Episode 25: All bassists dream of playing guitar

On the importance of grammar and the joy of music videos

This week, Dan and Tony talk with Colouring Cats’ bassist of four months, who still hasn’t been added to the band website. They discuss why he joined the band (“it was the most-well written band advertisement I think I’ve read”), Winamp, music videos, and the importance of band image.

The group shares a few compelling music videos in order to convince Dan that it’s a worthwhile medium:

Episode 24: A Monopoly Over Deniliquin – A conversation with Matt Savage from Destrends

On stage presence and recording an EP with Matt from Destrends

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This week, our guest is Matt Savage from Melbourne post-punk slash art-rock band Destrends. They recorded their first EP at Head Gap Recording Studios in Preston just last week. It’s been a hectic few weeks for them – and so we scheduled an interview on the first day Matt has had free to relax.

Matt discusses stage presence and recording an EP for the first time with Dan and Tony.

Destrends are playing a show at at the Worker’s Club on Tuesday June 8 with As Above, So Below. Notice too short? Get tickets to see them at the Tote on July 1, 2016.

Episode 23: Netflix and Trill

On scheduling issues and finding new band members

 

Schedules are a huge cause of bands not being bands anymore. Colouring Cats recently went down a member (again), (again) due to scheduling difficulties. Now they have to decide whether to find another violinist or learn to play as a four-piece.

They discuss difficult conversations, Violin Tinder, the best places to find new band members online, and Dan updates the matter of Dan v. Parking Ticket.

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Episode 22: The close enough is good enough approach

On practicing, alone and as a band

What does practice really make? Dan and Tony discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s idea that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in a field.

They also compare song-writing styles. Bob Dylan and Paul Simon are two great folk artists from the same era, but each has a vastly different ethos. Dylan scratches out some words in a notebook and then that song is finished, whereas Simon labours over each song, writing and rewriting.

Tony is then astounded to hear how long it takes bandmember Dan to write one song.

Episode 21: Everyone who is in a band is in a band because of the Pixies

On covers

Dan and Tony discuss covers – starting off with Disturbed’s recent cover of Sound of Silence: Dan mostly focused on trying to take the best screenshot of David Draiman, who has some bad piercings.

Tony lays out his rules for covers:

  1. There are songs that are off-limits, ie. songs that have been done to death like Hallelujah. Don’t do a cover of Hallelujah.
  2. Don’t try to prove that you like a band by choosing some obscure song to show that you’re a real fan.
  3. Don’t cover the Pixies.

Dan and Tony also discuss why bands bother doing covers and when covers go wrong.

Listen to the Lexies.

Episode 20: “Prince of Darkness”? That’s Kind of an Honorary Title

Rock & Roll High School #2: Black Sabbath’s Paranoid

Tony assigned Dan homework to brush up on his rock and roll knowledge a few weeks ago: to listen to Sabbath’s Paranoid.

Dan’s review: less dark and scary and more poorly-informed political.

Dan has a few other qualms, mostly lyric-related, including how Ozzie Osbourne rhymed “masses” with “masses”. Tony maintains the entire time that Sabbath is not about the lyrics. But it’s not all qualms! Hear them discuss what is and isn’t great about this iconic album.

If you missed Rock & Roll High School #1: Woodstock, listen here.

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Incidentally, Dan was spotted at karaoke some time this past week.

To Cheapen the World (A Song About Steve Jobs)

The song that stemmed from the argument on Reddit that inspired our most recent episode. It’s long, the band won’t play it, yet – like a comment on the internet – Dan had something to say and he just had to put it somewhere.

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The argument in question

Steve Jobs was recently a recipient of our Humanitarian Award.

We thank Steve Jobs for providing a much-needed alternative to the monopoly of Google Maps. Thank you for fuelling the ideas economy which has helped to gentrify and enliven California. Thank you for your service to Che Guevara’s legacy by revising the word “revolution” with a meaning tolerable to a united global economy. For popularising a non-scarf-based solution to the cold-necked of the world. For helping to provide prestige to technology by informing email recipients of the device from which we send our messages/for updating “dictated but not read” for the modern age. For ensuring that we are no longer deprived of the ability to touch base with our office coworkers outside of office hours. For helping free our minds up for creativity by providing a single designated proprietary solution for the storage and organisation of data.

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