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Nov 09, 2001

More diaries by TheReverand
Damn Slackers.
Troublemint 0wns j00
MP3's are up.
I am an editor.
Taking requests.
I am a rock star.
I don't like spaceghoti.
I can't escape Tkatchev.
Whew. Recording is a lot of work. Plus, Sylvain is a wanker.


Welcome to your new home: (none / 0) (#1)
by tkatchev on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 12:21:16 PM PST
The Federal Penitentiary. You are obviously a dirty, theiving, communist pirate for daring to let people download MP3's and challenging the U.S. state-capitalist hegemonarchy.

Peace and much love...

If you don't like my band. (none / 0) (#4)
by TheReverand on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 12:26:16 PM PST
You don't get to be my groupie. :P

Ouch. (none / 0) (#5)
by tkatchev on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 12:48:27 PM PST
Ouch. :((

Actually, I haven't listened to those MP3's yet. I just felt like making an obligatory anti-government rant...

Peace and much love...

heh (none / 0) (#6)
by TheReverand on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 12:57:40 PM PST
that's perfectly acceptable.

You should listen to my mp3's I'm sure you will hate all of them and want to berate me.

I promise I will not be offended though. Why should I be offended by a dirty uzbek?

Uzbek... (none / 0) (#7)
by tkatchev on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 01:24:28 PM PST
OK, why didn't you make the required comment about the Central Asian preference for donkeys as sexual partners? Just curious why you wasted such a useful opportunity.

Peace and much love...

because (none / 0) (#8)
by TheReverand on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 01:27:53 PM PST
all my knowledge of uzbeks is limited to furry hats, nasty cigarettes and drinking battery acid.

I can't play it (none / 0) (#2)
by alprazolam on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 12:22:47 PM PST
apparently I need Directx 5+, which doesn't seem to include Directx6.

Dig it! (none / 0) (#3)
by nx01 on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 12:23:50 PM PST

"Every time I look at the X window system, it's so fucking stupid; and part of me feels responsible for the worst parts of it."
-- James Gosling

right on! (none / 0) (#9)
by momocrome on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 02:57:43 PM PST
Nice to see a cover of 'The Letter' in the collection of new stuff. I am a big fan of Alex Chilton. All his work, from the Boxtops to the Cramps, he has always goddam rocked, IMHO.

Are you still looking for suggestions? I think the Zombies might have a song with the Troublemint name on it...

Painful (none / 0) (#10)
by aoc on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 05:38:07 PM PST
Painful to admit that a modern rock band is talented and interesting. Any non-covers coming up?

groovy, man. (none / 0) (#11)
by osm on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 07:11:21 PM PST
and that's coming from someone who typically hates all beatles covers (the beatles rule, after all).

Tasty. (none / 0) (#12)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 07:20:13 PM PST
<p>And duly filed away with the older stuff.
<p>Constructive critism:
<li>The vocals on <i>Paint It Black</i> and <i>These Are Days</i> are too loud.
<li><i>Letter</i> had a new vocalist, yes? The two of you sounded keen. Will we be hearing any more of the same?
<li>I didn't care for <i>Chain Gang</i>, but I'm not sure why.
More please!

Fuck, fuck, fucking, fuck! (none / 0) (#13)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 07:22:13 PM PST
Damn it!

It gave me SIX(!) form-key invalid errors, and then switched to plain text before it posted.

Bitch website.

thanks for the comments. (none / 0) (#15)
by TheReverand on Sun Nov 11th, 2001 at 09:44:02 AM PST
This is not a final mix, so everything with regards to volumes etc.. will be fixed, as well as some playing errors and singing errors on my part.

The bass player sings the letter (as well as day tripper which is on the other side of the page). He prefers to sing backups, and when the final mix comes you'll hear just how good he sounds.


By the way. (none / 0) (#17)
by TheReverand on Sun Nov 11th, 2001 at 09:49:08 AM PST
Please elaborate on chaing gang, as that is my personal favorit (except for freebird).

Nice Monkees covers (none / 0) (#14)
by Mendax Veritas on Fri Nov 9th, 2001 at 11:05:36 PM PST
except you aren't really doing anything different with them except playing them louder and reducing all the chords to power chords. That aside, you're sticking to the original arrangements quite closely, which tends to diminish any sense of your own group's identity; the lead vocalist even sounds like he's consciously imitating Mickey Dolenz's performances rather than asserting his own presence.

True True (none / 0) (#16)
by TheReverand on Sun Nov 11th, 2001 at 09:48:17 AM PST
That particular arrangement is spot on to the original. It's weird, we go from completely sublime versions (Eleanor Rigby) to straight loud (Monkees stuff). I think over all we have been approaching each song individually. Some stuff we try to do crazy or different arrangements, and it just doesn't work. Whether that's because we aren't trying hard enough, or we just aren't creative enough, I don't know yet. The biggest thing is that we aren't trying to be too repetitive about things. If we rearrange, I want to really rearrange, else we start sounding like Mefirst and the Gimme Gimmes, who use the exact same arrangement for just about every song. (THey have 5 people in the band too, they could do so much more)

Anyway, keep listening, when we put the whole CD out, it will have a nice non-cohesive flow that will show what exactly how we feel about arrangements I think.

The problem I have with your music: (none / 0) (#18)
by cp on Sun Nov 11th, 2001 at 03:43:08 PM PST
The songs you're recording are great songs already, so it's hard to tell whether your tracks are good because of your own ability or whether it's entirely due to the quality of the songwriting which you're not responsible.

What you need toodo is record the musical equivalent of "Lorem Ipsum Dolor". Either that or something really terrible so if it ends up sounding great, then it'll be entirely your doing. Maybe one of the recent boy band songs.

Or (none / 0) (#20)
by dmg on Mon Nov 12th, 2001 at 11:12:06 AM PST
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice, as I have previously suggested. If you can make that sound good ;-)

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Sure you could (5.00 / 2) (#21)
by Mendax Veritas on Mon Nov 12th, 2001 at 12:59:53 PM PST
It would sound a lot like Queen & Bowie's "Under Pressure".

You're spot on, (none / 0) (#22)
by TheReverand on Mon Nov 12th, 2001 at 01:12:04 PM PST
Honestly, if it wasn't for all those great songs, then we wouldn't have good material, unless it was like a humourous thing.

You need to try some variety. (none / 0) (#19)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Nov 12th, 2001 at 07:24:19 AM PST
Every single song seems to have the essentially the same distorted guitar sound, more or less the same drum beat, and at the same tempo, with the same dynamics almost through everything. Slow it down at times, lay off the distortion and play some clean songs.

I don't very much like your rhythm section, but it sounds like your bassist needs to be mixed more prominently in "Clarksville".

The intro to "These are the Days" is nicely arranged. I don't like the effect on the acoustic. Nor your bassist's tone, but then again I really hate "modern" bass tones.

Oh, the beat the drummer plays in the first change of that song is terrible. The end is nicely done.


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