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[PTS005 - EP] The Low Hello

The Low Hello EP

I had a band from about October 2005 till around July 2007. It started off slowly. Just some songs I’d written for Songs of the Month and my friend Dan, who recorded drums on Tenille with me.

We did some shows together as a two-piece, and those went off well. I posted an ad on Craigslist for a bassist, and we found Robb, who came out and saw us and subsequently joined us very easily. Adam saw this three piece perform and stopped me after the show to tell us a) he liked my voice, it reminded him of Television, b) he liked my hair, and c) that I should sit down and chat for a while. We eventually opened for his band, Murder Mystery, and when it came time to find a lead guitarist, he filled the spot nicely.

And so that’s where this EP came from, recorded in Robb’s basement. Burned CD-R copies were given away at our shows and it got reviewed in a couple blogs. I still like it, but wish a little that we could’ve done a little more in the way of instrumentation.

The players:
Sunil Sawani: songwriting, rhythm guitar, singing
Dan Bernard: drums
Robb Zimmerman: bass, backup vocals (live)
Adam LeRoy: lead guitar, keyboard, clapping (live)

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 13.2 MB)
     01 Nostalgia Makes Confusion (MP3, 3.0 MB)
     02 Recess (MP3, 2.9 MB)
     03 Lying Down (MP3, 2.8 MB)
     04 New Kind of Stress (MP3, 2.3 MB)
     05 Down Side (MP3, 2.6 MB)

Watch some YouTube videos of the Low Hello performing live:
     Lying Down
     Down Side
     Check Your Pockets
     Nostalgia Makes Confusion

[PTS004 - EP] Sunil Sawani - Tenille

Sunil Sawani - Tenille

I had started working on a set of songs as I was finishing college; I didn’t have a band, though, and after the fun I had recording with other people on the Square Miles EP, I decided I wanted to do another full band recording. Luckily, a couple of my friends were in a band called Tenley, and they were amenable to helping me out with my songs. I piggybacked on their practices — as soon as they were finished, Keith (their singer) would step aside, and I’d jump in and we’d work on my songs for a bit. This worked pretty well, and we eventually booked some time at an acquaintance’s basement studio to record.

When they were done, I sat on the songs for a long time (over a year), and then I decided to take the step of actually releasing Tenille as a for-sale product. That was OK in the beginning, as friends and family purchased copies. After that though, the sales dried up, despite the fact that I had it up for sale on iTunes and CDBaby. The fact that I didn’t actively do a lot of shows and try to sell there couldn’t have helped either. Anyway, I am hoping the songs will be enjoyed further in their free, online state.

The “hits” on this one are probably Big Arm and Hard to Be, but I like the EP as a whole, and at that point, I was convinced it was the best thing I’d done. Thanks to Keith, Jason, Dan, Billy and Steve for all your help in making this happen and being my band for a short while.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 14.7 MB)
     01 Hard To Be (MP3, 3.7 MB)
     02 Fragments (MP3, 2.4 MB)
     03 Big Arm (MP3, 3.0 MB)
     04 Waiting For Machines (MP3, 2.2 MB)
     05 The Lions Tame (MP3, 3.6 MB)

Bonus song
This song isn’t actually part of the EP, but my friend and local hip hop artist Big Now decided he liked the music for Waiting for Machines enough to lay down a few rhymes on top of it at the end of the song. The result is great, and obviously very different than anything I can do. Have a listen:

     Waiting For Machines, featuring Big Now (MP3, 2.9 MB)

[PTS003 - LP] Songs of the Month 2005

Songs of the Month was a project I did in 2005 (obviously, from the title). It was mainly an exercise for me to keep me writing songs constantly. It worked out pretty well. I only really dropped the ball in two months (which I suppose IS 1/6 of the year), and made up for one of them in January 2006. Anyhow, a few of these songs (Nostalgia Makes Confusion, Lying Down, Recess, The Down Side) ended up being used as material for the band I put together later on, The Low Hello. So the exercise proved fruitful. It’s interesting (to me at least) to compare and contrast these Song of the Month versions with what we did in The Low Hello.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 28.6 MB)
     01 Jan05 Nostalgia Makes Confusion (MP3, 3.3 MB)
     02 Feb05 Lying Down (MP3, 1.7 MB)
     03 Mar05 That’s What People Say (MP3, 2.4 MB)
     04 Apr05 42 Up (MP3, 2.0 MB)
     05 Jun05 World Will See (MP3, 3.1 MB)
     06 Jul05 Park Our Heads (MP3, 2.4 MB)
     07 Aug05 The Down Side (MP3, 3.3 MB)
     08 Sep05 Let Go The Resource (MP3, 2.6 MB)
     09 Nov05 Recess (MP3, 2.9 MB)
     10 Dec05 Strong Leader (MP3, 2.8 MB)
     11 Jan06 They Call It Sunshine (MP3, 2.6 MB)

