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Soul Man

​The dust has settled, the lights have dimmed, and I have finally found myself with some downtime. I'm currently staring down the barrel of some recording time and some very, VERY exciting things on the horizon. It'll take some time before these things make their way to public release, but just know that things are moving forward. So to all the people that we've met across this country, WE ARE COMING BACK! But for right now, let's sit back and listen to some music...


We're gonna take this time to dig into our souls and celebrate this pseudo-modern motown movement that's been prevalent in the last 10 or so years. The re-introduction of horns, background "doo-wops", swing beats and suits, has resulted in some of my favorite music. It's great to hear these motifs return and we've even begun experimenting a little bit with them to see if there is a stone we can turn. So let's get into it!


Scene: Soul Man

1. Jamie N Commons Rumble and Sway

2. Janelle Monae - Tightrope

3. Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

4. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Nobody's Baby

5. Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own

6. The Avalanches - Because I'm Me

7. Duffy - Mercy

8. Kanye West - Touch the Sky




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Heard it on the X

​I apologize if it seems it's been a while since we last reconnected. Music and bandhood has many moving parts and coupled with your average day to day life, things get moved around a bit. Now with a finally clear schedule and plan for the coming weeks, it's time to put these machinations in motion and prepare. 

Next week we'll be playing with the legendary Molly Hatchet in North Carolina. There's a lot of firsts and lifelines that will meet at this show, so it'll be a show of career goals made true and a demonstration of the circles that life presents. It was a year ago, about a few weeks prior that Zach starting playing the opening licks of "Flirting with Disaster" after rehearsal one night. Dave and I looked at each other and thought it would be a blast to play and added it to the set that night... and here we are: Playing with the band we subconsciously put into motion one year ago. Maybe if we add Led Zeppelin to the list, they'll decide to get back together? (DAVE ARE YOU READING THIS?)

Magic music predicting powers aside, let's get into a scene. We're traveling to the North Carolina, a corner of the south I have not had the pleasure of stepping foot on, but have studied religiously. My background beyond all sub-genres is firmly rooted in blues and roots music of the region. So we're going WAAAAAAAAY back to formation of blues.

I could tell you the personal stories of each and everyone of these artists (in particular, Blind Willie Johnson and RL Burnside (who's my personal hero)). "Dark was the night, Cold was the Ground" is probably the most important piece I've ever listened to. It's one of the most perfect expressions of humanity caught on record.

This one will probably be the start of a multi-part scene as there are so many directions to go with this. But for now, we're concentrating in the South and keeping it in the time period of 1925-1950.


Scene - Dark was the night...

1. Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson

2. Weeping Willow - Blind Boy Fuller

3. Cypress Grove Blues - Skip James 

4. See My Jumper Hangin' On The Line - R.L. Burnside

5. Fixin' to Die Blues - Bukka White

6. Feels so Good #1 - Junior Kimbrough

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Complexity

​We have been in a writing fury lately. Sorting through a sea of ideas, finding the gems and pieces to build a better mouse trap. With writing comes an issue though: the camel. It's been said that a camel is a horse built by committee and you run into this from time to time in writing. All these perspectives meet to form something that lacks all perspective entirely and turns into a mess.

A friend of ours put a challenge forth of writing a song every day and we've been doing our due diligence to ensure that occurs. We added our own rule on top of this: KISS (say it with me, "Keep it Simple Stupid"). There are 3 guitar players in this band and we have a tendency to get a little notey if left to our own devices. So we had to stipulate that these new songs would need to be good at the chord level, and the riffs could be added later. 

So while we write, I've been diving into simple, dirty rock songs that capture this. Now it's easy to go back to the Beatles or Bob Dylan to find these incredibly impactful yet simple songs... but that's just no fun. So these are simplicity personified in the grungiest, darkest corners of the rock genre.


This is also the playlist i use when I'm getting ready for a show...

Scene: Complexity

1. Rolling Stones - Doom and Gloom (Jeff Basker Mix)

2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Berlin

3. De Staat - I'm A Rat (Radio Edit)

4. Spinnerette - Ghetto Love

5. Eagles of Death Metal - Prissy Prancin'

6. Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing


Take Away Album: De Staat

Now this song isn't on the album I'm going to recommend but, I_Con by De Staat is one of the most interesting albums I've ever heard. It's by far one of my favorites and in my top 10 of all time due it's nasty nature, and interesting delivery.


