Golden Veins Singles Club – Month 6
Well, it’s hard to be believe, but we’ve already reached the halfway mark of this little journey we are calling “Golden Veins Singles Club.” If you thought the first half was great, just wait until you hear what’s coming up….
Anyway, let’s see what Greg has to say about the two tracks…
I don’t have much to say about “Being Strangled”; it’s mainly Scott’s baby. Micah, another stalwart of the Des Moines music scene sings backing vocals and plays guitar on this one. It’s a great song…it has a palpable overcast day feeling. I like singing someone else’s words and melodies, and I think Scott writes really good lyrics and melody. He comes at it in a different way than I do.
“US MERE MORTALS”
One night while screwing around with beats and keyboards, we came up with the foundation for “Us Mere Mortals”. I made the initial beat and put in the harp notes, Ryan added the keyboard trills and Scott basically wrote the other two sections of the song. I tried writing words and melody to the whole song, and we even thought about getting in someone to rap over a part, but ultimately we felt the song worked best with main vocals saved to the very end. Scott also added in the various spoken-word samples. Hopefully the cumulative effect of these elements makes up, at least in some part, for the lack of rapping.
Also included with this single is a brutal remix by our very own Matt Bad, as well as fantastic artwork by Michelle Holley.
The single drops today, so get to it!
and, as always, you can check out/join the club here!
Tomorrow night(Friday, February 4th), Golden Veins will be playing the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, Ia for the Resident Artist Series: “It Might Get Loud”
Old cool dudes Deep Sleep Waltzing and Brutus are playing. Plus artist Van Holmgren will be doing some live painting, so who knows what all could go down!
Doors open at 9 and will cost you 5 bucks to get you in. Sorry kids, but it’s 21+.
Golden Veins – New Single: ” Radio Prohibidas”
“Radio Prohibidas“, the fifth single, is a whispered warning over a jungle campfire, with tribal drums and ominous chanting serving to enhance the song’s foreboding air of menace. Backed with this, “Never Know”’s atmospheric verses mix with its strum und drang choruses to create a cathartic ode to realization and resignation, made all the more powerful through the accompanied vocal stylings of the amazing Skye Carrasco.
Also included with this single is a spooky remix by Blutiger Fluss, as well as amazing artwork by Brendan Wells.
As always, for more info on how to join the Golden Veins Singles Club, simply go here.
As a public service this holiday season, I’ve dug through the archives of Sound of the Noising Machine to bring you some Christmas-centric highlights from the last several years. Use this as a one-stop shop for all your Yuletide needs and whatnot. The list:
Golden Veins Christmas Single – FREE DOWNLOAD!!!
A Very California Raisins Christmas
Folgers Christmas 2009
Stocking Stuffers! #1
Stocking Stuffers! #2
Des Moines Register’s X-Mas Feature
Christmas Carolz II
Christmas Carolz III
Thank you. Take care of yourselves…and each other.
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Alright Sound of the Noising Machine readers, it’s that time of year again. Christmas Carolz time!!! Here’s my third installment of some holiday songs I like, some new, some old, some covers, some originals. And “Merry Christmas (Don’t Forget To Write)” by my band, Golden Veins! Here are the previous entries:
Christmas Carolz I
Christmas Carolz II
On with the show…
Golden Veins – “Merry Christmas (Don’t Forget To Write)”
Matt Goode – “Last Christmas”
T. Rex – “Christmas Bop”
Ride – “Like A Snowflake”
Weezer – “The Christmas Song”
Ryan Adams – “Hey Parker, It’s Christmas”
Cocteau Twins – “Winter Wonderland”
David Bowie & Bing Crosby – “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”
The Killers – “Don’t Shoot Me Santa”
Coldplay – “Christmas Lights”
The Walkmen – “Christmas Party”
Morning Musume – “Silent Night”
Please enjoy those, and enjoy these 12 Yuletide jointz below, one for each day of X-Mas. Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you back here this time next year for Christmas Carolz IV!!!
