Archive for May, 2008

Aressess

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Just a friendly reminder and helpful tip: click on the ‘Subscribe’ button over on the right or the little orange RSS icon in your address bars to subscribe to the Lime Colony Feed.  You can use Google Reader if you use Firefox, or IE7 has its own.

Oh, and by the way, we love you.  Really.

P.S.A. #001 – Taking Inventory

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Hello,

This week’s public service announcement is about songs.  Though our EP, The Advantage Of Getting There First, with a total of five songs, is all we have officially recorded as far as you or anyone else knows, Lime Colony actually has a fairly substantial backlog of written, or partially written, material.  Here is a glimpse of the numbers, most of which are mutually exclusive:

Songs that have been performed live but are not on any EP to date - 3

Songs that have been recorded and have some potential or have proven their potential7

Potential songs in the yellow folder that have not been recorded or do not yet have music or need some serious overhaul13

Songs in the blue folder2

Soundtracks1

Jingles1

Covers we’ve played or seriously considered - 4

That’s all.  Don’t forget to wear reflective gear when riding your bicycle at night.

It’s here

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Gentlefolk,

We are very, very pleased to present to you the long-awaited music video for “Maisy, You’re Going To Get Burned (I Don’t Want To Tell You That I Told You So)”. This film was written and directed by Dan Roe, creator of such classics as Tough Love, et al. It is presented for your enjoyment below, or go here to watch the high quality version (click on the link below the video that says “watch in high quality”).

Many special thanks to all involved, especially to E, Em and M.

Due to Popular Demand…

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

We have now added a page called ‘Song Lyrics.’ Pretty self-explanatory. You can find it over on the right. Inside, you can check out all the lyrics from our debut EP, The Advantage Of Getting There First.

Tomorrow is Ride-Your-Bike-To-Work Day, and here is the next concert I’m going to.

Videos from our Utah feature

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

The you-tube has posted videos of our April 28th Hotel Utah Open Mic feature. Below is a sample. For the rest, head of to the ‘Videos‘ page (over on the right). I recommend all of them.

Have you heard?

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Lime Colony is going to be playing at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on June 18th for the Beer Drinkin’ Acoustic show. Cover is $5, ages 21+ (i.e. my children will not be in attendance).

The Hotel Utah entrance

Come listen to some sweet, sweet folk-rock from the LC and three other acts. Bring friends, bring family. Really. It’s a great venue, too. Very intimate, so you’ll really feel like you’re involved, on the stage, wearing our clothes. You’ll be playing air guitars and drums before you know it, singin’ along, rolling around on the floor. It can be very exciting.

See you there.

Did your mom hang up?

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Our first batch of The Advantage of Getting There First EPs is beginning to dwindle, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out.  If you know someone who is a mother this Mother’s Day, the gorgeous cover art alone makes this a perfect centerpiece for a mantle or coffee table.  And if that sounds a little old-fashioned, there’s pretty music inside too.

If you know someone who isn’t a mother, you are still encouraged to pick up a CD.

The next show I’m going to.

An update

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Hello Internet!

As you are probably aware, we have rolled out site v3.0. Site v1 was based on scanned images of scribbles, was composed of tables, and was annoying to update with news, etc. Site v2 was an experiment in CSS. It was more aesthetically pleasing, and it satisfied the webrus who bemoaned the table structure of v1.

Which brings us to v3. After a little experimentation and small bit of time, we have settled on this format. As you can see, it’s more in the style of a blog, and with good reason. We want our listeners not only to hear the music, but to know the Colony. We are you.

We will periodically be posting news, ramblings, music thoughts, reviews, and cetera. And, what’s more, we have an RSS feed, so you can now add us to your favorite reed reader so you know just when we’ve spoken. It’s a good system.

So, in conclusion, we hope you enjoy the site and our musings, and we hope you will love us, as we love you.

Bongo Player and the Sucky Drum Solo

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Hi.

Do you want to hear a bada** bongo solo from a guy who is all about the fem-fan action (see below)??

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No.

You don’t.

No one does.

Which brings me to the point of this post. An issue so controversial and thought-provoking that you almost want to finish this sentence, but have probably decided to hit the back button on your mouse to go browse pictures of lolcats or google search “epic fail”. But that’s neither here nor there. If you HAVE made it this far, here’s the bottom line, from a guy who pretends to be someone who resembles something like a drummer: Drum solos suck.

Almost all of them.

That’s not to say it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of talent, skill and practice, it’s just that they are loud, long, harmful to the rhythm of the song and, above all, spectacularly boring. Lets take, for example, Neil Peart’s “Yyz” solo from one of Rush’s live performances. The guy is amazing, tearing around the drum kit like you read about, and the only thing I can think about is: Maybe there’s enough time to hit the head real quick… The only parts that are remotely enjoyable are the sections where an actual beat appears to sneak out of the 16th note triplet tom fills, and then *poof* it disappears beneath a two-semester snare roll. It takes unbelievable ability, but does it add to the musical experience?

As another option, I think providing a solid, unique beat, with appropriate fills and variation provides a much richer musical experience, and puts the drums in a position to act as the backbone and pulse of the band. An example of this would be Danny Carey, or “Jesus Christ” as he is known around my apartment. The drummer from Tool composes incredible beats based on rock, jazz and even tabla, provides perfectly phrased fills at appropriate times, and does not indulge in wanky drum solos.

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Danny Carey would pwn your face. And probably your family’s faces. And your dog. 

To that effect, no musician in Tool ever really does a solo, live or on record. Does this detract from their music. I think I would personally offer a resounding “F_ _ _ no!”, as I think Tool is easily the greatest modern rock band in existence. I might be biased though… Fan or no, it would be difficult to argue that their composition and dynamics are wounded in any way by the absence of a drum (or any other) solo.

So I guess my real point is that liking how Danny Carey drums won’t affect your desire to see more lolcat pictures.

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limecolony.com: The Site v3.0

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Welcome to the new site.  Longtime LC.com followers will notice that this is the third design, but we think that this one is much more effective.  Also, now viewers can RSS it up.  Check out the excellent new pictures page.  Over on the right.