I don't know how to tell you this... (Difficult Reviews)

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I don't know how to tell you this... (Difficult Reviews)

Post by Spud » Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:53 pm

Just to be difficult, I made a thread.
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Post by Lord of Oats » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:11 pm

Hey, clockwork! Beautiful!

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Post by Rone Rivendale » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:27 pm

People always complain when the songs aren't posted in a timely manner so I'll echo the last comment and give praise for the songs being up already. Thank you!
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Post by Paco Del Stinko » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:35 pm

I smell beer. Or is it RattPoizon? :wink:
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Post by fluffy » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:44 pm

Just to be different I will complain because the fight went up TOO QUICKLY and so now I have the option of listening to this when I'm already oversaturated with TOO MANY THINGS TO DO. GRR!!!!!!!!! >:(

(I am of course just kidding.)
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Post by Paco Del Stinko » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:21 pm

They're one time throughers, but this worked out well for me time-wise. Only took three beers, too!

Adam Adamant - Just a hint of unsteadiness but cool low-key groove. Good job layering, keeping it pretty simple and complimentary to the other parts. I like the distorted and broken bit rate textures, but just as I was tiring of the song, it ended kind of abrubtly.

Barrels, Leaves & Strings - I love the loopy sweetness of this. Some of it's not weird enough, but it's deliciously hooky, and right when you think the chord progression is too 'normal' it takes a nice turn. This one makes my body release some kind of happy chemicals.

Blues Manufacturing Facility - Right out of an out-take scene from Easy rider until it flys throught the 70's for a visit to Tron Town. You guys should call yourselves The Leg Pulling Manufacturing Facility. I like how crisp it gets, anyway, but it could use a trim.

The Boiler Room - I like to hear stuff like this, but not necessarily listen to it. Almost laughing at the returning voice, almost telling it to piss off. The distorted guitar tone was nice.

The Booty Chesterfield Trio - Sweaty balls good. This is raunchy and hungover at the same time making for a fucking yourself with the cure joyfest. Great charge and self destruction at the end, love the recording and all the instrument sounds as well, this is some of if not the best Booty that I've heard.

David Lost - Sincere, if too much, almost. I see a blond guy with a tan leather jacket and a long scarf singing this at a brick walled bar somewhere downtown. Well it'd be better if I were the person you were actually singing about. Not that I want to be that person, no offense.

Eddie Lance - A couple of those things are me, but not too many. Nice strong, simple lines. I would like this better with visuals supplied to me as well, but it's nice and simple and strong. Not simple like dumb, but lean or to the point. Oh! I remember you saying who does your vocal work now. Neat.

Emperor Pilaf - Who gave MC Eric B all the caffeine? Help him! Help him! Animated and rapid-fire delivery is good, but as fast as it all goes, where does it go? Do the nerd thing over some totally sleazy music. That'd be fun.

The Idiot Kings - I like the hesitant beat and high ooh vocals much. Mmm. Excellent smoosheroo from the clean and lean first section. The coldish vocal works well. Maybe a more fleshed out end section? Nice work though, certainly.

Jach S - Love the classic guitar rock intro, that's very nice. Obviously, this is craving a band treatment. It has good energy and basic melody ideas, but feels scratch pad-ish. Stonse-y feel can save the day.

Jim Tyrrell - Good shifty groove, dig the skip in the beat. The creeping menace works well instead of a dissonant slam. Makes me think of a slightly blurry 80's video, seen later at night. There's a bit of boozey raunch in here too.

Leaf and Twig - Nice and crispy, and not ouchily biting. The vocal sounds confident and clear if not blow you away exciting, but well balanced as well. Like in, overdubs and accenting lines. The rhythms are good and tense, but the guitars and especially the great lead, deliver the goods best here.

Lockheed Symphony with Gritty Teeth - Noisy fun, I like some of the vocal lines. Smart enough not to go on for what would seem like hours allows this to survive for longer than it would otherwise. I like the arrangement.

Lord of Oats - Good wobbily delivered tune, the instrumentation works very well. The vocal lines are decent, if unsteadily deivered, and the progression and guitar lines aren't over done. I like broken carousel songs.

