Vlayman’s Last Album of the Year: *Bad Candy*

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1. The Dark (I Taste) 03:26
2. Bad Candy 04:21
3. Fed Up_w_Grankspoine 03:55
4. Cabrone (Go On Home) 04:18
5. The Window 03:26
6. Woman of Mine_w_Sepak 04:13
7. The Fear Saw Me 04:02
8. Left Us 04:19
9. My Black Dog 04:01
10. IBT_w_Sepak 04:30

released 13 December 2014

The last of 2014’s wankage, a little sticky, somewhat catchy, and it kinda smells like it.

England’s Grankspoine on # 3
Chicago’s Mr. Sepak on #’s 6 & 10
M. Vezina on # 10
Vlayman all else
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Sennheiser MK 4

I like this mic on vocals, a lot. Sennheiser now being owned by Neumann, I’ve read that there is some definite TLM influence on the MK 4. I don’t know about those mic’s, but this one has a very expensive-sounding low end,a flexible proximity effect, and a nice clarity to the top, with no distortion when a pop filter is used. It’s not hugely different than an AT4040, or a Shure SM27, but a nicely different color, very natural, sounds much more expensive than it costs, German and not at all Chinese.


5/5 olives

Aiight, behold the Bedio!


Bonus, gtrs&CD’s&crap:

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Vlayman: “My Own United Nations (non-PC)”

My Own United Nations (non-PC)
c. ’14 Vlayman

Little lotus flower awe yer lookin’ kinda sweet
I want you to come over here and sit right next to me
You got that deep black hair and them little tiny feet, I ask you
Little lotus flower will ya spend some time with me?

Hey there Bariqua, I ask you what do you say
See, I know you like to talk all night right in to the day
But doya think that you could whisper to me how ya wanna play
I want you, sweet Bariqua, tell me, what do ya say

I’m not goin’ above my station, no
I just wanna have my own United Nations, yo
Of experience, I wanna know ‘em all

Oh yeah, brown sugar baby, I hope that you will say maybe
Maybe you can understand the way it feels to be a man
To look at  you and think I can keep you happy azza plan
Oh yeah, brown sugar baby,  I  believe I can

Hey there, First People lady, I hope you ain’t think I’m all that lazy
Tryna be the one for you I ain’t sure just what to do
I wanna make you come to love me, I’ll be your slave, You can come above me
Hey there, First People lady, don’t think I’m crazy

Drums: nettage
Bass: Alvz-VC3q
Vox: CAD M9-Eureka(pad)
RthmGtr: Tele-ProJr-SB23L-EurekaCmp(pad)_E609-ISA1(pad
Ld Gtr: Tele-Marshall-SB23L-EurekaCmp(pad)_E609-ISA1(pad
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Cathedral Pipes Durham

Never used the Cloudlifter or FEThead, but I recently bought a Cathedral Pipes Durham, what I think is the same idear.

Very cool!

Even with a relatively hot pre-amp (Summit BA-221) that I actually haddda engage it’s pad on for a guitar amp – really clears up my ShinyBox 23L, what I already loved.

It seems to add some presence and clarity as tho’ to the pre, actually, without losing what I wanna use the ribbon for.

Does the same for vocals, and I used it onna mic’d bass amp, too.

Anybody had similar experiences or compared other such things?
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So, mods ‘n’ sh*te

I mean, it is fun to change out tubes on mic’s and amps and pre’s. I’ve coil-tapped and split and phase-reversed and changed out pickups and tone-caps, I’ve added better or replaced input jacks and pots and trannies and the odd resistor, etc.

I’ve certainly improved the functionality of stuff by, say, replacing tuners or bridges or switches or jacks or removing mesh from a windscreen or death-caps, or adding shielding or ground-wires or even paint, and I fix stuff and even make my own patch cords.

When I think about it tho’, and not too, too much disrespect, I just can’t understand the mod “scene” as a reason for joining it.

I mean, it’s one thing to have a thing and it ain’t quite the thing you want the thing for – so you mod it to make it that thing you want.

I get it.

I just have a problem at this point with the mod “scene” what seems to exists to get you to mod things just for the purpose of modding the things they sell things to mod them with. I mean, it even seems they encourage you to buy a thing that’s a not-so-good-thing to use their things to mod it into a better thing than it was, while all the while it ain’t quite the thing you want it to be and mod it toward.

I mean, I want my Tele to sound like a Tele, not a Strat, and certainly not a Paul, y’know? And that cheap Chinee thing? Use it, abuse it, sell it, purposefully lose it, but don’t try to make it something it ain’t never gonna be.

Like, if I want a “warmer” pre, I’ll change to a “warmer” pre, or the same re a mic, or amp or whatever. I’ll just change guitars.

Mebbe I just have a little too much money, what gives me choices?

But I work hard to be able to have choices, and if I have bad shite, I’ll get rid of it (sometimes) to get good shite, if I just don’t outright just buy more shite, keeping that “bad” shite for the very limited thing(s) the “good” shite can’t do, even if that is only because it’s being used elsewhere.

But mod it?

Especially just to say I mod’d it?

Unless I have a piece of bad shite, and nothing better to do, I’d rather just replace it.


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


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