Monday, February 13, 2006

#10 Shit Karate Party pt. 1

01 2006-2-10 Group Therapy #1 [~35min .wav (zipped)]

This is the first of a series of postings that will cover the live music portion of a party organized by Ryan and Tom Goss (aka: Shit Karate). Tom first encountered The Mugs at The Buttermilk. Having enjoyed the show, he did what all folks should do and introduced himself to the drummer. Long story short, Ryan has now become a part of Tom's ongoing musical alter ego, Shit Karate. And to good results: the minimalist guitar/drum configuration enables both musicians to improvise freely. It's a sort spontaneous noise rock with enough soul and melody to remain grounded and enjoyable for the listener.

Shit Karate decided to record a demo at The Mugs headquarters. A good demo, of course, requires audience participation and thus a good excuse for a party was born. The first invitees, of course, were Dj's Dirty Cop and Carl Matilda. They did a fine job providing the room with a warm foundation of sound. Throughout the night, we embraced the spirit of NYE 2005 and set up all the instruments, placed some microphones, and invited everyone present to play anything before and after the Shit Karate set.

The first people to arrive were two very cool visitors from France whom Tom had met the night before (again at The Buttermilk). We're not sure how they navigated their way to the fringes of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but we're glad they did. One of them took to the drum machine (featured on this post) and the other gave a fine introduction to Shit Karate (in post pt. 3). This track is the first time any of us have ever really tried to play along to a drum machine. It's not easy- especially when a curious Frenchman keeps changing the beat every other minute. Todd said it best, "this song is already finished- I don't need to add anything." Probably true, but that doesn't mean we didn't try. After about 12-15 minutes of fumbling along with the ever-changing drum machine, the live music starts to take over… and... lift off.

Drum Machine is played through out

----- 1st attempt to find harmony with the drum machine -----

Bass - Todd
Guitar - Brett

----- 2nd attempt -----

Bass - Todd
Guitar - ?
Organ - Ryan
Keyboard - Brett

----- 12min mark : all in ------

Drums - Todd
Bass - Dennis
Organ - Ryan
Keyboard - Brett (also) Trumpet occasionally
Guitar - Ryan
Floor Tom - Tom

----- rotation -----

Drums - Todd
Bass - Brett
Organ - Dennis

Guitar - Ryan


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