What is BASEMENT LIVE?

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What is BASEMENT LIVE?

It’s this little website. And it’s an EP. A video EP. (A video mixtape?)

Because I have new songs. And I want you to hear them. But I don’t have the energy to make another CD. (It would be my seventh. Boring!) So instead, I’m in my basement. With a sampling of the new songs. And guitars. And a laptop. And a video camera. (Okay, two video cameras.) And my band. (Ahem.) In some ways, this is more of a challenge. But in other ways, this is easier. More fun.

So about these “live” performances: I cleaned up one bad bass note in “Over” and fixed a backup vocal in “Down” to replace inadvertently doubled lines with a harmony. (Stupid me. I was rushing!) Other than those punch-ins, what you’re hearing in these videos is exactly what I played and sang in the room when I pressed record. Warts and all.

The Songs

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Last.
 ”This is the last time I will do this for you.” I did this one first. Of course. This is the mellow one. In spite of the presence of one John Henry Bonham. Well, mellow until the guitar solo. Slow burn.

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Over.
“No more chocolate Romeo. No more going gorillas.” This is the Spike Lee/John Hughes mashup. Jungle Fever meets Pretty in Pink. Note the dramatic tension between Tele Bryan and P-Bass Bryan.

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Story.
“N-word is the punchline but this ain’t no joke.” I’m slumming on this one. Only four strings and one me.

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Down.
“Digging don’t make you down.” To paraphrase Haley Joel Osment: I see band members. ALL THE TIME.

Oh… I’ve worked up the nerve to post audio of some of the demos I worked on over the last year. Ish is rough. But whatever.

And there’s a bunch of old videos in the video vault.

And even the proverbial hidden track.

Enjoy.

 

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