Failed English, so I couldn't read the Dark All Day reviews.

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Failed English, so I couldn't read the Dark All Day reviews.

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apperently i failed english.
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Dangit. I was gonna make the thread be "During winter in the northern hemisphere, it's (Dark All Day)"
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I'm in as a guest on my first cross-ocean collab!! The Brits and the Canucks hook up... I got an advance listen on the Bell Green track... sounds pretty good...
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Please add some apostrophes to the title before i have to kick your ass.
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wont fit? sorry forgot
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Please also add some humor to the title before I have to get JB to kick your ass.
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...I thought it was funny....
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Leaf wrote:...I thought it was funny....
Yeah, but you're Canadian. I'm just a douche-bag, though, so it takes a lot to amuse me. Or a lot of Labatt's, but that is an entirely different story.
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21 songs?! That's a big fight.
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here we go....21 songs.....whew

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since this is my first post....i'll try not to act like i'm an expert, because i'm not even close, but here's my three cents.....
1.A Different Monkey-- like the moody style, lyrics good, I'll give it a 7
2. Andrewashereatmidnight-- like the tribal sounding drums. alittle short though. I'll give it a 7 also
3. anonymous musings-- this one is kind of insane, don't really know what to think about this. I'll give it a 5

4. bellgreen and leaf and andy-- It's obvious that this one is not recorded the best but I'm digging on the chorus and the samples. I'll give this one a 7 1/2
5.BJAM-- This one also has a good chorus with an upbeat message, the chorus is begging for background vocals...good job...it gets a 7 1/2
6. CREEP-- This ones mine so i'll not comment on it....it was recorded in about two hours so cut me some slack on the vocal levels.
7. DESHEAD-- Well, the production on this one blows mine away....excellent. i like the feeling put on the vocals. I'm digging this one, so far, this gets my vote. And a 9
8. FWC-- This ones got some video game sounds going on which I think is cool, but for some reason the vocals do not belong with the music. I'll give it a 6 1/2
9. Glenncase+halfracks-- This one has a kinda poppy feel to it...production is not very good, but the song is sticking in my damn head for some reason. It gets a 7
10. Heuristicsinc-- This one does have a DARK ALL DAY SOUND....I like the beat....but the marilyn manson thing with the vocals is too much...too many effects, not really my thing. I'll give it a 6
11. Jake Holmes-- this one is screwing up on my computer so i can't give it a score, sorry.
12. Kapitano+tvskyle-- I like this experimental style, the chorus seems to come in too loud...other than that, it's kind of tight....I like....it gets an 8
13. Kenssuperduper-- This ones pretty good...but for me, the FUZZY guitar is distracting...but i still like it. It gets a 7 1/2
14. Likeylads-- The guitars are way too low, and the song is pretty short...other than that...it's OK. Gets a 6 1/2
15. Mccullochslashcarlier-- Production is good...the lyrics are tight....but it reminds me of many other accoustic songs right now, nothing really stand out...but i'll give it an 8 because it's recorded nicely.
16. Motormonkeys-- This one is interesting, i like it, but not enough to take over first place. It gets an 8
17. Poorjune-- I like this guys voice...but the music is too far gone for me to really comprehend. Props on the voice though. It gets a 7 3/4
18. Rockinoxen-- Are we pissed off at someone? I won't vote for this one
19. Soberirishman-- No comment, i'll just give it a 7
20. Southwest Statistic-- Well, this is pretty obvious...these guys are good. I mean, it's like they are bringing a gun to a knife fight....really guys...most people on here can't compete with a five man band. BE HONEST, you don't need this sight to know you are good. But i'll give you some input, your sound is good...it's been done thousands of times though. If you really want to break away from the rest of the MODERN ROCK pack, you must come up with some great CHORUSES....people will not go for a song without a hook on todays radio. Everything else is SPOT ON....great job. You get a 9

Man, that was a lot of music there.....But, since Southwest won last week, I'm gonna have to give the toss up to DESHEAD. Good job man...peace
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Southwest statistic is one guy. its a guest singer this week. but basically its one guy.
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A Different Monkey (7, 7, 7)

Interesting lo-fi-ness to the intro, decent groove. It's taking awhile to get the song kicked off, though. The acoustic guitar solo in the intro seems unneccesary. This is ok, but the i-VII progression of the verse is a little boring. The chorus is cool, though. It goes on a little long, though. Rather than Intro-Verse-Chorus for the structure, which doesn't really take me on much of a trip, I'd rather hear something a little more conventional, personally.

Andre WHAM (6, 5, 6)

I know you probably are trying to make this your "style", but it sounds like you just plain don't care. There are spots here where the beat actually vaguely meshes, but as a whole there's nothing of interest here.

Anonymous Musings

Lame.

