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AAD-23: sk7 or die!!! (16 Dec 2008 at 23:19)
AAD 23: sk7 or die!!!


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Hey you guys remember when on Saturday I woke up bursting with energy and I was postin' like oh hey I'm not going to start any new projects until I've tidied up these already existing almost done projects? Well right after I said that I started mixing the The 7evenths MP3s (coming still) and on the second song I thought hmmm this would sound good with a little extra guitar so I got out the mics and plugged all that stuff in, and then at that point all the hard parts of making an album were dispensed with, so then many hours later there was my 23rd album-a-day, sk7 or die!!!.

It took me a few days to get around to posting this so I'm past the phase where I'm totally burned out and hate everything about it. There's some good songs. Notes and hints:

Sun beam melts ice girlfriend. I'm proud of this one. It just jumped into the brain, in that way that makes me feel a little uncomfortably like I'm just remembering some song I've heard before. Based on the tuning, partial capo, and lyrics I'm pretty sure that's not the case. The first half of the second verse is probably my favorite lyrics on the album.

A for amateur. This one is about paper.

Contessa with the shoes on. A throwaway 8-bit affair. When the bass comes in I like it better than the other one, but then it's over.

Butter car. I think this one's really close to being a top notch song, but it has a handful of cop-out lyrics, some sloppy playing, and a couple of lines that aren't delivered right. Deserves polish and a rerecording. (Butter Car is a strange in-joke from Murphy family Pictionary games.)

Contains lemon-lime taste idea with no natural-seeming flavors. If you are empowered to put this disclaimer on a product, please do.

The gift of beer: the gift that keeps on giving for 45 minutes. One of those songs where I am running low on ideas so I sing about some things that are on my desk or in the news, like beer and Christmas.

Investment banking is a myth. This one also came extremely easily. It's fine. My favorite part is the "revise, resubmit" line (jargon from the academic journal biz).

Cricket chirps or mp3 artifacts? You make the call. This is a field recording, where by field I mean the room where the lizard lives. I thought I was going to need it to round out the 20 minutes but it turned out it wasn't necessary. Field recordings containing environmental sounds are like the peanut butter glue holding cohesive albums together.

Nurturing Parent v. State of Mississippi. Almost called Negligence Torte, but I couldn't resist emphasizing this ridiculous refrain. I wrote this one while I was waiting for my Chinese food, by humming.

Dynamite lettuces. My plan here was to make a nice wandering chiptune with lots of parts that blended into one another, since I can do that late at night without disturbing the neighbors. But I went to a party and was pretty tired when I got back, so it is a medium-sized short-walk chiptune that probably seems pretty undirected. Oh, well.

Some old coffee in the new coffee. This is probably the most Tom 7-formula guitar track, but it does have a certain cleanness to it and I think the twist that the lyrics take is pretty funny.

Theme from Costco. I recorded the guitars for this very early on, but it was the last one I finished. I frequently used a technique on this album (which I think works pretty well) where I would record nonsense lyrics in order to come up with a melody and maybe lyric sound ideas, but this one the nonsense lyrics made enough sense and I was tired enough that I just kept them.

I'm still not keen on my newest recording setup and I miss Cubase and VSTDynamics. But it could have been worse, I could have spent the weekend tidying up already existing almost done projects instead!

Like usual you can snag the MP3s at Tom 7 AAD #23: sk7 or die!!!.
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Adhesion (cpe-69-207-183-154.rochester.res.rr.com) – 12.17.08 00:56:52
Yesss!!! I like that you're starting to break the 'one aad a year' schedule. Nice titles too.

Fuck, the first song is really good. You're getting better and better.
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Chris C (c-76-99-55-118.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 12.17.08 01:11:35
The problem with attempting to clear out the rss reader before bed is that you may discover there are more exciting things to do. Love Sun beam, haven't heard the rest yet.

Bug report: the comment link on the album's page goes to the last album. Your copy-paste skills need work.

