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April 3rd, 2006

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11:05 pm - You ain' nothin' but a ground hog.
Year after year I refuse to participate in April Fool's Day, and the one time I do, I have to disappoint people when it turns out to be a joke. This is the last time I take part in something fun on the Internet.

Anyway, no, I am not releasing an album of accordion music. ribsinbacon and I decided to write each other's posts for April 1st. The post I wrote for him is about the military/S&M-themed excercise video he's been hired to make for Weight Watchers. Yeah, people fell for that one too.

On to other matters:

Tonight I went into the studio to record songs for the Elvis project. There are eight songs and one of them is Blue Suede Shoes (which doesn't have a bass part), and we finished four of the others. Treat Me Nice, by the way, has one of the worst bass parts ever. Not actually unpleasant to listen to, it's just that when you listen carefully to take it apart, it's very obvious that the singer is a) improvising gibberish, and b) lazy or inebriated (possibly both). Whatever. I'm only the bass part, and the recordings sound great, thanks in no small part to the guy who's doing the rest of the vocals. I didn't meet him and didn't ask the recording tech, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's a professional Elvis impersonator.

Also, this month's MP3 is up. As I mentioned before, I had something else ready which was been claimed for other use at the last minute. In the interest of having something up sooner than later, I've posted my cover of What Bothers the Spaceman?, originally recorded by Mono Puff. Astute readers (namely those who are evil_jim) will remember that I posted an instrumental version of What Bothers the Spaceman? back in January of 2004. This is almost the same piece, except that I've made a couple of tweaks to the music and recorded actual, genuine vocals this time.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Ella Fitzgerald -- I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

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Date:April 4th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
I thought "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" was a TMBG song -- it's really just a cover?

I can't even remember where I remember hearing it. Was it an EP? "They Got Lost"? The Spine? Hmmmm...

I think somehow I misread your blurb about "What Bothers the Spaceman" on your music page and expected this version of the MP3 to have the piano on it. Yeah. I'm an idiot.

That's a pretty bad-ass bass line there. Speaking of which, I REALLY need to learn the one from "Afternoons and Coffee Spoons".

(don't you just love my topic-jumping, logic-defying ADD posts?)

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Date:April 4th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Guess I'll have to listen to Afternoons & Coffee Spoons after work. I don't recall the bass part because I haven't listened to the song in quite some time, but A&CS is one of the high points of one of my favorite albums.

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You: Yep, it's a cover, and (aside from the lyrics) the two versions are completely different songs. The TMBG version is one of the extra tracks on Then: The Earlier Years.

Incidentally, are you familiar with Mono Puff (original performers of What Bothers the Spaceman?)? They were a side-project of John Flansburgh's in the mid-'90s. They recorded two albums, the first of which sounds like Flansburgh revisiting a bunch of ideas he'd originally discarded as unworthy of TMBG and making them presentable. The second album goes in a completely different direction and sounds like a collision between the '70s funk, the music of Burt Bacharach, and the song Prevenge. It's all good stuff, though.
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Date:April 4th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
A&CS is one of those interestingly-structured songs (forgive me as my music terminology is lacking and/or outdated). It's very similar to another personal favorite, Barenaked Ladies' "Some Fantastic", which has very distinctive A, B, and C parts. A&CS is more like A, B1/B2 -- there are two distinct bassline patterns, one each for the verse and chorus. The first pass through ends up in a sort of aborted chorus, which is entirely where this second pattern is located. But the next couple of times through it goes on to the second "half" of the chorus, and the bass does this sort of turned-up version of its verse pattern beneath it -- I really like the effect, especially the transition from one to the other. It's not terribly difficult or otherwise spectacular, but it's very... hmmm... distintinctive. There's another song on that album that I'd like to learn, but I can't think of it off the top of my head.

Incidentally, the bass player is the brother of the lead singer (or is similarly related), so I think I understand why the lower range is so well-represented in the Crash Test Dummies albums. AWESOME. Aside from the singing in A&CS, the bass is the only instrument that plays anything resembling a melody in that song.

I remember having heard about Mono Puff, but I never really listened to any of the music. That second album sounds super-keen, though.

You ain' nothin' but a ground hog. - Garmonbozia for the soul. — LiveJournal

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