Sittin' alone on a tree stump I was simply wonderin' How she feels yeah that's what I was a wondrin' HOW SHE FEELS YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AND YOUR ARK HAS BEEN LOST (HOWSHEFEEL) AND YOUR HEART IS SO BIZARRE (YEAHYEAHYEAH) AND YOUR ARMS DISPLAY THEIR ART(A PICTURE OF TAZ) AND YOUR ALARMS KEEP ON GOIN OFF (HOWSHEYEAH) The neighborhood is sultry and dazed THerss one question i keep on askin doug doug how do you think she feels (yeah?) "Idk josh, how shefeels yeah" AND YR ARK HAS BEEN LOST (SHOULDAMAPQUESTEDIT) AND YR ♥ is F-edUP (GettingCrunkdwonderinhowshefeelsyeah) AND YR ARMS ARE HELLA RIPPED (howshefeelhowshefeelsYES) AND UR alaarms keep going "AH AH AH" HOW SHE HOW SHE HOW SHE HOW SHE FEELS TAKE IT BACK
We have two new songs/classic hits that we recorded yesterday for Qids. The tracklist is still up in the air, and its likely that something here or there will be left off, but it remains to be seen as we go. I finished Killed by Cars, barring some minor edits, which I am always prone to make. Yesterday's hulking achievement and the most clutch thing we got done was the completion of Olio/Djam. We've had a 2008 demo of the song up for a while, and we thought we were going to use it on Qids, but Ian cited dissatisfaction with the drums on that earlier version, though as it stands, the guitar solo I play on that rendition is probably the single greatest live take I've ever played. The result is a more raucous take on the song, which is very intense.
The earlier version had a more laid back vibe, but over the course of a few takes, and with the white hot waves of Craig's chords and Ian's fucking intense drumming, the new Djam is one of the most blistering jams I've ever played. Sometimes I feel detached from rock music, but other times I feel its redemptive power or whatever in such an intense way. Yesterday was a very rock day. Craig has some guitar overdubs left, Doug has to record bass for three songs and comp whatever guitar parts I laid down (on Djam and Fluoxetine I played a few solos, and we haven't sifted through them yet to see which takes were best), we have to figure out what we're doing with samples, try to record/re-work this interlude idea and of course do all the vocals. Then the four of us have to mix it together, with a lot of the footwork being done by Doug at NYU with Ian, his young protege. We have that Death by Audio show coming up. I assume nobody reads this blog, but if you do and are in the NY area, you should come out to see us, it's gonna be a big show for us and more importantly fun as hell.
Also, we're trying to get a gig together to celebrate the brief return of Slothbear's main-man Jose Santos, who is back from the Marines for a spell. We're looking for a basement or really any type of venue for us to play at, and equally importantly, to throw a party for Jose at. I have a feeling an old hit will make its way into the repertoire that night...
Hey. Last night's show was pretty pimp, and I decided that whilst I listen to Fishscale, I should reflect upon it, so when my aunt in North Carolina, who is the only person who checks this as far as I know, sees it she can hear about the show! So the first artist to play was Anna Bradley, who we've already referenced on this blog, and who is Kabir Kumar. Anna tore shit up. Some of Anna's songs work well as acoustic or solo pieces, but Kabir decided to treat even those songs with the utmost ferocity. He played a fucking sick red jaguar and blasted through about 11 songs in no more than 25 minutes. Crabagado, who as I probably already mentioned are the next evolution of what was Alex and the Horribles, played an intense set. Alex twitched and screamed inebriated, and their takes on two Horribles songs were the peaks to me, but Kabir I know really liked the new Crabagado jams, which I'm anxious to hear recorded in studio. They had a very rollicking, good times vibe.
I cant review Slothbear's set, cuz I was in the midst of it. I had a shitload of fun though, despite my middle fretting fingertip being fucked up. The Set: White Christmas Olio/Djam No Faith Schizophrenic Crack Pipe Dreams Fluoxetine/Don't Taunt A Tiger Zotee/No Dialogue JCube The Exceptional Bastards PA Kids (at Kabir's request) Playthings/Grey and Depraved Little Qid (Swamp Boogie)
Also, we did a fun soundcheck for Ross of the Bird song, that's something I'd like to play out soon...
This saturday the 'bear will be playing with our good friends and some of my favorite unsigned musicians, Crabagado (formerly of Horribles fame) and Anna Bradley aka one of Slothbear's tightest musical pals. Surprise set from DuBlique solo???? IDK. The bands are going to be playing from 7-11 in the Slothbear's den in Valley Stream NY, the show is free, and on Linden Street. Call me if you want info, though i doubt ill be getting many calls... the number is 516 474 3398, ask for Josha FIERCE
anyhow in terms of more legit gigs, we're playing Death by Audio and Kenny's Castaways in April, which we are especially psyched about. We're going to play a host of hits of course, and Dooblee is looking into making some apparel, courtesy of Dave of the cadavers, though I think our stuff will be pretty aesthetically distinct from his other work.
Qids is coming along...
There is also a chance of an upcoming gig with Titus Andronicus at SUNY Stony Brook (where one half of the 'bear studies their arithmetic and the such) in early May. That would be a pretty pimp show to play. I think our aforementioned pals in Crabagado might be playing with them at some show in Jersey, alongside Craig's fave-faux-scottish band, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. All jokes aside "Come Saturday" is catchy as fuck.
EDIT: Though I didn't give a fuck about Grizzly Bear when (nor did us other sloths) when we formed Slothbear, I've really grown to appreciate them. Veckatimest is fucking sweet. Its no Merriweather Post Pavilion, but its definitely the next tier down. Holla @ us Ed Droste!