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Remember the Time

Remember the Time:

With new years come fresh starts, fresh beginnings, and an overall sense of renewed energy to accomplish the goals that remain unfulfilled. This year things seem different. At least I've noticed a feeling seems to have come over the masses that is filled with questions, hope, or terror for what awaits us in the future. We are in uncharted territory throughout the world. There are issues that we as modern people have not faced before and there's a child-like gaze towards the future.

What does it mean for this month's scene? Well, I could reflect on the past. Of all the greats that we've lost this past year (of which there are many and I urge all of you to explore the catalogues of each and every person). I could address the political atmosphere of not only the US, but Europe, UK, and our friends abroad. There are so many things that have been expressed by musicians far greater than I that have captured these sentiments, and been assembled in better ways than I could ever hope to achieve. So this month's scene will be a perspective that I wish remind us all of: innocence.

As we begin to march forward into a new year of both scary and wondrous developments, let's wipe the slate clean. Let's remember what it is like to come into this world with fresh eyes and thoughts and to take each new experience as they come. This series of songs are songs either told from the experience of a child, or musically reflects the bounciness of a summer in the sun, traveling with your family in the back seat of a car, or just the inane thoughts that can fill a child's brain.

Song List:

1. We're Going to be Friends – The White Stripes

2. Wish I Could Fly – What Laura Says

3. Ocean Man – Ween

4. Going up the Country – Canned Heat

5. She Don't Use Jelly – The Flaming Lips

Album to check out: What Laura Says – Thinks and Feels

This local Arizona band is possible one of my favorites I've ever come across. This album is full of playful techniques and melodic deliveries that are so much fun to listen to. They use their voices as instruments guiding each song along with ooo's and ahh's that are just absolutely inspiring. PLEASE listen to this album. You will not be disappointed.

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Scene - Ice-cream Man

I'm writing this in the back of our think tank while the guitars are finding their voices. A common theme we always instill in every note and movement is finding the groove. Finding that pocket that makes your chin...do that thing...Not a bob, but more of a scoop. That "chin scoop" means we we're all in our zone. 

"Damn, that beat is so nasty you could serve ice cream out of my face!" - Dave Lansing

So, lets take the first scene and celebrate our chins. Let's give them a work out only grooves can. This one is a little heavy but we will be exploring all genres to meet "The Scene".

1. Supa Scoopa and the Might Scoop - Kyuss

2. Prehistoric Dog - Red Fang

3. Freya - The Sword

4. The Elephant Riders - Clutch

5. Elephants - Them Crooked Vultures


Further Exploration Album:

Them Crooked Vultures -  Listen to this album. It is filled with so many interesting takes, beat changes, and cheeky lyrics. It's impossible to deny the genius of the song writers colliding to make something so unique. From Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), this album is a must for me. 

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The Scene - An Introduction

​The Scene. A dubious title for something for not so serious. So what is a "Scene"...

When I was growing up with my friends on the school yard far beyond the days of mix tapes, CD's, and headlong in the wild west of the internet music scene, we were building playlists. We set the rules and gave the person of the week the task of providing our entertainment for the week. I would like to share this tradition with the Shayne Gang that has supported us so well. It'll give you a peak into our world, what we're listening to and delivered to you in a way that let's us create an experience for you.

You will need a Spotify account to access the scenes: go to the Christopher Shayne page on Spotify, go to the playlists section and pick the corresponding scene to the post for an explanation.  

Let's start with the rules and set this experience in motion!

The Rules:

1. These songs MUST BE LISTENED TO IN ORDER! - We're spending time crafting a scene, it is meant to be experienced in order to get the full effect. DON'T TOUCH THE SHUFFLE BUTTON!

2. To make up for this, each scene will be 5-8 songs or about 30 minutes in length. 

3. Each scene will be centered around a central theme. I'll try to avoid era's, or simple genres. I will do my best to offer a twist, or an emotion that can be explored in a new way. 

  

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Welcome one and all!

I'll be keeping all my fans up to date here with some of the latest news on my upcoming music projects.
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