Max The Cat - Solo spot on you, man. Cool and captivating, it's closer to delicate than it is to moodiness. The guitar lines/work is wonderful and the nearly one note melody is often perfect as it allows different feelings to create themselves around it. Very nice.

MC Paul Denyer - You're good and not good at the same time. The rhythm and flutey-loops are fantastic and the 'da-doo-de-doos' are classic, but a verse or two less or trimmed would create less drag later on. Good clear recording too.

Meat Knob - The overlapping voices sound good over the chugging rhythm, but get to be too nuch early on. I like the psychotic feel at mid-point, but it's all a bit too washy on top in the long run. Sounds like an experiment, maybe.

Melvin - Church (not the band) song meets Pixies. I like the classic Melvin hesitation prior to the distorted guitars coming into the classic Melvin chorus. Voice sounds good here; loose and a little higher up maybe. Song is a little pouty for me maybe, but a good one.

Mime - My goodness. I hope I don't get stuck in there. A bit of a charge to much of the vocal delivery though it feels stiff on the chorus part, especially, at times. I like the loop enough, and am enjoying the lo-fi feel. Not too keen on the wishing death stuff.

Northside Hindus - OK, it's slowed down sounding drums, but where's the rest of it. Beat is alright, if way sloppy.

Paco del Stinko - Intonation problems, amongst the other usual suspects. Didn't start recording this one until the day before it was due. I have no idea what it is about, but the lyrics are posted if you need to see them.

RattPoizon - Now here, I like the slowed down sounding drums, even if the whole thing gets woozy feeling early on. Good ugly main riff, the vocals are appropriately creepy. Although not for casual listening, I enjoy your epic sludge-o-ramas, and am glad that you returned.

RioMondo - The way loose spirit of this is fun, if scattershot. More fun for its creators than the audience here, I can appreciate the in-joke-ed-ness of this but that's about it. Crazy guitar shreddage though. Crazy, man!

Steve Durand - Need a straw hat and striped jacket when you perform this, but the melody is pretty solid, the horns are nice, as always, but the chord progressions here are great. And where did we just go in that dark electric part? There's so much going on here it borders on busy but I like it.

Surf Rock Manufacturing Facility - Surfing transformer robots. Well, the music has a decent tone although it's wandery. Almost sounds bored at times like you said "aw, what the hell. I might as well record an involved but apathetic surf song."

Thanks for the Frisbee - Some of this is very familiar, from you, sounding. I like the lyrics here, particularly the losing weight verse. The electric is a nice touch when it holds back a little, like earlier on. Easy going attitude sells as well.

TV's Kyle - Sounds like a summer fun-time song at an in the sun party deck. Good party fun, that is. It's only missing the na-na-na-na-na-nas at the end.

Wages - I like the guitar work best here as the background vocals sound a little too scruffy. Right intention, wrong execution. The major to minor change on the guitar, along with the lead vocal, are quite effective.

The Weakest Suit - The voice leaping to the clouds is nice and delicate, takes off all sunny and happy. I like the tempo change and chord work, if not all of that changes' progression, the transition back into the main part was a subtle 'whoa'. This feels a little more sure of itself than other recent entries.

The Worldly Self-Assurance - Great start. That guitar line is like a hurdy-gurdy sound and mystic call or something, and the distinctive voices, by mouth and/or guitar, are each excitingly welcome as they announce themselves. This is like folkier poppish Yes that I'd actually want to listen to. Well balanced and not lopsided at all, this was a big boost at the end of the fight especially. Right on!
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Post by Billy's Little Trip » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:24 pm

I wonder why Rat Poison didn't show up on the vote page?
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Post by The Weakest Suit » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:41 pm

Paco Del Stinko wrote: The Weakest Suit - The voice leaping to the clouds is nice and delicate, takes off all sunny and happy. I like the tempo change and chord work, if not all of that changes' progression, the transition back into the main part was a subtle 'whoa'. This feels a little more sure of itself than other recent entries.
thanks for the kind words. this entry, like my F You 501 song, had acoustic guitar and vocals that were recorded together in one take due to a severe lack of recording time (although the acoustic was mostly mixed out of 501). i definitely could not have achieved this back in april when i started out here. i really have to thank songfight for boosting my songwriting/recording skills so much in such a short time.
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Post by Ratt Poizon » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:50 pm

wow! I can't believe that actually worked! I have dial-up connecting at a whopping 26.4 kb/s. I had to keep changing the bit rate or whatever to make the file as small as possible..... and it still took 2 hours to upload! I actually fell asleep infront of the computer waiting. not sure if I'll do that again. technology, how 'bout it?
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Post by Billy's Little Trip » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:10 am

