Ariel tagged me for a thing. Oh baby..

You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. hit shuffle on your ipod/iphone/itunes/media player and write down the first 10 songs. then pass this onto 10 people.

I actually see this going around and secretly wished someone would give me an excuse to do this. I’m going to follow ariel’s self imposed rules where she opted to skip songs (so didn’t put them on the list) if they came from the same album or artist as a song that previously came up. 

1. Apples In Stereo - Crimson Early 2000s indie rock, this is a little instrumental thing that’s 20 seconds long so I wont bother linking it. I will say that I like the album
2. The Beatles - Honey Don’t  Really early Beatles. I didn’t like this at all, but I actually gained a huge appreciation for their early stuff about two years. I just kind of listened to it all day at work and eventually the songs didn’t feel so doofy and corny to me.
3. Katie Kim - BLOOD BEAN that weird acoustic ambient stuff where a girl whisper sings into the mic and it sounds like it was made with a laptop mic. I’m not USUALLY in the mood for music like this, but sometimes I get in moods for it, and I remember I bought this album
specifically for and at one of those times.
4. Thrush Hermit - 1991 HELL YEAH, THRUSH HERMIT! Thrush Hermit is a Canadian band from the 90s that I love very much. They only put a few albums out, but there is no better place to look for fantastic rock music sung by angsty teens. They kind of fit in with that 90s alt rock scene, but they’re a bit more poppy. If you like Sloan then you’ll like this. Also it was fronted by Joel Plaskett, Canada’s “hardest working national treasure” according to CBC radio. He’s also fantastic solo. These guys are a bit like old Weezer where they are so incredibly uncool in their music that it not only becomes endearing but it actually loops back around and you can’t help but think “hey… these guys are pretty cool”
5. The Dandy Warhols - TV Theme Song This band also rules. I haven’t taken the time to get into them much, but Adam showed me them and I loved the album that he gave me. It’s very much alt rock with plenty of noise. If I was someone who smoked a lot of weed, I’d probably listen to this album while smoking a lot of weed.
6. Kanon OST - Where the Wind ReachesThe ending to a visual novel that I really enjoyed. Kanon’s got a fantastic soundtrack, but this is actually one of my least favourite tracks in the game, but man oh man, this brings back memories of playing through that game, in my basement at 4 in the morning.
7. Eat Your Birthday Cake - The Sound Couldn’t find a stream of it anywhere. It’s a really shitty song so don’t worry. I like one song by these guys and I don’t really like that one anymore either. I was in University and wanted to find some really gentle dreampop sort of stuff. This is gentle, but that’s about it. Maybe play it at someone you’d rather not talk to and they’ll go comatose?
8. Delorian - Whatever Happened?This is some quality lounge music. It’s like, really chill electronic music with a good beat to it. This is the kind of stuff I like to listening to if I’m actually working on something that requires me to be paying attention but want music. If I knew how to draw and liked to stream myself drawing, I’d be playing this.
9. Lou Reed - Goodnight LadiesLou Reed is dead now but he’s still the man. It’s this little weird showtime interlude. I think this song is probably supposed to be a jokey thing on the album, but I like it in its own right. It feels like there’s a bit of a hopeless feeling under the surface. The entire album is fantastic though. It gave us songs like Walk on the Wild Side, Satalite of Love, and Perfect Day. (As you may have heard in that call of duty commercial that played everywhere)
10. Parappa the Rappa OST - Cheap Cheap the Cooking Chicken’s RAP Parappa the Rappa is a sweet game. What a great way to finish this off. It’s no block/kick/punch rap but it’s something. If you haven’t played this game then you need to. I gotta warn you, it’s hard though. This game doesn’t forgive timing like guitar hero and ddr. At very least, watch that video.
I’m not going to tag anyone because there’s no one I really interact with that isn’t already tagged. That said, wow fun.

