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Drum session at Lava Room Recording

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Studio A at Lava Room

Studio A at Lava Room Recording

I had the pleasure of going to Cleveland’s Lava Room Recording studio on Thursday to cut drum tracks for several tunes for our upcoming album. Lava Room is located in the Agora building, a storied concert venue since 1986 (although the building itself dates back to 1913). I saw many shows there in the mid- to late-1990s including a mind-blowing early Wilco show among others.

Lava Room had been recommended by several of my fellow musicians including Jeff Endemann who cut his solo album there not long ago.  Last year around this time I did a similar drum session for some material of my own. I was very happy with the results, and I opted to do another drums session for these DD69 songs. I was fortunate to get Chris Ebbert to engineer the session and Steve Renko to perform the drumming. Both of those guys are professional while at the same time personable and easy to work with. My kind of people.

Steve tracking drums

Steve tracking drums, with Chris reflected in the window

We started at about 10AM, with Steve getting drums set up while Chris and his assistants Dave and Chad set up the microphones and patched everything into the control room. Chris had dialed in some amazing drum sounds in short order, and we dove right into the recording process. It went smoothly thanks to Steve’s preparation and Chris’s facility with Pro Tools and all the associated gear. I had dropped the current sessions to stems, which are essentially submixes of separate parts (like drums, bass, rhythm instruments, vocals, etc), and that made it pretty easy to set up the sessions for drum tracking. Since most of these songs have been assembled from Studio Night jams, along with new choruses and other parts that I added later, it was much easier to use stems than to bring up the Frankenstein-like sessions themselves.

Steve did a few takes of each song, trying out some different ideas, and nailed most of them down quickly. a month or so ago I had provided him with demos of the songs to which he would be tracking, and he had charted them out beforehand and knew what he was going to do.

The exception was the most recently completed song called “Fall Back In It”. I had finished the song the weekend before the session, so it was a last-minute addition. And there was an unusual 16th note rest before the last chorus, after which I wanted the rhythm to pick up almost as if nothing had happened. We went back and forth with that concept for a while until Steve got the idea and we got the take we wanted. Aside from hashing that out, I couldn’t have asked for a session to go better.

I’m excited to finalize this batch of tunes, which has been in development for the last couple years – since our last album Get Up in 2012. Stay tuned: The Pint of No Return will be released online soon!

Weapons backer

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Come see me at WMC Fest 2012!

We’re happy to be supporting Weapons of Mass Creation: a premier music festival and design conference right here in the CLE. It represents all of the things we really enjoy: new music, cool design, supporting local artists of all types, and yes, there will  probably be beer.

We applaud the efforts of the folks at Go Media that put this festival together, and hope that it will continue to grow and evolve in the years to come!

Make it longer, they said

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

It’s true, as well as entertaining.

The folks at WKNR (ESPN Cleveland) have told us that the theme song for their drive-time sports talk show “Afternoon R & R” with Kenny Roda and Mike Reghi is crazy popular with the listeners. The theme song is an edit of “It’s Alive”, which is from our current record “Wigs & Liquor“, with different lyrics and vocals contributed by Jay Goodman of Skinny Moo.

It makes us feel good that people are digging the song – probably no better feeling.  Except when people ask you for moar.

We’ve been asked to make an extended version of the theme, with lyrics contributed by Kenny Roda himself. After some schedule-jockeying, I was able to extend the edit of the tune and Jay was finally able to come in and put down vocals (he is pictured above singing in some kind of soulful fashion – allegedly).

I’m looking forward to putting the final mix of the longer version together. Hopefully people will find DD69 music as a result, and get into some of our other tunes. That would probably make us feel best of all.

The Afternoon R&R Theme

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

We mentioned our recent work on the theme song for the  ESPN Cleveland Radio WKNR show “Afternoon R & R” with Kenny Roda and Michael Reghi.

After some final tweaking (which included the addition of some cool radio FX and a brief snippet of the old “Kenny Roda Show” theme at the top) we finally delivered it. It’s pretty cool to hear it every weekday at 3PM on WKNR.

To Kenny, Reg, and everyone at WKNR: thanks for the opportunity! We can’t wait to cut the video together…

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Tune in to WKNR on Monday

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Mike and I, along with Skinny Moo‘s Jay Goodman (@skinnymoojay), will join Kenny Roda and Michael Reghi (@ReghiandRoda) on ESPN Cleveland radio Monday 10/4 at 5:00PM to premiere the new “Afternoon R&R” theme song.

The song is based on a drunkdude69 song called “It’s Alive”, which is on our upcoming release Wigs & Liquor. Jay collaborated with us to create new lyrics and a new melody custom-written for the show, and we dressed it up with some entertaining samples of Roda and Reghi doing their thing on-air.

No official release date is set yet for Wigs (we’re in the design and manufacturing process), but it should be available for ordering and download before the end of the year. Stop back again for updates.