Fresh Spotless Youth 10


Portland USA   Feb 2012

Artist Bio

Influences:   I'm kind of a sporadic music listener. The vast universe of music available on Spotify intimidates me, so I listen to podcasts. The new Destroyer album is okay. I like a couple songs off Wolf Parade's latest. And I've listened to The Cure's Just Like Heaven about 30 times over the last few days. I would happily let those guys back me up.

I'm a semi-amateur performer who has never even played an open-mic. I picture myself as more of an conceptual artist than anything...endlessly pitching song ideas to my imaginary band, Fresh Spotless Youth. Generally speaking, "songs" I post here sound nothing like they would if FSY were better at executing. Self-deprecation aside, there will be 14 "songs" here at the end of the month, and I will love them all.

(I think of myself as the Justin Bieber of my generation, or the Sid Vicious of Justin Bieber's generation, or the Die Antwoord of the Napoleonic era, but people don't understand.)


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  • @edwardsmusic 5 weeks

    Hey, thanks for commenting on my finished song "Waiting for an Answer (Left in the Dark"!

  • @treble  Mar 12

    Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my song, Clouds & Clambakes and your comments. I'm so impressed that you tried a clambake!

  • @bitshred  Mar 7

    Yeah, I think we talked about collaborating before. Like, you wanted a bunch of ripping guitar over something. LOL. (which we both know I could do all day, but I try to avoid just because, like, art and all ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But, I would be up for doing a remix with some of my ideas over your stuff, or whatever. If you could send me files.
    But I do propose this. If nothing happens, let's plan on doing a song together for sure during the next 50/90, in 2018. ?

  • @seb Mar 5

    hahaha thanks for your comments, 1st party made me crack up "yeah thats a party waiting to happen)

  • @vomvorton  Mar 4

    Ha! It sounds like you have your own shirt-based story to tell in song. If only it was February, and not whatever hellish month we have stumbled into now.

  • @moonraccoon  Mar 2

    Thank you for your comment on After Innocence So Falls. I'm pretty proud of the guitar part. Not sure whether you mean my lyric takes effective "bites" out of a controversial subject, or if it "bites" hard (as in sucks) ๐Ÿ˜‰ I took it to my songwriter's group this evening, and one of our members is from Austen. He mentioned that referring to gun nuts as "cowboys" is a very Canadian concept. So I'll give it some thought. I try to be very conscious of how I lay out an insult, and the thought that real-life hardworking cowboys might feel disparaged by the chorus bothers me.

  • @owl  Mar 1

    Thanks for commenting on "The Disaster Preparedness Handbook." I like your question about eternal life, and perhaps should get out of my habit of writing frantically during FAWM and then writing next to nothing the rest of the year by actually writing a song about it. Makes me think of the Cumaean Sibyl.

    "I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl at Cumae hanging in a cage, and when the boys said to her: โ€œSibyl, what do you want?โ€ she answered: โ€œI want to die.โ€"

    ("Sibyl" is definitely one of those words that starts to look SUPER weird when you've read it more than once or twice in a row)

  • @w1n  Mar 1

    Thank you for your comment. It was Dengue Fever who started my interest in Cambodian music in the first place. Shared backstage with them at festivals twice, really nice guys.

  • @klaus  Mar 1

    Thank you for comments on Kiss Me and Kill Me. I can't say what's it about. Some lines could be about Jesus talking to Judas. If I had more time I'd have written that in as a hidden theme to add some little something.

    The idea of reusing music is great. I wish I had thought that. I'm definitely going to explore the possibilities in future Challenges.

  • @ferry0123 Feb 28

    Thanks for listening the past few songs, also please thank your wife for her nice comment on 'The Sad Sorry Sounds Intoxication'. It's cool to hear so many here doing their thing better each new season and you are definitely no exception.