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Adhesion (cpe-69-207-183-154.rochester.res.rr.com) – 12.17.08 01:20:13
More thoughts while listening:
-Are all the first tracks on your future AADs going to be relationship metaphor songs? I don't mind if they're as good as these last couple
-Spanish-y lyrics on lemon-lime and beer: who do you think you are, Frank Black?
-Noise at 0:52 in butter car scared me
-"regular tuning, no capo! WHAT THE" = excellent
-Ha, couple. Get it?
-coffee chorus chords = also excellent
-!!SPOILER ALERT!!: I like the false ending kind of thing on costco, it being the last track makes it especially awesome

Overall, this is a damn fine album. Probably best since Fake Mars and/or Betrayal.
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Chris C (c-76-99-55-118.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 12.17.08 01:28:00
also love: terrible beer puns. "Investment banking" exactly captures the apparent mood among undergraduates here. Nurturing Parent is great. Coffee is fun: "Did he mean in? Oh... What?"
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Tadbot (c-76-98-20-178.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 12.17.08 06:11:59
excellonte. Can you confirm/correct the lyrics I've transcribed for "Cricket Chirps..."?

chirp little crickets
don't you fret
lizard's not gonna eat you yet
when you get inside that terrarium
I suggest that you don't be so agrarious(?)
I suggest cuz that would be hilarious

so chirp away
chirp away
? the
lizard's day

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erin (pcmr.sei.cmu.edu) – 12.17.08 09:41:05
the cricket song is my new ringtone.
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Nels (gs5048.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 12.17.08 11:34:13
I see you're using one of your favorite song-writing tricks on A4 (I mean *for*) amateur.

A la, "For Me and my 424!"
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chrisamaphone (c-71-61-91-163.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 12.17.08 14:27:19
the page says 23nd :o

(after i listen to it i will probably have something less wankerous to say)
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-130-3.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 12.17.08 19:15:37
Thanks everyone!

Adhesión: (1) Well hey, last one was a relationship metaphor (but not about me) but the one before that is purely literally about a bicycle. The only other ones are #19 (not a metaphor), #10, #9, and #4. I typically choose one of my favorites to go in the headlining spot, not by topic. Still I accept your veiled compliment. (2) Could do worse than Frank Black!

CC: Thanks for the bug report. Fixxxed.

TB: I can always count on you to transcribe the ones I can't even find the attention span to type in! "so uproarious", "make the lizard's day" are the missing lines.

E: Good choice cos adults can't hear those high frequencies so if it rings in class you can txt your friends with the teacher unawares lol

NB: Do I do that a lot? Use numbers 2 stand in 4 some words? Or are you talking about having one word or syllable from the line actually be a word or syllable in the start of the next line? (Massachuse-it's?) Because that is indeed a fave.

C'phone: I didn't do that on purpose but now I am keeping it on purpose!
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-130-3.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 12.17.08 19:18:33
NB: Oh but in A for amateur that's not what's going on; instead it's the "ambiguous parse" idiom. In this case "You get an A: A for amateur!" or "You get an A, A4 amateur!"
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Nels (c-24-131-17-76.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 12.18.08 11:55:05
Goodbye Kevin, I'm going to Good Bike Heaven?
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Tom 7 (mobile-032-148-078-017.mycingular.net) – 12.18.08 17:03:30
Kevin is the name of the bike!
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fetjuel (c-24-18-40-77.hsd1.wa.comcast.net) – 12.18.08 17:59:01
I really like this album. It is indeed the best since Fake Mars.

I am confused about whether you might just let me drive your Butter Car, based on my Mario Kart skills.

This winter break my wife is going out of town so I may just try for my first AAD! Being married is cool except for when you have a desire to do something dumb for a whole day.
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Scott/Graue (ip70-179-119-114.dc.dc.cox.net) – 12.18.08 18:47:25
Making an AAD isn't dumb!

Hey Tom, I like this one. It seems campier and more in-jokey than the last, but on the other hand, what the hell am I saying.

