30 Minutes - Top 100 New Songs: Add ROUNDHOUSE to the List

Hi. It's Joe.

Another FAWM song is done. It is called "Roundhouse," and it appears below for your listening pleasure. It's a raging punk rock tune, up tempo and energetic. Angsty too. The bass guitar takes high precedence in this tune and the hook/chorus is phenomenal. But the bridge is also phenomenal, and comes close to relegating the chorus/hook to second class citizen status, which could be viewed as a negative from a purely commercial standpoint. But F commercial, this is punk rock dammit!

I am ahead of schedule on FAWM songs, so I am going to take a break from song writing today and instead practice a bunch of songs on bass. It should be noted that some of my best songs start on bass, not guitar. But even when I write them on guitar, the bass usually takes a more melodic/harmonic role than is traditional in rock. For example, my FAWM song "Blizzardzilla" actually has two (2) separate bass lines panned left and right in the stereo mix. You can't really tell at first, which is what makes the song sound good.

GUPPY EFFECT, the best band in Wisconsin, has a show on Friday February 11 at Carp's Landing in Lake Mills. We only have a couple of new songs we are adding to the list, but I feel like the band has be faltering on momentum and I want to lead by example and go above and beyond the call of duty, in hopes my band mates will also strive for maximal excellence. There's been a lot of circumstantial factors, like blizzards, that have put the kibosh on practicing. But such factors should not become EXCUSES to avoid practicing because you don't want to. If you don't want to, then just don't, and when the gig comes and you look like a buffoon on stage, you will smack yourself for not practicing more. The universe tends to balance everything out, which is the great thing about karma. Karma dictates that I only have to strive to be as awesome as I can be, and not worry about anyone else. I wish more people had this philosophy of working on their own awesomeness and minding their own business when it comes to other people.

I don't really know where I was going with that. I don't really have any issues with my band. I realize no one can ever hope to come close to meeting my high expectations and I am OK with that, preferring to take a laissez-faire approach and not getting worked up about mediocrity. Mediocrity is excellence when compared against hackery, right? And there's a lot of hackery out there, so it's fairly easy to sell mediocrity as excellence. Not that I want to do that, but I can't just NOT have a band. I need an outlet for my creative juices.

I got my CD BABY download cards in the mail. 100 "Gingerbread (Zombie) Army" single ($1 each) download cards and 100 Cactus Joe's "Inspirado" CD ($5 each) download cards. These are a lot simpler (and cheaper) than actual physical CDs. Downloads are where it's at with music today. Anyone who is still doing hard CDs is putting a lot of effort in for very little return.

I have a new policy that anyone who stays until the end of a Cactus Joe solo show will get a free download card of "Gingerbread (Zombie) Army." I'm only out $0.50 cents a card and it's worth that to keep people at my show enjoying my music, I suppose.


by Cactus Joe
© 2011 Cactus Joe Productions LLC


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