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New musics for YOU!

Hey there, everyone. A couple news bulletins of utmost importance:

There are two new things to listen to that have me on them!

The first is the song “In the Cellar” I mentioned in a previous post. The 3-Way Singles Club for February is out, and that’s my song on it. Take a listen. It’s infectious, so they tell me.

     In the Cellar (streaming at Bandcamp)

The second is that my band with my friend Laura, A Lady Never Tells, just finished our first EP, and it was just released on our Bandcamp site today! Please take 12.4 minutes to listen to the 5 songs we made! We’re really proud of it, and think it came out great.

     A Lady Never Tells EP (streaming at Bandcamp)

[PTS017 - EP] December Thing

December Thing

Hey, hey… Long time, no post… Music has been on a bit of a hiatus for a few months, but I did manage to put together something for the Suburban Sprawl Music Holiday Compilation this year. Here it is, packaged together with an instrumental song I did over the summer with my friend Melanie’s Stylophone that I was (and still am) borrowing. Fun thing, that Stylophone.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 8 MB)
     01 No, ‘11 Doesn’t Have To Be Heaven (MP3, 4.5 MB)
     02 Stylophonics Worked For Me! (MP3, 3.6 MB)

[PTS016 - EP] Three from February

Three from February

This was my ill-fated attempt at completing the RPM Challenge. A few people told me they liked Southern Pain.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 12 MB)
     01 In the Cellar (MP3, 3.6 MB)
     02 Southern Pain (MP3, 4.0 MB)
     03 Untitled #1 (MP3, 5.3 MB)

[PTS006 - EP] Check Your Pockets

Check Your Pockets

This is the result of reworking a couple songs I had for my old band, The Low Hello. They sound totally different this time around, due to all instruments being played by me. I always liked these two songs a lot, and it was fun to record them, despite having a cold and having to sing.

     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 5.6 MB)
     01 Check Your Pockets (MP3, 3.1 MB)
     02 File Under Sole (MP3, 2.5 MB)

[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)

[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)