Jim Guittard’s Place

96/98 Compilation Album For Free

Posted in Music by guittard on November 25, 2009

Between 1996 and 1998 I put down a few songs in a rather spur of the moment on my 4-track recorder. Lyrics were made up basically on the spot while the tape was rolling. The sounds are pretty lo-fi and the clanging of metal in some of the songs were spoons, pots and pans that made up our primitive percussion. Jim Seagroves helped out on the racket kitchen percussion sounds as well as general chanting or making a nuisance out of everything.

Back then Jim and I called ourselves “the Gidds”. Basically, it was our little gang name growing up. We listened to NWA in high school and wanted to be white thugs. We had our own language and mockerized the neighborhood. Some of the songs we speak in German.

I play the acoustic and electric guitar, sitar and sing the songs. My brother Bob Guittard played bass and guitar on a few tracks as well as beat on a hand drum. Warren Barry played the organ on Once Around the Moon as well as added to the weirdness.

I used a Dr. Groove Drum machine. I hope you like these weird songs. At the time of the recording I was listening to a lot of Beck’s Odelay. Please enjoy and make comments.

Here is the link where you can listen and download the album for free:
http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/55876

I wish Word Press would allow a widget here so that you could listen. Not at this time.

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Jim Guittard Music Publicity Animation Video

Posted in Uncategorized by guittard on September 19, 2009

I came across xtranormal.com and made this little piece. At Xtranormal.com you can write little scripts and make animation figures act them out. The site is cool. I had to pass it on.

Here’s my first little thing I did:

and of course to download my music go here:

http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/Jim_Guittard

Calling for Reviewers at Jamendo

Posted in Music, Psychedelic by guittard on January 27, 2009

If you haven’t heard of Jamendo.com then I guess you are really really out of the loop and not aware of the free music phenomenon.  I suggest you get over there, immediately and get in on it.  As of today, there are 15,287 albums posted there for free downloading.  Did you catch me?  Free!

Most of the artists are not known, including me.  There is some really great quality stuff out there.  I recommend the following artists:

  • Brad Sucks
  • Rancho Relaxo
  • Blancheneige
  • The Zombie Drivers
  • Jamison Young
  • The Golden Dawn

I’m tellin’ ya, get in on this scene.  I give you free music; you give me review. It’s “Quid Pro Quo”, ya dig? A free win-win situation. I’d be honored if you’d do this for me.  Just sign up, it is free.  It’s extremely cool.

My stuff is along the lines of folk-rock, psychedelic, and experimental.  I have posted three albums and if you like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Byrds you would probably like me. 

Here’s my first album I did in 2002 called “California Daze.” 

Album description

California Daze was recorded in Hollywood, California by Jim Guittard on his 4-track recorder and later mixed with Adobe Audition 2.0. The songs pay tribute to the birth of the Neo-Psychedelic scene that emerged beginning in 2000 in Silverlake, California with groups such as the Beachwood Sparks, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Quarter After, smallstone, the Warlocks, the Tyde, and the Belle Isle.

Jim Guittard played the shaker, drum machine, and sang all lead and background vocals and had the help of friend Vladimir Maskov for bass. Brian McKay engineered the recording of the Beach the acoustic version. Guittard also played all lead and rhythm guitars. The song Beach is co-written by Jim Guittard and Dominic Campanella of the Quarter After.

The “Swing Tune” and “Jazz Tune” are instrumentals written by Jim while attending the Musicians Institute from 1999 to 2000. Jim plays the lead guitar with session bassist and drummer. On the rhythm guitar is a guy from Brazil named Reginaldo. He was a student with Jim at the school. You can hear the teacher, “Mr. Lupo Groinig” giving a critique after the instrumentals end.

Click here for the album:

California Daze

Jim Guittard Talks With ‘Tangra Mega Rock’ Radio

Posted in Bulgaria, Music, Psychedelic by guittard on November 14, 2008

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Back on September 30, 2008, I was interviewed for Sofia, Bulgaria Internet Radio Station ‘Tangra Mega Rock’. Radio DJ Vassil Varbanov ran the show. Various tracks were played and I got a chance to explain the real scoop behind my 3 Psychedelic/Folk-Rock albums, living in Bulgaria as foreigner, and my previous work teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Pernik. The Albums are:

2008 ‘Busted in Bulgaria’
2004 ‘The Notorious G.I.D.D.’
2002 ‘California Daze’

Listen here for radio show.

Tangra Mega Rock

Link To Tangra Mega Rock

You can download all three albums for free at:
Free Albums

Podcast of Islas de Robinson

Posted in Music, Psychedelic by guittard on October 30, 2008

Recently, I was turned on to a podcast coming out of Madrid, Spain.  What great thing I found.  Well, actually, the podcaster found me on myspace and I checked what he has going.  He has a lot going and real good music.

