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Kamotch's Custom Songs Discussion: "Little Fury Things" by Dinosaur Jr!


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#1 Kamotch

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Posted September 25, 2017 - 02:32 AM

So now that I've got some releases under my belt, I figured it was time to put out a discussion topic. As some of you may know, I have a WIP topic with an insanely long list of songs I wish to eventually bring to the database. If you want to see what I have in store, you can visit that topic here, but I'm gonna have to ask that you not talk about any future releases here in this topic. Someone might want to be surprised, so no spoilers! Here, I want discussion to be exclusively about songs I've already released. I'll be posting here now whenever I release a new song instead of the old topic.
 
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#2 Kamotch

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 07:02 AM

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Andrew Jackson Jihad is no longer the name of this band. They officially go by AJJ now. However, I once read that Sean Bonnette, the singer/guitarist, considers everything released before their 2013 album "Christmas Island" to be Andrew Jackson Jihad releases, and anything after to be AJJ releases. So I've decided to release this track under their original name. All future releases by the band will abide by those rules as well. The title of the album is also up for debate. While most people refer to this album as "People Who Can[...]", the initial physical CD release with the iconic rabbit image featured the "People That Can[...]" title. So I've decided to keep the original title, grammatical errors and all.

 

As for song info, this is probably their most well-known song. They used to perform it live at every single show, but I think they've since grown tired of it and don't play it as much. But it's a good introduction to the band, so if you like what you hear, check out the rest of the album.

 

I was actually really struggling to finish two other songs this week before ultimately deciding to finish and release this. It was the perfect song to break me out of my funk: it's short, catchy, fairly simple, and I had already had a guitar chart ready. Fun fact: this may have been the first full guitar chart I had ever completed back when Harmonix first released the RBN tools. And now it's been recycled into a full band custom available to everyone! Enjoy!

 

EDIT: Also I've updated both the Modest Mouse songs to match the album art of previous releases.

 

EDIT2: Just updated Brave As a Noun to fix a drums issue, also bumped it from tier 2 to 3 on drums.



#3 Kamotch

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Posted October 4, 2017 - 05:26 AM

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Bomb the Music Industry! was such a great band. They gave away all their music for free and only performed all-ages shows. They really just wanted to put themselves out there. They broke up in 2012 after a bandmate moved to Australia, but their last album, "Vacation", was an amazing send-off. Jeff Rosenstock, frontman of BtMI!, has since gone on to have a fantastic solo career, with his 2015 album "We Cool?" in the running for my favorite album of all time. But "Vacation" is definitely a contender as well. This song is my favorite song from the album, and like a good portion of the songs I release, I at some point or another considered it my favorite song in general. Fans of the band will no doubt want to download it, but I hope others do as well. It's a fast-paced pop punk jam, so if that sounds appealing, check it out!
 
When I authored this one, I couldn't help but notice how fun it looked to play on all instruments, with the drums requiring particular skill. Hope it turned out true.



#4 Kamotch

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Posted October 14, 2017 - 03:05 AM

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I'm always surprised Superchunk isn't more popular. Founding members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance also founded the Merge record label. Several artists have released albums under Merge, including Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, Dinosaur Jr, The Mountain Goats, Spoon, and Titus Andronicus. Drummer Jon Wurster also drums for the Mountain Goats. Not only that, he is also known for his work with Tom Scharpling on internet radio show "The Best Show". It even landed him a guest spot on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe, of which Scharpling voices Steven's father Greg.

 

Superchunk has put out ten studio albums, each of which have at least a few great songs. This song, Hyper Enough, is the opening track to their 1995 album "Here's Where the Strings Come In". The single and video were a moderate success for the band back in '95, and they've retained a kind of cult following, but I don't feel they've ever gotten the recognition they deserve. This song is a rocker for sure, so if you like what you hear, just know that there are plenty of other great songs from the band, many of which will be coming to the database at some time. So look out for those in the future!

