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Hey, we're playing a couple shows soon.

Tuesday, October 26th
Ego Likeness (YouTube)
Chant (YouTube)
Slave Unit
@ Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
9pm, $8adv/$10doors, 21+

We're going on at 9:30, don't be late!


We're also playing a birthday show on Friday...

Friday, October 29th
Slave Unit
with guests
@ Red Hat Sports Bar, Concord, CA
9pm, $5, 21+


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From: Slave Unit
To:   Aki Sasaki
Subject: Your Go mix @ the DNA tonight!!!
Date: August 6, 2009

Aki wrote:
Slave Unit wrote:
FYI - Billy's gonna play it soon.
Holy crap!
People seemed to dig it.

Transcript from the completely distorted clip Mike recorded on his iPod:

Mike: My iPod's recording right now. This is at the DNA right now, dude. At the show. They're playing your shit.
Billy?: Fuckin' a. Go Aki!
Mike: All right dude, I don't want to stand here looking like an idiot.

Sweet.

Speaking of, I wrote, recorded, and mixed down that entire remix in Reason 4... after chopping up the vocals in ReCycle. I have a shit ton of gear that's not being used right now. I'm going to give it some time to see, but I foresee some gear churn in the not too distant future. 'Cause there are new toys I want to play with.

Aki: Have you seen the APC 40? I haven't tried it, but that thing might let me play all the loops myself while I'm soloing.
Aaron: (laughing) You really don't want to deal with anyone else, do you?
Aki: ... No. No, I really don't.

[edit] Still really proud of being part of this cd, especially this remix. This is a rare and precious thing.

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Here is my drunken Certificate of Participation review, in tweets.

  • Listening to the new [soon to be released] @slaveunit remix cd & loving it.
  • On track 5 of 11 of the new @slaveunit remix cd and I'm really surprised how well the (once completely disparate) songs fit together.
  • Track 6: what the--? Hee hee, I really threw a monkey in the works. No, I don't mean a wrench =) A poo-flinging, piano-playing monkey.
  • I would pay cash money for this cd. I think I need to chip in for cd costs so Mike prints 200 physical copies instead of 100.
  • There's a *lot* of stuff I love about this cd. And the only thing I hate about it is @slaveunit's face. I threw up a little in my mouth. =D
  • Cracking open a bottle of red and listening again. Because Twitter needs me. And my ramblings are far too coherent currently.
  • So @slaveunit is the best thing, musically, that I have ever been a part of. Here's to you&your songs, Mike. S'truth. Rehearsal rocked too.
  • Yes, sentimental drunk on. Now that I don't have to re-remix Go a 25th time maybe I'll go on a late night #photowalk. After cd ends =)
  • Yup, you read (or skimmed over) corrrectly; Mike only printed 200 of these puppies. Act now!

    [edit] oh... those timestamps are in Tehran's timezone. Oops.

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    [i: technical difficulties]

    OH! So, Jason of We Got This Far told me he was having technical difficulties at the 16 volt show at the [profile] dnalounge, and he later found out that he was plugged into a lighting outlet. That they turn on and off. To control the lights.

    ...

    This could possibly, maybe, potentially explain the technical difficulties I had at the second [profile] blacksnakemoan DNA show. Gah.

    No, I mean it. Gah!


    [ii: consumer whore, bass]

    Continuing my consumer whore thread... I've kind of been lusting after a 5 string Status Graphite S2 Classic. With the front and side LEDs, of course.

    The graphite neck is what I'm most drawn to. (And the LEDs. Ooh, shiny!) I've got a couple dead spots on my neck that wouldn't be as big an issue if they weren't both D, including the low D that I use so much.

    Then I put the green neon tape back on my BTB and strung it with Power Slinkys... between the thick strings, 35" scale, and my 50¢ piece picks it sounds and feels good. And the dead spots aren't as noticeable when things are cranking.

    A fix for less than $30, as opposed to over $4k? Sounds like Slave Unit to me =)


    [iii: certificate of participation]

    Speaking of Slave Unit, the remix cd Certificate of Participation is out now! It'll be available on CDBaby and iTunes shortly, but until then contact your local Slave Unit member.

    It's comprised entirely of remixes from The Battle for Last Place, featuring remixes by Bloodwire, SMP and Cyanotic. And me! I did the Go and Etched remixes. Sorry in advance.

    I'm not sure if the below is the final cover, but I'm posting it anyway.

