Vlayman’s new album: *Vlaymatic*

1. The Pro’lem 03:46
2. Boom Boom Pop 03:25
3. Live Like This (I Can’t) 03:25
4. Red Light 03:52
5. Are You Real 03:16
6. Burn You Down 04:12
7. DBtR 09:06

Vlayman sweated a lot and played everything except one summer day J-Mat played 420 drums that Vlayman recorded at Lola’s place.

released October 4, 2016

All songs by Vlayman except that one and all the noises, too, except them drums. ┬ác.’16
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New Vlayman album: *Magnify*

1. Dead Soldier (a song about a bottle) 04:01
2. Fever of the Gods 03:18
3. Saucy Jack w Grankspoine 03:53
4. Mark Is Gettin’ Married w Dinos 03:04
5. Freckles w Silversmith 03:21
6. Magnify 03:19
7. Kara 03:55
8. Management 03:48
9. Home (I Will Find My Way) 04:44
10. Blindness 03:50

Jes’ some mo’ aural shite.

released April 22, 2016

Grankspoine (London-ish, England) did ever’ thang ‘cept drums, bass and vox on # 3.
Dinos (Chicago-ish, USA) did drums on # 4.
Silversmith (Ontario-ish, Canada) did drums on # 5.
Blame me for the rest, yeah.
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The Hungry Drunx new album: *Las Lagrimas*

1. 400 Daze 04:22
2. Exquisite 03:42
3. Las Lagrimas 03:16
4. Glitch 03:46
5. I’ll Take the Light 03:56
6. Daze of the Weak 03:25
7. Go Slow 04:19
8. Practise 02:51
9. Slivovitz 03:28
10. Provin’ It to Myself 07:20

Portland and Chicago musos, who have never met, never spoken, never smelled each other sweat, engage in the second most intimate act available, and this is the result.

released March 20, 2016

Drums: Snarl, recorded at The Bonobo Room.
All the other shite: Vlayman, recorded at Feta Central Recording, D., D., & L.
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The Hungry Drunx: “Provin’ It To Myself”

Provin’ It To Myself
c. ’16 The Hungry Drunx

Drums: Snarl
Bass: HnrJazz-Brick-1176-VC3Q
Gtrs:
Tele
Red Fernandes
LapLizardStrat
LP
(PdlBrd)-HRDX-AKGd1000-UA110_MXL860-PM1000(M/S)
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New Vlayman album: *I Got Yer Number*

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1. Perfection w Grankspoine 04:29
2. The Shiv w Captain Bob 03:31
3. Lover, You Don’t Know – w Grankspoine 04:14
4. The Center of Attention (Sevilla Inspired) 04:39
5. Groovin’ (Get to) 05:22
6. Dancin’ 03:38
7. Better 04:26
8. Number (I Got Yer) 03:40
9. Show Me Everything 03:30
10. Home (I Will Find My Way) 04:40

The first collection of 2016, and about damn time as the smells was gettin’ ripe and the cans is kicked and dented and somebuddy gotta take this [to a] dump.

released February 13, 2016

Aiight, London’s Grankspoine kicks arse on #’s 1 & 3, Captain Bob takes names on # 2, and Vlayman causes all the aural pain herein.
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Last Vlayman album of 2015: *The Moon*

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1. A Cat That Kills 03:25
2. Roll On Up 03:36
3. The Way (w Grankspoine) 03:19
4. Off 03:57
5. She Only Wants Me 04:06
6. Write It Down (for Nicky) 03:40
7. Purgatory 04:55
8. Make ‘Em Stop 03:42
9. I Get That 03:38
10. The Moon (I Am the) 03:12

The last – I promise! – release of 2015 with a rare acoustic track (#10), a song for a friend (#7), and the best one, a collab with England’s Grankspoine (#3). I recommend a martoonie and pizza while listening so that 2/3 of yer evening at least is good.

released December 31, 2015

All drums is nettage, #3 have all by Grankspoine except bass and vocals, and the rest of the sounds should be blamed on yo.
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The weekender album, Vlayman’s, *Stems for Seeds*

Downloaded drum stems, and me.

