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Pick of the Litter - musical sketches (2009)

For my mindset this year, try songs 4-Madman, 3, Went West, and 7-Laughbomb. Just wanted to do different things, and these are more complete and more completely different than others. What a bunch of CRAP! But fun crap, for me... enough fun to finally say I am sick of never finishing, never putting the submission in the jukebox, so - sorry to you that it's mostly songs with a sortof developed intro and a few other areas of comparatively complete-ish sound. I hope there is somewhere to talk about each song and the RPMers that influenced me for each...

They Call Me Debris - 25 more unsubmitted tiny sketches (2009)

Many other short song sketches I did not have time to collect bounces of in time to send, so this material was not formally submitted in the 2009 challenge, although it was all entirely written and recorded in the same month period as the Pick of the Litter tracks. If it is desired by anyone that I remove these tracks I will immediately, but I think they are fun and sort of show how I work at larger picture and diverse ideas, but have trouble getting closure on details that would allow me to actually FINISH!!!! Try some, they are all really short.

2010 B - One Man's Trash + Another Man's Treasure • (2010)

Double Disks - sketches in various levels of completion, several I like a lot but all vocals are vile and need re-working. These will eventually be split in two disks for beter continuity, if I finish bouncing more sections of the February files there are som e totally acoustic ones even, with alt tunings. The reference to "homage to DBT's" in several titles is of course Drive By Truckers, who were coming here soon after the RPM Challenge was over and I had picked up The Dirty South in January. Not usually my style but I thought I could use a little more balls on some couple of songs so jammed them in at the end. Hell Yeah, ...it's tongue in cheek but I had fun...

2010 A - The Burning Journals (2010)

Inspired by the iPad book substitute platform, and other things about fire and books... The Texas Board of Education, dumbing down, loss in general... but some catchy tunes if you ignore the atrocious first-take lead vocals over wallowing unmixed-out layers of looped chorus takes. Some of these ideas could actually be worked into interesting things, if only I would.

The Burning Journals - (Continuing Updates) (2010)

Refined versions of some original compositions and recordings from RPM 2010. These do have some added lyrics, instruments and dubs; they are not genuine RPM but better derivative versions and upgraded mixes culled and reformatted from the hours of songs created during February 2010.

Prepare To Stop (2011)

incomplete songs performed at best moderately. as usual!

13 Lucky Lane (Street works too) (2013)

Incomplete... bad dummy lyrics... poor singing... but here are the most complete 13 songs of the 20"13" challenge (get it?). Less complete songs are on sister collections SIDE STREETS (close to same level as these) and DEAD ENDS (not so close but cool ideas) There were about 40 decent directions built from scratch again this year. And still none finished! Oh well. :D

La Lune et L'Etoile (Moon & Star) (2015)

Atlanta Trash Collective got a cheap mandolin for Christmas, and utilized it heavily to create the more acoustic tunes for this collection. A theme developed in the last few days of the month during the selection process and these songs seemed somehow more cohesive and the "moon" concept developed. I sent a second disk of harder electric based songs but don't see how to upload that one, so may throw a few songs in but not sure. These are all VERY HALF-BAKED DEMOS, all written and recorded along with hours of long jam sessions during February of 2015. Thanks~ and sorry! :)

Nothing, As Promised (2016)

Multiple Stories, Somewhat Intact (2017)

These were the most likely to present of 88 song stubs developed this year. I sing badly, need to edit, need lyrics but then again, it's just for fun. I always like diversity so here you go...

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BIOGRAPHY

Wow. The Atlanta Trash Collective album is called Pick of the Litter because there were some 30-ish songs taken to some level, and these were either the ones with the favorite riffs -OR- most diversity in sound, -or- maybe just a bit more advanced; they are all at varied stages of development, but none are what anyone would call complete. The assessment of proximity to finished are in the titles, listen at your own risk.