I recommend this podcast with both thumbs up and if I had anymore thumbs those, too.  The show is in the Psychedelic, Cosmic Country, and Folk-Rock genres.  You’ll dig it if you are into that stuff!

Here’s a list of artists that have been played on the show:

  • The Quarter After
  • The Byrds
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Love
  • STALK FORREST GROUP
  • Bob Dylan
  • David Bowie
  • Sarabeth Tucek
  • Vietnam
  • The Sidewinders
  • Violent Femmes
  • The Yardbirds
  • Radio Moscow

And a lot of bands that I haven’t heard of but are very good.  His podcast will open your ears to some good new stuff. 

In the latest episodes, my song “Breaking the Language Barrier” is included. 

Podcast October 29, 2008

RAY LAMONTAGNE – “HENRY NEAR KILLED ME (IT’S A SHAME)”. DISCO: “GOSSIP IN THE GRAIN”; JAYBER CROW – “SONG OF THE JACK PINE”. DISCO: “TWO SHORT STORIES”; DANIEL MARTIN MOORE – “THAT’LL BE THE PLAN”. DISCO: “STRAY AGE”; DAMIEN JURADO – “GILLIAN WAS A HORSE” . DISCO: “CAUGHT IN THE TREES”; JOSH RITTER – “RIGHT MOVES” .DISCO: “THE HISTORICAL CONQUESTS OF JOSH RITTER”; NIK FREITAS – “ALL THE WAY DOWN”. DISCO: “SUNDOWN”. UNBUNNY – “THE PATH”. DISCO: “SENSORY UNDERLOAD”; DONOVAN QUINN & THE 13TH MONTH – “SISTER ALCHEMY”. “DONOVAN QUINN & THE 13TH MONTH”; ALEXA MARMON – “WEB IN THE SUN”. “GARDEN AT TWILIGHT”. JIM GUITTARD – “BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER”. “BUSTED IN BULGARIA” ( http://www.myspace.com/guittard , 2008); LYSSALANE – “SOAP & FOAM”. DISCO “LYSSALANE”; HUSH ARBORS – “FOLLOW CLOSELY”. DISCO: “HUSH ARBORS”. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – “JADE LIKE WINE”. DISCO: “SHELTER FROM THE ASH”. (29/10/2008)

You can subscribe to his show here: Islas de Robinson

“Busted In Bulgaria” Album Commentary Podcast Part 2

Posted in Bulgaria, Music, Psychedelic by guittard on October 25, 2008

This is part 2 of a series of commentary about my album, “Busted in Bulgaria”, that I recorded while I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Pernik, Bulgaria. From April 2006 to July 2008 I taught English in the Bulgarian high school. It was while confined to my Post-Soviet style block that I documented my whereabouts through song.

The songs comment on life outside America and are in the Psychedelic and Folk-rock genres.

In this episode are the following tracks:

1. Listen To Your Voice

2. Rico

3. Pernik

4. Stachkata

5. Survival Mode

6. This Is Random Song

7. What’s Your Role In Life

8. Don’t Know Jack

9. Raga Train

10. The Sun Shines Today

Stay tuned for other commentaries on my albums.

You can listen to Part 2 of the podcast here:
Podcast 2


You can subscribe to my podcast at ITunes under “Jim Guittard”.

“Busted In Bulgaria” Album Commentary Podcast Part 1

Posted in Bulgaria, Music, Psychedelic by guittard on October 24, 2008

This is part 1 of a series of commentary about my album, “Busted in Bulgaria”, that I recorded while I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Pernik, Bulgaria.  From April 2006 to July 2008 I taught English in the Bulgarian high school.  It was while confined to my Post-Soviet style block that I documented my whereabouts through song.

The songs comment on life outside America and are in the Psychedelic and Folk-rock genres.

In this episode are the following tracks:

1. Breaking the Language Barrier

2. Gangster 

3. Hoola Hoop Girl 

4. 8A Class 

5. Be Real True 

6. Babas On Their Bench 

7. I Wanna Go To The Moon 

8. Kakvo Pravish? 

Stay tuned for part 2.

You can listen to Part 1 of the podcast here:
Podcast 1

You can subscribe to my podcast at ITunes under “Jim Guittard”.

Review of “Busted In Bulgaria”

Posted in Music by guittard on September 18, 2008

“Gangster”-Got to put a Sitar, or a couple of droning Tambouras on this. 🙂

“Breaking the language barrier”-Cool; reminiscent of “Backstreet Girl”, especially Brian’s Accordian part!!

