Monday, December 31, 2007

1994 - I Got a Lot of Anger

<a href="">I Got a Lot of Anger by Hosey</a>

The album closer. This piece marked a change in our music writing process. It was the first song completely conceived after both Hughes and I had moved to New York City, and the first time our Sampler (the SP-303 at the time) was used as a key part in the songwriting process. 

Sunday, December 30, 2007

1994 - Better Known as Burma

This is probably the strangest song on the album. It also happens to be the oldest. The main structure (everything but the scratching) was all put together way back when we still lived in Hattiesburg. It was one of the last two things I worked on there; the second being “When Will Then Be Now?”. It's made up of snippets from the Sonic Youth song “Shadow of a Doubt” off EVOL. Then some very subtle use of a piece from Mission of Burma's “Trem Two” off VS. And by subtle I mean even now I can't remember specifically what was sampled and where it was placed, but I do remember using that record for something.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

1994 - ...Like It's Gonna Have a Baby

This song started out as kind of a joke to play between other songs in our live set. It was originally just the drums and bass, with vocal scratches. We enjoyed playing it so much at practice that we eventually decided to make it into a whole song in itself. It's all about the life cycle: Sex, Birth, Death; you know the finer things in life. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

1994 - Sensible Shoe

Originally Posted Wednesday December 26, 2007

This is a song about Benjamin Belson, a teenager who appeared in several episodes of 3-2-1 Contact in 1980. After his brief stint with the series, Benjamin went on to live a fairly mundane life. His first job out of college (MSU) was keeping the books for a large New York department store. Early in his twenties, he began investing extra money in several building projects and eventually moved on to working in real estate exclusively. He acquired all the usual amounts of money, in all the usual ways, in the usual amount of time. Our particular glance into his life this day finds him doing a little soul searching. 

Monday, December 24, 2007

Archive Post: "1994" Is Out Now!

Originally Posted Monday December 24, 2007

Well here it is

Friday, December 21, 2007

Archive Post: Upcoming Release

Originally Posted Friday December 21, 2007

Our first album will be available for free download and streaming on Christmas Eve! It's called 1994, it's got 7 tracks and runs for a little over 23 minutes. It's a collection of a lot of the songs we've been playing for the last year.

Monday, October 22, 2007

1994 - Tesseract

Originally Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2007

This track took a long time to get where it is today. The form of the track heard here took about a year from the first build to completion, but a lot of the samples and ideas had been floating around since Hosey still called Mississippi home. A rough, rudimentary version of this song (which was always named "Tesseract") was played at the first show as a Turntable/Bass combo way back in May 2004 (Hi-Yo, Thirsty Hippo!). That version was very different, only containing two of the samples that would eventually find their way into the final mix. There's still an open-air cassette recording of that show floating around somewhere...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

1994 - When Will Then Be Now?

Originally Posted Thursday October 18, 2007

This track's origins go waaay back... to 2004 or so. It was the last song we started before leaving Hattiesburg, MS for the grayer pastures of NYC.

1994 - "Cowgirl Blues"

Originally Posted October 18th 2007

This first track we're posting is about a year old since completion, maybe about two years since the beat first appeared in skeletal form. I'm a big fan of Modest Mouse's album Lonesome Crowded West and the song “Cowboy Dan”, which is sampled here (and easy to spot). An interesting thing about the album is that several of the guitar riffs and melodies show up multiple times in different contexts throughout the album, which I always thought was pretty neat. It's kind of like they were sampling themselves.