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New site

January 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi, old school listeners. I have a fair bit of h&s stuff I’ll slowly be archiving here, including posts and pics from our various sites over the years.

If *you* have h&s pictures, stories, etc., why not log in or create an account and post some of them up for everyone? 🙂 -h

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New hands

October 1, 2006 in Uncategorized

update:

October 06 – We’ve released Summer’s End on MFR, a set of live material from September 1st. We played for Scott’s band students all day, and at Doane College all night. The songs are in chronological order from morning on.

Look for another new track, “O Come Thou Dayspring,” on this year’s XMAS comp at Mr. Furious Records.

LOVE!
h&s

about:

We’re band nerds from Crete, NE. In the spring of ’99 one of our track meets was cancelled, a bunch of friends ended up in Scottie’s basement playing pool, howie was jamming on Dave Matthews covers and Scott got his sax out.

Coffeehouse sets of half originals and half covers culminated in the album near and far. Then we went electric, which we still are. signs.comets is the record, made in a sweltering church attic in the summer of 2003, overloaded with ambition.

Keys to h&s are: musical conversation and improvisation, longer-than-pop song arcs, and nuanced expression over perfect execution.

see you –
h&s

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Show archive

September 2, 2006 in Uncategorized

This is a list of the shows howie&scott has played. It is probably 98% complete… but there are a few strays out there, dates we know we played but can’t pin down. We didn’t include any of the multitude of parties or jams because that feels like cheating.

current total > 123
We’re sure there are more.

1 September 06 – Crete, NE – Doane College w/ Iris Ave. and Robot, Creep Closer!

1 September 06 – Plattsmouth, NE – Plattsmouth Middle School

26 February 06 – Kansas City, MO – St. Peter’s UCC

16 July 05 – Crete, NE – Mr. Furious Records BL/R-OCK PARTY, howie’s house
w/ echoes, Shacker, Beach-Puppy, GILMO, 12:00 Fence

30 June 04 – Crete, NE – The Basement

26 June 04 – Crete, NE – Blue River Days
w/ 12:00 Fence

14 May 04 – Lincoln, NE – 9th St. Basement
w/ Westside Proletariat, JVA

7 May 04 – Crete, NE – Tuxedo Park

30 April 04 – Crete, NE – Doane College
RELAY FOR LIFE

29 April 04 – Crete, NE – Doane College
w/ LIFE IN GENERAL

22 April 04 – Lincoln, NE – UNL Student Union Building
Earth Day festival

8 April 04 – Crete, NE – Doane College
w/ After the Order

2 April 04 – Lincoln, NE – St. Paul’s Underground

26 March 04 – Columbus, NE – CHS

5 March 04 – Kansas City, MO – Westport Coffeehouse
w/ Rachel Gaither

29 February 04 – Crete, NE – UCC First Congregational
w/ Doane Jazz Combo feat. Scott

26 February 04 – Lincoln, NE – UNL Culture Center
Red Cross Benefit for citizens of Bam, Iran

12 February 04 – Crete NE – Doane College – signs.comets CD RELEASE SHOW
w/ J.V. All*stars

4 February 04 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
w/ Shacker

20 September 03 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
w/ Blacklight Sunshine, SOJH

6 September 03 – Crescent, IA – MUSIC MELTDOWN Festival
DJ Crampton vs. h&s, w/ 40+ bands

rivermusicmeltdownhands30 August 03 – Crete, NE – Doane College at Cassel Outdoor Theater
w/ Shacker, Honorable Mention

28 August 03 – Omaha, NE – 415 Club
DJ Crampton vs. h&s

26 August 03 – Crete, NE – Doane College at Cassel Outdoor Theater

27 June 03 – Omaha, NE – 11th St. Pavilion, Omaha Summer Arts Festival
DJ CRAMPTON vs. h&s

21 June 03 – Crete, NE – Blue River Festival

26 April 03 – Crete, NE – Doane College Frees Hall
w/ Shacker, Rachel Gaither

25 April 03 – Omaha, NE – Stage Right DJ CRAMPTON vs. h&s
w/ DJs Kaoss, Wizzo, Amtrax, Dr. Mindbender, CBO, Austin Tacious

25 April 03 – Crete, NE – Doane College RELAY FOR LIFE
w/ Shacker, Chris Maladrini

22 April 03 – Lincoln, NE – UNL Student Union EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
w/ the Fools, The Blame Game, more

