Friday, November 30, 2007

Waking Up after Waking Up

I had a dream that I came up with a melody so irresistible, I had to wake myself up and hum it into the microcassette recorder near my bed. And so I did that.

Realizing that was still part of the dream, I woke up again to record the melody. Upon listening to the melody...it's not that great, and it's probably lifted from another musician's work. This whole episode was a good effort, though, if I do say so myself.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Technician

A quick one: Check out The Technician and his phat beats on MySpace.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hospital Food

I'm obviously writing about the dreams of previous nights because I have nothing new to report: No new tracks close to completion, no new records to review, no nothin'. So here goes:

I was in a hospital, and the hospital food consisted to sweets and deserts - chocolate donuts, cake with chocolate frosting, cake with white frosting, and bread pudding conveniently packaged Jell-O pudding cups.

I watched House last night, so that explains the hospital part...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Disney Like Cake

That was one of the dreams I had last night. Disney Like Cake. It had nothing to do with Walt Disney's empire, and the word disney was a common noun with a meaning that's since been lost. It made total sense during the dream, however - but what nonsensical subconscious storyline doesn't at the time broadcast?

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Unwound D-String

I had a dream last night where I noticed the D-string of my guitar was unwound, making the string thinner than the G-string. And then I took out a metal slide and The Society played a rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley," and apparently, I did the synthesizer intro playing the slide guitar.

I didn't know I had it in me.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Society Survey #6: Second Amendment

In reaction to then-current Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese's purchase of two guns, and the band-wide heated conversation about gun ownership, Eddie Vedder wrote the lines: "Got a gun / Fact I got two / That's okay, man / 'Cause I love God!"

Anyhow, DeRamos.org has a survey about the Second Amendment and the current U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller (2007).

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Subconscious Protest

Okay, folks, yet another dream open for interpretation. Okay, two dreams. One involved Dick Cheney: A private investigator called the V.P. "Priest" and successfully blackmailed him over a photo. Hmm...politcal strategy?

The second one: A webmaster/conspiracy theorist was paranoid about the government following his every move. His solution? He distributed as many No. 2 pencils as he could, each engraved with his website's URL. It was a .com site because it looked like "no3" when I read it.

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Like that. What does this all mean?

Probably nothing.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Quadruple Feature

It was a strange night of sleep. I had four feature-length (?) dreams, each ending with me waking up between dreams. I don't remember the content of the first two, except that they were two distinct dreams, and I vaguely recall the last two: One involved explaining the theory of evolution like I knew what I was talking about (I really don't in real life). The other involved me borrowing a magazine, misplacing said magazine, and spending the rest of the dream frustratingly looking for the magazine.

I never found the magazine.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Society would like to wish your society and ours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Anyhow, I had another strange dream. It involved a Beverly Hills 90210 television movie reunion that turned out to have a storyline that spoofed teenage "coming-of-age" comedies, and the main characters had superhero powers. Then again, as I never really watched that show growing up, that could very well be a feasible plot for a reunion movie.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Time Has Lost Its Hold

I had a dream that I lived in an alternate universe where I decided to continue teaching. I had the impression that I was employed at the same school, but the buildings were different. It had indoor hallways, as opposed to the school in real life. And it felt like I was consistently drunk at work (which I never was in real life and had always anticipated I would never be).

They had just hired a middle-aged librarian, and she was asking all sorts of uncomfortably friendly questions to me, such as if I was married and stuff like that. I found that to be strange...until it was revealed that I was 54 years old and had a birthday coming up. So it also turned out that I wasn't drunk at work; I just living in a nearly broken body.

So the middle-aged librarian was effectively hitting on a fifty-something, alternative universe, teacher equivalent of myself.

I found that to be even stranger.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Time (Lose Your Hold)" featuring moxy phinx


TIME (LOSE YOUR HOLD)
(R. DeRamos)
Download | moxy phinx

The rain streaks a pane
Of scars on the fade
And many the names lost
Waiting and hoping to dust
Waiting and hoping to just
Rise above

The world's at an end
Much more to pretend who you are
Time lose the people you need
Much more than you grieve who you are
Time lose a moment of trust
Much more than enough who you are
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold
Time

The sun through the glass
Some healing at last
Cast out is the dark, love
Shining not bleeding apart
Shining not bleeding a start
Here anew

The world's at an end
Much more to offend who you are
Time lose the people you need
Much more than you leave who you are
Time lose a moment of trust
Much more than enough who you are
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold
Time

The scars and the leaving
The rain and the grieving
We're shining not bleeding apart
Rise above

The world's at an end
Much more to defend who you are
Time lose the people you need
Much more than you bleed who you are
Time lose a moment of trust
Much more than enough who you are
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold
Time lose your hold

© & (P) 2007 DeRamos Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Time (Lose Your Hold)

Within the next day - probably Tuesday - The Society of Gloves will officially unveil "Time (Lose Your Hold)," featuring moxy phinx. The song will be linked above for download and streaming, as well as on our MySpace music profile. We recorded the basic tracks for the song in September, Katrina Lenk of moxy phinx recorded her vocals in October, and the Society finished the recording and mixing process earlier this month.

