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yes you told me (that you're cynical)


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michael2

 Genre: Indie Rock

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Felt like writing an indie rock tune, so here you go. When I was recording music for Bryns photography show, I had recorded a drum track with all of the toy drums and percussion that my kids have laying around the house; it was intended for Bryn, but I didn't use a click and sound wise it was a little too loud and crappy sounding to fit in with the rest of the pieces. it languished on the HD for a few months until I opened it up the other day. I was going to try and tighten things up, but got confused as to what was going on. the beginning is in waltz time, but once the drums come in it's easier to count to 6 (I know nothing of time signatures). rather than try and figure that out, I just turned off the metronome and started recording.

This is a bit similar to something I would've played in a band that I was in during the 90's, so I had fun doing it. It's even as sloppy as we would've been live. There are about 5 tracks of the toys, a snippet of guitar that I reversed and the drone in the back was made with a reversed and stretched piano chord and judicious use of delay and reverb. The only synth comes in at the very end doing a rhythmic noise. Thought about adding an acoustic guitar, but I liked the Adam and the Ants meets Modest Mouse vibe, so I left it pretty sparse.
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Lyrics
I don't know why this whole thing
means nothing to you
I don't know why your feet
are still touching the ground now

yes you told me
that you're cynical
and I know that
nothing gets under your skin

I don't know why your hair
is not standing on end
I don't know how you can stand there
and not move an inch or two

yes you told me
that you're cynical
and I know that
nothing gets under your skin

it's easy to see
that you're miserable
easy to see
that you're miserable
easy to see
that you're miserable now

I don't know why you let things
just happen to you
I don't know why you just don't live
the life that you want to
want to
want to
want to
want to
want to
Song Stats
Hits: 2901
Comments: 35
Fans: 31
Plays: 270
Downloads: 85
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Jun 26, 2012 - 05:37:49 PM
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2012 - 05:37:49 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 03:26:38 PM
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Hardware:
macbook, toy drums, thrift store hand drums, a plastic bee shaker, my hands, a toy tambourine, MXL USB mic
Software:
logic 9
Comments
alackbass said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
yes you told me (that you're cynical)
Always impressed with the descriptions of your creative process! Revealing and inspiring! I hear the Adam and the Ants vibe in the percussion. But melodically I think your well beyond their catalogue. I think creatively your more in Andy Partridge's league here. I really like how you sing this one out. Too good not to have on the iPod! Downloaded!
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
gee thanks
andy partridge is a huge compliment. i'm pretty happy with this one, although I wish the drums were a hair tighter; but I'm not a drummer and doubted my ability to do it again. thanks so much for the kudo's and for checking it out.
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sammydix said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
yes you told me
the rhythm made me think "Irish" and i kept expect bagpipes at any time (which could actually have been cool--if they weren't strident). the second great melody i heard today (the first was Graham).
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
haha
bagpipes would be awesome instead of that drone. I have been tempted to buy some, but I don't think I could stand the sound of myself learning them. thanks for swinging by.
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grah3am said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
Drummy
I started downloading this after about five seconds. That's a rare thing, but it happens with great tunes. The Andy Partridge ref works here, as does my Robin Hitchcock reference what I'm making now! Great stuff.
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
you know
I really like andy partridge and robyn hitchcock, although I haven't listened to either one in a long time. maybe it's time. thanks for giving this one a listen.
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Parichayaka said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
original
Sometimes you call something 'original' when you're just not quite sure whether you like it or not. And every once in a while something is really original and properly cool. This is the latter.

Great that you keep coming up with new sounds/samples/rhythms/soundbeds and mix them with your songwriting skills, or vice versa.
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
thanks parichayaka
this was some goofy fun for me (and maybe a bit of a learning experience in EQing as everything was recorded with the same trashy mic). as for coming up with new sounds for the songs, that is 75% of the fun. thanks again.
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magnatone said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
yes, you told me
michael this is GREAT! i love your melody and the harmonies in here create such depth. love the story of the toy drums and knowing that made it just even a bit more enjoyable. really good idea on the ending. a bit beatle-esq although i can't think of which song it puts me in the mind of. love the line "i don't know why your hair is not standing on end"! and .... dare i say it? your voice is so perfectly suited for the indie rock genre. (you know the rest ) thanks for the D/L - big motorcycle trip starting next week, and we have a bunch of your tunes on the trip playlist - very happy to add this one.
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
thanks Karen
a lot of the editing/arranging decisions were made because of mistakes and such. I suppose I could fix things in the beginning, but I get lazy on that end and like to tweak on it like a puzzle ("how do I cover that mess up?"). so glad you enjoyed, and have a great time on your trip.
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egobandit said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
Adam Mouse
There could be nothing better than this mixture of drums, guitar, drone and just plain great singing, its the type of song that does not let up once you start listening your hooked, man this is like musical brain glue it just sticks in your head I can hear the song clearly in my head as I write this even though the song has already ended
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
tim
thanks. i'll take musical brain glue for five hundred any day of the week. i may have to do a cleaner version of this after all.
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tf10music said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
bassline
oh man, the bassline. It goes hard. Nice simple lyrics, and I've always loved your voice. Cool synth textures, reminds me of some Sunset Rubdown stuff (which is good, because I'm still angry that they're on indefinite hiatus).
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
thanks
the bass is the picked bass EXS instrument that I ran through the Logic bass amp and added some distortion to. originally I used a clean deep bass sound but things were getting too muddy and I decided to try using the kick at the bottom of the EQ spectrum and putting the bass higher than that. much easier to mix. really need to figure out how to get a good clean low bas sound, have read everything and experimented forever and still it just sounds muddy most of the time. will check out Sunset Rubdown too.
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Gaylen75 said 1943 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
under my skin
This really great. Love the groove and production is tops. You know how to make the most of a great idea. Wish id wrote this.
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Daugrin said 1943 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
Suck By Proxy
Another soft gesture to the side of the head? Top end strangled? No bite on the percussion? No sparkle. Why not sparkle? The ideas flow well and the execution seems to have purpose... starts to build to something then fizzles out altogether just like its suppose to...

