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Recently (2006)

The first go-round - gut-bucket production values. All done on a StarMax Mac clone running system 8 or 9 or some god-forsaken thing. Scarily enough, it all seemed to work pretty well. At least the technology did...

Deranged Lunaticks (2007)

Title conceived when I heard George Bush talking about "putting food on your family" - and thought "just what the world needs - more deranged lunatics." The K was added to lunaticks afterwards.

Unfinished Business (2009)

Part of the allure and the pain of the RPM Challenge is the time frame for completion. One month is not a lot of time to gather one's thoughts in a musical way, if you like decent production values. Of course, I love production values. And a challenge. That gives me great pause. I'm sure I will approach RPM 2010 with an acoustic guitar and well-rehearsed songs, with all the arrangements dealt with ahead of time (like key choice, etcetera already picked). That's not how things happened here. The prep work on this collection started about two years ago - I had a flurry of creativity that yielded about ten songs more than I had time to finish for the 2007 challenge. So these are songs from the proverbial back of the drawer; really, my "unfinished business" - thus the title. Normally, two years would be a great amount of time for gestating things in musical terms. You can go back and rethink things, poke at them, rearrange choruses, play them out and get audience reaction, etcetera. Except that in this case, I realized (in January) that I hadn't thought about them at all. Panic ensued. At some point in time, I'd love to go back and rework several of these as there's some real potential in there. Consider this, then, unfinished business of a second sort - these were unfinished back in 2007, and I suppose they're unfinished now. But then again, that's the allure and pain of RPM....

What Comes After.... (2010)

I set out to do a full acoustic album, since more often than not, that's how I do gigs. Again that didn't happen (see liner notes from 2009). Well, there's some acoustic stuff on side 2. Give a listen. Cover art is by award-winning Maddy Bunker, whom also contributed fingerpicking. ;) Ambient/Electronica - six tracks. Ukulele/parlour guitar with vocals - one track. Fingerpicking complaint about winter - one track. Old-school epic rocker - two tracks.

Steam Pug Chronicles (2012)

A rethink of older cuts I'd written years ago. A re-imagining of heavier material.

2014 Album (2014)

x - ten years of RPM (2015)

This is a sampler of works that were never really finished (or in a couple cases, never really started) during previous RPMs. I'm really hoping I never have to record Chaser again, but A Day Without Rain turned into a LOT OF FUN. Let's Get Drunk is a great little singalong, and I defy you to get the image of "raining tartar sauce" out of your heads. Lucy Campbell is what happens when people leave ukuleles and penny whistles around in the studio in February. The commercial "bed" tracks never got used anywhere else, so they've been spruced-up and used as, ahem, filler. In The Morning has been revisited as well. Take It All The Way is intentionally '80s, and Mazatlan is what happens when you discover vibra-slaps.

Other RPM Partcipants

Cook Ezra James

Matthew Tyas

Meadowlark

Venkata Kutada

Chad King

Bubble League

Max dB

Pinchcrotch

are an are

Alex Fleisig

RPM Home

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Artists by Genre

Artists by Name

Lithia Spring

BIOGRAPHY

Back almost 20 years ago, there was a website called MP3.com, which had a variety of largely forgotten music by a bunch of largely forgotten bands. When I went to post some in-progress work, someone had nicked my name.... So, I used one of those random band-name generators. Voila, instant band name! I've used the name since then on all my in-between-bands projects. It's since threatened to turn itself into a real band on several occasions.

BAND MEMBERS
Greg Leclair - lyrics, vocals Randy Leclair - lyrics, vocals, guitars, drums, bass, recorders, pennywhistle, keyboards, programming, music Tom McGinn - vocals David Susman - vocals Amber Tatnall - vocals, pennywhistle

YEARS COMPLETED
2006,2007,2009,2010,2012,2014,2015

GENRES
Rock,Electronic - Ambient,New Wave

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.alonetone.com/randyleclair


Completed Albums

Recently(2006)

The first go-round - gut-bucket production values. All done on a StarMax Mac clone running system 8 or 9 or some god-forsaken thing. Scarily enough, it all seemed to work pretty well. At least the technology did...


