Stay (Trouble in Mind Remix)

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A-Side: Stay

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B-Side: Stay (Trouble in Mind Remix)

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The Savage Poor are adding a B-Side to our brand new single Stay.  (If in the ever changing world of the modern music business is still such a thing as a B-Side.)  I always liked the days of the proper B-Side when artists could do something outside the norm of what they would do on their proper albums.  There are no rules anymore.  We are going to put out a record sometime next year, but in the mean time we have too much material to wait.  These are recordings are independent and self made.  We don’t know what the fuck we’re doing, we have no budget, but we’re learning as we go along and dreaming big.  Often limitations lead to more exciting places anyway.  Occasionally I’ve gone into studios where the rule book prevents anything exciting from happening.  These B-sides will give us the chance to go down strange alleyways.  We hope that you’ll go along on this journey with us.

In the early days of Jamaican music they would take singles and experiment and turn them into dub.  These recordings were stranger, the midnight moon to the single’s sunshine.  The remix above is still a pop song in format, but that Jamaican music was definitely in my mind as I did the remix.  I always loved George Faith’s In the Midnight Hour/Ya Ya.  It almost sounds as if it could be in the movie Trainspotting if not for that groove.   It sounds like hash, narcotics, and cotton candy all mixed together.

Another favorite recording around these parts is Marianne Faithfull’s Trouble in Mind.  The remix started with an attempt to melt everything into a similar beautiful haze.  Somewhere between the two songs’ influence, this remix exists.  I’d be a clown if I suggested that on a technical level I got anywhere close to those all-time greats on one of our first attempts.  First of all, I simply don’t have the gear.  But I think there is something strange, beautiful, and unique there if you’ll simply take the time to dream along with a pair of headphones.

The credits are the same as the single, for the most part.  You can see all at the link below.  However, I should make special mention that great friend and Shinyribs compatriot Keith Langford graced this version with his infamous red maraca!

More credits, artwork, and information about the single Stay:

“Stay” Single Release by The Savage Poor

 

 

 

Stay – New and Improved

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My band The Savage Poor has just released a new single.  You can read about it here:

“Stay” Single Release by The Savage Poor

I mixed the song while on tour.  I got obsessed with mixing it.  I partied.  I mixed it some more.  Then I mixed it some more, even once I was happy with it.  After posting it when I got home, I realized that an earlier mix was superior.  It’s probably only details that dogs or people with an obsessive relationship with sound, yours truly included, could pick up.  But I do believe this new mix sounds better across all platforms.  (For those that get what I’m talking about, this version, when mastered, sounded better across all platforms and not just the headphones I had to mix on while touring.) This will now be the new official version.  I replaced the existing versions at all various points with this new and improved version.  If you liked the original mix I posted better, or want to hear 30 other mixes done in various states of mind, just ask.  So it is written, so shall it be done…

 

“Stay” Single Release by The Savage Poor

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(If you have trouble just click on the download now, then right click or tap to bring up options.  Select the download video option.)

Oh and before we go any further, if you are going to listen to the song on your computer, or your smart phone, please dear god use headphones or connect it to some decent speakers.  Even the Beatles sound like shite screeching through some tinny device speakers.  Modern life!  

My band The Savage Poor has just release the new single “Stay”.  For the music fan, I put credits and an image you can use as a digital cover down at the bottom.  Please feel free to share this song with as many people as you like.  It’s free!  My brother wrote this about it, as it was released on Labor Day, while I was out on tour:

In honor of Labor Day, The Savage Poor is sharing a new single called “Stay” at thesavagepoor.com. “Stay” was recorded at the band’s rehearsal space in Austin, TX and mixed remotely by Jeff Brown whilst visiting the Pacific Northwest. 

“Stay” is something of a rarity in the band’s current repertoire, as it deals explicitly with the complex, mosaic emotions of adult relationships–accentuated by imagery from the Fall of Man and the Garden of Eden. While many of the band’s current songs look outward to the problems, absurdities, and inequalities of the modern world, “Stay” looks ever inward. 

The song is an open-field tackle on the battlefield of internal struggle–wrapping one’s arms around another as an act of both fortification against and embrace of the unknowable abyss. 

I wanted to write a song for someone that means a lot to me, but I always keep in mind Larry David’s maxim to “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  How many people really want to know how happy someone makes you?  I had to find an angle.

I wanted to cast love as the ultimate subversive act.  In a universe where all roads lead to oblivion, in a world of impermanence, what could be more defiant than choosing to give your heart over to something, to believe in everlasting love?  If not defying God, at least defying “the gods” in the Greek sense.  What was Prometheus punished for if not for bringing warmth and light to man?