 

For the guitar solo, lead and rhythm switch off in prominence, so I just charted whichever guitar seemed to be the focus at any given moment. I appreciate when folks chart rhythm to keys if they're both consistent, but honestly sometimes it's best to switch between the two on one chart to make it more fun to play.



#5 Kamotch

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Posted October 30, 2017 - 03:04 AM

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So finally here it is. I've put way more time into this song than any other song I've released. Not only did I have to author everything by ear (with only basic chord knowledge for the guitar chart), but I had two major setbacks: First my drum MIDI got completely erased and I had to start it over from scratch. Then, due to some problems that was causing the audio track to be out-of-sync with the MIDI, I had to completely redo the tempo map. But I persevered to get it done even when I wanted to give up. Why? Well because I think this is the best song that I've released so far.

 

Jeff Rosenstock is my favorite artist. We Cool? is my favorite album by him. And this song is widely regarded by fans to be the best song on the album. He even ends every live show with it now. It's a powerhouse of indie pop-punk. Super fun to play on drums, but the other instruments are no slouch either. It's good times all around! I urge anyone who's a fan of the genre to pick this one up.
 
P.S. Big thanks to user TomGuy for helping me out with the sync problem. I honestly don't think I could have released it without you!



#6 Kamotch

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Posted December 22, 2017 - 07:20 PM

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A 3-pack of (arguably) punk songs as part of C3thon!

 

Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor
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When I first skimmed through the database earlier this year, I was honestly surprised that this song hadn't been released yet. It's definitely my favorite Dead Kennedys track, and the only single from their debut album that hasn't been released as DLC. This song is the most challenging of the bunch overall, and really fun on all instruments!
 
Ramones - My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)
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Another song I was surprised to see wasn't in the database. Though when I dug a bit to see how it compared in popularity to their other singles, it didn't seem to be that big of a hit. I had figured, however, with how many customs released by the band, surely this one would have one of them. Honestly I found out about the song from the movie School of Rock and just assumed it was one of their bigger hits. Hell, it's my favorite of theirs. Anyway, not too difficult on any instrument. Drums are a little challenging due to the quick tempo, but the key part is so boring I considered not even charting it haha.
 

New Order - Ceremony
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In a surprise twist, this song is... not my favorite song by this band (gasp)! Bizarre Love Triangle having been released already as official DLC kind of stopped me with that (though I'll have to look into the possibility of doing the 12" single version of that song, which is the best version). This song is, however, my second favorite song of theirs, so close enough. Also, in a secondary twist, this song is not really punk. Written by Ian Curtis while the band was still Joy Division, this song is often classified as Post-Punk. So yeah, (arguably) punk. Drums require a certain amount of stamina, but other than that, not too difficult a song. Fun though!
 
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So as I mentioned in the C3thon thread, I kind of had a rough month of November. Various horrible things kept happening to people close to me that required my attention. And then I was on vacation for the first two weeks of December. I originally intended for this pack to be a 5-pack to make up for the lack of songs released in November, but I couldn't finish in time. Expect the other two songs fairly soon (one much sooner than the other). And also expect a slower release schedule in general. Trying to do so much at a time can burn a person out, unfortunately. But enough negativity! Think positively! Donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation via our C3thon project page here:
 

 

Let's do some good!



#7 Kamotch

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Posted December 31, 2017 - 05:12 PM

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This song was originally included in my initial 5-pack for C3thon, but due to me procrastinating and not taking into account Murphy's Law, I wasn't able to finish the song in time. Of the two songs that didn't make it into the pack, this was further along by far. The other song doesn't even have a finished guitar or bass chart yet. But don't worry, I plan to have that out before the end of January at least.

 

As for the song itself, this seemed to be a hot track among charters. A couple people had already showed interest in charting it before I joined the forum, but I received permission to go ahead with my version. Then, during C3thon, another forum member had apparently started charting it and was planning to release the song as part of the Christmas bag. I talked it over with him and told him I already had claim to the song, and he politely backed off. Like I said -- hot track.

