Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Tom Jeremiah Band (2008)

Mike flew back from LA and Tom and Tony made the trip down to Raleigh to get the Tom Jeremiah Band back together. I had no idea what songs were gonna do, but Tom already had the lyrics printed out and was practicing what he was going to "ad lib". Of course none of us actually knew how to play the songs, but that's where my company laptop, aircard, and YouTube come in. We bought what I thought would be too much beer, and played well into the night, taking a couple hour break to sober up at my house to eat and play some Rock Band. Tony started falling asleep during "Sunglasses", as heard in his playing which is pretty hilarious. Mike and I were crying during the mixdown, and turned up the guitar part so it wouldnt be missed in the final mix. I dont think I have ever laughed that hard. It was a good feeling to get the Tom Jeremiah Band back together and something I hope never ends.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Tom Jeremiah Band - You Belong To The City (2003)

A semi-annual tradition, The Tom Jeremiah Band is again the brainchild of Mike Chapman. "Let's start a band where Tom Jeremiah sings all the songs". Done deal! All cover songs, this one is a cover of Glenn Frey's "You Belong To The City". In attendance I think were Tom Jeremiah, Mike Chapman, Mike Mehigan, Tony Brown, Lucian Cicchitto, and Joel Lindelof.

Roll Out The Red Carpet For Bear (1994)

Bear got together a garbage bag of loose change and dollar bills and headed to Winter Sound in Gloucester VA to record the Roll Out The Red Carpet EP. I think we had enough money for 3 hours of studio time. I remember the engineer being dumbstruck that we were happy with 1 take of each song. He didnt know we were pressed for time due to out limited pocket change budget. I always loved these songs, especially the very sarcastic "Temperature Surprise" with the cookie monster vocals and firebell. Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Campas "sangin and twangin", Tony Brown on "lead thunda bass", and Joel Lindelof on "2 pc. thunda drums". Bear.

Around the World


Temperature Surprise

The Demonics (1994)

The Demonics was an experimental thing I did in 1994. I had a cheap guitar and Nathan Mercer's old stereo. It was one of those GPX stereos that you buy at Ames, with the record player and dual cassette with a mic input. What you could do is play samples of records and record them on a cassette on the cassette recorder. Then you could put the cassette in the "player" side, play it back, and record it plus another mic track on the "record" side of the tape deck. You could do this over and over again, in essence multitracking one track at a time. I have a whole cassette tape of these experiments, but these 3 tracks are my favorite. The first song, "Wise Up" is 2 tracks, guitar and voice. The recorded voice is from an answering machine message that Vince Miller was leaving me when I rented a room form this goth girl we called Rose Scary (real name Rosemary). He was upset that the outgoing message didnt state whose house it was, and he let it be known, "so, wise up". Her roommate/boyfriend picked up the phone at the end of the message and his comment was conveniently recorded also. I threw the tape in the GPX and put guitar over it. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the clip at the beginning. That is a recording of my mom from the early 80s saying to my dad, "take down those goddamn christmas lights, faggot".

"Feeding Ducks" was a song written during the time of the infamous Lorena Bobbit story. I had heard this story about how common it was in some other country for wives do the same (you know, penis trimming) and throwing the remains out the windows of their homes for the local ducks to feed on. Not sure if that is true, but that is the story I heard.

"Thirty Seconds" was just me and a guitar singing into the aforementioned answering machine. I thought I had 30 seconds to record something on to it, but apparently I only had 25.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Southern Vibrations part 2 (1999)

I am not entirely sure how this came about, but there was a second Southern Vibrations session. I think Mike Chapman was away at school, and the sounds of ye olde Vibrations made their way to Richmond VA where Matt Forest heard them and had to be part of it. I knew Matt as a the drummer of Dragstrip Syndicate, and had no idea he could play bass until he sat and laid down the bass for the "new" Southern Vibrations. There was actually a 5th song recorded, in the vain of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Goode" that we could never get the vocals right, and hopefully it's still sitting on Erik's 4-track waiting for us to one day actually record the vocals. I don't remember much else about recording this stuff, but I still feel like I cheated on Mike Chapman since this was his idea to begin with.

81 South
Little Billy Ray
Wildfire Soul