I’ve always been fascinated with the Garden of Eden myth.  It can be a beautiful and poetic way of telling the story of childhood.  We grow up in the Garden, with the wonder of a child, to be cast out with a loss of innocence as we become adults.  At the same time, there is some absurd patriarchal shit going on in that story.  A woman was created out of a man’s rib?  Tell me some Stone Age motherfucker didn’t insert that so he could have a little more control of the household!

So I figured a retelling of that story would be the perfect vehicle for all of these ideas to come together.  Our story unfolds…

Stay

Eternity Dreamed
And then we awoke
In some beautiful, cosmic joke
With a hole in our hearts
But hearts all the same
Yearning to hear a lover’s name

Oh I know you’ll go
We all leave alone
But with you here today
Tomorrow fades away

Stay, while you can
You make it all seem part of some plan

We found fruit in the trees
Fish in the streams
We ran through the Garden unaware
We mapped out the stars
Named Venus and Mars
We found patterns when there were no patterns there

Oh I know you’ll go
We all leave alone
But with you here today
Tomorrow fades away

Stay, while you can
You make it all seem part of some plan

They say you came from my rib
Well, that’s just a fib
I could never create anything so beautiful
You took the apple from the tree
I hope your conscience is free
‘Cause I’d do it again and again and again and again

Stay, while you can
You make it all seem part of some plan

Credits:

Song performed, arranged, and produced by The Savage Poor

Ben Brown:  Electric lead and rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
Roger Wuthrich: bass
Alex Moralez: drums
Jeff Brown: Electric rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, lead vocals, percussion, sound effects

Sleeve Concept Roger Wuthrich and Ben Brown
Sleeve Design and layout Roger Wuthrich

Song recorded and mixed by Jeff Brown

Song written by Jeff Brown
Copyright 2016
Publishing: End of Feel Good Music ASCAP

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Thanks to my fellow band members and other musician friends for the great mixing advice while I was traveling!!!

New Free Single Download – Stay – In Some Beautiful, Cosmic Joke

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(If you have trouble just click on the download now, then right click or tap to bring up options.  Select the download video option.)

Oh and before we go any further, if you are going to listen to the song on your computer, or your smart phone, please dear god use headphones or connect it to some decent speakers.  Even the Beatles sound like shite screeching through some tinny device speakers.  Modern life!  

My band The Savage Poor has just release the new single “Stay”.  For the music fan, I put credits and an image you can use as a digital cover down at the bottom.  Please feel free to share this song with as many people as you like.  It’s free!  My brother wrote this about it, as it was released on Labor Day, while I was out on tour:

In honor of Labor Day, The Savage Poor is sharing a new single called “Stay” at thesavagepoor.com. “Stay” was recorded at the band’s rehearsal space in Austin, TX and mixed remotely by Jeff Brown whilst visiting the Pacific Northwest. 

“Stay” is something of a rarity in the band’s current repertoire, as it deals explicitly with the complex, mosaic emotions of adult relationships–accentuated by imagery from the Fall of Man and the Garden of Eden. While many of the band’s current songs look outward to the problems, absurdities, and inequalities of the modern world, “Stay” looks ever inward. 

The song is an open-field tackle on the battlefield of internal struggle–wrapping one’s arms around another as an act of both fortification against and embrace of the unknowable abyss. 

I wanted to write a song for someone that means a lot to me, but I always keep in mind Larry David’s maxim to “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  How many people really want to know how happy someone makes you?  I had to find an angle.

I wanted to cast love as the ultimate subversive act.  In a universe where all roads lead to oblivion, in a world of impermanence, what could be more defiant than choosing to give your heart over to something, to believe in everlasting love?  If not defying God, at least defying “the gods” in the Greek sense.  What was Prometheus punished for if not for bringing warmth and light to man?

I’ve always been fascinated with the Garden of Eden myth.  It can be a beautiful and poetic way of telling the story of childhood.  We grow up in the Garden, with the wonder of a child, to be cast out with a loss of innocence as we become adults.  At the same time, there is some absurd patriarchal shit going on in that story.  A woman was created out of a man’s rib?  Tell me some Stone Age motherfucker didn’t insert that so he could have a little more control of the household!

