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This weeks featured music are several songs from the Viva Bird album The Chaos Kids from 2013. To play all 12 songs individually go to the music page and open the record's link. If you have Amazon Unlimited Music you can stream all the Viva Bird records from beginning to end. The link below is for the Viva Bird Amazon page. All songs written & played by VJ Jones with additional mixing & mastering by Lance Koehler.

--------This week's featured music are all twelve songs from Love Cuts and six outtakes from the same recording sessions. All music & vocals by VJ & Karen. Mixed by VJ, Karen & Chris. Mastered by Lance Koehler.  The link below is for the Amazon Love Cuts page. The new album is on sale at the CDBaby site.

   -------------------- This week's featured music are four cuts from Heavy Light Years (2016) Many of the songs from this album and the 2015 album Lucky Number Eight will be remixed and mastered and released along with many outtakes and rarities sometime in 2018. Coming weeks featured music includes outtakes from Love Cuts and selected songs from the band's new record streaming free for Christmas along with new Viva Bird music!

 This week's featured music are all 12 songs from the Caution Cat album Love Cuts. The official release date is Friday November 10th 2017. All the music was recorded on a Korg 32 track machine and mixed by VJ Jones with additional mixing input from Karen Shealy & Chris Williams. Karen sings, plays slide guitar, percussion and trombone. VJ sings, plays guitar, keyboards/synths, bass, percussion & melodica. Album fun facts: This is the first record since Between Songs that Chris unfortunately does not play drums on because he lives 1000 miles away from the home studio. Many new songs do have open tracks for his drums in the future. This is the first CCat record to be recorded in two different states, VA & NC. This is the first record to include no ukulele. Mastering by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios in Richmond VA. All songs written by VJ Jones Foo Bear Music (BMI) The link below is for our iTunes music page.

November 10th 2017: Love Cuts by Caution Cat is now officially released today on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and about 30 other music sites. You can read about some of the recording session details by scrolling down this page. We will also be posting outtakes and demos from the sessions in the near future. Cd Baby has the album on sale for a limited time for $4.99. Link below is for the iTunes Love Cats page.

Two outtakes from the Love Cuts sessions. While the new record is being mastered here are some songs not on the new twelve song release Love Cuts. Unmastered rough mixes of Swim in the Sky and Dream Days.

Week Five: Some outtakes (Oct 22, 2017)

Week Four: Moving Me was written and recorded in the Spring of 2017 from an idea found when going through older unfinished song demos circa 2010-2011. Although now a guitar dominated song it was originally written using a bass synth keyboard. Chords are E, A, B, F# to A7 for the verse. Chorus is D, G, Bb, C#, Ab, D, A, Eb, Bb to E. Alibi Lullaby was written in 2013 and a new recording was made this year from the 2013 basic tracks. The original bass and lead vocal are still here and new '17 dubs include distorted piano, spacey synths, acoustic guitar, acoustic percussion and two drum machines: Zoom on the first half and Casio on the outro second half. Fixing the Heart was written and recorded in the Spring of 2017 on an acoustic guitar. Overdubs include melodica, piano, synth and lead electric guitars. Percussion tracks feature guiro, salt shaker, chop sticks and electronic drums. All instruments/vocals by VJ Jones. The link below is for Caution Cat's Amazon Artist page.

 Three more tunes from Love Cuts: Room Elephants was written in Autumn 2014. This finished version was recorded in Spring of 2017 using the original bass, organ, lead vocal and lead guitar (a Target First Act guitar) from the '14 demo. Additional overdubs include tin can & chop sticks percussion, piano, back up vocals and several electric guitars with Phase & Flange FX. The album title "Love Cuts" comes from a lyric on the second verse of this song. Make a little Noise was written in Winter of 2015 and finished in 2017 with the additional vocals and percussion from Karen Shealy. The demo of this song from '15 was done on a Tascam 8-track and flown over to our Korg 32-track via RCA cords for more overdubs. VJ Jones added lead vocals and six guitar overdubs played on a Legacy Strat, an Epiphone Les Paul and a Hohner acoustic. Cynical Girl was written in 2016 on an acoustic guitar. The drum loop (from a guitar FX box!?!) and bass guitar were kept from the '16 demo and new overdubs in the Spring of '17 were added: four electric guitars, two acoustic guitars, organ, melodica and lyrics/vocals. The link below is for CCat's Amazon page.

          Week Two: three more Love Cuts cuts! Monkey Bars was written on bass guitar and recorded in the Spring of 2017. The tune also features melodic piano, synthesizer solos, fuzzy guitars, tempo changes and a spacey 70's vibe. All instruments/vocals by VJ Jones. Nova is an upbeat 80s inspired rock song with a lyrical theme that mirrors the album's title. Plenty of guitars and distorted keyboards. Additional percussion by Karen Shealy. The early 90s influenced That's Rose E was recorded twice with the first version as a Viva Bird instrumental featuring the acoustic drums of Chris Williams. This second version has a new arrangement, instruments and lyrics. Karen adds trombone and vocals. VJ sings lead, plays keyboards, bass & percussion. Nova and Rose E written and recorded in the Summer of 2017. Link below is for CDbaby site.

