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Travelers of Tyme present “Music for Lovers!”

February 14, 2011

FREE STREAM OR $2 DOWNLOAD – http://tyme.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-lovers

Travelers of Tyme engineer music precisely for holidays such as St. Valentine’s Day, a complex and contradictory day. For some, it is a day of romance, of flowers, sweet kisses, and nostalgic, warm conversation. For others, it is a day of heartache, of loneliness, and perhaps dark fantasies involving the Hallmark company and the calling of robotic minions to do biddings against the makers of cards. Regardless of where you find yourself this February 14th, we encourage you to lower the lights, pour a snifter of wine or whiskey for yourself and your special friend, if you have one, and switch on “Music for Lovers.” The Travelers cannot guarantee you will enjoy all of your experiences on this planet — but we CAN guarantee that we will make them sound better!

So go ahead, talk softly over “Music for Lovers.” Clink your glasses, kiss your kisses, whisper your sweet nothings into real or imagined ears. “Music for Lovers” is music meant to sway softly in the background, like a silhouetted palm tree in a warm, sea breeze. It is music to live to and, of course, music to love by!

(Note: listen at work and watch your productivity increase by 40%!)

Thank you, as always, for choosing Travelers of Tyme for all of your musical wallpaper needs. And Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your beloved, whether in flesh or fantasy.

Professor Yaya & Doctor Klem
The Travelers of Tyme

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Pictures from the Hideout show

June 11, 2009

Greetings, one and all!

A short post this evening.

A friend of Detholz!, Sarah Rhee Danyluk – one of the best live show photog’s here in town – took a series of pictures at the Sunday show I thought I’d share.

You can view them HERE.

Thanks to all who came, to Colby Starck for filling in on drums (see previous posts) and welcome back to Rick Franklin! It was his first show with us in 7 years!

Now that I’ve closed out a huge, all-consuming scoring project, I plan to post more frequently. Check back soon for more free downloads!

Also, as an aside, I did a session today with burgeoning Chicago singer-songwriter DANIEL KNOX. Check out his stuff at www.danielknox.com! He’s caught the ears of David Lynch and Rufus Wainwright – a true up-and-comer in Chicago!

Cheers!

The Transformation of “Lost Weekend”

March 4, 2009

Welcome or welcome back to the Detholz! Mp3 Blog!

This week “Mp3 Blog” is something of a misnomer since, once again, I have no new track to offer. However, a comment from last week got me thinking that a discussion about the Detholz! process of creating a song, from demo to live performance to the recording studio, might be interesting to fans and fellow music nerds alike.

Our case study: Lost Weekend <–The demo is re-posted here for your convenience. For an exhaustive discussion of the lyrical and musical content of this song, click here.

It’s probably not the best case study since it’s such an atypical Detholz! song in just about every respect. I guess that’s why I found the process so interesting!

DETHOLZ! SONGWRITING

When we first started out 12 years ago as acne-addled college students, the songwriting was usually done as a group. I remember fondly evenings with Karl and Big Jamesie seated on the floor in our rank, musty college apartment, acoustic guitars in hand, cranking out one geeky, stupid song after another. [The only surviving example of a song written during that period is “Last Train to Mars,” which is on our first record Who Are The Detholz!?, available for download or song-by-song purchase at www.detholz.com/merch.html]

Over the next few years, Karl and I would occasionally regroup to write in tandem. I remember a number of nights when I was working full-time as a piano salesman in Downers Grove (really lives up to its name!) when we would meet in the back of the store after closing to sit amongst all of the dusty granny organs and write songs. ‘Twas a magical time! “Sunburned in the Sun” (also on WRTDH!?) was written at that time and remains the band’s favorite, even after all these years.

