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Nick Standing AKA Jabun: Multi-instrumentalist, Composer & Mastering Specialist at JabunAudio making dynamic, clean and punchy masters to encourage people to turn up your music, rather than turn it down! Creator of the Skapunk project Better Than The Book

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Posted by Jabun - 2 days ago


The $5+ Patreon rewards are out: "Mr. Knife" and "I Won't Eat My Broccoli!!!" (Mp3s, WAVs + Art) + another sneak peek demo from Better Than The Book's next album for the $10+ patrons!


$5 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45792428

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45792387


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great February so far! It's the final Wednesday of the month which means it's time for some more $5 and $10 Patreon rewards and this time I have not one, but TWO classic Nick Standing songs to share with you (including some extra bonus content as well)!


Let's start with the earlier and lesser known of these two, a parody VERY rough punk rock song called "I Won't Eat My Broccoli!!!"! This was originally released on the same day as Sonnet For A Spider Girl: Halloween 2012 (according to the earliest dates I could find), and really was just me messing around recording for an afternoon to experiment (as I recall) with my newly homemade Super Fuzz pedal (which you'll be able to hear the bass guitar blasting though on this, as well as in some of my other discography)! I also wanted to try out getting some valve saturation and grit on the vocals which were recorded though my Korg ESX sampler for extra character. It was a fun afternoon with a silly song to show for it. Call me a phoney too, but full disclosure: I actually LOVE broccoli (probably one of my favourite veg), but those were the words which came to mind that afternoon, and so it's history now! The track was remastered for a Bandcamp release on May 7th 2014 and I've included both the original legacy version as well as the remaster as rewards for your enjoyment. Hope you enjoy a little silliness and you can listen to I Won't Eat My Broccoli!!! (the remaster) on Bandcamp:


https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/track/i-wont-eat-my-broccoli


And speaking of silliness, we come to the next track which was released just one day after the IWEMB remaster on May 8th 2014: Mr. Knife! I've spoken about Mr. Knife in previous posts and for some reason, this Tiny Tim style track which was omitted from the original animation it was commissioned for has become one of my most popular tracks to date (I have no idea why)! To save some space on this already long post, you can read more about the creation of Mr. Knife on the 3rd part of this fantastic interview I took part in on Newgrounds which covers many aspects of my music philosophy and history and is my most detailed interview to date! Read more below:


https://theinterviewer.newgrounds.com/news/post/1119990


And I hope you enjoy the one and only Mr. Knife! Grab it as a reward on Patreon or listen below on Newgrounds & Bandcamp:



https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/track/mr-knife


For the $10+ patrons, you've also got an exclusive sneak peek demo from the next Better Than The Book album to look forward to! Become a $10+ patron to access that and many more rewards now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies and much more! With the newly updated REWARD ARCHIVE it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them!


Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding

Discover the Reward Archive: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44575319


That about wraps up the rewards for this time! The next set of rewards will likely be a bit early and coincide with the announcement and preorder launch for Jabun's upcoming 3rd album, but until then, I hope you have a great March to come and thanks as always for supporting my music, Jabun, and Better Than The Book! Take care and I can't wait to show you my latest tracks as Jabun!


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Posted by Jabun - 2 weeks ago


My Patreon page was featured in The Tank Tribune No. 30 here on Newgrounds.com!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to the week! A quick cool press feature to share with you today as my Patreon page was featured in The Tank Tribune Newspaper here on Newgrounds.com! Check it out and a huge thanks to @TheTankTribune for the plug!


https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1142472


If you're reading this and haven't done so yet, then come join me on Patreon for as little as $1 and get the full Better Than The Book & Jabun discographies (and much more) when you sign up to support my music for monthly rewards; it really helps me out to keep making all these tunes! Thanks for the love and hope to see you there!


https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


And for a big list of all the past rewards you'll have access to when you sign up, check out the reward archive below I put together for the convenience of new patrons! There's a TONNE of stuff:


https://www.patreon.com/posts/44575319


That's it for this post, and I'm sure I'll be busy until the next one preparing for the release of Jabun's 3rd album in spring! Until then I hope you have a great time to come and thanks as always for suporting my music in all the ways you can. All the best and take care!


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Posted by Jabun - 3 weeks ago


It's the first Bandcamp Friday of 2021! Go pick up the Save The Ska Show fundraising compilation!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to February!


Today is the first Bandcamp Friday of 2021 and if you're not familiar with what that means: in support of musicians impacted by the coronavirus, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share fees on the first Friday of the month from midnight to midnight Pacific Time (that's today) for Bandcamp Friday! That means that if you purchase anything from Bandcamp this Friday 5th of February, the artists you support (including myself) will get more of the sales revenue than usual since Bandcamp doesn't take its cut, and you'll be able to support the music you love more directly than ever on the platform! More information below:


https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-fridays-2021


And if you're unsure whether it's Bandcamp Friday in your timezone, it's easy to check here:


https://isitbandcampfriday.com/


It's the first Bandcamp Friday since the release of Jabun's new 15-4-20 album, so if you've been itching to pick up some ambient vibes, head over to Bandcamp via the links below! It's also the 5 year anniversary of Better Than The Book's debut full-length album Two Years On tomorrow (man how time has flown), so maybe you'd like to add that or Hopes and Dreams to your basket? 


