Jerkatorium

Jerkatorium

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jerkatorium Wins The "Ace In The Hole" Song Fight, New "Old Friends" Collab Posted At SongFight.org

Jerkatorium won the "Ace In The Hole" Song Fight by a pretty good margin.  That's three wins in a row for us.

The song evolved a lot over the course of its composition; we had a sketchy original idea that neither of us was really excited about, until Chumpy and I started going back and forth, trading off huge revisions of the content and style until it all came together.  Anyway I hope you liked it, and if you haven't heard it yet you can catch it at:

http://www.songfight.org/music/ace_in_the_hole/jerkatorium_aith.mp3

We also have an entry posted in the current "Old Friends" Song Fight, and for the next week and a half or so you can hear it (and vote for it if you like it) at SongFight.org.  This time around we did another collaboration with Micah Sommersmith, the Song Fighter and accordion virtuoso that we worked with on the "Baked Out Of My Gourd" Song Fight almost a year ago.  This time we went for a friendship/rivalry theme modeled on those Bing Crosby/Bob Hope road movie songs, where they are ostensibly singing about their admiration for each other, but end up insulting each other throughout the bulk of the song.

We submitted the song under the name Jerkatorium featuring Micah Sommersmith in the interest of consistency (since that was the name we had for our other collaboration), but I should stress that Micah did so much work on the song that he should get equal billing, or maybe even top billing.  It was a true collaboration, with everyone contributing, and Micah did so much work on the song that it seems inaccurate and unfair to present it as if he were a guest musician.  We were considering reversing the order (Micah Sommersmith featuring Jerkatorium), or maybe coming up with a new band name for the collaboration (Micahtorium?), but Micah preferred Jerkatorium featuring Micah Sommersmith so we kept that.  Anyway I hope you like it:

http://www.songfight.org/index.php

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jerkatorium Wins The "Dominatrix" Song Fight, & New Song "Ace In The Hole" Posted @ SongFight.org

Jerkatorium won the "Dominatrix" Song Fight.  Only five bands submitted songs to that fight, and we won by a good margin.

We also have a song in the current "Ace In The Hole" Song Fight, and you can hear the song (and vote for it, if you like it) at:

http://www.songfight.org/index.php

Only five bands submitted songs to this fight too.  This is not incredibly unusual - there have been a few Song Fights with over 50 submissions, and there have been several fights with as few as 3 entries, and at least one fight with only 2 bands submitting.  I'm hoping this recent slump is very temporary.  I would rather compete against more bands, even though it would decrease our chances of winning.

We are also participating in a new Themesong Fight, where we write a theme song for a random Song Fighter.  We were assigned The John Benjamin Band, which is great because I have been a huge fan of his work for the past 15 years or so.  The artist assigned to compose a theme song for Jerkatorium is Johnny Cashpoint, an extremely prolific musician who covered our "Watching The Riot" for the 2016 Original Flava Cover Fight.  The theme songs aren't due until April 1, and they probably won't be posted until mid-April at the earliest, but I will put an announcement in this blog as soon as the songs are available.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Jerkatorium Song Posted For "Dominatrix" Song Fight

Jerkatorium has a new song posted in the current Song Fight.  The title for this week was "Dominatrix".  You can hear it, and vote for it if you like it, at the following link:

http://www.songfight.org

Chumpy's idea was to do a take on the Gor novels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor).  The novels are notoriously sexist, pornographic 'sword-and-planet' space operas that by all accounts celebrate violence towards women and the sexual humiliation of women.  Chumpy flipped the script to make the male narrator the slave in this song.  Pairing that approach with his catchy, ear-wormy melody resulted in a piece that I'm really happy with.

My cover art was used for this Fight, though I feel like I should explain it and perhaps apologize in advance for any perceived sexism or disrespect.  The Song Fight text block is the main logo for Song Fight:


In addition to that, Song Fight uses a sloppy, hand-drawn pic to accompany the text logo:


So my cover art was a take on that logo, and not some random S&M fantasy of mine (not one that I'm admitting to anyway):



And one last quick item:  I made a 'fan video' for a song called "Motor Scooter" by the Surrealists (a band from Olympia, Washington).  It's a mostly-unknown song that I've been listening to and enjoying for the past 25 years.  The video was put together using public domain footage I found on Archive.org.  Come to think of it, working on another Jerkatorium music video might have been a better use of my time, but this one was fun anyway, and it gave me more experience and practice doing some basic video editing:


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jerkatorium's cover of Sweet's "Fox On The Run"

This winter Jerkatorium participated the Gift Of Music Sidefight again.  Much as I'd described it last year:

The Gift of Music project is an annual Song Fight "Sidefight" or "Coverfight".  Each participating band picks four songs that they would like to hear cover versions of, and those songs were posted on the Song Fight bulletin board.  The songs could be anything except other Songfighter songs (there are other Sidefight/Coverfight opportunities to cover Song Fighter songs).  Then the Fightmaster randomly assigns those sets of four songs to other bands, and each band picks one song to cover.  So it's sort of like a secret Santa combined with a gift registry; you know that one of your four picks will get covered, but you don't know which of the four songs will be chosen and you don't know which band is covering it.


