Nothing New

February 2, 2008 7:41 PM

A cover.

You can hear a clip of the original by the band Chisel over here. This is how I put off the stuff I needed to do this afternoon.

Nothing here is new. I am holding out for...
Sitting on the floor, back to the wall and face to the door.
No one here gets through, I am holding out for...
Nothing here is new. I am holding out for...

posted by sleepy pete (9 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Damn -- that was really beautiful, honey.

But the LAUNDRY isn't going to do ITSELF, you know.
posted by melissa may at 7:59 PM on February 2, 2008

This is fantastic, pete! And even though those lyrics aren't yours, I want to compliment you on how you handled them.

But I am trying to decide how I feel about the other sounds that come in. Part of me thinks it should of kept the same through out the whole song, and part of me feels like other instruments would be welcome, but different ones than you went with.

Either way, I really liked this.
posted by Corduroy at 7:36 AM on February 3, 2008

A fine procrastination. I like this.
posted by edverb at 10:07 PM on February 3, 2008

Fanterstic. I'm not going to listen to the original because I want to like this one more.
Is that a clothes-dryer at the end?
posted by chococat at 5:14 PM on February 4, 2008

Yup, that is the dryer. I GUESS THE LAUNDRY DID DO ITSELF! Our recording equipment is in the basement, along with the washer and dryer, and I just didn't feel like turning it off.

You should listen to the Chisel stuff, especially if you like Ted Leo (Chisel was the band he was in before going solo, in case anyone didn't know that). I always liked the song, but thought it needed about 2 minutes cut off.

And thanks Corduroy. I was really going for the explicit RAWK here (or as rock as I can get anymore), but it might be cool to rethink it some other time.
posted by sleepy pete at 8:47 PM on February 4, 2008

Again, how do you manage to produce something that sounds so well in a moment of procrastination? I guess this gives me the perfect excuse to ask you what do you use to record?

This was very, very nice.
posted by micayetoca at 10:31 AM on February 5, 2008

micayetoca, I've never told you that? Weird, sorry.

OK, well, for this song, I recorded the first acoustic guitar on a little hand held recorder I just got (from a very nice and wonderful friend). Then I took it to the basement, where I recorded another acoustic track, two vocal tracks, two distorted guitar tracks, and two bass keyboard tracks along with a bunch of me hitting a snare and tom. I added a little reverb and distortion here and there (I like distortion, usually on instruments that shouldn't have it, like drums). The rudiments of the song are pretty simple, so it wasn't hard to just knock it out in a small amount of time.

We record into a computer (a really, really old computer) into Cool Edit from a Mackie board and most of the time I use an older ART compressor. I'll get a new computer one of these days. And pro tools so that I don't have to listen to someone complain about not having Adobe Audition again.

We also use an older Audio Technica for most of the vocals and acoustic instruments. I can never remember the exact number of it, but it's a lot like this one, but older. I like the sound of it.

Also, I basically just double everything and then take away what doesn't need to be there in the end.

There's other junk, but that's what I used for this song.
posted by sleepy pete at 8:50 AM on February 6, 2008

Hey, this is really sweet. I love the doo doo de doo on the guitar. That makes it fun, while still having a feeling of depth. Sweet!

And pro tools so that I don't have to listen to someone complain about not having Adobe Audition again. No shit, but sadly, I succumbed.
posted by snsranch at 5:05 PM on February 6, 2008

I think you had, yeah, but I'm still trying to get you to confess that there's no way you can get such a good sound out of a basement and an old computer and that you actually go to some ultra-expensive studios somewhere.

And that ZOOM hand recorder looks reaaaaaally cool, and the quality (judging from the guitar track here) sounds great. Thanks for the run down of the equipment, and congrats again on the song.
posted by micayetoca at 7:02 PM on February 6, 2008

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