Bell Green (7, 7, 7)

Nice vibe. The beat drags a bit. The mix is compressed way too hard - the loud notes pump the sound. Nice drumming. Each part seems to be played well, but they seem to have trouble meshing. Seems like it was begging for a click track. The vibe on the chorus is neat. At 3:30, I was hoping for a huge massive explosion. The bridge here doesn't really break the monotony of the song. I'd love to hear this redone in under 4 minutes with a big bridge to add interest.

Bjam! (6, 7, 7)

You need ID3 tags - it says you're "The Author", which is a pretty swanky artist name, but hey. :) The song is quite good. The presentation is lacking. The twangy electric tone doesn't do much for me, and since the acoustic driving the song is panned hard right, it makes it feel a little inbalanced. The vocals are overall good, though a few parts seem a little "oversung" - loosening up would add something here. I get the feeling that the chorus of this one is going to be the one that gets stuck in my head. There's not a lot of movement here, but for a two minute song, there doesn't really need to be. The bridge is perfect. Good song!

Creep (6, 6, 6)

Despite the odd mix with very loud vocals, this has a fun feel. Nice chord changeup in the chorus. The song itself is fairly good, but the performance and production really don't do it justice. The second verse/chorus repetition didn't add anything to the first. The pseudo-rap doesn't do much for me, the flow is too slow to make an impact.

Deshead (7, 8, 9)

I like the sound of this. Full and melodic. The verse was good, but the chorus is great. I love how the beat kicks up. This is excellent. The mix is lacking in highs fairly massively. It sounds like the acoustics are plugged in, but that might just be the missing treble. Great harmonies. Love the piano. The building during the solo is great - I would have liked to hear it go a little more. As soon as it really hit a huge energy, it stopped. Abrupt ending. Awesome song, probable vote.

FWC (7, 7, 7)

Interesting intro, I think I like it. I was hoping for a double-time verse. The trick is wearing a little thin by the part that starts at 1:05ish. When little changes at 1:30, I get a little fatigued. I'm hoping for a fun double-time beat to come in and lift this to new heights. The delivery on "beneath your bed" bothered me. The changeup at 2:50 wasn't what I was hoping for, but is still nice. Love the 80's rimshot sample. :) Some clipping starts at 3:33 with the loud drum. Mix lacks treble. I like how the synths stack up on each other around 3:50 towards the ending. Excellent ending. Would have been a possible vote with a beat.

Glenn Case (6, 7, 8)

The first line lost me until you hit the b2nd chord. Great part at :25. Nice chorus BG vocals. The vox are really buried in the mix and I really can't understand them, which is too bad because the 60s garage feel of the rest of the mix is excellent (though the guitars are a little thin). Love the bridge-type-thing leading into the solo. Even the fuzz-o-matic solo was quite nice, and I don't usually like solos. Short and sweet. Abrupt ending. Would have been possible vote without Deshead. :)

HeuristicsInc (7, ?, 6)

The 128kbps encoding rate is really making this suffer, there are artifacts all over the place, and the highs that are so important to this mix are gone. The music here is really interesting, but the vocals are doing zero for me. Actually, they're doing negative.. this song would be a lot more enjoyable without them. Love the fake guitars, though!

Jake Holmes (8, 8, 8)

Kinda interesting with the synths that remind me of various bodily functions. I find myself wondering if there's going to be a... what's it called... a song? Interesting toss-up. :) The acoustic part is quite pretty and a nice contrast to the insanity. Nice Willie Nelson feel. The fact that this is tongue-in-cheek makes it even better. Actually, great guitar playing. It's a little avant-garde for my tastes, but I really like it for some reason.

Kapitano (7, 6, 6)

The rapping is fairly bland. The music is kinda interesting. I like the part at :55. This isn't bad, but it's not really triggering anything in me for some reason.

Ken's SDBAS (7, 7, 8)

Nice Grandaddy-esque synths. The arrangement is growing on my by the minute mark. I'm curious what you're going to do because you seem to be at "10" on the volume spectrum from the start. Some big drums kicking in around 1:40 would be cool, but there's not room for that. The moogy solo is great, though. I really like the song, but I wish the arrangement would take me somewhere. It's just too much of the same thing.

The Likely Lads (6, 6, 6)

The vocals are disturbingly "close". Wow, I hope this is tongue-in-cheek. The verse wasn't great, but the 50s quality of the chorus is fun. Overall, not my thing. But hey, you got a score of 666, which is pretty cool.

Mccullochslashcarlier (6, 7, 6)

This is fairly bland. The delivery on "back lane" was disturbingly Cashpointesque. This is completely pleasant and inoffensive, but pretty much devoid of feeling.