18 April 03 – Lincoln, NE – The Bricktop Club DJ CRAMPTON vs. h&s

17 April 03 – Crete, NE – Doane College

28 March 03 – Omaha, NE – Stage Right DJ CRAMPTON vs. h&s

15 March 03 – Omaha, NE – Stage Right DJ CRAMPTON vs. h&s

27 February 03 – Omaha, NE – Stage Right DJ CRAMPTON vs. h&s

14 February 03 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
Valentine’s Day Sucks w/ Matthew Moon, Pinky

14 February 03 – Lincoln, NE – Lied Center for Performing Arts

6 February 03 – Omaha, NE – Java Jay @ Creighton University
DJ CRAMPTON vs. howie&scott

1 February 03 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
w/ Blacklight Sunshine, Stellar

10 January 03 – Omaha, NE – The Stage Right
DJ CRAMPTON vs. howie&scott

8 January 03 – Omaha, NE – The 49er
w/ Bunny Geist

20 December 02 – Lincoln, NE – Rococo Theater

23 November 02 – Omaha, NE – Stage Right
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft

22 November 02 – Lincoln, NE – Solid Ground
w/ Blame The Game

15 November 02 – Hastings, NE – Blue Moon
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft, Whitehead and Unashamedly Awful

6 November 02 – Lincoln, NE – Lied Center for Performing Arts FamFest

26 October 02 – Omaha, NE – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
Stage Right Coffeehouse

19 October 02 – Hastings, NE – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
???

18 October 02 – Hastings, NE – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
Blue Moon Cafe

14 October 02 – Crete, NE – UCC Church

12 October 02 – Omaha, NE – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
13th St. Coffee Co.

12 October 02 – Crete, NE – Pamida, Crete Skatepark Benefit
w/ Rob Spectre

11 October 02 – Lincoln, NE – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
Haymarket Hideaway

5 October 02 – Junction City, KS – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
Xcalibur Club

4 October 02 – Junction City, KS – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
The Alibi

3 October 02 – Crete, NE – (r)ocktober w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
Doane College

31 August 02 – Crete, NE – Cassell Theatre, Doane College
w/ Shacker, 8th Wave

24 August 02 – Lincoln, NE – UNL International House “Battle Of The Bands”
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft, Rachel Gaither, Mr. Notch Entertainment

24 August 02 – Lincoln, NE – Solid Ground *2 shows today*
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft

24 August 02 – Lincoln, NE – UNL Union Ballroom
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft, Rachel Gaither

2 August 02 – Lincoln, NE – Solid Ground

27 July 02 – Omaha, NE – 13th Street Coffeehouse

14 July 02 – Fremont, NE – Nebraska State Choral Directors Association

4 July 02 – Crete, NE – College Heights Country Club
w/ Blue River Community Band and *Fireworks*

? ? 02 – Crete, NE – Doane College Heckman Auditorium
w/ Life In General, Shacker

? ? 02 – television – DCTV Weekly News

? February 02 – Crete, NE – Doane College

15 February 02 – Lincoln, NE – Solid Ground

? February 02 – Omaha, NE – Doane College Frees Hall

14 December 01 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
w/ Blacklight Sunshine and Blue October

24 November 01 – Crete, NE – 9th Street Bar & Grill
w/ Mike Morris

20 November 01 – Lincoln, NE – Lied Center for Performing Arts

19 November 01 – Lincoln, NE – Lied Center for Performing Arts

16 November 01 – Lincoln, NE – Solid Ground

9 November 01 – Omaha, NE – 13th Street Coffeehouse

? November 01 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
w/ Blacklight Sunshine, Index Case, Project; WET

29 October 01 – Lincoln, NE – Lied Center for Performing Arts
Music Educators Night

25 October 01 – Crete, NE – Doane College Tiger Inn

22 October 01 – Lincoln, NE – Lied Center for Performing Arts
FamFest w/ Gizmo Guys

8 October 01 – television – DCTV Weekly News

6 October 01 – Omaha, NE – 13th Street Coffeehouse

5 September 01 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbockers
w/ Listening Example #9

1 September 01 – Crete, NE – Doane College Cassell Outdoor Theater
w/ Blame the Game and Blacklight Sunshine

18 August 01 – Omaha, NE – 13th Street Coffeehouse

28 July 01 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbocker’s
w/ Blacklight Sunshine

28 July 01 – Lincoln, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – Solid Ground

21 July 01 – Omaha, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – 13th Street Coffeehouse

14 July 01 – Wayne, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – The Renaissance

13 July 01 – Lincoln, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – Fine Grind

7 July 01 – Crete, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – The Millroad

6 July 01 – Hastings, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – The Blue Moon

5 July 01 – Friend, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2001 – Coffee Corner

5 May 01 – Hastings, NE – Mike Gapp’s Garage
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft
(US VS. HOWIE GOT THE SHAFT CINCO DE MAYO JAM OF DEATH AND THE TRAIN SHE CAME IN ON)

