NOW/here is no more, ring the bells, tell the people...
though this project never sounded like i wanted to, i do think that it was somewhat of a success. some very good music in this group, not all of it solely written by me.
back to craig's list i guess. now that i have a drumset, the options are somewhat expanded.
go buy our CD, i paid for these myself, and I just put them on discount, $5 bucks electronic or hard copy. i only have a few left, so don't delay.
so the cranky young guitar player quit this weekend, while the old yet cool drummer said he'll stay in the band, but play in other groups as well, which is totally what i would expect from the guitar player, but oh well. we have one gig lined up, but aside from that, everything else is pretty glum. i am in love with the new stuff that we're working on, one song written by the guitar player who left, i didn't mess it with too much, oh well.
so it's back to craig's list looking for someone to join the band.
oh and the singer (dating the now former guitar player) is also thinking about how she'd really like to play more (back to the discussion of covers), which the new drummer seems to have planted in everyone's head. i just simply refuse to do it, so fuck them all i guess, if that's what they want to do. hello and i'm a whore monkey if you wind me up i will play 15 radio hits so that you will sit through my 5 originals. no thanks.
i need a drink.
so i know it's very very very early, but I have actually started to plot out the next/last AFC album, lovingly titled "ZERO", which of course starts with the last letter of the alphabet, but it means nothing, or whatever, which is kinda neat. anyways, tentively Alex Moody will be singing this one, but he might not know that yet, there are 2 songs that I have finished, and basically 9 left to go. I have just written the titles to those songs out, as they form a sentense which may or may not appear in one of the songs, I haven't decided yet.
in other news, if you didn't see, I'm going to try to put together an AFC cover album, if might make more sense to ask for this closer to RPM 15, as all the usual places I've postd this have gotten zero responses. If I can get any of the people that have helped me in the past on albums such as Sunny, sorta... and xChange, then it could be a fairly large album. we shall see, we shall see. I think the title for that one will just be A-Z the songs of AFC.
I may have a second RPM 15 album to do next year, depending on whether Tess uses the 10 songs that I wrote her last year for RPM 14 that she didn't record. that also remains to be seen.
anyways, good luck, god speed, all that crap.
oh, and I just bought a drumset, that should help, right?
and also NOW/here is writing new tunes, some interesting things, very slow, of course, but i'm filling my time thinking about this crap, you know...meh.
Looking for 'Like Minds' to Jam in St. John's NL Area
I'm mid-fifties, singer songwriter guitarist, a blend of Jerry Jeff/Pink Floyd(!)/folkie...sorta. Looking for folks who want to get together over the winter to jam.
I record here under 'Alive Underground'.
These are the last two songs I wrote for my band but that we never recorded, so I finally got around to writing drums and bass and something approximating solos for them. The mix is better than what I used to produce, but still not great... mostly the drums either sound too loud or too soft when I'm mixing, and it seems I went the route of too soft before bouncing these. Although, amusingly, the kick drum comes out way better on my headphones at work than it does on my monitors at home.
Don't know if anyone is around here, but my challenge is in July this year. I have about 18 days. Time to kick some butt!
Not much to say, not playing a ton right now, enjoying the down time.
Aside from real life, I have been trying to educate myself a lot more about the intricacies of mixing. Exciting stuff, like EQ, compression, mid/side comp, all sorts of things. I have come to the conclusion that it is very much like painting or sculpting. Some of this effort ends up with results that are really f***ing subtle, but noticeable for their subtlety. I hear my favorite albums differently now. (in a good way)
To use a loose analogy: when you see a painting where someone went with blue-gray mix for a part of it, as opposed to straight blue, it can make a big difference. It would been fine with blue, but blue-gray...well, that was just perfect. It's that 'around the edges' polish thing. You notice it when it's not there. Not even consciously either, depending on what it is, but you sense it when it's missing. It's almost like perceiving quality from a lack of imperfections; it's better because it has fewer, rather than just having more good things. Excuse the hippy zen mode, but I think that's really the key here.
In other words, I think I get it, viscerally. Now I just have to figure out how to do it, literally.
So in the last update, I mentioned that it might be about time to call the whole thing off after our drummer quit. I guess after the other guitarist I had been playing with finished up working with his former band, he agreed that we probably needed a new approach (or a new genre, that didn't encourage so much intricacy and perfectionism in his writing, maybe?) if we were going to move forward. I didn't really have any other suggestions, other than that I'd been listening to a lot of folk metal recently. Some number of weeks went by and he announced that he'd gotten a drum kit and figured his music time for the foreseeable future would be working on learning drums, so he guessed our project was done for now but maybe we could get together and jam on occasion.
So, yeah, so much for that whole band thing.
I have three songs I'd written for that project that were waiting for him to write his harmonies/for the drummer to, you know, do his thing, so maybe I'll pick those back up and do them like I always did.
In the interim though I've been working on covers, both to learn new songs and work on recording/mixing/drum programming (most of the songs though I managed to find drum transcriptions, so I think I've only transcribed the drums myself for 4 of the 12 or 13 I've done so far). The downside: still can't get over my discomfort with singing. Actually I thought maybe if I got a bit liquored up I could just stand up and belt out the tunes, but the one I tried the other day I couldn't actually find the right pitches. So let's see how long it takes me to better my singing, or beg for collaborators :p
well the two cd release shows were fine, though we didn't really sell a whole lot of CDs, oh well, this town, meh. while preparing for the shows, our drummer told us that he was moving to seattle. back to craig's list with a new drummer add and got about 17 replies, of which 5 of them will actually audition. tuesday we had 2 guys that were one great and two decent. the remaining three include a limey, which is always exciting since I tend to lean towards brit rock in my song writing. at this point I'm trying to remain ambigious, even though the great on on tuesday will probably win. oh, and he owns a recording studio too, which is like CHA-CHING! we've stated writing new songs, i'd like to record another CD next winter, there's no reason not too, though i'm not sure if we'll spend 1400 in a studio, maybe just do it ourselves? on the AFC front, I've got some ideas, but nothing in concrete. if Tess doesn't use the album I wrote for her last year I may just make that one the Z album. Zeta? Z is for ?
love you guys.
the NOW/here cds are done, they're in my hand and they sound amazing.
very proud of the work we did on this thing, even if it seemed to take a little longer than I normally like to work. anyone interested in getting a copy should let me know or they'll be up on I-Tunes/Amazon/Etc.. after the release date 05/23