BAND MEMBERS
Who's in the band? You are, musicians of years past from all over. Right now Protools is an important member, and this year BFD2 which is just astonishing (and buggy). But I wrote it all out in the blog for my first project in 2007, excerpted here: I credit infinite influences but I would have to say, any project ever touched by the golden hand of Mr. Steve Lilleywhite is like crack to me; I can't get enough; thank you forever Sir. And the Beatles of course. So after that, we'd have to say Marshall Crenshaw, Elvis Costello, The Church, The Clash, REM, The Jam, The Replacements and U2 (suppose I shouldn't dis my first love, Cheap Trick) will be in there somewhere due to the overwhelming number of spins. Juicy additions would be The Smiths, Railway Children, Riverside (U.S., not Poland) and Catherine Wheel. Throw in intermittent obsessions with diverse artists like Gary Numan, Jason and the Nashville Scorchers, Steve Roach, Cocteau Twins, Chris Isaac, Juluka, Tom Waits, The English Beat, Bjork, Dead can Dance, Whiskeytown, and Elliot Smith please. But more currently I have been taken by indiepoprocks, (great station on iTunes radio stream) exotica (almost any Les Baxter remix), the Ultralounge series, Lounge King's podcast, then also The Clientele, and I can't stop playing Frou-Frou's "Let Go". OH YEAH, and how can I forget, the greatest sound in the past 6 years, Pernice Brothers. Cue up “The World Won’t End”’s first track, Working Girls. There’s none better. I played in a fun college cover punk/new wave band – Superficial Things – but since then I have been painfully introverted in my songwriting closet. Mysteriously, I write a riff I love, a lyric I am happy about, then I have a compulsion to go on to another new project without being able to revisit anything for more than about 2 nights in a row. So, In February I hope to do what some thousands of previous fragments of songs I have written and recorded have not, which is write songs which have a start, middle and end; viable to let anyone

YEARS COMPLETED
2009,2010,2011,2013,2015,2016,2017

GENRES
Alternative, ,Indie Rock,College Rock,Singer/Songwriter Rock,Alternative Rock


Completed Albums

Pick of the Litter - musical sketches(2009)

For my mindset this year, try songs 4-Madman, 3, Went West, and 7-Laughbomb. Just wanted to do different things, and these are more complete and more completely different than others. What a bunch of CRAP! But fun crap, for me... enough fun to finally say I am sick of never finishing, never putting the submission in the jukebox, so - sorry to you that it's mostly songs with a sortof developed intro and a few other areas of comparatively complete-ish sound. I hope there is somewhere to talk about each song and the RPMers that influenced me for each...


SKETCH-TourGuide-50pct done
SKETCH-Pennies Turn-70pct done
SKETCH-Went West-70pct done
SKETCH-No Madman Here-85pct done   (preferred)
SKETCH-Suburbia (Pretty Parking Lots)-60pct done
SKETCH-Surf of the Mountain Elders-75pct done
SKETCH-Laughbomb-95pct done
SKETCH-Neverland-60pct done
SKETCH-Sinistah!-65pct done
SKETCH-Espionauts-70pct done

They Call Me Debris - 25 more unsubmitted tiny sketches(2009)

Many other short song sketches I did not have time to collect bounces of in time to send, so this material was not formally submitted in the 2009 challenge, although it was all entirely written and recorded in the same month period as the Pick of the Litter tracks. If it is desired by anyone that I remove these tracks I will immediately, but I think they are fun and sort of show how I work at larger picture and diverse ideas, but have trouble getting closure on details that would allow me to actually FINISH!!!! Try some, they are all really short.


Sketch - Begin Again, Or   (preferred)
Sketch - Queen of Spades
Sketch - A Familiar Life
Sketch - Djembe Johnny
Sketch - Derelict Dreams
Sketch - Your Sister's Place
Sketch - Equilibretto
Sketch - Ska Yak
Sketch - Baby Loves Cheeeeez
Sketch - Didnt Listen Never Heard
Sketch - Mysterious Prevaricades
Sketch - The Lilted Gilding
Sketch - Over - and Then Some
Sketch - The 4 Stages of Loss (Live Without)
Sketch - Tikis in the Mist
Sketch - I.O.U.whY?
Sketch - The Savage Way
Sketch - Whosthatchick
Sketch - Moda, Mozambique
Sketch - Wheel of Gold Face of Sand (Moz reviz)
Sketch - MysterReviz
Sketch - L8R (@ 8 min in)

2010 B - One Man's Trash + Another Man's Treasure • (2010)

Double Disks - sketches in various levels of completion, several I like a lot but all vocals are vile and need re-working. These will eventually be split in two disks for beter continuity, if I finish bouncing more sections of the February files there are som e totally acoustic ones even, with alt tunings. The reference to "homage to DBT's" in several titles is of course Drive By Truckers, who were coming here soon after the RPM Challenge was over and I had picked up The Dirty South in January. Not usually my style but I thought I could use a little more balls on some couple of songs so jammed them in at the end. Hell Yeah, ...it's tongue in cheek but I had fun...


