2015 30 Mar

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….

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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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2013 9 Nov

A few weeks ago, I compiled together more songs from my lost “Guittard Tapes.”  I hadn’t had much time to go through the tapes but I did manage to find some songs and I have finally put together the second volume of the Guittard Tapes.  The tracks all come from a very productive period  of mine from 1999-2003 when I was living in Los Angeles.  If you like lo-fi do-it-yourself tunes, you’ll dig these on Volume 2 of the Guittard Tapes.

There are 12 new tracks which are as following:

  1. Girl’s On Crack                                                           2:22       
  2. Instrumental                                                                2:00
  3. Blues Instrumental                                                      1:12
  4. Tired (Experimental version)                                      1:32       
  5. Sleepless Night                                                           4:47       
  6. Paxil Withdrawal                                                        3:12
  7. Can’t Be Down That Very Long 2002 Demo             2:54
  8. Spacey Synth Instrumental                                         2:53       
  9. Jazzy Tune                                                                  3:16
  10. Tired – Acoustic Version                                             2:31       
  11. Airy Jangly Instrumental                                            1:48
  12. Gotta Get Out of Here                                                 2:49

Back in June, Jay Daniels, the host of the Muffin Junkee lo-fi Psychedelic podcast, featured me and the Guittard Tapes on an hour-long show broadcasting from British Columbia.  Since June, I have compiled the music for the Guittard Tapes Volume II.  The tunes were unreleased until this year and were just sitting in storage until early this year when my dad called me and said I had some things in his storage unit.  And how pleased I was to find the tapes!!!

The Guittard Tapes Volume II

* Track 7 was released on the California Daze album.

The Guittard Tapes Volume I

* Tracks 7 and 8 were released on the California Daze album.

Jim and Regi MI 2000

Myself with my Rickenbacker and fellow Musicians Institute student Regi – 2000.

can't be down that very lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t Be Down That Very Long

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2013 30 Sep

Listen to the Podcast below:                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Over the past six weeks, Jay Daniels of the Muffin Junkee Serves Tunes with Your Tea show out of British Columbia and I have been working on a podcast that is about my “Busted In Bulgaria” album that I released in 2008.  In 2013, things are still a bit uncertain in Bulgaria.  That is why I chose this particular album to do a show.  During my 2006 – 2008 Peace Corps service, times were quite uncertain also.

After my first year as an English teacher, the second year started with a bang when there was a country-wide teacher strike in all of Bulgaria.  As a volunteer, my job was to come to class everyday whether the students were there or not.  Mostly, they were not and so I seized the opportunity to write down some of my thoughts on the situation and that would become the basis for much of the Busted in Bulgaria album.

The podcast is a selection of songs that both Jay and I compiled.  We chose the following songs:

1. Listen To Your Voice
2. Hoola Hoop Girl
3. Rico
4. Breaking the Language Barrier
5. 8A Class
6. Stachkata
7  Survival Mode
8. What’s Your Role in Life
9. Be Real True
10.I want to go to the Moon (2013)
11.The Sun Shines Today

In the show, you will hear commentary about each song which focuses on what was going on at the time of its writing and recording.  Also included in the podcast are some surreal psychedelic skits and a nice segment on Bulgarian breakfast foods to go along with Jay’s breakfast theme.

cover

Please check out some of Jay’s other podcasts at his buzzsprout site.  You may follow him at his Muffin Junkee Tunes for Tea Facebook page.  Or at ITunes.

I hope you will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Hard at Work                                          Boza-man Statue – Radomir, BG

crazy hair jim and boza man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download Busted in Bulgaria here:

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2013 17 Sep

See Lyrics and Original song below…

I recorded the original song called “Survival Mode” while living overseas in Bulgaria in 2007.  At the time, I felt everything was caving in on me as I was a Peace Corps TEFL Volunteer.  Mostly it was the wall of sound that I was dealing with in the classroom where I taught.  Probably Phil Spector would have dug the wall of sound.

At the time while overseas, I was paying close attention to American politics.  The song was written shortly after Andrew Meyer’s “Don’t Tase Me Bro!” incident.

The times were definitely a time when the basic American liberties such as freedom of speech was rapidly disappearing as is evident by what happened to Andrew for asking questions at a John Kerry discussion at a University of Florida forum.

It was like every day I’d read about another incident of one being tased.  Starting in 2011, the new thing is people getting pepper sprayed.  College campuses have always been  a place of dialogue but the powers that be want passive subjects and in the particular the incident at University of California at Davis sticks out as something to be concerned about.  One police officer very casually sprayed students who were sitting there peacefully during an Occupy protest.

Currently, I’m working on a podcast with a show in British Columbia for my album “Busted in Bulgaria” that came out in 2008.  I’ll be talking about what the background of the songs where and how I came to record them.  The podcast should be out by the last week in September. Survival Mode was one of the songs on the BIB album.  I felt that it still has a good message today and that is why I re-recorded it.  The original was recorded on a laptop in a rather haphazard way with only a handheld microphone and an acoustic guitar.  The updated version has electric guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and background vocals provided by my wife.

