Archive for January, 2008

 

Idea Juice? WTF?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

juiced.jpgIt’s mentioned on our album cover, and we occasionally refer to it in passing elsewhere. What is this “idea jiuce”? Well, it’s got a long and storied history.

Archaeologists, presumably including Indiana Jones, have unearthed artifacts that indicate idea juice was prevalent as early as the 6th century BCE (before convenient economies). The Egyptians and Mesopotamians were alleged to use idea juice to inspire such marvels as the pyramids and astronomy.

It’s no wonder that idea juice has been attributed to many of the wonders and pitfalls of the 20th century: Prohibition (and it’s embarassed repeal), the invention of color TV and its associated remote control, and of course the Nixon presidency.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that here in the new millenium, drunkdude69 is exploiting the idea juice boom for their own greedy musical purposes. How else could we conjure up the musical whiplash we deliver? It’s become a standard contract rider that we have idea juice supplies at all sessions and shows. At least enough to get our otherwise dessicated brains rehydrated for general usefulness.

In short, appreciate your idea juice, whatever it is. If it makes you create something that wasn’t there before, embrace it. If it makes you feel ill the day after, well, just don’t hug it as tightly.

Finally, customer service

Friday, January 25th, 2008

As part of resuscitating the ‘dude, we’ve been trying to update our website drunkdude69.com. Unfortunately the hosting company, who shall remain nameless *COUGH* *ipowerweb* *COUGH!* has demonstrated abysmal service, and their products are of tremendously poor quality.

I’m not going to get into the specifics right now (that would take a while). The reason that I brought it up is that I had an experience a couple days ago that was such a stark contrast to what seems to be the norm in customer service (which is to say, crappy).

One of the Sperzel locking tuners on my guitar stopped working correctly. These tuners have a knob on the bottom that is designed to raise or lower a pin in the center of the tuner. The pin is what locks the string in place after you thread it through the tuner. On the tuner in question, the pin stopped retracting when I’d unscrew the knob, so I couldn’t get a string threaded through.

I found out that Sperzel is here in Cleveland only a few miles from my place. I called up and asked if I could get a new tuner directly from them, and they said to come in and bring the existing tuner so they could match it. I stopped by there the other day.

They’re headquartered in a nondescript green building in an industrial park near the highway. If I hadn’t had the address, I never would have found it – there was no sign. When I went inside I was greeted by Roger, who asked how he could help. I reminded him of our phone conversation and showed him the tuner.

He looked at it and said, “I can fix this. Wait here for a minute.” He ducked into the back (where I assume there’s the machine shop that cranks out the tuners) and was back in a flash. The tuner was fixed. He had replaced the knob and cleaned out and lubed the inner shaft where the pin rides. He described how he did it, and didn’t want any payment for fixing it.

I shook his hand and thanked him profusely, excited to finally get my guitar back in working order. As I left, I couldn’t help comparing that level of service to the generally lackluster interactions I have with other businesses. It was great to find some folks that actually care about serving a customer, and I highly recommend their products even more now than I would have in the past. Go get some Sperzels.

Welcome to “Studio Night”

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Once or twice a week we get together to work on new songs and to mix or master songs we’re planning to release. Sometimes we even rehearse on studio night. We should probably do that more often.

Tonight Mike and Scott sat down to finish the last track of an upcoming tune, and wound up writing something totally new instead. As of late, that’s highly unusual, but a welcome surprise.

Because we took about 8 years to record, mix, master and manufacture our first record since starting dd69, it’s weird that we’re working on new stuff. Honestly, the “new” stuff isn’t even new – it’s three or four years old. We’re on a three or four year lag between new material and stuff we’re actually working on. Well we’re trying to finally get it together. Better late than never, right?

Anyway, we recorded a couple tracks of us clapping for a song called “Wigs-N-Liquor”. It’s a song that blends all of the things we’ve come to know as drunkdude: a funky backbone riff; a juicy rock chorus; a bridge that we can’t really explain; vocals with soulish harmonies. All it needed before we could start mixing were claps.

As we did our clappage, Mike was suddenly struck with an idea for a new song. We literally shut the book on “Wigs” and started to record bits of the idea. We wound up importing it into Acid, where we mixed and matched a number of loops to try to flesh out the idea.

All in all, it was a good studio night, and idea juice was enjoyed by all. Apparently this time it worked. Again.