So I figured a retelling of that story would be the perfect vehicle for all of these ideas to come together.  Our story unfolds…

Stay

Eternity Dreamed
And then we awoke
In some beautiful, cosmic joke
With a hole in our hearts
But hearts all the same
Yearning to hear a lover’s name

Oh I know you’ll go
We all leave alone
But with you here today
Tomorrow fades away

Stay, while you can
You make it all seem part of some plan

We found fruit in the trees
Fish in the streams
We ran through the Garden unaware
We mapped out the stars
Named Venus and Mars
We found patterns when there were no patterns there

Oh I know you’ll go
We all leave alone
But with you here today
Tomorrow fades away

Stay, while you can
You make it all seem part of some plan

They say you came from my rib
Well, that’s just a fib
I could never create anything so beautiful
You took the apple from the tree
I hope your conscience is free
‘Cause I’d do it again and again and again and again

Stay, while you can
You make it all seem part of some plan

Credits:

Song performed, arranged, and produced by The Savage Poor

Ben Brown:  Electric lead and rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
Roger Wuthrich: bass
Alex Moralez: drums
Jeff Brown: Electric rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, lead vocals, percussion, sound effects

Sleeve Concept Roger Wuthrich and Ben Brown
Sleeve Design and layout Roger Wuthrich

Song recorded and mixed by Jeff Brown

Song written by Jeff Brown
Copyright 2016
Publishing: End of Feel Good Music ASCAP

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Thanks to my fellow band members and other musician friends for the great mixing advice while I was traveling!!!

 

Drone Bomb Me

Drone Bomb Me by the singer Anohni.  I like the political by way of the club.  For some reason it is more uncomfortable dressed up in these clothes.  It’s more emotionally striking.

I like art that makes me feel uncomfortable.  It’s rare that it I find anything that does, but when I do, I run towards it.  If my first impulse is to turn it off or turn it down, I try to do the opposite.  I don’t do this because I am trying to prove some point.  I may end up disliking whatever it is.  But I realize that if I feel that strongly about something, it is hitting me on a very deep emotional level, and that is rare and worth investigating.

The Meaning Behind The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sunday Morning’

Today I was reading Aidan Levy’s excellent Lou Reed biography, Dirty Blvd.  I’ve been listening to The Velvet Underground since I was 13 or 14.  I always felt the first song on their debut, Sunday Morning, to be a pleasant, but slight, addition to their catalog.  But it is easy to overlook things if you aren’t paying attention.  In the book Levy talks about how the song is actually dealing with the issue of paranoia.  The song features the lyrics, “Watch out, the world’s behind you.”  I noticed, as I’m sure many others have, that the song adds reverb to the vocal part of the way through the song, an effect that makes a sound seem farther away, mirroring the sense of uncanny by the narrator.  Levy states that this song was chosen as the first song as a way of warning listeners at the time about the sonic insanity that was to come.

‘The One and Only’ – Kirsty MacColl

There is probably no artist that brings me near tears more easily than the late great Kirsty MacColl.  She has filled my life with a great amount of joy.  I’ll sometimes listen to her records while walking around Lady Bird Lake in Austin.  It might be months without a spin, but there I am again:  With an ear to ear smile, or trying to hold back tears, depending on what emotion is pouring out of her in any particular song.

I’ve written about her before, but whenever I listen to her I can’t help but think, “God, how do more people not know?”

One of my favorite songs of hers is the last song on her album Electric Landlady, called The One and Only.  The last few lines of the song destroy me every time:

Some lives read like a postcard
And some lives read like a book
I’ll be happy if mine
Doesn’t read like a joke on an old Christmas cracker

(Here is what a Christmas cracker is if you are unaware.)

Like Moonriver or Somewhere Over the Rainbow, this is one of those happy/sad songs, that can be mined for more or less of either emotion, without ever completely shaking off the other feeling.  Even if that place over the rainbow doesn’t exist, even if it is a dream that never comes true, the dream still allows us to temporarily transcend our circumstances.  You can sing a song like that and communicate the sadness of the reality, or the beauty of the dream, you can choose one emotion over the other, but that other emotion is still there, giving the song a complexity.

The One and Only can be viewed as being defiant in the face of heartbreak, of one refusing to give in, of transcending.  Or it can be listened to as being sung by someone that is trying to put the best face on the sadly realized reality of lowered expectations.  The song can be one or the other at different times, or it can even be both at the same time.  The song ends on a hope, that just as easily could be posed as a question.

I once read author Nick Hornby say something along the lines of how pop songs are puzzle, that they hold are interest until we can solve them.  The thing that is so beautiful about a song like The One and Only is that there is an interpretive element to it.  It can’t ever be solved.  Therefore, it will always be out there if needed, like Kirsty, ready to move us again.

