released June 16, 2014
DETAILED TAPE INFO:
As with almost all of my releases, this stuff comes from a span of time from 3 years ago to less than 2 weeks ago. I really can't help myself. I'm done being worried about how pristine my stuff sounds, how well mastered it is, and whether or not I'm cheating and using one-knobs to make the overall track pop. A lot of these original sessions live on a desktop that shuts off automatically within 5 minutes of being turned on, so I don't even have time to export the sessions from there; and on top of that, I don't have the god damn money to buy an external HD because that is what I'm dealing with right now so piss off. Love you.
DETAILED TRACK INFO:
1. Chain Habit
People I talk to don't generally like the lo-fi angle when it comes to electronic music. I don't think of my stuff as lo-fi, really, but I guess it comes close when you start throwing really nice distortion and tape saturation plug-ins on stock drum breaks and a sample of some already lo-fi-sounding Slovakian jazz you got off YouTube. And also some old dude yappin about how excited he is to give you tips on how to start your own business.
2. Self-Hating Goofball
I made this right after I watched a tutorial on how to make FM8 patches sound super cool, and after I had just wrapped my head around how to use (or in this case, abuse) the Effectrix plug-in to make shit sound all stuttered and to begin to remove a rhythmic focal point from the track. I'm just gonna keep being wacky even though people tell me I'll get more listeners/respect/gigs if I keep shit simple. because life is not simple so neither is my art!
This is one of my leftover genre attempts - in this case, chillwave. I guess I threw a loud Japanese (?) guy yelling on top of the last verse section, because I was trying to make it sound like this track "All Your Fellins" by Nite Moves which might be the happiest slice of awesome I've ever heard (soundcloud.com/grappafrisbeerecords/all-your-fellins-by-nite-moves
I was gonna go back into this session and fix some of the synth patches to make them more sparkly but honestly who gives a shit? I made it a while ago, I really liked it when I made it, and there's a dope drop/switch-up after the first 16 bars and it bangs. Whoop.
This is one of the beats that got made in conjunction with me learning that you could ACTUALLY change the volume of individual drums on a rack in ableton. At the same time I was just trying to sound like some bendy shit. I love it and I don't know why I haven't put it out yet, so here it is.
6. "Dontcha Worry?"
I had just gotten my precious MPK61 (which happens to be the only piece of equipment that I didn't sell over the course of 2013) and I was learning how to chop. This Donovan song is one of many reasons that I wish I could just barnstorm some old British studios squad deep and steal all the drum tracks laid down from 1967-1974. Originally called "back again" because it was the first acceptable thing I made after a long stint away from the "decks" due to my total emotional bullshittyness.
7. Thanks for Putting Up With Me
Unedited me-ness. I just want to be goofy. I'm not trying to make it anymore, I'm just trying to relax and enjoy myself, which is hard enough as a stand-alone endeavor. The stress shouldn't have to leak into the poor, innocent music, too.
8. For All These Years
Maybe shoulda trimmed this one down to about half its length but, yknow, bitterness and apathy n shit got in the way.
9. 2 hundred & 80 dollars, American
This was made after, in the quest for funky deep-cuts, I found an incredible blog full of Library Music (I mean, FULL, like way too many LPs). This is one of the more impressive cut-n-paste jobs I've done with a sample. Sax. Harpsichord. Melody. Harmonic progression. Joy. Named for the amount of money that was in my apartment at the time, hidden away so that we wouldn't spend it on snacks & thrift store bargains.
10. Open Letter // Fung Wah Feels
This was almost completely done on a ride on the Chinatown Bus from NYC back to Albany after a particularly joyful AND melodramatic weekend in Brooklyn. Thinkin' about friends, gentrification, why I make beats, why I do anything at all, why I feel bad about myself all the time, whether the struggles I've overcome in my life are even legitimate enough to call "Struggles." And when I say I did it one the bus, I really mean it -- I tweaked the BD a bit and threw the second vocal snip on when I got home, but other than that I did the whole thing with a pair of $10 headphones over the droning road noise of a jenky bus driven by an amphetamine-riddled man on a rainy freeway.
Yeah this is that wonky good-good. I like yankin samples of shamisens n other such "EXOTIC" instruments because I am the evil white man and I don't respect other people's cultures. come at me, half-informed meanies of the 'net.
12. Flip This for André
The homie André Altrez (soundcloud.com/andrealtrez/gotta-win-prod-by-apostrophe-s
) threw me this live version of "Sunny" a while back -- he sends me a bunch of stuff that he thinks I can make a sick track out of, but I usually can't figure out how to chop it right, or I'm in one of my non-hip-hop modes n I'm tryna make a track sound mad wacky-Chan, and I can't focus on it right n whatever. This one came out alright tho. Thanks André
13. Hi-Fiving Tom Cruise
Another genre experiment. I would call this one "I was obsessed with Clams Casino for 3 weeks and tried to make his typa shit but it came out like this instead."
A total reject from "Pylon," and I'm not sure why. I think the album was just getting too long at that point and I had to trim some fat. Which sucks because it was all structured to fade-in from the previous song/drop in to the next song. Whatevskies. oh and it's pronnounced "smunk" except you gotta say it without any vowels and make an "n" sound instead. That word came out of a fun game of making up wacky nonsense words that my buddy Mike F. used to do to build moral.
15. That's All!
I found this one in an email to my director friend and the body of the email just said "closing credits?"
"...and then you shoot your cousin"
that new Mac Miller tape
Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces
Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
J DILLA THE GOD ALWAYS
Weezer's Blue Album
Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms
Bobby Boyd Congress
"Like Water For Chocolate"