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Postby Æpplês&vØdkã » Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:55 pm

Just a microphone with wings.
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Postby MintyHandy » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:02 pm

Since the next fight is due in three days, should we assume that fight's deadline will be extended, as this one isn't in voting-land yet?
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Postby The Weakest Suit » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:06 pm

it would really help me if the deadline (for submitting "anomaly") could be extended even by one day. the weekends are really hard for me to find time to work on songs, but monday nights are always wide open. thanks.
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Postby EmbersOfAutumn » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:08 pm

I really second this motion if possible. It's been a real rough week, and this weekend isn't going to be too kind. Monday would be an awesome clean-up day.
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Postby MintyHandy » Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:09 pm

Also, could you change the title to something else? I'm having trouble with "Anomaly." Which is, er, atypical for me. Haw haw.
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Postby Caravan Ray » Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:51 pm

http://www.songfight.org/music/ottoman/

why does this website now say "Fence Poker"?

Where are the So Weird songs?
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Postby blue » Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:13 pm

hooo boy.
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Postby Spud » Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:14 am

No; no; no; no; because you are a fence poker; yeah; and holy shit, the songs are up.

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Postby EmbersOfAutumn » Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:32 am

Ah, music...

(reviews from me coming Monday)
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:01 am

Mine isn't up. I sent JB a link.
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Postby stateshirt » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:27 am

aw shit. melvin wins
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Postby martyr » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:36 am

Monte Carlo - Our so so follow up attempt to double victory. No way this will pull through against raised expectations. Sloppy chorus execution, but like the verse idea.

Melvin - Oh man, classic. This is part of Melvin's "epic" series. Did your bag of production tricks expand recently? Sounds like it. Like that this is 2:30, yet a journey of parts -- each catchy, awesome, and hummable. The snare sounds like an explosion, and the bass drum sounds like a semi hitting a tree (in a good way -- super powerful heavy hitting drums with nice refinded sounds). I feel like I'm tasting a $100 wine when I listen to the drums. Great vocal and guitar sustain over the crux.

Minty Handy - Excellent - love the raw Uke feel - muted fast rhythm that clicks is my favorite. I like the sentiment of the lyrics - running into a long lost friend. Like the fast flip back vocal parts too - get up get out get up get out. Great song writing!

WreckDom - We were talking about your band with fellow songfighters recently, and when spoken outloud your name offends me. Kind of smooth hip hop groove attempt. It works - some of the crazy sounds could be brought back in the mix.

The Weakest Suit - Liking the indie rock intro. This is pretty cool. Very Indie with a bit of Boy Racer feel.

Frisbee Nemoy - Beautiful vox as always. I'm so used to hearing you with Glenny backing now the more raw form is quite nice. (No offense Glenny, but I figured you'll be doing your share of smashing this round).

Charcoal - Nice organ start and math metal lead guitar. Gets a bit abstract very quickly - lots of chromatic scale stuff. The chorus is nice with the letters : W E I RD. Overall the mix is good.

Embers of Autumn - Singer song writer about a girl. Self reflective about the song being performed and what the next line might be. Good performance with lite key backing and a nice acoustic guitar interlude, but the concept itself is too cliche to get excited about.

State Shirt - Ephemeral delayed guitar picking intro with whisper vocals. Flows nicely into a sort of Verse B part which is good. "Too afraid to kill myself. Too afraid to really live. Everyday is the same. Every love is the same. So Weird I'm here." Nicely executed concept of a depressed mind reflecting in a beautiful guitar scape. The only thing is this sounds like one of those Live 105 LA power rock bands which isn't my favorite.

Sub Atomic Particles - Cool bass and spoken word that works! That is the first time I've ever said that. Kind of an electronic surf rock number with Doors keys. I like the delay on Weird Weird Weird - but maybe that part was done one too many times. Break it up and come back to that. Oh you do. Good job.

Gordunkart - This sounds like a dude naked in the shower singing to himself with his zipper as the only instrument. Reminiscent of Magnetic Fields.

