RAMXES' version of music from The Shining. Disco beat kicks in around the 2 minute mark.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Current Track list:
1. Michelangelo (demo)
2. New Bikini first take)
3. Crosshairs (interlude)
4. Ms. Cassandra
5. American Spirits
6. Hailey (premix)
7. Ambiguous Norway (instrumental)
8. Hard Drive (security guard)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The band shares: “Anybody’s Guess” is the last song on our record, and serves as a summary of sorts. In general we were thinking less about traditional song form and more about creating a narrative arc through scene changes - a suite. The bassline melody that accompanies the “doot doot”s is worth pointing out because its origins were in some ways emblematic of the whole record’s approach - we all came up with our own basslines and stitched together the best bits from each one."
"A blue rose doesn’t exist in nature; it represents the desire we feel for things that seem so beautiful and alluring but are actually illusions we conjure up in our minds. It was written about heroin but it could be anything – a relationship, possessions, social status. It was a favorite among the studio band and very much inspired by the music of Pat Hull, a songwriter I have loved and played around with since my earliest days in Chico back in 2007." –Ryan Martin
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
Now Kern's EP, “I Never Thought That You Were Listening," has dropped.
Smooth vibes lie herein.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
I made this 4-CD set, Am I My Résumé?, for my friend Ben Sher.
The title comes from a strand of lyric from A Chorus Line which repeats itself a few times throughout. It suddenly became an overarching thematic line in many of the songs with the idea of work, jobs and identity. From a 50s magazine, I found an image of a kid's drawing of a gas station attendant with the child pointing at him. It is a crystalline, sort of biting encapsulation of human = job.
Knowing Ben's eclectic taste, I felt the freedom to be bold with some of the choices and include things like Sheena Easton's "9 to 5 (Morning Train)" which ended up pairing so elegantly with St. Vincent's "My Baby Wants a Baby" as a poignant coda on the final disc (it just so happens I found another symbolic ad from the 50s magazine of a woman staring into a white wicker buggy).
I loved re-discovering the song "Worthless" from Brave Little Toaster--which has to be one of the saddest tunes ever from an animated movie--where junkyard cars quickly rattle off their life stories before being demolished. Its first line "I can't take this kind of pressure" went well with an extended, charged Jimmy Michaels' remix of the Billy Joel song.
I also wrote and performed some simple piano themes for Ben which I think I'll continue doing for future mixes. One interlude is a track of beats, "Mall at Dusk," which morphed into Carter Burwell's haunting electro track "Duke in Bar (Warm as a Cry for Help" from Psycho III.
Given all the music cues I set up on the first and second discs, it became apparent I was creating something sprawling & had to keep going. I tried to hone things in for landing on the fourth disc, which ended up becoming more country-infused than I expected. It opens with a song I think I've taken for granted over the years, finding it corny, but now it feels like such a winsome, perfect pop song in these turbulent times--Climax's "Precious & Few."
All 4 back covers: