Tearing Down the Fight Songs Bass Rig

…Which has been up since at least January 2020, if not December 2019.

Signal path is:

Tuner > big gold bypass looper (duplicates the signal) > output 1 recorded in Reaper

Looper output 2 > Falcon Heavy Drive prototype > Wheeler Leveling Amplifier > ART Dual RDB passive transformer-based DI > recorded in Reaper

(The production Falcon with four white knobs wasn’t used)

It’s the second path that provides the main bass sound in the mix; not obviously distorted but super warm and even, inspired by James Jamerson’s Motown tone. The clean path is just for backup, blending in something punchier when needed, using with a virtual amp for something different, that sort of thing.

I had no idea when I set this up, of course, that it would last through most of a year-long global pandemic and a month-long minor basement flood issue. Tearing down rigs is always a bit of an emotional milestone – not sad, not happy, just a feeling of before and after – and while this one was simple and easy to re-create, a whole lot has happened while it’s been up.

And yet, onward. I need the space for some synth things, and will be setting up gear for “Fight Songs” guitars.

Made a Night Mode Record This Week

Last weekend a couple of new modules for my modular case arrived – a 2hp Tune and an EricaSynths Pico VCO – and in the course of learning to use them I made a quick Night Mode record, as one does, five pieces with the modular, MS-20, and 1776 Effects Multiplex delay pedal.

I’m using it as a reason to update the Night Mode timeline, below.

EDIT 2021 MARCH 25: Drew reminded me of the “Murder Mountain” session. After digging around, my best guess is that we recorded this material – maybe an album’s worth, or more – on two dates in May and June 2019

DrewHowieDamonEd(Collaboration)
Feb – Dec ’15OTHER
Jan – Aug ’16Dirac Spike
Feb ’17Duo (H/Damon) –
(Untitled/Unreleased)
Mar ’17Trio –
Load Exceedance
Load Transcendance
Mar – Jul ’17Your Pain Matters
?? – Jul ’18Gentleman Scientist(there’s a Drew/Damon
noise / Marshall reamp /
drums project in
here somewhere
Jan – Apr ’18Working Bears Or Barely Working (unreleased)
Jan ’18 – Mar ’19Only Mostly Dead
Come In Alone / Stuck On You (Sep ’18) (unreleased)
May 8 – Jun 6 ’19Duo (Drew/H) – Murder Mountain
Jun – Nov ’19Not One Person Left Out (unreleased)
Jan-Feb ’20Duo (Drew/H) –
Capsule
Mar ’20Duo (Drew/H) –
(Merritt/Unreleased)
Summer / fall ’21Asterales x Night Mode “Orbital Debris Vol. 1” and “Extra Junk”
Jan ’21Title TK
In progress:
Digitone + 1 LP
In progress:
Seen Heard and Known,
Monotribe record(s) (Oct ’19 – ??),
AX60 record (Nov ’19 – ??),
Medusa record (Apr ’20 – ??),
Noise record (Mar ’20)
Frank-N-Puter x Night Mode (summer ’20 – spring ’21)
MS-20/Pico (March ’21)

AxNM Receipts

Nate and I committed to donating the proceeds from last year’s collaborative album and EP to anti-racist organizations. I let it run a little long to see if other donations would trickle in. Proof of donation above.

The only way to get my Bandcamp sales data is via .csv export, easily editable, so you’ll have to trust me on that.

11 Days of Bitter Cold

I think I scooped the walk five or six separate times. But it’s a little better tonight.

Two new Night Mode records are immanent-ish. One is the set Drew and I prepared for our show at Records With Merritt last spring that was an early casualty of the pandemic. We have a good recording from our practice sessions. The other, I’m not sure what I can say about yet. The artist will speak when they’re ready.

We have four episodes of The Long Play Listening Party in the can, with the first going up tomorrow morning. Smash those subscribe buttons.

New Night Mode Song on Completely Gone Recordings

We’re psyched to be included on Completely Gone Recordings‘ newest compilation of Électronique, Kosmische!, Surréaliste, Post-Rock, Vanguard, Moderne, Abstrakt, Jazz!!!!!, and ?????? music.

The track is called “No One” and was recorded by Drew and I live, outdoors, and distant in October specifically for this comp.

Here’s the full compilation. Pay what you can for a bunch of new stuff. Eraser Ears and T.R.I.v.M. jumped out at me, and I’ve already collected more of their music from their respective Bandcamp pages!

The Best Music Howie Heard In 2020

Albums of the year, in random order

More outstanding music, roughly power-ranked

Honorable mention, alphabetical

Battalion of Cloudships, “Especially The Lies”
Big|Brave, “A Gaze Among Them” (2019)
Cosmic Ground, “0110” / “Apocalypse 2020 (Soil 2)”
Crimson, “Raid” and Origin Text, “Self Entitled”
Criteria, “Years”
False Brother, “Uncanny Valley”
Greg Dulli, “Random Desire”
The Interrupters, “Say It Out Loud” (2016) / “Fight The Good Fight” (2018)
L.U.V. C.R.A.F., “Friendship Acid” / “Hauntological Phalluses: 1984”
Skeleton, “Skeleton”

Music I need to check out in 2021, alphabetical

Bully, “Sugaregg”
Fleet Foxes, “Shore”
Fuzz, “III”
Kid Dakota, “Age of Roaches”
Moses Sumney, “Græ”
My Morning Jacket, “The Waterfall II”
Phantom Planet, “Devastator”

The Best Music Cory Heard In 2020

Honorable mention:

Brock Berrigan, “Utah” – Music to drive through the desert too (while wearing a chicken mask)

Fatlip, “The Loneliest Punk” (2005) – Didn’t put this in the “Best” list because I’ve already heard it plenty before, but I rediscovered it at the perfect time. I hope Fatlip is doing well

Fleet Foxes, “Shore” – Same deal as “Crack-Up”; I don’t get it yet, but I listen and hear a lot of promising moments, and I am sure it’ll click one day

Megan Thee Stallion, “Good News” – I don’t know if I am cool enough to love this record as much as I do. It’s absolutely ridiculous and obscene and I can’t get enough

“Moana” OST, “Frozen” OST – Being a dad hath forced me to know and love these movies and soundtracks. I’m not crying, my eyes are bleeding clear blood!

Tame Impala, “The Slow Rush” – Didn’t hit me in the jornk immediately, but bloomed like a flower growing from soil of powdered Vitamin C, LSD, and CRISPY FUNK BITS

“A Life Without Fireflies” on Bandcamp, Streaming, and The Long Play Listening Party

Happy holidays, all! We’ve brought Arturo Got The Shaft’s “A Life Without Fireflies” into modernity on Bandcamp and your favorite streaming platforms. To celebrate Rob, Royce, and I recorded a very special throwback episode of The Long Play Listening Party.

Have a safe week, everyone. -Howie & Rob

“A Life Without Fireflies” on Spotify | Deezer | Amazon | YouTube Music | Tidal | Apple Music