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Songs about ghosts...

RecordingPosted by Tob Wed, February 08, 2012 09:57:37

I see Counting Crows have an event where they invite bands to submit a cover of a Counting Crows song. Being a long time fan I kind of like the thought of that. The top three contributions are awarded with some merch and included on an EP to be distributed on CC gigs and events.

So, lets do that. But which song? Any suggestions?

To me the first album is sacred so it will have to be something off the other ones.

I played with 'Goodnight Elisabeth' with a soft reggae feeling... Maybe, maybe not... And I accidentally re-wrote the chorus... may not be appreciated.

'A long December' up tempo acoustic?

And if we just can get a verse or two from 'Kinesiska Muren' in there...

Harebradårå!

/t

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Of ships and shore...

LivePosted by Tob Tue, February 07, 2012 11:21:23

... I know nothing. But, we just played a cruise ship and that was... different...

Note to self: Never play a crusie ship at 4 in the afternoon, the day after the big party.

Highlights from the trip:

Taubes "Kinesiska muren". A masterpiece and probably the first attempt to record rap music in Sweden.

Walking through the ship with all our stuff, before it was cleaned, trying to find a place to store our gear. It was epic. Kafkaesque and a hint of Proust when the smell of the place made you think of what the #### had happend there the night before...

Trying to bring my friends back to life and up and ready for the soundcheck early in the morning. If we had been closer to shore I would have left over the rail...

Moving on.

This Friday we play B&B in Halmstad. Please do come by if you can. We will play some acoustic songs for the first time in a long time. Let's see how that works at midnight!?!

The thought is to breake the sonic structure a bit by changing pace and turning it down a notch to get some contrast between the songs.

Well, that's my time...

/t

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Friends of the family...

MiscPosted by Tob Tue, September 20, 2011 00:29:51
Please check out our friend MaryJet!


Look, listen and go nuts!

/tob

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Song writing...

MiscPosted by Tob Thu, June 23, 2011 11:44:26
...is a strange thing. Some songs write themselves and others refuse to reveal their true nature, no matter how hard you try to find them.

For me it is not unusual to write one or two songs based on the leftovers from what was supposed to be a third, never finished, song. This is the reason why some songs might seem thematicly (let's pretend that is a word - and spelled that way) alike.

The songs that write themselves are a bit like dreams and much like dreams they do not always make that much sense at first glance. In some ways they are more honest than the ones you work really hard with.

This one is written, consciously, to make sense...

Wait, and it will come
You can't loose all the time
It will change
Somewhere down the line
Your numbers coming up
Sooner or later

It can't rain all the time...


And this is an example of the opposite...

Wash then rinse and repeat
Less of a sting and more of a heat
Raise my head up at the sky
Oh God why

Put my feet down on the ground
I'll kick this stone all over town
I'm not an immortal soul - I'm getting old

(From 'Old habits die hard', or what ever it is called)

Glad midsommar!

/tob






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Habits

RecordingPosted by Tob Mon, June 20, 2011 12:01:28
Long time no... nothing! But that is not true...

We're working on a song called something like "Old habits die hard". Might not be the final title but it is the words to the hook in the chorus so we call it that, as for now.

I mention this song because I feel it better than many other songs describe the centre of what we are. The essence of what I am anyways. In a band there is always different wills and preferences to handle. In this case I am pleased with the way a quite simple song is kept simple and allowed to be just that. I feel the song is more defined by what we do not play in it than by what is acually played on it.

I feel that our recordings the last year span over many different sounds. We are very acoustic at times, quite primal "all in" in some songs and more slick and produced in some songs. I'm not sure if this is a problem or something good but it is quite evidently so. I'm a bit torn between the concept of making an album that has a theme and where the songs feels as part of the same unity. But on the other hand I want the album to be the best 12-15 songs we have recorded no matter what.

In my mind we need to get closer to a final version of 5-6 songs to determine if we have a problem or if the range is a good thing.

Hadebra!


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Live B&B, feb 25

LivePosted by Tob Tue, March 01, 2011 21:05:52
Great crowd! Thanks!

Set list:

Wallbanger
Nothing New
It's allright
The Point
Get On
Mass. Ave.
New Day
Stuck with yourself
I.Y.H.
Quick Fix
Ode to... noone

NYC
Bounce

Strawtown (unplanned)

/tob

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Last night...

LivePosted by Tob Thu, January 27, 2011 09:44:40
...we worked through:

Quick Fix
Nothing New
Stuck with yourself
I.Y.H.
I Refuse
The Point
Get On
Ode to...
Wallbanger
It's Allright

With NYC and Strawtown that is the short list for the BoB-set in a couple of weeks.

We should also try out:
Mary
Sanity
I am
A few good men
Everyone gets roses in the end
and some more

That's all for now!

/t





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Mental...

RecordingPosted by Tob Wed, January 19, 2011 15:32:19
...picture of the road from where we are and to a finished album. It's right there!






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Bridge ahead!

MiscPosted by Tob Wed, January 19, 2011 15:20:36

Today we celebrate that we have survived the worst part of the winter. Light is slowly returning and with the light comes the will to live and play…


For a plant like me that is good news!

/tob

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Piano and some guitars

RecordingPosted by Tob Mon, December 20, 2010 10:15:12
Dreamt I bought a piano but had no place to put it. Found myself standing on the porch realising there was nowhere to go. Stupid dream making me feel stupid. I don't need dreams to tell me I'm stupid. Dreams should build you up. Dreams are supposed to be about selling out Wembley. Dreams are meant to set the goals we don't dare to think about while we're all awake and rational... Stupid piano.

Well, that's not why I'm here. Christmas is coming up and after the family tour it's time to lay down some guitars on the latest tracks. Marcus has already done some fine groundwork but I have yet to lay down my first takes.

On one of the songs, The Point, I have a clear thought about what kind of sound I'm after. The problem is that I've never managed to find it in my rig. Marcus is a marvel at finding various sounds but to be able to help me I have to find a way to communicate what I'm after, and that's where I'm lost. It's like describing a colour by pantomime.

So while I'm practising my pantomime y'all have a Merry Christmas, okay!

Have a good one!

/tob


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