Fresh Spotless Youth 14


Portland, US   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. When I do listen, it's indie pop/rock stuff, like Destroyer and Phoebe Bridgers. I also think Jacques Brel was a genius who could have performed music in any genre in any era and made it great

What makes you alert is to be faced with a situation that is beyond your control. --Eno

Musically speaking, most situations are beyond my control. Sometimes I like the feeling of eternal beginner's mind, sometimes I don't.

I will collaborate with anyone who can tolerate my louche approach to music making.


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  • @wolfkier 5 weeks

    All ears hear all things. Thank you, my friend!

  • @wolfkier 5 weeks

    care to help a little?

  • @mardeycranbleson 7 weeks

    @rayboneor ha! I don't live there anymore but the verse is actually about a portland cop that called me out incredulous that I jaywalked in front of him one time. I even remember it was downtown at taylor and 4th.

  • @billwhite51 7 weeks

    dont know how that collab would work, but the idea could spark something....lets give it a go in july,

  • @billwhite51 7 weeks

    Hi Ray. Thanks for he note. I really ejyed your work thtus year as well. I am predisposed to he sttyle in which you work but tthere are so few who can pull it off. You coninually amaze me both lyrically and in melody. I also like how you never get bogged down in tired structures. for myself, I got so sick of wrutung the same old stuff on guitar that i had to either hang it up or find a new way. returning to piano after 40 years gave me a boost, but i need to practice and study if im to keep it up. im looking forward to your next batch of songs.

  • @jonmeta  8 weeks

    Forgot to say, "epistemological house of mirrors" is a great turn of phrase and spot on. That's where we're at.

  • @jonmeta  8 weeks

    Thanks, iโ€™m glad you liked the song and recognized the protagonists. truly sorry about your mom though.

  • @jonmeta  Mar 13

    Danny, I'm sure I'll be fine. If it was fresh spotty youth, that would be different. I shall be completing my tour of your work shortly.

  • @vomvorton  Mar 13

    I don't really do the comment reciprocation any more, I just listen to stuff that I like. I absolutely meant it when I said your 'Built for Love' was my favourite song I heard all FAWM!

    I heard about that doc, it sounds interesting but I haven't watched it yet. For some reason I spend March trying to watch movies from as many different countries as possible but I'll put that on the slate for April!

  • @vegansongs  Mar 6

    Hi and thanks for the kind comment on Sandcastles in the sky- My one touch recording? I use a keyboard arranger -Korg PA3x . It has presets that I can tweak with the instrument sounds, rhythms etc, "styles" I choose and then record an mp3 while playing my chords and singing live for quick demos..the machine has an autofill and learns my song adds flourishes. The korg is my backing band ( band in the box) " the cellmates".

  • @lishie5000 Mar 6

    thank you for the kind words on "blue line blues" - I really love the older Cocteau Twins drum machine weirdness stuff, so I try to capture a little bit of that.

  • @highmountain Mar 5

    Merci beaucoup! I'm afraid there is no bigger conceptual plan behind other than the joie of inserting Rimbaud and Balzac in the Wild West. On the other hand, I believe there's always some interest in crashing opposing worlds. And - of course English is a language! Except, maybe, in the extremest circles of French snobbery. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lizbrinker  Mar 4

    @rayboneor ha! You're another sufferer of The Twelve Bar Blues? Happy to know I'm not alone. Thanks for listening.

  • @fuzzy  Mar 4

    Yeah, it pushed my limited mental capabilities running the Century Club list this year!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    No problem, though!!
    I enjoy giving back to this awesome community!

  • @jonmeta  Mar 3

    By "throwaway" I don't mean "of little value", but something that doesn't *seem* especially valuable because it's a set phrase that everyone knows, but actually *is* valuable because the context gives it new meaning. I could have chosen my words better.

  • @wolfkier Mar 3

    Hey, also, come join #tit4tat. Theres some gems (music and people) there!

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  • @johnstaples  Mar 3

    Thanks. But it was as much my fault as anyone else's. Prolly more. I know it is sometimes risky to suggest any changes to something folks love.

  • @opossum Mar 2

    Dear rayboneor,

    Thank you for your nice comment about my song! But just so you know, I run with a marsupial gang that can kick a raccoon's butt all over town!

    Your pal,

  • @owl  Mar 2

    Thanks for the comments/song shoutout Danny! Iโ€™m dealing with the aftermath of a family emergency that happened on the 27th so I may not be able to come back and listen as Iโ€™d planned but maybe once it all settles down.