We were assigned to cover one of Paco Del Stinko's 
song picks.  He gave us a choice between four different songs from four different decades, and out of those four we chose "Fox On The Run" by Sweet.  Here is the link Paco gave for the original:



The Jerkatorium cover version can be heard at the link below:

http://www.johnnycashpoint.com/gom1617/jerkatorium_fotr.mp3

The cover song that we were gifted was "Quality of Armor", a Guided By Voices song that was covered for us (extremely well, IMHO) by the very talented Potato Dentata, and that can be heard at http://www.johnnycashpoint.com/gom1617/Quality%20Of%20Armor.mp3.

There is some other really good stuff covered by and for our fellow SongFighters at http://johnnycashpoint.com/blog/2017/01/28/gift-of-music-20162017/.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jerkatorium wins the "High School Safety Pin Parade" Song Fight, and how to download Jerkatorium music for free.

Jerkatorium won the "High School Safety Pin Parade" Song Fight, and Chumpy deserves all the credit for his excellent songwriting, performing and mixing skills.  You can hear the song here:

http://www.songfight.org/music/high_school_safety_pin_parade/jerkatorium_hsspp.mp3

As most of you probably already know, you can download all of Jerkatorium's Song Fight entries for free at SongFight.org.  Here's how:

1.  Click the "Jerkatorium SongFight archive" link at the upper right under the Many Jerkatorium Songs heading (or you can click anywhere on this line) to get our list of songs at SongFight.org.



2.  Pick a song from the list to download.  For this example, we're downloading the song "Fashion".  Right-click the little speaker symbol 🔊  next to the song.  If you have a mac mouse without a right click option, hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click the speaker symbol.



3.  Right- or Ctrl-clicking will bring up a menu.  Click on "Download Linked File As...".



4.  Choose which folder you want to download the song to (I usually save to my Desktop and then move it later if desired) and click Save.  



Repeat for as many songs as you like.  Most of the downloaded files will have names like "jerkatorium_hsspp.mp3" (for High School Safety Pin Parade) or "jerkatorium_aitc.mp3" (for Adele In The Car), but almost all of the songs have proper ID tags so they should file themselves correctly in iTunes and/or your mp3 player.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

New Jerkatorium song "High School Safety Pin Parade" posted at SongFight.org

Jerkatorium got third place in the "Do You Have A Plan" Song Fight.  I think we would have placed better, but we were up against a collaboration between a couple of other great Song Fight regulars (Pepper Jane and Berkeley Social Scene submitting together as "Brisbane Social Scene"), and it's hard to win against a collab - the votes from their respective fans combine and overwhelm the competitors.  Jerkatorium probably benefited from that sort of dynamic in our win for the "Baked Out Of My Gourd" fight due to our collaboration with the extremely talented Micah Sommersmith.

Now we have a new song for the "High School Safety Pin Parade" Song Fight, please listen (and vote if you like it) at:

http://www.songfight.org/index.php

They also used our art for this Fight.  This cover art is Chumpy's idea, and I just tweaked it a little to make it easier to submit to the website:


The version of the cover art on the SongFight.org front page is missing the graffiti because it didn't show up very well at 150x150 pixels, but the version above (400x400 pixels) is at the main song page and at the Song Fight Art Archive.  I included doodles for each band that had mentioned on the boards that they were submitting, and only two are missing (Skadaddle and The Semolina Pilchards) because they hadn't spoken up by the time I'd submitted the art.

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Song "Do You Have A Plan?" Posted At SongFight.org

Jerkatorium's submission for the "Do You Have A Plan?" Song Fight is currently posted at:

http://www.songfight.org

Listen, and if you like it please vote for it.  The song was composed during a time period that comedic inspiration was hard to come by, so we didn't try for any laughs in this one.  The song is on the aggressive side, and probably political, but the lyrics are nonspecific so it could be interpreted to fit a variety of situations.