Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What Will We Be

You know what this time of year is best for? YES correct horror films. I've compiled a list of movies that I have watched so far this month.

Evil Dead II
An American Werewolf in London
Dead Set
Return of the Living Dead
Castle Freak
Dead Alive
Dreams in the Witch-House

Thats it so far I think. Sometimes they run into together and I can't remember what I've watched and haven't. I need to see Zombieland, Survival of the Dead, and Pandorum as new movies go.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

September 5th - Recording LP2

At the beginning of this video you'll see Tim and Jeff discussing the merits of recording a part for the instrumental end of Summerdays. It's hard to keep perspective when'll have an idea for something, and then want to see it all the way through, but sometimes it's time better spent just practicing with it at home to see if it works.

The rest of this video shows recording of the basics for an untitled song as of right now, but referred to as "Ghost Muffin" for no particular reason except those are the words the emit from Tim's mouth every once and awhile. Who knows what's going on inside his brain.

We tried at first to track the drums and piano live together, but I felt that it lent itself to too much of an open sound for the piano, so we just tracked the drums while I played through a Nord.

Later you'll see me start to track the piano for the song. I don't think we're going to keep it, as I'm not really happy with how I played it exactly. I might go back and play mostly everything an octave lower, and more get a more creepy sound rather than the upbeat rag time thing that you hear in the video.

But we've just finished another 3 days in the studio, and another 3 songs (maybe 2.5). Sounds pretty gooooooood. Joel is working on the videos, and I'll try and do better to post some commentary, as they are more fresh in the brain. Anyway, we recorded a song tentatively titled "Pass The Frowns," and then another song called "Again Again," and another really short live acoustic song called "Circles and Carousels."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

back in the studio

yep back to the ol' grindstone. Two new songs and some overdubing on the three songs done previously. More video's to come so STAY TUNED.

in the meantime just letting the days go by.

"same as it ever was" SMACK

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

September 4th - Recording LP2

We were able to get started much faster since all of our equipment was already loaded in and the drums were all set up and mic'ed from the day before.  But still, getting all the chords and amps and patches and sounds and coffee and trying to wake up takes about two hours before the red light turns on, we are all ready and jeff hits record.

Summerdays.  (or summerdaze)  hehe

Me, Tim and Joel are in the live room while Daniel is in the isolation room all by his lonesome cause he's singing this song, and we don't want his voice in the drum tracks right?  Right.  Anyways, Joel hammers out the drums in as many takes as i can count on one hand, cause Joel is to drums as R Kelly is to flying, cause if you believe the impossible your dreams can come true.  Did I just diss Joel?  Do people say diss?

After drums we break for food and opt to get some Maudi's Tex Mex.  We mistakenly decide to go during the prime time for tex mex dining because we had to wait forever to get a table and all the while a storm was raging outside.  While the rest of us hung out and tried to stay dry under the overhang Brad and Tim bought some books at Good Will next door.  Tim bought Strangers in a Strange Land.  For dinner Joel ate chicken enchiladas for the second night in a row.

After drums and dinner it's my job, the big bad bass.  Jeff brought his insanely large and red Reddi tube DI that made Daniel's already great sounding bass sound like butter (you can see Jeff taking it out of the case in the video). 

Then where has the time gone??  Me and Joel have to play a show that night down the street so we pack up our stuff and head over to rock off some socks and whatever.     While we are gone Daniel lays down acoustic guitar and Tim electric guitar and some vibraphone.  I was gone so I'm not really sure how everything went down, but I do know that when we got back and listened it sounded killer, thus concluding day 2.  

Next day: Haunted Apartment, A.K.A. Ghost Muffin.

(written by Greg Barkley)