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Monday, April 14th, 2008

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:2:46 am.
i just discovered myspace lets you change your username and shit now!
so don't delete the returners account if you have it friended... i'll just rename it to whatever whenever. now i don't have to redo all those added fuckin' friends...

also, for some reason before, myspace.com/dadspooves didn't work. now it does!
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Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:10:58 pm.
i started the returners project in 1998. multiple other people (in the past two or three years specifically) have started attempting to use the name 'the returners' to some extent. over the past month it became clear that my repeated failures in getting anything off the ground have screwed me terminally... basically there's no way i can get the name back from any of these people. which is pretty funny cos i've sort of been fearing this / having panic attacks about this / losing sleep over this for about 2 years. so fuck it. i'm walking away, i don't give a shit, etc. i still have the songs i've written, i just get to start everything else from scratch. frankly this means having a severe identity crisis and a whole lot less hope. but i'm going to do what i've done for a quarter of a century now, and keep faking everything. so someday (doubtful!) if i don't die (pretty likely!) you might hear from me (or not!). so whatever.

in the meantime, i'm going to redo brianshoop.com so it's actually a website like it's supposed to be instead of some lame placeholder thing.

the label is still functioning and will become a full-fledged thing soon:www.feralchildrecords.com
however due to some weirdness the boards are down.

tim is still busy and can be reached at myspace.com/mistercqnzr as usual.

keep an eye out for raymond's side project soon. i shall not mention it's name this far in advance for fear of it being stolen by some california rockabilly band or perhaps by some eastern european 'rappers'. (bitter much?)

IF YOU ADDED THE RETURNERS JOURNAL TO YR LIVEJOURNAL FRIENDS LIST, keep it on for the time being as i may simply rename it and keep using it. i'll let you know.

if anyone knows any last ditch legal shit i can do for free to immolate whoever tried to horn in on my joy, lemme know. also, anyone interested in a domain name? it cost me $200, hah...

it's funny, meant for this to be an 'onward and upward' sort of message but it seemed a hell of a lot more hilarious to tell the truth instead.


Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:11:27 pm.
as i said, work is still 'demos first, showoffiness second'. for AAAGES i couldn't quite figure out what i wanted to do with the chorus of deepest sleep but by the end of project runway tonight i had it naaaaailed.

ivy sounds better now, sunstar's demo is complete but i'm not sold on the bridge, i retracked vocals on the autumn song demo so now it's totally tits, and the rewrite of saguaro is stumping me. there are only maybe 8 or so lines to fix but i need to get it right... it's an important song. also, faith in me will be completely overhauled. the '02 version isn't cutting it. needs to be more of a freakout. polishing the last 3 tracks of the LP is still the hardest part. everything else i didn't mention is pretty much written, which rules.

recent listening: bought dave gahan's 'hourglass'...... the first two tracks and 'a little lie' are great, but the rest may take some getting used to. also trying to get back into the beatles, but that's cos i reread lewinsohn's [sp?] recording sessions book more than anything. usual diet of manics/placebo/qotsa too, you know how it is.

apologies to anyone who's been waiting, i'm basically too busy making sure the wait's worth it. i envy the clueless people yet to be blown away though... they never had to suffer through the waiting, hah... i'll make it up to you...


PS: annihilated still sucks. don't know what to do there yet. it will take more cooks.
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Monday, December 10th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:9:42 pm.
-recording is going at a snail's pace. AS I MAY HAVE STATED REPEATEDLY, i'm interested in having the majority of the FINAL LP DEMOS done before i get the EP out so we can IMMEDIATELY hammer the LP after the EP's out.

-annihilated will be done MAYBE by the end of the month... baby steps. this is major shit i need to get right from the start, etc etc etc.

