"Free music for the People :: free People for the Music"

[est'd 2004 A.D. :: New Jersey]

Thursday, October 29, 2009



Sunday, October 25, 2009

ComingSoon ::

  • new Anna Bradley :: shot over here from California, mastering by Conor Meara (myself)
  • new Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks, "Pleasantly Plump" :: 9 songs in under 20, tracked live at the New School, mixing by Conor
  • All Over :: "Howlin' Wolf" EP, Joe P & Dan Jefferson's weekend drunkery
  • the Hennessies debut :: 13 tracks from Philly, Conor on bass, Piggity Pat on guitar, Alec Gabin on drums
  • the "Soul Collective" (needs a name) debut :: slow jams like the Supremes and hard funk like the J.B.s with a little Booker T. and a whole heap of Al Jackson.
  • ANIMALGESICS :: a Conor project featuring Joe P from Smokestacks, Piggity Pat on drums, Axel from NoN-SToP! on metal drums, Kabir from Anna Bradley on surf GTR solo & harmonies, Becca Sandrz on some lead chick vox and WHOEVER ELSE WANTS TO CONTRIBUTE. Would like :: horns, strings, mandolin, noise, etc. Contact conormeara@gmail.com if you have recording ability or don't (and are within driving distance!)
  • Every Bunny Welcome classical record :: EBW on piano with arrangements for violin & others TBA.
  • a NEW CANARIES RECORD :: 6 tracks with Alec Gabin on vocals, L guitar & drums, Joe P on R GTR & engineering/mixing, Conor M on bass & engineering/mixing. Rob Lundberg contributing as well! All songs written by Alec and basic tracking with Alec & Conor done in Pittsburgh PA almost a year ago.
  • new RAINBOW PARTY rekkid? I know they'r working on it and i know it's gonna be released through Le Rug Ray's new label... if that doesn't pan out of if they's interested in a joint release (ours for free of course), or if they run out of CD-Rs, it's always welcome on here.
So that's what we've been up to... give us your patience and we'll give you somethin new to listen to... Errything's sounding tight as hell & gettin DONE with a lot of energy, balls & fun.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Answer the Call (Something to DO for YOO) ::

1. download THIS FILE by right-clicking the link and selecting "save as" or "save target as" or "download to disk" or whatever. It's an mp3.

2. if you don't already have an ability to record (from Pro Tools to Cubase to Garageband to Sound Recorder on Windows, etc.... ANY ability to record from an internal/external microphone), but you have a microphone of any kind (the ones that you gamers buy to talk to yer buddies on video games counts), download Audacity (it's free AND easy to use!)

3. Put the file you downloaded in step 1 into the program.

4. Start at the beginning of the track and with headphones on and mic in hand, record along with it ANYTHING YOU WANT.

5. Send the file that you recorded (without the original track) to CONORMEARA@GMAIL.COM

6. with a note specifying what you would like to be credited as (you could be Mark Twain for all I care)..


-Conor Meara

FYI :: the chords are (for C keyed instruments) :: [F / C / Dm / F / C] for the verse (*with an Amaj replacing the last Cmaj before the chorus) and the chorus is [D#7 / A# / D#7 / A# / C/ C7]. Where a chord type isn't specified, it's major. Where it's 7, it's the dominant 7th chord.

Also :: to read the rest of that interview from the top pic, click here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

a List to Hate

Sinéad O'Connor/Prince
Jimmy Reed/Muddy Waters
Van Morrison/Isaac Hayes
the Walkmen/Harry Nilsson/Elton John
Steve Cropper/Al Green
Robbie Robertson/Levon Helm
John Lennon WITH Yoko Ono
Fleetwood Mac/U2
Bruce Springsteen WITH the E Street Band
the Pogues/Iggy Pop without the Stooges/Stooges
the Hives/the Strokes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Interpol
Bob Dylan WITH Johnny Cash

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Whiskey Before Breakfast" on Mandocellos

also related (?) :: Eluveitie, "Celtic Metal" from Switzerland.... this is the weirdest thing i've seen in a LONG time..... good crowd, though. I won't say this is a good band, or a good song... but WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?!

Monday, October 19, 2009


On Being A Bassist :: Sting, Stability & Jamerson
(part 54 of many many...)

...and his style is wack. I mean what he dresses in. And I hate that he had to put his goddamn signature on a '51 P-bass so I feel like a poseur every time I pick one up -- and way to make the normal ones go up in price, ya asshole! WHO THE HELL BUYS A SIGNATURE GUITAR ANYWAY? Even weirder is figuring out who the hell buys a signature BASS. That's no way to be creative. I wanna play the bass that Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner plays! And I want it to say "STING" on the headstock! Sting. Yeah, O.K.!