As much as I try to forget, my “formative years” (read: elementary and middle school (read: the part of my life I try to forget happened)) were mostly in the early to mid 2000s. Keep in mind I graduated highschool in 2011, so those ten years central to music discovery were spent in the dark ages of emo, and nu-metal. Obviously you had bands like the Strokes, Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys, but I sure wasn’t cool enough to enjoy or even know about them back then. My point here is that I (thankfully) never had an embarrassing emo phase and never got into nu-metal. I mostly just spent the 2000s claiming that “there wasn’t any good music since the 1970s” which is an entirely different kind of embarrassing type of person.

When I did start discovering music, it was the mid 2000s and I was lucky enough to have older brothers in college that listened to the indie music of the time. In the 2000s a lot of american indie rock was really cutsey and twee. I think the first album I ever really got invested in was Dog Problems by the Format. I still actually very much enjoy that album, though it’s very terribly recorded. Early DIY digital stuff. Bleh. The important takeaway here though, is that as much as I try to avoid it, there’s always been this really cutesy twee-undercurrent in whatever I write. I’m not cool enough to make the type of music that I most like to listen to.

For this song I decided to embrace that and make something entirely cute and fun. I combined that with my simpler fast paced songwriting, and ended up with something that is a bit too close to modern hipster retro-rock music for comfort, but I guess it’s relevant which I’ve never really had going for me before. I think the end product was actually a bit rougher than I expected, mainly thanks to the guitar.

Right from the start, I wasn’t hugely serious about writing this song. I actually wrote, recorded, and produced the song in about three hours. It’s not really inspired, but I think it’s at least a bunch of fun both to listen to, and the actual process of recording.

Doing this made me think it might be fun to just record an album of simple rock songs like this. Not get so wound up writing songs like I usually do. It’s fun to listen to, and easy to write.

Lyrics under the break because people ask me occasionally and these are some terrible lyrics to start with.


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Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.
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all musicians across all time periods: “fuck how does that thing go”

Beethoven didn’t even try

Get your shit together Beeth.

dad-rock-davos:

transhumanisticpanspermia:

rachellebutler:

Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.

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all musicians across all time periods: “fuck how does that thing go”

Beethoven didn’t even try

Get your shit together Beeth.

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Anonymous said: yo do you really work at tim horton's? what was the process like? did you have a lot of job experiences listed on your resume? sorry for all the questions im trying to get a job there haha

I always figured this place was kind of like the mcdonalds of coffee in that they’ll probably give you a chance and it’s tough to get fired. A word of warning, I’ve heard nothing but bad stories from people who have worked there, but stores are individually managed so I’d imagine it’s a bit of a lottery. 

People complain about the guests, but I haven’t really had any horror stories. There’s the occasional unpleasant person, but people are actually pretty friendly, or at least not antagonistic. 

I’ve had nothing but bad times with my managers and they’ve gotten themselves in trouble with the head offices, so I’m actually not going to stay much longer. Come on down to north york and take my job!

(OFFICIALLY NOW A LOW LEVEL CAREER ADVICE BLOG.)

Also, obligatory, I signed a thing agreeing to not write anything bad about the franchise online and it specifically mentions blogs. I think the place has got issues as a whole but don’t snitch on me braj

also also I don’t like their coffee but that’s because I’m an asshole.

lead rhymes with read, but lead rhymes with read.

English is fucked.

Okay, there’s plenty of things to hate about working at tim hortons, but I’m not going to talk about those right now. Just, we gotta talk about your training videos and their use of the term “latte art”. I’m not mad or anything. I just think you’re embarrassing yourself. 

today I became an anime character

Shots of cool shit today in the city. Lots of colour.

It seems none of my songs are under 10mb anymore :/ uploaded to soundcloud as per the new norm.

Aright, let’s do it. Whole damn album. All four songs.

Actually the last one is kinda shit. I’ll only do three. As in, this is the last one.

So keeping with my blatant musical thievery of hugely prominent 1960s pop icons, I decided to take a smack at the long dead and decaying horse that is the John Lennon sounding ballad.