4 May 01 – Hastings, NE – Blue Moon
w/ Arturo Got The Shaft

27 April 01 – Friend, NE – Grange Hall
w/ Remedy, Turkey Creek Travelling Band

13 April 01 – Lincoln, NE – The Fine Grind

7 April 01 – Omaha, NE – 13th Street Coffeehouse

30 March 01 – Hastings, NE – The Blue Moon
w/ Us vs. Them

22 March 01 – Crete, NE – The Millroad
w/ Us vs. Them

2 March 01 – Lincoln, NE – MK’s Coffee & Tea

8 February 01 – Crete, NE – Doane College Tiger Inn
w/ Tim Jensen and Ryan Thomas

28 December 00 – Crete, NE – home of Kay Hegler

19 November 00 – Crete, NE – Doane College Tiger Inn

9 November 00 – Crete, NE – Doane College Tiger Inn

22 October 00 – Crete, NE – Crete Manor Assisted Living Center

14 October 00 – Crete, NE – Millroad Coffeehouse

? August 00 – Blair, NE – Central Court
w/ Treebeard

4 August 00 – Lincoln, NE – Fine Grind
w/ Jeremy Lohrman

9 July 00 – Crete, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2000 – The Millroad

8 July 00 – Hastings, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2000 – The Blue Moon

7 July 00 – Lincoln, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2000 – The Mill

1 July 00 – Norfolk, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2000 – Groundskeeper

30 June 00 – Omaha, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2000 – Stage Right

29 June 00 – Lincoln, NE – SUMMER TOUR 2000 – Fine Grind

26 May 00 – Lincoln, NE – Fine Grind
w/ Tim Jensen

19 May 00 – Crete, NE – Michelle’s Coffee
w/ Justin Goes

? April 00 – Crete, NE – Cardinal Perk

31 March 00 – Lincoln, NE – Fine Grind

11 February 00 – Lincoln, NE – Sunrise Coffee Co.

? December 00 – Crete, NE – Cardinal Perk

? November 00 – Crete, NE – Cardinal Perk

16 September 00 – Crete, NE – Crete High School Technology Fair

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Site Home (2005)

December 1, 2005 in Uncategorized

THE OFFICIAL howie&scott WEBSITE. howie&scott make music. 99-04: Crete, Nebraska. 05–> wherever possible.

NEW h&s TRACKS ON MR. FURIOUS XMAS COMPILATION – December 05. howie&scott were back in action Thanksgiving weekend, recording two tracks for Mr. Furious Records’ XMAS comp of original holiday music. Scott’s free jazz work “At its Rising” and howie’s seasonal pop tune “Merry Christmas” are available at mrfuriousrecords.com, along with tracks by echoes and Beach-Puppy. You can also sample our track for next year, “O Come Thou Dayspring,” on Furious Instance this month!

h&s doesn’t have any concrete plans beyond XMAS, but the new songs represent the first recordings together since signs.comets was put down in the summer of 2003. Distance may be a hurdle, but we have all kinds of possibilities in front of us. See you… -h

NEBRASKA VERSES FEATURING HOWIE&SCOTT AT MR. FURIOUS RECORDS – September 05. The Nebraska Verses are a collection of tracks recorded by Mr. Furious artists and friends (including h&s, Shacker, and Blame the Game) during 2001-04. Live cuts, studio out-takes, and other unreleased odds and ends tell our story from those years. There are several new howie&scott tracks, including live electric versions of “Major & Minor,” “After Hrs. War,” and “After the Countdown” recorded at the lincoln-music.com launch show, an early demo of “Staircase,” and new live versions of oldies “Mightier Than The Sword” and “My Friends.” Download Nebraska Verses from Mr. Furious Records.

GILMO RELEASES POINTS OF PARALLAX AT MR. FURIOUS RECORDS – May 05. Scott’s ongoing project with Allen Gilbert has resulted in an EP of free jazz, which you can download for free over at MFR. He’s also done a [blog] entry about the new music. This is the first publicly-available recording of Scott doing anything since h&s’ signs.comets.

howieandscott.com SITE RE-LAUNCH – May 05. howieandscott.com has been updated and redesigned to better reflect what the band is working on currently. MFR is the site of most of the action regarding new music, downloads, news, blogging, and other dynamic things; howieandscott.com is becoming a resource to accompany our music, telling the stories behind it all.

