James Greer (writer)
James Greer is an American novelist, screenwriter and critic. As a screenwriter, he is known for writing the children's comedies Max Keeble's Big Move, Just My Luck and The Spy Next Door, as well as the 2018 thriller Unsane, he lives in Los Angeles. Greer was senior editor and senior writer at Spin magazine in New York City in the early 1990s, he wrote and played on the song "Trendspotter Acrobat" on the album Sunfish Holy Breakfast by Guided By Voices. Greer started a band in 2012 with French musician Lola G. called DTCV. In April 2016 the band released its fourth studio album, entitled Confusion Moderne, on Xemu Records. Greer has published Artificial Light and The Failure. Artificial Light won a California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction. In 2013 Greer released his first book of short fiction, titled Everything Flows, via Curbside Splendor. Publisher Weekly said of the book "Halfway between the mind of God and a vivid dream, Everything Flows is proof that there remain new places to go, both on paper and in the known universe."
Greer has written or co-written several movies, including Max Keeble's Big Move, Just My Luck starring Lindsay Lohan, the Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door and Unsane, directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple. In February 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported that Greer was set to write a script called Planet Kill for Soderbergh to produce. James Greer on IMDb Akashic Books page for Greer's novel Artificial Light Akashic Books page for Greer's novel The Failure IMDB page for Unsane
Let's Go Eat the Factory
Let's Go Eat the Factory is the 16th album by Dayton, Ohio rock group Guided by Voices. The album was first released on December 20, 2011 digitally through the iTunes Store by mail-order on January 1, 2012, released retail on January 24, 2012; the album is the first since their 2004 dissolution, the first to feature the band's classic lineup since 1996's Under the Bushes Under the Stars. The album was produced by the band and recorded at the homes of members Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos; as with previous albums, it features the band's famously lo-fi 4-track sound as well as more modern production. It is the first Guided by Voices album to be released under the Guided by Voices, Inc. label. The album debuted at #17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and #24 on Billboard's Tastemaker Albums chart, it reached #8 on Heatseekers, #5 on Tastemaker Albums and #35 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. All tracks written except where noted. First Listen at NPR
Alien Lanes is the eighth full-length album by American lo-fi band Guided by Voices, released on April 4, 1995. The album was GBV's first release with Matador Records. According to James Greer's book Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll the advance for the record was close to a hundred thousand dollars, one of the more expensive deals in Matador's history. In contrast to the lucrative deal, Greer mentions that "The cost for recording Alien Lanes, if you leave out the beer, was about ten dollars." In contemporary reviews, Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone described the album's music as "hooky rock that infuses songwriting smarts and a love of melody with a sometimes spiky, sometimes whimsical sense of experimentation". Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian gave the album a positive review, stating that "Pollard's songs are gems that stay just this side of self-conscious eccentricity". Sullivan noted the song's lengths, stating that they were "just enough time for Pollard to wheeze a few oblique lines and guitarist Tobin Sprout to trace out a raucous melody."
Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a "dud" rating. Mark Deming of AllMusic described Alien Lanes as being similar to Bee Thousand, though without "as many obvious masterpieces" and "fewer obvious mistakes". Pitchfork Media included Alien Lanes in their'Top 100 Albums of the 1990s' polls, at No. 27. Magnet named it the best album of 1995; the album was included in the book. All songs written by Robert Pollard. "A Salty Salute" – 1:29 "Evil Speakers" – 0:58 "Watch Me Jumpstart" – 2:24 "They're Not Witches" – 0:51 "As We Go Up, We Go Down" – 1:37 " Dumbcharger" – 1:13 "Game of Pricks" – 1:33 "The Ugly Vision" – 1:34 "A Good Flying Bird" – 1:07 "Cigarette Tricks" – 0:18 "Pimple Zoo" – 0:42 "Big Chief Chinese Restaurant" – 0:56 "Closer You Are" – 1:56 "Auditorium" – 1:02 "Motor Away" – 2:06 "Hit" – 0:23 "My Valuable Hunting Knife" – 2:00 "Gold Hick" – 0:30 "King and Caroline" – 1:36 "Striped White Jets" – 2:15 "Ex-Supermodel" – 1:06 "Blimps Go 90" – 1:40 "Strawdogs" – 1:17 "Chicken Blows" – 2:21 "Little Whirl" – 1:46 "My Son Cool" – 1:41 "Always Crush Me" – 1:44 "Alright" – 2:56 Guided By Voices Robert Pollard - vocals, drums, keys Tobin Sprout - vocals, bass, percussion, piano Jim Pollard - bass Mitch Mitchell - guitar, bass Kevin Fennell - drums, percussion Jim Greer - bass, backing vocals Greg Demos - bass, violin Tracks from the album have been covered by various artists since its release.
