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Happy holidays everyone, I hope 2016 didn’t do any damage to your face or hands. Everyone says this year was bad, but I’ve been hating years for years over here. Most are wildly overrated.

Anyway, in celebration of the end of this garbage-ass timespan, here’s a 2016 mix of Fuck You, Motherfucker (It’s Christmas):

Originally written and released by John Benjamin on December 22, 2002, I recorded my version on December 23, 2009. My intention was for it to grow to become an Instant Holiday Classic (IHC), an irritating radio staple that once a year would make me wealthy beyond my wildest Christmas imaginings. This plan has not yet come to fruition.

JB has a band called Ménage À Garage.

I continue on as Brad Sucks.

Good luck in 2017.

Posted on - December 22, 2016 [at] 12:53 pm by Brad
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Posted on - February 20, 2015 [at] 2:33 pm by Brad
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Over on Metafilter I joined in on the Bowie Summer Challenge. The idea was to, as a community, cover the entire The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars record. I was assigned the song Soul Love which I wasn’t familiar with (I’m more a Scary Monsters guy than Ziggy Stardust.) Anyway, here’s what I came up with:

Soul Love (cover)

Update: Got a few requests for the multitracks, so you can grab them here.

Posted on - August 28, 2013 [at] 10:38 am by Brad
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A cover request I did back in 2010 of Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus. Cleaned up & posted because the original’s being reissued.

Goodbye Horses

Posted on - July 16, 2013 [at] 10:29 am by Brad
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Went through some of the remixes I’ve heard for tracks off Guess Who’s a Mess:

Just in a Phase (Elijah Lucian remix)
Thanks for the Add (antisocial industrial remix)
Model Home (dotjot feel the Good Life remix)
Fluoride (Piero Peluche remix)
Come Back (Karstenholymoly remix)
The First Thing About Me – (Building on Fire remix)
Feel Free! Plastic Surgery! (Piero Peluche remix)
Come Back (diistinazione_altrove remix)

Thanks to everyone who’s been playing with my songs. You can get the source/stems for them all here and send your remixes (or video or whatever) in here.

Posted on - May 14, 2013 [at] 3:14 pm by Brad
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Since finishing all the recording for my next record it’s been exciting to work on new music again.

Thanks for the Add (demo) (5.2MB MP3)

One of my resolutions is to be more fast and loose with the creative output. Obsessing all alone was not helpful or fun.

Update: here are the lyrics for those that asked:

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Posted on - December 12, 2007 [at] 4:07 pm by Brad
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With completing all recording and sequencing on my next album and me regaining my enthusiasm for making new music, a complete sample library reset is in order. I’m a sample hoarder but my current setup (30-40 gigs of loops and samples in d:\music\samples\ subdirectories) has always been awful. The hierarchy’s all wrong and it sucks to browse. For a long time I’ve wanted a del.icio.us tagging style sample browser but I understand it’s a limited market.

But lately I’ve been using the latest beta of foobar2000 for my mp3 listening and organization. One thing I totally love about it is the facet view:

facets

You can enter a search query or click in any of the panels (you can choose what tag you want each facet to be based on) and it narrows down the other panels based on your selection or search query. It’s really fantastic and makes it easy to explore your collection.

So a light bulb went off last night: this is exactly what I want for my samples! With some help from the foobar2000 forums I set up another copy of foobar and had it index my sample directories. Big problem: foobar saves all the metadata to the actual audio files — .WAV files don’t support genre metadata. Boned.

I’ve been scrabbling around trying to make foobar do what I want with various plugins but it’s a pain in the ass. Now I’m on to trying other media players…

Posted on - December 8, 2007 [at] 12:32 pm by Brad
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Really like the song Phantom by Justice but wish it had lyrics and vocals? Here is Phantom by Justice with vocals and lyrics by The Phantom:

Posted on - December 4, 2007 [at] 5:31 pm by Brad
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Waterloo solo show went pretty good I think. Compared to Ottawa bars it was pretty surreal playing for people who were already pretty into my songs. All the laptop stuff went ok. Some show notes:

  • WatelrooI needed to run 6 1/4" outs into the soundboard. The soundboard was unfortunately at the back of the giant room and the sound fellow only had two DI boxes on stage and was running an XLR snake to the back. Luckily I brought along my Behringer UB1204 mixing board (just in case) that I was using for practice. So I wound up doing the sound from the stage, which was an interesting challenge when you’re playing guitar. The word is it sounded OK so I guess like… I’m a sound genius.
  • It is weird to mess up your own lyrics in front of people who know them and are singing along.
  • In rehearsals my song switching method (via a Nostromo n50 I found in a box) worked flawlessly. On stage however as soon as I finished a song I completely forgot what song I had just played and where I was and what was happening. So there were some false starts which nearly blew my whole ruse.
  • I need to edit the songs so they cut the vocal delay effect off when they’re over. Too many times I was like "thank you! thank you! thank you! .. thank you! … thank you! what the- thank you! what the- .. what the- thank you! … what the-"

Those are all pretty minor things it seems judging by the people who came up to get CDs signed or whatever afterwards. So I feel pretty good about it. Waterloo U. students are very smart, friendly and attractive and I was given a Waterloo hoodie by the residence council so now I can pretend that I’m one of them.

And as for travel notes:

  • The Super 8 should legally be forbidden from using the word "super" to describe their hotel services.

Thanks to the folks at Waterloo for having me out, everyone in the audience and anyone I met that I of course have immediately forgotten the name of. Fun!

Posted on - November 24, 2007 [at] 9:38 pm by Brad
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I was having a discussion with a friend of mine last night about whether the song Phantom by Justice could be played on the electric guitar. I thought it could be (but it would sound stupid) and he wasn’t sure (but thought it would sound stupid). So here it is, me playing along with Justice’s song Phantom:

Justice – Phantom (Brad Sucks at Guitar mix)

Yep. Stupid.

Posted on - November 16, 2007 [at] 1:28 pm by Brad
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