  • @bitshred  Mar 1

    Ha, thanks for the comment on my meta fawm! And for all of them this month.Congrats on another win! You did it!

  • @ttg105  Mar 1

    Thanks for all your great comments. Let me know when you unlock "Parasol"!

  • @saxylizbeth Mar 1

    Hi - thank you for listening and commenting and enjoying the word Skronky! It's a common word in our house ๐Ÿ˜€ I've no idea what janky is but I'll look it up!

  • @vomvorton  Mar 1

    Child Model guitar hook:

    You're probably right that most shoegaze is a little slower and more contemplative. Make all genres faster, I say!

  • @wingandwaltz  Mar 1

    @rayboneor hi! I finally uploaded a couple horrible but representational demos ๐Ÿ˜ pretty sure you were a force driving me to do so. Now, itโ€™s a couple hours until the finish line! Yikes! Trouble is I want to listen to everyone elseโ€™s stuff. Sigh.

  • @blindkiwi  Feb 28

    Mice and men yes ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @blindkiwi  Feb 28

    Thanks for the comments on "Friends in High Places" Danny, I have added a rough demo if you are interested. And yeah, it would be hard to travel around France without sampling a meat morsel or two, although there are a lot of other dilemmas there. I have had some andouille in Normandy, I really wish I had not inquired what was in it.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 27

    Thanks for listening to my patheticness! I used a free drum plugin on this one:
    I played in a basic beat for the first couple of mini-songs on a usb midi keyboard and then mostly edited those couple of patterns for the rest of the "song". And then I put various effects on it to make it sound crappier because sampled drums always sound too clean to me.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 27

    Congrats on the trophy. I'm sure it will look great in the den.

  • @tangle  Feb 26

    Thanks so much for your kind comments on Francis and I'm so sorry that you have experienced that pain. I'm sure it's a different but equally intense grief for Dads. My husband hasn't been ready to listen to this song and may not be for a very long time. Excited to listen to your songs after reading your artist bio. I live in eternal beginner's mind. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ferry0123 Feb 26

    That line just popped into my head ('time to be handsome'). I went along with it. Glad it did something in your head as well, I think that is. Thanks for your comment!

  • @wolfkier Feb 26

    Funny that, so did I! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much for the constant support, warms my cockles!
    I'm hoping to make time for just one more b4 end of month. Maybe. After I do or don't get that done I'll come listen to a few more of yours.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 26

    Some of that word salad ranting surprised myself ๐Ÿคฃ. It's best at double speed and reversed, and still barely fit in roughly 7 minutes. I might write some actual lyrics for it later.

  • @frozenlonesome  Feb 25

    Ray, thanks again for checking out The Dingbat Story. Glad you found that it stuck together cause I wasnโ€™t fully confident about this track.

    The vocal samples seem so dated with the old process. Just realized I used samples from the same film a couple years ago on a track I called Puffy Juice Title.

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 25

    Thanks for your kind comments on Let's Face It.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 23

    ๐Ÿคฃ Thanks! I still haven't listened to that podcast yet, I need to, I really like his interviews especially, and I've had this as a screename for years and years, there's people I've known over a decade that still randomly get it at times so don't feel too bad haha.

  • @sourcedecay  Feb 23

    Thanks for checking out "Sail", a.k.a. the first happy song I've written in who knows how long haha. It's so hard to write happy stuff without it coming out cheesy!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 21

    Ha ha thanks for you comment matey and the lyric basically is a journey through part 1 of my life (20s 30s) and part 2 which is the last 5 years in my 40s reflecting on every way i thought i should be, was actually not helping me in life, (starting point is the walls come crashing down on this perceived happy/normal life) . Hope that kind of makes sense. Cheers loads for the comment matey

  • @ttg105  Feb 21


  • @wobbiewobbit  Feb 20

    thanks for you comment on ostinato rubato- i think the leaning in is what i had in mind when recording of orchestral teachers saying triplets are played "slow-as-you-dare" not "quick-as-you-can"

