Since that last post we’re happy to say we’ve seen our Kickstarter fund (thanks again!), recorded new material and made preparations to release music on our own. So to everyone, thanks for making us a part of your 2014 and here’s to a great 2015!
We are proud to announce the Kickstarter for Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown is live! Our goal is to cover the costs of printing Kodoja Issue 1-5 in a high-quality, hardcover graphic novel – and as you know Kodoja is a comic with a ‘giant monster funk’ soundtrack provided by Big Pimp Jones. We have some really cool perks lined up involving the music including a director’s cut version of the soundtrack and custom songs, so check it out! You can find it here:
This comes up in an upcoming ‘Vinyl Exam’ podcast – in a discussion with the group Columbia Nights (labelmates on RecordBreakin music), we briefly touch on the time gap between finishing a piece of music for a record label and its actual release. While things vary significantly based on the record label in question, it’s not unusual to send the master to the label then wait 6-9 months for its release. Production times, artwork coordination, marketing efforts, etc all start the moment your master shows up on someone’s desk at the label.
But sometimes things take a little longer, which just happened to us for the ‘Too Cool to Be True’ / ‘Rigor Mortis’ 45 on RBMB (plug: it comes out Monday August 18 so be sure to preorder your copy!) We finished up work on the tracks in May 2013; I remember this because part of the horn section on the record is/are my twin stepdaughters, 12 years old at the time (trumpet and sax). They turned their instruments in for the summer right after their session – easy thing to remember right? Anyway, Junior at RBMB got the master shortly after and the plans began, with a loose ETA of January 2014.
Then the delays came. Updated ETA was February, which wasn’t the best news but given the wild increase in Vinyl demand (a good thing) almost every Record Pressing Plant faces, it was understandable. Some more delays made it March, but then the records appeared at RecordBreakin headquarters, ready to go… oh wait, they weren’t ready to go! Apparently the company forgot to print the text on the labels – meaning there were now a bunch of 45s with blank green labels!
The Pressing Plant acknowledged their error (all this is second hand information, since Junior at Recordbreakin was the one who told it to me), but that meant getting in the queue again and getting the finished records in July, ready for orders.
We’re happy the records are ready to go now in all their glory, and we hope everyone out there digs them. Some people have already dug them, as in ‘dug for them’ – those blank green-label records have turned up in a few places with a note on them saying “YES, you just found a limited edition record for FREE!” So yep, there are a few very limited-edition gems out there and the gems are emerald. Happy digging!
Big Pimp Jones played an hour-long set at Bay Area Film Events (06-28-2014), the second half of which we dubbed ‘The Kaiju Set’. In this part of the set, we performed original music from both Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown and Project Kyojo, with a few covers of giant monster songs for good measure. Here is ‘Battle in the Sky’ from the performance.
If you’re a fan of vinyl records (if you follow Big Pimp Jones that’s a pretty good probability) or you’re just a fan of music please check out the new podcast Keith is co-hosting. Along with Columbo Ahmed aka ‘The 45 Brains’, they’ve started The Vinyl Exam – a weekly podcast about records, music, collecting and anything else they can think of. The site is http://www.thevinylexam.com/ – you can listen on Soundcloud, Podomatic or iTunes. The site just launched Monday July 7 with three episodes – going forward you can expect two interviews and two pieces of miscellaneous content every month! http://www.thevinylexam.com/
You may notice we made a few changes to the header and content – it was time to switch things up a little bit! Now details on the Big Pimp Jones are divided into ‘hard funk’ and ‘giant monster funk’, with the giant monster funk tied into the Giant Monster comic Kodoja. If you don’t know what we’re talking about head over to http://www.kodoja.com to check out the information and the free webcomic!
In 2010, the first time we got the drum sound we loved (the one you hear on the ‘Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown’ record) we did a little sketch of the drum setup and mics to make sure we wouldn’t forget.
Except of course we don’t mean ‘mics’, we mean ‘mic’. As mentioned in the text below this is a one-mic setup for recording drums. That’s all you need (Though if you have a second mic, a good way to use it is to mic the bass drum so you can accent the sound with a little low-end thump from the kick if needed)! Now go make some beats!
Yep, this is a picture of the test presses for the upcoming Big Pimp Jones single on Funk Night Records, ‘Bring Your Love to Me’.
We’ve been known to make an adult film track or two and this fits that mold – a steamy throwback to 70s adult cinema. Recorded to tape, like we always do!
Coming soon on Funk Night Records!
We have a few videos from our performance at Bay Area Film Events’ Godzilla Night 2, at the Bal Theatre in San Leandro. Watch below for our take on the ‘Godzilla’ theme!