As we got older and life got busier, we’ve settled into a tried-and-true procedure:

1. I (or someone else in the band) record(s) demos at home arranged as completely as possible, incl. percussion, keyboard parts, guitar/bass parts, vocals, etc. (many of which have been posted on this here blog over the past few years — a box set’s worth of material, in fact. See previous posts)
2. I (or someone else) will email the demos to the band for a vote.
3. The band votes “yea” or “nay,” usually citing specific parts or reasons why.
4. If “nay,” then the song is scrapped on the spot. If “yea” then it proceeds to the next stage on the Detholz! Conveyor Belt, DETHOLZ! REHEARSAL.

In the case of “Lost Weekend,” I did something a little different: there were no guitar parts recorded on the demo. I anticipated that this might jog the band a little bit in rehearsal & transform the song into something different, something better. Turns out I was right!

DETHOLZ! REHEARSAL

Usually, we learn any given song in its original “demo’ed” form. This typically involves me charting out parts for Jonny & Rick (keyboards) and Ben (bass) using either standard notation or “lead sheets.”

One of three things happens next:

1. Nothing!
2. Extant sections of the song are excised or extended
3. New sections of the song are written collaboratively & added — this happened on songs that have been in our live rotation recently, like “Future Wife” and “Catherine Zeta-Jones” (which also went through a huge makeover in the studio, incidentally)

“Lost Weekend” was a chaotic mess in the rehearsal stage. First of all, we were rehearsing to record it, not play it live, which meant there was extra pressure to “get it right” in rehearsal. There were so many keyboard parts on the demo that Jonny and Rick couldn’t possibly cover them all, which meant Karl and I had to come up with guitar parts on the spot in rehearsal. These changed literally almost every time, clear up into the recording session.

The most difficult aspect of playing “Lost Weekend” was achieving the right “feel.” It’s so radically different from Detholz! usual anal-retentive Prussian herky-jerk; it has a much more relaxed, loose and creepy almost “dub” feel to it that we really had to wrestle with to get right.

This is where having an excellent producer like Bobby Conn really came in handy. Bobby attended all of our rehearsals leading up to the first tracking session at Bill Skibbe’s magical Key Club Recording studio in Benton Harbor, MI. He took copious notes and recorded every rehearsal on a small handheld cassette recorder. For “Lost Weekend,” he even sent Andrew (drummer) a bunch of different dub recordings, since Andrew was largely unfamiliar with the style. He also spent a lot of time working with Andrew on a “looser” style of playing.

We wrestled with this clear up until the last rehearsal, when the song started to get closer… but not quite all the way. I kept telling Andrew to play “behind the beat,” which he interpreted perhaps too literally at first. The more we practiced, the better it got. Still, it had an edge of tightness to it that sounded affected and wrong. By the time we were going into the studio, “Lost Weekend” was still nowhere near 100%. Of all of the songs on the record, I was extremely concerned… it was looking like “Lost Weekend” = FAIL.

RECORDING SESSION

When it came time to record “Lost Weekend,” we found that the song was really living up to its name. There we were: sitting in a recording studio on the weekend, completely lost!

I should mention: for this session, we set everyone up to record simultaneously. The drums and bass in the “big room,” guitars in a room whose walls are completely lined with cut logs (my favorite room at Key Club — it’s like playing on the set of Twin Peaks) and keyboards in an isolation booth at the rear of the building. There are windows in each rooms walls, so we have a line of sight to one another. (Pics will be posted shortly…)

After doing a couple of “okay” but stilted takes, Bobby told us to take a break (everyone except the drummer, that is) & that he was going to try something. So, we all meandered out into the kitchen area, feeling a little dejected. A few minutes later, he called us back in. Andrew was playing the part PERFECTLY, even with the little hi-hat flourishes and odd cymbal crashes that are characteristic of a “dub” sort of style. We were astounded.

Q: How did Bobby flip this magical switch in so short a time?

A: He ran ALL of the drums through an Echo-Plex, a vintage tape reverb unit!

