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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
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“Welcome to the Show”
“Anemone” (Brian Jonestown Massacre cover)
“House of Satan”
“Untitled as Yet”
“Action Medley: a) Hard Times b) Pronounced Veins c) Haunted House d) Company Tab”
“Golden Trust of the San Juan Valley, Diarrhea, California”
My guitar had been shorting out more and more. It was causing too many issues, so I decided to finally have it repaired. With the guitar in “the shop,” I was limited on musical resources. The result was a much heavier use of keys on this session. It all culminates into something somewhere between driving electro and plunky jazz. David Davis joins us again on a couple songs.
“Welcome to the Show” – This is a happy little instrumental based around three simple chords. I think that’s Megan stating those chords at the beginning. I’m particularly fond of Rachel Jae’s sparse, but consistent use of an old pot for a percussive detail toward the end.
“Anemone” – I think this is the third version of this Brian Jonestown Massacre cover that I’ve put up here. It’s certainly the most unique. We actually worked this version up at the prior session. I initially wasn’t going to post it because I wanted to break it out at our upcoming show at the Pilot Light on March 25th. (Yes. We have an upcoming show at the Pilot Light on March 25th.) However, there is ultimately no way I can prevent myself from withholding it. It sounds great and it’s only going to get better.
“House of Satan” – This song again. It’s so easy, but effective. I can’t resist it. David Davis is playing the acoustic guitar on this one. Katie’s hitting the bongos. Megan’s hitting the flute. Dane and Rachel were not present for this one. Obviously, as on the song before it, we’re keeping in some electro territory.
“Single Politician” – I absolutely love this version. It’s loose and gruff. It reminds me of a car falling apart as it drives hard down a shitty road. That’s Katie on the drums, sounding like they’re about to fall over as the rest of us lose control of our knees and elbows.
“Dead” – I wrote this song back in the days of Obadiah and actually have a few recordings of Obadiah playing it. Rachel worked the vocals into something new and it works far better than my original cadences ever did. Two things here are unfortunate, though. The first is that Katie’s ukulele is barely audible and the second is that, at the end of the song, we get feedback from the new mic we were using to try to make it audible. We did other takes where she played bass, but as far as the musicianship of the rest of us on the other takes, none beat this one.
“Untitled as Yet” – We hadn’t pulled this one out in a while. This is another track with David Davis on acoustic guitar and without Dane and Rachel. I feel it lacks something without electric guitar, but it’s not bad. David does some badass flamenco guitar work in the faster part of the song. It’s mixed kind of quiet though. I might should fix that one day.
“Action Medley: a) Hard Times b) Pronounced Veins c) Haunted House d) Company Tab” – This is some more of that, uh…musical comedy (?) that just pops up sometimes. There’s little to explain about this ever-changing odyssey.
“Golden Trust of the San Juan Valley, Diarrhea, California” – I’m playing drums on this one. Katie is on the bongos and Megan the flute, of course. A nice meditative, percussive end.
Katie Collins – omnichord, ukulele, bongo drums, drum kit
Megan Driscoll – flute, vocals
Dane Hill – bass, drums
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – keys, beats, vocals, drums
David Davis – acoustic guitar
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“Give Peace a Chance (Seriously)”
“La Tee Dah (Give Peace a Chance)”
“Locked Doors in Mexico”
“Afraid of the Ghost”
“Give Peace a Chance (Or Something)”
“Achey Breaky Heart”
“A Double K C”
This is, so far, has perhaps been my favorite session. It’s loose and dirty, but flows quite merrily. Definitely fun to play and, hopefully, listen to. The use of the keys with the larger sound is new to this arrangement of players. Instrument swapping also continues. And everybody’s favorite…cover songs! [kind of]
“Opening Bell” – One of our traditional, improvisational, come-from-nothing, random openers. It begins with the beat and ends with Dane’s live drumming. The latter is the better. Pretty happy shit.
“Give Peace a Chance” (John Lennon cover) – Oh yes. Three different versions. Everybody knows the chorus, for sure, but everybody’s talking bout…what? So I just made up new verses. It’s the giving peace a chance part that matters, after all.
“No Destination” – Dane on guitar. Katie using the omni to add a really nice, easy going vibe – especially at the beginning. I’m drumming. I felt pretty on top of my shit with drums that night, too.
“Jumble Bumps” – This is probably my favorite song from the session. I believe that I made very good choices with the keys and the guitar solo. The only problem is that I did not necessarily do this at the same time. There is one very particular aspect of this one that is like nails on a chalkboard to me…but it runs alongside the really really good aspects. I’m not going to point out anything beyond that. Hopefully your ears will hear it differently than mine.
“Locked Doors in Mexico” – This one is just Dane and I. He on guitar. Me on drums. That dude is a great communicator, musically. I love the last third, in particular, where we drop it low and bring it back.
“Failed Fire” – This is just Dane and I again. It’s kinda like one of those “musical comedy” deals that tend to manifest themselves sometimes.
“Afraid of the Ghost” – I don’t know why I want to do this song so much. I guess because it’s so simple to work within. I still want something more ideal for the 1st half or so. Tried it with some low organ sounds on this one. I dunno…it’s okay.
“Achey Breaky Heart” (Billy Ray Cyrus cover) – Hence the Cyrus part of the session name. Once again, this is another one of those songs where you totally know the chorus, but only get the general idea of the verses. In this case, however, that circumstance may vary from person to person. I know it’s kind of scary, but some people out there probably do know this song word for word, beginning to end. We are simply not those people.
“A Double K C” – Me on drums. Katie on the keys. A little bit of night magic.
Katie Collins – omnichord, keys
Dane Hill – guitar, drums
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, drums
Megan Driscoll – tambourine