Caravan Ray - Great drums, and the guitars are at nice levels in the mix. Sort of a mad hill billy groove. This would be the backing track of environmentalists running away from a log cabin they were surrounging owned by a logger who came out after them with his shotgun "What's your F-in problem, you're so weird! Come on baby baby" (One of the environmentalists must have been cute.

Flv Florv Pained vocal and guitar in a slow rock blues style. The distro kermit part in the middle is emotiv, yes, but hot in a not so good way. The guitar work is solid but stays very true to the genre.

Special Relatives Wow, I like that high screaming guitar part (reminds me of Morrisey solo stuff even though this sounds nothing like that), and the chorus of vox is great. This is the same genre of Flv Florv, but one that stands out more as doing some unique stuff. Good job.

Holy the seesteaks Staccato acoustic intro and backing. Nice vocal forward mix. Not really grabbing though.

Gawking Urethas Nice full sound. The drum machine is a touch loud, but perhaps that works for the style - no its distracting because the sample quality needs to be higher to be that loud. Focusing past that, the jangly verse is a good cross-radio station groove. This might get someone to sway in their car listening to the AC station. Like the bass descending transition into the Bridge. Good stuff here - subdue the drums.

Something wrong with the diffuser - Crazy sample mash up. Like a jungle of monkeys and tarzan grunts and a little lost girl wondering where her mom is. The main vocal verse reminds me of something - some Chemical Brothers track maybe - oh yeah, it snapped up the melody of their hit I think. The other vocal parts are unique. Loony sound scape breakdown in the middle.

soweird - artist unknown Driving pulse in the instrumentation, but monotone vocals.

Andre was here at midnight Nice multi-mandolin thing, but the chord changes are subtle and bordering on a one chord song. The vocals are stylistic. Similarities to Frisby's style, but haven't reached the same expert level.

AKTERDEKK Dark metal with jet engine vocal distortion. Not bad. But I'm clicking through after 30 seconds.

Atonal Melodies Euro electronica goof intro. Goes into a nice Eastern European chord pattern verse rendered in euro disco style. Pretty good, but that really goofy bass tone over the intro/outro is too cheesy and embarrasses the listener.

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Postby The Sleestak » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:29 am

Akterdekk – It was hard for me to get into this song. The balance was muddy. There is a song in there somewhere and there is some raw energy here so I would say on the hate scale, I appreci-hated this song. That’s not necessarily bad.

Andrew was here at midnight – I dig the music Mandingo, the mandolin was a nice touch, there was nice contrast of on and off pitch in your voice enough to keep me interested. I love that you didn’t follow the formulaic approach of adding a change of crunch, angst ridden and self loathing emo. My only tip would be adding a bridge in there somewhere.

The Blumpkinator – man I have to admit it I love lyrics like this; it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Was there a subtle almost inaudible beat box happening in the chorus? Nice Moog-esque keyboard. The Flight of the Conchords would be proud to call you mate.

Caravan Ray – the mix on the music could have been better, there was little separation of instruments. The vocals had a very 80’s Gilman Street feel to them and I liked that. Some doubling up on the chorus and a mix balancing the instrument levels would do this song wonders.

Charcol – Sounds like the Surf Punks if they had learned how to play their instruments. I like the intro. There was good contrast when you jumped into the verse. It is a nice marrying of metal and old school southern California punk.

Flvxxvm Florvm featuring Jolly Roger – nice Stones vibe in the intro and verse. The screaming on the chorus took the song on an unexpected journey out of the groove and sent my 6 year old fleeing the room screaming (if that was your goal then mission accomplished). Fortunately you got back to the verse quickly, but my son didn’t return to the room to hear the song get back to what it was doing great; grooving.

Frisbee Nemoy – good vocal separation, nice dueling rhythm guitars. Some of the riffing sounded like one take improvisation. That didn’t work as much as it could have but improvisation is limiting in that respect. The ending was a little anti climactic.