Mr. Sumner's pretty useless to me... and the Police are way too fucking repetitive. How many times can they repeat the same goddamn chorus line? It's never even a whole fucking chorus... it's usually just one or two damn lines! AND NOT GOOD ONES!

But good luck to him, you, and the tao-de-ching's-chi/feng-shui/tantra you may find within you (or without you...) Next time try some primal scream.
"Sooo... what DO you look for in a supportive bass line?"
That's kind of a trick question... the only real answer would be... well... support. Without a pansy attitude & way-too-repetitive-performance of an already shit song (e.g. "i send an SOS to the world" x500000.)

There are just a million better bassists with better attitudes and better hair than Sting. And they aren't[/never have been/never will be] sex symbols fer middle-aged-women. If you're known by name by middle aged white women AND they want to fuck you, you're probably a shit bassist... because middle aged white women don't know shit about bass playing. They take it for granted more than anybody else out there.

Shit where the bass is supportive as all hell (of the top o'da dome) ::

anything by AC/DC...
"Papa Was A Rolling Stone"...
anything by James Brown (with or without Bootsy)...
anything by the Stooges...
anything by the Hives...
anything by the Pogues...
anything by Al Green...
anything by the Ramones...
most Pop records....
John Lennon solo records...
old Zeppelin & Black Sabbath rekkids...
REGGAE & Ol-Skool Ska...
Van Halen's dude... (Mark something?)
that guy who plays with Steve Albini & does tape loops for Mission of Burma...
Duck Dunn...
Fats Domino's right hand...

NOT Sting... I mean... yeah, great, he plays in the pocket, plays the right notes... but it just gets OLD. I don't like his attitude, and you can hear his damn attitude in his damn playing. He's like George Harrison all sobered up on wanker-juice & weiner-sauce. Dude should spend less time showin off & maintaining his 58 year old GUNZ and write a damn song that doesn't suck for once.

(my personal) Rule number 1 :: FUCK PAUL MCCARTNEY; as a person, as a bassist, as a Beatle, as a Wing, as a douche-bag, as a really really boring cocky cheeky bastard. I really don't care much for him... the only time I liked him was when his songs were half written by Lennon and everybody remembered/knew that Lennon was the founder and the leader of the group. Before Brian died. But whatever.

What's Ringo doing in 2009, anyway? He's probably drinking an apple-tini right now...

What I meant was...
  • Bad bassist :: Makes trouble, gets noticed by being bad. Either a failed guitarist or someone with no chops or no soul or chops with no soul. Or someone just not up to the task, lacking in hand-mind coordination.
  • Good bassist :: Nobody knows your name, steady as quartz, hold it down and play with a tone that fits the mix and the song.
  • Better bassist :: Bassists know your name, steadier than quartz, sharper than diamond, hold it down, fit tonally, don't play cop-out lines (e.g. if it's a 12 bar blues, come up with something that's not been played before in between the shit people expect, or as a replacement... make it steady enough to go unnoticed but make booties shake and make vaginas get all juicy...) Meanwhile, the musicians in the room will recognize & people will want you on their sessions, at their gigs, in their bands, as a songwriting partner, etc. etc. whatever... if they aren't a self-indulgent foolish guitard/"singer-songwriter."
  • Best bassist :: James Jamerson. Except he never engineered or mixed any records... that's another skill (in my opinion) that's very tied in with the same purpose you stand behind when you're a good bassist... if you know what you're doing and can work with people; yknow... musicianship without wanking. Like Steve Cropper and Robbie Robertson play guitars. RELENTLESS. Don't know who Jamerson is? The answer's in the kick drum at the top of the page (dear God, you might have to use the scroll bar... is it worth it? Are you even still reading?)
  • "Virtuoso" :: Plays too many goddamn notes, songwriting & execution suffers, useless to me as a bassist.
Now... What I was saying was... Yoko Ono was a righteous chick. She could probably play bass if she wanted to. But she probably didn't want to. And now she's old. Shame on us.

