Influences: Mostly easy listening music from the 1970s.
This year for instrumemts I plan on using a 1948 Gibson GA-25 amplifier, a Godin Dorchester, a Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet, a Holy Grail verb pedal, and a nice Godin bass, and that's it. No fuzz pedals. Until the 2nd day! 😀
Edit: The Second Day has arrived.
|#1||My Love Letter To Donald J. Trump||
|#2||Gorsuch, Fascism Forever!||
|#4||No Name's Surf and Turf||
|#5||Bash It Out||
|#8||Ginger Noodling With Different Drums||
|#9||Keep On Playing Guitar @metalfoot||
|#10||If You Want Me To Take You Seriously You'd Better Not Be A Ridiculous Ass||
|#11||Guitar Beef and Scallion Noodles||
|#14||Pass You By||
|#15||Back To Nature on Planet Picinae @songsville||
|#16||Kiss You Now @zecoop||
P.S. - I'm on board with the EP too. You added such a cool vibe to that song. I love it way more than what I was picturing when I wrote the bass.
I really want to hear that "alternate" version of Kiss You Now... You could make a seriously dark song, which would be cool to compare. I'm starting to listen again... What a marathon this FAWM was. Looking forward to catching up on yours, although I enjoyed the ones five I had checked out. But I always enjoy yours. 😀
Heh, I sat with an atomic clock website window open and my finger poised over the mouse ... 😀 Thanks for the kind words ...
Hey Tom, Thanx for the great tunes this February! I'm a big fan!
I'm going through my 2017 demos now, and you were right. I did underrate my song Bannon (The Burninator). Why did I think this was throwaway? Thanks!
Something tells me that we would not have too much trouble with that. Our families might, but I think that we could come up with probably 9 or 10
Thanks, Tom....Those are amazing things to hear from someone like you. Really meaningful to me, thank you. I loved how that tune turned out, because you could easily hear about 5 different directions that it could go. I think we were initially thinking that it would be a crazy punk rock song, but of course I really don't like playing boring monkey beats. Then you come out and change the vibe again! It is one of those songs that I would not have predicted and does not sound like anything that I have heard before, which is always what I strive for. Great stuff....
Yes!!!!!! Thanks for finishing that up! Sounds great... What a weird concept, but awesome non-the-less! LOL
Aww shucks. It's only because your tracks are so amazing!
Woot! OK I posted it as a new song. So glad you liked it. Of course feel free to remix; there's only so much I can do with all the instrumentation on one track. But it's decent enough to post, I agree.
Hey, I had my music on "shuffle" in the car and "I Got A Tiki Bar" came on, your tune from a FAWM or 50/90 some time ago.
Man, I love that song.
What a rokkin' tune.
Toms you're a stalwart! I'm so impressed by you every year.
Kind of confused how we got an NSFW? But whatever. Cheers!
Thanks! You made the song truly yours. Couldn't ask for more, my friend..Cheers! Feel free to edit the lyrics in the main song.
Umm... I guess what you sang is what you sang. If the words are more 'blue' than I would have written, I suppose they are! But I'm not upset if you needed to otherwise tweak to make it something you'd sing.
I like to rise to a challenge. But you knew that. Thanks for the "sesquicentennial" prompt. I REALLY like how the song came together and will have to re-record it a little better soon.
My PHRASING is AMAZING but my.... OK, out of inspiration here. But I did like that rhyme. (And the nice comment, thanks.)
It's 100% yours to set to music, my friend! added you as collaborator. Finish it whenever you can... no rush!
No, thank you for the best protest song of all! I wrote one where I used the F-word a single time and some thought I went too far. You obviously have used the magic word perfectly!! 😀
Very well played in that regressive thread, I must say.
Thank you for liking my song. I loved your work, too. Thank you for sharing it.
PS. Nowadays, I pretty much compose all the melodies on keyboard - as in, I might have an idea - or not - but before even writing the lyrics, I'll make sure the melody is locked in, before finalising some of the chord/riff choices. That way I find you can work in some interplay between the melody and the instrumentation. Usually the nuances of the melodies will change if the lyrics demand it - I'm a massive fan of the Manic Street Preachers, whose policy is lyrics first - melodies have to fit the words, not the other way around, haha!
That and I'm an awful singer, so I need the melody playing as I do the take to get it right. Then fix it in the DAW.
