Wow, where did my blogging go? Ok, we don’t have time for that now, much to discuss. Well, not that much, but some.
There will be some upcoming shows, which will then be reviewed, all of which I am very excited about. The first will be Tuneyards, Feb 5th at the Bell House. If you read my original tuneyards review opening for the Dirty Projectors, you understand that this is a significant event. I believe it is their first large headlining New York show, and I expect nothing less than pure genius, 100% mind blowing ukulele jams.
The next will be Wilco at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair. If you know me personally, you know of my great love for all things Jeff Tweedy, so this will be an important day. But like any true obsessed fan, I’m just as ready to denounce anything new in favor of the old which will never be recreated. In other words, I’m just a loose cannon, accept me for me, thank you.
Then, Nada Surf at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This is a band I am not that familiar with, but I have been encouraged to check out by a trustworthy source, so its on.
Also, if you’d like to take a listen to the Bad Plus New Years Eve broadcast, as written about in a recent post, it has now been posted here. Although I did not take this photo, John Rogers did, this was our view the entire evening. Also notice the ghetto sound foam we gaff taped to a mic stand next to the drums.
Much has been happening in the music world recently. Our band continues to record various demos, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. We’ve gone head first into the Logic world. My goal for this project is to never be tainted by the evil of Pro Tools for as long as the songs exist on a hard drive. We’ve overdubbed shakers while fighting the heinous bleed of a drummer practicing out of time lame ass fills in the rehearsal room next to us, we’ve eaten many a box of Entemans mini cookies, the bridge pickup is dying on both my SG and Telecaster, we’ve triumphed in the face of adversity. And I still don’t know how to punch in using Logic, so nearly everything has been one complete take.
In Addition to band recording, I took part in a film scoring session last night for a documentary on that guy in the question mark suit who tells you how to avoid paying taxes or something, I’m not even going to google his name, because I was told he is one of the least trustworthy people in America. Anyway. We were emulating the classic 70’s guitar sound, and it was the perfect opportunity to break out the seldom used, often secretly desired, Wah Pedal. Now dear reader, I’m about to blow your mind with the eternal secret of guitar tone. Are you ready? Sit down, have your feet on the ground, and relax. Take a small amp, we used a 50’s Danelectro, turn it to 10, plug in a phaser, and turn on the wah. Thats it. You’re done. You might as well burn everything else you own. I have no doubts this tone will never be recreated again,the battery on the phaser was nearly dead, and as we all know from esoteric message board posts, that is essential for the sound and is as elusive as the white rhino and giant squid combined. You know what? Don’t even try it. I take it back. Lets leave it mysterious.