First, I’m getting a bit sprung loose tomorrow. Spouse and sons of FBdN are taking off for the great state of Maine for two weeks. So, I’ll have a bit more time on my hands than usual. We’ll see what effect this has on my blogging. Perhaps the blogging will pick up, as a function of having more free time, or maybe free time isn’t really a factor. Maybe blog output is sort of a constant. You only have so many posts in you per day, in other words. We’ll see.
Second, as indicated here, greater Washington, DC will welcome MPomy to town. It looks like the weather will be accommodating, if on the warmer side – good news for attendees of ProgNation in Columbia, MD tomorrow. I’m very much looking forward to hanging with MPomy and el Sturjean, the latter being the “R” in RPG Productions. Speaking of, here’s an RPG track from 2004, recorded in R’s basement. We sort of f’d up a key part of the song, but I think the tune holds up pretty well overall.
Nice work, Amazon. That was FAST. And, while I haven’t purchased too many CD is the past two years, this is a nice digi-pack with all kinds of psychedelic artwork (that cover is just the beginning) and a glossy booklet.
Now let’s see if the music delivers as well as Amazon and the USPS did…
This one could probably use more work, but sometimes you have to just let it rip.
The novelty for me here was hooking up my Boss ME-50 multi-effects pedal to the Yamaha keyboard. That made for some fun, I-wish-I-was-Matt-Holford style noodling. The Yamaha comes out pretty faint in this project, but it’s there. Oh yes, it’s there.
I made some progress this evening on 072709. Let’s just say I’m having trouble staying away from GarageBand’s effects rack, particularly the chorus. I’m a freaking sucker for chorus. Tune is getting weird, and I hope it gets weirder.
For better or for worse, this is typically my music experience.
Get hooked on a band
Obsessively and exclusively listen to everything by that band for the next year
Get sick of band
Get hooked on another band..etc…So I’ve still got another 8 or so months of Kottke in front of me. Part of the obsession this time around is trying to play some of his stuff. Here’s a go at Last Steam Engine Train. Please, please do not listen to his version as it makes this sound like like a nickel arcade hurdy gurdy. I tried to upload it to the Box.et place, hopefully it works.
I actually discovered something interesting while practicing this. Before picking up guitar, I played banjo for a while which is where I learned how to pick. Banjo picking uses 3 fingers. Listening to other versions of this song, I couldn’t figure out how they were getting some much sound out of their picking. After some research, I realized guitar picking is done with 4 fingers, including the ring finger. The version I recorded uses 3 fingers, I’m trying to practice the same song using 4and it’s like if you grew another leg and had to relearn how to walk, very akward. If I get it to a listenable state, I’ll post it.
New Beardfish is not available on iTunes, which is a bit annoying because all their other records are. I mean, do I look like I have time to go to a record store? I don’t even know what a record store is anymore! Actually, I did go to the only shop within walking distance of my office, a giant FYE, and guess what? No dice. Shocking.
The new record is Destined Solitaire, and, despite the disappointing bail out of ProgNation09, I’d almost rather have the new album. This band is going places. They are young, they are energized. They are international, they are beloved. They’ve already been to the States, as the above picture comes from Nearfest, last month. I haven’t heard the new reocrod yet, but, considering that it’s already 10pm, I’m serious considering staying up til midnight to see if I can make the download from iTunes. The sample on their MySpace page sounds pretty heavy, but I’m up for anything – I’m a believer. I drank the Kool-ade! Besides – there’s a picture of Bob Dylan and an exploding head on the cover – how can the record be bad?!?