I acquired a mini drumset over Christmas but I hadn’t written a song in a a long time. So I recruited my 16 month year old daughter to help me out with “scat” vocalizing and some percussion sounds. I think she did a good job. It sounds pretty heavy. I’m pleased! Please take a listen and post around!
The idea of this album came from working with Jay Daniels on the Muffin Junkee Serves Tunes with your Tea Podcast. I have to give Jay most of the credit. We had been talking about live albums as a way to get my listeners to be aware of my diverse music catalogue. In our conversations, Jay turned me onto a rare Syd Barrett live album. It was the one recorded by the legendary John Peel in February of 1970. The album is stripped down with minimal instrumentation and vocals. This is the kind of vibe that I was going for on Jays show. On the particular podcast, I recorded a live set which turned out to be the live album. Jay was interviewing a guest named “Ms Pipa Stafford Shelby” who happened to be the head spokeswoman for the Global Alliance for Muffins, Biscuits, and Crumpets. Ms. Shelby began to trash Jay and I did not like that and so it was that I burst into his studio punk style to have a few words with this crotchety snob of a lady who was pushing Jay around and telling him that he should shave and get a haircut.
The songs for the live album have tracks from my albums Busted in Bulgaria, Forward, California Daze, Rise, the Guittard Tapes Vol. 2, and also several tunes that have not been released on any albums thus far. I think you will enjoy the album. I am proud of it! Thanks Jay!
You can hear the podcast I did with Jay here entitled: muffin-junkee-18-jim-guittard-takes-over-the-studio-for-a-live-set
And here is the Syd Barrett album that Jay and I had in mind when planning the podcast:
Billy Mack, a folk artist friend of mine based in Allentown, Pennsylvania has come up with a couple of projects that I have taken part. The latest project revolves around putting out a compilation of songs all relating to coffee. Mr. Mack is putting together a coffee art house to open in September in Allentown, PA called Coffee House Without Limits which aims to serve as an art gallery, all ages music venue, and community space.
Billy Mack performs around the country on a low budget using Greyhound buses or whatever it happens to be to get from place to place. He has quite an underground following and it is this community of similarly thinking do it yourselfers that he called upon for the coffee compilation.
I wrote a song simply titled “Coffee”.
A little video I made for my song:
Billy’s Coffee compilation can be listened and bought here: (I’m song 20).
I was looking through some old pics from 2001 and saw one where I was driving with my window down. I found on Google Maps the location that showed out my window. It is interesting to look at it as a game. There is probably no place on earth where one cannot be tracked.
Westbound on Hollywood Blvd. Circa 2001
Here’s the location on Googlemaps circa December 2014.
Recently, I’ve uncovered more tapes from the archives. This batch of tunes is from the Ragas era in Los Angeles – circa 2000. The tunes were recorded on my Tascam 4 Track in Austin, Texas during a road trip with Henry McGuinn. Our duo called the Ragas was heavily influenced by the Byrds 1965-1967 era. More to come….
Lately, I’ve found quite a few unlabeled cassette tapes that I’m thinking would be great for a third addition for the Guittard Tapes. It’ll be a trilogy now! The tunes have been heavy with pedals including digital delay, distortion, and phaser. I was wowed when I heard the tunes. The challenge as always is to get them transferred from the tapes to the digital tascam machine and then finally to the laptop where I can mix it down. Part of the challenge is that the originally Tascam machine that I recorded the songs has a defective second track. I cannot hear anything while listening. So I have to flip the tape over and record the track now from the third track which now plays backwards. So, once on the computer I have to reverse the track back to normal and then line up all the tracks in sequence so that it sounds in time. There’s no click track so I have to look and listening for anything hiss, click, or whatever.
So here are a few stand out tracks thus far: Phaser Attack – Most dominant effect is the phaser pedal with trippy distortion, screaming Rickenbacker and drum machine. Great!
Feedback Rock – Most dominant here is the out of control digital delay pedal with tremolo pedal and chaotic Rickenbacker. I guess it was a few months before 9-11 when a lot of bad vibes were swirling about.
Vacuum B-Bender – This is an interest piece in that I used a vacuum cleaner hose in front of the amplifier to trick up the sound. I remember my friend Jolie visiting me and seeing this vacuum hose next to my recording gear and tripping out! Well, here’s the song. It has my B-Bender on it.
Get It Together Man – This one’s really weird. The dominant sound track is an actual guy in Hollywood having a melt down outside my apartment banging a shovel on the ground and screaming. Imagine that! The music is quite chaotic and is a picture of my life back in 2001. Things were not perfect in all areas but I was still persevering with my music. The main influence was Beck and his Stereopathetic Soulmanure album.
I’m really diggin’ Spotify lately. There’s so many bands to be discovered. One of my songs got on an official Spotify “freak folk” playlist and is getting quite a few listens. I will add more and more songs to this playlist as I go but feel free to add lofi psychedelic folk bands that you discover as well to the list as it is collaborative.
You can find my music at Spotify here: Jim Guittard – Spotify I’ve got eight albums up ranging from lofi psychedelic/country-folk-rock to experimental. There’s a little bit for everybody. Just recently some of my songs have been put in various commercials and trailers.
Cyber Space is much like a desert. There are those who sound the trumpet on what is important to them. After some time, they disappear and sound another trumpet to go off in another direction. But there are those who continue to wander, not aimlessly, but with purpose. They are rounding up the troops becoming fishers of men. To some, they seem like outsiders but really they are peacemakers.
Technology has given the little guy an opportunity to sound his trumpet and to voice everything from when he brushes his teeth to when he tells of some kind of disaster in his life. The playing field is level but with that there are more and more people “doing their thing.” The result is much more stuff for people to wade through to get the nuggets. However, there are a few “John the Baptists” that articulate a strong message that the masses can relate to. It’s not all about things “in da club.” We’re getting beyond that.
The buzz word of the day is community. Can there be community up in the clouds of the cyber world? Definitely! I mean, really. There are those that live for Justin Bieber’s every last word on twitter. They may be a little bit misguided but that’s community.
I wrote a song called “Leave the Desert.” Maybe I was a bit misquided.
Matthew 5:9English Standard Version (ESV)
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
I’ve been working this summer to get out all my musical catalog to ITUNES, Amazon, Spotify, and a few others. I recommend Distrokid as a way to distribute your albums to all you artists. It is only $19.99 to upload unlimited albums & songs for a year. If you have your own label, add an additional $16. It’s quite a bargain compared to TuneCore which is $49.99 per album per year. I’ve got 8 albums and that would mean $399.92. That’s a little steep. Nevertheless, I haven’t cut all ties with TuneCore. They still administer my publishing.
The albums are up. You can stream them all at Spotify. I really like Spotify because you can listen to all your favorite albums and if you want to buy it then you can. I’ve gotten quite a few listens since I distributed with Distrokid. “It’s No Fun But I’m OK” seems to be catching on.
It’s No Fun But I’m OK
In a few weeks, I shall pop in with the Jay Daniels the Raving Loony at the Muffin Junkee podcast studio for a short surprise impromptu live set. Stay tuned!
JIM GUITTARD creates music in a documentary music style from psychedelic folk to lo-fi indie-rock. He's been putting out his brand of do it yourself little demo tapes since his college days that serve as a personal diary. Guittard has spent some time in Hollywood pounding the musical pavement. His album "Busted In Bulgaria" was recorded while he lived overseas in Bulgaria as a teacher. In 2014, Guittard has eight albums to boot that can be purchased at ITUNES.