You always look like you need a nap anyway, Josh. :wink:
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Post by Spud » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:55 am

Billy's Little Trip wrote:I wonder why Rat Poison didn't show up on the vote page?
um, because that is a WHOLE DIFFERENT FIGHT?
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Post by martinblasick » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:35 am

You've all kicked my arse because I missed the deadline. Wrote a chorus but got caught up working. Credible Threat will be my first fight...
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Post by Paco Del Stinko » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:08 am

BLT wrote:I wonder why Rat Poison didn't show up on the vote page?
snicker. He'll be OK. I think he has a flashlight full of beans.
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Post by Billy's Little Trip » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:13 am

Spud wrote:
Billy's Little Trip wrote:I wonder why Rat Poison didn't show up on the vote page?
um, because that is a WHOLE DIFFERENT FIGHT?
HaHa, I was three sheets to the wind. Sometimes I wonder how I even remember how to breath. :P
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Post by booty » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:14 pm

Paco Del Stinko wrote:
The Booty Chesterfield Trio - Sweaty balls good. This is raunchy and hungover at the same time making for a fucking yourself with the cure joyfest.

And it was! El Blanco brought back some good tequila from his Mexico trip last week and we drank it and recorded this smash hit...
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Post by booty » Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:42 pm

Thought I'd give reviewing a go.....




Surf Manu Chao-I love surf Music and this is the most tripped out surf music I have heard. Good Job!

RioMondo-Turn the recording off and stick to flipping fries. Could get thru it…

Leaf & Twig- Don’t like this sound, but you guys do it have decent. 50% ain’t passing. But still a good recording for this shio. And did enjoy the outro

sDurand-Yes! First word out of mouth.

N.Hindi- C’mon guys its gotta go somewhere, right?

Weak threads- No thanks on the recording. If you plugged in a guitar and doubled time it it may be decent

Wrdly SA- Love the music, the vocal mix is too overpowering and blows it for the song.

Adam Ant- I almost turned it off. Glad I didn’t once the keys came in it all made sense.

MC Pablo- Like the tones… tho’ isn’t my bag, baby.

Pacostinko- Always like your sound (gee I wonder why?). My only suggestion is try screaming (gee image that?). VU riff…dig it. Boys, we may want to try to pull off this version at the next BCT show.

Knobber- This song reminds me of walking down the Generic Food aisle in the early 80s grocery stores.

Frisbee-terian- Is this a Shonen Knife song at half speed?

Rice Pilaf- Reminds me of a Rice-a-Roni commercial in the middle of an mission impossible episode.

Eddie- Sounds like this has been done before. I don’t know if it has, but it just sounds that way.

Lockwood Gritty Throw up- Could get past the first five seconds. Hey, a song that long works sometimes….cuz what are you gonna do to this tune? Iron clothes?

Melville- If you want to destroy my sweater……

BlueManuFac-C’mon I eat this shit up! That is a no brainer. All I ask for is a little more structure and a better mix.

Tyrell, Jimmie- More overdrive on the guitar…just an opinion. As it is it could be the Indigo Girls singing it. But, hey maybe you’re an I girl fan?

Mime-I don’t know why….but….I totally did not enjoy this song.

Sach J- Are the Doobies getting back together? Wait the vox just came in. Are you the song of Grace Slick?

BarrelsLeaveStrings- Loved it. Fucking loved it. Wouldn’t change a thing.

KyleT- Very TMBG’s…and I like those guys. Good Job on the recording.

Idiot Kings- Not a bad tune…but change your name. The breakdown sucks. Take it out.

Ratt- Heard it before.

MaxieCat- Hh huh! You go girl! You be difficult!

D is Lost-Is it open mic night? Where’s Vaughn?

Wages- Shiiii…, every ones getting sappy on me? Where’d all the good times go? MMM MMM MMM.

Boiler- Didn’t make it past 3 seconds. Good job, if that meets your songwriting objective.