Gawking Urethras – Man this really came together, talk about a stark difference from the demo even though I enjoyed the roughness of the demo the recording is spot on kick ass. Has a Look Sharp - Joe Jackson vibe, everything balanced like a pro and the musicians were tight as were your vocals.

Gurdonark – is that really a zither or a lap harp? If John Sebastian were dead he would be rolling in his grave. I liked the change in the middle and I kept waiting for a rock song to come out of no where so the anticipation had me listening to the whole thing. Sadly though I don’t think I would listen to it again because it didn’t take me anywhere.

Holly and the Sleestaks – what the hell? This sounds like it was recorded in the lobby of a liquor store. Were those vocals done in one take? Did Bob Dole run the board on that mix? F+

Joe Holiday - in the immortal words of Huey Lewis I would say the vocals were, “just too darned loud.” That ring at the beginning of each verse made my spleen explode. I did like the lyrics though, “hi-larious, my lung is aching”

Melvin – I liked the “yes”. I don’t care for the speaking nature of the verses. There was a standard emo change at the end however this is a rare case where it worked for me. I think it rescues this song. I seldom enjoy that short of change but the contrast was nice against the verses.

Minty Handy – Nice is that a yuke? The melody sounds familiar but I can’t put my finger on it that could just be it has a good hook. Well done sir!

Monte Carlo – kind of early Bauhaus verse and an Echo and the Bunnymen chorus. Appealing to my nostalgia I have to say I dig the hell out of this. No, upon second listen, I really consider this another contender.

Special Relatives – a straight forward vocal approach might have made this a better song. The music what I can make of it sounds good but it is way too far back to enjoy. The song sounds like a barroom should be singing most of it in unison like Picasso's Last Words. This could make it a pretty good tune.

State Shirt – cool Radio-Headesque opening…ethereal. Like the vocal tracking at the end. It added a nice touch. Just when I thought the song was going no where you throw that in. I really liked this upon a second listening.

There is something wrong with the G-Diffuser – I wish I could hate this song but I can’t. The crazy sample in the middle, the use of different sounds for your rhythm section and the chorus both grabbed my attention. The rough section at the end went a little long for me. You had me up until the end then lost me. Still I didn’t hate it and I may listen to it again.

Weakest Suit – Intro lead guitar was a little high pitched for me. Double up the vocal tracks and add a little tighter harmony on the refrain. Over all I wouldn’t call is an A side but it could easily make a B side. Some of the best songs are B sides!

Atonal Melodies – Oy Gevalt! The tracks are clear and the funky little effect at the end of the chorus is good. The vocoder on the voice wasn’t necessary. Overall not bad.

Embers of Autumn – Sounds like the guitar is recorded with a mike and I appreciate that. Is that a casio, if so that’s awesome? The middle instrumental section is appealing. The vocal track needs some work but the talent it definitely there. I didn’t care for the rough break. The ending guitar riff was pretty decent.

WreckdoM – Nice horns man that really saved this number for me. I was going to turn it off until the horns kicked in. Nice breaks where the drums stop. The ending was a little much for me and the track was much longer than I think it called for. That being said, I am not a huge fan of rap but the horns definitely hooked me into listening to this more than once.









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Postby jeff robertson » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:50 am

My entry this week should be simply "Flvxxvm Florvm". The one "featuring Jolly Roger" will be Anomaly. I don't want Mr. Jolly Roger being blamed for anything I do this week.
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:17 pm

Here's my entry for So Weird until they get it in the lineup. I promise it was done and sent by the deadline, Niveous can vouch for me, because I sent him a copy the morning of the due date because he wrote the lyrics. :wink:
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Postby Æpplês&vØdkã » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:55 pm

Akterdekk - this is certainly metallic. I'm not entirely sure how much I appreciate it, but it's so ridiculously overdriven it's giving me a noisegasm.

