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“Volare” – Arrison Kirby vs. Dean Martin

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“Volare” – Dean Martin vs. Arrison Kirby

This is not a dance remix.  It’s ambient and soft.  Reverb and bells.  I put this together specifically for a show at the now defunct Patrick Sullivan’s in Knoxville, TN.  It was right around the time when Part 3 was released and I was experimenting with some sort of live performance / DJ set hybrid.  Holly Denman live painted on the stage.  The Andy Show and The Weekends also performed.

Anyway.  I was going for something that, if played loudly to a room full of people, might give the effect of being in a bubble or a tunnel or something.  Something drifty.  I don’t know how well it went over at the show, but I think it stands alone just fine.

 

 

Beach Business – 6.12.2011 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae & Dane Hill]

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“Laundry”
“Succumb When it Counts”
“Michael in the War”
“Moon Rest Over Trees”
“Karma Chameleon”
(Culture Club)

This was our last Never Sorry session before Katie moved to New York and Megan to Ohio.  You’d think it would be epically emotional or something, but to me it sounds like beach music, hence the title.  It’s a good laid back feel with moments of appropriate tension.

These are possibly the best versions of “Laundry” and “Michael in the War” recorded so far.  We used beats on both of them, allowing Dane to jump on the bass.  I’m particularly fond of the break down in “Michael.”

“Moon Rest Over Trees” was our opening jam, but I felt it better positioned where it is in the line up.  The other improvisational piece is “Succumb When it Counts” and it features me on drums, Dane on guitar and Katie on the drums.  These are also the same play positions used for the session closure, a slowed down cover of Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon.”  This cover was Dane’s idea.  He lead us through it and also sang.  I like it a million billion times better than the original.

Katie Collins – omnichord, bass
Megan Driscoll –  flute, tambourine, vocals
Dane Hill – drums, bass, guitar, vocals
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – guitar, beats, drums, vocals

woman tamer

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woman tamer

“I Wanna Be You” – Paul McCartney
“All Your Life” – Blur
“Happy Flower” – Nellie McKay & The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
“Fresh Hex” – Tobacco & Beck
“I Feel Ya Strutter” – of Montreal
“Silent Bell” – Radiohead vs. KT Tunstall vs. Overdub
“Fin” – Pavement
“Forever Again” – Eric’s Trip
“Enemy Gene” – Kevin Barnes

Love can be so sordid.  It makes sense and then it doesn’t and it drips all over the floor and messes up your life.  Everyone involved just wants a safe boat on the sea, but can you drop all expectation from your shipmates?  How far does unconditional love really go, anyway?

The title of this mix is meant to be somewhat ambiguous, but ultimately pertaining to the trial and error of any worthwhile relationship.  The most likely association is that of a woman being tamed.  Like a lion tamer, but taming a woman.  The lion connotation also works well considering the  astrological influence for this mix.  (Leo.)  On the other side, the title can also be interpreted as a woman who tames.  I know there are a lot of them out there, and many of them are Leos also.

So yeah.  It’s still the beginning of August.  We’re in the lioness’s den and we all just have to deal with that until the asshole Virgos (love you guys!) take the crown.  Until then, I guess this mix is for all those lovely Leo ladies out there.    Thanks for the strange depth.

Devoured by Lions and Fish – 5.21.2011 – DJ Modifi & Arrison Kirby

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“Devoured by Lions and Fish”

photo by Nathan Tipton

Sometimes stress builds beyond our borders and so comes a time to release it with a good ol’ fashioned beat session.  This one was recorded live one night when myself and Modifi were both in a fantastic, “fuck a buncha bullshit” mode.  We set up, played out, then broke down.  This is a continuous set.  No extra special post edits or attention to detail beyond bpm and maybe tonality.

However, I did think I had an issue with the mastering on it.  It sounded great in my car and in the studio, but in my office, some of the beats were lost in the mix.  I couldn’t figure out why.  I adjusted volume levels and remastered and reburned the disc at least six times.  It was the same problem every time and it was killing me.  Then I finally realized that I had my receiver set on a mono speaker output., hence causing some of the beats to phase each other out.  So all I had to do was hit a single button all along.  Totally lame.

In any case, the mystery has been solved and now you can listen for yourself.  I also have a bunch of unnecessary test burns of this session now, as well.  Some mastered better than others, but if you want one, email me or something.  I don’t know why you would want a CD, though, if you can just download it here.   The offer still stands.

DJ Modifi – beats, samples
Arrison Kirby –  beats, samples

Residual Modes – 5.18.2011 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae, Dane Hill & Samuel Williams]

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“Really Horrible Shit is Popular”
“Finite Mass”
“Us”
“Laundry”
“Via Chicago” (Wilco cover)

This session is filthy.  It plugs on, unapologetic and held together only by the semen everyone ejaculated from their instruments.  There is unfamiliar territory here, taken from the deepest depths of feeling through the darkness, up to epic highs of triumph and grandeur.

“Finite Mass” was the warm up jam this session, but I didn’t feel it was the best way to introduce the session.  “Really Horrible Shit is Popular” seemed much more in-one’s-face and abrasive.  A better way to begin sometimes…definitely this case.

Yeah.  We cover Wilco at the end.  The vocals are terrible.  I couldn’t really remember the vocal nuances for shit and barely knew the lyrics.  So if you can put up with that karaoke bullshit, you’ll find some very nice music underneath, most of the time.

Katie Collins – omnichord, keys, ukulele
Megan Driscoll –  flute
Dane Hill – drums
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, vocals
Samuel Williams – banjo