Probably the coolest new thing is the handslist archive of email messages.

“WAS I IN BON JOVI FOR A SECOND THERE?” RE-MASTERED, RE-RELEASED by MR. FURIOUS RECORDS – March 05. Surf over to MFR to download the remixed, remastered “Bon Jovi” in better-sounding .m4a format. howie&scott’s magnum opus to 80’s metal, borderline-clinical delusion, and big existential questions has never rocked harder! The track is the third installment of Furious Instance, an emerging compilation of songs by MFR artists and others as well.

THE SIGNS.COMETS POSTER Still beautiful and still available for desktops and wallpapers, featuring the painting “Questions” by Katie Anderson. Click to enlarge the image; right-click and “save as” to download the full poster file.

MR. FURIOUS LIVES – October 04. http://mrfuriousrecords.com

Mr. Furious Records launched at the end of September, featuring echoes’ (howie) brand-new nickel EP and Shacker’s full-length Knowing Her Best, Blackbeard Defends the Open Sea. Both albums are available to download free, in .m4a (iTunes) format.

howie&scott fans – this is what we’ve been plotting for over a year. Go and download howie’s new songs, check out Shacker’s impeccable follow-up to “Blackbeard’s Birthday,” and enjoy the beginning of our quiet revolution.

Mr. Furious Records’ mission as a label is to document a rock scene with seeds in Crete, Nebraska. The story begins with howie&scott in 99, adds Shacker in 01, and continues to grow with new friends, locations, and projects. We are diverse in sound, united in a DIY punk-rock aesthetic, and committed to distributing our work as widely as possible. http://mrfuriousrecords.com is the vehicle for our community’s musical and artistic creativity. It is the evolving sum of our lives in music.
SEE YOU -h&s

1 AUGUST 04 – THE MOVE to minnesota has gone as smoothly as one could expect. time at WCC is going well, and we are starting to dig in together as we seek the heart of Christianity. musically, all the work that is going into mr furious records keeps bringing us closer to launch. my 6-song solo ep (under new band name “echoes”) and shacker’s new “Knowing Her Best…” await mastering using some new tools i have in the studio. when that is done, and the website built, off we will go on this next phase – warm up your internet connections, because the new music really cooks and as long as you’ve got bandwidth, we’re going to give it to you, literally. i am still aiming for the end of the month, but if not then certainly in september we will put this music at your fingertips.

until then… -h

 

THE JUNE CIRCUIT COMPLETE – June 04. howie&scott has entered an extended “new moon” phase – you don’t see us, but that doesn’t mean we’re not here. the phrases, some pulled from older news posts;

after Independence Day, howie will relocate to Wayzata, MN to spend a year with the Wayzata Community UCC Church. scott will be at doane, studying and playing jazz.

our love & appreciation we send to everyone at last night’s show – it was a good surprise to see so many friends unexpectedly. and continuing to you who have been to shows, listened to records, stuck stickers, and been friends to us in and beyond music. we are still having a great time playing – listen to “bigger sounds…” and then “easter III” to see how much ground we have covered – h&s is one of the best parts of life for us. we couldn’t be happier to be sharing it.

see you… -h

 

NEW ALBUM, SIGNS.COMETS – January 04 howie&scott has released a new record, signs.comets, available at shows and at Homer’s stores in Lincoln.

GREETINGS FROM GHANA, WEST AFRICA – 28 October 03 i am safe & sound at my school in peki, ghana. we must travel to another town to access the web, so i can’t promise frequent updates, but everything is fine here and i’m looking forward to a great semester. Many thanks to those of you who have downloaded and are enjoying the new EP – don’t forget to write me an email with your thoughts once the record, “signs.comets,” is out (you’ll be able to get your copy from scottie). SEE YOU in the new year! -h

SIGNS.COMETS MASTERING – 20 October 03 Update: the masterig sessions are now done… News at eleven. howie&scott is now among names such as Mannheim Steamroller and the Faint in terms of using the same studio. For those who have not participated in a mastering session before it consists of paying a rocker to look at the back of his head all day and periodically say yes or no, and sometimes just a nod of the head is sufficient. -s (scott)

28 OCTOBER 03 – GREETINGS FROM GHANA, WEST AFRICA: i am safe & sound at my school in peki, ghana. we must travel to another town to access the web, so i can’t promise frequent updates, but everything is fine here and i’m looking forward to a great semester. Many thanks to those of you who have downloaded and are enjoying the new EP – don’t forget to write me an email with your thoughts once the record, “signs.comets,” is out (you’ll be able to get your copy from scottie). SEE YOU in the new year! -h