  • @porrectus  Feb 19

    Thanks for the comment on hypocrisy.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 19

    interesting article on cancel culture, but not much on the southern culture that us being cancelled. all ths blather about the klan, when they have not been a force in southern culture in nearly 50 years. the klan has become, like the nazis, a symbol of hatred that is raised like a flag by small groups of crackpots. these neo-hate grouos are neither nazis nor klansman, but frustrated, disaffected members of the lower woirking class, spread all over the country, not indiginous to the south.the southern culture that is being cancelled is remnants of a history that has been and is being drastically revised by northern academics . history is always told by the winners, so it will be accepted that he civil war was fought to free the slaves. never mind that the civil war had been in progress for two years before the emancipation proclamation. never mind that war was declared not on slaves states alone, but on the states that had seceded from the union for economic reasons . the martyrs of that war deserve their monuments, and the people shoud be able to fly the flag their ancestors died beneath. perhaps it woulld be a smart idea to design a new confederaee flag though, one than isnot misconstrued as a symbol of slavery a senator should not be dismissed because he has a book by robert e lee laying on a table in his office. the neo liberals are trying to create a race war in an america that is still healing from the wounds of its racially divided past. i grew up in a racist america, when the FBI not only murdered fred hampton in cold blood but the seattle police murdered several lesser known black panthers. times have changed, and most of the younger people do ot know the horrors of racism.. so lets tell the politicians to shut up and let racism continue to die a natural death, not use it as a ruse to get more votes on account of being one of the moral ones on the high ground.

  • @imaginary1 Feb 19

    Also am a huge Jacques Brel fan, and Scott Walker accordingly! Keep up the fantastic tunes.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 18

    Came back for two more listens of Built for Love before I go to bed. I think I might have a problem.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 18

    You're welcome! That one really did a lot for me, keep up that good work!

    Champion of Something is still here, due to me never deleting anything on my web server:

    From 2012! I can barely believe it.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 18

    I sent you an email with some links.. Here is one to Hookpad..

    Thanks for giving this a try..

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 18

    Thanks for stopping by Auburn. Yep, Stephen knows how to turn a phrase. His work is a total joy to accompany. I will keep chamber instruments in mind, if there's ever a "real" recording.

  • @lishie5000 Feb 17

    feel better soon! be well an safe

  • @rayboneor  Feb 16

    Between the ice storm, the power outage, and the flu-like symptoms, there wonโ€™t be much listening or music-making for a while. On the plus side, I got my second dose of covid vaccine today

  • @franniezest  Feb 15

    Thanks so much for your comments on Here I Go! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @nahlej381  Feb 14

    Thanks for your kind words!

  • @mikegtz  Feb 14

    Thanks for your very nice comment on my Different World song.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 12

    Thanks! I would feel remiss if I didn't mangle up a genre a little bit even if it is a brand new one ๐Ÿคฃ

  • @wolfkier Feb 11

    Ha! Funny you should mention it. I was very (very) reluctant to post that particular one. Thanks for the always (always) kind words.

  • @persaab Feb 11

    Thanks for the comment.

  • @blindkiwi  Feb 11

    I would never say bad things about Klaus. Truth is I just needed a rhyme for mouse, but you probably already knew that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 10

    You must be better than you think! Or pretend you think ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 10

    LOL at the index finger in the air. Commenting on that song is kind of a trap for men! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for your comment, catching up on listening today in Tokyo and looking forward to your tracks.

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 10

    If you got thru the Zong Filter, you must've been wearing a mask! Thanks for stopping by and taking a listen ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jeustan  Feb 10

    Justin is fine, friend. My musical moniker is an identity crisis with no end in sight.

    Thanks for the comment! That was fun.

  • @sourcedecay  Feb 9

    Thanks for your feedback on "Eat. Spend. Die."! I had a blast on this one.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 8

    I was impressed how easy the lap steel samples were to use - if you play the note hard, you get the bendy sound, medium hard it's the normal note and soft gives the harmonic, so I was able to put together that track (which I think sounds pretty authentic? but then I'm no heavy lap-steel listener) quite quickly! Now I just need more songs suitable to use it on.

  • @prsongsmith  Feb 6

    Thanks for checking out my song Cascadia Subduction! Really appreciate your feedback!

  • @juoppis  Feb 6

    Hi fellowThomas! I really dig the fact that I can let people easily choose a pronunciation on my name, really easy to get along with everyone.

    Oh and thanks for commenting, that was awesome!

  • @midwayfair  Feb 6

    Hey, Ray, not sure if it's just me, but all the soundcloud links to your demos are giving me an error that's a dead link. Other people have listened already though so maybe it's temporary.

  • @cleanshoes  Feb 6

    Ha, I didn't realize he was playing that on his podcast this week! Nice surprise. Glad you enjoyed the re-listen!

  • @evolvemysound  Feb 5

    Thanks for the great feedback on my song. I appreciate it!

