Vlayman w/ Grankspoine: “To Your Drummer “

To Your Drummer 
c. ’14 Vlayman Produx; derranged by Grankspoine 

She said it was time for me to go 
She said it was time for me to leave 
Well I looked you in the eye 
Because I, I just didn’t want to believe 
And you know, what you said in there 
Well it just wasn’t fair 

And they said it was some kinda abomination 
Even as they couldn’t hide their fascination 
And I looked you in the eye 
Because I, I just didn’t want to believe 
And you know, what you said in there 
Well it just wasn’t fair 

CH: . . You never gave me a chance 
You never even let me try and dance 
To your drummer 


And I looked you in the eye 
Because I, I just didn’t want to believe 
And you know, what you said in there 
Well it just wasn’t fair 

Drums: Nettage 
Bass: Alvarez-Brick-dbx160XT 
LdVoc: MXL Genesis-Eureka 
BV’s: ADKa6-Eureka; Samson C01-Eureka 
Sax, Keys, Gtr: Grankspoine

Vlayman: “Gettin’ Better (Baby) “

Gettin’ Better (Baby) 
c. ’14 Vlayman 

Baby’s getting better, she’s getting better all the time 
Ya might not know it if you ask her, but you can, see it in her eyes 

see it in her eyes 
you can see it in her eyes 
see it in her eyes 

I don’t know what to get her, gotta get her a thing 
Baby’s getting better, mebbe I’ll get her a ring 

get her a ring 
I’ll get her a ring 
mebbe I’ll get her a ring 

Baby wants to see me, she sees I’m here 
Baby wants to please me, leave with me from here 

leave with me from here 
She wants to leave with me from here 
leave with me from here 

Baby says she loves me, loves me much as she can 
Ya know I love baby, too, someday I’ll be her only man 

I’ll be her only man 
someday I’ll be her only man 
I’ll be her only man 

Drums: Nettage 
Bass: Alvz-VTB1-dbx163X 
LdVoc: MD421n-VC1Q 
BV’s: BlueBall-VC1Q 
GtrL: G&Lf100-Trdmk10-RE320-ISA1 
GtrR: SG-Trdmk10-RE320-ISA1

Vlayman: “Toe Tag”

Toe Tag 
c. ’14 Vlayman 

I been lookin’ for you most of the rest of the night 
I been tryna find you, bring you back into the light 
I been lookin’ for you, to bring you back into the light 

I’m gonna, tie a toe tag on you, 
I’m gonna tie-ie-ie, a toe tag on you, 
I’m gonna tie, a toe tag on you, 
It’s true 

They sent me out there, expectin’ me to bring you home 
They left me out there, told me to do it on my own 
They left me out there, knowin’ I was sure to bring you home 


You been a weasel, sompin’ nobody wants near 
You been a sucker, losin’ all they hold dear 
You’ll never please ‘em, and you’re right to fear me 

Ch 2x 

Drums: nettage 
Bass: Alvz-Brick-dbx160XT; Alvz-Rattak-Mrlboro-RE320-ISA1 
LdVoc: Sputnik-Summit-RNC 
BV’s: AKGd190E-Summit-RNC 
Screamo: CAD GLX300-VC1Q 
Keys: Yamaha S03-ART TPS

Bustout’s drum session, 3-23-14


Zoom R16 (before cabling) & M-Audio powered monitors & headphone amp (the paper is me explaining sound envelopes and why we need to dampen the kick; the book by the awesome Ainglish police procedural writer, Nick Oldham)

Cabled …

The warbler in the makeshift (scratch) vocal booth constructed of carpet pad on top of tires – the drums are to the right, the recorder behind the photographer

The mic’s I brought – some were even utilized!

Drum kit – the kick mic (Sennheiser E602) is all the way in about 6″ from the beater – the “vocal booth” is behind and to the right of the photographer, the recorder behind and to the left

Mic placement: 1&2 are AT4040 OH’s; 3 is EV RE320 splitting the floor toms; 4 is Sennheiser MD421II splitting the rack toms; 5 is Shure Beta58 on snare; 6 is the E602 in the kick; the other two tracks are scratch vocal and scratch (DI) guitar

My phat arse (no, that’s not a dick mic)

Why my arse is phat

Another E-bog battle …

Posted at TOMB:

So I bid on the E-bog and got a ADK TC mic from ’07, from a music store seller in New Jersey.