Conor Meara

Friday, October 16, 2009

Booksmartz 101 ::

please read the selections above in full and answer the following questions with a number 2 pencil on 8" 1/2 x 11" unruled paper ::

q1. how much is an album of music worth ($$$ speaking) in 2009?
˙99˙4$-99˙1$ :: ʞɹoʍʇɹɐ ɯnqןɐ pǝʇuıɹd & ǝsɐɔ ןǝʍǝɾ 'pɔ ןɐɔısʎɥd ɥʇıʍ ˙˙˙˙0$ :: ʞɹoʍʇɹɐ ɯnqןɐ pǝʇuıɹd puɐ 'ǝsɐɔ ןǝʍǝɾ 'ɔsıp ʇɔɐdɯoɔ ןɐɔısʎɥd ʇnoɥʇıʍ

q2. want to start a book club?
˙os ʞuıɥʇ ʇ,upıp ¿ɥɐu

q3. what's the deal with phish?
˙sǝʇou ǝsoɥʇ ןןɐ ʇnoɥʇıʍ ǝʞoɾ ɹǝʇʇǝq ɐ ןןǝʇ ʎןqɐqoɹd pןnoɔ noʎ ןןǝʍ ¿ɹoɯnɥ s,ʇɐɥʇ 'ɥo ¿ƃuıʞoɾ noʎ ǝɹɐ ˙˙˙ʎןsnoıɹǝs 'ou

q4. what are the three genres of music?
(˙ʇuǝpıɔɔɐ ʎq ʇnq) zzɐɾ sı ƃuɐʇ-nʍ :: ˙ƃ˙ǝ ˙zzɐɾ & dod-ʇou 'dod

q5. did Yoko break up the Beatles?
˙ɹǝɥ ssǝןq poƃ 'pıp ǝɥs ɟı ʇnq ˙ou

q6. if you exit a car at 10pm on a thursday night in front of a video rental store singing "now I wanna... be yer DAWG," what will the store-owner, standing outside smoking a cigarette, start talking to you about?
˙pɹoɟ ʎɹuǝɥ ןɐıʇuǝnןɟuı ʎןqıpǝɹɔuı ǝɥʇ ƃuıʌןoʌuı ʎɹoʇsıɥ sʇı oʇ ǝnp ʇıoɹʇǝp s0691 uı pɐǝɹds ןɐıɔɐɹ
„pɹɐoqɹǝʞɔǝɥɔ„ ǝɥʇ puɐ 'ɐƃ 'ɐʇsnƃnɐ 'spɹoɔǝɹ xɐʇs

q7. were the Clash a pop band?

mail your answer sheet for grading to ::

Conor Meara
2653-A Whitehorse-Hamilton Sq. Rd.
Hamilton, N.J. 08690

Monday, October 12, 2009

"this should be played at high volume - preferably in a residential area"

this video always made me uncomfortable in a good way. and Prince wrote it.. that's why the "to" is a 2 and the "you" is a U. silly Prince. 1990 :: Sinéad was only 24 and this WASN'T her first single. Her first came out when she was 21 ("Mandinka" live on David Letterman in 1987.)

you probably haven't heard it, but "Fire on Babylon" is a bomb song too -- she whips out the 150% banshee yell for this one. Don't mind Jools Holland, he's just a stupid wanker (who was the keyboardist for Squeeze back in the day... "tempted by the fruit of another," anyone?) who had a show on BBC in the early '90s.

oh, and remember when she did an a cappella version of Bob Marley's "War" on SNL then ripped up a picture of the Pope on live television? Well, she was scheduled to perform at a big Bob Dylan tribute soon after that and the crowd wasn't too kind to her... sounds like half were applauding and a bigger half were booing. She was also introduced by Kris Kristofferson, which is kind of weird... but anyway, what does she do in response to the audience? Check it.

none of this has anything to do with anything that tamur's doing, but I just can't help myself. get some soul, people.

Conor Gerard Meara

P.S. if you want to hear a really fucking good scream, fast forward to 3:14 on this video from 1988, "Troy." she sings about a dragon. and then a phoenix. yeah. if you've got any patience, feel free to watch the whole thing..

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Loudcat! :: a note

"but the river still runs, regardless of whether the bridge stands above it or not"

:: from "glenn park".

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Movies We Been Watchin

a new blog is up, and it starts with a review of Sling Blade written by Every Bunny Welcome.

Monday, October 5, 2009

OCT 10th :: Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks Are Out of the Hosptital...

and coming to Tommy's Tavern in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

w/ People You Hate and Krylls
October 10th @ 9pm

Like God's love, this show is free!

1041 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

G Train to Greenpoint Ave
Corner of Freeman St. and Manhattan Ave.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

introducing :: the Hennessies

(jeffery o'hara winning the trophy)

feat. piggity pat on guitar, every bunny welcome on percussion instruments and conor on low frequencies strings. tunes written, shows booked, 13 song album in the works, more TBA.