Archive for August, 2008

 

On the Air

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
Jay and Scotty with Kenny Roda

Since we instituted studio night, we’ve been pretty productive musically.  While it took us a number of years (okay, eight f#cking years) to finish our first record, it’s taken us about a year to get the bulk of another one done.  Meanwhile we’ve found that, with the old stuff out of the pipeline, we’re writing more and more new stuff.

One of the new songs has been code-named “Today Special” (maybe one day I’ll get around to explaining that), and we sent that over to Jay Goodman who fronts the living jukebox known as Skinny Moo, along with me on keys.  We collaborated with Jay before for some spoken word type vocals in the middle of “FWOP” on the Funk Out record.  We thought that perhaps Jay would suggest some lyrics, and maybe come in and split singing with Scotty.

Instead we found ourselves in for a treat.  Cleveland talk radio host Kenny Roda has been enjoying Skinny Moo shows for some time, and he and Jay had talked about the possibility of Skinny Moo doing a theme song for his radio show “In the Zone with Kenny Roda” on WKNR 850 AM.  Jay happened to sieze on the music for “Today Special” for his inspiration, and asked if we could put together a song for the show using that music.

Mike and I polished up the arrangement for use as a shortened theme song, and Jay and I sat down one night to hammer out words that made sense: it’s about calling in and talking to Kenny about sports, finding the “voice of the fans” and being able to get your opinion across to a wide audience just by dialing in.  After hours of tooth-gnashing and fisticuffs, Jay and I finally had our words.

One thing was missing, though – Kenny!  It seemed to make sense to have a couple snippets of Kenny at a couple spots in the tune, so we called him up and asked if he would make like he was on the radio (he was driving in his car at the time).  He obliged us with some soudbites that ultimately had us cracking up – we had to edit things down because you could hear us laughing hysterically in the background.

The final result was a great collaboration between Jay, Mike and I.  It’s on the air every weekday at the start of Kenny’s show at six o’clock.  Entertainingly, when Mike first listened to the final mix he thought Jay was saying “drunkdude69” instead of “weekdays six to nine”, and he asked, “Will that make it on the radio?”.

Here’s the song, and a vid of Jay and I in the studio with Kenny.  First, the theme song:

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And a clip from our in-studio appearance with Kenny:

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Once again, with Liverani

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Looking through some posts from earlier in the year, I found this one and decided that it would be a good idea to try this again.  My result = title, quote, and image.  Tada!  I may never actually work on designing CD packaging from scratch again.

Presenting Liverani!

(I had to reload the Flickr page a number of times to find a copyleft image.  Bummer was, the very first image that I was to pick when I loaded the page for the first time would have been so freaking perfect.)

The B-69

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Ah yes, we’re continuing the trend of lengthy pauses between entries here at DD69HQ.  That will happen when:

  1. It’s summertime
  2. Dudes go on vacation
  3. Skinny Moo plays a bunch of gigs
  4. Work keeps the dudes busy

But, vacations are now over, summer is starting what we hope will be a slow gradual wind-down into football season, and the collective drunkdude workload should ease up slightly during September.  With that said, we reconvened for studio night tonight and had a good time getting reacquainted with new and old songs, riffs and other ideas.

One of the big hits of the evening, though, was the new addition to Snoozeking Music’s instrumental arsenal.  What Mike characterized as “probably the coolest piece of music gear ever”:

The Hammond B-69

Oh my, yes that’s pretty. It’s a Hammond B-2 organ, the predecessor to the legendary B-3. The cabinet, drawbars and mechanical guts of this beauty are in great condition, and I’m very grateful to have been able to find such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.  It came with a Leslie 122, and the combination of organ and Leslie sounds unreal.

If you’ve ever listened to dd69 recordings (if you haven’t, for God’s sake buy our album) you’ll hear Hammond organ throughout many of the songs.  Those tracks were recorded using my live staple, a Hammond XK-2.  Don’t get me wrong, the XK-2 sounds fantastic for what it is: portable.  But there’s a massive difference between the portable, digital version of the instrument and the gleaming oiled tonewheel version pumped through a tube amplifier into a spinning speaker.

She’s sitting in the garage until we can find a couple more fools  friends to help move her into the Snoozeking abode.  We’re already figuring out ways to get microphones and headphones out there to cut some tracks with it in the meantime.

Oh, and lest we forget, this is probably the finest 69-of-the-week ever:

B-69 of the week