OatsLord-I love waltzes. Amelie on ‘ludes…I like it!
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Post by Thanks For The Frisbee » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:02 pm

booty wrote:
Frisbee-terian- Is this a Shonen Knife song at half speed?

!
Motto yasashii kotoba de itte-kure-masuka?
Nigongo wa watashi ni muzukashii-desu...
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Post by Mediocretes-RioMondo » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:07 pm

So I've never posted any reviews before and wow ... reviewing this many songs was pretty daunting. But I'm finally done. So here you go! Good work everybody!

Surf Rock Manufacturing Facility - Wow, everything is pretty awesome about this except the vocals. I don't know if they are supposed to be funny or scary, but they are neither to me. Seriously some cool music in here, and I even like the crazy-ass bridge.

Jim Tyrrell - This sounds like some kick ass music for a really good indie film. Very cool Jim. Sorry I don't have anything more constructive to say. I just like it. Wait, it sounds like you are doing your own
backup vocals, I'd like that more if the two voices sounded a little bit more different ... er .. ish.

David Lost - This sounds very professional. Not my type of music exactly, but I am digging the lyrics. I like your voice too. It's not as mainstream sounding as the rest of the music. Nicely done.

Barrels, Leaves & Strings - Alright, this is awesome right from the start, and the vocals caught me off guard for several seconds, but then they started to grow on me pretty quick. I like it, it makes me feel strange ... in a good way.

Jach S - This is kicking all kinds of ass straight away! The vocals don't seem to fit with the music so well. Not that they aren't good, they just don't seem to have the same recording quality as the guitar. Not that they both aren't good ... I guess I can't really explain it. The vocals might just be a bit loud maybe, and don't seem to have as much energy. I still like this a lot. I listened to that intro quite a few times.

The Worldly Self-Assurance - I like this. The drums sound really good. I don't like the backup vocals on "the time or the place", but the lead vocals are nice. Cool, as soon as I'm getting comfortable, it speeds up, and I like that. The second guy singing by himself is cool, but the two voices don't harmonize very well.

Adam Adamant - I like the idea of this song, I'm just not feeling it. The "organ" is a little loud ... and repetitive. Like I said, I like the weird feeling, but it's just not doing it for me. Sorry I can't be more help.

Emperor Pilaf - The music is pretty sweet, and I like your rap voice, but the rapping rhythm is a little ... off. I think you need to put a pause in there every once in a while. It's kind of ... un-relenting. But maybe that's what you're going for. It makes me a little anxious.

The Idiot Kings - You've got the "Songfight Voice". That's not a bad thing, there just seem to be a lot of people on here who sound like this. A little nasally, and gruff, but smooth at the same time. Singers outside of Songfight just don't sound like that. Anyway, the haunting backup vocals are pretty awesome. I like the distorted guitar when it comes in. Reminds me of old Foo Fighters, when they were still cool. I'm liking this. The switch back from the, I guess, bridge, is a little awkward to me.

Leaf and Twig - The guitar totally makes this song. It's fucking awesome. I've gotta say the opposite thing I said about Emperor Pilaf, you've got some cool rap rhythm's, but your rap voice is not so cool. No offense, mine isn't either. Seriously, this guitar is rocking my face off.

The Weakest Suit - Here's the "Songfight Voice" again. Nice! This reminds me of Steve Burns (of Blues Clues) music (not from the show). I hope that isn't an insult, because I really enjoyed his CD. This is good, it's got a nice relaxing vibe to it. It took a while to grow on me, but it did.

Meat Knob - I have to say, I didn't expect anything less than this amount of craziness from a band with the name Meat Knob. This sounds like video game music. Like Duke Nukem music. This isn't something I'd ever just sit and listen to, but if the zombie apocalypse ever happens, and I need to hit the streets with a chainsaw or shotgun, you can bet this will be on my MP3 playlist. You know, I didn't think I was going to like this at first, but I ended up listening to it again.

Paco del Stinko - I like how this song just gets going. Nice bass, that really fleshes it out. I like these vocals a lot. This reminds me of something by The Aquabats. The bridge I am not feeling so well, because the rest of the song was a lot of fun. I suppose the idea of a bridge is to bring some change into a song, but that was a little too much change for me. Overall though, Good job, I like this song a lot!