Daug
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
aaah
you are right. I mixed on headphones. listening at work right now and: no sparkle. will try again. thanks.
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kingbee said 1943 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
toy drums
What a great idea using the toy drums
I'm not allowed any more instruments until I master the ukulele I was bought for xmas :-(
The joy is in the slightly off beat nature of them.
I think tightening them up would have taken away from this.
Always interesting noises going on in the background.
And your vocals are great on this
Enjoyed
cheers
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michael2 said 1943 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
haha
I bought a uke last year and made myself record the RPM challenge using nothing but the uke, EZDrummer, my voice and EXS24. i got pretty good at it; haven't picked it up since then and can't remember a thing. :(
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PaulaMunk said 1942 days ago (June 27th, 2012)
You have
such natural talent and you are a kid at heart. I liked it as it is. And Tim is correct. It crazy glues itself to brain synapses and bounces around in there for a long time like an echo in a hollow canyon. Not to say I'm empty headed or anything. Maybe it is brain cotton candy. Clever, irreverent and epiphany inducing lyrics.
Perfect vocals. Even if you re-make this, don't destroy this very charming version.
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bud said 1942 days ago (June 28th, 2012)
I could definitey hear this from the 90's
echoes of early Jane's Addiction in the rhythm track. Excellent melody and lyrics in the vocals carrying things along. Really fine recording.
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Philip18 said 1941 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
Yes
I like the clippy-clop drums and the various sounds you've used to create the backing. Vocal has energy and angst. It all works! Much enjoyed.
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Vic Holman said 1940 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
yes you told me
magic!

the drone aspect is cool, what really catches my ears the most is the back choir like voices

porpoise song part 2?
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rok41 said 1940 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
Yes You Told Me
You have a unique knack of creating these fringe, indie like tones and melody together to create an almost pop feel once again, you pull it off spectacularly.
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billykirsch said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2012)
Sloppy
A combination of a children's rhythm with clapping and all, a somber drone and a bad ass lyric. Or something like that. Undefinable. Genius.

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Aemyn said 1914 days ago (July 25th, 2012)
Great!
When the drum and vocal rhythm came in I thought the song as a whole might end up cheesy/corny and lighthearted but nope. Nailed it, love it.

Also, the drums are awesome and might as well be professional hand drums for all the listener can tell.
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ste said 1900 days ago (August 8th, 2012)
great
vibe with the drone and harmonies. top rhythms and backwards guitar. love it
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Lennon714 said 1897 days ago (August 11th, 2012)
sounds great
The rhythm track is fantastic. I tried doing a song with all my kids' play instruments and quickly got frustrated with the playability of them. I commend you on your patience. fantastic tune.
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mccannmp1 said 1865 days ago (September 13th, 2012)
Cool
Hi. Haven't been on here in forever and thought I'd see what you've been up to. This is really cool. Love the waltz time.
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wheelehouse said 1858 days ago (September 19th, 2012)
Magnificent
I haven't stopped by your page in a while. This is fantastic man. Good vibes. I love tribal drum twists. Something warm and engaging about a chorus of drums. Anyway I just put a new one up, it's been a minute. Keep up the good work!
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papag said 1801 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Stuck in my ear
Always get me with your excellent song-smithing. This one is bouncing around in my head. Very hook laden.

thanks for the download
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Dj French Toast said 1684 days ago (March 12th, 2013)
Such
A fan of your music !! What are you doin now ?
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Doadars Uncle said 1655 days ago (April 10th, 2013)
Nice
I like the feel of it... it could be made into a round. Good stuff!
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Doug Somers said 1574 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Cyncal
Infectious - I'm on my third listen. Love the way you break the end of the line into harmony, and the rhythm 'section' is great. Good choice on the sparse instrumentation. It is perfectly filled out and still keeps the focus on the vocals. Thanks for the dload.
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MannequinRaces said 1549 days ago (July 26th, 2013)
Freaking Sweet!
Always love your songs Michael! Nice to log back on to MacJams and hear this gem.
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