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Remembering Humans – 2.23.2011 – hypencrunk [Nathan Brown & Arrison Kirby]

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“Robot Rappers”
“Stand By Me” (Ben E. King cover)

Keeping with Nate’s “robots talking” form, this session finds them talking about the relics of extinct humans.  Processing them.  Imitating them, as children once imitated dinosaurs.

Nathan Brown – keys, electronics
Arrison Kirby –  keys, electronics, beats

– “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)” by Dr. Dre
“Currency” – “Dime” by Cake
“Garbarge” – “Golden Years” by David Bowie

The Door Between Movements – 12.8.2010 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae and Dane Hill]

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“Vague Champion”
“Cute Little Echo”

This session is two tracks long and clocks in right around 15 minutes or so, total.  There was certainly more content that night, but the majority of it was spent fleshing out new ideas.  It’s between these two tracks, however, that I feel we crossed some symbolic evolution as a band.  Effectively, we are further crossing that threshold beyond humor and good times into realms of beauty and true emotional contact.

Or whatever.

Despite changes in the players, this session is firmly linked to the yet unreleased session from a week before (the same session the “Automobile” video came from).  Explanation is as follows:

“Vague Champion” – This epic spread is a great example of what I was trying to say about humor and beauty.  It’s well in line with the recent explorations into 90’s gangsta rap.  In fact, that’s a sample in there from Dr. Dre’s “Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”.  (We used to use that sample for a more formal cover of the song back when I played in Flashmob.)  The guitar gets a little disjunctive at times because I was washing out with a looper pedal, but tonally it all holds up and ultimately makes for some sounds that are good for listening into, but difficult to pick apart.  The third and final act of the thing has me playing synth bass.  This was something of a recommendation from Kenny Gilbert of Destroyed by Magnets, and I think he might be on to something.

“Cute Little Echo” – This is a more proper, compact and versed version of a song conceived at the prior session.  I intend to release its inception, but not quite yet.  Katie helped write it but, ironically, did not play on this cleaner version.  I look very much forward to getting her back on the track.  For this one, though, Rachel took over omni duties.   That’s Dane on the bass.  The lyrics are not too terribly different from the lyrics I made up on the spot over the very first rendition of this one.  Having them recorded, I was able to transcribe them.  Initially I was singing to Dane, Rachel and McKenzie Michaels (the resident painter at the studio), none of which were in attendance that night.  To firm up the lyrics and give them more emotional weight, I changed it up to be about only one person, rather than three.  I also stripped out a few less effective parts and refilled them with as much longing as I could muster.  I also changed the name to “Cute Little Echo” from “Cam Cam.”  With or without Katie present, I could not resist introducing this new version, which was otherwise foreign to Dane and Rachel…who are both playing on it.  One final thing to note is that, while singing,  I totally flubbed the lyrics at a crucial point.  I say, “I want you now” somewhere in last third or so.  The correct line is supposed to be “I want you to know.”  My Freudian slip causes that line and the next not to rhyme.  It also takes away from the innocence of the thing.  It’s not supposed to be a song about fucking.

Megan Driscoll –  flute, harmonica, vocals
Dane Hill – drums, bass
Rachel Jae – omnichord, auxillary percussion
Arrison Kirby – guitar, beats, keys, vocals

“Automobile” (NWA / Parliament cover) – Never Sorry

Yay!  The band has a video!

This song and the video were recorded on 12.1.10 at a session that only included myself, Katie Collins and Megan Driscoll.  It’s cover of the NWA song, “Automobile,” (as they reformed from the original by Parliament) from their highly misogynistic, but wonderfully produced Niggaz4Life .  It’s different than the version we did in the last session.  That one was rockin’.  This one is more chilled out and electro.

Lots of offensive language on this.  Again, I’m no fan of standard camp.  But this isn’t camp…these are gangstas!  They mean it!

And as always, if you’d like to download the MP3, here you go:

“Automobile” – Never Sorry

We Are in Love – 11.28.2010 – Never Sorry [Arrison Kirby, Katie Collins, Megan Driscoll, Rachel Jae and Dane Hill]

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“Free Day”
“Afraid of the Ghost (Hell)”
“Monkey Parade”
“People’s People”
“Tender” (Blur cover)
“Single Politician”
“Automobile” (NWA cover)
“Afraid of the Ghost (Heaven)”

This session was awesome.   Recording these things live, we have to have a certain degree of it set up and sounding right for the room before we even begin.  So I will be the first to admit that the vocals came out a little bit too quiet, and beyond repair…at least in my microphone.  Elsewise, everyone had their shit together and everything felt really full and booming.  This is the kind of spread that makes a person feel very lucky to be engaging creatively with these other persons.

We tackled two new cover songs in this session.  One by Blur and one by NWA.  I’ll spare you the details and give you the standard run down:

“Free Day” – Once again, our opening warm up jam works perfectly as the session opener.  Dane is rocking the mandolin on this one, Rachel took over omni duties.  Katie had not yet arrived.  I love how deep the beats are on this one, and how beautifully all the instrumentation builds around them.

“Afraid of the Ghost” – We had not done this one in a minute, but here are two new and very different versions.  The “hell” version is slow and moody.  It sounds familiar to me.  I initially want to compare it to Pink Floyd, but I don’t think that’s it.  The “heaven” version is a little crazier and certainly more fast.  I soaked out the beginning of this version with some pretty intensive electronic slamming.  Also, I’d like to note the perfect placement of Dane’s drumming choices on both versions.

“Monkey Parade” – This one gets better the more we do it.  I added keys to this one, trading off between them and guitar.

“People’s People” – We had not messed with this song in months.  Then suddenly, it pops up again.  I think it was Megan’s idea to take a current crack at it.  I gotta say…despite the inability to discern what the vocals are saying, this is possibly those most solidly formed, while still remaining upbeat, version of this we have done.

“Tender” – Alright!  A Blur cover!  The thing I love about this is that, when I introduced this song, I don’t think anyone else had heard the original before.  This recording is about the 6th take, at which point, they still hadn’t heard it.  So basically, that’s one more reason to love the people playing on this song.  And how about those vocals?  That’s Rachel on the mains, with Megan and I harmonizing as applicable.

“Single Politician” – Of all the ways we have tried this song, this is my favorite arrangement.  Dane and I actually fleshed this version out right before our show with Katie & The Bass Drums back in August.  This is just the first somewhat solid recording we have done of it.

“Automobile” – This is a cover of an NWA interpretation of a Parliament song.  Anyone that was in middle school when Niggaz4Life came out is likely familiar with this one.  It was the novelty “country song” from that album, chalked full of Easy-E and others spouting off embarrassing, gruff sexual yearns.  I thought it was important to keep all the dirt and smut in tact, though normally I don’t talk this way.

“Blue” – We did this version before Katie had arrived.  I must say, I completely adore this version for it’s minimalism.  And, damn, Rachel can belt this one out.

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