Andrew was here at midnight - I really kind of like that mandolin melody (hopefully i nailed the instrument). The vocals are just a little bit low in the mix, kind of hard to make them out at times, but that's not really too much of an issue. It's almost like a little bit of a lullaby. It seems like a little bit too much is going on at once. I'm kind of getting dizzy. Reminds me very vaguely of a bright eyes song, which isn't bad.

Atonal Melodies - Well, this song is remarkably catchy. It's not really all that atonal. I do like the weird vocal effects, when it kind of randomly skips around. This song's actually probably going to remain stuck in my head for a really long time. Short but sweet.

Blumpkinator - This song very much makes me giggle. Reminds me of something I'd hear on a college radio station. The chorus is pretty sweet, me thinks. Personally, I'd really like to hear this with live drums. The guitar breakdown thing is sweet. Lyrics are nice.

Caravan Ray - Mmm. Moderately angry lyrics. I haven't heard these on here since the last songfight. It's not really my favorite track. Ultimately, I'm just left sitting here, not really grooving that much. Something about it just doesn't click. But, eh, it's not bad. Just not my favorite.

Charcoal - I really like your band name. The organ is pretty sweet too. It gets a little bit sloppy in the verse, and I really can't hear what the vocals are saying at all. Man. This song has pretty interesting lyrics when I can make them out. Wouldn't have expected a spelling bee to pop up. However, I feel like I'm falling down a flight of stairs the entire time.

Embers of Autumn - Folky time. The vocal punch ins are just a little bit awkward, I think, but whatever. Neat idea for lyrics. The violin midi sounds (unless you've got a really weird sounding violin) add a nice touch to the song. The melody doesn't sound too thought out though. It just kind of exists. The love song growing out of the song is a nice touch. Oh! Full band just kicked in. It was like a musical punch in the face. THe clipping is a little bit much at times. But this song is ultimately pretty cool though. Reminds me off 90's alternative by the end.

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Postby NatchDan » Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:20 pm

stateshirt wrote:aw shit. melvin wins


QFT.

Actually, not quite that simple. State Shirt comes high up, as do a couple of others - more detailed reviews and a definite vote tomorrow.
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Postby MintyHandy » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:55 pm

My reviews follow. Take 'em with a grain of salt, as always, and remember I'll always love you.

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Holly and the Sleestaks

Very The Who/Tommy in the open; it's a shame the song suddenly drops tempo and energy as the vocals start. I'd listen to the opening guitar over and over and over, though. And over and over and over.

Flvxxvm Florvm feat. Jolly Roger

Low-energy, seems to pick up right where HatS' song left off. They're so close, in fact, that there might be a mash-up here with a bit of a tempo adjustment. Heh.

State Shirt

State Shirt, aka Boards of Canada (that's a compliment; I love the hollow, drifting sound.) I think the first half works better as an instrumental -- not because your voice is bad, or the lyrics are bad, but because instrumentally it's so beautiful. The whole package is very solid in the chorus, though, and once the drums kick in there's no looking back. Great work.

Gawking Urethras

Radio-friendly, great sound! I wish I could get my instruments to sound like this. Some work to bring the melodies more in sync with the arrangement, fixing the pitchiness, and maybe transposing down a step to bring it into your range would be worth the effort, but as-is a solid keeper. This reminds me of a band I really like, but I have no idea what that band is.

There's Something Wrong With the G-Diffuser

The rhythm section rocks; reminds me of Tipsy. Once you start singing, it kind of falls apart, just because the lyrics call too much attention to themselves; like State Shirt's entry (or at least the first half of it), this works much better as an instrumental. As an instrumental, though, it's pure trip-lounge gold.

The Special Relatives

At the end of a great late-night show (or the end of a highly-polished album) this would be great; a drunken, awkward and oddly poignant ramble of the highest order. "There's a chair on my couch/there's a basement on my house" is a terrific lyric, and it's impossible for me to avoid comparing your writing to Too Much Joy's best lyric work (and, taken as a whole, to "Theme Song.")

