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Here’s the eighth song from the album “Frenetic Stereoear” titled “Carmaggedeon San Diego.”


For this song I took “Vintage Drum Machine Pat 73″ and slowed it down… I do this sometimes to get away from the typical drum loop sound, by altering it somehow, hoping it’ll make it less “loopy.” The intro/outro and background noise is the engine from my car, which also influenced the name of the song.

Again, this song it really simple… probably too simple, and I dug the guitar sound I was getting with the previous song, so I stuck with that.

I noticed that some of these songs (style and title) remind me of the sort of stuff you’d hear from Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet or (to a much lesser extent) Man Or Astroman? and I’m OK with that, as I like both of them, and I really like surf music.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome) I’ll give this song a 6, mainly because I really like the guitar “solo” part of the song.


Frenetic Stereoear Here’s the seventh song from the album “Frenetic Stereoear” titled “Surfie Don’t Char.”


The spray you hear in the song isn’t the ocean, it’s a can of spray paint, and of course “Surfie Don’t Char” is a riff on “Charlie Don’t Surf” which involves The Clash, a movie, and some other things, none of which this song deals with. It’s just a surf sounding song, so I used the name. I also used a drum loop from Brian P. Hogan. (Thanks Brian!)

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome) I’ll give this song a 7. After I recorded this song, I considered doing an entire surf album, which I didn’t, but I’d still like to do someday. Maybe next year!


Frenetic Stereoear Here’s the sixth song from the album “Frenetic Stereoear” titled “Quadruple-A Battery.”


This one has a number of different guitar tracks/sounds in it (4 to be precise) and a wah-wah kind of bass. It’s a simple song, but with a few extra bits thrown in, and some nice counter rhythm. As usual, the drums are pretty boring. As for the name… I can’t remember why I called it “Quadruple-A Battery,” but I like it.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome) I’ll give this song a 6. I actually think this one is a little short, and I could have explored it a bit more… Maybe I will in the future.


Frenetic Stereoear Here’s the fifth song from the album “Frenetic Stereoear” titled “Attack of the Mole People.”


I had a hard time mixing this one, but in the end, I think it turned out OK. The sounds at the beginning and end of the song are from the lift on the Light Force truck. When we were loading it one day I had the recorder running to capture background noise. The title is in reference to the Mole-Richardson lights we were using that day.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome) I’ll give this song a 6. It’s got a heavy-ish sound to it, which I like.


Frenetic Stereoear Here’s the fourth song from the album “Frenetic Stereoear” titled “Potato Shirts & Skins.”


This one has some nice bass, but the guitar is sort of, I dunno…lacking. The second half has the guitar doing some off-time thing, which I’m not sure works, but hey, I just went with it. The background sound in the song is from the lightning talks at BarCampMadison3, I think it’s before the talk where everyone was in the room talking to each other, and the recorder was just rolling, so there’s great audio of people talking, but you can’t make out anything that anyone is saying. I threw on some Fuzz-Wah and Platinum Reverb and it worked.

The name was originally “We’re all out of potato skins!” in reference to the night the wife and I hung out with the guys from The Black Jew Dialogues and went to Applebee’s and Larry tried to order from the Gluten-free menu. I ended up changing it to “Potato Shirts & Skins” because I thought it sounded funnier.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome) I’ll give this song a 5. I like how the drums and bass go together. The guitar could be better. Heck, the whole song could be better, but really, it’s not that bad… right?

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