Archive for October, 2009

25 halloween freakout!

by on Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Eric Balint -25 halloween freakout

freakoutit’s a halloween freakout!

guitar: yamaha hollowbody electric x’s two
bass: beat ass harmony
organ: hammond
shakers and random noisemakers
vocals x’s four

24 love and food

by on Friday, October 30th, 2009

Eric Balint -24 love and food

orange**warning**: this song contains some unsavory language. if you are the type of person who doesn’t care for such things, please do not press play…
but, if you are able to forgive such atrocities, and you have about fifty seconds to spare, why don’t you give love or food a try.
thank you very much.

piano: susan’s hand-me-down, still woefully out-of-tune upright
guitar: yamaha hollow body electric
vocals x’s two

f*** you bank
f*** you fees
i was in a decent mood
but bless the baby
and bless the noodles
bless you love and foo

23 song of attack (or retreat)

by on Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Eric Balint -23 song of attack (or retreat)

-attack horsemen u washthe key to this song really was the use of the snare drum. i wanted the tune to have this sense of attack, where i would just pound on the chords without stopping, or fiddling about whatsoever, but initially it was going to be more rockin, and i had a distorted guitar part and the whole bit, but when i laid down the drum track with just the snare, the feeling of the song really sprang up.

so every instrument is pretty constant, except for the piano…which brings me to my next story:
i got a piano!
i would like to thank Susan, who gave it to me, and David and Julie for hooking the whole deal up.
now, i just got this thing, and it is woefully out of tune, and i thought i would not use it on here until i was able to get it tuned, which i have not yet done
but it was just too much darn fun to bang out these chords…and i think the slight off notes actually fit well.

guitar: zanny’s generic classical
bass: beat ass harmony
organ: hammond
snare drum
piano: susan’s hand-me-down upright

everybody stop!

22 it roars

by on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Eric Balint -22 it roars

harwell-witch-pb-swell, i guess this song is about when a person is going through one of those tough times, when it seems like the world keeps piling it on. it’s not a reference to my current state of mind or anything like that, but i think we’ve all been there. i remember once i had this awful day, just terrible, where nothing went right, and when it was finally over and i got home to relax at last, my cats had shit all over my apartment.
it was like the universe had sent me a tangible metaphor.
it’s those kind of days i had in mind here.
musically this thing sprang out of my own personal arbitrary insistence that today’s offering begin with a Bm chord.

guitar: zanny’s generic classical, yamaha hollow body electric

when the tobacco is all gone
and you’re left to breathe
when you got no tricks left up
your tattered sleeve
when all of your best companions
have moved away
when you got nothing saved for
a rainy day
when you remember the good times
flowing music, easy rhymes
when you’ve got no vices left
dangerous enough to quit
when the world is full of shit
as they say
when it pains it roars
when your wallet’s empty
and your heart is broke
when your kid is crying
and you miss your folks
when you’re only remembered for the
things that you lack
when your baby’s gone
and never coming back
when you remember…
…when it pains it roars

(note:  everytime i have put up a post here i go to a search engine, type in the title of the song, and find an image i like and put it up. when i did that with this song title i realized that this whole “when it pains it roars” thing has been used many times before, including  by the band Jawbreaker. just wanted to say that i don’t recall ever hearing it before i thought of it…and also, i am completely unoriginal and lame.)

21 great big mistake

by on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Eric Balint -21 great big mistake

bufala little summin purdy for the misses

guitar: zanny’s generic classical
organ: hammond

i should have ridden the train to decatur
but i’m glad you got off with me at east lake
because here we are seven years later
that could have been a great big mistake

20 something with a monkey

by on Monday, October 26th, 2009

Eric Balint -20 something with a monkey

MONKEY2this past saturday (aka day 18) i had a really full day and didn’t get going on that day’s effort until late, and at that point of the night my friends David Oliver and David Eckert were coming over. so Oliver and me scrambled to get a recording done, then we were sitting around as the song was converting/loading/etc.
so i said “what are we going to call it?” David O.’s suggestion was “sahara fawcett”.
and then zanny (my wife) said “i don’t know, something with a monkey.”
David E. really liked that phrase “something with a monkey” and the next day he wrote some lyrics with that title and shared them with me.
so today i turned them into this song

ukulele: hilo
organ: hammond
splash cymbal and metal rod

that organ grinder’s ground
outside this little bar
with nothing but a tattered coat
and second hand cigar
the tune he plays it haunts me
it’s on his “greatest hits.”
it’s something with a monkey
like a lover sorely missed
his hurdy-gurdy droning
through the night and silent streets
a sound that speaks to lonely men
beneath their frozen sheets
if you ask he’ll tell you
that the only organ ground
is the one within his chest
the source of his lonesome sound
the tune he plays still haunts me
like a mouth that’s left unkissed
it’s something with a monkey
it’s a lover sorely missed

19 william telling

by on Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Eric Balint -19 william telling

william_faulknerever since learning “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra (which is one of my all time favorite songs)  i’ve really been loving the Am6 chord. i was strumming on it this morning and started interplaying it with a Gmaj7 because i liked the way the F# appeared in both, and that was how this song came about.
the lyrics are meant to have a bit of a bite to them…but…they probably don’t make sense anyway

guitar: yamaha hollowbody electric, zanny’s generic classical
bass: beat ass harmony
snare drum and splash cymbal played with fingers
organ: hammond
vocals x’s 2

i am not the kind to coddle
elephants scream at a mouse
random house don’t want your novel random bombs blow up your house
they’re not buying what your selling
like it’s sweating in the south
it’s like you’ve gone william telling
with the apple in your mouth
today, today
you will listen now
the walls of that town
will never hold out
but we will show you how
to build anew
i will not cut with precision
i’m no surgeon, you’re awake
take the fruits of your decision
ande feed them to the snake
today, today…

18 sandsalt

by on Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Eric Balint -18 sandsalt

sandsaltthis song features my first guest: my friend David Oliver. he came by and i hadn’t done anything yet today and he is a badass musician and i said come on. i started beating on this scale i had been messing around with on the marimba, and he started playing some super lush organ chords, and we just kind of laid it down and didn’t think about it too much. then i grabbed a drum and he grabbed my guitar, we both did another track, and there you have it.

guitar: yamaha hollowbody electric
organ: hammond
marimba: musser
ceramic handrum

17 my lowlife heroes

by on Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Eric Balint -17 my lowlife heroes

AngelswDirtyFaces02ai’m not really sure what to say here. i like the guts of this song, but this recording/version of it seems very incomplete to me…or like i didn’t quite capture what i had in mind coming in.
but, i guess, that is going to come with the territory.



i would give my all to fall near those.
the battle cry of my lowlife heroes

16 test ban

by on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Eric Balint -16 test ban

testbanpthis song started with the bass. i hadn’t began there yet. then i laid down some simple tremelo-d guitar. then i moved onto the drums…
i had a couple of kit mics going and i decided to put some delay on one of them…and it really created a different sense of mood than i had anticipated.
so that kind of led me to where the song ended up.

bass: beat ass harmony
guitar: yamaha hollow body electric
organ: hammond