To be honest, this song was originally going to be a ripoff of a Verve track. It all came out of the Ooo’s, which was “inspired” by the Verve’s The Drugs Don’t Work, where they actually also do the exact same little line. The entire thing began as me trying to do a Verve ballad. You got the strings and the ambiance and acoustic guitars and stuff. Of course, everything I do is just a bit too plastic to sound like Richard Ashcroft’s sweet soulful pure ballads. If I had panties, they’d be dropped. The bottom line is that I really like that little bit with the ooo’s and the shalalala’s. It’s the second time I’ve attempted (and failed) to rip it off. The entire thing ended up sounding nothing like a Verve song and ended up working in a completely different way though, so I’m alright with that. I’m not cool enough to write songs like Richard Ashcroft.

Other than that, I also wrote this song as to add another ballad to any potential sets that I do play. I’ve got a single ballad which has some really difficult to reach notes in it. It’s cool if I pull off the song, but there’s a bunch of parts where it can suddenly crash and burn. As much as I enjoy the risk-reward feeling of people coming up to me and going “whoa, I can’t believe you nailed that one part, man”, I get really sick of playing my songs, really fast. I’m already sick of songs that I wrote a year ago. It makes me wonder how Paul McCartney feels after singing Yesterday, year after year, for literally fifty years.

This entire album is just sugar sweet love songs with me jerking off my Halifax Pop Explosion lyric dick, so this song is mostly more of the same lyrical content. After thinking about it, the order of the four songs on the album kind of works out to falling in and out of love with someone. You got the first song which is really naive and cutesy and energetic. That’s like, you’re totally infatuated with this person. Then there’s the next song (this one) which is a bit calmer, but like, totally devoted. Right? You feel like this person is the greatest person in the world and nothing is wrong with them. I tried to not take it too seriously and take some sappiness out of it with “I’m only laughing ‘cause I know you’re glad, that you’re here ‘cause you wanna be/and if you looked like Godzilla, then I’d still be in love with what I see” (actually the basis for the song). I’ve also got “Your friends are stupid, I’m sorry to say but I’m starting ike them anyway” which I feel like is a common theme when you fall for someone and then you end up liking all these people that you’d normally hate because you’re totally infatuated with this person. I realize there’s a totally cynical angle that you could take on that, but I figure there’s already more than enough cynical pop songs being made right now. Cynical pop songs are totally for tryhards and losers anyway. The third song is the stage where you actually can interact like human beings and you’re totally around each other all the time and your brain is going apeshit with dopamine, and then you got the last song which is the inevitable crash that follows when it ends and everything sucks ass and you get all existential. Does this mean it counts as a concept album? The previous paragraph is about 90% bullshit btw.

In recording this song, I made the deliberate choice of zero compression on anything (except the piano, which has brickwall compression because that sounds cool). The thinking behind this was that it was an acoustic guitar driven song, and I absolutely hate the prominent sound of compressed acoustic guitars. I’m aware that just about everything is compressed to some degree, but when you’ve got terrible douchebags like Nevershoutnever running around brickwalling acoustic guitars and it sounds like ass, and they sound like huge shitheads, it just … eghgh. I’ve come to associate that sound with guys who are named chad and seriously need to do a few more buttons up on their shirt. I’m aware that this song is extremely produced, but I think the sound of brickwalled acoustic guitars sounds way too produced in a robotic unnatural kind of way. It takes away any warmth. I’m not 100% on the guitar sound that I got here, but I think it’s got a certain amount of sweetness that is missing from those asshats playing their get-me-laid shit. Granted, I’m not above shoving some turn of a phrase in specifically to hear some girl in the audience go “awww”. (I swear this has happened. (once.))

All in all, I sort of wish I spent a bit more time on this mixdown. It’s alright on headphones, but it sounds a bit weak on speakers, and more importantly, the ooo’s aren’t prominent enough. I probably should’ve done like, four overdubs of that.

Oh, and I did like five takes and for the life of me could NOT get rid of my fucked up accent on “starts and ends”. I sound like I’m trying to a Jerry-Seinfeld-doing-an-impression-of-John-Lennon impression.

Like, what the fuck is up with that?

There is going to be so much music posted here, you don't even know. You seriously don't understand the amount of stuff that I write. And it doesn't even stop there. I'll post music I'm listening to. Christ man, this is going to be huge.

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