The Waffle King is Open! (Prayer for Pancakes Reviews)

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The Waffle King is Open! (Prayer for Pancakes Reviews)

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Thanks to everyone who participated. The fightmasters were blown away by the response to this challenge.

Have at each other. And us.
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Damn! So close!

Although, if someone would post JB & Spud's song, I'll vote for it 14 times.

(Feel free to chop the minute of silence off the end of my submitted file. It wasn't intentional. Of course the difference in disk space is probably worth less than your time.)
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http://www.thebjam.com/share/songs/Bjam ... ncakes.mp3

The only difference between this song and the song on the page, is that this one didn't screw up in audio mixdown :) Well, didn't screw up too badly.
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Post by Plat »

Reviewskirmish! Pardon the comparisons.

I like 'em all. Very impressive for 30 minutes of work.

BJam! - Daring panning move. Very nice vocals. Favorite line "..rock till they can't rock anymore". Experimental cut-off-in-middle-of-spoken-word points!

Caravan Ray - Neat vocal harmonies, very strong and raw. Feels like you should be singing about beer. But we all know pancakes are more deserving. I like the "amen" outro.

Feldspar - Similarities to Hanson's MMMBop aside, this is nice. I like the acoustic fingerworkins.

Glenn Case - I like this, musically like what STP might write. I was hoping someone would approach the song like this lyrically too. Mellow and cool.

Hostess Mostess - Child points! Harmony points! Spoken lyrical prediction! Original whitespace ending!

JB & Spud (BJam JiggleCam Mix) - Great campfire tune, wish I could hear the end. Great vocals, for sure. No fair friend-flooding through cable TV.

Jim Tyrrell - A "don't go chasing wafflefalls" theme? Maybe I'm way off there. Bonus points for Simpsons' "Sacrilicious". You must've met Bjam in the daring panning department.

Johnny Cashpoint - Reminds me loosely of a 3 Colours Red song. Your voice fits very well here, stylistically. Meant to be chanted while sneaking around corners and such?

King Arthur - Hey, no fair posting a whole song :-). Very polished. Tight performance. Groovy. Timely.

Luke Henley - Funny lyrics ("lol" near R & B reference). Interesting loose back-and-forth backing vocals.

Marcus Kellis - Zen warm-up points. Recipe points - it's the song that keeps on giving. Sausage is clearly the better deal, it's not so crispy and thin.

Me$$iah - Pimping points.

Puce - Verses similar to Offspring's "Why Don't You Get A Job?", but a much better mix. You absolutely need to AAD. Nice overdriven guitar chomp intro to the chorus.

Starfinger (better pancake mix) - When it comes to food songs, you don't disappoint. Nice stereo delay toward the end.

The Hip Cola - Very clean mix. Plus 'lectronic stuff for the G4 kiddies. I like the contrast between the rough vocals and the softer instrumental.

The Bovine Recyclery (me) - Vocal nausea-induction points.
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Now I'm glad I didn't enter and ruin my perfect losing streak. ;)
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Post by Adam! »

Puce: My Prayer for Pancakes. Late’n’loud. I am a baked-goods sympathizer.

Feldspar: Very catchy guitar work. I’m impressed that you double track the vocals in places. “Although idealism is a vice I seem to think I’ll be alrightâ€
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Bjam
Me. Enjoy the non-fuzzy version at the top of the thread.

The Bovine Recyclery
Heh, this is cute. Very nice lyrics, your voice is crazy good in this. Nice beat. Am grooving along.

Caravan Ray
I dig the guitar and am grooving once again. I like the p-p-p-p-p-p-p-pancakes a lot.

Feldspar
Mmm, G&G. I'm hearing some Hanson too. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. Very tight song for 30 minutes.

Glenn Case
Very nice GC song. Sweet lyrics, very nice story for a title you got given 30 minutes before sending it in.

The Hip Cola
Bongo-esque action is nice. Man, this is pretty good. Lotsa layers. Gets me grooving.

Hostess Mostess
Eee. Small child points. The handclaps finish it off. Damn, I need to find me a young 'un to do a song with handclaps and musical beeps and friendly lyrics.

Jim Tyrrell
Cute grooving song. Very good for 30 minutes.

Johnny Cashpoint
Were you whispering because it was past midnight over there? :P Nice song though, you lose me a bit on the oohs, but man, those lyrics are good.

King Arthur
Pancake connection? Cute song though.

Luke Henley
I dig this. If it was tighter I'd love this, but for 30 minutes, I applaud you. That's a real long note at the end.

Marcus Kellis
You sound very zombie-esque in the first 'ahhhhhs'. I've never heard a recipe so musically. The last 'plinks' are nice.

Me$$iah
Heh, nice SF reference in there. Hehe, this was pretty cute.

Starfinger
Bongo action :D The lyrics aren't grabbing me quite as much, but I'm loving the music a lot.

