Sunday January 30, 2005

 

 


Still up to tracking these pre-production things. I did acoustics for "Towel Cape Song" and "Taking Its Toll." I also did the bass line for "Toll." I'd forgotten how much we'd been leaving out of that one live. I'm going to have to teach Frank the proper moving lines to go in the middle and end of this sucker. It gives it so much more depth.

Tom finally made it up to do some percussion tracking. We laid down a bunch of tambourine and shakers. They're filling in the songs nicely. I was beginning to think these pop songs were rocking TOO hard but the icing's bringing 'em back to what they really are.


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Saturday January 29, 2005

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHAWN!

I've known Shawn Young longer than I've known any of my other friends. We didn't really start hanging out 'til high school but I've known him since 2nd grade. It's good to have someone to connect with from that far back! So, Shawn, have a good 'un. I know you've had it rough for the last little while but know that Amanda and I are thinking about you. Hang in there, man, and happy birthday.

Okay - yesterday's mixes disappeared, too. I'm really getting fed up with this stand alone Philips CD-R that I have.

So - basically I had to remix everything and dump 'em down to two-track stereo so we can continue adding our overdubs. Within a week at least one of the demos should be posted here. And I'll probably remove my solo, drum machine home demos that are posted now to put up these slightly more elaborate home demos. They'll give you a better indication of what the band sounds like. If you've seen us live, you know we rock significantly harder than those demos would suggest. These new recordings'll come closer to capturing what we really sound like NOW.

Oh yeah - and we're house bound today. Ice, snow and freezing rain as far as the eye can see. Seriously dangerous levels of it, too. We're stayin' in.

Tom was supposed to come up to lay percussion overdubs but he got iced in over in Union Point! Oh well, I got more done anyway.

I even got to make the first digs into my new Twilight Zone collection. Man, this thing's great. This is truly a collector's dream. WAY superior to the old versions.

 


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Friday January 28, 2005
 

 

 

 


Hmmm...the glitches continue. Today when I got up, my final mixes of "Creepy" and "Everyday" had mysteriously disappeared from my disc. This is maddening. So I started today RE-MIXING those.

Then I tracked "Colors In Black & White," "Phony," "Until The Road Ends" and "I Know Too Much For My Own Good." All of which will probably make the final album. "Until The Road Ends" wasn't supposed to be in contention but it sounds so good for a home demo - I can't imagine it won't make a kickin' album track. Plus, we play it at nearly every freakin' show. It might as well be on there.

Tonight I'm supposed to be photo'ing Keane and The Zutons in Atlanta but their publicist seems to be M.I.A. Screw it. I ain't gonna bend over backwards for it. I've got work to do here, too.

Plus, a big honkin' ice storm is moving in. Because of that, our Tsunami Relief Benefit performance for tomorrow has been postponed. We'll let you know when and if it gets rescheduled.


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Thursday January 27, 2005


 


Finally, some progress with the demos is being made. Last night, Tom dropped a mic off while I was gone and today, I'm getting to it. I got "Creepy Jackalope Eye" and "Everyday" done today. The stupid thing is that neither of those are in consideration for the album. But this is my warm up.

I spent a big chunk of day today doing photo edits from last night and getting them uploaded. After much backing and forthing, Wire Image decided to license them. That's cool. It probably means more action for me on them than I would've gotten from Retna 'cause Retna already has some shots of 'em.

The best part of the day was that my Twilight Zone: Definitive Edition Season 1 DVD came today. Yippee! And it has a bonus, ridiculously detailed 500-page book on everything Twilight Zone. I wish I had time to dig into it now! I ordered it weeks ago and it's taken 'til now to arrive. That's okay - I got it $40 cheaper than it lists!


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Wednesday January 26, 2005

The Arcade Fire finally starts in Atlanta.

 

 

 

Well, today's the day that Frank was supposed to come over to do his lines but seeing as how I haven't begun to lay any of mine down, there's nothing for him to go by. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, that probably means I'm going to have to do his parts. I hate that. But if we're going to catch up it may be the only way 'round it.

In the evening, Amanda and I drove out to see The Arcade Fire in Atlanta. If they hadn't started at about 10:30 I might've stayed around. As it is, I shot 6 or 7 songs and jumped back on the interstate. I've got too much to do to sit and wait for bands to come on an hour and a half after the ticketed start time. I did like what I heard, though. It's like Dexy's Midnight Runners circa 2005 instead of '82. Of course, to be accurate, you'd have to add in a little disco and some Americana to the mix. Yep - they're fairly unique. They'll be buzz babies for a while but I can't see 'em ever having a pop hit (maybe an MTV2 video hit).

The best thing about the show was getting to see my old security friends. I haven't seen JC since On The Bricks last year! So we caught up. I also spent a little time with Amanda Kicklighter on the way out. So it was good to see 'em!


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Tuesday January 25, 2005

 

 


Still dealing with stuff. I finally got the stuff saved, backed up and ready to go only to find out that the mic I intended to use has petered out. I'm tellin' ya. This is getting ridiculous. Oh well, since I can't do that, I updated Concert Shots. Check it out. The last of the '04 stuff has been added as well as a Top Ten Concerts Of The Year thingy. The stupid thing is that I accidentally replaced my Top 20 CD countdown with the concerts list, too, so now I have to remake that page. But I don't have time now.


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Monday January 24, 2005

 

 


Oh, still so tired. And dealing with more technical problems and glitches than any one person should have in life. I won't go into detail but suffice it to say that I have to bounce the drum mixes from yesterday back and forth ad nauseum to try to save them all. It's taken forever. It took a chunk of last night and the majority of today. And that's just so I can get STARTED on tracking the stuff. I gotta say, so far 2005 has been like pulling teeth.

Maybe by the time we finish the album I'll be able to start pre-production. Wouldn't that be grand?

Check out last week with Sun Domingo and Drive-By Truckers here.


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