I just want to apologize for downloading your music so many times. My old computer (with Tom 7 music on it) died, then one of my external drives (with Tom 7 music on it) died, and wouldn't you know it, its brand-new replacement (which I just put AAD-23 on) has started crashing my laptop like at least once a day. And now I can't boot with it plugged in. Please ease my conscience by assuring me that you're rich, bandwidth is dirt cheap, or both.
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-47-101.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 12.19.08 22:52:07
fj: Great, thanks! Personally I think BATCOK for example is clearly better. But you all know that's my gold standard. And, I'd have to see you play Mario Butter Kart first.

S/G: I won't deny it's in-joke city, but not more than usual! I mean, Theme from LOST? Re DLs, in fact I am still deep in the red and I do pay for my bandwidth but it's not metered until I go over a certain amount, and I generally don't. Please feel free to download my stuff. That's why it's here!
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-135-245.hsd1.ct.comcast.net) – 12.21.08 19:54:07
BTW, I should mention that Nels came up with the title of this album, in a text message exchange that ended like this:

<nels> not in my back yard
<nels> see you then
<me> ok l9r
<nels> sk7 or die
<me> lol that is a good 2
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usb matus! help me! (75-173-38-1.albq.qwest.net) – 12.23.08 04:54:15
these are wonderful!!!!!!!
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Bangin Broad (cpe-71-79-98-42.columbus.res.rr.com) – 01.08.09 15:51:26
Are you still accepting Album A Day submissions?
I love this idea and my band just gave it a shot.
We put it up on audio archive.

http://www.archive.org/details/BanginBroad-KongLoveRock_7
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Tom 7 (h-69-3-248-51.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 01.08.09 20:55:29
Yes, I am, though I have not updated the page in a while (not even to include my own recent albums). If you use the form on the AAD page I will get to it eventually, I promise. (But don't let this stop you from recording albums, because AAD is for you, not me!)
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Bangin Broad (cpe-71-79-98-42.columbus.res.rr.com) – 01.08.09 23:44:16
Gracias
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fetjuel (porygon2.omnigroup.com) – 02.17.09 19:29:12
These songs keep coming into my head. I think "your printout is wrong" from "A for amateur" is one of the all-time great Tom 7 openers. It's up there with "yeah, they're gonna like this one" and "okay I don't know why I drink San Pellegrino". The opener pops into my head and then the rest of the song just keeps going around and around all day. Thanks again for good songs.
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Tom 7 (h-69-3-248-242.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.18.09 01:08:26
Thanks dude. A for Amateur has turned out to be a favorite of mine too, possibly just because I can play it without retuning. What is "Yeah, they're gonna like this one" from?
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fetjuel (c-24-18-40-77.hsd1.wa.comcast.net) – 02.18.09 01:47:14
Whoa, do I know more Tom 7 lore than Tom 7? "Yeah, they're gonna like this one" is from Welcome New Friend With Bomb. At least, I *think* that's what you're saying!
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-47-48.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.18.09 23:51:56
Ha yeah. That's right. I don't listen to those early albums very often so I bet you do know the lore better. :)
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fetjuel (c-24-18-40-77.hsd1.wa.comcast.net) – 03.22.09 02:47:35
Okay, now I have memorized this album for anytime playback in my head while doing other things. The actual lyrics for Some new coffee in the old coffee are driving me crazy; I keep auto-correcting them in my head, substituting "on" for "in" on the places where you didn't do so even though those are the rules of the dream.
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Tom 7 (h-69-3-248-195.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 03.22.09 11:49:25
Yes, I count among my regrets that I forget to say "on this dream, hell means aisle twelve" etc. as it winds down in the recording. If I play it on guitar I correct that, so you will lose no points for either variation. 100% FC!~
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fetjuel (pool-173-64-130-34.sttlwa.fios.verizon.net) – 10.13.09 12:27:56
After 10 months of singing it, I just now finally got the "los primeros veinte" bit. The old Spanish-knowing part of my brain just never thought to wake up and decipher it.
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Tom 7 (63.161.156.66.customer.sprintlink.com) – 10.13.09 15:27:10
Haha, I love when that happens.
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