Okay, here's how it works:
I'm releasing one song per week for the entire year. That should be 52 songs. Target time is 12:00 am on Thursdays.
The Imeem player is right here:
This allows you to stream songs directly from this website.
The download link to the song is right here:
That allows you to download the song. Option + click on Macs; I don't know what on Windows.
These two items will be the core of each Thursday's post.
The Imeem player in the right sidebar will contain the whole playlist, and once we get past week two, I'll keep a link to a .zip file of the whole project-to-date right below that player.
As for you, all I ask is that you (a) leave comments and (b) consider leaving a tip in the PayPal tip jar over to the right every once in a while. Comments are more important. The core reason that I'm doing this is to improve as a producer and as a vocalist. If you hear something that you like (or don't like), please let me know.
If I can keep my schedule in order, I'm also planning to use this space for other things.
- I'll announce the release of my full-length record, I Am Not A Sailor I Am the Captain, which I worked on from January-September of 2008. I haven't released it yet because I'm working on a batch of hand-screened covers and discs that are going to look really 100% cool.
- I'll leave commentary on my secondary project, which is to listen to one album per week for the entire year. I am already failing at this.
- I'll release friends' tracks, if I happen to make any.
- Friends, that is.
- and once in a while I'll bitch about people who fail to move into the subway cars during rush hour, leaving a vast space in the last train to North Station that will get me to my commuter rail on time which could have been occupied by me and 12 other people, all because he or she is a total ass.
I'll also talk about how I made each song, what went into it, and et cetera.
In fact, I'm going to do that right now.
I built this song around the samples at the beginning, which came from a video feed off of some random website that ran a story about two guys who had stumbled upon a Bigfoot corpse. The best part was that they ran the story before these two dolts were exposed as hoaxsters (is hoaxster a word? Jokester is. Also Friendster.). So I made the song. It's about hunting for Sasquatch. One of my favorite parts is that I don't say the word "Sasquatch" once in the entire song.** I actually think about these things. It's all about attention to detail.
UPDATE: Untrue. Forgot about the throwaway line at the end of the first verse. Whoops.
As I sat (or didn't sit) among the dusty tomes of Sasquatch-related literature, a question occured to me: what if (a) Sasquatch was real, (b) you saw him or her, and (c) you managed to snap a grainy photograph of the legendary beast? This assumes that you were not already a Sasquatch hunter and thus were not equipped with a high speed camera, unemployment checks, and a twelve pack of PBR.
Would you go public?
Of course you would! You saw it! Sasquatch (or Bigfoot, or Yeti) is real!
Hold on there, Hoss. Not so fastly. Your innards don't take too well to all that excitin'.
Consider that if you go public, you will be invited to speak on shows such as Blurry Footage of Real-Life Monsters, When Monsters Attack*, and Maury Povich. They will break from your interview to do a 6-minute commercial on the wonders of the ShamWow. Someone watching that commercial will be convinced that the people at ShamWow HQ (location: Wlimington, Delaware) are keeping track of the little clock counting down at the bottom of the screen and they're not going to give you the second set of ShamWows (OMG! TWO SHAMWOWS!) if you don't call now.
*Things don't have to attack to be featured on a "When Ns** Attack" show. Seriously. Watch one.
** N stands for the thing that is doing the attacking.
Consider that you will forever be known as a Bigfoot believer. Your childhood friends will smile upon you with pity, wondering why you were making such a play for attention when your life before Bigfoot had been so peaceful and happy. Why couldn't you just film yourself jumping off of your roof and into a basketball hoop like everyone else? Why with the Bigfoot?
Consider that you might be calling in your fifteen minutes of fame. On Bigfoot.
So tell me: How important is the truth? Or: How important is that particular truth?
One more thing: I got together with a few friends in NYC on the weekend after Christmas and shot a video for this song. That's me in the hunter getup in the polaroid at the top right. The video is in editing right now. Don't know how it's going to turn out. Probably awesomely. FYI, Sasquatch are known to wear blue t-shirts under their thick coats of fur.
More next week. Thanks for visiting!
song credits: Mixed by Phil Gorey. Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, Cambridge, MA.