eargoggle 15

@eargoggle 

Brooklyn USA   Feb 2015

https://theeargoggle.bandcamp.com  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Artists I've been compared to here (many of whom I've hardly or never listened to): David Bowie, Jonathan Richmond, Robyn Hitchcock, "old British psychedelic rock," Ween, Beck, King Crimson...and others I'm forgetting. Really I just want someone to compare me to Thin Lizzy though.

This will be my 4th FAWM, and it's been a life-changing experience. I've put out 2 cassettes (yes, cassettes!) of my music mostly recorded during FAWMs, and even started a cassette label (yes, cassettes!) called Very Special Recordings.

This year, because pushing myself to write a song damn near every day for a month isn't hard enough (that's sarcasm right there), I'm planning on trying to write in a continuous or at least connected narrative. I don't know what form this will take- a song cycle, a rock opera/theatrical thing, a collection of songs about the same thing, I'm not sure. But I've never done anything like this and I want to try. I have a vague storyline in my head, but there's a lot of room to follow wherever that leads. I also reserve the right to ditch this crazy idea and write songs about my coffee cup or whatever at any time. As always, we'll see what happens!

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  • @mattfoole Mar 16

    John Olerud was a little later than the time period I was going for with the song, which was 1985 or so. Thanks for listening!

  • @sci Mar 6

    the trick with odd time signatures is that you can't think about them. if you're just looking at the numbers, it's all cerebral and feels artificial.
    you need to *feel* the numbers. only then does the groove emerge. I've gotten good at this with a fair amount of practice. πŸ˜‰
    thanks for your comment!

  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 2

    Windy by the Association 1965 ish
    http://youtu.be/bPYT9Vyu62A

  • @bachelorb  Mar 1

    ugh..... we are traveling right now and I am having a hard time getting back to listen.
    I just wanted to say how cool your whole idea has been and it has been the highlight of my FAWM this year!
    Keep doin whatcher doin man!!!

  • @adforperu  Feb 27

    Thank you! Not at all jealous that you're driving around Brooklyn (in fairness, it appears you live there). We spent an evening in Brooklyn (alcoholic milkshake shop which I've forgotten the name of, and Barcade) but would love to go back one day

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 23

    Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab track with @acousticmaddie as well as my track "Tattoos & Lollipops". As for the distortion, I always have a bit of Soundtoys Decapitator on a parallel track for vocals, but here I threw it straight on the lead track an went to town (with heavy compression from JST Gain Reduction too, which usually works great for super heavy compression). Glad you liked the tracks!

  • @bitshred  Feb 23

    Mr. Goggle. Thank you so kindly for the listen and the kind words. Appreciate yah!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 23

    Thank you for the kind comment on never stay for worse. It was also very funny doing a duett like that. Thank you.

  • @bachelorb  Feb 21

    Hey..... have you ever had any problems with drum tracks changing levels in your mix? I’ve had it on 2 or 3 songs and wonder if it’s a cassette problem or a Brad problem......

  • @wistah  Feb 20

    Thanks for listening πŸ˜€ I am by no means a mando player, I've always struggled with the narrow string spacing and double courses. It's actually a cheapo mando, a blueberry looking epiphone thingy I but used for ~$100.

  • @pinky  Feb 20

    I've got some catching up to do with the story! Excited to hear what happens!

  • @wearedinosaurs Feb 18

    Hey, thanks for checking out "Little that is left" I'm glad you like it! The drum loop is courtesy of the wonderful world of circuit bending πŸ˜€
    Great stuff here by the way. Awesome you're keeping that cassette spirit alive! I did last years RPM challenge on a tascam 424. It's hard to beat that sound!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 18

    Ok, I did a pretty good drum track on your cassette. That is a great song! I used the Shure M267 for 4 mics into my 4 track. It turned out pretty nice. I would say that I need to spend a little more time with the mic levels and limiter setting to really dial it in, but it will be good. The M267 even has some phantom power, so I used some small condensers on overheads (recorderman style) and did close mics on kick and snare. If I were to do it again, I would probably lower the overheads a bit and let the limiter deal with the kick and snare (a good sound, sometimes). I can see how that would really make for a classic sounding recording (for our tastes). Well done on that standup bass! That was fun.