 

Drums are interesting because there's no bass pedal. But the real star of the track is the bass: 2 solos and plenty of interesting fills scattered throughout the song. Guitar and vocals are no slouches either, but that bass is something special. Enjoy!



#8 Nyxyxylyth

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Posted December 31, 2017 - 10:29 PM

That means "Add it Up" will be next week's HMX release.



#9 Kamotch

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Posted January 1, 2018 - 01:04 AM

God I hope not. They did just release Blister in the Sun a few weeks (months?) ago, so hopefully they didn't license this along with it. Either way, I don't have RB4 (or a next-gen console for that matter) so it was worth it to have it in my own library. But if by some coincidence your premonition is correct, GET IT FAST, FOLKS.



#10 Kamotch

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Posted January 15, 2018 - 02:55 AM

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The boys from Wakefield. The Cribs are much more popular in the UK than over here in states, but luckily they were "Similar to" other artists I listened to or else I'd never have found them. The Cribs are a peculiar bunch. All three main members are brothers, with twins Ryan and Gary switching off lead vocal duties. At one point in time, they had Johnny Marr in the band, though surprisingly that was when they released their shakiest material.
 
This particular track comes from the era right before that, when they had first signed with major label Warner in the US. The lead single from the album, "Men's Needs" (also available in the database by author Ruck Bogers 22) remains their biggest hit, but I definitely prefer this track as well as most of the other tracks on the album haha.
 
The drums are the most challenging instrument here, with fairly consistent double bass kicks throughout (don't be fooled, it's not hardcore metal or anything). The guitar and bass do enough to keep it interesting and the vocals, while pretty simple, are still really fun to sing along to.
 
All instruments charted by me. Expect more Cribs tracks from me down the line! Not just major label era, but career spanning.



#11 TomGuy

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Posted January 15, 2018 - 08:10 PM

Thank you for charting my favorite Cribs song.  This was a great surprise to wake up to this morning.



#12 Kamotch

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Posted February 4, 2018 - 05:26 AM

Late reply, but you're welcome! At one point that song was definitely my favorite of theirs, but now I just can't decide.

 

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Dinosaur Jr. was the first band I discovered through Rock Band that I truly fell in love with. I had never heard Feel the Pain before it was announced to be in the RB2 soundtrack, but after deciding I quite liked the song, I dived a little deeper into the band's discography. Music websites would often list their 1987 album "You're Living All Over Me" as their best, so I decided to check it out. I was blown away.
 
This song is the opening track to that album. Legend has it that bassist Lou Barlow's throat bled after screaming the opening lines to the song: "What is it? Who is it? Where is it?"
 
Dinosaur Jr. lets their love of distortion shine during the song's intro. Guitarist J Mascis is kind of a guitar god in the indie scene, but this song is one of his tamer efforts. That's not to say the sound isn't just as heavy as those songs that include some of his blistering solos. Drums are decently difficult, involving some disco beats and some crossovers. Nothing an experienced drummer's gonna find too much trouble, but difficult enough to keep it interesting. If there's one instrument that's lacking in this particular song, it's the bass unfortunately. Lou Barlow's a great bassist but his style doesn't really translate well to Rock Band.
 
For those familiar with the song, you probably are wondering what lyrical interpretation I used for the chorus. For those who don't know, there was once a long debate about whether the line was "A rabbit falls away from me, [etc.]" vs. "I grab, it falls away from me, [etc.]". J used to say that either interpretation was fine because he basically didn't care (indifference is kind of his thing), but after being pressured for so long, he eventually said that the "rabbit" version was correct. So what interpretation did I use? The other one of course. Look, I clearly heard the "g" while meticulously authoring the vocal part, so I'm pretty sure J just said that to appease the masses who think the song is called "Little Furry Things" haha.
 
Anyway, all instruments charted by me. Expect more Dinosaur Jr. from me in the future. I kind of lucked out with my first song from them not having a guitar solo.






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