Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hi-Balls discography now online

I got a request from somebody who was going tubing and wanted to hear the Hi-Balls Tube Or Not Tube album for some reason, so I uploaded it to Bandcamp. While I was at it, I uploaded the whole official Regent Records Hi-Balls discography. A few outlier tracks are missing (no “Tennessee Grandmaw”, can’t find a copy) but there are a couple bonus tracks (like “Pork And Potatoes”) added on there too.

Some of this stuff is embarrassing (Pitchfork gave Love Music a 0.0) but some of it is pretty fun (Maximum Rock and Roll liked the 7” a lot!). I like the stuff on Continental which was recorded before I could play the chords B or F. Also, the “drums” on that one is a banjo being smacked with a piece of coat hanger wire.

Serving Suggestion”, on What They Do is a particular personal favorite of mine. I had a terrible cold so my voice sounds really rough, and the drums on it were played by Trey Ledford, who wasn’t in the band and isn’t a drummer; he just stopped by to pick up some gear and we put him behind the kit. It’s just kind of reflective of our write/record/mix/repeat ethos of making a record in a day.

Lest you think it’s all Neanderthal shit, don’t miss the Cro-Magnon sound of “E Pluribus Tubin’”, a track Al really shines on (he might be playing everything on it, even). I think you can put that one right up there next to the best of Humble Pie’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 and hardly tell the difference.

Anyway, it’s now online at

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Posted by David Rhoden on 08/28 at 01:28 PM

just a face

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Posted by David Rhoden on 08/28 at 09:35 AM

Friday, August 26, 2016

my jam (recently)

Gotta admit I heard this on NPR and expected nothing but I can’t get enough of this song. This guy is quite a hand with the A-A-A rhyme scheme, which is one of the funniest rhyme schemes.

I like the up-sing when he says “pizza” and “switchboard”, etc., and the whistling, and the fat bass and echoey guitar, but my favorite thing about it has to be that, for the song to soar, it requires that the world contain a relatively well-known public figure named “Phillippe de Montebello”.

Walter Martin, “Jobs I Had Before I Was Rich And Famous”

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/26 at 09:04 PM

Sunday, August 14, 2016

official band artwork

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Getting the official artwork together to ship off to our merchandising concern in the Far East. Our artist spent days capturing this likeness.

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/14 at 02:10 AM

Thursday, August 11, 2016

using up my notepads

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Not much longer at this job, it’s ticking away. Maybe now I’ll get some drawing done that’s not just doodling during meetings.

Posted by David Rhoden on 08/11 at 01:20 PM
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