These include: "Game of Pricks", covered by American pop punk bands Magnapop from the German version of their album Mouthfeel and A Sunny Day In Glasgow on their The Sunniest Day Ever EP. Jimmy Eat World released a version on the deluxe edition of Bleed American. Chinese Telephones recorded the song for a 7" single and it was included on their Democracy compilation. "Game of Pricks" was covered by the British post-Grunge band My Vitriol. Musician Owen Pallett recorded "Game of Pricks" in June 2010 for The A. V. Club's A. V. Undercover series. Brooklyn band Shark? Covered the same song as a B-Side on their 2014 single "Big Summer." "My Valuable Hunting Knife" was covered by Motion City Soundtrack. The song was covered by Planningtorock as a bonus track on her album W. Opener "A Salty Salute" was covered by both industrial artist Kompressor and New York City band The Strokes. Four songs from Alien Lanes appeared on the cover album Sing For Your Meat: A Tribute to Guided By Voices: "A Salty Salute", covered by Superdrag, "My Valuable Hunting Knife", covered by Western Civ, "Game of Pricks", covered by Lou Barlow, "Watch Me Jumpstart", covered by La Sera.
Four of the tracks were covered by experimental band Wreck and Reference and released as a short album titled "Alien Pains", published by the Flenser
Tobin Sprout is an American artist and musician. He is best known as being the secondary major writer and member of indie rock group Guided by Voices. A self-taught musician, Sprout played with and was a major collaborator to the Dayton band Guided By Voices. Employing a four-track recorder and a home studio he contributed to the unique lo-fi sound of Guided by Voices and he was a member of the band from 1987 through 1997, again from 2010 to 2014; the band recorded in Sprout's home studio, as a member of the band he contributed as a co-writer, multi-instrumentalist and studio engineer. Guided by Voices songs written by Sprout include "It's Like Soul Man," "Awful Bliss," and "Atom Eyes". Between the 1997 split and the 2010 reunion, he appeared on three more Guided by Voices recordings, contributing piano to the Isolation Drills song "How's My Drinking?" and guitar to the Half Smiles of the Decomposed tracks "Girls of Wild Strawberries" and "Huffman Prairie Flying Field" the latter of, the final track on the album.
Although a visual artist by trade, he has continued to write his own music, releasing Carnival Boy in 1996, Moonflower Plastic in 1997 and Let's Welcome the Circus People in 1999. He wrote, his Demos and Outtakes collection was released in the following year. In 2001, Sprout rejoined with Robert Pollard to form Airport 5, independently releasing numerous singles and 2 full-length albums, Tower in the Fountain of Sparks and in 2002, Life Starts Here, he has continued writing and composing independently, from his home in Leland, Michigan and releasing his fourth solo effort Lost Planets & Phantom Voices. In 2009, Sprout released his first children's book, published by Mackinac Island Press. In 2010 Sprout released his fifth solo effort, The Bluebirds Of Happiness Tried To Land On My Shoulder, on his personal record label Moonflower Records. In July 2010, Robert Pollard announced that the "Classic Lineup" of Guided By Voices would reunite for a U. S. tour, with a lineup featuring Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, Greg Demos.