  • @caterwauler Feb 28

    I'm often surprised to see that other people see self-deprecation or insecurity in words that I used so casually. We French use vulgar words for the sake of using vulgar words. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @caterwauler Feb 28

    Thank you for your support as well (and for thanking me for thanking you.)
    Re "crap" in my liner notes :
    When we discussed the collab via email with Mike, I told him something like "Please send me your files so that in the end I can mix all my crap myself". And of course Mike replied "no self-deprecation, you are awesome".
    I love that I've just listened to your Gondola to Sea, because to put it frankly, I don't give a fuck if my stuff is good or not. I'm a compulsive creator, so I create. Crap, stuff, sound, noise, harmonies, whatever.
    During fawm, chances are that everything will appear as "crap" (raw, unfinished, awkward). Then, I'll spend as much time as needed to tweak what needs to be tweaked. There's nothing that work can't enhance. And in the end, it will still not matter if it's good or not, because I'll move to other projects anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @caterwauler Feb 27

    Thank you so much for you lovely comments.
    It's really nice to get the kind of feedback you give. We're at this point of the month where I can no longer appreciate anything I do, and just want it to end and sleep three/four weeks, haha.
    I've just noticed you updated a song I already listened to, so I'm going to check it out. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @owl  Feb 27

    thank you for your comments on "Dreams..."--I actually don't know "The Go-Between", although I may have heard that quote somewhere before. The chorus was completely based on the little Facebook conversation I referenced in the liner notes.

  • @bitshred  Feb 27

    Well thanks for listening to that sloppy song of mine, (I really thought I had something too). Dig the remake of "doubt", now The Future. Great choice on the mix.
    I'm probably done with FAWM now. I should get a few more comments back. Honestly I'm crazy surprised I wrote anything, didn't think I was ever doing FAWM again. But, I think it brings me out of a funk, and now I want to write more music.
    I'm getting really into hip-hop and EDM right now. So I'm trying to work on getting a more electronic sound. Also, I play in a 50's inspired surfy band, and trying to get that off the ground.

  • @odilongreen  Feb 26

    Sadly, Iโ€™m actually only at 11, not 13: the site is giving me credit for two covers that others did of one of my songs, but as I already had my own complete version, itโ€™s really a stretch to include their versions in my โ€œrealโ€ total. I may be able to get one more quick one done, so the site gives me the trophy icon, but it will be a hollow victory. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But hey, itโ€™s the quality, not quantity. And in that regard, I absolutely consider you a winner! (And Iโ€™m vain enough to consider myself a winner too. ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

  • @billwhite51 Feb 25

    my favorite morrissey solo albums are You Are the Quarry and Vauxhall and I. If you get a chance to hear them, let me know what you think. here is the song that your song brought to mind...

  • @berni1954  Feb 25

    Thanks for giving my "Spanish Inquisition" song a spin. Franco died over 40 years ago, but the party that emerged out of the ashes of the old Franquist Party is in power in Spain today and doing its best to live up to its spiritual founder's beliefs. The sad thing is how little condemnation there has been from the International Community of this massive shift to the right and the human rights abuses it has brought with it. .

  • @caterwauler Feb 25

    Oh dear, I feel so touched and embarrassed that you've made changes in your song because of what I said.
    My hearing is so fucked up, and I'm such a dabbler in what I would call "norms" in term of production, I would never dare to try and give useful feedback. However, I can't tell you how happy it made me to listen to your updated song. And yes, your new title is perfect. ๐Ÿ˜€
    You know, I listen multiple times very often. That's why I try and keep my watchlist not too big. Otherwise fawm would be unmanageable for me.

  • @nikke88 Feb 24

    Thank you for commenting on "Kamilla."

  • @ttg105  Feb 23


  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 22

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on Don't cry for him.

  • @caterwauler Feb 22

    Your comment on my last catcore track is very interesting. Thanks a lot for listening the way you did (not just this one, but all the catcore tracks). I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback.
    "This is a genre that deserves to be taken seriously." Here on fawm, people tend to think it's an airy-fairy project and underestimate the amount of work that goes into it. Some create music with complicated software, algorithms that generate random stuff or such things. I give my cat a synth and let him take me away from my own standards.
    Outside fawm, I've always tagged @mojo's music "avant-garde" (what it is, not genre-wise but as far as intention is concerned), and somehow managed to bring it to the ears of an audience that does take it seriously. Interesting fact : @mojo sells more albums than me. And he's sold a few posthumously...
    I don't think they play him at nightclubs, though. But I like the idea. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I haven't seen new songs by you in several days. I hope there will be more!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 22

    I don't think I did a very good job of sounding like Superchunk really. They did release a new record last Friday though so it's fresh and new to me too. I think this track is particularly good:

    I haven't heard of Babylon Berlin but the style of that clip is pretty intriguing. Will have to see if it's available for streaming...

