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by Eutoxita

Straight ahead pop-rock with occasional quirky touches.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Didn't Move, So I Ate It
3:36 $0.99
2. Life Is Rushing By
2:37 $0.99
3. When I Was A Child
3:57 $0.99
4. Late Night Radio
3:09 $0.99
5. When I Get Old
2:25 $0.99
6. Oasis
5:06 $0.99
7. The Sky Can Fall
4:53 $0.99
8. Walnut Hill
5:00 $0.99
9. Let It Go
1:52 $0.99
10. Punk Rock For Breakfast
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
[Excerpts taken from my production blog]

This album is ECLECTIC!

First off, I've decided to call the Eutoxita album currently in progress "trainwreck". It's a favorite term of mine, and I think it suits the rather mosaic format of the record. The pieces are mostly from various recordings I've done over the last year, all spooged together under one banner. It's sort of like when a label releases a compilation album of their stable of artists--the results aren't going to sound particularly cohesive, more like scanning through stations or hitting "shuffle" on a multi-CD changer. (Remember CDs? I found it confounding enough to explain vinyl records--CDs now appear to be going the way of the buffalo. Sheesh...).

For example, the song "Walnut Hill" was written for the end-credits for my Arts Integration & You movie, and was intended to have that movie-end-credits celebratory vibe to it (not to mention in compliment to the lyrical content and song inspiration). As such, it is rather compressed-sounding, a la many pop records used in films (Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" comes to mind). Meanwhile, "Life Is Rushing By", "When I Was A Child", "Late Night Radio", and "When I Get Old" were written for an entirely different purpose, with different recording methods, essentially mixed as an EP that never got released. There will be... differences. I think, though, that the overall theme being autobiographical in nature, the album will still make sense. I am also working hard to have the track order flow as an album should (not that anybody really does it that way anymore, but I am a dinosaur, so...)...

...As of my listening test this a.m., TRAINWRECK is finished. Ten songs. Somehow, despite the ragtag way this collection of songs came together, it sounds like an ALBUM. You iPod-sporting young whippersnappers might not appreciate that... but Ye Olde Schoolers should. It flows, man. It has a shape, highs 'n lows... dynamics (now there's a word that's become archaic in the music industry...). The intro is... out there. If you've read my previous blog entries, I stuck with "It Didn't Move, So I Ate It" as the opener. Should weird out a few listeners. I closed with two brand new songs, "Let It Go" and "Punk Rock For Breakfast" (with a shout out to Lees. Awwww yeaaahhhh...). Now I just need to finish the graphics and get it duped...

1. "It Didn't Move, So I Ate It" - I wrote this one back in '93, never recorded it. Weird. Fits nowhere on the record but needs to be there... so I'm opening with it. Actually, the ending chords fade nicely into the intro chords of "Life Is Rushing By". I may move it to the half-way mark, in the vein of Yes's "Five Per Cent for Nothing" from Fragile (fitting, since--along with all things Zappa--that song informed the writing of "It Didn't Move, So I Ate It").

2."Life Is Rushing By"- First movement of my four-part cycle for the Arts in Human Development class at Walnut Hill. Tracks 2-4 are the full cycle and necessarily go together in the track order.

3. "When I Was A Child" - I love this track. Acoustic drums, upright bass, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, lots of harmony vocals...

4. "Late Night Radio" - Like Jackson Browne? How about Fleetwood Mac? This whole development cycle represents my own human development using the framework established by Erik Erikson. For the arts aspect of it (ignoring the fact that it's, um, a bunch of songs...)I tried to style each song around the kind of stuff I was listening to at that stage, or at least stuff that was in vogue. For example, "Life Is Rushing By" is very atmospheric, very early Peter Gabriel/Pink Floyd, hopefully without being too derivative. I was born in 1972--get it? "Late Night Radio" reflects the confessional singer/songwriter period of the late '70s and early '80. Kinda fits the autobiographical theme, dontcha think?

5. "When I Get Old" - You'll have to wait for the CD. I think this is one of the best songs I have ever written.

6. "Oasis" - Yup. Written a lot about this one already. [The Beatles meet The Who. Kinda.]

7. "The Sky Can Fall" - I won't give you the personal side. It is, however, written all in haiku. The meter is in three, as there are three lines to a haiku. The chord structure, eventually manipulated to follow the muse, started out reflecting the five-seven-five syllable pattern that is the strict (though totally violable) structure of haiku.

8. "Walnut Hill" - Already mentioned. Recorded super-ghetto-style during a marathon production session to finish my movie in time to graduate my masters program. The drumbeats are a combination of HammerHead programming and samples from a Yamaha PSR-248 home keyboard. The swirly flute loop section also used the Yamaha. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do, son...

9. "Let It Go" - The closest I'll ever get to a Leonard Cohen-meets-Tom Waits brooding piano/vocal song.

10. "Punk Rock For Breakfast" - Really... doesn't the title say it all?



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