The tour culminated with a performance in at Irving Plaza in New York City on New Year's Eve, 2010. They went on to release six new studio albums before splitting up again in 2014. In 2017 Sprout released his sixth solo effort, The Universe & Me changing from his personal label to the independent label Burger Records from Fullerton, California. Sprout was born in Dayton and graduated from Centerville High School in 1974. After graduating from high school, Sprout studied graphic design and illustration at Ohio University. American actor Tim Allen has stated he is a collector and admirer of Sprout's artwork and illustrations. Popstram - Recordhead Wax Nails - Recordhead "Let Go Of My Beautiful Balloon" - Wigwam Records Untitled - Split with The Minders - Sprite Recordings Sentimental Stations - Recordhead Tobin Sprout: 1996 - Carnival Boy 1997 - Moonflower Plastic 1999 - Let's Welcome the Circus People 2003 - Lost Planets & Phantom Voices 2010 - The Bluebirds Of Happiness Tried To Land On My Shoulder 2017 - The Universe & Me As Eyesinweasel: 1999 - Demos & Outtakes 2000 - Wrinkled Thoughts 2001 - Live In The Middle East As Airport 5: 2001 - Tower in the Fountain of Sparks 2002 - Life Starts Here Official website
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
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew on the genres of blues and blues, from country music. Rock music drew on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, incorporated influences from jazz and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar as part of a rock group with electric bass and one or more singers. Rock is song-based music with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become diverse. Like pop music, lyrics stress romantic love but address a wide variety of other themes that are social or political. By the late 1960s "classic rock" period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged, including hybrids like blues rock, folk rock, country rock, southern rock, raga rock, jazz-rock, many of which contributed to the development of psychedelic rock, influenced by the countercultural psychedelic and hippie scene.
New genres that emerged included progressive rock. In the second half of the 1970s, punk rock reacted by producing stripped-down, energetic social and political critiques. Punk was an influence in the 1980s on new wave, post-punk and alternative rock. From the 1990s alternative rock began to dominate rock music and break into the mainstream in the form of grunge and indie rock. Further fusion subgenres have since emerged, including pop punk, electronic rock, rap rock, rap metal, as well as conscious attempts to revisit rock's history, including the garage rock/post-punk and techno-pop revivals at the beginning of the 2000s. Rock music has embodied and served as the vehicle for cultural and social movements, leading to major subcultures including mods and rockers in the UK and the hippie counterculture that spread out from San Francisco in the US in the 1960s. 1970s punk culture spawned the goth and emo subcultures. Inheriting the folk tradition of the protest song, rock music has been associated with political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race and drug use, is seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity.
The sound of rock is traditionally centered on the amplified electric guitar, which emerged in its modern form in the 1950s with the popularity of rock and roll. It was influenced by the sounds of electric blues guitarists; the sound of an electric guitar in rock music is supported by an electric bass guitar, which pioneered in jazz music in the same era, percussion produced from a drum kit that combines drums and cymbals. This trio of instruments has been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments keyboards such as the piano, the Hammond organ, the synthesizer; the basic rock instrumentation was derived from the basic blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed as a rock group. Furthermore, it consists of between three and five members. Classically, a rock band takes the form of a quartet whose members cover one or more roles, including vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboard player or other instrumentalist. Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four.
Melodies originate from older musical modes such as the Dorian and Mixolydian, as well as major and minor modes. Harmonies range from the common triad to parallel perfect fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Since the late 1950s and from the mid 1960s onwards, rock music used the verse-chorus structure derived from blues and folk music, but there has been considerable variation from this model. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock; because of its complex history and its tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that "it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition." Unlike many earlier styles of popular music, rock lyrics have dealt with a wide range of themes, including romantic love, rebellion against "The Establishment", social concerns, life styles. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources such as the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music, rhythm and blues.
Music journalist Robert Christgau characterizes rock lyrics as a "cool medium" with simple diction and repeated refrains, asserts that rock's primary "function" "pertains to music, or, more noise." The predominance of white and middle class musicians in rock music has been noted, rock has been seen as an appropriation of black musical forms for a young and male audience. As a result, it has been seen to articulate the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions, "rock and roll implies an identification of male sexuality and aggression". Since the term "rock" started being used in preference to "rock and roll" from the late-1960s, it has been contrasted with pop music, with which it has shared many characteristics, but from wh
Bobby Bare Jr.
