Remember When by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: Remember When


Positive Comments: * memorable hook and lyric with a story* lead and backing vocals well sung* instrumentation and performances support lyric well* recording/production quality is clear and panning balanced* savage guitar licks, nice relaxing tempo

Constructive Comments: – intro a little long and has no hook or “melody” to grab you- nice job getting to chorus early- if a Pop-tune ballad, some parts are too “classically structured” (ie. vocal and pno unison/doubling parts, pno runs)- “chorused/flanged” with spread pan on lead vocal verses sounds dated- somewhere in tune try something to change overall feel, melody, instrumentation, key then come back to restate song- good writing a nice piece for tv/movie backdrop

The Fall by Bill Dake

Bill Dake

Broadjam Artist: Bill Dake
Song: The Fall

Reviewer: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Positive Comments: Big sound right out of the box. What a groove!! Ok I’m ok with the effects on the drums. I totally love this energy and love in this song. It’s a great groove on the blues side all the way, down home with soul! Sweet bridge! Man, great changes there!! A very good song which I listened to several times. The lyrics got me from the first line… dang the whole first verse is cool. The band really jams, love the keyboards and bass and the singer well, he makes it all come together.

Constructive Comments: This is not a polished pro recording, I dig. It’s probably old too so I will try to consider that. I’m a drummer so it’s tough, there are places everywhere where the programmed drums get a little too funky lets say (timing off). Plus there are so many doubled notes…. anyone with experience in programming would cringe like I was. I am cool with the flanged out space drums, it actually was a good feature here. It was the doubled notes (on top of one another) which sound different and unpleasing to me. You’re probably the singer songwriter and not into production but it is just important in the presentation as the song it’self. Really the ONLY THING MISSING HERE IS LIVE DRUMS… Everyone else is jamming!! Also the low end could use a little cut in the subs 30 to 50Hz.

Lost In A Blue Serene / Jazz Standard by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: Lost In A Blue Serene / Jazz Standard

Reviewer: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Positive Comments: I got into the abstract elements in this song. I liked the muted trumpet and Rhodes piano a lot. Echos of the great Dave Brubeck in the melodies. Good interaction with the horn and piano. I think you should keep making music, these melodies are stuck in my head!!!

Constructive Comments: Sounds a lot like it wants to be the great song “Take 5”. Not really together for me. the drums are just doing their own thing, nobody is really forming a pocket for the song to settle into. You should be following the drums and bass. Maybe the piano was played (improvised and edited) and then you added other instruments like drums and everything?? Final recording process should start with whatever rhythm section you are using then add melodies, solos, changes, breaks, tutti’s and whatever. Try to lock in more with the rhythm section. I think the drum loop is in 3 and the melody is phrased in 5 so for me, as a drummer it feels very uneasy. Piano distorts here and there. ok I know you’re not a professional, I apologize for the numbers. Enjoy making music, I did like the song.

BDA by Mark R. Harris

Mark R. Harris

Broadjam Artist: Mark R. Harris
Song: BDA

Reviewer: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Positive Comments: perfect intro with the groove then guitar after 8 (Walk this way beat though! lol). Up to date sounds. Oh yeah, great bass fills around 2 minutes. Excellent programming. Very sweet song, funky and melodic. Incredible sax work throughout. Sweet changes, caffeine jazz. Great playing by everyone.

Constructive Comments: When the saxes come in the backing tracks are buried. I love the sax but it is way too much louder than everything else. Bass solo was a let down in the respect that he didn’t leave me with anything… a lot of notes but no hooks. I liked the space that he gave, that was nice but the riffs could have been more memorable. My only real complaint about the instrumentation is that you can tell (an experienced ear) that it’s live sax and bass with everything else in the box. Live band would certainly complete this and bring it up the level it needs (in my mind and some production) to compete with the bigs. Good luck my friends.

chicago girl by lost on foot

lost on foot

Broadjam Artist: lost on foot
Song: chicago girl

Reviewer: Norb Studelska/Upper Air Disturbance

Positive Comments: I really liked the addition of the second voice at 1:37. The acoustic rhythm guitar was very well played very precise chording and EQ’d well. The simplicity of the lead guitar was just right stylistically for this song, with a hint of jazz. The vocals were EQ’d just right (not too much effect).You have produced annice piece.

Constructive Comments: This song stands well on its own, as recorded. However, my ear wanted to hear a simple percussion track, and a simple bass track to add depth and contour to the composition.My only other thought was to end with an instrumental fade, rather than the abrupt oval end, creating time foryour lyric line(s) to “sink-in” and register longer.

76 Degrees by Patrick Dude

Patrick Dude

Broadjam Artist: Patrick Dude
Song: 76 Degrees

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Badass intro–starts out like Metal but you take it into other places which makes it more interesting. This is really compelling and original. Great rolling beat, the voice is passionate and commanding. It’s a mixture of vulnerability, artistic delicacy, and macho screamer, ie quite good. The middle break is interesting…but you turned it into outro. This is really impressive stuff –it’s of the quality that with some serious attention to details of arrangement, engineering and mixing could be a band/artist with a following.

Constructive Comments: Overall the sound is thin and missing the oomph and clarity it needs. Your voice should be much more up front and dominating the mix. Do that cool dropout section much earlier in the tune–it’s a great part. And you gotta end a song like this with a bang. There are a lot of things to do here, and a lot depends on the tools you have available. This is first rate work, and very exciting. Please let me know if you’d like more feedback or a follow up listen.


Patrick E. Muth

Broadjam Artist: Patrick E. Muth

Reviewer: Norb Studelska/Upper Air Disturbance

Positive Comments: Great nostalgic/retro pop groove. I liked the lead vocal style of this tune very “laid back” with no pretense of trying to impress with a trained voice. The simplicity of the instrumentation and percussion lends itself well to the overall feel of this tune. The blend of the instrumental accompaniment was very good.

Constructive Comments: The lead vocal could be mixed/eq’ed stronger the voice quality was just right for this piece, but needed to be more “out front”. There is some extraneous noise evident in the recording, which can certainly be edited out.

S.O.L. by Ante Novaselic

Ante Novaselic

Broadjam Artist: Ante Novaselic
Song: S.O.L.

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Tight and funky. Nice mellow jazz progressions with a harder edge bridge. Nice guitar solo and sax too! The vocals are really smooth mellow with really cool melody and phrasing. Drums and bass are grooving hard. Very enjoyable tune!!

Constructive Comments: This is a vocal tune, and the vocals don’t come in until :34. Make it happen in < 20 secs. The intro is just fine but it's filler jazz and doesn't make sense as a "listen to this" intro--come right on in with the vocals. Actually that chromatic riff--I think I'd cut that out (save it for the break where it make more sense) and just come in with the groove that's at :25The guitar is way too washed out with flange. You end right where a nice sax solo should start... All IMO of course.

In The Light of Day / Rock Alternative by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: In The Light of Day / Rock Alternative

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: a full review will be provided gladly upon completion of the song

Constructive Comments: a full review will be provided gladly upon completion of the song