20 OCTOBER 03 – SIGNS.COMETS MASTERING: Update: the masterig sessions are now done… News at eleven. howie&scott is now among names such as Mannheim Steamroller and the Faint in terms of using the same studio. For those who have not participated in a mastering session before it consists of paying a rocker to look at the back of his head all day and periodically say yes or no, and sometimes just a nod of the head is sufficient. -s (scott)

2 OCTOBER 03 – signs.comets: we are working like mad, recording voices and 2nd percussion parts, sax, and mixing in order to be ready for mastering (17 October). artwork is also coming along – we haven’t seen anything yet but some amazing ideas and work is being brought into the picture. you all will most likely see the finished work before i will, and that’s something i think about – it helps me have a double-perspective, on making sure we have the record we want and also constantly thinking about what you all would like to hear/see, and how to give you the best work possible. -h

www.howieandscott.com is maintained by the band, with artwork from shannon a fickes.

see you…
-h&s

The song I sang for you… -h, 2011

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Berlin tab

June 27, 2005 in Uncategorized

berlin (new title)
Performed by howie&scott
Words & music by c. howie howard, copyright 2004

Tab is written with rough chord-equivalents below. Tab is not written in rhythm – listen for it.
Drop-D tuning (DADGBe), 4/4 time.

e — x — x — x — x — x — x — x
B — x — x — x — x — x — x — x
G — 5 — x — x — x — x — x — x
D — 0 — 8 — 7 — 7 — 7 — 3 — 3
A — x — 5 — 5 — 0 — x — 0 — 1
D — 5 — 5 — 5 — 0 — 8 — 0 — 1
—- Gm ———– D – Bbmaj7 – Dmin – Eb9
Are you conscious of this other life?

e — x — x — x — x — x — x — x
B — x — x — x — x — x — x — x
G — 5 — x — x — x — x — x — x
D — 0 — 8 — 7 — 7 — 7 — 8 — 3/5
A — x — 5 — 5 — 0 — x — x — 3
D — 5 — 5 — 5 — 0 — 8 — 10 — 3
—- Gm ———— D – Bbmaj7 – C7 – F9
A monarch flaps her wings in China and we wind

(same as first line)
Up with looks that tell “I’ve seen you”

(same as second line, with D / Eb tag added (from end of first line))
Known together in another time

chorus:
e — x — x — x — x
B — x — x — x — x
G — 10 — 10 / 10 — 5
D — 7 — 7 / 8 ——- 3
A — 8 — 8 / 8 ——- 3
D — 7 — 7 / 8 ——- 3
—-Asus5 – Bb ——- F
On a path that led me to Berlin
Followed your hand through the Northern Cross

e — (0)* — (3)* *optional
B — x —— (3)*
G — 2 / 3 — 3
D — 0 ——- 3
A — 0 ——- 1
D — 0 ——- 1
—— D ——- Eb9
Instead of here…

riff on low D string:
5 – 0 – 8 – 0 – 1

power chords:
D — 5 — 0 — 8 — 0 — 3
A — 5 — 0 — 8 — 0 — 1
D — 5 — 0 — 8 — 0 — 1
Into a small apartment near the city

D — 5 — 0 — 8 — 10 — 5
A — 5 — 0 — 8 — 10 — 3
D — 5 — 0 — 8 — 10 — 3
Massive phone bills instead of miles

(first line)
On cloudy nights you’d keep me lonely
(second line)
DC power arc-ing off this line

(chorus)
On a path that led me to Berlin
Followed your hand through the Northern Cross

(D / Eb)
Instead of here

e — x — x —– x — x
B — x — x —– x — x
G — x — (5)* — 5 — 7
D — 8 — 7 —— 7 — 8
A — 5 — 5 —— 8 — 6
D — 5 — 5 —— x — x
—– Gm – G9 — F — Ebmaj7
There you go…

(D / Eb)
Instead of here

I received an email once requesting some howie&scott guitar tabs. I felt pretty honored – not many people have even attempted to play our stuff, I think because it just seems pretty particular to us – and this is one of the songs I tabbed. -h, 2011

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I’m So In Love (And Never Thought That It Would Be You) tab

June 27, 2005 in Uncategorized

Words & music by c. howie howard, copyright 2004

Chords are not written in rhythm – listen for it.
Standard tuning (EADGBe), 4/4 swing time.

