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Lead (May 2008 Mix) by Stinkfinger Overdrive

https://youtu.be/HOrzhqsDzMg An earlier and admittedly not much different mix than what was released on the album “No Underwear,” this features differences in percussion and may be missing a few tracks. This mix was made in May 2008 from recordings in April and May. This was two months before the final released mix in July 2008. It was mixed by Jimmy Lem and mastered on 21 Apr 2019 at the Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory in Massapequa, NY, USA.

Stinkfinger Overdrive are:
Ralph Dar – bass
Jimmy Lem – guitar, vocals, electronics
Amy Geladze – loops
Aybek Vanna Alisher – keyboards
Gavin Wright – drums, percussions, programmings
Gordon Mercer – sax

The originally released version exists (for now) here on this album release page – http://bit.ly/2GwWgma

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“Carl Walked Through The Underwear,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Lab

https://youtu.be/qkYFelVumAo Currently does not appear on any of my albums, and experiment from 2/27/2005…I once included this with “On” but afterwards decided against it – http://bit.ly/2XpEIhk

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“Barkhausen 741,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory

https://youtu.be/8F2qKU8ATE0 741-Based Phase-Shift Oscillator

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“Tones,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory

https://youtu.be/R9IYV171HsM Touching a radio.

Recorded and performed by Jim Lemanowicz, Dec 2009 at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratories for Blister Pop Unlimited.

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“Radio Free Tackapausha,” a Performance by Jimmy Lem at Blissville Electro-Magnetic Laboratory

https://youtu.be/Nv7rZIDT57g Radio with two pots added

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Randomization vs Gear Aquisition Syndrome

This past year in preparation for moving to a new place, I cleaned up some of the clutter I had accumulated in my life.  Among these things – old clothes, broken things that I never fixed and things in the back of the closet that I hadn’t touched for years.  However, I retained most of the music equipment, instruments, and music software.

I decided to hold onto these things because I wanted to hold onto the idea of recording music.  I wanted to hold onto all the beautiful combinations of instruments where I can forge out my musical identity unhindered and unafraid.  This presented a few problems, as we shall see.

  • Gear Aquisition Syndrome – this may mean different things to different people.  As of this moment for me, this phrase represents an avoidance technique whereby someone substitutes the purchase of an item for actually using it.  When the time comes to use the item, you magically find something else to buy.  I licked this problem years ago.  I stopped buying things but still retained almost everything I purchased.  I even selected a few items to either trash or share with my friends.  This brings us to our next problem…
  • Too Many Choices – yet another avoidance technique in which we simply overwhelm ourselves from ever getting out of the startup gate.  It seems so seductive to think that things will be easier when you have all these choices.  Years ago, I bought my very first guitar multi-effects unit and instantly I had very convenient access to many sounds.  Prior to that, I had a drawerful of pedals.  Something I noticed is that right around that time, my recording activity dropped off.  It was as if I was stunned.  It only got worse once I got the money to buy more multi-effects, more pedals, more instruments and then DAWs (96 tracks?  No problem!) and software.  Literally thousands of choices – which did not translate to thousands of songs.
  • These two things seem to feed each other.  I’d get paralyzed by the amount of choices I had and would buy something new and be even more paralyzed.  Crazy!

At some point a few years ago, I decided to set into motion some constraints.  Off the top of my head, I’d pull out two guitars and a bass and a few pedals (or VSTs) and leave everything else in closets or drawers.  I’d stick to the same equipment until I got bored with what I was doing and then call it a “project.”  I released a few more mini-albums.  This worked better but still presented some issues.  For one, I still knew that I had all that stuff in the closet and I was forgetting that some of it was even there.  Secondly, I still faced too many choices in all the options we have for writing songs – keys, number of verses, my backlog of lyrical and musical sketches that I have never stopped doing.

Around the same time, I started getting into GTD – Getting Things Done by David Allen.  It’s a system that helps you organize things into lists and helps you go back to those lists and be true to them.  It worked wonders at my job and with recent medical issues.  So I started putting musical activities – mostly tutorials and books –  into my lists.  I did OK with this for a while – it worked great for lyrics (I’d schedule object writing or writing prompts for each night) and remixing things in the can.  I was writing a set of lyrics every day earlier in 2016.  Lots of backlog.   Lots of archival releases.  Little in terms of new finished material.  What I found was that learning just for the sake of learning – without a real goal – can also be a bit boring.

Here’s what I am embarking on now –

  • Create lists for many if not all aspects of a song – bass sound choices, how many guitars, what key, song length, which midi controller…so many.  I came up with over 20 lists.
  • Weight the lists accordingly – so for instance, I have a great Aria bass, a decent Epiphone bass and some fretless and multi-stringed ones that I have limited facility on.  I also like synth bass.  So created a list that had ten occurrences of Aria, 6 of Epi, 3 synths and 1 of the rest.  I also included a line for 2 bass sounds and 3 bass sounds.
  • Plug these lists into https://www.random.org/lists/
  • Schedule any learning, reading or recording time based on what I have randomized
  • Important list I have is “maximum tracks” – this should help me finish.

I committed to writing one song by the end of January.  Comment and wish me luck, please!

Thanks!

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Cranberry Sauce

Long one so get comfortable – like John Lennon may have said “I’m very bored” or maybe it was “I buried Paul” or maybe just “cranberry sauce.”

My drummer and Dead fan friend Paul sent me this link to an article about Bob Weir’s early favorite – the Guild Starfire

Always enjoyed Weir’s voice and playing.  But all of those guys are very talented and good people and very lucky to follow their dreams.  Keeping my fingers crossed for Phil’s bladder cancer.

That guitar is very cool – When looking a guitar pics, I immediately almost always look at the pickups and if I see new ones, I think to myself that I’d like to find a guitar with those pickups.  I care less about the guitar itself, the pickups to me are important.  Not even the play-ability because the limitations can guide or force you in the context of a song to maybe concentrate on lyrics, percussion or bass or whatever.   The pickups.

Nice article about old pickups that are not the standard Fender Gibson ones we all have heard about a zillion times…I have yet to digest this but it looks like a good resource.   Speaking of digestion…I’ll be right back!

Continuing on…

I subscribe to this great free magazine called Tape Op.  Just search for it and give them your address – I think they have lots of sample articles and maybe a few PDF copies to download and check out on their site.  Anyway, they had this cool interview with a guy named Deke Dickerson who is an author, guitarist and records other people.  He seems to be associated with retro-minded musics like rockabilly but also seems very multi-faceted, funny and intelligent.

My memory is a little fuzzy here but perhaps because of this I looked up the EchoSonic which was apparently the first tape echo (within a guitar amp, from what I understand).  This was invented/made by Ray Butts.  I looked him up to find that he also invented a guitar humbucker pre-Gibson that became the Gretsch Filter’Tron.

Gretsch and Guild have forever been associated in my mind as two other G manufacturers who were not Gibson.  So full circle.  Kinda.

Have a swell day!

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Astral Weeks by Vowel Samples

I recorded this Van Morrison cover myself in 2014.  Appears on my free-for-download album “Cold Cover Calibration” – music.blisterpop.com/album/cold-cover-calibration

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“Another” by Jimmy Lem, 1992

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Can’t Make Love To A Cheeseburger by Green Eggs & Ham

Recorded in 1987, this never was actually “finished” – this release encompasses most of the 2000 “Now” CD & a 2-song tape that I made for a party the summer we were doing this.