  • @sourcedecay  Feb 5

    Thanks for your kind comments on "The Devil's Rain"!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 5

    the banging came from workers on the street outside and, rather than let them ruin the take i played aling with them

  • @vomvorton  Feb 5

    All programmed drums so far, but I do still have the snare / cymbals gathering dust in a cupboard so I may drag them out at some point. Have used a real guitar amp on all three songs so far though so that's progress of a sort!

  • @jeustan  Feb 4

    I seem to have lost my inspiration but not for a lack of trying. I'll keep banging my head on the desk, maybe record the sound.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 4

    Thanks! That slothcore tune did originally clock in at about 10 minutes. I think I'll just make it a 2 or 3 parter though. It might be my new favorite genre ๐Ÿ˜ John Cage is a newish discovery for me. I've really enjoyed what I've heard so far.

    Flaming Lips did a 24 hour song some years back, performed it live once, with rotating pee breaks for the band, but it played on ๐Ÿ˜

  • @billwhite51 Feb 4

    thanks for sharing the verse is my poem of the day, maybe ill use it in song. when he was a young guy / his toes were black with fungi / his wife was much older./ with stretch marks across her shoulders

  • @ttg105  Feb 4

    That was a "Latin percussion" track from the YouTube, along with a cello drone (also from YT) and bass, guitar and piano from me. I can't play drums!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 3

    Alas yes! It's about our wonderful prime minister ๐Ÿคฎ

  • @evolvemysound  Feb 3

    Thanks so much for the feedback on my song! I appreciate your time!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 3

    thanks for listening to In You. there us no free association. Everything is a a real image from the city. a lot of it is looking through the bones of the present archtecture at what used to be, for example. the ballroom where all the counterculture bands like cream, the doors, pink floyd, gratefil dead, etc played,,, has been remodeled into a live theatre venue. when i was there to review a christmas carol, i peeked around and looked behind a curtain and saw that was were the stage was,,,so i imagined someone at that play getting a glimpse through time and seeing jim morrison doing his snake dance.behind that curtain

  • @taracraig  Feb 3

    Hello fellow Portlander! Thank you for listening to my latest single. I really appreciate it. Happy FAWM to you!

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  • @apolez3 Feb 1

    Hey, Happy FAWMing!

  • @billwhite51 Feb 1

    thank you for listening to monecarlo. glad you approve f my new sound, i hope it will open up some new musical territitory ot at least free me from those tired guitat chords

  • @eod0005 Feb 1

    Thanks very much! God I miss playing music with other humans in real life! Happy FAWMing ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @zam Feb 1

    Hey there! Thanks for making me feel welcome! Portland dadstyle dudes unite!

  • @opossum Jan 31

    Well Ray, I appreciate that sincere apology! And I'd like to apologize for that foul smell I emitted when I rolled over on your porch. Hope I didn't get any onya!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 31

    Hello fellow human, and happy fawming here in a minute! Yeah, that @toms, he's too generous on my behalf and too humble on his crunchy-rock own behalf. Thanks for the hello and we'll see you out there!

  • @billwhite51 Jan 31

    ill probably have to write some lyrics to liven up my boring instrumentals. looking forward to more fun and excitement from you.

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 30

    It is what it says on the tin

  • @jonmeta  Jan 29

    Hello, Portland. I shall be listening to all of your creations.

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 28

    Happy FAWM!!

  • @w1n  Jan 28

    Some really fine tunes you made during 50/90 this year btw, looking forward to hearing what you'll come up with during FAWM.

  • @w1n  Jan 27

    Thanks for the listen, glad you liked it. Hope you have a great FAWM.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 27

    Always room for cowbells! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @dragondreams  Jan 27

    Hi Danny. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ttg105  Jan 27

    Thanks for visiting! Looking forward to your "beautiful lunacy" as well!

  • @blindkiwi  Jan 26

    Hi Danny. This time I come without expectations or promises. Lets see where it goes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @downburst  Jan 26

    Huh, you shouldn't listen to me when I say stuff like that, I'm pretty full of shit usually. Anyway, I will always listen to your songs. I admire whatever it is you're doing so much.

  • @wolfkier Jan 26

    Bring it, my friend! Wishing you a great FabFeb21! Hugs.

  • @downburst  Jan 26

    Hi Danny! Welcome back.

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 24

    Ha ha i love it and defo up for some collabs. Good to see you matey

  • @jeustan  Jan 23

    โ€œYou gotta laugh at that one,โ€ sticks with me into the cold months. I let the windows down, at least long enough for the chill to get too loud.