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Melvins Discussion / Re: Track 9 of 12
« on: July 02, 2022, 01:51:19 PM »
During the pandemic I got into making canonical discographies of my favorite artists. I'd remove extraneous bonus tracks from the albums (usually). I'd take all the comp tracks, b-sides, and one-offs and make my own comp. Then I could move extraneous CDs to boxes in the garage, and have a proper listening experience for the car or work or whatever.

That exercise of sequencing is harder than it seems. Sometimes I'd end up trying to ape the sequencing of a record I love. Other times it's obvious what should be opening or closing tracks, and the middle is kind of random.

There's n! Possible outcomes for the sequence which if you know factorials from math class can get to really big numbers very quickly.

Sometimes chronological works. Often it doesn't.

Something that helped a lot is considering vinyl record constraints. Would this be one LP? Or maybe three sides, or an LP and 7"? Which tracks would suffer the most from the loss of dynamics at the back half of the vinyl?

Anyway, I do find in my experience that this part of the sequence is where the songs tend to get weird, and not in a good way. It's the place where fatigue hits, usually.

And if you're thinking "well how did this b-sides effort turn out with the Melvins? Can you share your sequences so I can gawk and critique?" Um, sorry, I haven't gotten to it yet. Kind of wanted to learn on some simpler artists first. There's literally still Melvins "tunes" I don't properly own and have only heard as MP3s.

But rest assured when I get to the Melvins discography I will bore you all with my petty drivel.

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Melvins Discussion / Track 9 of 12
« on: June 30, 2022, 02:23:38 PM »
I was listening to a podcast by Jesus H Chris of Winnipeg, Manitoba about his band, Propagandhi. In it he mentioned that in his circle of musicians, they tend to agree that track 9 of 12 is usually the pace on the track list where songs go to die. Songs that were recorded but maybe didn't turn out as well as intended, or didn't fit the overall record all too well, or were written by someone else.

So I started thinking through the Melvins catalog and lo and behold they have a very small number of albums that have exactly 12 tracks. What do you think of these tunes? Do they fit the stereotype of track 9/12?

Tres Cabrones - "Stump Farmer"
   
Hold It In - "The Bunk Up"

Three Men and a Baby - "A Friend In Need is a Friend You Don't Need"

Rat-A-Tat-Tat! - "Untrue Crime"

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Melvins Discussion / Re: The Electric Roach + Five Legged Tour 2022
« on: June 29, 2022, 12:26:25 PM »
For this recent set, Houdini and Bullhead are the records you'd want to be best versed in to really enjoy the show. Welcome!

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Melvins Discussion / Re: The Electric Roach + Five Legged Tour 2022
« on: June 29, 2022, 01:15:33 AM »
I too had refunded Dunn/Buzzo tickets. I'm glad the return was a proper electric set, but I really hope we can get to both an acoustic tour and a Dunn set in the next year or so.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins CDs
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:57:50 PM »
I picked up a new shit kid EP letterpress at the merch table. I was somewhat hoping there'd be the unapproved art inside. But instead the original EP cover was trimmed with a paper cutter and stick in the pocket. Still, I like it. Ed of 24 I think.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« on: June 24, 2022, 12:05:32 AM »
Something tells me we are not done with Melvins covering the Stones. Which is probably ok.

I was listening to this one:
https://youtu.be/uKhSySfXPZA
"Black Limousine"

I thought maybe it's an inspiration for the title "Now a Limo." I guess not probably, but perhaps. Anyway, I think Jagger's phrasing can be very Buzzlike. I have no idea what he's saying in this song mostly and he takes a lot of liberty with the syllables.

I think it would also be cool if they chose like an old female country song. I'd like to hear the Melvins do Patsy Cline or Dolly Parton (who also has a famous song about a limo.)

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Melvins Discussion / Re: The Electric Roach + Five Legged Tour 2022
« on: June 18, 2022, 08:33:21 PM »
Working with (Dog)God

I'm also convinced "Euthenasia" and "Brass Cupcake" are about dogs.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Performing unreleased songs
« on: June 16, 2022, 02:17:54 AM »
They played some new shit tonight. A big section of the show. Felt like four songs, but could have been two or six. I don't know. I lost my mind. The show was so good. The opening sequence with "Oven" and "It's Shoved" was fierce as fuck. The medley of "Hooch" and "Honey Bucket" is dope. What is now the middle section is amazing.

"Never Say" was in there. Its main riff section crushes.

New tunes weren't all as tight as the classics, but I am so excited nonetheless. There is a ripping or perhaps rippling new riff that I can't wait to hear again.

Helms Alee was really masterful and Harsh Mellow with Dale scratched an itch I didn't know I needed scratched so bad.

Merch table was off the hook. Littered with letterpress.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: The Electric Roach + Five Legged Tour 2022
« on: June 14, 2022, 11:16:13 PM »
That would be epic. How dare you troll us with that tease? They haven't played anything from HAT in eleven years, and all but "Black Stooges" haven't been played since 2004 or longer.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins Vs. AI
« on: June 12, 2022, 12:09:47 PM »
Melvins recording drums on a golf course. I love this tool so much.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: New HAZE/Walsby/Cardello Shirts
« on: June 11, 2022, 07:35:16 PM »
All my Melvins shirts are fully black except the Thud baseball tee which I love to death.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz interview
« on: June 09, 2022, 10:18:10 AM »
Nice! Cool to see this in its original layout.

1999 http://www.themelvins.net/writings/bigbrother1999int.html

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Can Buzzo shred on the guitar?
« on: June 05, 2022, 01:53:13 PM »
That's not Adam? I should check the credits again.

I also like some of the solos on the Jelvins records but I also think some may be Jones.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins livestream obscene vol 1-3 VINYL
« on: June 04, 2022, 05:47:41 PM »
Dang... Alex's Bar is sold out. San Diego and Pappy's are too far for a week night. Should have locked that ticket in earlier. This is making me wonder if I can swing an overnight in San Diego, though... Ughh

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Can Buzzo shred on the guitar?
« on: June 03, 2022, 09:09:07 PM »
A solo needs context imho. I don't hear Buzz as a guitarist who sings with his guitar, generally, but he can take a beat and add "texture" as you said. I dig "Graveyard" where I think he's intentionally making use of the space.

Mark's solos, though, whew! Some technical/showy, some lyrical, some bluesy, but always transformative.

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