Failed States (album)
Failed States is the sixth full-length album by the punk rock band Propagandhi. It was released on September 4, 2012. A remastered version was released through multiple digital streaming services on February 1, 2019 as Chris Hannah felt that the original version sounded inferior to the quality of Supporting Caste and Victory Lap. All music composed by Propagandhi; the album debuted at #1 on the Heatseekers chart for one week, #107 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 3,500 copies
Todd "The Rod" Kowalski is a Canadian bassist and singer a member of hardcore punk band Propagandhi. Along with his band, he supports animal rights. In the early 1990s, Kowalski was the frontman of I Spy, a hardcore punk band from Regina called Klump, he and the band moved to Winnipeg in 1994. They recorded a split CD/10" with Propagandhi. I Spy played together until the summer of 1996. In 1996 Kowalski joined a band called Swallowing Shit who released a 7" record and an Anthology Cd. Kowalski joined Propagandhi in 1997 and played bass for J Church on their 1997 Japanese tour. In 1998, G7 Welcoming Committee Records released an I Spy anthology album called Perversity is Spreading... It's About Time. Today, he is the bassist for the band Propagandhi and has so far recorded five albums with them, Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes, Potemkin City Limits, Supporting Caste, Failed States, Victory Lap. Todd Kowalski is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Mundaruca in Winnipeg
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes is the third album by Canadian punk rock band Propagandhi, released February 6, 2001. It was released on the band's own G7 Welcoming Committee Records label in Canada and Fat Wreck Chords elsewhere, it is the first Propagandhi release of new material on their own label. Released five years after its predecessor, the album marks the longest gap between two studio albums of the band. One of the album's tracks, "Back to the Motor League", indirectly refers to two songs by the Dead Kennedys, "Triumph of the Swill" and "Chickenshit Conformist", as well the year of their release on the 1986 album Bedtime for Democracy; the "Back to the Motor League" lyrics state: "fifteen years it still reeks of swill and chickenshit conformists". Both the Dead Kennedys songs and the Propagandhi track concern the co-opting of punk ideology by the corporate record industry. "Purina Hall of Fame" is a reference to the Nestlé owned pet food company, The Ralston Purina Company. The title is a cynical take on the Purina Animal Hall of Fame, a site that celebrates animals who have saved human lives.
The lyrics of "Purina Hall of Fame" obliquely outline Propagandhi's concerns about animal cruelty. Chris Hannah - guitar, vocals Jord Samolesky - drums Todd Kowalski - bass, vocals The album art is credited to the painting The Unfinished Flag of the United States by American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Propagandhi continued this motif of using established artists to provide their cover artwork on their next two albums, Potemkin City Limits, using a piece by anarchist artist Eric Drooker, Supporting Caste, which featured a painting entitled "The Triumph of Mischief" by Kent Monkman. Album lyrics at the official Propagandhi website Album information at the G7 Welcoming Committee Records website
Where Quality Is Job Number 1
Where Quality Is Job #1 is a double-7" EP by the punk rock band Propagandhi, released by Recess Records in 1994. It contains live recordings; the sound quality and packaging are consciously poor, featuring hand-written etched designs instead of labels as well as a confusing error and doodle-filled liner note sheet with reference to songs that did not appear on the EP while omitting songs that did. 7" #1 Side F "Die for the Flag" – 4:01 – 1:01Side U "Degrassi Jr. High Dropouts" 0:04 "Bent" – 2:30 "Greenest Eyes" – 1:03 "Who Will Help Me Bake This Bread?" – 2:397" #2 Side C "Kill Bill Harcus" – 1:12 "Support Gun Control... Kill a Hunter" – 1:48 "Hidden Curriculum" – 1:04Side K Off "Gov't Cartoons" – 3:43 "Leg-Hold Trap" – 2:58 Rather than label the sides as A, B, C, D, Propagandhi chose "F", "U", "C", "K Off"; the compilation album, Where Quantity is Job #1, is a reference to this early release. Despite having similar titles and artwork, only "Leg-Hold Trap," "Gov't Cartoons," Bent," and "Hidden Curriculum" were included on Where Quantity is Job #1 as were the songs "White, Proud And Stupid" and "Fine Day" which were listed on the liner note insert sheet but did not appear on this EP.
There is a five-second snippet of "Degrassi Jr. High Dropouts" at the beginning of Side "U." The song appears in its entirety on Where Quantity is Job #1. "Greenest Eyes" is an early version and first part of the song "Showdown" on How to Clean Everything. "Kill Bill Harcus" is an early version of the song "The Only Good Fascist is a Very Dead Fascist" on Less Talk, More Rock
How to Clean Everything
How to Clean Everything is the first album by the punk rock band Propagandhi, released in 1993. In 2006, the album was ranked as the highest rated punk album of 1993 on Sputnikmusic. Vocalist Chris Hannah said about the album: I dig it. We still play songs from that record; when I hear them and I play them, the message still resonates with me and I can see the 20 year old Chris writing those songs. It’s still fun, I still get a kick out of it; when we play them these days, they seem seamless in the set, with the new songs. There's a bit of a difference in terms of the depth and dimension. I just don't like; that moment in time. I’m just like, "Jesus Christ, turn that fucking thing off", but I don’t regret it. I’m not trying to hide that record from people. I just can't lie to people and tell them we're going to make another. On August 20, 2013, the album was re-released via Fat Wreck, on CD, green vinyl, light blue/white vinyl with the songs "Pigs Will Pay", "Homophobes Are Just Mad Cause They Can't Get Laid" and "Leg-Hold Trap", plus four original demos.
Chris Hannah - guitar, vocals Jord Samolesky - drums, background vocals John K. Samson - bass, vocals official lyrics album information at Fat Wreck Chords
I'd Rather Be Flag-Burning
I'd Rather Be Flag-Burning is a 1995 10" split between Propagandhi and I Spy on Recess Records. A CD version was released in collaboration between G7 Welcoming Committee Records and A-Hole Records; the songs were rereleased in 1998 by G7 Welcoming Committee Records on two separate compilation albums: Propagandhi's Where Quantity Is Job #1 and I Spy's Perversity Is Spreading... It's About Time!. Propagandhi - "The Overtly-Political-But-Oh-So-Intensely-Personal-Song" – 0:47 Propagandhi - "... Little Ditty" – 0:32 Propagandhi - "And We Thought Nation States Were a Bad Idea" – 2:28 Propagandhi - "The Woe-Is-Me-I'm-So-Misunderstood-Song" – 1:29 Propagandhi - "Oka Everywhere" – 2:21 Noam Chomsky - "On Violence" – 0:35 Propagandhi - "Haille Does Hebron" – 3:35 I Spy - "Remain" – 1:30 I Spy - "Just Between Friends" – 2:06 I Spy - "No Exchange" – 1:27 I Spy - "T. I. Y." – 0:30 I Spy - "Digging a Grave". – 1:08 I Spy - "Because They Can't Speak for Themselves, Fucker" – 0:36 I Spy - "60 Billion Served" – 2:18 I Spy - "Appliances and Cars" – 4:00 I Spy - "Last Man on Earth" – 3:04