      Week One: Each seven to ten days or so over the next two months Caution Cat will post new songs from Love Cuts. First up, three new tunes: Good Rhapsody written on piano in 2017 using an unusual chord riff of C to F#. Started as a Viva Bird instrumental but soon changed over to a CCat rock song as the recording progressed. All music/vocals by VJ Jones. The Happy Hooligan written in 2016 and finished in August 2017 when Karen Shealy added Harmony vocals. This is the original basic tracks demo with new guitars/organ and lyrics added by VJ in Spring of 2017. Lots of chord changes on this one: B,E,B, F#,E,Eb to A on verses and the chorus is: A,B,C#, F#,E,D to G,A,Bm, Em,D,C to F,C,G,F,G,B......Get Used To It was originally written and a basic demo recording was made in 2013 with new overdubs and vocals in 2017. Karen sings, plays slide guitar and Trombone. VJ sings and plays bass, acoustic/electric guitars and Melodica/Organ. Minor to  major chords for verses (D, Dm, A, Am, F to G) All music recorded on a Korg 32 track multi recorder. iTunes link below for all Caution Cat music.

     Featured Music: Four songs from Stay Tuned! The first ten years of music from Caution Cat (2016) Fortune Fish, Give it up for the Dreamers, Sad songs set sail & It must be the gravity. The Featured music link below is the Amazon page for Stay Tuned!  

           Featured music this week are four tunes from the 2007 release Eighteen, the last of the one man band recordings. These recordings were made on a Zoom 16-track and named after the total number of songs on the album. About a third of the songs from the band's 3rd record have many TV show/web show/DVD placements over the last 10 years. The outtakes (Crowded basement bar, Rollin' & Landslide) from these sessions have placements in several TV shows, all now available on DVD. Our Movie page link has more details on those for further reading. Kickstand was written on ukulele and features banjo along with hand played drums. Hustle has some synth sound FX from another demo that was flown into the mix. Blacktop was written on piano and guitar with a synth & uke outro. Company Picnic was written on electric guitar and has vocal FX and silly lyrics. The link below is for the iTunes Caution Cat music page.

FEATURED MUSIC: 2 from 2 - Two songs from the last two Caution Cat records Lucky Number Eight & Heavy Light Years. Chris Williams plays acoustic drums and percussion on Head in the Clouds & The 45. Karen Shealy sings and plays slide electric & acoustic guitars. All music and vox by VJ Jones on Newspaper Trout & Old Cannonball. Link below is for Amazon page.

This weeks featured music includes four songs from the 2008 record Between Songs. It was the first record to have additional musicians/friends to help out with overdubs. Five out of the twelve songs have placements in several TV show and DVD releases. These were the last sessions to use a Zoom 16 track for recording as the band got a Korg 32 track a few months after this release in early 2008. It is the bands most keyboard heavy album and even has a song with no guitars titled Find Yourself. Since Viva Bird was formed in 2010 to create synth keyboard music Caution Cat has turned to a more guitar oriented band for the last five releases. The link below is for the Amazon page.

     This week's Featured Music are five tunes with vocals from Viva Bird's Traffic & Trees (2010) Although most of VBird's music spread across five records is instrumental today we have songs with lyrics. Walk you sideways is closer to a Caution Cat type song but there is an alternate mix with guitars muted and bouncy synths highlighted as is with Wake up and go home. Cool Cats is one of the bands best selling singles on Cdbaby. A remix for Cats is on the to do list. Here comes Monday is here in the original album form but a remix of the song was created for placement in the indie movie Good Night. Scissor Singer is the longest song of all VBird's commercially released music at 6:30. The song was also placed on the TV show LA INK.

Featured Music this week are the first four songs from the band's debut record Put On Your Headphones. Falling out of my Tree, Them Boxing Gloves, Hot Tomato and Dog Days. The Featured Music link below is for the Album's iTunes page site.

Featured Music - Four songs from Viva Bird's Rainbow Low Fidelity (2013) The title song Rainbow Low Fidelity, Witches Wobble, Drugstore Indians and Wood Panel Life featuring Chris Williams on Hi-Hats/percussion. Karen Shealy plays electric guitars on Drugstore Indians and Wood Panel Life. Most of the drums and keyboard parts on the record are from a MO6 Yamaha keyboard, A Korg Kossilator mini synth, a Korg Electribe SX and a drum machine made by Akai. Instruments used: Gibson & Fender electric guitars through a Fender amp and a Fender Jazz bass. All the music was recorded on a Korg 32 multi-track. Both Viva Bird records, The Chaos Kids & Rainbow Low Fidelity, were recorded in the same sessions and released as a pair in 2013. Lance Koehler did further mixing on Rainbow Low Fidelity straight from our 32 track into his digital studio system at Minimum Wage Recording. The song title link below is for Viva Bird's Amazon page.

