cakewalk and the pocket lights

December 29, 2007 9:52 AM

Quick little ditty about the joy of watching shitty bands in Northampton. Still not sure how I feel about this one. Little help?

Someone described this as jam band meets indie, which gives me some hope.

i don't really know you all that well, but we've shared a lot of skin. i don't really lose too much sleep trying to figure out where you fit in.

shiftless and shitless and we're growing old tonight.

hanging out down by the neon sign watching cakewalk and the pocket lights. they've got the best set that you're ever going to find anywhere on a tuesday night in this city.

so let's get another pitcher. let's really hit the ceiling. so epically awful that they just have to applaud. and we join them in the cheering. just keep singing.

fire in the hole.
hit the ground.

posted by es_de_bah (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

You should feel proud of it. Why wouldn't you? The music matches the "joyful ennui" theme of the lyrics in a very satisfying and clever way. Oh, and also, it's a very fucking good song.
posted by Emardhi at 1:21 AM on December 30, 2007

I like how the one guitar (the first one we hear) sounds jagged and perpendicular to the rest of the song.

Man, I really want a sax. Which is really rare for me. But, yeah, a rhythmic, repetitive sax riff, starting around 2:50. Hmmmm.

Nice ending.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:21 AM on December 30, 2007

It has a sort of Television feel to it-- very nice.
posted by InfidelZombie at 8:48 AM on December 30, 2007

I like the lyrics generally, but they sound weird and hollow which sounds a little indie-affected. I'm only mentioning it because you specifically asked, but I've liked some of your other pieces much better.
posted by jessamyn at 9:09 PM on December 30, 2007

Hey, es_de_bah, the recording is kinda tinney, as jess mentions above, but this is very satisfying to listen to. This hits me as being very loose and tight at the same time, like some good jazz might. Thanks, this is good stuff.
posted by snsranch at 7:13 PM on January 1, 2008

thanks for the input, guys. i have been really struggling with the overall sound of this one. I think i may dismantle it and put it back together, doing all the processing over again.
posted by es_de_bah at 7:22 AM on January 2, 2008

The part at 00:39 thru 00:47 needs some space. Perhaps panning or something like that, it sounds a bit crowded. Perhaps a closer synchronization of the voice and the guitar, unless you hate that kind of thing. The rest of the song sounds perfectly respectable to me.

Also, after Karlos The Jackal's comment I was expecting that sax, and, even though I normally hate saxes, I do think he might be on to something.
posted by micayetoca at 3:55 PM on January 6, 2008

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