Playing along to his bad delayed self, Andrew was inspired to loosen up and improvise, which he does very well in his jazz playing all of the time. We went back in & all it took was 2 more takes for us to perfectly nail “Lost Weekend,” with the elusive feel we had sought all along. A truly great moment in Detholz! history! There’s nothing more exciting in music than to have a take like that happen spontaneously in a studio. It’s the “happy accident” principle & involves an element of chaos that goes beyond rehearsal, planning & raw musicianship, even.

I like to think it’s white magic… in fact, I more than “like” to think it– I do. Never believe it’s not so!

LOST WEEKEND EPILOGUE

“Lost Weekend” isn’t completely finished yet, but it’s already one of my favorite cuts on the new record this far. It’s a very different kind of sound for us — in fact, Rick wondered in rehearsal if it was TOO different & would sound strange in the context of the other songs. After the transformation it went through from demo to studio, however, we all agreed that it fit in nicely & I know I’m not the only one in the band for whom it transmogrified from a “meh” song to a total standout.

Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone our final tracking session due to scheduling problems, so it’ll be awhile before we’re able to put Death to the Traitor in the can.

On the flipside, Detholz! is planning to work on new material over the next few weeks, so check back for some brand new demos & cast your vote! We exist but to serve!

GFS A Cappella Group – “Silence is Golden”

January 21, 2009

Greetings, once again, Detholz! aficionados welcome to the all-new Detholz! Mp3 Blog 2009!

Look to your right and you’ll see a couple of new gizmos I’ve installed to streamline your shopping experience, including Top Posts, Most Recent Gripes, Jibes & Grumbles from the Peanut Gallery, etc.  There’s even a calendar if you lose track of the time you fritter away here at the Detholz! Mp3 Blog!

Happy New Year to all and welcome to a New American Golden Age (I think).  I don’t usually like to talk politics on this blog, but our friend, Thax Douglas (“Chicago’s Rock ‘N Roll poet laureate,” as he’s known), summed up how I felt about yesterday’s inauguration proceedings for President LaBamba perfectly in a MySpace posting.  I’ve reprinted the post here verbatim with his permission:

“Well the ice floe of the 20th century has been floating off chip by chip over the last nine years, especially when someone like Mailer died-but a huge gob of it drifted off today. I feel orphaned in the 21st century, a strange feeling even tho it was what i wanted.

People forget that catastrophes can be positive.
the Obama presidency is a positive thing but it’s still a catastrophe in that it is life-changing and irreparable.
It is comparable to a) finding you’re not dying after all-b) winning or earning a large chunk of money-c)having the girl of your dreams say “yes”-
Thus even tho Obama who I voted for and feel will be a napoleonically great president taking power is a good thing I still feel the hollowness I felt the day after 9/11.  We can never go back. It will take a while for life to rush and fill the hollowness.”

Will President LaBamba end up being the girl of our dreams, with all of the large chunks distributed in all of the right places? Only time will tell.

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Today’s mp3 post is a little out of the ordinary, to say the least. 

Last week, without warning, Detholz! received a fully-realized a cappella vocal arrangement of “Silence is Golden” via email from a longtime fan, Allen Drew, which I’m posting here with his permission:

GFS A CAPPELLA GROUP – “SILENCE IS GOLDEN”

Allen is the a cappella choral director at Germantown Friends School in the Philadelphia area and this performance of “Silence is Golden” (first track on Cast Out Devils, Detholz!’s second album from 2006 available at http://www.detholz.com/merch.html) is by his kids in the high school a cappella group, called (strangely) “GFS A Cappella.”

For those of you who have been with Detholz! for any span of our 12-year history, you know we revel in deconstructing pre-existing music & patching it back together in Frankensteinian fashion (see posts leading up to Halloween last year/previous years…). Suffice it to say, an arrangement of “Silence is Golden” — a decidedly Shatner-esque spoken word track — for a high school a cappella chorus really tickled us pink. Detholz! all gathered ’round the computer to listen after rehearsal last week & there were high-fives all around.