The song will be featured in Mutiny Universe's Outcasts, coming to a film festival near you!

As far as the album art goes, it's basically another section from Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son, as is the cover art for "Who Are Your Friends?" The ancient Romans considered Saturn to be "Father Time," so the imagery is obvious in relation to the song title.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Society Survey #5: Anthropology

Is there one correct way to live? If so, then how would you describe it? While far from perfect, please take this ten question, multiple-choice survey on anthropology to help us understand which type of society seems best for many. Thanks!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ensemble Dream

I had a dream that three different characters simultaneously tried to get out of their respective Faustian deals (i.e., deal with the devil for fame or fortune or whatever) through surprise epic battles. I think the characters were sort of aware of when things were amiss and had to fight some specialized (and ironic) mega-demon. In the end, I think two of the characters failed (in a sense) and became super-powered and famous mega-demons. The last one "won" his epic battle only to ironically live insignificantly from then on.

So I don't know the moral of that jumbled subconscious story was.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Three Hats

I dreamt I wore three hats simultaneously. By the way, I actually wore three masks simultaneously for a Halloween party this year.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Blackout Blues

My neighborhood had a workday-long blackout. We're so very dependent on electricity - and been so for more than a hundred years or so. Anyway, since I couldn't be productive on the computer, I took out my trusty microcassette recorder, the band took out a couple of guitars, we reviewed old riffs on tape, and we made new riffs. We developed some new Society material, and it was fun. And we were still dependent on a power source, since the microcassette player runs on a AAA battery. Then again, the sun's a power source too, which feeds the plants, which is part of a food chain...you know what? I'm hungry. I'm going to eat now. Later!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Review: Pearl Jam "Live on Two Legs" (1998)

1998's Yield is not only my favorite Pearl Jam album, it also signifies the rebirth of the band. They were a commercial phenomenon for their first three albums - Ten, Vs., and Vitalogy - and their commercial success waned during their "experimental" era of Vitalogy and No Code. However, commercialism often does not equate when it comes to crafting art.

In the making of Yield documentary Single Video Theory, there was a sentiment that the band had become a true collaborative force recording the Yield album. Everyone contributed to the songwriting process in one way or another, whether co-writing with another band member or bringing a song to the table.

Live on Two Legs finishes the Yield era trilogy (Yield, Single Video Theory, and Live on Two Legs) by documenting how the band performed during their 1998 tour. It's not a true concert but a compilation similar to the DVD Touring Band 2000. Also of note is that this live album shows the reborn band still in transition, with former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron behind the kit, replacing the semi-retiring Jack Irons.

All in all, it's a solid live compilation, with the debut of the song "Untitled," which often transitions into "MFC."

In progressing years, Pearl Jam will follow the album era trilogy pattern of studio album, live album(s), and related video(s):

2000/1: Binaural, Official Bootleg Series, and Touring Band 2000.
2002/3: Riot Act, Official Bootleg Series, and Live at the Garden/Live at the Showbox.
2006/7: Pearl Jam, Official Bootleg Series/Live at the Gorge 05/06, and Immagine in Cornice.

Obviously there's some clever marketing afoot in releasing album era trilogies, but it does beat releasing and reissuing the same album seven or more times (Zeitgeist).

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ti-i-i-ime, Lose Your Hold.

Now that the song for Outcasts, "Time (Lose Your Hold)" is good to go - and the movie is at the cusp of running the film festival circuit - it's time to continue writing an album's worth of music for another film: Elan Vital.

Time, lose your hold, indeed.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Studio Calendar

I finally seriously grasped why recording artists, engineers, and producers have a big calendar with a schedule of duties in the studio. It obviously helps with work flow and good stuff like that. Next time we record a song, we should try it, instead of playing by ear (pardon the pun) and shifting gears constantly and erratically. Then again, it does feel more fulfilling to track guitars or vocals or whatever, whenever the feeling to do so strikes. It's less efficient, of course, but some things just need to take time. So who knows?

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Society Survey #4: Abortion

This one's extremely serious this time. Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Please take this survey, which consists of three questions, one optional question, and the same six demographic questions. Thanks!

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pitch Shifting in Pro Tools

I've been aware of the fantastic (and often ridiculous) things that Pro Tools can do, but the Society has pretty much used the program like a 1970s multitrack recorder with a few extra goodies and some digital wizardry.

And then I discovered the pitch shift tool. (Actually, the time shift tool fixes pitches more intuitively.) While not an automatic perfection-maker like Auto-Tune or Melodyne, it's still pretty evil. Hopefully, we'll only use this tool sparingly.