Preliminary power-up and it works fine, I think.

But when I take off the body there’s rust on the side rails, rust on the tube holder, the tranny, and various screws. There’s also some fine powder-grey corrosion on some of the solder.

The body itself has water-marks where its edge fits into the headbasket – if the marks are to be believed the mic was mebbe laying sideways in about 1/2″ of water …

I emailed the seller for history, etc., and to ask permission to open it and check the capsule because there’s paint on the headbasket screws and/or corrosion which will make it obvious if I open it.

What risks do you forsee if I keep this?

Is there anything I can do to prevent future problems?

Also, while the “Turbo-Tube” power box seems 100%, there is rust on the welds of the shock-mount and the screws on the pop-screen.

The case seems fine and there’s no smell, as if the thing was caught inna flooded basement, mebbe, and then washed quickly but not quite completely dried, and they failed to take the mic body off or else missed completely cleaning it …



I got a good price on it (US$310 shipped) but the seller just responded with some apparent anger, and offensive denial.

Based on that attitude, I’ll wait for response to my reply, and then probably demand a refund.

Then I’ll probably have to fight about who pays return shipping … Rolling Eyes

As requested by the seller, I sent some photo’s as evidence, and here are 2:

Note the rust on the side rails, the tube-holder and glass, the screws, and the powder-corrosion on the solder.

The white stuff is water residue especially visible along the edge where it fit inside the headbasket assembly; the inside of the cover is filthy.

If anyone is interested in the dialogue, I’m happy to post that, altho’ I expect I’ll again get flamed for being mean to the seller. Twisted Evil


Further evidence that it’s not natural humidity corrosion, but from immersion:

The seller, tho’, is insistent, “Our qualified electronic technician went over this microphone, with all of its accessories, and everything tested perfectly.”

Glad it/he/she is not my “qualified electronic technician”! Twisted Evil


After the initial push-back, the seller agreed to a full refund and paid return shipping. Good on him.

Of course, I call his shipper, UPS, and they want US$7 to pick it up, so I had to contact the seller again …

I appreciate his/its situation but for any sellers reading this, please consider why someone in my position is less than thrilled/satisfied:

1. I am not your QC guy to test your item, and I further resent your questioning my immediate report of your self-created problems as tho’ I’m scamming (Other buyers have scammed you? Consider: other sellers have tried to scam me, too – or been so oblivious/incompetent/unconcerned/stupid that they have made mistakes at my cost, like you);
2. It is extra work for me to take and upload photo’s to prove that your “experienced tech doosh” didn’t open your item and check for damage (glad he’s yours, I don’t need another assault charge);
2. Many of us, with larger items, have to arrange add’l transport after receipt; ex., I had to pay for two cabs to get the item from my office to the train, and back (I ain’t carryin’ that un-padded-handle case for a mile thru the city along with my other shite, in my suit and tie).
3. In this instance, since your shipper, UPS initially said I don’t exist, I had to return a long-distance call to you to confirm my Pay-Pal listed address (tho’ you already rec’d my money from that account);
4. I have over an hour involved just in emails/PM’s and posting pic’s to assuage your baseless suspicions that I am the bad guy (when it was you fucked up);
5. You have had the use of my US$300+ (in this case) for about 3 weeks, at a minimum (Who’s the scammer? How about some interest? Go borrow $300 atta check-cash place, see what they charge!);
6. You treat me like the bad guy by refusing to return my money until you receive the defective item you fucked-up in sending in the first place, and I have to wait patiently and trust you to do so (See no. 5, above).

Anywhat, next week? I still want a ADK Tc or like-level tube mic … Twisted Evil

Vlayman: “End (How It All Will) “

End (How It All Will)
c. ’14 Vayman Produx

In the grey morning on the first day of the month,
I heard the calling of the birds for their mates,
There was no warning on that first day of the month,
that you’d be late.