Thanks for the Frisbee - This is good. I really like the singing melody in the verse more than the chorus, but the harmonizing is cool. I think some light drums could have added a lot to this song. Sorry I don't have more to say. This is a really enjoyable listen.

TV's Kyle - Songfight Voice! I have no idea how many times I've listened to this. A lot anyway. There's just something about it. The bridge is pretty Bare Naked Ladies, but that's not a bad thing. Some of the rhymes are a little trite, but the lyrics are good overall. I don't have much to say, but good work!

Lord of Oats - This intro sounds like something from the first two Monkey Island games, and that is never a bad thing. I'm just going to stop pointing out the songfight voice now ... but seriously. Do you guys see what I'm saying? Anyway, the drums are a little loud. I don't like the chorus vocals so much, but the verses are good. Turn down the drums a little, and the chorus might be better with some good backup vocals.

Wages - Vocals are nice, and the lyrics are really good. Again, I don't like the chorus as much as the verse though. I also don't enjoy the echo-y backup vocals. This was a nice listen overall though. Pretty short, but that's not always bad. Especially when there are this many songs to review!

The Booty Chesterfield Trio - The feedback on the beginning seems cliche and pointless, but once it starts, I really got into this song. The video for this song would probably be in black and white and involve skateboarding. The vocals start of strong and awesome, but get too quiet right away. I think they could have been normalized a bit, they are all over the place, but other than that they are cool and definitely fit with the music. This is another one I wouldn't necessarily sit and listen to, but it's good soundtrack music for ... something. The guitar solo gets out of control! In a good way.

Max The Cat - This is recorded really well, with some good guitar playing. This just isn't my style of music, so I won't say much, because my bias would effect my comments. I do like the guitar playing a lot though.

Blues Manufacturing Facility - Almost exactly like the Manufacturing Facility for Surf Rock, this music is really good, and the vocals pretty much ruin it. Then it goes crazy with samples that don't fit. Wait .. this part is getting better. The transition was not good, but it starts to get a pretty cool rhythm. This changes to much to really be enjoyed at all. If some of these things had been separate songs, they could have been better.

Northside Hindus - Drum samples! Or maybe they aren't, I can't tell. Alright! This is taking a while to get going ... wait, it never does. The scream on the end was the best part.

Lockheed Symphony with Gritty Teeth - I hope this changes pretty soon. I think the gritty clipping madness would have worked for a couple second intro, but for a whole song? Some of the things the voice says is pretty funny. I guess this might be a lot cooler if I was tripping balls. But alas, I'm not. I've only got a headache, and this is making it worse.

Mime - I thought this was going to be one of those songs, that had some cool music that sounds like it's playing over a phone, and then all of a sudden some kick ass drums come in, and then the cool music gets kicked up to sounding like it's playing in real life, instead of over a phone. This is some cool background music, that would be a lot cooler with some meat to it. This is the worst rapping ever, I'm sorry. If you made this music (not just loops) you should stick to that. Rapping is not for you, and you are not for rapping.

Eddie Lance - This is awesome! This song seriously just makes me smile. The spoken voice parts are really well done. I don't have a lot to say, sorry. I did like this very much though.

RioMondo - Umm ... what is this bullshit? Stop talking! God, get to the song already! FUCK! Sorry guys, this intro did go even a bit longer than our normal fare. It had been a long long while since we made a RioMondo song, so it took a bit to get back into, but I think this turned out sounding RioMondo-ish. Weather or not that is a good thing, I will let you decide for yourselves. I think the chorus is catchy.

Steve Durand - Horns = awesome! I like these lyrics, but the vocals did take a bit of getting used to. The whistling solo is amazing! More people need to do that. And the horns are back! Again, these lyrics are really good. The chorus vocals could use a little more energy. This is very different, and a lot of fun. Thanks!

The Boiler Room - Wow, I'm glad I wasn't wearing headphones! Oh wait, I was! FUCK! Is that blood? I think that's blood. Oh shit, I can't hear myself typing ... is that bad? Am I underwater ... oh God. I'm getting sleepy ... and cold. I'm just going to lay down for a few minutes guys. Don't let me fall asleep though.

RattPoizon - This is definitely not my genre, but as far as I can tell it is well done. I like the bass part, and the strange drumming rhythms are cool. Sorry I can't say more, it's just not for me guys. It's recorded well, and I really like the drums.