  • @repsurepa Feb 20

    Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked Unknown! : )

  • @vomvorton  Feb 19

    Aha! When I presumed, I made a "pres" out of "u" and "me". And "pres" has been a lot worse than "ass" for the last year or so.

  • @caterwauler Feb 18

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. You know I always appreciate it.

  • @nuj4x Feb 17

    Thank you for the comment on Confessions of a Pop Star ๐Ÿ˜

  • @ttg105  Feb 17

    That solo was done with a bass with lots of effects on it. Thanks for the comment!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 17

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @owl  Feb 17

    Thank you for the shoutout on the board! <3

  • @tunecat  Feb 17

    Reckon you should love them all. I mean I've heard some great music here, but somehow your songs have really got to me. Like I might do something as out of character like actually buy an album or something.

  • @klaus  Feb 16

    Thanks Ray for commenting Body and Ghost. Nice to see you've been busy.

  • @scubed  Feb 16

    Thank you so much for your gracious comment on "Such a Fine Man"!

  • @benjo  Feb 15

    hey thank you so much for your kind words on my lyric unique piece
    you made my day

  • @jonmeta  Feb 15

    Thanks once again for listening โ€”including to the disconcertingly long pauses. I appreciate your encouragement. โ€œClassic and familiarโ€ is a goal we all aspire to, at least some of the time, so thanks for that.

    Iโ€™m looking forward to listening to the rest of your songs. You are rather diffident in your self description, but the two songs Iโ€™ve heard have a kind of genius to them thatโ€™s rare even on FAWM.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 15

    Aha! I thought that sounded familiar. I always enjoy that "borrow a line, add your own spin" thang.

  • @mikegtz  Feb 13

    Hi Ray,thanks for dropping by Sioux Falls and sharing your thoughts.

  • @engebretsen  Feb 11

    Thx a lot for comments on "Simple Choice". Very kind of you.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 11

    Hey! What a beautiful surprise! In deed, I remembered it when I listened to your gorgeous song... And to be mentioned there by name is a particularly awesome honor... Thanks so much, my friend! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @vomvorton  Feb 10

    I'm using the built-in arpeggiator from Ableton on that track... I'm sure there must be some stuff out there for iPad but Apple's delightful "planned obsolescence" thing means I never really use mine any more so I'm way out of the loop. I'd go back in a second for an Always On My Mind app though...

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 10

    HI Danny ๐Ÿ˜€

    Iโ€™ve got ways around the technical issues, and am almost back to health after a bad flu bout.

    Back later to get some listening in ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kalinasilverman Feb 8

    "Sporadic showers" what a beautiful way to phrase a comment. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ferry0123 Feb 7

    Many thanks, Danny. That sure is an encouraging comment (Re: How I long). ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mikegtz  Feb 5

    Ray, thanks for coming to listen to my Sioux Falls song.

  • @ttg105  Feb 3


  • @odilongreen  Jan 31

    I'm actually weighing potential concepts; I need to come up with one soon. Anyway, I am so delighted that you're here; your songs are always a real treasure!

  • @ferry0123 Jan 29


  • @downburst  Jan 21

    There will always be glum schmaltz. It's just who I am.

    Naive swagger, yeah, give me some of that.

  • @downburst  Jan 20

    Hi Danny! Are you here? Hope so.

  • @ferry0123 Jan 19

    That sounds like a balled fist, Danny! Looking forward to this whole thing, thanks for your note ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @vomvorton  Jan 17

    Excellent! I like to think of those four voms as the "greatest hits". Maybe I should try to collaborate with the other three...