Re-listening to part of Goodnight Sugarpop to transcribe several songs I evidently just never posted for no explicable reason…. I WAS SUCH A BABY IN 2008 WHAT IS THIS
I’m not going to delete it off of iTunes like I did with The Malblum Album but like, it’s so embarrassing listening to little Mal trying to sing
We are really excited to announce that we will be doing another free outdoor show in New Brunswick this year! Last year was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again:Sept. 20th, 2014
Don Giovanni Records Presents:FREE SHOWScreaming FemalesNude BeachShellshagMal Blum+MoreBoyd Park, New Brunswick, NJ12:00 PM
New Brunswick ! Punk show in a park!
tomorrow afternoon! playing as a 3-piece round 2pm
from the album The Gayest Compilation Ever Made Volume II
it IS fall again now!
#tbt - the time I met and had my socks charmed off by @katebornstein at the white plains diner in 2009. Miss u, auntie k!!
threeminutesfast said: do you have any lyric writing advice? i come up with songs that i really like and i just kind of mumble along to them with what i would want the lyrics to sound like but i have so much trouble writing actual words
Interesting… I’m not TOTALLY sure because (as cheesy as this sounds) I just started writing music so that I could like, have something to put the lyrics into. So, my problem has kind of always been the opposite (figuring out chords and melodies). But, off the top of my head maybe here are some things that could help get you started (maybe?):
Compartmentalize - Write some poems separate from the music that you compose and then pick out the lines that you like the best or that best fit in the spaces
Tell a story - even if it’s a goofy story, just be honest and make sure it’s your story. Telling other people’s stories can go awry quickly or feel disingenuous.
Don’t judge anything you’ve written - Put the words together as they come, without judgement. I know that might sound obvious, but it’s really easy to talk yourself out of producing work. Just put down whatever words come to you, you don’t have to show anyone and you can cut them later.
Try different writing styles - If you feel too vulnerable writing about yourself, try writing abstractly. If you can’t make something you like out of full sentences, try rhyming simple words. Try on different voices. Write as a character. Write as an object. Write as a concept.
Write a line or two every day and don’t expect to keep them- Some people would say a song a day, but I think that’s too much pressure. It’s the same concept though, once you start flexing that muscle you’ll get better and more comfortable at it.
Also, it’s worth saying that if you don’t want to write words you shouldn’t feel pressure to. We all have our strengths and there’s no reason to push yourself in an area of music you don’t enjoy if there’s another area that makes your heart sing
Just my 0.02, I’m no expert though
Anonymous said: Do you write all of your songs?
Definitely. Writing is the area that I feel that I exhibit the most strength in. I’m trying not to say “the only thing I am good at” because “positive self-talk,” but why outsource ? I’m not a global brand, just a human who likes the way words sound together
urmyleastfav said: I had been wondering if in "Fine!" you meant to be punny about your favorite dog dying and holidays being "ruff". I crack up every time, and I figured I might as well go to the source. Also, you should swing by the Columbus, OH region soon!
YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. I was being punny. This is extra corny, I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I sometimes make MYSELF laugh while singing it live (because of how silly it is, not because I think I’m exceptionally hilarious) or say “get it?” afterwards. Because I am a terrible dad-joke teller and shouldn’t be allowed to make dad jokes at music shows but evidently I can’t not make dad jokes at music shows because that’s like, the main thing I’ve been doing for seven years in between songs.
Hell yes I wanna come back to Columbus this year!
AHHHH WARREN WILSON IS THE BEST I WANNA SQUEEZE EVERY PERSON HERE
thaz me, thaz tonight at warren wilson (via @big_scioty)