MC Paul Denyer - A lot of rapping this week. That "flute" makes me want to light my head on fire, and put it out with a hammer! It seems like the rapping might be alright with some decent music. I'm sorry, I can't hear that "flute" anymore, I have to turn this off.

Melvin - Is this a previously un-released Weezer soundtrack. I don't mean that as an insult, I'm a huge Weezer fan, and this is really well made. But this sounds a LOT like Weezer, from the tempo, and the vocals, right down to the guitar distortion. Other than that (again, not that it's bad, just familiar) I like this song a lot. I've listened to it a few times now.
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Post by Mediocretes-RioMondo » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:09 pm

Wow! Sorry those are in little blocks like that. I guess I should have previewed. Now I've taken up the whole goddamn page!

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Post by Wages » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:18 pm

<b>Wages (me!)</b> - I was tryin' to keep my voice controled here. I couldn't decide if the background vocals were necessary, but it needed dynamics and that's all I had. How effective is the echoy delay in the bridge? It needs something more, I feel. 7/10

<b>Leaf and Twig </b> - Nice entry. Solid musicianship... somewhat reminds me of Primus and RHCP. Possible vote. 9/10

<b>Adam Adamant </b> - I'm liking this, though it could use some work. It sounds like a (good) demo. 6.5/10

<b>Blues Manufacturing Facility </b> - The vocals and the music itself are too ridgid. It might have been fun to play, but not to listen to. 5/10

<b>Booty Chesterfield Trio </b> - It sounds like the kind of song I should like, but it's not quite doing it for me for some reason. I think the sum of the parts are greater than the whole. But still, 7/10

<b>Eddie Lance </b> - Wow! I really, really enjoyed this, and I'm not a huge fan of piano, but even the solo wowed me. This might be the best representation of the title. probable vote 10/10

<b>The Idiot Kings </b> - Good tune. Nice feel. Had me relaxin'. 8/10

<b>Jim Tyrrell </b> - Good sounds here. The song does sound a bit standard. I'm not sure what could be done in that regard. 7/10

<b>Lockheed Symphony with Gritty Teeth </b> - Electronical industrial madness! Perhaps the most out there tune this week. Good job. 6/10

<b>Lord of Oats </b> - I like this. It works well with your style. Is that an accordian? Excellent, really. 8/10

<b>MC Paul Denyer </b> - Sorry, no. 4/10

<b>Melvin </b> - Another solid entry. You can really do a lot with very little (in reference to difficulty). 9/10

<b>Mime </b> - Good music. "rapping" is almost good. You need more attitude. A little gain might help too. 6/10

<b>Paco del Stinko </b> - Good entry, great voice as always. 8/10

<b>RioMondo </b> - You should have left off all the talking in the beginning. Somewhat funny otherwise. The electric guitar part was a good touch. 5/10

<b>Surf Rock Manufacturing Facility</b> - Demented chipmunks meets The Cramps and NIN and Dick Dale and Resident Evil. 7/10, just because its so odd.

<b>Thanks For the Frisbee </b> - I think I would have liked this song to be have more electric guitar, or perhaps the acoustic a little higher in the mix. Very nice lyrics and solos. 7.5/10

<b>Weakest Suit </b> - One of my favorites of yours. I like the emotion in this tune a lot. Its kind of like a lullaby. Strong vocals here. 8/10

<b>Worldly Self-Assurance </b> - Who is the second vocalist? I like it a lot. The first vocals are good too, and they work together very well. A strong entry. 8/10

<b>Barrels, Leaves & Strings </b> - Very nice. It's kind of like one of those remixed versions of a 1940s pop song that you hear when you're waiting for the wife in the mall. And I mean that in a good way. Beautiful voice. Possible vote. 9/10

<b>David Lost </b> - Good voice and clear guitar. Nice dynamics. Unfortunately, the melody, while played the best it could be, reminds me of similar songs too much. There's also a little Bon Jovi in your voice, but I won't hold it against you! 7/10

<b>Jach S </b> - Guitar starts out very nicely. I love the way you've done this...and just with guytars. Very nice driving feel. Oddly, reminds me of "Halo" by Oleander, though the tempo is way different. Possible vote. 9/10