The Motor Monkeys (7, 8, 7)

-1000 points for plugged in acoustics. The intro has me a little bored, but the interesting voice in the verse buys you some time. Nice strings at :45. Love the pre-chorus drum fill for some reason. Retro toms. :) Nice twinkley chimes. The song itself isn't especially interesting, but you're doing a great job of keeping me entertained with ear candy. Actually, the song is growing on me by the second chorus. It does go on a bit long, though. This might improve with age. Pretty ending.

Poor June (6, 6, 6)

Every song I've ever heard from you needs more treble. As in, a whole whole lot more. Most of the instruments sound like they're coming from another room. I like the dissonant tin whistle thing, or whatever that is. The performance is better than average for you. You're finding that detached but still in-tune delivery. By the two minute mark, I'm getting bored. Too repetitive without any big suprises. You need to either economize the length of the song or add interest.

Rockin Oxen

It'll take a lot to recover from the hopelessly bland acoustic riff in the intro. And... nope.

Sober (6, 7, 7)

Long time no see. Something's really troubled with this mix - the bass is boomy and there's some sort of distortion going on. Great harmonies as usual. Some interesting chord changes, but by the minute mark I'm not getting into this. Great accordion (again, as usual). :) Ok, the speedup at 1:30 is giving this new life. I wish it hadn't stopped for a moment before going into the next verse - it lost some momentum. Still, the energy is much better now. The overlapping solos get cluttered. Something's keeping this song from being everything it could, but I don't know what. This has an Asylum Street Spankers feel.

Southwest Static (8, 8, 7)

Excellent intro. Mix is lacking treble. The vocals need to be more upfront. The verse and pre-chorus are a little bland, but if the chorus kicks up an octave and lots of energy, you'll be set. Hmm.. at 1:28, it feels like an "insert chorus vocals here" thing, which is too bad because that would have really helped. There's the missing chorus again. Was that accidental? It really feels like a glaring ommission. Add a soaring chorus melody and you'd have one of the best songs I've heard here.

Wreckdom

Uhhh.. no.

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Bjam wrote:21 songs?! That's a big fight.
And thus it begins again :)
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A Different Monkey : I almost skipped this cause I thought it was gonna all me canned techo. I was wrong. Nice song. Vocals are pitchy but that is not a big factor. I liked this very much until the ending. It didn’t fit well for me.
Andre Was Here at Midnight: Wow, I don’t like anything about this. Tempo is crazy and vocals are really bad, melody is …
Anonymous Musings : What the hell happened to SF?
Bell Green feat. Leaf and Andy Balham: Usually I would complain about the effect on the vocals and over compressed guitar and vocals. Actually this is not a bad song just bad production. Nice ideas in here and I am bobbing a bit. I guess SF has not gone to Hell yet. Way too long for me. I had to skip around 3:30
Bjam!: There is nothing bad here. I don’t care for the song much. Pretty standard but I do look forward to hear more songs from you.
Creep: The half step on the vocals is horrible. Not bad for the rest. Kind of getting bored half way through. Overall ok but you’ll need to work hard than this to compete here.
deshead : Good! I finally have something I can listen too without watching my clock. Vocals are great. Harmonies are great. Drums are excellent. Possible vote. Are you and Josh related?
fwc: Vocals are good I can’t get passed the Casio keyboard sound.
Glenn Case and the Half Racks : More talent, Woohoo. Nice, very very nice. Nothing wrong here. Nice feel! Vocals go flat a few times but not enough to change my opinion. Voting just got interesting.
Heuristics Inc.: This is freaky. I am not sure how I would critique this. I like it and I would listen to it again. But I don’t think I would vote for it.
Jake Holmes : Not much of a song. Maybe fill on a CD between songs. I see you thought the same thing. Not bad for the second half. Gives better definition to the first half.
Kapitano feat. TV's Kyle: For Rap you do it well. Not my thing but comparatively speaking good job.
Ken's Super Duper Band n' Stuff: Damn, I was hoping you would bring the rock. Not bad but this fight is horribly boring. This song fits with the majority. Doesn’t suck but I don’t get a good feeling out of it.
The Likely Lads: Someone trying to bring the Rock! Not a bad job. The vocals are a stretch when you try to get growly. Thanks for the rock though!
McCulloch/Carlier: Vocals are good and the harmonies are pretty. I don’t like Coffee shop music but in this sea of mediocrity I enjoyed this. I can’t take many more slow songs though.
The Motor Monkeys: Slow groove. Better. I like this song. Reminds me of some later Bowie. I had to wait along time for another possible vote. The more I listen the more I like this. Thanks.
Poor June: Strange. In a good way. Not a vote but more interesting than most.
The Rockin' Oxen with the Huge Coxin : Not getting into this… If this had a lable it would say “Sorry you didn’t win, please try again”
The Sober Irishman: ewwww… I thought you would at least bring the Rock.
Southwest Static: YAY! Someone bringing me the ROCK! Damn it mellowed. Not bad.
WreckdoM: Entertaining as usual. Sounds like your other song I liked. Movie teasers. I think you have found your calling.