Robert Joseph Bare Jr. is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Bare was born in Nashville, the son of singer Jeannie Bare and country musician Bobby Bare, Sr, his parents met in 1963. Bare's mother, was a shopkeeper in Nashville. Bare has a younger brother, a younger sister, Angela, his older sister Cari Jean died at age 15 from complications after surgery. Bare grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a half an hour northeast of Nashville, where his family lived next door to Tammy Wynette and George Jones, he has a degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee. Bare has three children: son Beckham Bare and son Shelby Booker Bare. In 1974, when Bobby was only eight, he and his father were both nominated for a Grammy for the song "Daddy What If", written by Shel Silverstein. Bare's daughter Isabella did a version of the song, featured on Twistable Turnable Man, a tribute album to Shel Silverstein, co-produced by Bare and his father, he and his siblings appeared on the TV show Hee Haw when he was a kid, to provide the witch scream on Bobby Bare, Sr.'s song "Marie Laveaux".
He began playing guitar and songwriting, started as a professional musician when he was about 30. Bare has said that he is someone who avoided "working a real job at any cost." He worked as a light technician. Once he started writing and performing, he was offered contracts with Immortal Records and Lost Highway. In the 1990s, he led the roots rock outfit Bare Jr., signed to Immortal Records, at that time the home of Korn and Incubus. They released 1998's Boo-Tay and 2000's Brainwasher, he has performed with his band, the Young Criminals Starvation League, an ever-changing group of musicians, including members of Lambchop... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, My Morning Jacket, they have released three studio albums, an EP, a live album. His CD, Storm — A Tree — My Mother’s Head, was self-released through Bare's licensing company, 30 Tigers/Naked Albino Recordings, in 2010; the title of the record was inspired by a January 2008 storm in Nashville. "Mom was sitting on the couch, the last day of January in 2008, there was a big, windy storm outside.
And a big branch broke off halfway up the tree. It fell on the house, split the house in two and landed on top of her." Another song on the record, "The Sky Is The Ground," is about a bicycle accident his son had when he was two. Bare performs in house concerts accompanied by the vocals of singer Carey Kotsionis. Shame on Me, a 2-song 7-inch vinyl record will be released by Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records in early 2014. Spring 2014 saw the release of a new record on Bloodshot Records called Undefeated, will feature a full band; the first single off the record, "The Big Time," was released as a preview before the official April 15 record launch. Bare recorded the album with Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell. On the theme of the album: Bare "wrote the album about the end of his relationship with the mother of his youngest child, 3; the 10 rootsy Americana-style rock songs are at once poignant and shot through with mordant wit, which Bare said is a coping mechanism." Bare opened for Guided By Voices in June 2014.
In February 2016, Bare joined a new touring lineup of Robert Pollard's band, Guided by Voices, as guitarist along with Doug Gillard on guitar, bassist Mark Shue and drummer Kevin March. Bare played guitar on Guided by Voices albums August by Cake, How Do You Spell Heaven, Space Gun. Many of Bare's songs incorporate a lot of humor and references to popular culture, his writing has been characterized as "inventive and melodic." Shel Silverstein was a huge influence in his approach to songwriting. Bare describes it as writing poems and turning them into songs, similar to what Silverstein did. 2000: Down to the Promised Land – "Guitar Playing Woman" by Bare Jr. 2004: Sings Greatest Palace Music by Bonnie'Prince' Billy – vocals on "Riding" 2005: Tanglewood Numbers by Silver Jews – vocals on "I'm Getting Back into Getting Back into You" 2005: The Moon Was Blue by Bobby Bare – produced by Bare Jr. 2005: For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records – "Ocean Size" by Bobby Bare Jr. 2006: Bloodied But Unbowed: The Soundtrack – "Flat Chested Girl From Maynardville" by Bobby Bare Jr. 2006: Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches – videos for "Let's Rock and Roll" and "Flat Chested Girl From Maynardville".
2010: Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein – co-produced by Bare Jr. and father, Bare Sr. A documentary that follows Bare's struggles as a touring musician is called Don't Follow Me: A Film About Bobby Bare, Jr. William Miller, the documentary's director, Lee Baker, the documentary's producer, joined Bare on the road for four months while touring in support of his 2010 release, A Storm – A Tree – My Mother’s Head. Musicians appearing in the film include My Morning Jacket, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll, David Vandervelde, Blue Giant, Duane Denison and Bobby Bare Sr; the documentary was photographed on several formats, including Super 16mm, 16mm, Super 8, HD and had its East Coast premiere at the CBGB Film Festival in October 2013. Bobby Bare Shel