1. Grenade 03:33
2. Robot 04:20
3. Gamble On 04:53
4. Riot (Auto Pilot) 06:40
5. Rockin’ the Shockin’ 03:50
6. Round the World 04:14
7. Sieve 03:26
8. The Button 03:45
9. Love Is a Roller 04:38
10. Pink 04:01

_”Stems for Seeds”” came together when I found a bunch of drums stems on the ‘net, many from video games, mebbe all. I decided I wanted to use the stems as seeds for new songs, almost in demo form, for a band that will probably never form, but I wanted to take seriously.
_I gave myself a weekend to write and record ten songs as they were only to be demos, because I value spontaneity, and also just to be weird.
_I used the drums exactly as downloaded, with no edits, altho’ I did do some EQ, limiting, gates, pans and rides. Otherwise, they are as found. Hear a little bit of “clank” on the percussion of “Gamble On”? That’s what the gates couldn’t catch of ol’ Pagey. There’s other such artifacts elsewhere – hopefully they are not too distracting.
_In keeping with the demo concept, I decided immediately to use one guitar, on bass with pre-amp and compressor, one guitar amp, my pedal board, two mic’s on the amp with the same pre’s each track, a single vocal mic and pre and compressor chain.
_Geek alert: the guitar was a MIJ Super Strat, chosen because it was already in a stand in my bedio. The bass was a Hohner 2BA2, chosen because I like it’s sound, and I have to fight it some, and because I like the headless design in my tight recording space. All guitar tracks were played through a Hot Rod Deluxe, mic’d with a Sennheiser MD421II into a Focusrite ISA1 as center channel, and an MXL880 (looks like a Royer) ribbon into a Yamaha PM1000 (racked by Digitaldrummer). All guitar tracks but a couple of leads are in Mid/Side, generally with the amp’s reverb, altho “Riot” has a plethora of pedals from the board, many songs use the Toadworks Meat boost, and there’s a cuppla leads with the Meat, Jr. and a Soul Vibe. The bass is DI’d into a The Brick and a dbx160XT compressor, with the DI split out parallel to a Meek VC3Q for extra bottom. The vocals are all an MXL Genesis tube mic into a Universal Audio 110 Solo, into a Gyraf 1176 clone.
_I started at noon on Saturday and did rough mixes of the drums first, where I had more than a two-mix. Some of the drums tracks came with isolated cymbals, or kick, or snare, but all had tons of bleed; I felt lucky when it was only percussion bleed, although cymbal levels were frequently an issue.
_Next, I wrote the basic outlines of the songs. Five were done with the bass, first; the other five were with the guitar. After those song progression skeletons were completed, I added more guitars, and finished the other bass tracks. I tried to envision the forthcoming vocals, even placing small lead fills (note there is really only “lead guitar” on a couple tunes, two done in mono after the vocals). I then consolidate the tracks, pass-filtered and limited and cleaned ’em up, with some minimal editing of the guitars (only on “Grenade”) an no bass edits.
_Next came the vocals, what required lyrics before I could sing. The lyrics were based on the title of each song’s original drum tracks, for the really geeky among us. I approached each song separately for this, doing leads and then backing vocals song by song and committing to them before I went to the next.
_95% of the vocals are first take (I redid a set of choruses on one song to get more melody, and I changed 3 words on another) and the same holds true for the bass, and closer to 98% for the guitars.
_I made and had regularly scheduled meals, two pots of coffee, a 1/2 bottle of wine, and 5 martoonies while creating this. I took my kid back and forth to work, and I watched part of a football game, and I slept about six hours.
_I started final mixing (I do mix as I go along – love ITB!) at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and I was done by 8:15.
_There ya’s have it, then, the demo seeds from the downloaded stems, songs for a band that will probably never exist.
released December 21, 2015

Downloaded drum stems, and me.

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