As postered at TOMB and now compiled here:
The Blue Oyster Cult, Tyranny and Mutation: how they played this stuff so in ’73 is beyond me, as well as why the first two records weren’t huge hits. Buck Dharma rules! I did have to tell a buddy who whined about the relatively quiet bottom end level, turn it UP.

Patterson Hood, Heat Lightening Rumbles in the Distance: this guy is an absolute treasure, this album a complete gem.

The Joy Formidable, Wolf’s Law: I really want to really like it, but it’s just OK, with that fucking basketball drum sound like Bush’s and that whiny Pumpkins-clone band’s latest.

Low, the invisible wrong: gets me high.

Mudhoney, Mudhoney: a work of grunge genius, what is not a oxymoron, dude.

Isidore, Life Somewhere Else: where Kilbey takes us to church, with a different congregation.

MBV, Isn’t Anything: I’m still listening to the original mixes these many years later, still trying to figure out why this stuff works, if what’s-name is a genius, and if I like it. I’ll have to listen again.

Danzig, Danzig II-Lucifuge: R. Rubin, B. O’Brien and J. Scott make this sound great, and the band, like on the first record, has silly songs, silly names and a bad enuff ‘tude to make it rock. Whatever happened to J. Christ?

Lou Reed, Animal Serenade: sheer misanthropic poetry, done with very little percussion, and F. Saunders as MVP.

Johnny Marr, The Messenger: I so want to like this, and don’t – over-produced and generic despite the very occasional flashes of genius.

Latest Bowie and Cave; I prefer the latter, so far.

Bowie’s latest is really growing on me.

Shooter Jennings, Black Ribbons: Wow! I’ve heard it once, I’ve gotta think about it, but it’s interesting as hell, some cool songs, lotsa weirdness with a political message.

Richard Thompson’s latest: Excellent, of course.

Echo & The Bunnymen, The Fountain: their last from a couple years ago, quite good inna mellow kinda way.

The National’s latest: love it.

Luna, lunapark: hadn’t heard this inna cuppla years, it’s aged surprisingly well, and such a cool band – I miss ’em.

The Cult, Choice of Weapon: it’s The Cult, like ’em or not – I do, about the only “current metal” band I listen to.

Miles Davis, Round Midnight: remastered, so tasty.

PJ Harvey, Rid of Me: loud and funny, intense and noisy, also interesting as hell.


Lucinda Williams – excellent guitar work and songs;
Thurston Moore – SY all the way-sounding;
Mark Lanegan – loverly dark pop;
Robert Plant – world-musicish, great sounds and performances;
Roco DeLucca – bought it for the Tchad Blake production, what is awesome, don’t care for the songs or singer;
U2 – how can this band be so under-rated? Only by being so omnipresent and annoying – it really is an excellent record.

Buncha live stuff offa NYCTaper, and Steve Wynn’s Northern Aggression, Jason Isbell’s Southeaster, Bob Mould’s eponymous, and latest Bryan Ferry, all of what I like (lotsa Marr on the latter – lotsa guitars).

Been really digging the latest My Bloody Valentine, especially cranked in the monitors – the production arrangements (by what I mean how he uses the delays and compressors and verbs and other FX and mutes and such) are excellent.

And completely different (but mebbe not so much), T-Ride’s eponymous release.

Finally, Mould’s Silver Age – he really is quite the creative writer and arranger with what is essentially a three piece with overdubbed guitar.
vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

The Hungry Drunx: “A Fact”

A Fact
c. ’15 The Hungry Drunx

There ain’t no way
I can tell you
How to leave
With yer pride intact

Ain’t no joke son, It’s a fact

There ain’t no chance
Of gettin’ over it
You oughta know
Just what you lack

There ain’t no reason
Yer momma left you
Just was her time
To get on back

There ain’t no leavin’
The killin’ season
Now that the sun
has turned to black

Drums: Snarl
Bass: HnrJazz-Brick-dbx160XT
Vox: CadM9-Eureka
vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

The Hungry Drunx: “That Comfort Stuff”

That Comfort Stuff
c. ’15 The Hungry Drunks

Sara Lee-ah she makes a good pound cake
Yeah, Sara Lee-ah, she sure knows how to bake
And if I don’t get to eat me some o’ that soo-oo-oon
I think my heart just might break
Betty Crockpot ain’t got no competition
When it comes to that double fudge brownie tradition
And if I don’t get to eat me some o’ that soo-oo-oon
I think my heart just might break

It ain’t to easy keep this boyish figure
It ain’t that easy without alla that comfort stuff
No, it ain’t easy to keep this boyish figure
Ya gotta get enuff

Johhny Fastwalker sure makes me into quite the talker
Yeah he sure knows the medicine I like take
And if I don’t get to drink me some o’ that soo-oo-oon
I think my heart just might break
Joseph Seasickgram keeps me buyin’ olives
I need the bottled brine to help me stay awake
And if I don’t get to mix me some o’ that soo-oo-oon
I think my heart just might break

Drums: Snarl
Bass: Alvarez-Brick-dbx160XT
Vox: ADKa6-PM1000-RNLA
Gtrs: G&Lf100(MXR+-HolyG)-ProJr-SennE609-UA110(pad)_ProJr-MXL860-UA710(pad)MS
vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

The SM57

Some thoughts I postered at TOMB:

For me, a Picasso drawing in pencil can be as interesting as a Picasso painting in oil – somethings he did, pencil was perfect.