1)The Motor Monkeys
2)A Different Monkey
3)Bell Green feat. Leaf and Andy Balham
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A Different Monkey – Defiantly interesting, but I'm totally not feeling the backing beat. Going all the way through the song without really changing.

Motor Monkeys – Very cool. I'm really liking this for some reason. Great grove. Great song. Possible vote.

Ken's Super Duper Band N Stuff – Excellent vocal production and good guitar. Beautiful melody and use of backing progression.

Bjam – Beautiful melody and use of backing progression. You know what really would have kicked this song up a notch? A drumline.

Poor June – Well, it's defiantly you. I would love to hear you try to be more diverse as an artist. I mean, naturally, the music you play is always going to have elements that reflect the artists behind it, but I would like to hear the emotion that is backing your music writing be more varied. Still, an enjoyable track as always.

FWC – I guess there weren't any drums on your Casio.

Glenn Case + Halfracks – Better then 90% of what I hear on songfight. Good vocals, good harmony's, but for whatever reason I”m still getting board. Maybe it's just not my style but I can totally see this song really appealing to a more Classic-Rock-Oriented listener.

Kapitano + TV's Kyle – Crappy rapping to a Casio. Yay.

Andre Was Here at Midnight – Drunk? Stoned? I dunno, but you are defiantly bringing the hard-rock mentality this week. It's all good for live performances and all, but try to be more sober when you're in the studio.

Creep – The music sounds like a Shania Twain-ish Pop-Country intro looped over and over again. Hopefully, that isn't what you where going for.

Heuristics Inc – What the heck? I can't believe I just listened to that all the way through.

Southwest Statistic – Yep. I'm just a one man band, Creep. This week I had a guest singer though. He is really good and I was so totally pumped about this track and how awesome it was going to be, and then the worst happened. My buddy couldn't make it over in time to record the chorus. I tried, but my voice is so totally different from his that it ruined the flow of the song. So, for everyone wondering where the chorus vocals went at 1:22 and 2:34, well, thats because they didn't get recorded in time. However, for whatever reason, I still wanted people to hear the track on songfight this week even though because of lack of a chorus, it's doomed to crash and burn.

Jake Holmes – Woah. What's going on in this song? Pick synth or pick acoustic guitar because that was a confusing transition.

Sober Irishman – I know lots of people who love this kind of thing, but because I don't really listen to this kind of music I don't have much of a frame of reference to compare to. Just not my particular thing.

Rockin Oxen + Huge Coxin – This song was way to funny. Oh my god. 15-16 Dude, you have now officially been called to the plate. This kind of outright dissing requires a comeback track. Lol.

BellGreen + Leaf and Andy Belham – Vocals sound overdriven. I'm looking up at the clock at 1:20 seconds wondering where the end of the track is... 5:19? Holy crap.

Deshead – I love this. It feels like it has too much bass in the final mix to me, but thats often times just a matter of personal preference. Very well written and produced.

Wreckdom – No comment.

McCulloch/Carlier – Don't know what I'm not feeling in this track. Maybe I just don't care for the overly happy sounding hippie thing.

Anonymous Musings – Ummmmmm...

Likely Lads – Cool stuff as always. Is your music a joke or is it totally serious? Because I can't tell in this track.
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3/4 not my things... Damn, I was hoping for a %100 this time.

JW, always foiling me...
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Is it true that a Different Monkey used to be singer for the Motor Monkeys but they had a nasty split when Different Monkey wanted to go solo?
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the sober irishman wrote:3/4 not my things... Damn, I was hoping for a %100 this time.

JW, always foiling me...
It's not my thing either, for what it's worth. :)
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Justincombustion wrote:Is it true that a Different Monkey used to be singer for the Motor Monkeys but they had a nasty split when Different Monkey wanted to go solo?
Yeah man. It had something to do with substance abuse and how they where always fighting and stuff. It was all covered in:

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Woah, how did this end up here?
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Post by spacedog »

my top picks:

poorjune -- this one really sneaks up on you. i dig it, although it doesn't really go anywhere. but it's nice and moody and melancholy with that whistle sound (what is that?). has a great texture and production.

deshead -- good and very catchy. vocal melody at chorus a bit overfamiliar, but this seems like the type of inoffensive and overall solid song that's going to get a lot of votes.

also worth mentioning:

motormonkeys-- i agree with the comment that this was david bowie-esque
glenncase+halfracks -- reminded me of moxy fruvous. catchy pre-chorus and chorus
soberirishman -- good playing. sounded like a good cross b/t the triplets of belleville and scott walker when it speeds up. lurches a bit w/ the stops and starts
adifferentmonkey -- a bit slow, but good chorus
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