James R. Tramontana

Is This Song Working? Sorry, I’m Very Fat and I Don't Look At My Hands

Posted 30 May 2018

We start out chitty chatting about nonsense then get down to work on two new songs: “Sweaty Betty” and “Holdin’ It Down.”

We play the songs a few times and chat about what’s working, what isn’t and then delve into sheer nonsense. Then, we realize we’re all idiots and the name of the show makes a lot of sense.

Jim has trouble remembering his parts, as usual. And accidentally identifies this episode as episode 7. It’s not. It’s episode 8 (or 9 if you count episode zero as episode 1...nevermind).

Doug accidentally spits out some music theory and amazes us all.

Andris keeps talking about how fat he is but he is far from the fattest member of the Red Hot Rebellion.

Progress is being made. The new song we started in a previous episode gets morphed into a waaaay better form and a much better song called “Holdin’ It Down.” Seeds of a vocal chorus are planted in this episode that eventually will pay off BIG TIME in a future episode. Hold on to your nuts!

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How To Survive as an Indie Artist: Interview with RYAN MALOTT (a total snack!)

Posted 23 May 2018

Today we talk to our friend and brochacho, Ryan Malott of 500 MILES TO MEMPHIS. Ryan takes us through his songwriting and recording process and offers some insight on what it's like being in a hardworking independent band slugging it out on the highways and bi-ways of America. Ryan's work ethic is second to none and his music is goddamn fantastic. He's also a fan of the show, so the conversation devolves into a series of callbacks to previous episodes and general silliness.

500 MILES TO MEMPHIS is recording a live album at South Gate House Revival on May 26, 2018. They are also recording the crowd for gang vocals to be used on their new studio album. More info here!

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Preproduction and Recording Tips from World Famous Producer, JOHN FRYER!

Posted 16 May 2018

“Who’s the idiot and who’s got the instruments?”

-John Fryer

In this episode, we interview the world-famous producer, John Fryer and ask him how we can possibly make songs one tenth as good as the ones he’s helped create.

John is most well known for his production work for bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, White Zombie, Cocteau Twins, Jesus Jones, Love and Rockets, Stabbing Westward and his own music projects This Mortal Coil, Dark Drive Clinic and Black Need Noise.

We ask for pre-production tips and learn that its different for every band, so we’re not necessarily doing it wrong.

We gain a glimmer of insight into what it takes to be a music producer by recounting some tells of revelry with John.

Then John blows our goddamn minds by asking why we are not working with him. At first, we think he’s kidding but he swears he’s not. So, we guess we are going to be doing something with John Fryer on this new album! Minds. Blown.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fryer_(producer)

https://www.facebook.com/John.Fryer.Official/

https://blackneedlenoise.bandcamp.com/

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Tips for Playing Live: A Sack of Wet Hair Being Hit with a Rusty Hammer

Posted 09 May 2018

We have an arrangement for another new song that we're tentatively calling, "All Teef (F the F)."

Jim forgot his "order up" bell but magically some bell-like sound effects show up anyway.

Some advice for the studio and live environment are shared. When you tune your instrument, MUTE YOUR INSTRUMENT. No one wants to hear that stuff. It's a sign of an amateur. Don't do it. It makes everyone crazy. And at a show, don't noodle on your ax. It's dumb.

We also share a few tips for playing when you're overweight. Cuz, ya know. Some of us in the band could use droppin' a few pounds. Not Doug. That fucker is skinny as a coal miner.

Andris talks about his in-ear monitors and his new personal cooling unit, also known as a fan. It's really, really cool. Get it?

We talk about some of our current influences and how the music you love can work its way into your songwriting adventures.

The working title of the new album is now, "$3000 Puzzle Hunt Freak Out." We're sure we will change our minds later.

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