So, big thanks/mad props to Allen and his excellent singers for all of the effort that went into this recording! Speaking of which, this track is from an entire album of deconstructed a cappella songs, called Vinyl, much in the spirit of Jukebox of the Dead (Detholz! annual Halloween cover show). Vinyl is available for purchase for $17, with all proceeds going to benefit the GFS a cappella vocal program.

To order your copy, send a check for $17 made out to “Germantown Friends School” with “A Cappella” in the memo line to:

Allen Drew,
Germantown Friends School,
31 W. Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Allen can also be reached for questions at Allend@gfsnet.org

Here’s a sampling of the track listing, just to whet your appetite. Due to some sort of psychic anomaly, the kids are singing a lot of songs Detholz! have covered in Halloweens past:

Kiss – Prince

I Used to Love Him – Lauryn Hill/MJ Blige

Love Shack – The B-52s

Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap

The Girl From Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Faith – George Michael

Helplessly Hoping – CSNY

Mexico – James Taylor

Somebody to Love – Queen

Silence is Golden – Detholz!

White Wedding – Billy Idol

Livin’ on a Prayer – Jon Bon Jovi

Final Countdown – Europe (This one makes Jonny proud!)

Thanks again, Allen and the kids at GFS!

Tune in next Wednesday for another installment of Detholz! Mp3 Blog…

DRAC – “Piece of Heaven”

December 31, 2008

Greetings, troglodytes, & Happy Last Year of the Aughties!

Before we begin, a short advertisement for the Detholz! show THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 3rd @ SCHUBAS w/PINK DEVIL & SONOI (ex-MANISHEVITZ)!

This will be Detholz! last appearance in its current configuration — more news on that will be forthcoming — but why not ring in the New Year once the ringing in your ears from your punishing hangover has ceased by joining us for a fantastic billing. PINK DEVIL is the new project of our compatriot (and my new neighbor), Danny Black, and SONOI is the newest outing for the leading members of our booking agency rostermates, MANISHEVITZ. It will be a family nite not to be missed, and we will be debuting some new material as well…

Also, Facebook has finally broken the collective will of Detholz!, so if you’re a part of this nefarious, time-consuming religious cult, then why not add yourself as a fan?

Okay, on with the show…

Firstly, apologies for my long absence. Once Thanksgiving hits, my life goes into hyperspace at my various jobs & I revert to a troglodytic existence until the Yuletide tsunami has crashed and dispersed.

For this last week of 2008, I give you another installment in the full-scale musical I’m writing based loosely on the “Dracula” story (see previous post):

PIECE OF HEAVEN

Some scene-setting exposition: this “aria” occurs in the middle of Act I. Without giving too much away, it’s a song sung by a vampire welcoming a major character to a vampiric trailer park (“Wallachian Manor”) in Appalachian Pennsylvania, 1956.

“Musically speaking,” (hardy har har) this musical is by far the most ambitious and challenging piece of music I’ve written yet. Not only am I composing songs, but there is all manner of ancillary material — narrative interludes, instrumental transitions, etc. — not to mention the libretto (a.k.a. the “lyrics” of the story) or the orchestration. To further complicate matters, once this is finished, I’m going to need to recruit some warm-blooded humans to cover certain parts on the recording, including female vocalists, string & brass players, and probably a percussionist or two.

Before Christmas I had a minor breakdown on this project– it just got too overwhelming. The cherry on top is that this is a Musical — a format I’ve detested my entire life (see previous post) — so I’m having to surmount a certain degree of distaste & a healthy dose of insecurity to boot. Will all of this work ultimately be worth it for an admittedly ridiculous musical adaptation of Dracula? I guess you, doughty listener, will have to be the final judge.

I’m about 5 songs into the thing now & I have the suspicion that today’s is the best of the lot. I’ve been listening to a lot of ’50’s bubblegum pop to study for this project– The Platters, in particular– so you’ll hear a lot of elements of that style appropriated for use here, incl. the classic 6/8 piano chords that run throughout the whole song & the “doo-wop” background vocals.