Depends what kind of song it is. Sometimes I have a chord progression, sometimes that comes with a melody... other times I have a guitar riff, and build something around it... 'Punch A Nazi' was me saying to myself, 'Write a sinister electropop song that sits on a chord and uses notes it shouldn't.' Because one February I did that and wrote this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiixH...
These days I do all of it sitting in front of a computer... sorry if that isn't much help. I don't understand music theory - all those threads where people talk about using IV chords and dominant sevenths are gibberish to me.
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
I find your comment on "critical thinking" really encouraging, because I failed Logic class in University (I missed a single lecture and was lost for the rest of the semester) But I still THINK regardless of whether I can put a formula to it... and I encourage everyone to use the ol' noggin 😁
In fairness, I didn't say cliches are crap, just that I had to blow them out first!
'Tis indeed the G&L!
Oh yeah - the Fuzz Face is actually an emulation called Face Bender - best VST distortion pedal I've ever come across, and it's freeeee
Thanks for the comment on America is Great Because America is Good.
The guitars? DI, Fuzz Face pedal - the green one on one channel, silver on the other - into some kinda cab impulse thingee. Bit of EQ, and that's it.
Thanks for checking out You Were the One! I wasn't't sure how to handle the challenge as most o the classical music I like is piano based and I suck at keyboards! lol So, using the chord progression was the next best thing 😀
toms, if you want to, the Helga the FAWM Duck song--lyric only, on my profile-- is something you could have fun with (or run away from, screaming)
If it makes you feel better, I can't keep up with my songs either? 😉
Hi Tom. Yes there was some cowbell on Do You Wanna Rock! Good ears. The chorus idea is obviously from "Rock'n'Roll All Night" and the "paint one starry eye" refers to Mr. Stanleys make up. I only steal from the best. 😀
I think I got the drum track done. I will send it tomorrow, probably.
So, if I post a lyric and list you as the collaborator, would you turn it into a classic toms-style rock song?
Would you be interested in collab'ing with me at some point this FAWM? I have an idea...
Thank you so much for listening. I will come back and listen soon. Happy FAWMing.
Thanks for the comments Tom!
Thanks for the comments! 😁 Re: The Meters, yep, telecaster in the middle position. I always heard that Leo Nocentelli played a Fender Starcaster or a 335, but the tele seems to do it too.
I usually record direct through a Tech21 Flyrig 5 since I live in a duplex and don't like to make too much noise when the neighbors are home. Also used a Danelectro Spring King for reverb.
Hey thanks for listening! Guitar was recorded straight in via Line6 Pod UX1, since you asked!
Also, would totally be up for a collaboration if you want! 😀
FB'd the track to you
I put distortion on the click so it's all cool...
It's just under 2:30... very punk rock... and 230bpm. So, I might have Rob drum it, lol. 😀 I'll upload the bass and click so you can start getting ideas for guitars and vocals. 😀
Punk song first... I've got a bass part and will try to do drums as well today. (but first recording the click track, which is not very punk, is it?)
Bellyboards. Yes. I bought my favourite in 1969 for $10, while paying off my skis on the old layby system. Saw it and fell in love. Balsa with redwood centre stringer, two redwood fins, glassed. I broke a corner in a dumped wave oooh, 30 years ago and haven't got round to repairing it, though I've been body surfing on and off since. Though now I reflect on it, off for the last10-12 years. Riding a 9ft tubeshore break with dry sand suddenly appearing, it's a bit like my approach to double diamond ski runs.. been there, done that, now it's someone else's turn.
Sorry... I am working on a song with my 80's keyboards. I need to use everything own!
You know I'm going to be saying "WE ONLY HAVE 4 DAYS TO FINISH OUR COLLAB" in about an hour, right?
I'm thinking punk... and surf... and.... ARGH.... I can't make up my mind. Well, we DO have 24 days left, lol
Hey, I am absolutely up for a collab too... Surf with the GEM or Punk with the Peavey. or both...... 😀
I am human. And I have a loving family who are indulging me this weekend... because life's gonna get busy next week and my productivity WILL drop.
Woo, thanks for asking whether there would be more! :big smile:
I think it's one of my native modes so I kind of think yes. There will definitely be more on the "topic" : -/
What sort of bpm?
Yes, I'm off to a flying start while I have the time to do so! I know I have some big commitments as the month continues.
> This is what a Gretsch Jet sounds like through a
> 1948 Gibson GA-25 turned up way too far. It's sooooo pretty!
