Ocean Bottom

July 12, 2006 4:39 PM

An old-timey song about writer's block at the end of the world by The Scarring Party

posted by drezdn (21 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite

Quite nice.
I've always loved the typewriter as a percussion instrument. And, seeing that I'm reading Moby Dick, at present, this'll probably be stuck in my head for, at least, the next few days.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 4:43 PM on July 12, 2006

I'm glad I have the chance to finally tell you how much I dig The Scarring Party's sound. Keep up the excellent music.
posted by muddgirl at 4:45 PM on July 12, 2006

Wow, I love that 1920's vocal sound. This is like something from a long lost great movie! Thanks. Typewriter as instrument! Holy crap. I wonder how many people don't even know what that sound is!
posted by snsranch at 4:55 PM on July 12, 2006

How do you record vocals, drezdn?
posted by cortex at 5:06 PM on July 12, 2006

Great tune, a love the whole style and setup. Dangerously catchy also, I'm now going to have to postpone my first novel for at least a few years to get the chorus out of my head.
posted by MetaMonkey at 5:27 PM on July 12, 2006

I just play bass and sing backup vocals on this track, so I don't know everything about the vocal recording, but most of the main vocals are through a special mic called a copper phone made by the bass player for Polyphonic Spree.

Thanks everyone!
posted by drezdn at 5:36 PM on July 12, 2006

I see you're playing in Madison on the 19th. Where?
posted by rocketman at 6:12 PM on July 12, 2006

Rocketman, that's actually not happening now :C

Some day soon though (extra points if you can help a MKE band out).
posted by drezdn at 8:04 PM on July 12, 2006

Fantastic Drezdn. Surely the best use of typewriter since '9 to 5'.
posted by Jofus at 5:02 AM on July 13, 2006

I can't wait to get The Scarring Party CD I ordered last week. :)
posted by sciurus at 5:31 AM on July 13, 2006

posted by sciurus at 9:44 AM on July 13, 2006

Really great stuff. Thanks.
posted by Staggering Jack at 1:21 PM on July 13, 2006

You're awesome. The end.
posted by Tuwa at 3:55 PM on July 13, 2006

Typewriter = genius
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:58 PM on July 13, 2006

Incredible! The whole thing was brilliant, the ragtime sound was perfect and every element was exactly as it should be. And of course, the typewriter was great! Kudos!
posted by sprocket87 at 11:00 AM on July 14, 2006

What Greg Nog said; my only complaint is that the CD isn't longer!
Seriously, if you like this and No More Room, go to The Scarring Party's website and order the CD.
posted by Dr. Zira at 10:39 PM on July 14, 2006

You cats are dreamy.
posted by redsparkler at 10:44 PM on July 15, 2006

I only wish I had heard this before I put together my ultimate "songs about writing and books" mix.
posted by redsparkler at 10:47 PM on July 15, 2006

Love it. It would be fun to see someone "play" the typewriter live.
posted by edlundart at 5:53 PM on July 16, 2006

I've seen Man or Astroman? play an Apple Imagewriter live at the 40 Watt. Seeing you all play there would be just as fantastic. If you don't want to lug the typewriter out here, don't worry -- I've got one you can borrow.
posted by ewagoner at 10:22 AM on July 21, 2006

I was thinking about this song tonight, after hearing it here 6 years ago. It's still awesome.
posted by csimpkins at 8:17 PM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

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