Another element I’m proud of is my newest toy: a theremin! I’m ham-handedly trying to learn how to play it, but it’s one of the most difficult instruments I’ve ever attempted. What is a theremin, you ask? Click here for the full skinny. It’s an early electronic instrument controlled entirely by gesture– so there’s no reference for pitch other than one’s ear. Suffice it to say, it ain’t easy. I’ve spent hours on the thing and I can barely play a scale.

What do you think of this? Yea? Nay? Neigh? Help me out, folks. By my calculation, orchestrating songs like this takes me about four times as long as writing your average Detholz! song, so it’s a big commitment.

Tune in next week for more! I’m not teasing this time!

And have a safe and resplendent New Year!

LYRICS

PIECE OF HEAVEN (WALLACHIAN MANOR)

Squeeze me until my breathing ceases
Don’t catch me when I fall
Awake forever,
Warm with your fluid,
I welcome you to our piece of heaven

Floating away from earthly bodies
Pressing your lips to mine
We are forever,
Rich with the color,
I welcome you to our piece of heaven

I want to lose myself in time
I want to break free
The present is ours forever
Moist and cloudy,
You surround me,
Taste my heart,
Feel my last heartbeats…

Hold me against you
Let me feel you tremble
Swept underneath my tide
This world is ours
Always remember
I welcomed you

I welcome you!

Jukebox of the Dead IX Countdown – “Built This City” Sneak Preview!

October 29, 2008

Greetings to all of our readers: warlocks, philosophers, goblins, Wiccans, vampyres, hockey moms, personal trainers, devil worshipers, Joe Six-Packs, Wall Street, Main Street, dungeon masters, fire demons, incubi/succubi plus all paying members of Bally’s:

JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD IX IS UPON US!
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BITCHIN’ HOUR!

Detholz! present:

“Jukebox of the Dead IX : FLEX”
w/special guests ALEKS & THE DRUMMER and HOOD INTERNET
@ Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL

$12 in advance, $15 @ the door

Buy your tickets in advance!  The past few years, we’ve had to turn people away at the door:

www.ticketweb.com

The red text is starting to hurt my eyes, so we will revert back to classic black.  Speaking of hurting eyes, those of you who elect to join us Friday evening had better brace for what’s in store…

For our last installment in the countdown, I give you a sneak preview of our new covers records, available for the first time on Friday night:

(WE) BUILT THIS CITY

The record is being mixed as we speak by Shape Shoppe/Obey Your Brain maven, Blue Hawaii, so this is not the final mixdown.  This is, however, MY mix of this song, which was arranged originally by Mr. Ben Miranda, Detholz! bassist (see last week’s entry).  In fact, we’ll be doing quite a few of Ben’s arrangements this year.

“Built This City” by Jefferson Starship routinely wins awards and accolades as one of the worst charting pop songs of all time.  Our arrangement has evolved from Ben’s original over the past few years and it’s always been one of my favorite Detholz! covers to sing.  The lyrics are impenetrable, ponderous, and downright bizarre!

In fact, “knee deep in the hoopla” has become something of a catchphrase in the Detholz!/Baby Teeth lexicon.

LATE ADDITION: Of course, it took my wife to remind me of the special significance of this song.  In homage to Starship, Ben Miranda’s arrangement, Detholz!, Bobby Conn, Baby Teeth and all of the other musicians present and not present at our wedding this past summer with whom I’ve had the privilege of associating, I did a special arrangement of “Built This City” for woodwind quintet that was performed at the end of our wedding ceremony.  We listed it as “Wir Bauen Diese Stadt” by J. Raumschiff so as not to upset the priest.

If you wish to sink deeper into the hoopla, I posted a mockup here:

WIR BAUEN DIESE STADT

Thanks to all who participated in the Detholz! Blog Roll-Up this month!  We apologize that you haven’t received your advance copies of the new covers record by now, but we are still waiting to receive the final mixes from Blue Hawaii.  Those of you who come to the show Friday, feel free to look me up after the show for some free stuff.