 

We’ve got to preserve our health.
It is all for ourself.
People are running scared.
Just like they haven’t cared.

Some turn to the booze.
This isn’t what I choose.
Which is the way?
Certainly there’s a new day.

Chorus

We’re all in survival mode.
We carry big load.
We’re all in survival mode.
We carry big load.

Arguments and tempers flare.
This I don’t wish to bear.
There’s no point to this.
Better avoid and miss.

We live within our cave.
Wishing only to save.
Our egos cause problems.
With pride we wear our emblems.

Chorus

We’re all in survival mode.
We carry big load.
We’re all in survival mode.
We carry big load.

We make shady deals.
so we can eat our meals.
We keep up the front.
In our power hunt.

Have faith in one another.
We’re brother and sister.
Fight through the pain.
We’re all the same.

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2007

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2013 31 Jul

I wrote the song and recorded it around 2001 in Hollywood, California on my 4-track Tascam machine. I play a jangly rhythm Rickenbacker, drums, and lead guitar on another 12-String Rickenbacker. The piece was me trying to play jazz.  Here is a video I put together from public domains clips.

You can download and listen to the song for free here:

In making the video, I found some clips that were either in the public domain or they could be used because they were uploaded as part of creative commons licensing.

The clips I used in the video are from:

1. Reg Kehoe and His Marimba Queens (ca. early 1940s)

The clip was produced as a “Soundie” which was the precursor to music videos that we all know. The 3-Minute soundies were viewed on coin-operated jukeboxes that could be found in clubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and bars.

Mills Panoram Soundie Jukebox

Mills Panoram Soundie Jukebox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The cult classic “Reefer Madness” (1936)

The rest of the video comes from home videos from my childhood growing up in Texas in the 1970s.

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2013 20 Jul

Over the last fifteen years, I’ve recorded quite a few Byrds covers.  The first Byrds album that I bought was their third album entitled “Fifth Dimension” which was released in July 1966.  The 1996 Columbia reissue has a few extra bonus tracks.  The interview track is one of my favorites.  I still feel quite attached to this album.

I’ve recorded several tracks from the 5D album (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ) .  Mr. Tambourine album (6 and 9).  Younger Than Yesterday (8).  And Sweetheart of the Rodeo (7).

1. 5D (Jim)

  • Jim Guittard – electric bass, guitar, lead guitar, organ, vocals

2. What’s Happening?!? (The Ragas)

  • Henry McGuinn – lead guitar, vocals
  • Jim Guittard – guitar

3. Eight Miles High (The Ragas)

  • Henry McGuinn – 12-String acoustic lead guitar, vocals
  • Jim Guittard – acoustic guitar, vocals

4. Eight Miles High (Jim)

  • Jim Guittard – guitar, vocals

5. Captain Soul (Jim)

  • Jim Guittard – drums, electric bass, electric guitar, guitar, hand claps

6. Mr. Tambourine Man (The Ragas)

  • Henry McGuinn – lead guitar, vocals
  • Jim Guittard – guitar, vocals

7. You Ain’t Going Nowhere (The Ragas)

  • Henry McGuinn – lead acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Jim Guittard – acoustic guitar, vocals

8. Thoughts and Words (Jim)

  • Jim Guittard – acoustic guitar, backwards guitar, vocals

9. Spanish Harlem Incident (Jim)

  • Jim Guittard – electric bass, electric guitar, drum machine, vocals
  • Katia Guittard – voice
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2013 3 Jul

I wrote the basic lyric on June 14, 2010 in Sofia, Bulgaria at an OMV gas station.  This was a place I came quite often to create lyrics.  Posted below is a picture of the scribbled lyrics from that day.  The chords that I have written on the side are not the chords of this song.  There is another version of the song that I did but it may be lost.

Cubical Maniacs

How’s life in the box?
Can you open up your locks?
You’re losing so much time.
Isn’t this your prime?

What’s your reward?
Ending up in the mental ward?.
Isn’t life in the box a pain?

Ride the ladder up.
Ride the ladder down.
It’s never gonna end cause you’re chasing the wind.

Cubical maniacs jumping around
Lurking, scheming to win.
only to lose, only to lose…

Gotta win the spot.
You know you’ve always been bought
Watch out for the little hacks,
They’ll stab you in the back.

They say you should be a lawyer.
But you’re more like Tom Sawyer.
They say do not do that.
But you wanna to do that.

Cubical maniacs jumping around
Scheming, lurking about.
only to lose, only to lose
Only to lose.

Ride the ladder up.
Ride the ladder down.
Go all around.
Never gonna end cause you’re chasing the wind.

How’s life in the box?
Can you open up the locks?

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2013

cubical maniacs

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2013 28 May

 

I recorded this one back on February 26, 2004 to be exact on my 4-track Tascam machine. I was dog/house sitting for Steven Collins (founder of Deadman) at his pad and he let me use his instruments to record and obviously I wanted to rise to the occasion that came knocking. I used his Rhodes keyboard to get a nice 60s vibe. The piece has not been revealed to the public until now as the song had been buried among the “Guittard Tapes” for almost 10 years.

Wake up, my brother!