Cmaj7 — E7
Baby
Fmaj7 ——————— Fmaj7/G (meaning Fmaj7 chord with G in bass)
I’m so in love with you and all the things you are to
Cmaj7 — triad chord: G# on bottom, C / E on top
me
Am —————————— G7
It was after 10 o’clock and I was walking down the street

Three-note chords in this CHORUS section (you can add if you like)
The bass walks down A / G# / G / F# against a steady C and E on top. Optional E in-between the bass notes – this is easy on guitar (open E on low E string).

bass walk: A ———— G# ———– G ——— F# ———– Cmaj7
But when I saw you in the park, looking lonely after dark I knew it had to be true
bass walk: A ———— G# ———– G ——— F# ———– G7
You had been my friend before, but I was feeling something more for you

Cmaj7 (like first verse):
You know, this may seem a little strange but I’m speaking through a haze of your love
You have seeped into my mind and words are hard to find, but when the

As earlier CHORUS:
World has got you down you don’t need to make a sound, I’ll comfort you
Even though you may not know who I am or where I go, I’ll sing for you

Vamp: Amaj7

Scat verse: Repeat 2x
Amaj7 / Amaj7 w/ A# in bass / Bm7 / E7 / C#m7 / F#7 / Bm7 / E7
Ends with alternating between:
Amaj7 / Dmaj7

Amaj7
I said I’m so in love
Bm7
I said I’m so in love
C#m7
and I never
Dmaj7
thought it be…

Amaj7 / Dmaj7
you…………… (Basie ending)

Amaj7
yeah!

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Thanks for Visiting Me on the Radio tab

June 27, 2005 in Uncategorized

Words & music by c. howie howard

Tab is not written in rhythm – listen for it.
Drop-D tuning (DADGBe), 6/8 time.

Opening riff / intro:

e
B
G
D- —— 10 ——————————- 10
A- — 8 —— 0 —– 8————- 8 —–
D- 0 ————- 8 ———— 8 ———

Verse (written as chords – can be arpeggiated):

e
B
G
D- 10 — 10 — 8 8/7 —- 8
A- 8 —- 8 —- 5 — 5 —- 8
D- 0 —- 8 —- 5 — 5 —- 8

Hello, are you well tonight?
It’s 2:00, and there’s a storm outside
In my dreams you’re all around me
Hands would reach and you would find me
Fall into the warm surroundings
Let the music take us finally…
Thanks for visiting me on the radio

End-of-verse transition:

e
B
G
D- 10 -10 – 8 8/7 – 3 – 3
A- 8 – 8 – 5 – 5 – 3 – 1
D- 0 – 8 – 5 – 5 – 3 – 1

Thanks for visiting me on the radio… CHORUS:

e
B
G- 10 — 5 ——- 3
D- 10 — 5 / 3 — 3
A- 8 —– 3 ——- 1
D- 8 —– 3 ——- 1

Because distance is no object if you listen in
Turn the volume down, and listen in

Post-Chorus:

e
B
G—————————————– 3 — 5 — 7 — || 8 — 7 7/10 —– ||
D- 3 / 5 — 1 — 3 / 5 — 1 — 3 / 5 — 3 — 3 — 5 — ||. 6 — 8 – 8 —— .||
A- 3 / 5 — 1 — 3 / 5 — 1 — 3 / 5 — 1 — 3 — 5 — ||. 6 — 6 – 6 —— .||
D- 3 / 5 — 1 – –3 / 5 — 1 — 3 / 5 — 1 — 3 — 5 — || 6 ——————- ||

Spin around the perfect song, Frequency of all-night-long and If I stay up, I could hear you on…

(those marks around the last two chords are repeat signs!)

RADIO-INTERLUDE: same music as the verse.

CHORUS:

POST-CHORUS:

LAST PART: (build) – same music as the verse.

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Major & Minor tab

June 27, 2005 in Uncategorized

Words & music by c. howie howard

Tab is written with rough chord-equivalents below. Tab is not written in rhythm – listen for it.
Drop-D tuning (DADGBe), 6/8 time.
————————————————————————————————

Intro (power chords):

e-
B-
G- 3 — 3 — 5 — 7 – 7 —
D- 3 — 1 — 5 — 7 – 0 — 0 / 3
A- 1 — 1 — 3 — 5 – 0 — 0 / 3
D- —- 1 ————– 0 — 0 / 3
— Bb — Eb — C —– D ——— F

