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52 Sellout

Bodega Beers! [52 Sellout Week 8]

Drink responsibly. And affordably! With Bodega Beers! Not a particular brand, just the cheapest canned beer you can afford, served in a custom paper bag to cover any identifying markings (and your shame), Bodega Beers are the ones to get when your broke self can’t afford anything else.

Since the word “bodega” (a small, neighborhood grocery store, usually in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood) comes from Spanish I decided to try a Latin sound with the music for this week. I don’t use loops or pre-packaged grooves so everything on the track was composed by yours truly. I used my trusty BFD 2 drum module and supplemented the percussion with conga, timbales, claves, and bells coming mostly from XPand2 patches. The bass and guitars were played by me, and I used a piano sound from the Mini Grand module that came with my Pro Tools setup. Hopefully the result sounds sufficiently Cuban-ish, it was definitely a lot of fun to put together.


Pickup Truck Song—52SO Week 2

Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” was the song of Chevy trucks for over a decade and they haven’t had an iconic tune since they stopped using it. Here’s my attempt at getting that great American pickup truck mojo back!

The video was fun to make, especially since I found some official Chevy B-roll footage at their press site (they shouldn’t mind, should they? I don’t say anything bad, and I’m fair-using by making a statement and using the footage in a transformative way. My legal department assures me that I’m in the clear).

Anyway, I noticed a lot of their B-roll is shot from a low angle, kind of emphasizing the point of my song that there’s an unconscious feeling of status when driving a pickup.  Maybe for the 2017 models they can introduce an Iron Throne options package 🙂

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