I AM SO SO SO SORRY i don't update as much as i should.
life is hard. you probably know this.
we all know that there is a point in the future where everything will come flooding out.
this flood will never end.
then we'll wonder how we ever survived without quiet moments like these.
but you know and i know that these quiet moments suck, right? :>

all the love in the world,
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:6:21 am.
i'm no good at maintaining this internet crap.
i can tell you that for once there aren't necessarily a million excuses to why there's no EP yet, etc etc...
what it comes down to is it's taken me this long that it absolutely has to be perfect. does axl have me beat? nah, not at all.

i HAVE however been thinking that i've been thinking the right way. it's not me that's important, it's the music. it sort of feels like it's welling up and ready to crush me. i think i said something along the lines of 'i'm willing to let the music kill me' or something a little while ago and i totally am. i'm teaching myself the hard way how to let it humble me and i hope i've finally let it win. some of it's tough... the EP seems to be a tougher nut to crack than i thought and now the LP seems to be the easier stuff to relate to. that's very good though cos i meant for the LP to be more autobiographical.

i'm gonna shut up now. tonight's agenda is working on some squalls of something for 'cold noise', and developing the riffage for 'deepest sleep'. it has riffage now!

there are so many people i don't want to let down. if you're reading this right this second, you're at the top of the list.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:12:03 am.
a new arrangement for several old friends has popped up and it's terrifying. i have no clue which direction i'm supposed to go in with this. i must work in dualities in multiple instances and seek answers from others. maybe there really is only two of me, not three. maybe there's no Inbetween without The Two being set in stone. argh.

on the upside, i guess i've no shortage of ideas, eh?
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Monday, September 10th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:12:50 am.
i'm standing here in a desert making this entry. sky is more of a powder blue than anything, ground is closer to pale than gold (ground means sand by the way... it's weird thinking of sand as 'ground'...) and i'm also pretty sure my fingertips are on fire. good thing i never left the living room.

may have figured out the class system... subdivsion within the group... keep in mind i'm trying to predict the future in a severe way...

II: anyway, this book i'm reading is ridiculous... it's making me think i've read it before when i haven't... doing things supernatural and isolated to books... as if 'books' can't be somewhat redefined... remind me to write it first.

everything here is downright contradictory. schizoferal, even.

oh hell i just shocked myself (not electrically).

~brian shoop, returner.
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Friday, August 24th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:11:12 pm.
funny how i was borrowing a digital camcorder from murray for the longest time and the day after i return it for him i shred some ridonk solo...
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Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:11:21 pm.
so a while ago i posted that list of every demo ever... there's been more since then, and i'd post the updated list buuuuuut now there are demos for the second album on there... ;D

anyway, i stumbled across a bunch of stuff that was missing from the master vault of demos:
the numbers are the dates they were either recorded to moved to hard disk from the fourtrack in yyyymmdd form.

Ivy 20021031
Ivy 20021231
Ivy 20030121 Vox
P.L.E. 200210
P.L.E. 200211
Bitter Wind 200210
Annihilated 20050625 Vox
Time Away 200210 1
Time Away 200210 2
Time Away 20021215
M 20021113
Marietta Fireworks 20021215
Movies Of Dead People Feb 2005 Chorus Seed
Movies Of Dead People Feb 2005 Prechorus Seed
Dead Men Tell No Tales Mar 2005 Pittsburgh Seed
Dead Men Tell No Tales Spring 2005 Original Demo

pretty cool... tomorrow night i'm giving shandias what's basically a skeletal cd consisting of the EP and LP back to back in demo form, and thursday we'll spend all day recording at his apartment. i'm hoping most of all that we can K.O. the EP version of saguaro, and get some work done on MODP and monica, wait.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:6:47 pm.
a vast majority of work is to be completed this week. calls to be made, distances to be driven, things to be carried.

a seed for a new song has popped into my head as of late, but i don't know what to make of it. first it felt like it could be a bonus addition to the EP, then i thought it'd be suitable for the second episode... now it looks like it could be busted apart to fill the holes in one of the weaker LP tracks. by the end of the week i think i'll know.

some other old stuff popped up again too... something meant for the original version of 'a word of warning' (back when it was still either going to be 'the sunstar EP' or 'dirty bomb') might resurface, and another little treat made in the midst of some afternoon darkness looks like it'll find a completely different place to belong altogether. good thing i just typed this last paragraph out as i don't know if i'd remember it otherwise, there's too much going on.