Melvin

Is Melvin the new nerdcore, that everyone assumes he's always going to win? I could see you taking the crown with this one, certainly; you're pitch-perfect, the band is rockin', and there's nothing wrong with this song (arguably, the bridge and chorus are very, very right.) The Weezer comparison is undeniable (and I've called it out before, I think) but I went looking for a hook and came up dry this time around. So merely great, but not unstoppable -- come on, guys, you have a reputation to live up to!

Charcoal

Surf punk! I'm a fan of the sound...until you open your mouth. Tinny vocals spoken, and the music gets shoved into the background. Damn shame, throwing out a perfectly good backing track like that. Is it harsh for me to say this is a band looking for a vocalist? No offense intended, though; I'm just disappointed.

Frisbee Nemoy

Frisbee, man, I love your voice. I love your layered style. I want to hang out with you just to hear you talk. Nemoy, your backing is gentle, sweet, and very different from (but no better or worse than) Glenny's previous backings. It's nice to hear a change, though, and there's nothing about this song I don't like. I get a lot of praise for my lyrics and hooks, and for my ukulele stylings, but you both make me feel like a hack. Bastards.

The Blumpkinator

This makes me smile, and yes, all of those things are weird/odd/et cetera. The harmonies are clunky but endearing, and the sound is warm and cozy despite the synth drums. About the only thing I'd change is pan the tinny voice hard left or right, and do something different with the drums during the break. Nice work!

Caravan Ray

Why wait? Jump right in! This reminds me of that other songfighter's punk-rock album for kids (despite the language) combined with the Redmonds' high-speed grrrlrock. It's a nice combo, but it lacks the low-end grunt to really get the point across. I mean that from a production perspective, the kick is there but the vocal/bass depth isn't. Also there: my respect for your work.

WreckdoM

Another instant-starter; I always prefer 'em over the slow openings. Funk? Check. Noise? Check. Cohesive and style-appropriate lyrics combining the best of Beck with Ween covering Prince? Yep. Fucking great. I usually don't dig your stuff, but I love this.

Andre Was Here At Midnight

Beautiful and odd throughout, immediately endearing, and I fully expected to hear Frisbee vocals. Yours aren't quite up to this song; they're too good. Does that make sense? This is a quirky song with a vocalist who is not quirky but is trying really hard to play against type. You know what I'd kill to hear? Tin Hat Trio playing the instrumental arrangement of this.

The Weakest Suit

Your production values, arrangement and execution don't live up to the song; I can *absolutely* hear what you were going for, though. On the strength of your vision, I say 100% thumbs up and awesome, even if the final recording doesn't capture the magic. Seriously, the version of this song in my head (and I assume yours) is *terrific*, best-of-breed stuff. Consider me a fan.

Joe Holiday

I like the beeps -- I'm a sucker for beeps -- but other than that, garden-variety weird-for-weird's-sake. The organ and guitar make me smile, though, as do the jitter effects on the bridge, so if I could change anything it'd be removing the bass and vocals and building something new on top of the rest.

Monte Carlo

Clean sound; I feel like I'm sitting in the room with you. Of course, that room exists in 1988, and (as is always the case with my reviews of your stuff) I have to say the 80s goth thing doesn't quite work for me, so judgement withheld.

Minty Handy (me)

A one-hour special, quick and dirty; had an hour before picking up the kids, and decided to write and record something on the spot (then submitted it as-is.) Is it wrong that I liked it so much that I listened to it over and over and over when I got home that night? The downside: I couldn't get it out of my head, and it kept me up all night. I make my own trouble.

Embers of Autumn

I feel like this would have been better if you'd kept the vocal melody more literal, in cahoots with the chord progression; instead it sounds like you made it up. Also, very meta -- other people gave me crap when I did meta stuff, so I get to give you crap. Heh. Your instant revenge: you play guitar better than I do.

Atonal Melodies

I know this voice; did you do a Brand New Car entry a few years ago with this vocal treatment? If so, I still listen to it and love it. As for this entry, it's not quite as charming, but it's pleasant, and there's always something great about unabashedly synthesized arrangements like this.