No tracks have been uploaded for this album yet.

Deranged Lunaticks(2007)

Title conceived when I heard George Bush talking about "putting food on your family" - and thought "just what the world needs - more deranged lunatics." The K was added to lunaticks afterwards.


Deranged Lunaticks I Mix
Things I Know Mix 32
My Little Problem 2-26-07 Mix
Blood Of Aesop 2 Mix
Chaser 2-26-07 Mix
Great Divide 2-26-07 Mix
Deranged, Reprised
Last Night
More Broken Things
Fifth Movement
A Day Without Rain
Slow Groove Thing

Unfinished Business(2009)

Part of the allure and the pain of the RPM Challenge is the time frame for completion. One month is not a lot of time to gather one's thoughts in a musical way, if you like decent production values. Of course, I love production values. And a challenge. That gives me great pause. I'm sure I will approach RPM 2010 with an acoustic guitar and well-rehearsed songs, with all the arrangements dealt with ahead of time (like key choice, etcetera already picked). That's not how things happened here. The prep work on this collection started about two years ago - I had a flurry of creativity that yielded about ten songs more than I had time to finish for the 2007 challenge. So these are songs from the proverbial back of the drawer; really, my "unfinished business" - thus the title. Normally, two years would be a great amount of time for gestating things in musical terms. You can go back and rethink things, poke at them, rearrange choruses, play them out and get audience reaction, etcetera. Except that in this case, I realized (in January) that I hadn't thought about them at all. Panic ensued. At some point in time, I'd love to go back and rework several of these as there's some real potential in there. Consider this, then, unfinished business of a second sort - these were unfinished back in 2007, and I suppose they're unfinished now. But then again, that's the allure and pain of RPM....


Liar's Suite   Download
Big Sky   Download
Chaser   Download
Dubliners *   (preferred)   Download
Cherry Cola   Download
Everything's Beautiful Now   Download
Loaves and Fishes   Download
Tonight I'm (in need of a fade) Yours
Something About You   Download
One Last Kiss   Download

What Comes After....(2010)

I set out to do a full acoustic album, since more often than not, that's how I do gigs. Again that didn't happen (see liner notes from 2009). Well, there's some acoustic stuff on side 2. Give a listen. Cover art is by award-winning Maddy Bunker, whom also contributed fingerpicking. ;) Ambient/Electronica - six tracks. Ukulele/parlour guitar with vocals - one track. Fingerpicking complaint about winter - one track. Old-school epic rocker - two tracks.


laurie's funeral
what comes after
lost on a sunny day
the day g...   Download
rain on the water   Download
sweet angeline   (preferred)   Download
ides of february
A Most Unpleasant Visit
in the morning
At Midnight

Steam Pug Chronicles(2012)

A rethink of older cuts I'd written years ago. A re-imagining of heavier material.


Spanisheart   Download
Broken Romeo   Download
Deranged Lunaticks   Download
Dubliners Last Stand   Download
Circles   Download
Love and Anger   (preferred)   Download
Gold In Your Heart   Download
Raining   Download

2014 Album(2014)


No tracks have been uploaded for this album yet.

x - ten years of RPM(2015)

This is a sampler of works that were never really finished (or in a couple cases, never really started) during previous RPMs. I'm really hoping I never have to record Chaser again, but A Day Without Rain turned into a LOT OF FUN. Let's Get Drunk is a great little singalong, and I defy you to get the image of "raining tartar sauce" out of your heads. Lucy Campbell is what happens when people leave ukuleles and penny whistles around in the studio in February. The commercial "bed" tracks never got used anywhere else, so they've been spruced-up and used as, ahem, filler. In The Morning has been revisited as well. Take It All The Way is intentionally '80s, and Mazatlan is what happens when you discover vibra-slaps.


01 A Day Without Rain
02 Chaser
03 Let's Get Drunk   (preferred)
04 commercial-halloween
05 Lucy Campbell
06 Take It All The Way
07 mazatlan
08 commercial 4-jazz
09 commercial 3-rock
10 In the morning