The Grammar Club Oct 13, 2018
Full disclosure: This might be described as MOSTLY No Fake. The performances are all real, but an edit is in there. I messed up bad enough on the drums in one spot that it would have ruined the song without the edit. Hopefully the Golden Girls T-shirt makes up for that to some extent.
This composition gained a second life as as a result of the TV show "Scrubs", but I wouldn't find out about that until years after that moment in TV history happened. I enjoyed the song when Men at Work's original version was new, and I fell in love with the Lazlo Bane cover (and accompanying music video) that featured Colin Hay on the last verse.
Speaking of Colin Hay - He is still making excellent music. I recently heard his newest album "Fierce Mercy", and it is absolutely worth your time. Also, he is represented on Twitter under the username @ColinHay
The Grammar Club Oct 09, 2018
Just a quick note to let you know I was on our good friend and backer Saker's podcast to talk about Barenaked Ladies and Ben and Jerry's, and I think it went pretty well. So, please, if you're in the mood, give it a listen.
The Grammar Club Oct 06, 2018
"This is from our first album. Most people don't own it." - Kurt Cobain.
I use that quote at live shows more often than I probably should, and it usually isn't preceding a cover of this song.
In recent years it seems that Nirvana's performance on MTV Unplugged has been framed as a gigantic cultural moment, and rightfully so. It was an unexpected, unprecedented move on the band's part.
The album left an impression on me to be sure. There is something about the raw, stripped down versions of those songs that compliment the compositions beautifully.
I briefly met Krist Novoselic in Portland, Oregon at a Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven show at the Aladdin Theater. I didn't want to bother him, but I gathered the courage to hand him a Buffalo Jones CD, saying "Hi... I'm the bass player... Thank you!" To which his response was "You're welcome." I left it at that, and felt oddly satisfied by the experience.
The next year, Buffalo Jones had the distinct honor of opening for Krist's new, fantastic band Giants in the Trees. Before the show I asked if he would be terribly offended if we did a Nirvana cover during our set. His response; "Somebody's gotta do it." He even filmed us from the side of the stage and posted a video clip on Twitter. He congratulated us on a job well done, and I am now probably convinced for life that Krist Novoselic is a hell of a guy.
I hope I did this some semblance of justice. For fun - Take note of the snare drum in the lower right video, and watch as it threatens to fall over throughout the performance.
The Grammar Club Sep 29, 2018
For the moment it is still Friday on the west coast.
In an earlier post I mentioned having visuals to go along with the Weezer cover that I scrambled to put together today in the time between the day job, and a band gig.
"Holiday" was the B-side of "Undone (The Sweater Song)", and it was the song that made me fall in love with Weezer. I toyed with the idea of going solo acoustic on this, but I am ultimately glad that I didn't do that.
The Grammar Club Sep 29, 2018
Remember cassette singles? This was the B-side of "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and it was the song that made me fall in love with Weezer.
Video still needs to be edited for No Fake Friday, but here's the mp3!
The Grammar Club Sep 12, 2018
This is a day late for my friend Laura's birthday, and SEVERELY late for No Fake Friday. Hopefully, this is one of those better late than never situations.
I met Laura Marie back in the days of Myspace and thesixtyone.com, probably some time around 2008. "Wait" was the first Laura Marie song that caught my interest and it remains one of my favorites from her catalog of songs.
The bass/lead vocal video footage got out of sync somehow near the end. Still, it should mostly get the point across. Check out Laura Marie at https://lauramariemusic.com/home
The Grammar Club Aug 31, 2018
The Fellas catch up on their post-Spocon goings-on, and discuss their newest releases, Balloon Flight for #NoFakeFriday, "Sorry on the Internet" and "All the Right Drugs".
The Grammar Club Aug 31, 2018
Willingly choosing to record cover versions of an entire album is probably a good indication that you like the songs. I mean, maybe there could be exceptions - You might have lost a bet, or perhaps you're a bit of a masochist. For the sake of clarity - I adore this album, no one forced my hand to make these, and in my opinion these are among the best songs in the sizeable Daryl Hall and John Oates catalog.
This is just in time for an anniversary of sorts. The "Private Eyes" album turns 37 on Saturday, September 1st 2018.
I originally uploaded these videos 2 years ago for the 35th anniversary, but the audio was never quite right. I have learned some mixing tricks since then, so I went back and made them sound better. As it turns out I also exported the videos at a lower bit-rate back then. As a result, these should hopefully look and sound much better than the ones from 2 years ago.
In the interest of honesty, this is mostly "no fake". There are some spots where my live performance was less than ideal, so I went back and punched in better takes on occasion. Still, I would estimate that at least 90 percent of what you see and hear is exactly as it went down.
Download a zip of the mp3s here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nhikR7Jsp63i2UvGuC0p4VbuT5NUcwoK
The Grammar Club Aug 11, 2018
I discovered the Guided by Voices "Bee Thousand" album more than a decade after it was released. It was an excellent reminder that a great album doesn't necessarily have to be recorded in a top notch studio to be a great album. "Chicken Blows" is a composition that appears on their follow-up album "Alien Lanes"