“Hoola Hoop Song”-I REALLY like this song! “Byrdsian” harmonies! I’m wanting to hear a Major 7th chord in the chorus somewhere…

“8A Class”-Almost a “Folkie Jan & Dean meets John Riley”. It’s also cool to hear you doing your job in class!!

“Be Real True”-Very “Beggars Banquet”!

“Babas On Their Bench”-REALLY like this too! I’d like to hear a Greek Bouzouki (Beatles-“Girl”) playing those guitar lines. 🙂

“I Wanna Go To The Moon”-Jim, is this open tuning??? If so, it’s VERY EFFECTIVE. Again, would love to hear Sitar here.

“Kakvo Pravish”-I like the ’50’s Sci-fi effects!!

“Listen to your voice”-More Sitar!!!

“Rico”- DAMN GOOD SONG. 🙂

“Pernik”-VERY NICE. Again; some Mandolin, or Greek Bouzouki, something like that.

“Stachkata”-Nice; didn’t light my fire, but good. 🙂

“Survival Mode”-Same as above, good lyrics though.

“This Is Random Song”-Is it “Only A Northern Song”??? 🙂 Jim; these are better lyrics here than you may think…

“What’s your role in life”-I think it’s a GOOD song that could be a GREAT song…

“Don’t Know Jack”-Love it! Dylanesque writing.

“Raga Train”-Again; GOOD song that needs SOMETHING to make it great. 🙂

“The Sun Shines Today”-Jim; THIS IS A HIT SONG!!! I’d love to get my hands on this, and do some arranging, etc.

Are you walking through dried leaves for that sound effect???
That really took me back to the mid & late ’60’s; walking through the Eucalyptus leaves in Burlingame/San Mateo.

Christian Bryan “Craviola 990” June 9, 2008

To download the “Busted In Bulgaria” album for free: Click Here

Rico Chords

Posted in Music by guittard on July 24, 2008

*Use capo at 4th Fret

Intro
Am Dm Am Em

Am
Rico’s loudly barking
Dm
At the door guarding
Am Em
Only he knows against what.

Am
Could be another mutt.
Dm
Or maybe a rat.
Am Em
There’s something behind the door.

G D C Am C D
Only he knows what is there
G D C Am C D
He’s a cool dog you should trust.

Am
He’s a cool dog.
Dm
Sleeps like a log.
Am Em
In the morning, he’s out to jog.

Am
He’s white like a sheep.
Dm
Jumps at every beep.
Am Em
Even from a deep sleep.

Am
He’s a bit hyper.
Dm
Would be a good sniper.
Am Em
He’s as sly as a viper.

G D C Am C D
Only he knows what is there
G D C Am C D
He’s a cool dog you should trust.

Am
Now he’s asleep again.
Dm
Dreaming with a grin.
Am Em
What will he do the next day?

Am
Who knows he’ll do something.
Dm

Am Em Am

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2007
Rico

The Sun Shines Today Tablature

Posted in Music by guittard on July 19, 2008
The Sun Shines Today
Intro

D	Bm	C	G 	2X

A		A4		2x

D		Bm
Push on through.
C		G
You know it ain't true.
D		Bm
Just keep it up.
C		G	A	A4
Drink from the cup.

D		Bm
No matter what they say,
C		G
The sun shines today.
D		Bm
Keep up the lovely art.
C		G	A	A4
Avoid the fiery dart.

A		A4
Nothing's very solid.
A		A4
It's all a bit spotted.
A		A4
Your treasure chest may disappear.
A		A4
It could be very near.
A		A4

D		Bm
What's the answer?
C		G
Avoid the big cancer.
D		Bm
Do what's fun.
C		G	A	A4
It has all begun.

D		Bm
Money can't guide you.
C		G
Only what is true.
D		Bm
Live by the wisdom.
C		G	A	A4
This isn't dumb.

A		A4
Nothing's very solid.
A		A4
It's all a bit spotted.
A		A4
Your treasure chest may disappear.
A		A4
It could be very near.
A		A4	2x

D		Bm
Push on through.
C		G
You know it ain't true.
D		Bm
Just keep it up.
C		G	A	A4
Drink from the cup.

A		A4	2x

A		A4
Nothing's very solid.
A		A4
It's all a bit spotted.
A		A4
Your treasure chest may disappear.
A		A4
It could be very near.

A		A4
Nothing's very solid.
A		A4
It's all a bit spotted.
A		A4
Your treasure chest may disappear.
A		A4
It could be very near.
A		A4

Outro (Slow)
D		Bm

C		G

A

Words and Music by Jim Guittard 2008

The Sun Shines Today