A ’57 is not like a cheap guitar with bad action and intonation and scratchy pots and intermittent connections – it’s like a Melody Maker, simple, limited and functional.

A ’57 is not like a clock radio speaker what is barely suited for hearing the weather – it’s like a Auratone.

A ’57 is not even like a hotdog for dinner – it’s like a decent Italian sausage.

OK, I’m done. Twisted Evil

More mic babble

Asked re a new mic either as a 1st vocal condensor or as similar to a SM57, I posted at TOMB:

The AKG C414 UL B is said to be a good mic, but at $700 it may be more than you need to spend – BTW, ” To be 300 under a quoted price, after being discontinued seems rare” – hmm, not so much, mebbe.

If you really want a decent condensor for vocals, there are tons available at US$300 and even well under that price; I usually reco the AT4040 or the KSM27 for nuetralish, or even a CAD GLX3000. For an “older” type sound, I think something like an M-Audio Luna or Solaris, or the tube Sputnik. There are many tube mic’s, of course, but I’ve been very happy with the MXL M69ME that you can find used; I usually reco that as the easiest to find, most flexible inexpensive tube mic that “sounds tube-ish”, and I reco that means it could fit yer requirement for “old tone”.

Dynamics – again, there are many. Usual reco’s include the Sennheiser MD 421 (orig. or II) or really, just about any Senn MD mic; the 500 series handhelds I’ve used are all cool. The EV RE20 (I like the transformerless 320) or somewhat similar to what you already have but generally considered superior, the Shure SM7b.

I have never met an EV mic, other than broken ones, that I don’t like, and some of the handheld N/D’s sound great on vocals, even the 267, and all of the RE’s I have used have been very cool and kinda “old tone”.

I have only really used the Audix OM2, but like that, as well as the AKG D5. Those and the above EV’s are not totally dis-similar to the 57.

Also, XXX mentions the CAD M179 condensor and it is very nice and very flexible, and I have even seen it compared to the 414; it’s a great mic not even considering it’s awesome price. There is a cardoid-only version called the 177 that might be cheaper, yet. Altho’ I would mebbe feel weird calling any mic, “cute”… Twisted Evil

Re compressors

I poste at TOMB:

The slutz seem to prefer the WA, for what it’s worth.

I bought a 1176 Gyraf clone offa someone here – it’s awesome, tho’ ya gotta build one, at about the same cost as the Warm.

The Purple is quite a bit more $.

Not at all the same, but somewhat similar in being colored (tube make-up stage), is the VLA2. I like it sometimes, but find it noisy sometimes …

I also like the RNLA. I like it a lot on vox, and guitars, especially.

Simple compressor-color wise, a dbx 160 or 166 can be great, typically on bass and vox for me, altho’ the 166 can be excellent on stereo stuff like keys and acoustic guitar.

A DOD 866 is very similar, somehow related to the dbx 166, but a lot cheaper.

I really like Meek stuff, also, and the MC2 and C2 are tons of fun and I use ’em on everything.

You don’t ever hear about the Symetric 522, but now that I have one, you just did. Cool I especially like it on electric guitar.

All of the above except the Gyraf are under US$300 used, some closer to US$200, and all capable of effective compression as well as some cool coloration.

Vlayman w/ Grankspoine: “A Certain Age”

Certain Age
c. ’14 Vlayman; derranged by Grankspoine

Standin’ at the crossroads of love
I’m either gonna love ya baby, or we’re just gonna fuck
You can’t say, any more than I, how it’s gonna go
And I won’t lie, at least not that you’ll ever know

This is how it is when yer just tryna make the grade
This is how it is when yer a certain age

Liein’ in the mainstreet of life
Never really tryin’ through the pain to get it right
Truth don’t make no difference to what or where
All that really mattters is that you got there

This is how it is when yer just tryna make the grade
This is how it is when yer a certain age

Sittin’ on the very edge of your bed
Thoughts are spining up and down in my head
Eyes are crossed and lies are crossed it’s true
All I gotta say it don’t pay to matter to you

This is how it is when yer just tryna make the grade
This is how it is when yer a certain age
This is how it is when yer just tryna make the grade
This is how it is when ya get to a certain age

Drums: nettage
Bass: P-Marlboro-DR-KX1-UA710.75tube
Gtrs, keys, horns: Grankspoine


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