Today's Featured Music: Four tunes from Caution Cat's "Fortune Fire Fly" (2012) including two of three bonus tracks from those sessions; Once Upon a Life and Dirty Windows featuring Karen Shealy on electric guitars and she plays brass (trumpet/trombone) on Annie Moon. Sideshow has keyboards and bass performed by VJ Jones. Chris Williams plays acoustic drums & percussion on all four tunes. This is the band's seventh album of original music. So far two of the record's songs have been placed in TV shows so check out the Movie/TV/DVD page for lots of details. The Featured Music link below is for the Album's Amazon page site.

Today's Featured Music: Four tunes from Caution Cat's "Lucky Number Eight" (2015) including an outtake from those sessions titled Trouble Free. This is the band's eighth album of original music and features the acoustic drums and percussion of Chris Williams. All vocals & instruments by VJ Jones. The Featured Music link below is for the iTunes Caution Cat page site.

Today's Featured Music: four tunes from Caution Cat's "Heavy Light Years" (2016) This is the band's ninth album of original music. Caution Cat are currently recording album number ten. Bump in the Road & Heavy Light Years feature the acoustic drums and percussion of Chris Williams. Yellasummatime has Justin Jones on drums/percussion and Karen Shealy on vocals/percussion. On In a Funny Way all vocals & instruments by VJ Jones. The Featured Music link below is for the CDBaby Caution Cat page site.

Today's Featured Music are several tunes from the Viva Bird album "The Chaos Kids" from 2013. More details to come. The Featured Music link below is for the CDBaby Viva Bird page site.

Featured Music: Songs written on acoustic guitar and as of 2017 unreleased. Four tunes from the vault of lost songs. The music "vault" has advanced from a Rubbermade storage container to some nice archival cd boxes purchased on Amazon. Somewhere around 700 master cds!!! Wrecking Ball Sky, That Way Love, No Silver Lining and My Rocka all written on acoustic guitar and recorded in the Autumn of 2014. Wrecking Ball Sky is the only one that could be considered almost finished as of today and released on a future album. Verse/chorus chords (open G Chord moved up & down neck) G, B, G, C#m, G, B, Bb to C. The featured music link below is for the iTunes CCat site. 

                                     This week's Featured Music: Four tunes from Caution Cat and Viva Bird with the word fly/flies in the title or lyrics. This version of Wake up & go Home by Viva Bird is an alternate version remix. The shorter original version can be found on Traffic & Trees. This version of Butterfly Wings is a rough mix demo from a few years back. As of 2017 a newer version of the tune has not been recorded. All instruments/vocals by VJ. Big Boy Cry & Let Me Fly are both from the Caution Cat album Fortune Fire Fly and have Chris, Karen and VJ on all vocals/instruments. The Australian TV comedy interview show Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery featured Let Me Fly on one of their episodes. See the TV/Movie blog page for details. The Featured Music link below is for CCat's CDbaby page.

This week's Featured Music: Four tunes from the Viva Bird album Wonder Full Volume One. What's the Damage? features Karen Shealy on Vibraphone mic'd with a Shure 58 and VJ plays an old distorted electric guitar through a stereo speaker mic'd up with a cube mic. Push My Button is mostly made up from a Korg SX synth and an Alesis drum machine. Almost sounds like a club song from the "four on the floor" kick drum. This version of Tweek and Crash (there are 4 or 5 versions) starts with the mellow outro (Crash) and ends with the rowdy intro (Tweek) via cut & paste in the Korg 32 track. This version title should be Crash & Tweek. Oh Mister Moto is a song that originally had a different second half rock guitar/drums/bass with lyrics outro but that part was cut out in the final mix down as it did not fit the overall feel of the song. The robot voice sound is a Korg touch screen pad synth and the strings are from a MicroKorg. These tunes are from a compilation record of unreleased tunes from past Viva Bird recording sessions. The "featured music" link below goes to the sixteen song album download on the Amazon site.

     FEATURED MUSIC: Songs written on the piano part one. Two songs from the first two records. Suzy Silver Wings and Dog Days from the band's debut record Put On Your Headphones. Broken Records and Who Says? from the 2007 album Collecting Clouds. Who was written on an upright acoustic piano and Suzi was written on a Yamaha DJX keyboard. Dog & Broken written and recorded with a Yamaha piano synth. Suzie Silver Wings appears in the NBC family drama The Black Donnellys. Broken Records is on an episode of lonelygirl15. The "Featured Music" link below is for the iTunes Caution Cat page.

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