Verse:

e
B
G- 5 – – – –
D- 8 – – -5 – 12
A- 6 – – – 3 – 10
D-
Eb6 – C – G

Fill your lungs into my hands on your back,
Feel how to breathe
Let my weight transfer through to your heart,
Take time to… breathe
Allow thoughts, any one at all
Major and minor connections to God;

Transition to chorus:

e
B
G- 5 — 7 – 7
D- 8 — 5 – 6
A- 6 — 5 – 6
D——- 5 – 6
— Eb6 – G – Ab

Hangups be gone…

CHORUS (same as intro):

e-
B-
G- 3 — 3 — 5 — 7 – 7 —
D- 3 — 1 — 5 — 7 – 0 — 0 / 3
A- 1 — 1 — 3 — 5 – 0 — 0 / 3
D- —- 1 ————– 0 — 0 / 3
— Bb — Eb — C —– D ——— F

And if I ever could fall this song apart
Then step up, take my guitar, and
Let me hear your heart while I lay down
Let’s decide on a sign, a line to sing in every song
Major & minor, the band plays on

Post-CHORUS (5 counts of 3 is the timing):

D – 888 – 111 – 555 – 333 – / / /
A – 888 – 111 – 555 – 333 – / / /
D – 888 – 111 – 555 – 333 – / / /
—– Bb — Eb — G — F — /

Middle section:

e
B
G- ————- 5 – 3 – 3
D- 3 – 3 – 0 – 5 – 3 – 3
A- 1 – 3 – 0 – 3 – 1 – 1
D- 1 – 3 – 0 ———– 1
– Eb9 – F – D – C – Bb – Eb9

Then on the third time…

e
B
G- ————- 5 – 7 – 7 – 3 – 7 – 7 – 3
D- 3 – 3 – 0 – 5 – 5 – 6 – 1 – 5 – 6 – 1
A- 1 – 3 – 0 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 1 – 5 – 6 – 1
D- 1 – 3 – 0 —– 5 – 6 – 1 – 5 – 6 – 1
– Eb9 – F – D – C – G – Ab – Eb – G – Ab – Eb

Verse 2:

e
B
G- 5 – – – –
D- 8 – – -5 – 12
A- 6 – – – 3 – 10
D-
Eb6 – C – G

Lend us a day or an hour at that
Take time to breathe
Take off our watches and dance in the back
Reminder to… breathe
Make space to lay the story down
I’m not counting on last night alone
It’s in the response

CHORUS 2:

e-
B-
G- 3 — 3 — 5 — 7 – 7 —
D- 3 — 1 — 5 — 7 – 0 — 0 / 3
A- 1 — 1 — 3 — 5 – 0 — 0 / 3
D- —- 1 ————– 0 — 0 / 3
— Bb — Eb — C —– D ——— F

And if I ever could fall this song apart
Then step up, take my guitar, and
Let me hear your heart while I lay down
Let’s decide on a sign, a line to sing in every song
Major & minor, the band plays on

5-counts-of-3: 4x open and loud

D – 888 – 111 – 555 – 333 – / / /
A – 888 – 111 – 555 – 333 – / / /
D – 888 – 111 – 555 – 333 – / / /
—– Bb — Eb — G — F — /

CLOSING: 5-counts-of-3, quiet and palm-muted, slowly building:

Jane paints her eyes and is off to the show
Jack buses tables in downtown New York
Jessica’s reading a book in the dark, and I’m
Holding my breath for you to get home
The lines that crossed your face could tell a story
But wash them down, I wasn’t around, and
That is why they’re asking you

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May 9, 2005 in Uncategorized

Click to launch the handslist archive (2002-2004) in a new window.  -h, 2011

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A reflection on “Near and Far” by Rob Spectre

June 1, 2004 in Uncategorized

Published vis Shafted! (www.arturogottheshaft.com)

The underground folkrok duo howie&scott released their sophomore, self-produced release in April to a pack of fans with a loyalty bordering on vermicious. Still the best kept secret of the South Central Nebraska music scene, the eclectic sound of the Crete rock pair has matured considerably from the days of Bigger Sounds from Fewer Folk; a maturity that has left the initial core of the h&s vibe largely intact. Strange, experimental chords, odd time signatures, thumping world beats, and Scott Morris’ blazing sax virtuosity all remain in the new record, though some surprises are in store for every listener.