Is it real or fake?
The world’s life’s at stake.
We watch the television.
And all can say could this be?

Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
We’re gonna die!

Why all of these things?
We just need our wings.
We work to the max.
As if we’re on the right tracks.

Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
We’re gonna die!

We’re all too busy.
In our own worlds of me.
Take time to say a prayer.
That we all might become aware.

Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
Wake up, my brother.
The time is now.
We’re gonna die!

Words and Lyrics by Jim Guittard 2013

Wake Up, My Brother

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2013 2 May

Covers by Jim Guittard and Friends

I’m releasing these songs because I thought, “why not?”

The time period the songs were recorded is from 1994-2002 and in various cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Austin, and Gunnison (Colorado).

It was in college in Gunnison, Colorado at Western State College that I started recording music on my Tascam 4-Track machine. In 1993, at that point, I hadn’t really started to write any of my own songs. Initially, I would make up different lyrics to songs I knew. I had read that that was what John Lennon did when he started out. He had some gig with the Quarrymen at a church and didn’t have any songs of his own so he improvised words to the Del Vikings “Come Go With Me.”

The tunes for my covers album are:

01. Captain Soul – (The original tune is an instrumental on the Byrds 5D album.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Lead and rhythm guitar, drums, bass, and hand claps.  Recorded in Los Angeles around 2001.

02. Cars Hiss By My Window – (The original is a Doors song off L.A. Woman album complete with scat singing ala Morrison style.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals, lead and rhythm guitars.  Recorded in Gunnison, Colorado around 1994.

03. Eight Miles High – (The original is a Byrds tune off the 5D album again. It does not have the Coltrane type 12-string lead Rickenbacker.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Lead and background vocals, and guitars.  Recorded in Los Angeles around 2001-2.

04. Get Back – (Beatles tune on the “Let It Be” album.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals, lead and rhythm guitar.  Recorded in Dallas or Gunnison, Colorado around 1994.

05. Hare Krshna Mantra – (This is an obscure George Harrison tune that he did with the Hare Krishnas for an album.

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals, keyboard, acoustic guitar, and percussion.  Recorded in Dallas around 1997 or so.

06. Inner Light – (This originally was a George Harrison tune B-side to Lady Madonna.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Lead and background vocals, lead guitar, drone keyboard.  Recorded in Dallas, Texas around 1997.

07. Mr. Tambourine Man – (Originally this was a Bob Dylan tune but Henry McGuinn and I did it in our duo the Ragas. We did it more like the Byrds version.)

Personnel: Henry McGuinn – Lead Vocals and lead acoustic guitar; Jim Guittard – Background vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar.  It was recorded in 2000 in Los Angeles.

08. You Ain’t Going Nowhere – (This was originally a Bob Dylan tune which was on the Basement Tapes sessions with the Band but here is the Ragas covering it based up the Byrds cover off the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album.)

Personnel: Henry McGuinn – Lead Vocals and lead acoustic guitar; Jim Guittard – Background vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar.  It was recorded in 2000 in Los Angeles.

09. No Reply – (This was based off the Beatles tune on the Beatles for Sale/Beatles ’65 albums.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals: lead and background, two rhythm guitars.  It was recorded in Gunnison, Colorado.

10 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – (Here the song is based off the Beatles original from the Rubber Soul album.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals:  lead and background, rhythm guitar, and sitar.  Song was recorded in Dallas, Texas around 1997.

11. Sun King – (The original is from the Beatles Abbey Road album.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals:  lead and background, lead and rhythm guitars.  It was recorded in Gunnison, Colorado in 1994.

12. Thoughts and Words – (This original is a Chris Hillman psychedelic tune from the Byrds’ album Younger Than Yesterday.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals:  lead and background, lead and rhythm guitars.  It was recorded in Los Angeles in 2001.

13. Ticket To Ride – (The Original is from the Beatles Help! album.)

Personnel:  Bob Guittard – Lead Vocals, lead guitar.  Graham Cathy – Drums.  Jim Guittard – background vocals, rhythm guitar, and bass.  Song was recorded in Dallas in 1995.

14. Eight Miles High – (This is the Ragas version of the Byrds original from the 5D album.)

Personnel: Henry McGuinn – Lead Vocals and lead acoustic guitar; Jim Guittard – Background vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar.  It was recorded in 2000 in Los Angeles.

15. Norwegian Wood (This Byrd Has Flown) – (The Ragas version of the Beatles tune.)

Personnel: Henry McGuinn – Lead Vocals and lead acoustic guitar; Jim Guittard – Background vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, and percussion.  It was recorded in 2000 in Dallas, Texas.

16. Nobody’s Fault But My Own – (The original is a Beck tune off his 1999 album Mutations. The cover version was sent as a demo take for Jim to enter the Musicians Institute music school in Los Angeles,)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals:  lead and background, sitar, and 12-string acoustic guitar.  Song was recorded in Dallas, Texas in 1999.

17. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle – (This original is a Nirvana tune off the In Utero album.)

Personnel:  Jim Guittard – Vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, wah pedal and effects.  The cover version was recorded in Gunnison, Colorado in the dorms at Western State College.

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