Archive for November, 2011


So I’m back to listening to rock music

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

I mentioned in an earlier post that I decided to try listening to classical music during my recent commutes across town. I thought it would be a soothing counterpoint to the pinball-like antics of early morning drivers. You know, keep me calm and zen through the whole trip.

I like classical music, and in fact it was nice for a while. But eventually I determined it was the audio equivalent to knowing there’s a turd in the corner of your room and spraying it with perfume – surprise! – your room now smells like perfumed poop. I realized that I was still clenching the wheel and stabbing the brakes, but now with classical music in the background!

I got a big chuckle out of that one for sure. I have since gone back to listening to rock and/or roll when driving. It just makes more sense.

Saturday 69: oven-baked

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

I like mine extra-crispy.

Oven-baked from a local printer’s curing oven. Another sign that the rock gods love us and want us to be happy.

It was fun while it lasted

Friday, November 4th, 2011

We recently got word that Cleveland’s ESPN radio station WKNR has had some schedule/show changes, and as a result they’re no longer able to use our “Afternoon R & R” theme song. It was great to hear our collaboration with Skinny Moo’s Jay Goodman every weekday on the radio, that’s for sure.

We just wanted to say thanks to the fine folks at the station, particularly on-air personalities Kenny Roda and Mike Reghi, for giving us the opportunity. Hopefully we’ll be able to work with them again in the future.

You can still find the theme songs we provided on our music pages if you find yourself getting wistful and thinking about the good old days…

Studio night: surprise cover [part 2]

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

So there we were, only a couple rounds of idea juice into the evening and suddenly ready to tool around with covering an old Tubes song. The rhythm track I set up was similar in tempo, but a lot more “drunkdude-like”, and Mike and K jumped onboard immediately.

Within a few takes we had some cool rhythmic ideas. I wound up muting my demo tracks – the keyboard bass was just annoying, and my guitar track was just getting in the way of some of the new ideas, not to mention out of tune. We wound up spending the evening running through the song and getting a general structure together.

Overall I’m pretty excited. I can tell I like the idea because I’ve been listening to it repeatedly, tweaking ideas for melody and other parts. Hopefully we’ll be able to get it dialed in a little bit for some drum tracking in December. I think it would make an interesting addition to the next record.

Studio night: surprise cover

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Apparently I get a lot of mileage out of commuting. Yes, that’s a terrible pun and I’m just not sorry.

With about two hours in the car every day I’ve got plenty of time to listen to all kinds of music. Songs we’re working on, new music from artists I’ve been turned on to by friends (Cage the Elephant is a new favorite), classical music (more on that in a different blog entry). Sometimes I don’t listen to anything at all except the wheels on the road – when traffic is moving.

It being rush hours and all, there are plenty of jackass drivers that keep things interesting with their various clever driving┬ámaneuvers. As one of these overly excitable folks veered into the space in front of me after passing a long line of stopped vehicles, I muttered to myself, “There’s always somebody else in line, pal.”

That reminded me of something, and it took much of the drive thinking about it before I remembered. It was a line from an old Tubes song called “Gonna Get It Next Time”. I remembered the song because I loved the movie “Modern Problems” as a kid, and that was the song during the opening credits (I think). I thought it might be a cool DD69 cover.

I thought about it all day, and by the time I got home I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do. I threw down a quick demo, and when Mike and K-Billy showed up for studio night I told them about the idea. Neither one of them remembered the original version of the song, so I played them just a little bit to give them an overall idea of it. I wanted to get a new spin on it, though, so I didn’t play the Tubes version again after that. The guys seemed somewhat interested, and I was pretty insistent, so we decided to play around with it a bit.

I had the basic rhythm track – a loop, a keyboard bass, electric guitar and guide vocal. The next step was to run through it and see what the guys could come up with…

(To be continued)