[PTS002 - EP] The Square Miles

Somehow, my friend Rob and I got enough people together to have a band for a long enough time to record this EP. We had talked about it and played together for a while, jamming in my apartment or at his house on songs that I had written. I worked at Whole Foods, and he worked at Harmonie Park Studio, a place where the likes of Aretha Franklin have recorded. I met a bass player named John at a New Year’s Eve party, and in turn, he knew a drummer named Terry. We started practicing in the middle of the night at Harmonie Park, thanks to Rob’s boss being a good guy. We eventually recorded this EP there. And then, when a name for the band couldn’t be agreed upon (the Square Miles was really just MY name for the band… everyone else had their own ideas — I didn’t care that much, to be honest, as long as we played), we promptly broke up. Which is perhaps the stupidest reason for breaking up. Oh, there were other issues, like Terry not exactly liking the band, and me losing my Whole Foods job, and John being homeless. Anyway, all probably for the best. My favorite of this batch is Alibi.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 12.4 MB)
     01 Alibi (MP3, 4.0 MB)
     02 The Joneses (MP3, 3.7 MB)
     03 Reconstructive Surgery (MP3, 2.7 MB)
     04 Figured Out (MP3, 2.4 MB)

[PTS001 - LP] King Filament - The Unlucky Palindrome

All of these songs were written and recorded during my college years. Some friends (and some acquaintances) lived in house whose address was 1331. I came up with the nickname the Unlucky Palindrome (you know, 13) and it kinda stuck. Some lucky things and some unlucky things happened there, but in retrospect, for my musical development, perhaps the luckiest thing was that my friend Jim needed somewhere to keep his drums, and my bedroom was just big enough to have them set up, and to have my bed in the large closet. I had purchased a BOSS BR-8, which recorded on expensive Zip disks, and one interesting summer I wrote and recorded these songs.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 42.4 MB)
     01 Being Away (MP3, 3.9 MB)
     02 Name In Lights (MP3, 3.2 MB)
     03 Eddie and Sharlene (MP3, 6.5 MB)
     04 Needn’t Worry (MP3, 2.1 MB)
     05 Suit and Overcoat (MP3, 2.3 MB)
     06 Underneath the Awning (MP3, 3.9 MB)
     07 Fishing Contest (MP3, 2.6 MB)
     08 Vice Versa (MP3, 3.1 MB)
     09 What Is It Worth To You (MP3, 2.1 MB)
     10 Your Life Demand (MP3, 4.8 MB)
     11 Electro Thing (MP3, 2.0 MB)
     12 Name In Lights 2 (MP3, 3.2 MB)
     13 Being Away 2 (MP3, 3.6 MB)

[PTS000 - LP] King Filament

My friend Keith got a Tascam four track recorder sometime in 1995, I think it was. I was very excited. I was in a band called the Immigrants, and we were getting our first taste of the excitement of songwriting. It was 1995 I think. I was 15 or something. I was learning chords and mastering barre chords — seriously exciting. But in the Immigrants, I’d write songs sometimes, and the singer, a good friend still, James, would sing them. I needed to know what it was like to do songs on my own. A friend with a four track willing to record you and a bunch of new song ideas — INCREDIBLY exciting.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 32.0 MB)
     01 Unless (MP3, 3.5 MB)
     02 Killer (MP3, 2.5 MB)
     03 Song About Liars 1 (MP3, 2.7 MB)
     04 Song of Servitude (MP3, 1.6 MB)
     05 Robot-bot (MP3, 2.4 MB)
     06 Women President Men (MP3, 2.8 MB)
     07 It’s Good To Know You’re Happy That I’m Well (MP3, 2.4 MB)
     08 Somebody’s Head (MP3, 3.1 MB)
     09 Quickly Shifting (MP3, 2.3 MB)
     10 You The Right (MP3, 2.6 MB)
     11 Why Admire (MP3, 4.1 MB)
     12 Heavensent (MP3, 2.4 MB)
     13 Song About Liars 2 (MP3, 2.1 MB)

The starting six, Or: “Re-release”

The first six “releases” are music that spans from 1995-2006, including the first things I ever recorded on four-track. I’m doing this as a way to consolidate it all, and maybe drum up more interest in some of the later better stuff (like the Low Hello EP, the Square Miles EP and Tenille).

Each release will have a separate blog post for it, containing the links to the individual songs, a ZIP file of the songs and any additional images or video (for easy download of everything), and other info. The Releases page will have just the titles and cover images, and clicking on the cover images will take you to the particular blog post for that release. Got it?

Oh, by the way, I’m putting Tenille up for free. It’s my one and only CD I made for actual sale (it’s for sale on iTunes and on CDBaby right now for some amount of money… I haven’t seen a single cent any of the slim sales I’ve made through those avenues). But I’ve decided that it’s better to have people hear all the songs rather than just the two I used as advertising for the for-sale CD.

I’m also going to be retroactively filling in more information about each one later, including cover shots (some of which don’t exist yet, like for King Filament and The Square Miles).

Anyway, enjoy!