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Friday, June 29th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:12:35 am.
eked out a skeletal arrangement of the final version of monica, wait. movies of dead people was absolutely not working under any circumstances. annihilated was once good and is now a mess with scattered fragmented bass tracks and no useable guitar track. recording has not yet begun on the remaining two tracks. my eyes and some of the muscles on my left arm burn, i can't stop sweating in this heat, and i feel like i'm going to vomit. tomorrow afternoon i'll catch up on some sleep and from here on out i will go on a near hunger/sleep strike forcing myself to keep going. i secretly almost want to die as a result of making this music.
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Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:10:03 pm.
i can't play for shit, everything is dire blah blah blah. there's a whole lot of damage control to be done on a lot of external tracks... it's 10 pm, i need to be awake at 5:30am, i don't know if the night is salvageable. probably not. i need to quit running my mouth and see what i can do...
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Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:6:23 am.
"um... i figured that all it took was a great deal of blind faith, y'know. if you kinda burn your bridges behind you then it kinda has to happen... so i was completely convinced that eventually something would happen."

- brian molko


for those of you getting your updates through livejournal and not returners.com, the viewscreen has again been updated.
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Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:5:54 am.
ughhh i have been dead tired for most of the week now, however things resume today... 'day 3' was recording annihilated's bass w/ ray... more assembling of that along with the other stuff happens today. i realise that doesn't make sense, but then again i'm THE WALKING DEAD.

current listening (cos i haven't done one of these in a while): lots of placebo, the selftitled 'under the influence of giants' record, queen's 'the show must go on', and i feel like there's something else but i also feel like i can't comprehend the names of bands and such. i'm pretty beat if you haven't noticed.
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Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:12:52 am.
spent a week transgressing and now i'm prepared to spend a week paying for it.
tomorrow night i finish some of the last few tracks of 'annihilated' (+ maybe some guitar tracks for some of the others) then it looks like we'll assemble it all on monday and take things from there. MODP and monica look next on the list... maybe i'll get lucky and those two will fall together just as easily... setting up the other two will be the tough part.

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:6:46 pm.
since i'd been living the asshole life for a few days naturally now i'm beat and can't focus. i know it's my own damn fault but it's pissing me off. i still have the rest of tonight and all of tomorrow to cram, however. there's a newfound urgency in me.
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Friday, June 15th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:1:15 am.
one last thing tonight i promise - i guess the tweaks i made to annihilated were pretty significant cos now it sounds really solid in the car - tim added a synth line to the bassy bit after the bridge... i tweaked it a little and got these sweet gothy chord things out of it but it sounds a wee bit out of place... also temporarily replaced what was one of the demo guitar/bass tracks from the same part with this sweet-ass pulse synth part... i might consider using that instead of real bass guitar for that segment. the intro tends to overstay it's welcome but it's really heavy now, and as for the stupid monica, wait testrun... i can at least say i sort of like the idea of using the synth patch i used tonight for the chorus. the rest of it can fuckin' fly. i'm actually kinda superpsyched to do some stuff for MODP next. i have this 'alec empire if he were dracula' thing in mind.

if i were to apply percentages representing how finished the final studio versions of each track are(is?) they would be the following:
however keep in mind they all have demos done already for them so it's not like i'm just like stumbling around in the dark or whatever.
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Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:9:47 pm.
added some interesting tweaks to annihilated, ripped some useless samples for monica, wait... i think i'm just gonna hit the detonator on today and reconsider my approach tomorrow. i had some ideas for movies of dead people that i need to work on and i gotta see when ray's getting in town to do his bass part for annihilated.
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Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:8:32 pm.
after a day off to think up some things and ace some serious beers,
today got off to a shit start and took off into the toilet.
woke up later than i wanted to, took longer packing than i wanted to,
ended up running out the door with a styrofoam bowl of leftover pasta which i ate in the car,
and arrived at tim's around... 2:30? when i wanted to be there by noon?
couldn't focus and wound up going for food. best part being when i realised i didn't have my wallet with me. picked it up, ate, went back to work and ended up working on what's probably a useless, unsalvageable cover of 'old man'.

finally started dicking around for real and wound up with some rudimentary sequencing for 'monica, wait' (arguably the most difficult to write/arrange song i've made) and that's it so far.

there are still a few hours left in the day and if i don't turn things around i'll feel like a useless jackass. considering that's how i've felt for approx. all but one out of the past 10000000 days, whatever.
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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Posted by:excitableboy.
Time:10:24 am.
(1) returners.com will now be updated much more regularly
(2) hence, the viewscreen has been updated
(3) and a new default picture is up on the myspace
(4) most importantly, the 1st mix of annihilated sounds AMAZING in the car, and it's only like 15-20% done. i was screaming and clapping (while driving). so cool. :]

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