Very impressed by everyone's work in 30 minutes. Gummy worms for all!
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Bjam wrote:Feldspar
Mmm, G&G. I'm hearing some Hanson too. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. Very tight song for 30 minutes.
If sounding like Hanson is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

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Post by Spud »

Bjam's entry has been updated in the archive.

Note that there is now a songpage for this fight. Check either the front page or the archive.

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Bjam wrote: Were you whispering because it was past midnight over there? :P
Yes! 'While my partner gently sleeps' and all that ...
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Post by j$ »

Some reviews done from memory at work. Haven't heard these for about 8 hours, so forgive me if I get something wrong ...


Bjam
So glad to hear the original and not the Aphex Twin remix :) Your voice sounds sooo good on this and it's a lovely melody. You should definitely work this up into a full song. But please the leave the brilliant random cut-off at the end, please.

The Bovine Recyclery
I liked this a lot, am impressed with what you can do in half an hour. That phrase 'your ears disappears' is stuck in my head now.

Caravan Ray
This is great - and a good simple arrangement. I really like the mix of cheesy and harsh in here (tonally and structurally) - it's the sort of thing I wish I could do. Vez good. Amen, indeed!

Feldspar
Hanson I do not hear but that is probably because I have had 'eternal sunshine of the spotless mind' type surgery to have them obliterated from my memory! Yeah, that's the Feldspar sound and lyrical mood, captured in one little segment - for some reason the outstanding lyric for me was "this is my prayer for pancakes to fall from the sky" - I just love the image, I guess.

Glenn Case
Great recording, always good to hear GC getting his thang on. Sickening that you can do all this in 1/2 hr!

The Hip Cola
I really need to listen to this again as I remember the excellent groove and cool sounding lyric but I can't really remember anything specific. Sorry, man - I will listen again and update this review!

Hostess Mostess
This is utterly charming. 'Noooooo' seals it for me and also the fun that is oozing out of every channel of this cute tune. Your kid is a natural! I love this.

Jim Tyrrell
The chord sequence seemes really really familiar, but the lyric was fun and I love your jazzy inflections and smooth smooth voice. Hooray for Jim Tyrell!

J$ - That's a microphone stuffed into the guitar-hole for anyone who wants to recapture my challenging guitar tone!

King Arthur
Another 'how did they do this?' i love the rhythym of your words / melody - it immediately makes the listener want to like you. There is a kindness to your vocal tone as well, which, well, just suits you. King Arthur in a nutshell, this song. Clever words, interesting take, makes you smile while you tap your foot along.

Luke Henley
I have to admit I prefer Luke Henley's sound when, like here, he doesn't have time to go back and fuck around with his song. A good Dylan-esque sound, great second vocal track. Tightened up and this a live favourite.

Marcus Kellis

I love Marcus Kellis, his witty loucheness always astounds.
I love Marcus Kellis. he's faux-stupid profound
I love Marcus Kellis and his chinese mandolin sounds.

So it doesn't scan - sue me :p

Me$$iah
I remember thinking great vocal and great bass tone! Is 'fight of song' really 'wrong'? :)

Starfinger
Saved personal favourite to last. I know it's a bit stupid to wax lyrical about something that was a rush-job, but really - the bass is funky great, the synths mad in a good way, the groove impeccable, and the lyric - it has an epigrammatic quality that Martial would be proud of if he had been American and into food :) I mean in four lines, you present a conceit and devlop it, and then give it a great pay-off with the chorus - the very best way to do a literal take on the title, especially when everyone else was going off at an angle. Really, I would prefer to hear this when I eventually see you play live than The song which We Don't Mention Round These Parts No More (you know the one I mean). You are a genius, Starf, and you make me want to get good at business, make a bagload of cash quick, go buy a huge record label like EMI, and set them to work just releasing Starfinger product. I want a Starfinger doll, that when you pull the string at the back, it says 'Say a Prayer for your pancakes'

Puce - I remember being mighty impressed by the guitar tone and the melody was strong. I would need to have another listen to form a clear opinion....

JB & Spud - I haven't heard this yet, but I will do, worry not!

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A 14 way tie for first place!

Does this mean I'm out of the running for the King Arthur Award now?

And so is King Arthur.
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Puce wrote:
King Arthur: To bad the song doesn’t have anything to do with pancakes.
If I can jump in on behalf of the King -

I vaguely recall from somwhere: Mardi Gras = Fat Tuesday = Shrove Tuesday = Pancake Day!

Very, very clever - and well done.



It's too late at night to review - and I must admit - I don't think I have anything really constructive to say.

Suffice to say - the quality of every entry is just great under the circumstances - but I really don't like pancakes, and now i'm getting a bit sick of hearing about them..sorry.

Anyway - quick shoutouts - M Kellis cracked me up, Hostess Mostess was just great - probably my favourite, though Luke Henly is also a contender for that. And for some reason Johhny Cashpoint's strangely reminding me of Rick from the Young Ones, though that was also one of my favourites.

