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Sunday, April 16, 2017

New Jerkatorium Song "Ocean Of Blood" Posted At SongFight.org

Jerkatorium submitted an entry for the current "Ocean Of Blood" Song Fight, and you can hear it (and vote for it if you like it) at the following link:

http://www.songfight.org

This song is just acoustic guitar and voice, which is a bit of a departure from our typical style.  Other than the vocal layering, this is a "no-frills" effort from us.  A couple hours prior to submission Chumpy found a neat new trick in Logic Pro X that helped us clean up the song, and we were at it right up until the deadline.  There are some timing issues during the second verse that I'm sure we would have noticed and cleaned up prior to submission if we'd had more time and fresh ears, but I'm still very happy with how it turned out.  The lyrics are darker than usual, but with title like "Ocean Of Blood" you'd have to expect some darkness.

I might post another update as soon as tomorrow, depending on how soon the Nur Ein songs are posted.  Jerkatorium is on track to submit our song for the "Fingers Crossed" round today.

I do not like to update this blog without pictures, so here is a photo of the sunset I took from the plane to Sacramento on January 9.  It's a pretty photo except for the scratches on the window.  It has nothing to do with Jerkatorium music, but here it is anyway:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Jerkatorium Song "The John Benjamin Band Theme"

As part of a recent "Themesong Fight", Jerkatorium created a theme song for fellow Song Fighter and musical genius The John Benjamin Band:


The song turned out great, and you can hear it here:


The John Benjamin Band is genuinely as fantastic as depicted in the song, and you can hear a bunch of his music at his Johnorama.com website, and you can hear a bunch more in his SongFight archive:


We have another new song coming out soon for the "Ocean Of Blood" Song Fight, and I will update this blog as soon as those songs are posted.

In other news, Jerkatorium is competing in Nur Ein this year, which means at least one new song every week from now until we get eliminated from the competition.  Nur Ein is different than Song Fight because it's an elimination competition (like oh so many reality TV competition shows), and there is a set panel of judges instead of voting from the general public.  It started yesterday and lasts until June 5, so there should be new Jerkatorium songs posted every week until we lose.  I will post regular updates and links to the songs on this blog.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Jerkatorium Wins AGAIN for the "Old Friends" Song Fight

Jerkatorium featuring Micah Sommersmith won the "Old Friends" Song Fight by a wide margin.  As I'd mentioned in the previous post, Micah did a ton of work to make the song as good as it is.  Extra kudos to Chumpy too for his contributions to the lyrics, for delivering a great vocal performance, and for his mixing mastery.  You can hear the song at this link:

http://www.songfight.org/music/old_friends/jerkatorium+micahsommersmith_of.mp3

Early on we'd gotten a lot of good reviews for the song, and the host of the YouTube SongFight Listening Party had obviously enjoyed it (use the link below the image to go directly to his reaction):




Anyway that's four wins in a row (or two wins in a row, if you're counting it as Jerkatorium featuring Micah Sommersmith instead of Jerkatorium).  We'll have another song posted soon for our ThemeFight entry, I'll post a link as soon as that is up.

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/.