My basket this month has been filled with the new Save The Ska Show compilation album by The Ska Show with Beefy, 64 donated tracks from ska bands of all flavours around the world to help keep the 2nd most listened to ska radio show in the world on the air, following financial difficulties due to the covid disruptions! It's a great compilation which I'm honoured to have been a part of (check out track 62), so if you want to help save an amazing ska radio show now is the best time to do so, and I'm sure it would make Beefy's day! Let's save this amazing ska show together!


Check out the Bandcamp pages below and thanks again for supporting my music or Beefy's show in any way you can, it really means a lot:


Better Than The Book (ska punk)

https://betterthanthebook.bandcamp.com/


Jabun (ambient electronic)

https://jabun.bandcamp.com/


Nick Standing (< The sillier old stuff)

https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/


Save The Ska Show

https://theskashowwithbeefy.bandcamp.com/releases


That's it for today, but I'm sure I'll be back with some more news soon! Until the next one, I hope you have a great weekend ahead filled with great music and thanks again! Take care!


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Posted by Jabun - 3 weeks ago


The $1+ Patreon rewards are out: "Sonnet For A Spider Girl" (Mp3 + Art) + a title and artwork reveal (with story) from Jabun's upcoming 3rd album for the $10+ patrons!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a good start to 2021! It's the first Wednesday of the month which means it's time for some $1 Patreon rewards, and with last year's Jabun album out to the world (completing the current Jabun discography), it's time to go waaay back and explore some of my classic tracks as plain old Nick Standing!


This month it's my very first acoustic solo track: "Sonnet For A Spider Girl"! Released on Halloween 2012 (before even the very first Jabun track but not before the first Better Than The Book demo), this song is a love ballad for my greatest childhood fear! The lyrics are pretty self explanatory and as expected my production has improved a tonne since this was released (unlike my drawing or handwriting) so the mixing/mastering isn't to today's standard, but it's a trip down memory lane which always brings a smile to me, and I hope it does to you too! If you're an arachnophobic, I hope this changes your mind even if just a little!


Listen to Sonnet For A Spider Girl on Bandcamp: 



https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/track/sonnet-for-a-spider-girl


For the $10+ patrons, you've also got an exclusive sneak peek at this year's upcoming 3rd Jabun album to look forward to (aiming to release in the spring) with a cover artwork reveal and story as well as a title reveal! Become a $10+ patron to access that and many more rewards now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies and much more! With the newly updated REWARD ARCHIVE it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them!


Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding

Discover the Reward Archive: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44575319


That's it for this month's rewards! Next time we'll be continuing with the Nick Standing song back catalogue with 2 shorter tracks, one of which I've already mentioned here on Patreon! Until then, I hope you have a great February to come and thanks as always for supporting my music, Jabun, and Better Than The Book! Take care and I'll see you in the next one!


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Posted by Jabun - 1 month ago


HUGE NEWS: The Save The Ska Show fundraising compilation album has been released featuring 64 bands including Better Than The Book! Let's save The Ska Show with Beefy together!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great weekend so far! Following the big announcement earlier this week, I'm super pleased to tell you that the Save The Ska Show compilation album has just been released! Featuring 64 ska bands from around the world in all sorts of ska flavours, this album will act as a fundraiser to help keep the great Ska Show with Beefy (proudly the 2nd most listened to Ska music show in the world) broadcasting during these crazy times. You'll even recognise my own contribtuion to the album on track 62: Better Than The Book's The Hardest Part! Check out the full album on bandcamp below and I hope you enjoy it!


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https://theskashowwithbeefy.bandcamp.com/releases


It's been an absolute honour to be part of this fundraising compilation (the first EVER compilation album I've been a part of in fact), and if you're a lover of ska music and/or the show, then that's 64 tracks from around the world for as little as 12 Australian Dollars (not even £7), with the option to donate more if you wish. Let's keep the skanking going and save this great show!


That's it for the news today and I'll be back on Wednesday for some more $1+ Patreon rewards! Until then, I hope you have a great weekend ahead, and thanks as always for supporting my music and all the things related to it in any way you can! Take care and keep on skankin'!


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Posted by Jabun - 1 month ago


The $5+ Patreon rewards are out: "Sonnet For A Spider Girl" (Mp3, WAV + Art) + a title and artwork reveal (with story) from Jabun's upcoming 3rd album for the $10+ patrons!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a good start to 2021! It's the final Wednesday of the month which means it's time for some $5 and $10 Patreon rewards, and with last year's Jabun album out to the world (completing the current Jabun discography), it's time to go waaay back and explore some of my classic tracks as plain old Nick Standing!


