Monday, April 27, 2009

Round 1

Nur Ein Round 1 is up! The title: "Bullets and Lovers." The challenge: Song must be 2:00 or less, including at least two verses, at least two iterations of a chorus, and a solo.

Hear my entry here!

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posted by Jon Eric  9:06 PM 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Nur Ein is on!

If you're not in the know about Nur Ein, here's the scoop. Each year since 2006, Niveous hosts an intense elimination challenge called Nur Ein (German for "Only One"). 25 entrants begin the competition, and through a series seven elimination rounds, only one will be left standing. The past winners have been Glenn Case, Puce, and The Worldly Self Assurance (couldn't find a website for the WSA, sorry).

The qualifying round, Round Zero, which will determine the 25 contestants, has just ended. Its title was "Sleep Tight," with the stipulation that the song must include (human) whistling. For my entry, I went with something a bit different from what I've been doing lately. You can hear it here. I'll let you know what the judges think when the results come in in two days.

UPDATE: Round Zero had exactly 25 contestants, so no eliminations... yet. See you in Round 1!
UPDATE 2: The rankings came in. Out of 25 entrants, I placed 13th. directly in the middle. Not bad.

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posted by Jon Eric  12:19 AM 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Songfight collaboration

Jon Eric has teamed up with Nigel "Sp00n" Clements to form Generic Sp00ns, the new band that is sure to dominate this next week's Songfight!

...For certain definitions of "Dominate."

It all started when Nigel posted this lovely set of reviews including one for my "Back from Juvie," which read as follows:

Maybe I've said this before, maybe not, but with a touch more humour you could easily forge quite a following via sites like Fump! you have a definate style that would sit easily with Dr. Demento fraternity (i believe), Possible Vote!

I contacted him and said "If you can bring the funny, I can bring the sunny." The result was this silly little number complete with an intentionally bad guitar solo.

New equipment alert! This song marks the maiden voyage of both my new Yamaha YDD-60 and my new MXL 9090 condenser microphone.


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posted by Jon Eric  1:48 AM 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Songfight song!

Hey everyone! Still haven't finished recording the tracks for 14 Stories, but I've been getting some new gear lately, First and foremost, there's a new track for Songfight!

The title for this one was "Back from Juvie," and I took the "not-using-the-title-in-the-lyrics" route with it. My entry is here, and you might want to listen to the fight at the Songfight home page too, if you like, and vote for mine if you enjoyed it. The initial reviews are coming back quite favorable (like, way more than usual, no joke). I'm proud of it, and I think you'll enjoy it as well. At the very least, you can rest assured that it's the peppiest song in the fight.

Before I did that, though, I recorded a couple of long-overdue tracks. The first was a song that I wrote over six months ago and debuted live at a local event with some friends. I finally got around to recording it not long after I got my new microphone last month, and I'm happy to share it with you today. It's called "Corporate Conscience," and you can hear it by clicking on its title.

Not long after that, I finally got over some chronic procrastination issues, and finished a Coverfight assignment just about five years overdue. I'd been assigned to cover The Idiot Kings' song "So Aggravating" (not to be confused with my own song of the same name). Anyway. Confusing nomenclature aside, I finally recorded the cover, and you can hear it by clicking here.

In other news, I have a shiny new logo now! I'm grateful to Fishboy Rex for creating the old one for me, but I feel that this new one, with its sunburst background and shiny colors, more accurately reflects the style of the music I've been making lately. I tried to create a favicon out of it and failed miserably, but I figure anything is better than that old Hostmonster logo still being there.

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posted by Jon Eric  1:53 AM 


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