  • @misterd Feb 18

    Also .. seriously dig your cassette resurgence concept and reality . I used to record all the time on my cassette 4 track foster x15 from the mid 80's and it's still at my mums place . I have t touched it in over 15 yrs or so . But just reading g your profile is re-inspiring me -In fact a combination of ditching all social
    Media & participating in this years FAWM has brought on a creative resurgence within my soul . I'm really glad to have listened to your music and good luck with the new cassette label ! Cheers mate πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  • @misterd Feb 18

    Also .. seriously dig your cassette resurgence concept and reality . I used to record all the time on my cassette 4 track foster x15 from the mid 80's and it's still at my mums place . I have t touched it in over 15 yrs or so . But just reading g your profile is re-inspiring me -In fact a combination of ditching all social
    Media & participating in this years FAWM has brought on a creative resurgence within my soul . I'm really glad to have listened to your music and good luck with the new cassette label ! Cheers mate πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  • @misterd Feb 18

    Thanks so much for listening and generous comments on my song 'loop de loop ' . I love being part of the international music community here ! Wish you well ! Cheers πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  • @ihelen Feb 16

    Good ear! Yes, there was a telephone vocal effect for parts of the middle. Thank you for giving the valentine song a listen and for your comments. I very much enjoyed hearing your rock opera as well!

  • @tunecat  Feb 15

    Hi, thanks for commenting on the Art of Socialism collaboration. I've posted the lyrics by Barbara now if you want to look. Best

  • @wacha  Feb 15

    Thank you very much for your kind words on "Living in Love" I definitely take the Melissa Etheridge comparison as a compliment. This song definitely has a full band feel to it.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 14

    Yeah thanks! I just thought of something obvious....I have both Shure m67 and m267 and the latter has a limiter (that can be dialed up to level loc) in it, so that would prob be more fun than just any utilitarian mixer. I think I'm getting your tape with the bass on it, so I may do that. Thanks!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 14

    Alright, so I have to ask you what is the best way to have a 1 mic drum kit sound? I have thought about using a mixer to line into the 1 track, but I have also thought about that guy Gabe and maybe 1 mic will do it. What I was thinking was a condenser on the right in either the Glynn Johns or Recorderman techniques....I have also thought that using a good bit of compression before the tape would be good, but the tape will compress some, too. I guess that I could also use either of the 2 aforementioned approaches into a mixer and the line into the 4 track....what do you think?

  • @unkept Feb 12

    You get a cookie, or a gold star! πŸ˜‰

    You were right that the lyrics "What can I add to this equation?
    What if I was a big mistake?" were indeed me thinking "Should I be the one adding to this song?"

    It ended up evolving after that, but you were right on the money. Thanks for your words on the song. πŸ˜€

  • @guatecoop  Feb 12

    I am about to get paid for a recording job and I am nearly certain that I will get a Warm Audio WA412.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 12

    Ok, I think that we have opened Pandora's box..... So, you use a UA610...and what else? What is your mic-ing style? I love Recorderman or Glynn Johns, but I must confess that I do close mic now just in case. You said that you used saturation...so which plugins do you use for that? The Dap Kings and Budos Band are so good. I just love them and I really did feel sad when Sharon Jones passed. You said that you have not listened to many of the artists that you have been compared to, so who do you like to listen to and which recordings do you think are cool? I have many.....in all styles...and I am sure that you are the same.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 12

    What did you record that on? I really can't tell, but my gut tells me that there is some tape in there....If so, how did you record the drums? They sound really great. I'm always looking to improve my drum recordings. Do you know of that guy who records for Daptone Records in Brooklyn? Apparently, he mostly records drums with up to 2 mics and will spend more time on mic placement, rather than more mics....

  • @vomvorton  Feb 9

    I was just browsing The Quietus this morning and saw that you got a very positive review on their tape music page! Very cool, love to see familiar FAWM names in unfamiliar contexts!

  • @zecoop  Feb 2

    Hammond organ 4-track tape is on it's way today to you... Kind of a Ray Charles funky vibe. πŸ˜€

  • @cosmonaut Feb 1

    Yo eargoggle! I'm in! Looking forward to the challenge, thanks for the invite.

  • @pinky  Jan 31

    Can't wait to hear the narrative you tackle! The one you did at the end of last FAWM was awesome!

  • @standup  Jan 20

    Welcome back again. Congrats on your cassette efforts! The 4-track moon is on the rise.

  • @guatecoop  Jan 18

    Man, your ideas sound really cool. I am going to earmark you for a collaboration...although, I am not lo-fi. I do have a 4 track, but I'm learning it now, as I got a fostex but used tascam for ages. Their setups are NOT the same--or maybe I'm just dumb and stubborn. Anyway, I look forward to hearing what you do.