    ... There. Three posts in one. Maybe I'm warmed up enough to do a work-related one.

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    Excited about seeing Insect again. And I could definitely go for some local metal.

    God's Outlaw
    Insect
    Suburban Paranoia
    Slave Unit
    @ Pine Street Bar&Grill

    If you're coming, come early; it starts at 8 and I think we're first.
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    Work has [re]begun on the Slave Unit remix album. We just passed Mike's "The Hammer!" deadline for remix submissions. I managed to sidestep mastering duties; Chris has been pressed into duty there.

    Shawn's remix kicked my ass.

    I finished version 24 of Go this past weekend and submitted it; then Chris asked for my Etched remix as well. When I sent that I noticed the timestamp on it was from March, 2008. Oops. This is how projects take forever to finish.

    We're throwing cover ideas around over email... it'll probably be something simple.

    Mike's only planning on pressing a couple hundred physical copies. We'll see how that goes.

    show

    Oct. 6th, 2008 02:26 pm
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    i think the thing i'm happiest about is that we took a cover that was blah (depeche mode's stripped; we've played it before but it definitely needed a kick in the ass), redid it, and despite the fact that mike was hesitant about doing it since he was singing sans vocal effects (technical difficulties + short soundcheck), the people i heard from loved it.

    magical

    Jul. 19th, 2008 02:19 am
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    that fucking rocked.

    gilman!

    Jun. 24th, 2008 11:14 pm
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    Hiro's coming up for the weekend to see us play =)

    blur

    Jun. 19th, 2008 09:45 pm
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    bsm slave unit news

    black snake moan
    slave unit
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    Last night I laid down basslines while polishing off half a bottle of pinot noir. This is maybe the fifth or eighth time I've sat down and tried to start these remixes, and it's the furthest I've gotten. I had to cheat a little approach it in a new way.

    First I looped Mike's vocals in Live and browsed my mp3 collection... finding songs I pictured the remix sounding like, listening to how the vocals lay over the tracks, time stretching when needed. Once I found an appropriate song to guide the overall feel of the remix, I copied it into Live, then improvised complementary lines over it. Once I lay down enough tracks, I'll remove the mp3 and let the remix stand on its own.

    Cheating? Sure. But with time stretching and the original songs' structures firmly embedded in my mind, I was having a near impossible time of hearing an idea that would work... and when I did, I lost it before I could successfully recapture it on tape.


    Go is on the faster side, with bitter breakup lyrics (courtesy of Battery's NV). I slowed it down and reached straight for a song I've been wanting to copy mimic for a while now that I thought might fit perfectly... and it does. I wasn't able to write a bassline as dangerous-yet-sensuous as the original, slow strip club music for the riveting drop-dead gorgeous feature dancer that no one can tear their eyes away from. Instead I went with something a bit more dancy and will try to recapture part of that sensuousness with a slightly edgy pad, the drums, and other rhythmic elements.

    Add a little piano and a ton of guitar wanking and voila. A ton of editing and nitpicking later I'll be done.


    Etched was by far the trickier of the two. At 87.5bpm it's in that tempo range where double- or half-timing the tempo results in either the music or vocals sounding too fast or too slow within the acceptable limits of time stretching.

    I tried eight or so songs with it, stretching both the mp3 and vocals to try to reach some modicum of rhythmic compatibility. In the end I found it, in a newer song that's just fast enough to be an energetic dance hit. The current vocals don't quite line up, so I'll have to slice it up by phrase if not by word or even syllable.

    The mp3 is a very sparse dance track. Not sure if I'll be able to stick to those guidelines or if I'll end up filling in the empty spaces.


    All in all I'm glad to be working again. And this particular process is allowing me to intimately study and break down the composition of two [more] tracks that I'm a big fan of. Here's hoping I can finish one or both of these.

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    Slave Unit cuts a manic swath across the punk, industrial, rock and hip-hop arenas, finely dicing chunks of each into a cauldron of social and personal frustrations topped with a sharp dose of piss and vinegar. Gritty and raw, yet meticulously structured, The Battle for Last Place is a successful melding of grainy guitars, rockin’ beats and enough bitterly shouted vitriol to make a unicorn cry. What sets the album apart is the simple consistency in which it offers great songs. There’s no filler here—just a versatile blend of kick-ass that’s sure to hit a chord with anyone who hears it.

    -- Deadbolt Magazine

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