It's here! A new record!
Well, this whole thing manifested itself far faster than I expected to. I started recording when I got home for the summer (date of the first track), and got together some cool stuff pretty quickly, but then I kind of lost interest for a little while. Picked back up, finished a few cool new tracks, unearthed some older stuff I did strictly with the Moog program because upon revisiting them I thought there was some extremely cool stuff going on...and all the sudden I had an album on my hands. So here it is, called Dr. Mercy & The Acronyms Of Disaster Are Dead
. (It's just a title)
01. June 14th, 2008
: Ok, so this is actually one of those older ones I mentioned. Back when I first downloaded that Moog program that I've used in the past (actually, it's only featured on these older tracks), I made up a hours of crap with some good stuff along the way. This is one of the good things. Mostly just ambient swells of organ sounding stuff, sounds very nice and leads into the next track....
02. Backyard (The One Before)
: This is one hell of a track, I think. Definitely one of my favorite things that I've ever done. The most immediately noticeable difference between this and any of my other records is this drum machine program that I found that can generate actual drum patterns as opposed to the simple "THUD...THUD...THUD" shit I've used in the past. Starts off simply and gently, then all hell breaks loose in the middle, then comes back. I love it.
03. Box Fan
: More of the new drum machine. This has what I think sounds sort of like a Yo La Tengo style guitar riff, the simple epic shit like "I Heard You Looking" and that. Doesn't deviate a whole lot from the central motif, but it's got some cool guitar work. Used to be longer, then I cut it down with the fade. It's more effective that way.
04. Hot Tub Night
: Brief acoustic guitar +whistling interlude. Not much more to say about this one. Leads nicely into...
05. The Fire Department Conversation
:... what is easily my favorite guitar playing I've put down to tape. Works over a cool chord progression that I thought sounded a bit like something Paul Westerberg thinks up. This could be the best track on this album, I love the hell out of it.
06. Factory Thrum, Part I
: Another "Box Fan" style track, but that kind of thing only stays interesting for so long, so I chopped it in half and put the second part later on the album. Mostly just goofing around in D, but it sounds cool for it's brief runtime.
07. The Wind + Everything
: Here's the second old Moog recording. Just a...well, I forget what chord it is, repeating itself while a bunch of shit goes on around it. The end sounds like, well, the wind, hence the title. Leads into...
08. It Gets Fucked
: Behind "Fire Department," here's my favorite guitar work. Just acoustic + electric working around a few cool riffs I thought up whilst improvising. Turned out better than I expected it too. Recorded live with the acoustic track playing through the stereo while I played electric. I mean, obviously as a bedroom record, the whole thing is lo-fi, but the acoustic on this one is REAL lo-fi. I like how it turned out, though.
09. Dirt Road
: Here's another of those old Moog recordings. This is just nasty as hell. I pretty much completely forgot about this track until I was rooting around through my old files, and it just kinda conked me on the head. Really sinister, lots of cool synth keyboard fuckery at the end.
: This was one of the first tracks I tried with the drum machine program, thus why the drums are all crazy. I was just messing around. Turned out pretty cool, though, first appearance of slide guitar on a Dr. Mercy record ( though more shows up later on). The end I played the electric with my feet, I think... or it was on the next track...
11. Burning Said Firewood
: This and the last track always went together because I used similar chords, and I think I recorded them right after each other. Again, I think this was where I played the electric with my feet while doing the acoustic with my hands... I mean, it's not anything impressive, just some background noise for the acoustic. Maybe this one's a bit longer than it needs to be, but we'll be alright.
12. Factory Thrum, Part II
: Here's that second half I was talking about.
: Old Moog strikes again. This is perhaps my favorite of the Moog songs. Honest, for the life of me I don't remember how I made these tracks. This one is probably the most complicated, and it's also probably the best. Lots of really cool noises and shit.
14. Day On The Street
: Starts with some backwards guitar that sounds cool after the last track, then works it's way into a guitar riff that I've had in my head for years. Glad I finally worked it into a song. Drums come in later, as well as more slide guitar, which was pretty much an accident. I tried recording a normal lead which just sounded muddled, and picked up my slide and just fucked around for a minute and it actually turned out pretty damn cool. One of my favorite tracks here.
: Similar to "Burning Said Firewood" in that it's mostly just some acoustic interlude action, except it's got a cool drum beat as well. Doesn't carry on too long, either, and serves as a good preface for...
16. The Long Summer
: This is the longest Dr. Mercy track ever, clocking in at 8:19. Again, some of my favorite guitar work. I think it sounds like a Velvet Underground song in the style of "Sister Ray" or something, so that's always cool. Also, used a sample for the first time ever, from a home video of my graduation party last year. Comes in at the end and is a nice way to close the song.
17. Looking For...
: OK, this one's sweet. The first part is just some tremoloed guitar action, and it morphs into an ambient piece that also is from the Moog sessions. Said ambient piece serves as a very nice close to the album, I think, and I like how the noise in the middle leads into it. Had the idea for a track like this for about a week before I finally recorded it, and the finished product turned out very cool. The end![/b]
So this is for sure my best record yet and has a bunch of my best songs and everybody here should listen to it. I love everybody who gives me feedback and whatnot.