Wednesday, May 27, 2009

You know you can't be lazy...

Tonight is one of those nights where I'm utterly convinced I'll never be creative again. There are no good chord patterns or interesting riffs. Forget lyrics.

At some point tonight I am going to get a twisted frostee for my trouble. I am also going to listen to Rancid because for whatever reason I can't not. It's like how at this point "Cooking by the Book" doesn't seem like such a bad song anymore.

Monday, May 25, 2009

If I had a twitter I'd post this there

Just wrote the best song I've written since I got home. Gnarly

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Preproduction Part One

What I call preproduction you would probably call Daniel and I playing the new songs over and over again in my basement until they have weird syncopations or parts with different time signatures. In any case, that started today. We made "Ellis Island Blues" into a song any great-grandparent would disapprove of, complete with THE punk beat. After that, we spent about a half hour stumbling over the fact that the verse of "Big and Small Words" is in 11/4. It sounds like some mid 90's emo stuff or something. I think I'll pick a guitar distortion that makes it sound like Tool and then we'll really be a good band.

The last new song we worked on today was that one that everyone picked really awful names for ("How Much"). Seriously, people... Anyway, it is INTENSE. I thought I shredded my vocal c(h)ords on the acoustic demo; that was nothing.

We're going to start recording our practices so we don't forget everything and the album doesn't end up boring and tired. We will save that for our 5th or 6th full length.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bomb the Music Industry.

I saw Bomb the Music Industry tonight in a room no larger than my ex-dorm room. Amazing. They played a set entirely of requests. Amazing. For my, and whoever else's reference, here is the set mostly not in order, except the beginning and end.

Things that I Like
Rocket-Rocket-Rocketship (ASOB)
King of Minneapolis III and IV
Hitchin' A Ride (Green Day)
Even Winning Feels Bad
Side Projects Are Never Successful
This Is a Singalong
Never Trust a Man Without a Horribly Embarrassing Secret
Future 86
Bike Test 123/Stand There Till You're Sober/Bike Test 123
Syke! Life Is Awesome/Know Your Enemy (Green Day)

I think that's everything. So good.

Monday, May 18, 2009

In Which I Get my Desaparecidos On

This one probably won't be on the next Sister City album.. it may not even be a Sister City song. One day I'll get to murder my folk career just like Conor did!

"Work Socks"

I've got so much knowledge
And a big fat fucking wallet
You should see my family
Take a good look at my trophy
She's inspired me to stop
Smoking like a chimney
But I sneak one when I get lonely
And watch my college days
Just fade away
Like prozac down the drain

I've figured out the meaning
While the world around me's teething
I'm an an influential person
Since I got my life in order
And bless her heart
My wife doesn't say a thing
When I come home from the bar
And I know I smell
Of stale regrets
But I get so stressed
So I tie a couple on

I'll put you down for lunch
But I'm a very busy man
I've got a family to support
We all just do the best we can
I fucked up so much when I was young
You wouldn't understand
But I'm a new man

I've got a lion in my voicebox
And a thousand pairs of work socks
I've got 26 feelings
That I should keep believing
That my blood pressure
Is rising for a reason
I'm a rabid wolf when payday comes
For the envelope
I would sacrifice my soul

I've got some time on Friday
I'm a very busy man
But after work the ring comes off
And happy hour begins
I fucked up so much when I was young
That's the past, you understand
Now I'm a new man

I trip over my words when I am talking to the coed
I met outside the planning seminar
And I slip my past my convictions when I stumble through
The bible when I feel guilty enough to go to church
And I kneel like everybody else for what it's worth

I've got no time for this
I'm a very busy man
I had the gift of foresight
So I have always been ahead
I've done so much since I was young
And I don't understand
How I'm an old man

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cartoon Movies

Living breathing human beings
Inhabit my periphery
In glorious passivity
I am surrounded
All of them have names and faces
Loving friends and close relations
Secrets kept in sordid places
Don't you tell a soul

Living breathing human beings
Are sucking all my energy
With coughing fits a eulogy
Will be in order
With blame alive like crooked teeth
The gaps aflame with subtlety
And men on trial for sodomy
We're moving backwards

Oh the kitchen sink
Will bring together everything
Oh the bathroom floor
And who could ask for more

Living breathing human beings
Are walking, running, hurrying
On paper routes and studying
We're so much smarter
Adding to our knowledge bases
Learning facts to get us places
Building our own brand new nation
Let my people go

Oh the kitchen sink
Will bring together everything
Oh the bathroom floor
And who could ask for more

Living breathing human beings
Are passed out in pools of anything
Drowned in words and cycling
Through cartoon movies
I remember everything
That anybody says to me
So I burn CDs to give for free

Oh the kitchen sink
Will bring together everything
Oh the bathroom floor
And who could ask for more

I've been trying pretty hard to be good.

I built a computer from scratch a few days ago and it went well. I was tilling in the silicon fields all day and then I got thermal paste all over my fingers. I wrote five songs in ten days, six if you count that ITS Theme Song.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Oh Jesus...

Turns out I like Christian metalcore now.