Akterdekk

Normalize, my friend, normalize! Very quiet recording. I read a story once, that when recording the original radio version of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, they needed to simulate Arthur and Ford (I think) having a conversation over the din of a discotheque, so they put headphones on 'em both and cranked purposely-distored disco music through, so that the characters were forced to scream to hear themselves, even though they were actually recording in a very quiet room. Your song is how I imagine their headphones sounded.

Gurdonark

Akterdekk And Gurdonark Are Dead! It's like Shakespeare translated into German. Not much of a song here, but yay autoharp!

Billy's Little Trip

Damn, I can see why you worried that people would assume you worked on it past the deadline; solid production, solid performance, very much a Pink Floyd/Kiss hybrid. Fun stuff, although you're singing out of range here; back it off a step next time. The song itself is good, the (aforementioned Pink Floyd/Kiss) arrangement and performance make it great.

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Winner? You want a winner in this bunch? No way, not yet; too many great songs here. And yet, and yet...I think I may actually have a shot in this one. Or not. But in this crowd, making mid-pack would be like winning.
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Postby Wages » Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:15 am

MintyHandy wrote:But in this crowd, making mid-pack would be like winning.


I felt the same way! I think The King and I did a damn good job. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of good to great entries this week. I won't mention the "not good" entries because of the reason I provide below in the reviews.

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Our entry: Gawking Urethras... just a quick note. We bounced a lot of ideas back and forth about the vocals here (and will keep doing so for future entries!) trying to really make improvements from my past efforts, and I think it is coming through. Here I felt I am showing a lot of improvement with control as well as getting the melody more in line. However, I was sad to hear the other entries in this fight as there are a lot of good contenders of various styles. It seems everyone was having a good week, and the reviews have been great so far! Very encouraging! If I could be objectionable, I would probably give us between 7/10 and 9/10, but largely due to The King's efforts

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<b>Best "Weird" Track</b>
<b>Joe Holiday</b> -- Listening to tracks alphabetically, this was the first track that I gave 10/10 and was a possible vote getter. Great sound! An album of this sort of sound would be excellent! 10/10

<b>Best "Moody/Groove" Track</b>
<b>State Shirt</b> -- The third song that I felt I might vote for. The sound of this is like Radiohead meets Filter meets Jane's Addiction. Great mood in a vastly different way from Melvin. 10/10

<b>Best "Rockin'" Track</b>
<b>Melvin</b> -- This rules! I love the drums. They are simple but the way it's mixed is beautiful. Great overall mood. Love the post-Weezer sound! 10/10

<b>Best "Guy'n'Instrument" Track</b>
<b>Minty Handy</b> -- Damn great melody and great uke groove! I would have voted for you if it weren't for the three other great entries above. Again, great uke groove and melody that's short, sweet, and to the point. 10/10


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<i>Note: If you are not listed here, I did not want to hurt your feelings. But if you really want a review, PM me and I can post one.</i>

<b>Andre Was Here At Midnight</b> -- Nice odd little groove. I listened to this first (alphabetically) and felt it was a decent track, but having now heard all of the tracks, I would place this entry a little below the high-set bar of this week's entries. 6/10

<b>Atonal Melodies</b> -- The intro made me think this was going to suck, but then the verse kicked in. Pretty cool melody, however atonal. :) I think a post-punk version of this song would kick ass. Too bad there were a lot of good entries this week. I could see me voting for this one. 8/10

<b>Billy's Little Trip</b> -- Almost an odd combination of Talking Heads/Joe Walsh/Pink Floyd/Offspring. Very cool! Another one that would likely get my vote if it weren't for the big four. I'm actually debating if there shouldn't be a big five. Hmmm... Eitherway, I'll definitely be listening to this puppy more! The thing that really sucks is that you were omitted from the original Podcast. :( 9/10

<b>Caravan Ray</b> -- I like the chorus a lot, and the guitar work is nice. I don't much care for the melody/vocals of the verse. Instrumental portions are also pretty good. 7/10