This month it's my very first acoustic solo track: "Sonnet For A Spider Girl"! Released on Halloween 2012 (before even the very first Jabun track but not before the first Better Than The Book demo), this song is a love ballad for my greatest childhood fear! The lyrics are pretty self explanatory and as expected my production has improved a tonne since this was released (unlike my drawing or handwriting) so the mixing/mastering isn't to today's standard, but it's a trip down memory lane which always brings a smile to me, and I hope it does to you too! If you're an arachnophobic, I hope this changes your mind even if just a little!


Listen to Sonnet For A Spider Girl on Bandcamp:



https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/track/sonnet-for-a-spider-girl


For the $10+ patrons, you've also got an exclusive sneak peek at this year's upcoming 3rd Jabun album to look forward to (aiming to release in the spring) with a cover artwork reveal and story as well as a title reveal! Become a $10+ patron to access that and many more rewards now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies and much more! With the newly updated REWARD ARCHIVE it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them!


Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding

Discover the Reward Archive: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44575319


That's it for this month's rewards! Next time we'll be continuing with the Nick Standing song back catalogue with 2 shorter tracks, one of which I've already mentioned here on Patreon! Until then, I hope you have a great February to come and thanks as always for supporting my music, Jabun, and Better Than The Book on Patreon! Take care and I'll see you in the next one!


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Posted by Jabun - 1 month ago


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HUGE NEWS: Announcing the Save The Ska Show fundraising compilation album featuring 60 bands including one track by Better Than The Book! Let's save The Ska Show with Beefy! (Releases this Saturday 30th January)


Hi everyone and I have some HUGE news to share with you today! Those of you who've been following Better Than The Book over the past few years have certainly heard of the amazing Ska Show with Beefy, based in Melbourne and proudly the 2nd most listened to Ska music podcast in the world! The show has played a tonne of Better Than The Book since my debut on there in 2019, but with all that's happened over the past year and finances running low, the future of the show is looking uncertain...


But when things are looking dire, people come together, and so Beefy along with 60 ska/skapunk bands/artists around the world (including myself) have put our heads and hearts together to release a 60 track fundraising compilation album to keep the show on the air! There'll even be one BTTB track on there! Which one? You'll have to wait and see! Pre-orders for the album are now open and the album releases this Saturday 30th January! Check it out on Bandcamp below:


https://theskashowwithbeefy.bandcamp.com/releases


It's been an absolute honour to be part of this fundraising compilation, and if you're a lover of ska music and/or the show, then that's 60 tracks from around the world for as little as 12 Australian Dollars (not even £7), with the option to donate more if you wish. Let's keep the skanking going and save this great show!


That's it for the news today and I'll be back on Wednesday for some more Patreon rewards as well as on Saturday when the album goes live! Until then, I hope you have a great week ahead, and thanks as always for supporting my music and all the things related to it in any way you can! Take care and keep on skankin'!


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Posted by Jabun - 1 month ago


Cyberdevil & Jabun's "Away Fear" (single) featured on The Tribune Phonograph Vol. 28 here on Newgrounds.com!


Hello everyone and a quick bit of cool news to share with you this morning! Cyberdevil and Jabun's most recent collaborative single "Away Fear" was featured in this week's @TheTankTribune's Tribune Phonograph playlist Vol. 28 here on Newgrounds.com! Thanks so much for sharing even more of our music, and check out the full playlist below:


https://www.newgrounds.com/playlists/view/7a1628488d0ca66a3ea72f38928041d9


And read The Tank Tribune No. 28 below too:


https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1139715


That's it for this quick post, but I've got a HUGE announcement to share with you this afternoon so stay tuned in for that! Until then, I hope you have a good day and I'll be back in just a moment! Take care!


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Posted by Jabun - January 18th, 2021


Jabun's Home (single) featured on The Tribune Phonograph Vol. 27 here on Newgrounds!


Hello everyone and a quick bit of cool news to share with you today! Jabun's "Home" (the 2014 single version) was featured in this week's @TheTankTribune's Tribune Phonograph playlist Vol. 27 here on Newgrounds! Thanks so much for sharing the music, and check out the full playlist below:


https://www.newgrounds.com/playlists/view/d3ea1a6bcf44529373a64faf187c6aa3


And read The Tank Tribune No. 27 below too:


https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1138365


That's it for this quick post, but I'll be back next Wednesday at the latest for another set of Patreon rewards! Until then, I hope you have a great week, and thanks as always for supporting my projects in all the ways you can! Take care!


Get more from Jabun on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


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Posted by Jabun - January 7th, 2021


Jabun's 15-4-20 album receives a Front Page Award here on Newgrounds.com!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great day so far! Some amazing news to share today: Jabun's 15-4-20 album just received a Front Page Award here on Newgrounds.com! Thanks so much for the love folks!



Hope you enjoy the music, and if you like it, pick up a copy on Bandcamp below:


https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/15-4-20


Or grab it with the entire Jabun and Better Than The Book discographies + all past rewards for your tier when you become a supporter on Patreon for as little as $1 a month! More music to come soon!


Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding

See the past rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44575319


That's it for today and it's looking to be a busy one so I'll be off promptly, but until next time, thanks as always for supporting Jabun, Better Than The Book and my various projects however you can and I hope you have a great week to come! Take care!


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