Overall, the CD represents a new sort of accessibility that had been lacking from their previous list. Shorter track times mark the sign of a clear sensibility from the band, with this release lacking the self-indulgent introductions and instrumental breaks from BSfFF. Additionally, either through design or disaster, several easy-going crowd pleasers can be found on the record, though you are never more than a few tracks away from some serious howie&scott experimental sound. Big steaming portions from the Howie Howard lyrical cutlet are served up fresh and tender for the discriminating diner of verbosity and the bright, defined sound of his dissonant rhythm has remained untouched through the evolution from Bigger Sounds. Scott has raised the bar yet again on Near and Far, introducing a deep percussion sound that touches the lower intestine in a way that was distinctly missing from the band’s debut. Largely, the feeling from the comparison is not a feeling of evolution in an ugly, No Doubt, sincerity demolishing sense, but that of two experimental folkers all grown up and prepared to rock you until it hurts to keep thinking.

The progressive, thoughtful vibe of the record begins with Staircase. All you ever wanted from the second record is quickly satisfied with HowieÕs percussive progression leading the way. An excellent introduction to the album, Staircase prepares one for some fuller sounds from fewer folk, adding finally the sonorous Scott to compliment Howie’s voice, not quite yet free from the days of covering Dave Matthews but bringing a gut to his latent rasps. Ultimately, Staircase prepares the listener for some truly kicka** songs, a preparation quite necessary for Cornerstone.

Throwing a wrench quickly into the listener’s rhythm, Howard croons over the dissonant, unsettling bed of sound colored by an occasional scream from Scott’s sax. This song has a much different feel from what an h&s fan would expect, with a sound touched clearly by a spooky reverb that keeps the listener disconcerted until the chorus pulls you back from the edge of your chair. There is some difficulty making out Howie’s lyrics through the muddy echo of the tune, which is quite a pity to deprive the initial listener of such poetry, but the theme is seared into your soul as the song bleeds into Well. Scott sounds like a siren from an unholy pit, with Howard providing additional needle touches on the guitar.

The reward for descent into Well is Fourbee, an even more unsettling surprise than Cornerstone. From the metaphysical depths of Cornerstone, howie&scott remind us all of youthful joy with this pop song peppered by Scott’s conga clacks. A radio-ready track densely compacting all that which is h&s in a easy digestable 3:49 tablet, Howie doesn’t let his pop song get too mindless, ensuring that the final thought keeps you cogitating into You Have The Go-Ahead.

A soft introduction to Nexus, howie&scott pair to bring Howard’s lyrics into the spotlight. This song brings one back to a mindset evoked by Bigger Sounds, though with craftsmanship indicative of the band’s new studio seasoning. Perhaps the best example of the h&s adhesion to their original sound, the guitar driven track pays homage to their loyal fans, and we can’t expect to fall.

From the punk allusions presented towards the end of Nexus, the album flirts with the Dark Side by presenting an anthem of frustration. With an introduction keeping the listener guessing, The Broken Anger doesn’t stray from a tried and true folkrok formula of healthy rhythm — and dischordant misanthropy.

My personal favorite of the record, Place Where Something Fell is as progressive as the title suggests, chock full of provocatively vague lyrics. The harmony between Howard and Morris is somewhat strained at times, but again badass songwriting evokes a righteous indignation that simply cannot be quelled. The conclusion of the song in Outside the Crater is a slow, easy letdown into the thoughtful groove that follows.

Marked by a percussive guitar line and Scott’s airy echo of flute, You Already Know The Answer and I’m Not Joking may be the most experimental song on the album. A dense, busy song hardly for the faint of heart, howie&scott’s multi-instrumentality is a flag proudly waved here. Perhaps the most discordant, confusing finish to a song since Weezer’s Pinkerton, the heart of the album’s free experimentation is properly placed here.

But, before the record takes itself too seriously, Scott’s solo debut brings a snap to the fingers and a smile to the face. Fully illustrating Howie’s jazz influence, this uncharacteristic track on an uncharacteristic CD brings fun back to the long journey since Fourbee. A scatacular and sparkling homage set to a jazzy groove that would make Louis Armstrong smile.

Constellations kicks up quickly with the deep, thunderous boom of Scott’s djembe and the spirited strumming of Howard’s Takamine. A laidback tune of galactic proportions, with possibly the finest rhymes of the record. Certainly another classic h&s track, it provides a climax true to the original sound of howie&scott and an excellent segue way to the final song, Under My Protection.

Perhaps the entire record can be summed up in this tune. Experimentation, quality studio work, and a tenacious devotion to the original elements that keep howie&scott one of my favorite bands. Accessible to the new h&s listener and true to their original sound, Near and Far makes it easier than ever to come and join us.

I’m guessing on the date; clearly, it was not long after the record came out. -h, 2011

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