 

The Molly Maguires – Free Download

MOLLY MAGUIRES, Sean Connery, 1970, mustache
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Make way for the Molly Maguires
They’re drinkers, they’re liars but they’re men
Make way for the Molly Maguires
You’ll never see the likes of them again

Down the mines no sunlight shines
Those pits they’re black as hell
In modest style they do their time
It’s Paddy’s prison cell
And they curse the day they’ve travelled far
Then drown their tears with a jar

So make way for the Molly Maguires
They’re drinkers, they’re liars but they’re men
Make way for the Molly Maguires
You’ll never see the likes of them again

Backs will break and muscles ache
Down there there’s no time to dream
Of fields and farms, of womans arms
Just dig that bloody seam
Though they drain their bodies underground
Who’ll dare to push them around

So make way for the Molly Maguires
They’re drinkers, they’re liars but they’re men
Make way for the Molly Maguires
You’ll never see the likes of them again

So make way for the Molly Maguires
They’re drinkers, they’re liars but they’re men
Make way for the Molly Maguires
You’ll never see the likes of them again

An old Irish folk song, recorded at 4am.  I love this song both as a song and for its topic.  My favorite version is Luke Kelly singing it with the Dubliners.  There is no point in even trying to match there version, which casts it as a celebratory drinking song, so I did something different with it.  I know where not to tread!

As the media drifts further on into the realm of the ridiculous, as income inequality builds, remember that people actually fought for the rights working people take for granted every day.  Though there is some dispute as to the exact story of the Molly Maguires, their story is not near the only one.

The photo above is Sean Connery and it is from the 1970  The Molly Maguires.  It’s a film I saw as a kid.

New Single Lyrics and Link to Free Download

Everyday American Thoughts – New Single Release

Everyday American Thoughts

I’d like to carve my name in your ribcage
I’d like to wear your face like a mask
I’d like to ground your femur bone into powder
I’d like to burst your ears with this blast

When I look out the window
And see what some do and don’t got
These are the kinds of things that I’m thinking
Everyday American thoughts

What stops me from stealing your gate code?
What stops me from hopping your fence?
What stops me from hiding in your pool,
Cutting your throat without sense?

When I look out the window
And see what some do and don’t got
These are the kinds of things that I’m thinking
Everyday American thoughts

Keep thinking!

 

Gone Fishing

A mask, a mask, it’s just a mask
This world outside your door
A play, a play, it’s just a play
A shadow and nothing more
A shadow and nothing more

The dance, the dance, it meant so much
Now you don’t know who you took
You might have passed them yesterday
Without even a look

Is there an eternal?
Is there a deep calm?
The news is a game show
Rich win, drop the bomb
Drop the bomb

Watch the woods for a stranger
Listen to static for a voice
In the absence of meaning
We’ll make due of course

Is there an eternal?
Is there a deep calm?

God’s gone fishing
God’s gone fishing
God’s gone fishing
Oh god…

For those of you that are subscribers, I apologize about the multiple posts promoting the new single.  It takes a lot of time to make these recordings, much more than any single piece of writing, so I want to make sure that I’m making those that aren’t subscribers aware of them.  My blog is linked to my social media and so on.  Why must this be how the world works today?  It has made whores of us all.

Writing has been slow here.  I haven’t felt that I have had anything intelligent to add to the conversation, and in such times I just choose to remain silent.  Part of it is that I need to stockpile ideas from books, records, and movies, which takes time.  The other part of it is there is an election going on, one of often such clownish horror that I often feel like shrugging my shoulders is the only response.  Clearly from these songs you can tell how I feel about it.  They say more than a thousand essays I think.

One of the things I love about rock n roll is that, sometimes at least, it has the ability to present you with the ugly truth, but along with a burst of energy, that allows you to keep going, instead of defeating you.  In feeling something more intensely, even if it is absurdity and horror, it can shake you awake from the deadening stupor of our modern media.  That’s at least partly what I love about the form, and what I hope to do with it at times.

All the best…be back soon…

The link at the top will take you to wear to download the new songs.  

 

Ramones, Remixes, and the Road

This last weekend I spent 20 hours in a van?  Something like that.  Kevin told us if we had gone straight, instead of in a triangular route, we could have driven to California.  The whole time I was in the van I was basically living in the world of the Ramones, in my opinion the greatest American Rock N Roll band.  Up above is one of my favorite clips of them.

While I was traveling I was also listening to our our new single release to check out the mixes. (I’m releasing a series of home recorded singles between now and when a new studio release comes out at the end of the year.)

Everyday American Thoughts – New Single Release

I realized that I dropped the ball on mixing the B-side, Gone Fishing.  Don’t attempt to mix something at 1am the day before hitting the road at 7:30am!  Anyway, I fixed it and replaced it.  If you haven’t heard it take a listen.  If you downloaded the first version, I’m telling you, this version is better.