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A sigh to a scream, “I’ll Take The Bullet For You”, the fourth single, is an anthemic, guitar-laden plea for love and understanding, no matter the cost. The b-side, “Zenith/Nadir,” is an atmospheric instrumental that will take you from the dark side of the moon through a black hole and back in three minutes and change.
Also included with this single is a stunning remix by Cleo’s Apartment, as well as fabulous artwork by Brent Houzenga.
Listen to all 3 tracks from this single here.
Ps- Watch the “Zenith/Nadir” video created by Natalie Mirsky.
And a reminder to those of you who might not know what Golden Veins Singles Club is:
The first recordings from Golden Veins won’t be released as a traditional album, but will instead take the form of a year-long digital project dubbed the Golden Veins Singles Club. Every month, a new “digital 45” will be released, featuring two brand-new songs as well as a remix of the a-side.
In addition to purchasing singles individually, there are also four membership options available, which offer additional bonus materials and merchandise.
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In the giving spirit of the holiday season, Golden Veins presents “Merry Christmas (Don’t Forget To Write)”; a comic/melancholic ode to Christmas alone and on the cheap, complete with synths and fa la las. A free song for all, regardless if you’ve been bad or good.
Here’s Ryan C. Meier from Golden Veins with some insight into the song’s creation:
Back in the winter of ’04, I was teaching English in Japan. It was at that time I realized just how ingrained Christmas is in US society and all the little details that make Christmas time feel like Christmas time. There was no four-day weekend at the end of November, no hustle and bustle in department stores, and no constant barrage of holiday songs playing over the loudspeakers in grocery stores. And frankly, the decorations that were up in public seemed kind of awkward and empty. I even had to work until 10 pm on Christmas Eve!
So for that month of December, I found myself feeling quite strange, as I knew Christmas was approaching, yet feeling no different from, say, the month of March. This song was the result of that month and I actually wrote and recorded it on my handy 8-track with the intent of sending it to my friends and family back home, but for whatever reason, never quite completed it.
Please enjoy this free download gift from us to you, and keep checking in for more Singles Club info!
The second single by Golden Veins is now streamable on their website: www.goldenveins.com. The official release date is 10/12/10.
A Kafkaesque fever dream, “Frantic Prayer” races via sinewy guitars and spacey electronics toward an inevitably tragic ending. The b-side, “Kicking The Tires,” is a rude awakening set to a pulsing beat. It’s disillusionment you can dance to.
This single also comes with two killer remixes, one by Purify, and one by Matt Bad (both of which are streaming on the website), as well as fantastic artwork by Jon Pearson.
And here’s a little something by the band about the A and B sides:
“Frantic Prayer” began life as a bare-bones demo Scott recorded ages ago. He had a cache with a fair amount of riffs and guitar lines that he presented to us, and I think this was the first of that group we worked on. I think the demo just went up to the part right before the ominous middle section, necessitating the writing of the ominous middle section. When we first played this live, we only played the rockin’ parts, so it was only about two minutes.
The melody took a while to write, as it’s a bit of a tricky song. The lyrics are about guilt.
KICKING THE TIRES
This is an anarchistic protest song which demonizes those in power while at the same time questioning society as a whole. It’s about dishonesty and control – the struggle to see through the former and regain the latter.
This song was first conceived about 6 years ago when I was living in Davis, California. The original demo was just a guitar and vocal, inspired by the large quantities of Billy Bragg that I had been consuming. That mess of an ending was actually rather simple and pretty at one point.
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Tonight from 10-11pm, Golden Veins vocalist and Noising Machine c0-founder, Greg Goode, will be on the online music program Iowa’s finest Music. Hosted by Tito McGee, every Tuesday evening, this program showcases the very best of Iowa’s musical talent.
Since today marks the very first release of Golden Veins’ year long Singles Club project, Tito asked Greg to come on and talk about what inspired this project, as well as his experiences in the Iowa scene and thoughts on music in general.
Tune in at DesMoinesAmplified.com at 10pm to catch what’s sure to be a once in a lifetime interview.
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The Iowa based blog, Friends In The Band, recently interviewed Golden Veins about the Singles Club, songwriting, the music industry, records, etc.
Check it out HERE.
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