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recently got in touch with an old friend; we played in a band together in the late 80's. we were often homeless, drunken scuzzy types who went by the name The Couch Sluts. We had a love of Jim Beam and traditional pop, but couldn't ever rehearse anywhere but our front porch or onstage. a fond memory I have is showing up to play a trashy version of a Journey song, telling the crowd to F@#K OFF, and walking offstage. ahh, such is youth. long time ago. anyways my friend (Tom) is just getting into recording and he sent me 3 guitar tracks and a bass line. this was one of his first experiments so the timing is a little weird, but fine with me.

i added some vocals, drums and a few other things. was kind of going for a 70's pop song ala the Ray Conniff Orchestra meets Herb Albert.

any feedback n how to make this better production-wise would be much appreciated. haven't recorded anything in months, so my ears might need some settling in.
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particledots said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Hey Michael
cool song
i think a couple of things spring to mind for me on first listen
1) guitars too forwards in the mix
2) vocals too far back
otherwise, nice clean sounds on the recording/instruments
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bud said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Love the Ray Coniff Singers
This gets close to the vibe and sounds really sweet. I'm fine with the mix - and it's great to hear you singing again. Your ears may be rusty - but not your pipes.
Some strings and bongos would complete the Coniff effect. Maybe a short trumpet line too for the Alpert touch.
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sloparts said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Nice musically
but I think I agree with Bryn ( particledots ) about the vox vs guitars in the mix. You might try using a little compression on the vocals to bring them up in the mix a little. Remember, with compression, a little goes a long way, so use it sparingly,

Since I don't hear as well as I used to, I can't understand the lyrics very well. My natural tendency is to mix vocals a little more up front than I should, so my advice on the mix is certainly not gospel. Get a second opinion before you take my advice.

I like what you got started, and can't wait to her where you go with it Michael.

Kudos you you both

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SmokeyVW said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
moody
i like the mood of this!

feedback: i don't know, but perhaps the vocals are getting buried because the guitars (and maybe the keyboards) are in the same frequency range - so they "mask" the consonants in the vocals?

thanks
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SmokeyVW said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
oops
not "are in" but rather "occupy"
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jiguma said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Sounds good on phones
At first I didn't hear what Bryn referred to, but after a while, it did seem like the guitars (especially the LHS, could be dropped back a little.
Works really well for me as a song/performance, but the mix might need a bit of a re-think.
Cheers,
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Symphony101 said 2643 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
A very cool song
I'll leave the production suggestions to more experienced ones, as far as I'm concerned, I enjoyed the listen. Nice work.
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spitlogic said 2643 days ago (August 31st, 2010)
Retro
Great work on this. Very authentic sound.
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Relic67 said 2642 days ago (August 31st, 2010)
I like it
really neat song, reminds me more of pink floyd than ray coniff but what the heck!
I'm not going to second guess the mix cuz you know what you're doing...
I like that clean punchy guitar tone and the chord changes / melody.
Hopefully we'll hear more from you and your buddy.
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alackbass said 2642 days ago (August 31st, 2010)
Summertime
The tremolo guitar, Farfisa sounding organ and dreamy vocals whisper summer of love. Nice!
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kingbee said 2642 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
summer
Really cool vibe on this.
The vox could maybe just come up a tiny bit but it's not like you listen to it and think 'where the hell are the vox?'
Sort of Super Furry Animals feel to it.
Good job it's sunny outside as this track fits well with the view.
enjoyed
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RAVENS said 2642 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
Very Cool
Wow, this is awesome. Love the track, it certainly reminds me of Summer. Kind of laid back & relaxing which is great. Dig the vocals too, terrific song!

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Vic Holman said 2641 days ago (September 1st, 2010)
summertime
cool to hear you find some time to do a bit of music..busy boy.
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davisamerica said 2641 days ago (September 2nd, 2010)
well ....
i read all the comments about the vox vs. guitar ..... the deal is this works well as is for me. Man you are in fine form here vocally. Nice track and no nits about anything... just cool to have a new M2 fix. Nice track Michael and Tom
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michael2 said 2641 days ago (September 2nd, 2010)
thanks
thanks guys. haven't had the time to reply to anyone individually. busy life makes for a bad MJer. I think everyone is right about the guitar levels, I actually though that as I mixed it. i tend to prefer my vox on the lower side, so i will review those when I re-mix. thanks for your input and comments.
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billykirsch said 2639 days ago (September 4th, 2010)
Ultracalm
Sounds more than good to me Michael. Love the vibe of all those tracks from Tom. The synths are perfect for that summer of love vibe (as if I knew what was that). Timing may be little loose but don't think it's weird (but i didn't play on top of that, so may be).
I like subdued vocals too, love the way it is. Mix is like cooking a question of taste.
Now if you ask me about production... mmh. Let's see... i'd like an almost ambient bridge with segments of that crazy lead guitar track stretched in time and with wild echos and verbs, played backwards in parts if possible. And an octave jump in the vocals somewhere ;-)

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DWL said 2637 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Great vibe
more West coast 60s than 70s for me. I really like the laid back, trippy feel :-)

You asked for production comments so fwiw....

The hard panned guitar is a little too piercing for my ears and a touch loud. I'd take some top off, put a little more reverb on and push it further away.

And just to reinforce that 60s vibe maybe flanged backing vocals ;-)

Very nice song. I'll be interested to hear what you do with it.

Cheers

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racerat said 2635 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
kind of
off kilter and odd. But I like it. Like a drunken Beach Boys song done by the Replacements on a really good night (when they were just slightly sober) The vocals are lilting and submissive is a tripped out sunshiney daydream kinda way. Always like the windows into your personal history. They make mine seem so tame, OK except for the 60 year old wino "lady" who did a strip tease in the bar when we were doing our sound check in Kansas City.
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tempie said 2634 days ago (September 9th, 2010)
we had a love of jim beam and traditional pop
if i had a nickel for every love story that began with that sentence...

man i so enjoy your dreamy aesthetic, all those plinky chimes and blurred vocals. great dynamic on this one between the dual leads and the bass, makes for a great texture. hope to hear more from the new couch sluts.
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Brian D said 2631 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
:)
I like the looseness of this - sounds like a Big StarThird/Sister Lovers outtake. don't change a thing. welcome back.
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MannequinRaces said 2626 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
Yes!
Fantastic. So what the guitars are a tad hot but I like how the vocal kind of hides just behind them. There is a synth or keys part that creeps out of the RHS at times, I would bring that up in the mix a bit. Great feeling and vibe to this. I can definitely pictures this playing as the sun sets to a beautiful day. Well done sir! I hate you with your 'haven't recorded anything in months' statements and then this sounds better then the majority of stuff on here! Hahaha!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2626 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
summertime
makes me think of beaches! well played, well sang, great feel, mix needs a bit of work (as i have discovered on my own stuff) cool feel. cheers
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lavalamp said 2622 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
immensely enjoyed
I wish more people dug this type of sound these days. I wish they would listen more. This is brilliant, but what was up with the ending?

LL
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segiperkasa said 2622 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
really cool ....
really cool and relaxing song .... like some added dimension in my head ... cool ...
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Willywagga said 2621 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Brilliant
In every way just fab, though as others have commented, that left panned guitar needs tweaking. Otherwise massive all together.

Reminds me of early Pink Floyd, in a really good way.
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Diviner said 2573 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Very West Coast feel
Pleasant and drifty, and mellow is a good keyword. Its funny to go from drunken fuzzy types to chilled music like this.
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alackbass said 1651 days ago (May 18th, 2013)
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