Song Fight Live! this weekend, margaritas, and other updates

First thing’s first – I’m headed to Seattle to hang with my Song Fight peeps and play some music!  I’m going to be playing an acoustic set on Friday at 9pm.  I’ll also perhaps be making a cameo in other people’s sets, including fluffy’s.  You can find the event on Facebook here.

NEW RELEASES

If you missed my Facebook announcements or haven’t checked out my Bandcamp in a while (which you most certainly haven’t), I’ve released two songs which are not all that new, but are completed and released to the public for the first time.

You Are The Heartbeat Of This Office, For Sure is a fairly recent Song Fight title (obviously) featuring a CAKE like sound.  It’s one of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy it.

Blame It On Ginger is a Nur Ein title from last year.  I felt a little nervous about the general public hearing it, so I waited, but here we are.

SONGFIGHTER IPHONE APP

You may be wondering as to the status of my SongFighter iPhone app.  I am still diligently working on it in my spare time (after getting rejected from the AppStore the first time).

The current feature set is:

  • News – show latest fights and song news from SongFight.org
    • Navigate to linked web pages inside the app
  • Fights – fight archive and individual fight playlists/results
    • Search titles
  • Artists – artist archive with artist playlist/results
    • Search artists
  • Forums – view the forums
  • Listen to songs by artist or fight

Before releasing, I’d like to implement the following:

  • News
    • Navigate directly to fights, artists, and forum links
    • Play fight song links within app (optional)
    • Email & reminders for upcoming fight
  • Fights
    • Make the rows look more attractive
    • Allow voting
    • Allow emailing
  • Artists
    • Add more to the rows
    • Somehow pull in data – at least images from the wiki
  • Settings screen
    • About information
    • Delete cache(s)
  • Player
    • Download songs to cache

So I’ve got quite a bit to do.  Fortunately, with the other stuff complete, most of this is trivial.

 

Anyway, enough nerding out.  It’s time to pack!

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Nur Ein VII: songwriting to the death

Nur Ein is an annual, reality-TV-game-esque, Song Fight related contest. You write and record a song in approximately 5 days, every week.  It’s kind of underground (heck, I maintain the wiki).

25 contestants start at round 1, and by round 7 there are two left.  Nur Ein means “only one” in German.

It’s good fun and keeps me writing music. Some of it sucks – some of it rocks.  Here’s a summary so far.

Round 1 – The Architect
Challenge: Must include a round.
Link

The best time to try a new genre is in the early rounds, so why not DUBSTEP?  Completely caught the judges off-guard and managed to rank fairly well.  I think it could be better, though.

Round 2 – The Best Place in Town is Also The Darkest
Challenge: Significant use of stops.
Link

For some reason I manage to do best with obtuse titles.  I think I should have won this round, because this song is fairly fantastic, if I do say so myself.  If you listen to any, it should be this.  I even managed to write some decent lyrics!

Round 3 – Unexpected Guest
Challenge: Collaborate with a previous Nur Ein contestant.
Link

I had a rough week at work, and I’m not good at playing well with others.  Luckily, I found someone to give me a sweet guitar solo – his name’s Sausage and he’s kind of new to the Song Fight world.   This song is kind of phoned in, but it really grew on me after a few listens.

Round 4 – Elizabeth the Great
Challenge: Dramatic change in tempo.
Link

This song is a bit scatterbrained, but I feel like it really kicks ass.  It starts out sweet and slow, turns into alt rock, and then… I won’t ruin the surprise for you.  If nothing else, I had fun doing it and learned a bit more.

 

That’s all for now.  I’ll maybe try to keep this page updated somewhat.

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Vistalite Drums

A few weeks ago, I bought some Vistalite drums.  I love drumming.  I got tired of waiting for hand-me-down drums.

Vistalite Drumkit

  • Ludwig 1978(ish) Vistalite
  • Tama steel snare
  • Zildjin ZBT ride
  • Sabian XS hi-hat
  • some no-name crash

Here’s an unplanned video of me drumming pretty crappily.

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Right There At The Edge

I won the last Song Fight I entered!  Mostly thanks to my amazing friends who voted for me (but I did encourage them to listen to all the songs)!

Right There At The Edge (cover art)

Click to listen at SF Jukebox!

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New website

I made a new website. How do you like it?

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