wrlwnd wknd

in the words of the great staind: it’s been a while.  i’m pretty excited about playing some shows in the maritimes a few weeks from now.  i don’t really like creating FB ‘events’ (i find the ‘so-and-so will be attending’ aspect of it somewhat awkward), so i’ll just post the dates up here:

with the failure epics band (comprised of myself, j. vautour and the members of glory glory man united); march 23 @ seahorse, march 24 @ the capitol (in fredericton).  we’re doomed will be joining us for both shows.

on march 25, myself and about 10 other hfx veterans of the rock scene are going to play soul mange in it’s entirety, plus some reworked versions of older material, and probably a few new songs, too.  i’m really looking forward to laying this stuff down proppa, and i’m indebted to these heavy-hitters (in both bands) for putting so much time and effort into learning the material.  i promise i’ll try to write more velvet underground type 2 chord jams in 4/4.

i’ve also posted these dates on the shows page of this site.  it’ll be nice to see some familiar faces out there…… so i can melt them with my blazing guitaration.

‘nother track

feeling a bit restless; so i’ve put another song from my upcoming EP on my cbc3 page.  as well, happening is available for free download, which you can access on the sounds page of this very website.  hope you enjoy, and thanks for all of the great feedback for the video.

ps – the new track was ergonomically designed for headphone use, and, if listened to at the correct volume, can result in better test scores in adults aged 23-44.

mixing, mastering, going #@&%ing mental

when i decided that i was going to try to mix/master this new EP myself, i knew there would be a big learning curve (if that term is appropriate here).  working with aurally gifted fellas like laurence currie and noah mintz makes me feel like don maestro when attempting this stuff.  mixing sucks, and though i really felt like i should do this one, it has to end.  i’m about 99% sure that it’s done.  i’m also about 78% sure that i keep hearing these tracks coming out of random vehicles that pass me when i’m cycling.  it’s like a phantom limb or ghost harmonies.

anyways i remember thinking i wanted to try and make it sound kinda like listening to vinyl, which is difficult when you have one $40 tube-pre and no record player.  but the more i get into it, i realize what it is i’m going for – and maybe this is a subconscious revisiting-the-moment-when-one-really-begins-to-appreciate-audio-for-audio’s-sake kind of thing: at some point when i was about 13 i forked out the extra $1.20 for a hi-bias metal maxell cassette and actually noticed the difference, or at least i thought i did.

i kept wanting this mix to sound more lived-in,  or at least less digital.  now it’s sounding a bit like a tape i listened to about 100 times and then taped something new over… like when i couldn’t find a blank tape and ended up taping loc’ed after dark on top of my well worn cassette of chicago transit authority. well, minus the hiss.

some people might just think it sounds kind of fuzzy.  i prefer to call it not too clean.  regardless, it should be up streaming very soon for folks to like or dislike with wild abandon.

still life with moving picture

a talented colleague of mine (dan jardine) came over to the ‘studio’ (ie: tiny concrete box – albeit with a high ceiling) to lend a hand with some backing vox for a tune i was sketching a few months back.  he happens to be a videographer/director and showed up at the session with some modest gear in tow, and eventually ended up putting together a document of the recording process – and then effed it up with some 70’s style psychadelic pre-video toaster stuff at the end.  it should be up soon; here a a couple of stills from the vid that are kind of nice:

not asleep, just dreaming.
ever since i went to the john blackwell clinic i mindlessly flip my sticks around even in the middle of studio takes. this is not a good habit; it ruins roughly 4/10 takes.