Her Anywhere 60pctDone   (preferred)
Our Lush Lagoon 80pctDone
Fate Of This Girl 85pctDone
Forgotten Secret 80pctDone
The Nick Of Time 75pctDone
Legacy 65pctDone
Hell Yeah -for DBT's 50pctDone
Let's Go! 70pctDone
First Day 50pctDone
Stifled Life or Heart Stopping 70pctDone
Carny Girl 1 (fragment)
Chrystalline (fragment)
Whatplacements? (fragment)
Deepspace Transmission (fragment)
Live Live Live (fragment)
G.S. 3 (fragment)
Gameshow (Fragment)
The Weeds -for DBT's 30pctDone

2010 A - The Burning Journals(2010)

Inspired by the iPad book substitute platform, and other things about fire and books... The Texas Board of Education, dumbing down, loss in general... but some catchy tunes if you ignore the atrocious first-take lead vocals over wallowing unmixed-out layers of looped chorus takes. Some of these ideas could actually be worked into interesting things, if only I would.


Burning Journals 80pctdone
Torchbearer And The Firemen 65pctDone   (preferred)
Gentle Reader (Lullaby for the Literate)60pctDone
Primitive Protectionist Fanatical Book Burning theme
Final Dispatch From Her 1954 Underwood 90pctDone
Monster To Me 65pctDone
Yesterday Tomorrow (Groundhog Day) 10pctmixed
Heartmeat (if you dream of her) 5pctmixed
Lost Name Etc. 40pctDone
Virtual Virtuosity 15pctDone
Let's Go! (Outa Here) 65pctDone

The Burning Journals - (Continuing Updates)(2010)

Refined versions of some original compositions and recordings from RPM 2010. These do have some added lyrics, instruments and dubs; they are not genuine RPM but better derivative versions and upgraded mixes culled and reformatted from the hours of songs created during February 2010.


The Burning Journals - (Song for an iPad Revolution)
Torchbearer And The Firemen   (preferred)
Primitive Protectionist Fanatical Bookburning Theme
Fate Of This Girl
Her Anywhere
Marzipan Diaries UNEDITED VERSION
Monster To Me
Nick Of Time UNEDITED VERSION
Watercolors
The Smith-Corona, Where She Left It
Lullabye For The Literate
Still Here UNMIXED
Hope For The Next Generation INCOMPLETE

Prepare To Stop(2011)

incomplete songs performed at best moderately. as usual!


No tracks have been uploaded for this album yet.

13 Lucky Lane (Street works too)(2013)

Incomplete... bad dummy lyrics... poor singing... but here are the most complete 13 songs of the 20"13" challenge (get it?). Less complete songs are on sister collections SIDE STREETS (close to same level as these) and DEAD ENDS (not so close but cool ideas) There were about 40 decent directions built from scratch again this year. And still none finished! Oh well. :D


NightTime Is...
In Our Time
Norbert North
Hard 7 (See How High)
Mercenary Position
Pretty, Pretty, Pretty
Why Should I Feel Strange?
Make Me Sing
This Boy
Tycoon
The Corner of My Eye
Last Night On Earth
Luck Is Changing

La Lune et L'Etoile (Moon & Star)(2015)

Atlanta Trash Collective got a cheap mandolin for Christmas, and utilized it heavily to create the more acoustic tunes for this collection. A theme developed in the last few days of the month during the selection process and these songs seemed somehow more cohesive and the "moon" concept developed. I sent a second disk of harder electric based songs but don't see how to upload that one, so may throw a few songs in but not sure. These are all VERY HALF-BAKED DEMOS, all written and recorded along with hours of long jam sessions during February of 2015. Thanks~ and sorry! :)


Contemplating Moonrise   (preferred)
Lunacy (A Love Song)
On Moonshine
Moon Kissing Mountain (Fly By) HackMix
Foundering (Red Tide) Newaddvox
Eclipsed - HackMix
To the Heavens - Sketch
Untagged
turned a back
Sketch-Midnight Movie
Reflecting On The Bayou

Nothing, As Promised(2016)


Psycalypso   (preferred)
The Bigger Plan
Chopper
The Storm
Laang Nights an Cole
Sketch Intense no.1
Sketch-Shenandoah
Clark's Guitars

Multiple Stories, Somewhat Intact(2017)

These were the most likely to present of 88 song stubs developed this year. I sing badly, need to edit, need lyrics but then again, it's just for fun. I always like diversity so here you go...


Slow Motion
Smile Flower People
Old Soul
Seance for the Sovereign
To A Bully
College Brigades
Love Each Other
Making Sense
Worry Your Little
Black Eye
In Berkeley - or - If You Write (still a jumble)
Dropped On The Head?
Under Stones
Me Ketch Ha Stomp!
The Men Who Play Guitars
We Act Out Plays - lyrics needed
Summer Lovers