It really is.
/* stifles the usual guitar envy */
Finally getting a chance to record today!
Hassles at the job. 😞 I think my first demo will be finished sometimes during the weekend. It WILL be a rocking song.
Thank you for giving 'nothing can hurt me and i feel nothing' a listen! The MS-20 can be a very aggressive, scorched synthesizer. I'm glad you turned it up. 😁
No clue on downloads, but I did set it to downloadable...
Hey, thanks! I used a pencil condenser about 6 inches from the buttons. I also used a gate to get rid of some fan noise and messed around with volume and preamp gain to maximize music and minimize noise. I like that thing!
I don't really care about style...I like to play. Anything will work. I'm going to do kind of a Meters sort of thing tomorrow, based on my bass part from tonight, so anything really.
I think I've made some good progress on the drum sound...I find it hard to listen to some of my recordings from past fawms. I guess that is a good thing.
See You In The Shadows…
Glad you enjoyed my song. Guitar sound was created using Native Instrument's Guitar Rig. It's a preset know as Doombag so must have been inspired by Dimebag's guitar tone used in Pantera.
It takes its root from the Latin "cadere" which is the root of the English words "decay" & "decadence". So you are right to think that it evokes the word decadence. Thanks for the great comment!
See You In The Shadows…
looking forward to hearing your new stuff! Let's collaborate this year.
Hi Tom, welcome back, and thanks for taking a look at my lyrics. I'm hoping I can manage the production side how I envision it. We'll see. 😀
thanks for listening to 'i am not a pacifist' and commenting.
Thanks for the kind comment on "Equal to the Test." Good luck on getting your quota!
Hello Tom. Your profile picture is very informative. Me likey. Rock, rock, rock. 😀
Rock it UP, my friend! Blow the roof off.
Can't wait to hear you again!
Goodness, those Ampex 600s are super nice. What do you use them on?
Have you thought about changing the opamps to opa627s? Burr Brown's? Apparently, that really warms them up. I am going to, but have toooooo many irons in the fire. I use them for vocals an overheads for now, but they are transparent, too. Bored with that.
YES! That is amazing! Well then, you will appreciate that the 600s don't come with input transformers and I read about how the Shure M67s have 4 of them that work on the Ampex really well and have a cool vintage sound. Well, I then got to reading about modifying the M67s, so I did that. I then bought another M67, M68, and M688 figuring that I may mod them, or just use the input transformers on some other things. The wormhole. Whoa.
Yeah, I also find that it acts as an eq, of sorts, which I like. The less that I can eq, the better. That was also part of my motivation for the preamps. I figured that if I had a better signal going in, I would have less to do with it on the computer side. Actually, I got started with the preamp because a guy sold me a Presonus Eureka for $40. The reviews on that are really great. I bought another and then got onto the old tube and solid state preamps. I like those sounds and would rather get it from tubes and transformers than plugins. Actually, I got those old preamps by trading an early 70s Ampeg V2, which I never used. He was happy...I was, too.
Multiband compression!! Yes, I am on that, too! I love it for drums and the master effects.
Thanks for the welcome! So pumped!!
Another year another FAWM, have fun.
Happy birthday! 🎂
So, so rude.
I have never heard of any of those things youre using this year so I can only think youve made them all up & will actually be banging a dustbin & shouting very loud!
Welcome back! Happy FAWMing!
Why do the noises have to be "pleasing"?? I plan to make at least one track this year that will annoy the heck out of the listener. Just for my own personal amusement.
Yeah, a friend of a friend was their road manager. When Phil died, they sold off all their gear. As far as I can figure, the head was one of John Sykes's, as he was the only guitarist in the lineup to use the type 1959 Mk II Super Lead. One of the cabs has "Loz" written on the back, so it would have been used by Laurence Archer in Grand Slam.
Your the man!
Have a fabulous Fawm amigo.
I would say that you have an embarrassing amount of topical material this year....I sure wish I did lyrics like you. Lots to cover.
The songs in my head think it is!
I was just about to ask if I could borrow your 1948 Gibson GA-20 amplifier, Godin Dorchester, Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet, Holy Grail verb pedal, and Godin bass. Guess not.
Looking forward to more of your rockin' out over here! Cheers and all the best in FAWM 2017!
Well, hello there. Looking forwards to hearing your awesome guitar tones once again 😀