In the red morning just before the storms began,
I heard the mothers calling for the children,
There was no other warning before the storms began,
But for the light and then the wind.

In the bright morning just before sun fell down,
I heard you calling out my name,
There was no warning just before the sun fell down,
And it never will ever rise up again.

Oooh, my dear
I know just what you fear
You see what I do but you fail to comprehend
How it all will end

Drums: Vezina
Bass: Alvz-Brick-dbx160XT
LD&BV’s: EV664-Meek VC1Q
BV’s: FXEV664-Meek VC1Q
RthmGtrs: SG-ProJr-E609-ISA1Pad
LdGtr: G&Lf100-Marshall-SuperluxPRA628-ISA1Pad

Some mic notes

Digital Reference DR-KX1 Kick/Bass Drum Microphone; it’s prob’ly not too good on kick, but it’s nice and small and sounds aiight on bass (here) – I’m thinkin’ for toms, tho’.

Sterling Audio SP50 and SP30: not sure why I bought these other than they were so cheap, but they are interesting in that the “LDC” and “SDC” styles have the same small diaphragm. The 50 is actually pretty solid feeling, but the 30 records a cuppla dB hotter. Not unusable mic’s, but nothin’ to make me wanna use ‘em, either (they are the response vox on this, 50 on the left, 30 on the right.)

ADK TC Mk9 TUBE Condenser Mic: I have the Sputnik (all vocals and guitars, here) and really like it but – is there something the matter with me? (other than the obvious, I mean) – I prefer the MXL V69ME with a nice RCA 6072 (stacked vox here). So I got Friday-night rich (see the latest DBT album for the reference) and bid on this and got it for 1/2 the street price of the Mk12. Shipped today, so I may report back if anyone’s interested …

Vlayman: “Until I’m Late (Wait) “

Until I’m Late (Wait)
‘c. ’14 Vlayman Produx


I know yer inna hurry to get goin’
You got a thing about you needs to move
But if it wasn’t for the things that I am knowing
You wouldn’t move along with such a groove

Don’t you wanna wait
until I’m late?
I know how you hate bein’ slow
Don’t you wanna wait
until I’m late, baby?
Wait for me before ya go

Every buddy’s talkin’ ’bout how’s yer motor’s runnin’
They all see you at the starting line
We all know that you like nothin’ better’n gunnin’
But baby’s got learn to earn her time


Once there was a rabbit thought it knew where it was headed
It passed all the jackyls and the tortise and the snake
That crazy rabbit, tho’ is gonna end up deaded
‘cus she really don’t know how much more I can take

Drums nettage
Bass: EpiGoth-VC3Q

Vlayman: “Aiight”

c. ’14 Vlayman Produx

There’s a way I see myself
in this town
There’s a way I see myself
Goin’ down
There’s a way I see myself

Everything’s gonna be aiight
Everything’s gonna be aiight
Everything’s gonna be aiight
Everything’s gonna be aiight


Funny how you think of me
And you laugh
Funny how you think of me
It’s a gas
Funny how you think of me
Funny how you think of me
At yer last
Everything’s gonna be aiight
Everything’s gonna be aiight
Everything’s gonna be aiight
Everything’s gonna be aiight

Drums: nettage
Bass: IbzAcAlec-Brick-dbx160XT
LdVoc: EV664-Summit-1176
BV’s: BadEV664-Summit-1176; SterlinS50(Rt=S30)-Summit-1176

New Vlayman album: *Maraschino*

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1. In Your Soul (Deep Down) 03:21
2. 1st Dementment 03:30
3. Maraschino 03:16
4. Ride the Light 03:28
5. Ask 03:40
6. No More Joy (for Ian) 04:51
7. Why Can’t You See 04:10
8. The Sight of You 03:50
9. Nothin’ to Say 03:19
10. Fretless 04:00
11. Abandoned Beauty 04:13

First of 2014, yep, and a lotta fun writin’ and recordin’
altho’ I admit I really dug almost as much the photo
session for the cover and song pics. Well, OK, I really
dug what came after …
released 09 March 2014
This one is all yo except on drums, and Mr. Vezina from
the Bustouts contributed some of them (1, 3, 5, 9, 10).


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