<b>Max the Cat </b> - Reminds me of a subdued Neil Diamond or Van Morrison, but not in any "real" sense. Just in my twisted in-my-head view. Very nice. 8.5/10

<b>Northside Hindus </b> - Great drums and a really great instrumental. I need a drummer. What do you say to doing a collab on either "Credible Threat" or "I Want to Get On It"? You could just send me a groove and I can sing to it and maybe add guitar. PM what ya think. 9/10

<b>Steve Durand </b> - As always, nice lively jug band like music. Especially love the whistling bit, and the horns too. 8/10

<b>Boiler Room </b> - Very interesting. It's kinda trippy in an industrial kind of way. You might make a good film score/music editor. 7/10

<b>Meat Knob </b> - Trip Metal. Nice. 7/10

<b>TV's Kyle </b> - Oddly creole reggae groove rock with BNL and Weird Al thrown in. Cool. 7/10

<b>Emperor Pilaf </b> - The best nerdcore/hiphop/rap song submitted this fight, and by a long shot. I hope you don't have a lot of friends... ;) 7/10

<b>Ratt Poizon </b> - Standard Poizon. But too long. 6.5/10

I'm going to go with Eddie Lance for my vote. Peace.
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Post by the idiot king » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:42 am

lord of oats- i love the music behind this one. the bass plays along with the accordion and drums quite well. i don't particularly mind the pitchyness of the vocals, but if you sang a bit louder, it would solve the issue. bonus points for lyrics en francais. nice lead guitar work. i really like this despite the vocals.

wages- the lyrics are pretty amusing, and i love the off-balance background vocals. nice use of the title. i'll probably keep this.

david lost- i really wish this developed more...your voice here reminds me a lot of james blunt, and i would be lying if i said i considered him any more talented than the drunkard who i see singing on the green line train every now and then.

the worldly self-assurance- great drum sound! i like the vocals during the second verse...reminds me a bit of bloc party. the tones are great, and there's excellent usage of fairly simple ideas with complex embellishments. definite keeper, possible vote.

lockheed symphony with gritty teeth- "give me money or i'll give you lice" is something i've never heard before. i really dig this, you've got mad programming skills, and skinny puppy and kraftwerk are two of my all time favorite bands. this is a keeper, but probably not a vote.

mime- the music is pretty awesome, but way too buried. the vocals are a bit jumbled, but the lyrics are not bad. the (comparatively) distractingly loud vocals are making this tough for me to listen to, especially when the backing track is very cool. a little disappointing, but i'd love to hear a remix.

surf rock manufacturing facility- so many manufacturing facilities these days. you need to compress those vocals to hell if they're gonna be that effected. i dig the backing track quite a bit, especially with the seeming random bits that come in over everything. i really, really like the out of tune oscillator-esque lead part.

jim tyrrell- nice ambience from the getgo. what do you use to program drums? honestly, i feel like the drum sounds are all that's holding this song back; if you had slightly better drum tones a bit louder in the mix, this would be excellent. otherwise, great performance, great arrangement (especially with the dissonant guitar harmonies).

barrels, leaves, and strings- this got my attention immediately. i've been trying to get this bass tone forever...how did you do it? overall, this reminds me a bit of sean lennon. the melodies are impeccable, and the vocals are perfectly in tune without any noticeable hints of autotune. the arrangement is one of the best i've heard in songfight. definite keeper, possible vote. awesome!

the booty chesterfield trio- i really love the garagey recording, but the song itself isn't doing anything for me. there's no discernable hooks anywhere.

the weakest suit- this is pretty. a beatles-esque melody with a tasteful selection of vocal effects. this is a nice, clean, recording, if a bit jumbled every now and then. i like the changes, but this isn't particularly grabbing me.

rattpoizon- short of the hitting the snare side, this is probably the legitimately heaviest song i have heard on songfight before. this reminds me a bit of machines of loving grace, especially with the bass effect. i don't love the vocals; i feel like by doing the growly "not quite alice in chains but still better than godsmack" thing, you're selling the song short. you could've belted something out or even done more of a melody in the lower register to better effect. i like the changes a lot; the tempo shift happened exactly as i was starting to get bored. but it goes right back to the beginning part. the recording is great, and the instrumental portion is pretty cool. but the music, lyrics, and melody do not grab me collectively or individually. i'd be curious to know how you recorded this.

