Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's unbelievable... full of shit some people are. Just be yourself (for better or worse). It's a lot more respectable.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Moutheater and Debris Amour feature... Jonathan Canady of Deathpile and Angel Of Decay on his Colors Of The Dark blog. Link

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

The pressure to support mediocrity...

...(whether it be because the so called right people made/like it, or to support some barren greater cause, or any number of other reasons) will never be something that I let affect me in any way.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Moutheater Full US 2010 Summer Tour

We are in the very beginning stages of getting this together. If you can help book any of these shows then please get in touch. These dates are all for the month of July 2010:

12-Eastern TX
13-Western TX
15-Southern CA
16-Mid/Northern CA
17-Northern CA
18-OR (Portland)
19-WA (Seattle)
20-Northern ID/MT
23-IL (Chicago/Peoria)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Something I wrote on the fly...

...on a messageboard that I figured I'd post here to save. It's in regards to the current state of recording music. The thread went nowhere but I was fairly happy with the novel length post I made haha.

Original Poster: I would like to hear some opinions on this article,
written for NPR by a former member of Sleater Keeney,
about how pro tools et. al. are ruining music...

Me: Man this is something that Tim and I discuss very regularly for hours at a time. I tend to be on the looser end of things and Tim tends to be on the more perfection oriented end of things. What's cool is that we've influenced each other a lot. I've gotten a little more concerned with perfection through working with Tim and Tim has gotten a little more comfortable with imperfections through working with me. We usually meet in the middle with all of those decisions. We've done most of our records live and then fixed little things here and there if it's really bugging both of us.

The dude that wrote this article is a little off on the analog thing. You can still do punch-ins all day long with analog and though it's a little more complicated, editing isn't that big of a deal either.

I generally agree that the way that recording used to be separates the men from the boys. You can either play or you can't and that's how it should be. Pop music today is something that's run through so much bullshit before it ever hits your ears. You're really hearing souless crap when you turn the radio on. Producers, engineers, and label people have gone through every inch with a fine tooth comb making sure it fits the lowest common denominator standards of today's mainstream music industry. Even bigger independent labels are doing this now. This is why I have such an issue with a lot of current pop music and shit like Taking Back Sunday being considered authentic or art. You're barely hearing a real performance when you listen to that stuff. The fact that record execs and producers run someone like Beyonce through auto tune is out of fear. People like her are amazing singers but all of the human nature of their voices is stripped out because some producer is scared he might miss a wrong note. If Billy Holiday were around today some asshole would be running her through auto tune.

The mastering thing is so funny because people on here talk all the time about shit being "loud" without realizing what that means. When a record is loud you've crushed the fuck out of it. If you take a record that's loud by today's standards and put it up against something from 20 years ago your immediate reaction is gonna be that the newer record is "louder" or maybe "clearer". If you take the record from 20 years ago and turn up the volume on the stereo to match the newer record you will hear a much better sounding dynamic recording coming from the older recording. This all is as a result of digital where the boundries with how loud you can master a recording are almost limitless and people just keep pushing harder and harder on the issue to make their recordings sound "louder" than someone elses. When recordings were being pressed on vinyl there was a peaking range that you couldn't go past without distorting the album.

Another Poster: i think the degree of suck out there has less to do with the recording devices available and more to do with bad taste...i like "pop" music more musicians and producers need to listen to purple rain and put out a good record.

Me: The theory though is that the level of technology has left producers, engineers, record labels and commercial oriented musicians to their on devices and enabled them to make more tasteless decisions/records. Bad taste among people that wanna make money off of music has always existed, they now just have more power than ever to manipulate everything. In the 60's the stuffy record exec didn't have much choice but to trust that Lennon or Hendrix would write a great song and put out the best record they could. Now someone with no musical talent can come in and critique and manipulate a record. And bad taste among mainstream music fans has always existed because most of them just listen to whatever the radio feeds them.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

These ship Friday the 13th:

Pre-orders are up at the Swim Harder Cassettes webstore. Limited to 30 copies. 10 are already gone.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I. Don't. Care.

Those words ring more and more true for me with each passing day. I do not give a fuck. I do not feel the need to prove shit to anyone.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Swim Harder Cassettes Webstore:

PC Worship-Sunburnt pre-orders are up. Limited to 30 copies and 7 have already been scooped up. Get on it if you want one.