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Osuna
November 12th, 2008 by lo-budge

BIO: I think that Nick and I were at a creative peak during this band.  After Gavin Rhodes and I were no longer roommates or playing music together as Tiger Two, Nick and I started to record again together under the name Osuna (my elementary school name in Albuquerque) while he was still in the Blast Rocks!!! and about to form the Foxgloves Family with his friend James. I love that we did a pretty convincing indie pop sound with only two members.  My attempts to make a four piece band out of Osuna by finding a dedicated drummer and another guitarist did not pan out due to bad timing and strong personalities. These were the last recordings I made in San Francisco before moving to Seattle to play with Tram Tower (and Cardenas and Altura).  One of my favorite aspects about these recordings is that the same exact two people who were in The Problem were in this band.

Band Members: Sergio Chavez (bass, vocals, guitars, drums, keyboards, drum programming), Nick Campbell (vocals, guitars, keyboards, Casio, melodica, Rhodes piano)

Years of Operation: 2000

Location: San Francisco, CA

Song List:

The following songs were recorded on my laptop (except where noted) in a rented rehearsal space in the SoMa district of San Francisco:

Chain Smoking (Mix #1)

Chain Smoking (Mix #2)

Chain Smoking (Mix #3)

Close Up (Early Version, instrumental (and recorded on a tape recorder))

Close Up (Mix #1)

Close Up (Mix #2 – no delay on vocals, less processing on the lead guitar)

Close Up (Mix #3 – similar to Mix #1, but with  more delay on guitars and vocals)

Close Up (with real drums and extra keyboards)

In Between the Stores and Cars (Early Mix)

In Between the Stores and Cars (Final Mix)

Jet Pilot Angels (Mix #1)

Jet Pilot Angels (Mix #2)

Jet Pilot Angels (Mix #3 – my favorite mix)

Midi Dude! (A little explanation:  The beginning of this song has what is supposed to be a “boring” folk singer interrupted by the amazing sounds of MiDi, sort of like an 80’s candy commercial where the square teacher is swept away in a tide of Starbust flavor.  Of course, we never really used MiDi in Osuna and we don’t really understand what it is, but we knew this song perfectly encapsulates what we think of it).

Twangy Song (instrumental – Mix #1)

Twangy Song (instrumental – Mix #2 – my favorite mix, because it has the right amount of instrumentation)

Twangy Song (instrumental with sampled interviews from the Gloryfades and cello by Tiffany Benduhn)

Upwards of 17 Strings (I wrote this song after meeting a friend who was with a total asshole at a wine bar in SF)

Keyboard Song (A strange instrumental song that Nick and I messed around with)

Wooden Eyes (Mix #1 instrumental)

Wooden Eyes (Mix #2 instrumental)

Wooden Eyes (MIx #3 with vocals – my favorite mix)

Osuna’s Last Song (I think we knew this was going to be our last recorded song when we did it, and it sounds suitably melancholy – and it’s instrumental).

Extra info: Photos of this band will be posted soon (I just need to locate them).  Nick and I have recorded a few songs since this time period together, but since we don’t live in the same city we have not collaborated very much lately.  Hopefully this will change in the near future.


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