Thursday, October 22, 2009
Anyway, I set up a bunch of mics, got some rough levels, pressed record, and let the evening flow. Even with the occasional stop in recording during longer breaks, I still have a 3 hour and 21 minute file to dig through. Here's the first batch of tracks from the evening:
Baby, Bring It Back
My Baby's Going To The New School
Ice Queen Lady
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
To be honest, I've been tinkering with this song since early May, so really it should be the previous single of the month. However, after not touching it for a few weeks (yet always thinking about it) I decided I should at least put together a rough mix so I can hear it on a few different systems. So here it is:
Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold
Julia kindly came over for an evening last month and added her vocals which make the song so much better, and also help the story of the song come through. We both singing about the same person, but from different perspectives, and Julia really nailed the "beyond the grave" vibe I was hoping for.
I think there are still some pieces to add to the song, and it needs a better mix, but for now I'll just let it be.
Friday, June 05, 2009
There some thing about the colour, knobs, and general aesthetics that appeals to me, and the Stage Echo fits right in. So using some of the proceeds from the car sale I bought one.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
1. Jon F and I have embarked on an ambitious quest to do a proper recording of the 15 or so songs that he's written over the last few years. After doing a demo session of his tunes in November, we've now started serious work on three of them. Here they are in draft form:
It Don't Break My Heart
2. Julia Chan was long rumoured to have a killer voice, yet it wasn't until Beau played a recording she made of Wicked Game that I really noticed (all those karaoke sessions in the past were not ideal listening environments). She came over to the studio last week to make some higher fidelity recordings, which I think came out really well. Enjoy.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
In the last few months I've read the following:
In Search of the Blues by Marybeth Hamilton which is an interesting take on the usual story of where the blues came from, who played them, and why they matter. While the usual cast of characters are in here (Robert Johnson, Son House, Leadbelly, etc.) the book is really about the mostly white men who sought out the old, unloved jazz and blues performers and recordings and exposed them to new audiences.
John and Alan Lomax are perhaps the most well known of this group, thanks to their field recordings for the Library of Congress in the 1930's and 40's. For me, however, the most fascinating part of this book is the chapter on the eccentric and overlooked James McKune. A recluse living in a Brooklyn YMCA from the 1940's onward, he had an incredible focus on what he considered "quality", narrowing his collection to a few boxes of 78's:
If a record did not thrill him, he would not buy it (or if he had, inadvertently, he would not keep it long), even if it came recommended by the few collectors whose taste he respected. Owning a complete set of an artist's recordings, collecting master numbers in sequence, acquiring unissued pressings simply for their obscurity: such motives might compel other collectors, but none
appealed to him. What he was after were magical sounds, by their nature rare and elusive. He prided himself on tolerating no junk.
I'm currently reading (on and off) The Rest Is Noise. More to come.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Magic Dick of the J Geils band met the Muddy Waters band in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where, trying to act cool, he took aside [piano player] Otis Spann and showed him a cube of hashish. Thanks, said Spann, and popped the entire cube in his mouth. A few days later, Magic Dick asked Spann how he had liked the drug. Spann said, "I didn't know where I was for a long time."
The rest of the book is also worth a read, and it inspired me to tackle Deep Blues by Robert Palmer. Even after 30 years, it is still an excellent history of the blues. Get on it!