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Old 01-22-2013, 09:15 AM
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First single from Paramore Album!

This song was released yesterday, and honestly I'm stoked. I'll let people form their own opinions though.

New Single "Now"

Fantastic work Justin! Can't wait for the album to be released.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:34 AM
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Good song.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:39 AM
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I was wondering when Paramore would put out a new album. Riot was great, and if this single is any indication, the new album should be pretty good as well.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:53 AM
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Wow! 80s KROQ lives!
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:13 PM
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Um… More, please? :^)

And THAT DRUM SOUND.

I really like that this tune is slammin’ (as in making me excited to rock out) but isn’t CLA-style slammed like so many other mixes in this genre of music. I do love the work of those three letters, don’t get me wrong, but this is more appealing to me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:12 PM
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What I find really interesting is that I've only heard JMJ playing bass (with Beck, Ima Robot and NIN, on CDs and DVDs) and still I find the sound aesthetic of the Paramore album very recognizable "JMJ". I heard it and thought: "Yes, I can imagine that he wants things to sound like that"... So let's just hope je doesn't come in here to tell us: "That's the one track on the album I didn't produce, it was actually done by Donald Fagen."
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:22 PM
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Donald Fagen
That was quite belly-laugh inducing…
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:47 PM
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Wow, audible bass on a Paramore song!
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:40 AM
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Glad you guys like it! Yeah, I produced the whole record. Donald Fagen was thankfully not allowed in the building.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:44 PM
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Wow, audible bass on a Paramore song!
Take a listen to All We Know is Falling if you get a chance. Some really solid bass in the tracks that weren't hits. Check out "Fences" on Riot! as well. If you don't think that's a catchy diddy, I don't know what is.

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Glad you guys like it! Yeah, I produced the whole record. Donald Fagen was thankfully not allowed in the building.

J
We love it Justin. Hope the rest of the album is as good. Can you give us any details on Jeremy's recording process? Sounded like a Precision into a modern SVT. What was the source of the overdrive? Anything interesting going on in the chain? Can you tell us if the 5 string Stingray makes a return on this album? That was always his best tone.
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So stoked for the whole album. I actually think (other than Misery Business) - they typically have great bass sounds.
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So stoked for the whole album. I actually think (other than Misery Business) - they typically have great bass sounds.
Yep. AWKIF actually has some really neat sounds but I don't think Jeremy wrote all of the songs (I think John Hembree gets credit on some of them, my early Paramore history is a little rough. It was a confusing time with lots of member changes). Their first album came out when I was a junior in high school and I always thought they had a lot more talent than they got credit for. In a way I think they were branded wrong and got pushed in the incorrect direction being on Fueled by Ramen and putting out Riot! They could have been a cool indie band with a more mature audience. In a way I am hoping the new album is significantly different and maybe this could happen. I think dropping the teeniebopper Twilight thing would be a good thing to do about now.

I listened to Now on the way home and decided that I don't like the guitar in the chorus at all. It's too heavy and sounds kind of cheap. Very pop-punk and sort of working in the opposite direction of the rest of the song. But it's a really nice change of direction for a band that I think needs to adopt a more mature and musically sophisticated fan base.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:48 AM
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I listened to Now on the way home and decided that I don't like the guitar in the chorus at all. It's too heavy and sounds kind of cheap. Very pop-punk and sort of working in the opposite direction of the rest of the song.
I've scheduled a guitar session and a mix recall.
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I've scheduled a guitar session and a mix recall.
Why stop there. I don't like the tempo either. Best to start again.
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Audiophile format

Any chance the album will be released in a lossless 192/24 format?
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:06 PM
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I don't believe so, though I certainly recorded it at a fairly high res.
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Why stop there. I don't like the tempo either. Best to start again.
And get Donald Fagen this time!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:14 PM
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Yeah, starting over, new tempo, new guitars, new mix, and Donald Fagen. Check. Anybody else?
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I guess that was sarcasm, huh? I was only sharing my opinion.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:04 AM
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I guess that was sarcasm, huh? I was only sharing my opinion.
Of course, and there's no problem with it. It's fine if you don't like something. At least from me, no disrespect intended.
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