Flyover State Of Mind

So you guys fans of podcasts? Oh yeah? So am I! I love having someone’s voice in my head besides the one that tells me to order records online and drink one more beer. That voice usually fools me into thinking those are good ideas. At least with a podcast I can get lost in someone else’s thoughts for a bit. Hear an interesting interview, story, or just hear a perspective on things I may not have been familiar with before.

Well a good friend of mine asked me if I’d ever consider doing a podcast. At first I thought that the idea was appealing, but that trying to get people to come down in my basement and chat it up for an hour would be daunting. And worse yet, the idea of sitting downstairs and talking into a microphone by myself seemed even sadder. So I suggested to my friend we should try and make a podcast together. What have we got to lose? Our dignity? Shit, we lost that years ago. Besides, at this point in life we could care a less how foolish we look to people(we really do care…I lied.)

So last Saturday my friend Jason came over to the house and we headed down to the studio and talked into a couple mics for a bit. The result is here, our first ever episode of our podcast, Flyover State. It’s two middle aged dudes talking about whatever comes to mind. Subjects may include weird dreams, favorite albums, aliens, Bigfoot, favorite war films, Kurt Vonnegut, Humanism, David Cronenberg, high school trauma, and so much more.

Jason and I usually have some sort of epic conversation every time we get together, so we figured why not just record these conversations and share them with the world? We’ve got nothing better to do on a Sunday morning.

So click that link above and head over to Flyover State’s blog page and hit play. Here us chat it up. And hey, share some of your weird dreams with us. That’s our next topic of discussion. Email us at flyoverstate2017@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow. 

“Constellation Jam”

DSC04296I know, we just put this Cambodia Highball album out in November of 2013. Two months ago. That’s not a whole lot of time for a record to soak in collective ears before readying a new set of tunes, but that’s just what we’re doing. I’m not sure if you got the memo, but Cambodia Highball are like a ghost band. We’re a band that haunts your ears then disappears until you least expect and then we reappear for more songs to haunt your inner ear with. We’re not a band that you can go see at the local pub, coffeehouse, record shop in-store; or opening for that “once great, now has-been” AOR rock band. We won’t be getting the crowd warmed up for Blue Oyster Cult at this summer’s ‘Concert In The Park’. Not happening. No, Cambodia Highball is a studio band. We live to create and put those creations to tape(so to speak.) The thrill for us is to let our minds wander for an afternoon, record those wanderings, and then eventually share that afternoon mind excursion -along with a collection of other mind excursions- with the world at large. Since we don’t go out and re-create our improvisational hiccups on local stages, we have more time to keep creating.

So that leads us up to this past weekend.

After a couple months hiatus from our Saturday afternoon musicscapes, we put the key into the ignition of this mammoth space machine and headed straight for the heart of the sun yet again. A pot of coffee was brewed, pedals were engaged, drums were elegantly battered, and sounds were manipulated. I have a great feeling about this next album. There’s that epic scale, the studious grandeur, and the endless dynamics that we pursued on Odd Geometry. But this time around, there’s a certain meditative calm that hangs over. This song is like a mantra, repeating itself over and over until it rolls over onto itself and becomes more than the sum of its parts. I may be a little over dramatic here, but it truly is something special. The song is called “In D”, and I think it’s a sign of things to come.

In lieu of new album previews, I will be sharing a couple songs that never made it onto an official release. The first is called “Constellation Jam”, and it really does live up to its name. It sounds like a jam session that took place in the stars. A psych freakout amongst the little dipper and Orion’s belt. We truly wanted to just create this noisy piece of space rock grandeur. I believe we did just that.

So enjoy what I have here for you and your ears. There will be more to come. In all honesty, this is what I live for. Creating music. There’s nothing more satisfying that hitting “record” and seeing what happens. Improvisation is a trial and error kind of thing, really. To truly improvise well it takes many tries. We’ve been doing this for far longer than Cambodia Highball has existed, so the formula has been tweaked many times. We’ve found what we’ve been striving for, I do believe. This next album is the next level. “In D” is our chapter one. Hopefully you will all hear the magic that we are hearing. Sleight of hand for your ears. “Hey, how did that quarter get in your ear?”

New Year’s (Rev)olution

four trackAnother year has nearly passed.  Like most years, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs.  Though for 2012, those ‘downs’ were way down.  Like some of the most lowly downs we’ve seen.  I won’t go on and on about them, as that would only depress you on a day where we are supposed to look forward to a better year.

