Here it is. “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives”. Grab it from Bandcamp or Soundcloud! I didn’t make a torrent for this one, but if one of you wants to throw it on The Pirate Bay, be my guest! A huge thank you to agesend for his brilliant work on the cover.
After an entire year in the making, Cut, Paste and Kill is FINALLY HERE!! The biggest Kill la Kill tribute yet, Cut, Paste and Kill comes with 47 tracks made by 21 talented collaborators! No single piece of music from Kill la Kill is left unremixed!
The downloads come with printable CD jewel cases and covers, as well as a 56-page artbook with liner notes on every track!
I hope you guys enjoy my biggest creative project ever!
You will need to checkout with a credit card or PayPal to process the order, but you will NOT be charged since this is completely free. Valid for United States users only. Hurry though, this freebie is available for a limited time only. Here’s other freebies Google Play has offered in the past. Enjoy :)
Have a theme. Themes don’t make your lyrics boring, they make them cohesive. Think of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and its whimsical sky references (clouds, birds, stars, chimney tops). It’s about world-building that sweeps the listener away.
Try to stay away from perfect rhymes. Day and way. Run, fun, sun. They sometimes ring as childish, especially if the context is not interesting enough. Be more adventurous and less strict (fade and wait, mine and kind, crazy and maybe, etc.).
Make the context interesting. If you are singing the same old love song, say it in a different way. Build from real memories, real conversation, or unusual metaphors.
Put the rhymes in unusual places (internal rhymes, in the middle of phrases). It adds meat to the bones of your song.
Change up the rhyme scheme. An example from Pat Pattison, “Mary had a little lamb, fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, she sold the fleece to pay the rent.”
Put the emphasis on the right syllable. As much as I love Alanis Morissette, she has an annoying habit of misplacing accents, making it incredibly awkward and difficult to understand (“an un-for-TU-nate slight,” instead of “un-FOR-tu-nate” in Uninvited). If you are dead-set on a lyric that stresses the wrong syllable, don’t be afraid to change the rhythm to set it right. You can also add or take away unimportant words like “that” or separating contractions. Personally, I know a lyric is right when it sounds as if I could speak it naturally.
Make your choruses more general than your verses. This is not a hard rule, but it helps to “change scenes” after your verse.
Be ruthless about clichés. Speak your lyrics aloud to spot them. When you find them (and you probably will), try changing only one word to something unexpected.
Keep writing different versions of the same section. You can always go back to the original, but you never know what you’ll come up with on try #5.
Don’t be afraid of the tools in your arsenal. Get a thesaurus. And a rhyming dictionary. Even if you don’t use the words you find, they can sometimes inspire other ideas. So can novels, newspapers, facebook updates, and people-watching.
This is a song Clay wrote called “In the Morning (In the Evening)”. You can download it for free below. It’s being released on 7” clear orange vinyl in a few months with another song [that some early fans may recognize ;)] - more info on that in the coming weeks.
This was our first experience recording directly to 2" Tape, using an entirely analog setup at the wonderful Treehouse Records. We loved the vintage process and are psyched for everyone to hear it.
Blank Banshee is a Vancouver-based producer that dabbles in 90s computer screensaver aesthetics, psychedelics, and obscure chopped up samples. His mixtapes are full of sputtering percussion, weird vocal samples, and warped yet danceable sounds that some call vaporwave and others call seapunk.
Whatever the hell you want to label it, Blank Banshee’s grooves are wildly addictive. If you’re into bulging bass lines colliding with shapeshifting synths and midi swipes, then keep your ear on BB’s bugged out brain food.
And while we’re on the topic of James Bay, it’s worth mentioning that he’s got a free 5-song EP up on his Soundcloud. This is some beautiful stuff, people. Delve into the depths of its acoustic glory.
Download it here.
So maybe don’t give me cold shoulder
Before you go turn around, let me hold you
Let me sit in the dark of the morning
Moby recently shared a collection of ambient recordings, which he has made available for free download.
Via his website, Moby described the collection of music: “over the last couple of years i’ve been making really really really quiet music to listen to when i do yoga or sleep or meditate or panic. i ended up with 4 hours of music and have decided to give it away.”
It should come as no surprise that Moby produced a collection of music like this. He is known for his holistic approach on life, opening up a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles, and being a yogi, among his aptitude for being a talented musician.
He went on to add, “it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc. and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be.”