adam adamant- this isn't bad, but i feel like the vocals really need some effects or something. this is a fairly dry recording, and the vocals are suffering because of the dryness. nothing here is grabbing me, sorry.

northside hindus- i like this much better than last week's entry. although i do have to question what this realistically has to do with the title. if you could have made something rhythmically over the top "just to be difficult", i may have bought it. i'm not so sure about this entry.

blues manufacturing facility- the intro vocal sound is awful. they're as unclear as possible with effects added to boot...why add them at all? the changes make me much happier, however. and i know now that you can actually record vocals. i dig the programming. i do love the atonalness of the rest of it, but i really dislike the first bit enough to not consider this a keeper. any chance of an edit?

thanks for the frisbee- decent melodies and chord progressions. i don't love the lead guitar sound or lyrics, but the vocals sound good, especially when you double up/do harmonies. not a keeper or contender, but i could see you being both in another fight.

meat knob- great music. i love what the instruments have going on here. if the vocals were anything more than an afterthought, this would be a keeper and contender for me. i like it a lot more than last week's entry, at any rate.

the boiler room- this is very freeform college radio. get a copy of this to wzbc in boston and they'd play it. good for mind-blowing drug taking experiences. as i sit here with my lemon tea, i'm only mildly amused. points for originality, for sure.

steve durand- i like the lazy horn section, but the rest of this is a bit trite for me. it basically sounds like background music for the three stooges with vocals. nice, clean recording, though.

leaf and twig- this is more primus than bungle, and i really wish that were reversed. great recording, again, even if the vocals are primus-style annoying to me. how do you record?

jach s- i worked at a sub shop in high school that played one of those classic rock stations that played the same exact songs every day. this reminds me of that, and there's so much negative association i can't possibly comment fairly. however, i do like the recording itself. i was really hoping for this to build up with more instruments...

emperor pilaf- one of the cleaner nerdcore songs i've heard around here. the beat reminds me a bit of soul coughing (which is obviously a good thing), but i can't help the feeling that most of the vocals were recorded with you looking over your shoulder to see if anyone could hear you recording. a bit more volume going in would have improved this a lot, imho.

the idiot kings- me.

tv's kyle- them's some rich harmonies. they actually remind me of either they might be giants or some deep backwoods country. i like them a lot, but the lead vocals are a little whiny. i dig this as a whole; not quite a keeper, but pretty listenable.

mc paul denver- conversely to emperor pilaf, this is an example of a messier nerdcore song. half of hip hop is the rhythm, and when the rhythm is buried, then it's essentially noises weaving in and out with quietly-recorded-but-pushed-in-the-mix vocals. it's hard to listen to a song when a crucial element is almost entirely absent.

paco del stinko- is this guitar line a loop? it’s a little annoyingly obvious if it is, and if it isn’t, it’s a little annoying by nature. that said, i like the progressions and arrangement of this. the lead fills are pretty cool. there seems to be a bit of dirt overall on the recording, as if levels were too hot going in or if the mix bus was overdriven; it’s not awful, but it would be better if it were cleaner. overall a decent tune.

max the cat- well written and beautifully recorded. i’ve got nothing else to say. keeper.

eddie lance- i would have enjoyed this more with a shatner-esque delivery. i must ask; did you really play piano or is that midi? i’m just being difficult (bah-dum-bah).

melvin- pretty standard indie pop fare. i don’t love the electric guitar tones, but that’s a pretty small complaint. decent tune overall, but nothing’s grabbing me.

riomondo- um, this isn’t really a song, per se. sounds more like a couple of people just hanging out occasionally playing music. at any rate, you need some vocal compression like it’s nobody’s business.
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Post by Paco Del Stinko » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:02 am

Idiot King - The guitar line is annoying by nature. And by way of explanation versus excuse regarding dirt, I recorded the song the day before due and mixed on the day due. I'm not sniveling or complaining by any means, I appreciate your comments.

Also: EQ and compression are still often challenging to me, and I'm using new to me compressor plug-ins (I record on a Roland all in one jobby, it's perfect for me) hence the dirty sound, I believe. Thanks again for your comments.
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