2015 7 Mar

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.

1989 Highlander Band

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2012 16 Jul

Here’s an assortment of some 40 songs I put up at Youtube.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything for the blog. Recently I found over 100 tapes of my old materials that I recorded on my old Tascam 4-track machines from about ten years ago when I was living in Hollywood, California (the first time). The tapes have been in storage for almost a decade. Among the findings are song demos that are quite good in a lo-fi way. I’ve uncovered demos of early Beach, Confusion, Lies, Guns, and Drugs, Can’t Be Down That Very Long, Creepville, Jazz Tune, some Byrds covers, and other rarities. Currently, I’m going through the tapes and transferring the sounds to digital and then mixing it down. I’ve posted some songs already.

Press here for the link to the Guittard Tapes.

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2011 11 Dec

RAGA by More Jim Guittard

The main idea about this one was the tambura app sound from my android phone. On the electric guitar, I tuned the low E String to D and the A String to G. I like droney stuff. And then I added the tambourine and a homemade shaker of a can taped up with rice. Works well. I learned this from a Russian friend. Maybe I’ll add the sitar to it later.

Smoothie Instrumental by More Jim Guittard

In this one I think the coolest part is the jazzy keyboard with reverb and echo. I know there is a song where the keyboard sounds similar but I can’t remember what it is. I’ll try to figure it out and post it too. Then there is repetitive guitar with a phaser effect I believe.

Occupy Monotony by More Jim Guittard

I’ve posted about this one before but it is an instrumental too so I’m posting again. The mood is repetitive but driving forward. The inspiration is all the occupiers getting slammed to the ground by NYPD cops who are paid off by Chase Manhattan Bank. True story. Chase Bank gave like $4.6 million to NYPD shortly before all the arrests went down.

Lo-Fi Instrumental by More Jim Guittard

Everything’s Fine by More Jim Guittard

Droney echoey depressive instrumental with tabla, echoey guitars, keyboard, and harmonium.

Bee Psychedelic by More Jim Guittard

Another instrumental with bee effect.

The last few months have been very rough but this is what I’ve done.

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2011 6 Dec

Ever feel like your life is going in circles or that it is too monotonous or repetitive? Well, it may sound like this song. I tried to come up with something that expressed that feeling and here it is. It was recorded with a 330 Rickenbacker six string electric guitar, a Casio WK-500 keyboard, shaker and tambourine. Thanks for listening.

Download here:  http://www.archive.org/details/Monotony


(picture from http://www.motifake.com)

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2011 6 Sep

War Is Fun by More Jim Guittard

Go to Iraq, that’s where the money’s at.
Be about that – Do it stat.
You know that’s where you wanna be.

They’ve got games and fun over there; you just wait and see.
It’s like a carnival fare.
Do it, I dare.

You’ll be earning money hand over fist.
Just go ahead and enlist.
Go by faith, don’t worry about all the guns.
Don’t worry about all of the guns.

Chorus

War is fun in the desert.
They’ve got a party going on over there
In the desert.
War is fun in the desert.
So get on over there.

Count your money day by day.
Store it up and don’t forget to pray.
You’re doing good conquering all the land.
And you’re making many a grand.

Keep firing on all of the people.
They’re only poor but you’ve got the power.

Go to Iraq, that’s where the money’s at.
Be about that – do it stat.
You know that’s where you wanna be.
It’s fun there you know.

Chorus

War is fun in the desert.
There’s a party going on over there
Shoot everything that moves in the desert.
and don’t forget to get those people praying at the Mosque.

War is hell and it’s stupid.
Why are we there after ten whole years?

Enough is enough.
Get out of Iraq.
Enough is enough.
Get out of Iraq. Peace Corps.

Obama got his Nobel Peace Prize
and what has he done about it?
Wars are going on forever.
He said he would get out of Iraq
and Afghanistan, and Pakistan and all the other “Stans”.

Chorus

War is fun in the desert.
There’s a big party going on over there
In the desert.
Shoot everything that moves in the desert.
You are getting a lot of money in the desert.
It’s all worth it. You now it’s all worth it, in the desert.

Can’t make any money doing good.
All you can make money is from killing people in the desert.
That’s where it’s at.

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2011

Let’s end the stupid wars. Pass this song on!

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2011 31 Aug

Waiting by More Jim Guittard

Wrote this song almost 10 years ago but lost the original recording of it. So I recorded it again tonight in 2011. On the previous version I used a Fender B-Bender guitar but I don’t have it anymore. It was stolen. Anyway, I did the best I could from memory. Previously, it was called “Station” but I think it would be better titled Waiting. I also updated the lyric to waiting for a plane instead of a train cause that’s what I’ll be doing in a few months or so when my wife finally gets to the U.S.

Waiting

Going down to the station.
I’ll be waitin’ for you to come.
I’ll be pickin’ up your heavy bags.
It won’t be a drag.

I hope you’ll be glad to see me.

Checkin’ out the plane schedule.
I’ll be lookin’ for your plane to come.
I’ll be combin’ my hair for you.
It won’t be that long.

I hope you’ll be glad to see me.

Readin’ up on the newspaper.
I’ll be lookin’ for the funny section.
I’ll be watchin’ the people pass by.
It can’t be that long.

I hope you’ll be glad to see me.

Seein’ you arrive just on time.
I’ll be runnin’ to get a hug.
I’ll be thinkin’ how lucky I am.
No, it’s not a drag.

I know you’ll be glad to see me.

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2011

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2011 29 Aug

This is another collaboration I did with Donnie Bugden that I think turned out pretty good. I came up with the basic rhythm guitar, bass line, and keyboard line. Donnie contributed the guitar with special effect, emotional melody and lyrics for the song. I sang basically in unison to his vocal track.

Here are the lyrics:

First Descent

I am the first descent
The first to go
The last you’ll ever know
I am the first descent
The first to go
The last you’ll ever know
The longest way down
Pulling shovels from the ground
Broke down now
On the way home
You are the last descent
The last to know
The last to go
The shortest way up
Pushing picks from the sound
Get off the merry go round
I am the first descent
The first to go
The last you’ll ever know

Music by Jim Guittard
Words by Donnie Bugden
2011

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2011 26 Aug

Living life from day to day.
You’re turning away from the gray.
It’s been a long time a-coming.
You’ve paid your dues all a-bumming.

There’s no stopping you now.
You’re done listening to all the static.
That’s all it was.
It entered into your head and confused your mind.

Chorus
Round and round the desert you’ve been,
Seeking the way and losing much time.

Striving ahead thru the narrow gate.
It ain’t too far; you won’t be late.
Look only ahead.
And not side to side.

Chorus
Round and round the desert we’ve been,
Seeking the way and losing much time.

It’s all okay.
You see the way.
Don’t look back.
It won’t be there.
Just go. Go on ahead.
No one’s around to take you down.
Go Go Go. Go.

Chorus
Round and round the desert we’ve been,
Seeking the way and losing much time.

Ending
Go 1000xs

Music by Donnie Bugden
Words by Jim Guittard
2011

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2011 29 Jul

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2011 7 Jul

Song is based off of 3 Blind Mice. I came in with bass line and brother stepped in with the chaotic epiphone guitar with added reverb delay pedal. And Warren Barry added the keys and drums. This was back in 1997 and I flipped the tape over and that is how we got the backwards talking. We weren’t on drugs. Just having a fun time.

Download song here:
http://www.archive.org/det​ails/GuittardBrosOnceAroun​dTheMoon

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