The Detholz! Blog will be dark next week as I will be in catch-up mode after Halloween (and busy voting), but tune in Wed., 11/12 as we resume our normal blogramming.

Countdown to Jukebox of the Dead IX – “GAMBLOR”

October 23, 2008

Welcome back to the Detholz! Mp3 Blog and apologies to regular readers for the late posting.

With a hugely successful filming under our belts this past Tuesday (perhaps I should say “below” our belts?), Detholz! is now armed to present you with perhaps our most daring Halloween presentation to date at this year’s “Jukebox of the Dead” Halloween party @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, Friday 10/31!  Suffice it to say any aspirations we may have had of running for public office will be summarily dashed to the rocks. Special thanks to Steve Niketopoulos for riding the wheels of steel, running TV cameras and for some “juicy” editing on the fly!

This week’s Halloween cover comes to us by way of the complicated cranium of Detholz! bassist and percussionist extraordinaire, Benjamin Miranda:

GAMBLOR

The entire band was immediately on board with this arrangement.  In my estimation, it’s one of the most disturbing Detholz! covers in the repertoire.  There is some back story here: Ben performed this song as a child at a church talent show.  In a sense, this could be seen as a paen to lost innocence or a lament for a simpler time…

I reviewed the lyrics for this song this morning — this dark, portentious tale ends with a warning to us all, especially at this dangerous juncture in American history:

YOU GOT TO KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM.

Muah-hahahaha!  See you next Wednesday!  If you want to hear more of Ben’s excellent music, visit him at www.tinytron.com

For those who are just tuning in, we’re running a promotion through the month of October.  See the rules for the Detholz! Blog Roll-Up below…

And remember, folks: buy tickets early and often: 10/31 @ www.emptybottle.com

We had to turn people away last year — don’t let that be you!

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DETHOLZ! BLOG ROLL-UP  CHALLENGE!

To receive an advance copy of You: the Power of You, simply follow these steps:

1. Get a blog.  If you have one, skip this step.

Note: please, no MySpace, Facebook, or other social-networking site blogs for this promotion. These blogs aren’t indexed, and are therefore useless to Detholz! for promotion. From now on, only dedicated blogs on indexed blog sites like wordpress.com, blogspot.com and their ilk will be accepted. Sorry for any inconvenience!

2. Write a Detholz!-related blog.  Whether it’s about a show, a song, or how much you want to see Karl Doerfer (DH! guitarist) prance around in a Laura Bush costume, any and all is fair game as long as it’s Detholz!-related.

3. Put the following text somewhere in your post:

Jukebox of the Dead IX
“Detholz! FLEX!”
w/special guests Aleks and the Drummer & Hood Internet
Friday, October 31, 2008
Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL
Buy tickets at http://www.emptybottle.com

3. Post a link to the Detholz! Mp3 Blog in your blog roll.

4. Send the link to misterb at detholz dot com.

If you carefully follow these steps to the letter, here’s what you get:

1. An advance copy of “You: the Power of You” in its entirety

2. One other downloadable Detholz! record of your choosing

3. A link to your blog posted on the Detholz! blogroll

4. The satisfaction that only BLOG can provide

Detholz! demo – “Water on the Brain”

July 1, 2008

Welcome to Detholz! Mp3 Blog Episode XXIX!

Abject apologies for a protracted absence!

With 3 jobs, 2 bands and a wedding to plan, the number of plates I’m spinning this summer I dare not tell.

This week, a song I had hoped to clutch closely to my teat until the record release. Realizing my ineptitude for time management, and hearing the requests of fans for the demo after shows, I give you:

WATER ON THE BRAIN

This is one of the early tracks that was voted onto the new record by the band, and has been in rotation over a few US tours. Generally, the response has been really good, especially at a certain club in Pittsburgh, where this number raised the roof and brought it down again.

Unfortunately, given my ridiculous time constraints, I’m going to have to leave you to interpret this one on your own. Suffice it to say it centers on our capacities to be Beasts. Human Animals.