Or else I've joined the Dark Side.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

It's Almost "Time"

The time is near..."Time (Lose Your Hold)"...that is. In the meantime, check out Society collaborator Moxy Phinx's MySpace profile...and listen to the music!

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Results Thursday at DeRamos.org

If you're looking for some sarcastic Society Survey results, please go to Results Thursday at DeRamos.org. Thanks!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Two Mics

We've tried several strange things in the studio, but we've neglected to try one of the most basic "tricks": Recording vocals with two mics simultaneously. We have the capability to record two separate tracks simultaneously, so it's only natural that we should try this at least once.

If all goes well, we'll let you hear the results, in the form of a download linked above.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Crowd Noises

I dreamt I added crowd noises to a song we've been recording. It's a nice idea, but for the time being, we'll leave that faux live sound to early Guns N' Roses (Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide is the name of the pretend live EP).

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Moby "Southside"

This song was cool (almost eight years ago). It's Moby's "Southside" (the song and not the anatomical geographic location) featuring Gwen Stefani (before her strange solo career):


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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Society Survey #3: U.S. Politics

Since the 2008 U.S. Presidential election is exactly one year away, we've posted a U.S. politics survey. It consists of ten multiple-choice questions, so please take the survey to help us out - THANKS! (We'll provide some results with commentary at DeRamos.org.)

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Note to Self

Note to self: Never play a game of twenty questions in a dream; otherwise you'll never get the answer. End transmission.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Monetizing Icons

It doesn't bode well with me that a lot of the rock bands listened to (and still listen to) have their music or their image manipulated by big business.

Case in point, a soundclip from the new Smashing Pumpkins in a Ford Focus commercial:



That kind of thing didn't happen in the 1990s. It was one thing to "sell out" (i.e., get a major record deal) but it was almost unheard of to be an obvious part of a corporate campaign.

I guess it all went downhill when a thing called Woodstock 99 happened.

While part of me wants to license the Society's music and thus reap some rewards from doing so, there are limits to do that, in my opinion. Licensing music to movies is okay in my book...depending on the movie. TV...maybe. But Ford automobiles? Ford. Fix or Repair Daily. That brand. It's like that country music popstar Toby Keith's "I'm a Ford truck man" song. Maybe that appeals to a certain demographic, but to me - that's totally what a pitchman - and a non-artist - would do. It's like having your music in a Nike or McDonald's commercial. It sort of devalues any art originally intended. It aligns something bright and optimistic with an exploitative corporate machine.

U2 hyping the iPod a couple of years ago was just as uncool, too.

Don't get me started on those Kurt Cobain website ads that show up from time to time on MySpace. I'm sure every molecule that used to be part of Cobain turns over in disgust every time that ad appears.

Most of the blame goes to the record companies, obviously. They make the money, which doesn't really trickle down to the artists. I guess that's the part that really doesn't bode so well with me.

And yes, I do realize we've monetized this blog to attempt to pay the bills. But we're not icons...idealized and put on a higher plane of behavior.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Review: Pearl Jam "Single Video Theory" (1998)

Pearl Jam's 1998 album Yield is my favorite album by one of my favorite bands of all time. I haven't had the opportunity to watch the making-of music documentary Single Video Theory (The Yield Sessions) - released a few months later in August of 1998 - until yesterday.

I now have a deeper appreciation of the collaborative process of a fantastic album. Also, I finally got to see former PJ drummer Jack Irons' garbage can lid cymbal (which is exactly that) in action. It's very awesome! Since the sessions happened in 1997, the band (except maybe Stone Gossard) looks 10 years younger and dressed like I did when I was in high school. Ah, the 1990s...

While I liked the video overall, here are a few minor gripes:

1. There are no chapters or main menu, but that's understandable since the video was released in 1998.

2. I wish the band practice performances were complete songs, but for the most part, they either segue from an interview/actuality sequence/montage in progress and/or fade out to the next interview/actuality sequence/montage.

3. It's only 45 minutes, almost like the record company intended to broadcast it on TV with room for commercials or something. Pearl Jam's subsequent DVD releases are far superior, which is a good thing: It's better to go uphill than downhill.

On the plus side, however, the aesthetic of shooting on film (which was used somewhat for this year's Immagine in Cornice) makes it look like a music documentary from the 1970s, which is way cool.

If Yield were to be re-released (10 years later as opposed to Zeitgeist's 3 months later), it would be logical to package the album with this making-of video. For good measure, Live on Two Legs (a tour compilation CD from the Yield tour) would complete the Yield trilogy. As I haven't checked out that live album (yet another anomaly from a big Pearl Jam fan), I will have to do so ASAP.

This is the track listing for Single Video Theory:

1. "All Those Yesterdays"
2. "Faithfull"
3. "Brain of J."
4. "Given to Fly"
5. "No Way"
6. "MFC"
7. "Wishlist"
8. "In Hiding"
9. "Low Light"
10. "Do the Evolution"

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