<b>Flvxxvm Florvm featuring Jolly Roger</b> -- Very first impression here: huge Stones influence, but I'm not complainin'! If Mick were singing this, you would be like "OMG!", but as is, I'm still like "Sweet!" Sometimes your tracks are so "ehhhh" but somethings it's like "oh yeah!" This is definitely a Kool Aid man moment. Again, too bad you were in a good fight with so many great entries. You cudda got my vote, but I will definitely be listening to this bad boy over and over. 8/10

<b>Frisbee Nemoy</b> -- It feels like you are really developing your own style and it keeps getting better. I like your melodies throughout this tune. Nice work. 7/10

<b>Holly and the Sleestaks</b> -- I can hear why you like my tune so much! It sounds like we have a similar approach to songwriting. Not a bad entry, but not grabbing me so much...ironically until the outro portion (I liked the "do, due n do" part). 6/10

<b>Monte Carlo</b> -- The vocals should be a little more in front than they are. Very cool 80s influenced tune with cool guitar. I'm imagining that you can make even better tunes, so keep 'em coming! 6/10

<b>There's Something Wrong With the G-Diffuser</b> -- Not bad. Nice groove. I like the screwy distorted guitar about 1/2way in: I think you got all the samples and changes at the right length of time (some people would over do it by stretching it out too long). 6/10

<b>WreckdoM</b> -- And this week's hip-hop entry! Actually, I'm really impressed here. Great groove. I like the jazzy horns. Cool! 7/10



<b>And the winner is....</b> We're all winners, just some more than others. If it were voting on each song individually, I would give 10 to Melvin, State Shirt, Joe Holiday, and Minty Handy. But I can't. So, I have to decide between Melvin and State Shirt (based on re-listenability), and I've decided that Melvin just barely edges out State Shirt in that category, though the difference is REALLY negligable).

Congrats to Melvin and to everyone who braved the wrath of reviewers!
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:37 am

Wooo Hoo, some reviews. :P

MintyHandy wrote:Billy's Little Trip

Damn, I can see why you worried that people would assume you worked on it past the deadline; solid production, solid performance, very much a Pink Floyd/Kiss hybrid. Fun stuff, although you're singing out of range here; back it off a step next time. The song itself is good, the (aforementioned Pink Floyd/Kiss) arrangement and performance make it great.

Yeah, I'm getting more familiar with my studio tools and faster with the production end. The nice thing about this song is that Niveous did the lyrics and handed them to me as a perfect match for the song, so that took a huge chunk out of the process. But I did the vocals in one pass the night before the due date, so as you said, that is showing in my delivery. But on a good note, it's raw and real....if that's worth anything on the black market these days. Thanks Minty. :)


Wages wrote:<b>Billy's Little Trip</b> -- Almost an odd combination of Talking Heads/Joe Walsh/Pink Floyd/Offspring. Very cool! Another one that would likely get my vote if it weren't for the big four. I'm actually debating if there shouldn't be a big five. Hmmm... Eitherway, I'll definitely be listening to this puppy more! The thing that really sucks is that you were omitted from the original Podcast. :( 9/10

Wow, those are a lot of quite different bands to be compared to, cool! I was in a nostalgic mood when I was putting this one together. I wasn't focusing on any one band, but I wanted something that rocked hard, punchy and tight. I've noticed I've been feeling that way of late. But you have to admit, my bridge is kind of different. It could have used more interest if I had more time, but it has a uniqueness to it that stands on it's own, I feel. Thanks Philip. :)
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Postby The Sleestak » Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:01 pm

Billy's Little Trip WoW! The production quality of this is outstanding. I definitely hear some influential David's here (Gilmore/Byrne) but only to some degree, you definitely are your own voice. The lyrics are excellent and are appropriate for the genre of music you delivered here. This is an A side for sure.
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:40 pm

Well thank you Slee. And I'm sure Niveous thanks you as well. :wink:

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