The only clue I’ll give you: a musical reference to the song “Cast Out Devils,” the title track of our last record (which can be found in a previous post!) This is a similar song of grief. Not death in this case, but loss of friendship.

Also, I hereby dedicate this number to one of my favorite Biblical characters, the widely misunderstood King Nebuchadnezzar.

I promise to be more diligent about posting weekly! Trust me, I’ll be back once this wedding has blown over, oh yes…

Tune in next week for a painfully embarrassing episode!

LYRICS

Upstairs what’s happening
Upstairs at night
A boiling and a bubbling
Stir it left to right

A hot, sticky package
In the back of your mouth
Inside is a message
Rip it out
Figure it out

We will never meet again
We will never be the same
There are creatures in our hearts
Pumping water on the brain

Stand upon a balcony
High above the ground
Growing claws like an animal
Making animal sounds

My neck is wide open
I lay down in the mud
Sink your teeth into me
While I pump the blood

We will never meet again
We will never be the same
There are creatures in our hearts
Pumping water on the brain

“Cabbages, knickers”–
My enemy–
“It hasn’t got a beak!”
A kingdom of bellies hangs off of me
and drags along the street

Ah, my brother!

I will never bleed again
You will never speak my name
There are devils in our hearts
Pumping water on the brain

My throat is coming out
You’re tearing it away
We’re crawling on all fours
Kings of all that we survey

Detholz! demo – “Water on the Brain”

July 1, 2008

Welcome to Detholz! Mp3 Blog, Episode XXIX!

Abject apologies to all of you for a protracted absence. All work and no play makes Jim a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jim a dull boy, etc., etc.

3 jobs, 2 bands and a wedding to plan later, here I am back on the Detholz! blog, with a mainstay in the most recent Detholz! rotation:

WATER ON THE BRAIN

Given my hectic schedule of late, spinning a number of plates I dare not tell, I’m going to have to leave you to interpret this song without guidance.

After a few shows, some of you have requested this demo, so… voila! I had hoped to hold onto it, saving the release for the record, but since I can’t write overmuch at this point, I throw it to you for immediate consumption. It seems to be a current favorite of the fans in the field.

It was one of the first tracks to be included on the new record, and has been played on a few US tours to generally good reception.

I promise to be more diligent from here on in, but with a ton of arranging of wedding music (and other job-related music projects in the queue), this summer will be largely devoid of commentary. Sorry folks! Don’t lose heart! I will be back soon…

Tune in next week for an episode of embarrassment…

LYRICS

Upstairs what’s happening
Upstairs at night
A boiling and a bubbling
Stir it left to right

A hot, sticky package
In the back of your mouth
Inside is a message
Rip it out
Figure it out

We will never meet again
We will never be the same
There are creatures in our hearts
Pumping water on the brain

Stand upon a balcony
High above the ground
Growing claws like an animal
Making animal sounds

My neck is wide open
As I lay in the mud
Sink your teeth into me
While I pump the blood

We will never meet again
We will never be the same
There are creatures in our hearts
Pumping water on the brain

“Cabbages, knickers”–
My enemy–
“It hasn’t got a beak!”
A kingdom of bellies hangs off of me
and drags along the street

“Oh, my brother”

I will never bleed again
You will never speak my name
There are devils in our hearts
Pumping water on the brain

My throat is coming out
You’re tearing it away
We’re crawling on all fours
Kings of all that we survey

Achtung! Baby!

June 12, 2008

Greetings, doughty Detholz! blog acolytes!

Due to a change in my work schedule, I’m going to have to switch the day this thing’s updated from Wednesday to… well… some other day.

I haven’t forgotten you, and am planning on posting a new song in the next couple of days.  Check back early and often.  I’ll keep you posted.

As always, thanks for your patronage!  I know for a fact we have some new faces viewing the blog after the last show– welcome to all of you!

Comment and introduce yourselves!

More shortly…