perfect or are you tuning them? They sound a little artificial to me. Anyway, this has a nice mellow pop-rock vibe that I don’t actively dislike but it doesn’t do anything for me. I wish I had more enthusiastic things to say, I feel like a downer.

Paco del Stinko: Oh I like those chimy guitars in the verses, they’re so clean and hefty composed. I feel like you use way more chords than most of the contestants here and it’s definitely part of your charm. Why is your win percentage so low, you’ve got some serious chops. As for the topic on this one -- wellll shucks. Don’t you just hate that!

Phlebia: C’est moi! Well this marks the second time that I’ve thrown random other languages into my lyrics, though last time it was Spanish and this time it’s German. I accidentally misgendered Leben though. Oops. I hadn’t entered in a gloomy post-punk entry in awhile, so I did this one. As for the cleaner than usual production, thank that awesome iZotope bundle they have for sale, iZotope products are all over this!

roymond feat. mo: Oooooh man that intro. This is ticking a lot of boxes for things that I enjoy. Kind of skittish rhythm tracks in half time, intense builds. Major 7th chords, experimental vocal production. Artsy as can be. And I married a Mo, so points for being a Mo. The lyrics are very terse and to the point, and I like the general vibe of them. The build reaches a certain point and just kind of stays there, like once it gets going there’s not a lot of forward motion...but I’m not convinced that’s a problem.

seemanski: This has a good stomp to it! And I like the swagger in the chorus for sure, though for some reason with a rhythm like this I want to hear something with a lot more...country-fried sounds? My wife commented from the other room that this sounds like a song that would be in a commercial for a Ford F-150. And I totally agree with her. But yeah, like this needs like wide open spaces and a huge cowboy hat and a tight plaid button-up.

shrts: Oh hey, another super short song from shrts. Which HAS to be a shortened version of shorts, since you’re always so short. Anyway, this was a pleasant...short song. Do I wish it was a little bit longer? Maybe, cause I know you’re capable of writing awesome longer songs!

Sober: Okay, this delivers on the country vibes that seemanski’s song got me wanted. Damn good vocal performance, and it’s well mixed. That very stripped down tremolo guitar has a great vibe to it. Where seemanski’s song makes me want to test drive a 2021 Ford F-150, this makes me want to hung my friends and family at a memorial service because half of the memorial services I’ve been to recently have involved slideshows of sentimental pictures while some sentimental song that sounds like this plays over the PA. Maybe it’s cause nearly every one I’ve been to in the past several years has been in Kentucky for whatever reason. WAIT YOU HAD A LYRIC IN THERE ALLUDING TO THAT VERY SCENARIO. And reading the lyric sheet this matches exactly which what it conveys in my head so well-played. Very well played. Best song of the fight so far.

Sweeney Toad: I didn’t know Pachycrocuta was a word, but now I do. This is definitely my favorite beat you’ve produced so far, so high five for that! This chorus is ridiculous, but I love it! You said this was inspired by Jack Hartmann? I mean...kind of? But if that led you to write a song about dinosaurs hunkering down for the end of days, then dadgum listen to more of his stuff haha. And it really kicks into high gear by the second verse, kind of has some cloud rap vibes. Like if Yung Lean did more but mumble about pokemon and hennessy and had a different voice. Maybe use a punchier snare? Whatever this is awesome.

Sweeney Toad x Johnny Cashpoint: Hello again! Mix is a little too bass-heavy, it kind of drowns out the other layers in the mix. This takes a really dark turn in that third stanza, geeeeez. I will say I liked your other entry a little bit more but hey this was entertaining in its own right. Minus J$’s contributions, that turn gave me pretty intense Eminem vibes...Sweeney’s gone horrorcore on all of us!

Tomdg: EQ out some low mids in your vocals, they’re kind of buried, which is odd because this song is EXTREMELY hard panned, and I’m noticing this even without having headphones on. But yeah vox up please. I like the tremolo’d guitar when it starts to pick up a bit. This song is sad and makes me want to mope. Think I’m gonna go cry now.

WreckdoM: Thank you for lampshading “oh another COVID title” at the beginning of the track, cause yeah I’m kind of waiting for some titles that I can’t tie to current events at all! But this is tremendously entertaining and rates up near the top of the WreckdoM entries. I like the beat. I kind of wish the mix was a little bit less compressed. As the last reviewer said, yeah I’m getting Butthole Surfers vibes...the shared hometown helps that too. One time I went to Austin and the traffic was bad, then I went to some hippie chicks house with my friend john and she gave me a purple sweater and offered me a basil plant but I said no to the basil plant cause I didn’t have anywhere to put it. Then we went up to that one big hill with the rocks and the awesome view. I forget what it was called. Then we went back to John’s place and I think we all drank too much. I love that sweater it’s awesome.

Top 3: Sober, Sweeney Toad's solo entry, Cthonic Cthlock/John Gillespie tie.
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reve wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:23 pm

Sober.
Ooo, yeeeaaah. I've totally been using the pandemic to avoid my mom. YOUR MUSIC MAKES ME CONFRONT MY EMOTIONS. What are you using for drums?
Drums are the NI Vintage Drummer, specifically the ivory kit set to brushes. Used the same setup on Mythical Creature. Wish the other kits in the series had brush articulations, but they don't.
sleepysilverdoor wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 5:33 pm

Sober: Okay, this delivers on the country vibes that seemanski’s song got me wanted. Damn good vocal performance, and it’s well mixed. That very stripped down tremolo guitar has a great vibe to it. Where seemanski’s song makes me want to test drive a 2021 Ford F-150, this makes me want to hung my friends and family at a memorial service because half of the memorial services I’ve been to recently have involved slideshows of sentimental pictures while some sentimental song that sounds like this plays over the PA. Maybe it’s cause nearly every one I’ve been to in the past several years has been in Kentucky for whatever reason. WAIT YOU HAD A LYRIC IN THERE ALLUDING TO THAT VERY SCENARIO. And reading the lyric sheet this matches exactly which what it conveys in my head so well-played. Very well played. Best song of the fight so far.
Thanks! I've been playing a monthly set of classic country for an old folks home in south Houston for about three years. Never missed a month til this all started. They quarantined back in December due to a bad flu that killed a couple residents. They told me how depressing and hard it was. That was only three weeks; they're at about ten now. I think about them a lot. Thanks for the kind words.
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