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Sick Ridiculous and the Sick Ridiculous: Arena League of Their Own (09 Aug 2014 at 17:21)
Ahoy! Even though bandmate Nels has moved to Brussels, he still comes back to Pittsburgh a few times a year and every once in a while we sprout out a new recording.

Sick Ridiculous — Arena League of Their Own
Sick Ridiculous — Arena League of Their Own


This is a song celebrating Arena League Football, the highest level of professional indoor American football in the United States. I have never been to an AFL game, but this is an earnest tribute to what we believe the sport must be like: Real serious athletes with day jobs, struggling on the brink of relevance and solvency but with an austere commitment. In other words, the Sick Ridiculous way of life. Here is the MP3 in glorious extreme stereo.

A couple more of these recordings coming, but they are like those time-release pills with lots of little pills inside!
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Anonymous (cpe-142-129-74-20.socal.res.rr.com) – 08.09.14 19:48:57
Beautimous.
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jcreed (cpe-67-244-101-7.nyc.res.rr.com) – 08.09.14 21:48:23
ahh those sweet acoustic finger-pickin' riffs
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jtay (google-proxy-66-249-83-12.google.com) – 08.10.14 08:17:34
Yay! Now I can listen and think back fondly on my wedding :)
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Adhesion (cpe-66-108-0-72.nyc.res.rr.com) – 08.10.14 12:20:40
Awesome!! Great song.

Any plans to record older jams like Airborne Toxic Event or Jefferson Hydroplane?
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-7-254.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 08.10.14 17:39:40
Thanks everyone! jcreed: All precision plectrum!

I'd really like to record Jeff H. I still practice that one sometimes and I think Nels knows how to play it too. To me, the live video of Airborne Toxic Event is the canonical version, though it would be nice to have a polished version of that fave too.
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Harry (207.224.30.69) – 09.18.14 22:40:17
Have enjoyed your songs/songwriting for a while Tom. I like 'em. The variety of sound styles/tempos/resolutions, the harmonies, the long-shelf-life lyrics, the puns, the illusions, the super sub-texts, the aspirational TV appearance wizardry, the hidden (pseudo cynical, covertly positive, often wacky, juxtaposed in ways that require packing tape and perseverance) hand of the satelite tinkering maven, the 'splosions (wait...). Time for a reflective compilation album with the songs written about compilers? I would love to hear an extended, fleshed out, deliberate version of Isabel Refuses to be Weakened, with this (12 string?) guitar sound, and the attendant polished production values, bits and bobs of reverb, etc.. maybe some back-up singers.. ;) Best Wishes
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Tom 7 (108.17.125.112) – 09.18.14 22:46:01
Aww, thanks, Harry! I like your descriptions very much. Sometimes I think about re-recording some old favorites since with my modern understanding of recording, it's hard for me to not find awful flaws with the old stuff. But I also worry that this is a really bad idea, like the kind of thought that happens right around the time a really charming outfit wears out its welcome. Glad you like the deep cuts anyway though. :)

PS: This isn't 12-string, but we've got two lavish stereo 6-string acoustics with different tuning, which sorta does sound like that.
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Philip N (73.184.21.171) – 04.08.15 00:26:44
I like it!

Some comments:
Around 1:13, the rhythm guitar doesn't resonate enough for my liking. It feels there is not enough background resonance in this section. A good way to make this better would to be add a bass part to it. The lyrics remind me of something out of a Jonathan Coulton track. Wacky and fun, just the way I like it. I love the coda (starts 4:12), and I think that could use some expansion. Heck, I'd listen to a whole track based on that coda.
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Tom 7 (78.192.252.82) – 04.11.15 13:37:51
Thanks for the criticism. The first chorus is deliberately airy and muted to draw a contrast with the second half, but maybe I overdid it (I tend to).
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