I was thinking that maybe we could do something in 2013 to help out the community, while doing something incredibly cool at the same time.  For the last 3 weeks I’ve had this idea about local Fort Wayne indie bands coming together for a lo fi 4-track compilation album.  Have the area’s best indie bands record one original song(it can be a brand new song, or even something they have already released) guerrilla-style.  Nothing but musicians, instruments, a 4-track cassette recorder, and a couple mics.  Getting back to basics.  These songs would be compiled onto a CD-R, or even a cassette(guerrilla baby, remember??), and then sold for $5 or $10, all the proceeds would go to a local Fort Wayne charity that would be determined at a later date.  Being that I’m not from Fort Wayne, I’m sure some in the community would have some pretty great ideas as to where that money should go.  Battered women’s shelters or homeless shelters are two things I thought of.  Again, that’s something to think about in the future.

This is just something I’ve cooked up in my head.  I’ve spoken to noone.  I don’t know anything regarding logistics, who would be involved( I have a wish list), when all this would happen, etc.  All I know is that some great Fort Wayne bands recording old school, 4-track-style, compiling these songs and selling the albums and the proceeds going to a local charity would be pretty damn cool.  And it would be a great way to get 2013 started off right.  I’m willing to offer up a couple 4-track cassette recorders and a pile of blank cassettes to be shared throughout the bands so they can record at their leisure.  Of course this would be a charitable project, so this would be a money-less sort of thing.  But if it would raise some funds for something good and righteous, then it would be worth it.

I’m merely the dreamer.  Tomorrow it’s time to wake up.  Who would be interested in this?  Is this even feasible?  Am I full of shit or what?  Probably.  Either way, maybe you local raconteurs can think about it and get back to me.  Enjoy your New Year’s Eve.  Raise your glass, sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, and let’s hope for a better year than last.  And maybe, just maybe, we can make Uncle Bob Pollard proud and get a little lo fi for a good cause in 2013.

J. Hubner

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Goodbyewave Reissues: Bright Lights, Strange Nights

I felt like moving this thing along a bit quicker than one release a month.  I’m impatient. But hey, for you the listener, it’s a bonus. Maybe. Possibly.

So, in the summer of 2006 I began playing with drummer Jack Long. I’d known Jack for years as he was my neighbor. In fact, he’s lived in the same house since I was a kid. I used to ride my bike past his house in the summer and I could hear him playing his drums along to Led Zeppelin and Ratt(do I need to mention it was 1986? Didn’t think so). Point is, we go way back. Yet, it would be another 20 years before we’d play music together.

Jack had asked me one day if I’d ever want to jam. “Sure”, I said. Next thing I knew we were working out songs in my basement. It had been a long time since I’d played with another human. I was used to piecing together drum parts on the computer, or using the old Alesis SR-16 drum machine I’d had since I was 18. But I got over the whole weirdness of ‘communicating’ and we got along famously. Over the course of a year we played in the basement and by the summer of 2007 we’d completed 12 songs. Two of the songs, ‘Someone’s At The Door’ and ‘Strange Frequencies’ were done before we’d started playing together. But the rest were fresh off the digital griddle as it were.

The songs had a raw quality to them. These were fleshed out during practice sessions, most of them were put together on the fly. We’d play some parts, get some basic ideas on changes and what not, then hit record. I’d have the drums and amps mic’d before Jack would get over. Then before we’d start playing I’d get levels on everything. That way when things got cooking I didn’t have to stop the momentum of the song. Hence the raw energy of the tracks. Now, this was 6 years ago. I’ve learned A LOT as far as engineering goes. Mic placement, levels, mixing and general engineering, so I know if I was recording these songs today, they would sound much different. But for what they are, they still sound pretty damn good.

I had recently acquired and Electro Harmonix Pog and Frequency Analyzer, and it shows. I used both quite a bit throughout the album. This was the beginning of my love of knob tweaking. Crazy explosions of noise. Chaotic realms of aural insanity, yet somehow contained. Controlled chaos. It was a beautiful thing.

I feel that I really found my voice as a songwriter on this record. ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’ ‘The Difference’, ‘What She Said’ and ‘Everyone Had A Ball’ are songs that I’m still very proud of even today. ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’ is an example of a song where both musically and lyrically I’d found my ‘voice’, as it were. It’s still one of my favorite songs. ‘Thread In Your Seam’ was a completely different track before I’d cut the first half off. What’s left is what would have been the slow fade out. I ended up re-writing lyrics and it turned into a beautiful accident.

Here it is, the first Goodbyewave album of the ‘duo’ era. The era that would bring Goodbyewave to its end. But before we get to that point, there’s still plenty of music to cover. For your consideration, may I present to you Goodbyewave’s Bright Lights, Strange Nights.