Got to say - that really gave me a rush. I'd finished the bastard in 10 minutes and was ready to do another one! It was 9am for me - and I'd only first read about it just an hour before (got to work a bit late - mumbled something about the 'bloody trains...')

Wonderful job all round. Just a shame all the songs are about pancakes...
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Hostess Mostess silence removed.
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Yeah, I was absolutely <em>floored</em> by the quality of the songs in this. These 30-minute songs all sounded better than the recent quality of most 1-week entries!
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Spud wrote:Hostess Mostess silence removed.
You have just named our first album. Many thanks.
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JB&Spud, super job. And your song was great too. ultra clever.
must hear whole thing.

bjam: your voice sounds great on this. i really like the flanger on
the guitar. crazy lyrics, i like.

bovine r.: love the synths. really awesome. i love how it all
falls apart at the end.

caravan ray: nice punk vibe. i like the layers of vocals. awesome.

feldspar: nice guitar playing. definitely good for a 30 minute G&G
song.

glenn: funny lyrics. typical glenn goodness.

hip cola: great beat. those background "pancakes" are great. the
lead vocals have kind of a mike patton tinge to them. awesome

hostess: ultra cute. great singing. super! very monkees or
something. how old is your kid?

jim t: your singing has a real prog rock sound. really well done!

J$: i like how pancakes made you think of drugs and porn. you do
G&G very well. love your voice.

king arthur: uh wow. these are actually timely and clever lyrics.
how did you do all this in the time! man. awesome.

luke henley: this is an indie classic embryo. love the hey hey hey
hey.

marcus: you always make me smile. thanks and keep it up.

messiah: good guitars. this is nice and dark. old alice coopery.

puce: how far off the time limit were you? other than not being as
elaborately produced, this sounds as good as your other songs.
well, the lyrics are not quite as compelling. awesome, but i think
you should have used your ultra high voice somewhere in there.


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starfinger wrote:how old is your kid?
2.5
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yesturday it was all refresh, refresh refresh....now its all review, review, review


Bjam great guit sound.I love that flangey sound. Voice sounds good. The drums are slightly boring but hey 30 mins, for this and you watched, recorded the show. Top Draw

Bovine I love the intro, then it bocmes a punky type thing..finger pointy tune. and the end is awsome, the way it does indeed as previously said somewhere, just fall apart Excellent

C.Ray Outstanding....whered you get the exra time from, and your not the only one neither....top draw ....what time did ya record this, you wild man you

Feldspar simple riff and your right about knowing whenpancake is sung...that said, fantastic really finished song

G.Case And another really well developed song in such a short time...again Im so impressed, Whered you get the time to actually write a song

T.H.C. excellent groove, love the pancakes harmony...good atmospere created here...great. Another time bandit here

Mostess totally perfect... its got everything it needs this, and even a great production job

J.Tyrrell And another almost finished song, perfectly formed in all ways...great

j$ Awsome-O 2000. Love the vocal stylings, and lyrically amazing. Johnny GnG....Extra credit for burning the Midnight oil

K.Arthur Another great finished song...hey KA this sounds better without those horrible MIDI drums I usually hear:lol: on ur stuff. Really nice guits and bass and lyric and performace..A1

L.Henley Luke, I love the stuff you do so much...and this is no different...I dream of you working with Desmond Child

M.Kellis A great idea, and it works.Were you also following the instructions as well as playing. I mean in 30 mins a song and somthing to eat, dont get better.. Gee this is a GnG fight...i love the stumming above the nut at the end

Me$$iah Me..I read the title posted it to the other thread. Picked up my guit and just AdLibbed Vox n Guit..then 1 take each on bass and electric, again AdLibbed...Great fun that was

Starfinger Another cat who seems to have control over time..Awsome job



Everyone did so well, I just dont know what to say..I couldnt pick a winner at all. I vote 1 each too, Tho my girlfriend says that HostessMostess was her faveorite, but I think the gratuatious use of the baby is what caught her, damn women and their unabashed broodyness....If she starts talking about having one Mr Mostess, youll be hearing from me!!!!!....

I would have liked to have had a chance to mix mine again, but my DAW isn't on the net, so I have to transfer files either on a USB stick or on CD, and yup my USB device aint werking for some reason so at the mo it cd burning all the way, and after I got the first mix in(just to be sure) i thought about the remix but, then to burn another cd and then move it then upload etc...i just figured 1 is enough, in the permitted time..damn Starfinger, and all of you with the writing skills to actually write a song and not just make it up, as some of us had to.....

Wow That were great, that were....can we go again And can everyone with like TARDISes or whatever it is you use please either stop, or at least share with me



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starfinger wrote:J$: i like how pancakes made you think of drugs and porn..
Everything makes me think of drugs and porn :)

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Drugs and porn is everything
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So, is anybody gonna whip up a big batch of cover art for this thing?

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