Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Long Stilt Walk (but shorter than last summer)

Tonight marks the beginning of a new record. It's going to be a quick EP that Nat and I are recording live in the studio, essentially being done as we practice for the tour as an acoustic duo. Couple of passes at each song and done. This will be in stark contrast to the attempts at audio Olympics that we performed last summer.

Our man Kurt, who has directed music videos for us in the past, happened to be in town. As is usually the case, he hears one of our songs and starts throwing out arrangement ideas that are great and usually stick. He's sorta like the 5th band member who just has too many committments to stay for the long haul. He's told us that instead he lives vicariously through us. Actually, an old band of mine played with an old band of his back back back in the day. Since we're doing these live with no overdubs, Kurt also sat in for some backing vocals and handclaps to round things out.

Anyway tonight we made it through 5 songs. Might have to re-do one of them because a dying battery in Nat's guitar pickup made for some bad sounds and we didn't catch it until too late. What did we do?

We Were Not So Tall
New England
Fine Man
Song for Megan
Take Me Home

We're doing some songs from our upcoming record, some from our last album "The Megan E.P.", and who knows, maybe something from "Naked".

I'll try to post some video tomorrow.

See, this is how we're doing it live - with a baffle in between us so we can be just a couple of feet apart and get that live vibe, but still recording with proper isolation. We are scientists, gosh darn it!

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