Cab acquired -> Better Than The Book LIVE guitar rig complete, $5+ Patreon rewards are out: Jabun - Distance + another exclusive demo for the $10 patrons, Sir Pigeon featured on Doodle Your Toys' blog + more radio love and other updates!
Hi everyone and hope you've had a great week since the last post! Snow and Chinese New Year fun-times over hear along with a super busy week at JabunAudio working on the upcoming 2nd Jabun album from which there are now over 36 minutes of demos completed! Horray! As you might have read in the title too, there's a lot to share in this week's news so let's get straight into that!
First of all, I'm super excited to share that after much trawling on eBay and many lost auctions over the past few weeks, I've FINALLY acquired a lovely Marshall 1 x 12" speaker cabinet to play my new amp through which means my Better Than The Book LIVE guitar rig is finally complete! For those interested, here's a rundown of what I'm using:
Amp head: an Orange Micro Dark
Speaker cabinet: a Marshall AVT112 cab (though this is mainly for the studio; I'll be using whatever cab the venue has generally)
Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
Digitech Hardwire HT-2 Chromatic Tuner
My own custom Pre-Wash pedal
I may add my modded Jim Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal to the rig (not pictured) depending on the set-list, though we'll have to see (the less I have to carry, the better)!
Super excited to see what happens next and I have much practicing to do before the next full-band rehearsal in April so I should get to it! Check out the picture below to see the new rig:
Next on the news this week, yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means another set of reward posts for the $5 and $10 patrons are out, and this time we have the final track from Jabun's 2013 discography: Distance!
$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33000131
$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33000124
This track hold a very special place in my heart as it was the first track I wrote inspired by my one and only Eva, less than 3 weeks after we got together. I feel like this was the first original (non-remix) Jabun track where I'd discovered my own unique voice as Jabun, rather than trying to copy other people's styles or techniques, and as you'll here it has a very different feel to all the tracks previously. For the keen eared among you, there are multiple coded messages in this track in between the Speak 'n' Spell vocals and hypnotic synths. If you can work any of them out, major props! Distance would be the first single from my first album as Jabun, Daydream (released May 2017), and would be remastered for the album as you'd expect. There are some subtle differences between the 2013 single and 2017 album versions though, so I thought it'd be nice to share them both on Patreon! The album credits for Distance from the Daydream album read as follows, a haiku followed by the Speak 'n' Spell lyrics:
"From our early years
When we were doing distance
I love you so much"
Without further wait, I hope you enjoy Distance:
Listen on Bandcamp:
For the $10 patrons, you've got another exclusive demo from Jabun's upcoming 2nd album to look forward to as well as an article on the composition/production process for it! Become a $10 patron to access that article and many more now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter! With the new REWARD ARCHIVE tag it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them!
That's it for this month's rewards and next time we'll be moving onto the only 2014 Jabun track and the 2nd pre-release single from the Daydream album (from many years before). Looking forward to sharing that with you and thanks as always for supporting Better Than the Book, Jabun and my various projects on Patreon!
Next, a strange but fun update as this week I stumbled upon the most surreal JabunAudio special feature to date! A few years back my girlfriend Eva commissioned me a plush version of my online avatar / mascot Sir Pigeon from Doodle Your Toys and in 2018 it was featured on their blog! Amazing handiwork and thanks for featuring Sir Pigeon! He's still chillin' making records in the studio! Check out the link below for an adorable description and if you've not seen Sir Pigeon yet, let me introduce you below!
Finally this week, some more radio love to share from Tonic Ska Radio! Thanks so much for playing the tunes folks, and everyone else go tune in for some skanking good times below:
And that about wraps things up for this week! Only one more day of January before I should get started on some new February targets (of which I've already completed some), and next week we'll be going over the usual monthly goals as usual too. Until then though I hope you have a great time whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects! Keep warm and take care!
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