Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Session: Vocals.

Spent some time in the booth today, and am happy to say I completed the lead and
backing vocals for all four of the songs that will be on the EP.  Very pleased indeed.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Vocal Booth.

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My brilliant and lovely wife Sarah is one in a million. She and I put our heads together this afternoon and configured a vocal booth for the studio. I had been wondering what to use when she reminded me of a bedspread we'd got at IKEA that ended up being way too big for a regular double (I had thought the "single/double" looked much too small in the store, so insisted on the "queen/king." Duh. Another reminder that I am more fool than royalty). 

So we folded it in half, and I added grommets to it in four places, so it can hang from hooks screwed into the rafters. The result: a three-sided booth that can be folded up and stored away when not in use. I start recording vocals on Monday, so perfect timing.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Four Electrics.

Been recording electric guitar tracks over the past couple of days here at What's That Sound.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Another Subtle Gig Reminder.

Come hear a set full of great harmonies as Liam & Chard Preston (aka Bill Catalde and yours truly) start the evening, and then marvel as the show seamlessly morphs into a performance by the band (featuring Fred Goodhue on bass and Nick Dines on drums). There's no cover, but there's a tip jar we'll be politely reminding everyone about from time to time.

Guitar De La Soir: I'm going to be playing the Telecaster at tonight's practice, and also at the show. In related news, Bill will be playing my A&L Ami parlor guitar at the gig.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Not Just Tough. Boston Tough.

My thoughts are down the pike in Boston today. Great city, Boston. Of course reports are still filtering in, and we're all reacting with the full sadness and anger spectrum. All I know is someone picked a fight in the wrong damn schoolyard. In honor of one tough town, here's a song you might recognize.

Monday, April 15, 2013

What's That Sound.

After giving the matter a lot of thought, I have finally decided on a name for the studio. All studios need a name, even if said studio is just a spiffed-up corner of one's attic. After all, it's going to be mentioned in liner notes, interviews, and hushed whispers backstage at the Grammy Awards, right?

I have learned over the past couple of weeks that naming a studio is every bit as brain-twisting as naming a band. But then, quite suddenly, one just fits. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to What's That Sound.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Favorite Photo.

Photo: Henning Ohlenbusch
Ace journalist George Lenker asked me for a photo of the band for an upcoming column, and I immediately thought of this one, which was actually taken back in the GDV days, on one of those nights when we played the date as a trio. Our friend Henning took this, catching me at a pensive moment in the middle of writing out a set list. Nick and Fred and I go way back, so it feels natural having them as a rhythm section now. They're still sharp dressers, too.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Subtle Reminder About April Gig.

Don't forget that we're playing The Basement in Northampton on Saturday, April 20th. The Prestons will also be playing a set. This is one of those 8pm, no cover, tips appreciated kinda shows. Yeah, I realize it's two weeks away, but it's never too early to start planning your outfit. Tell all your friends to come too. It'll be fun.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Guitar De La Soir.

Got a practice session with Fred & Nick tonight, and I'm playing this one.

Common Time Day.

Yes. I'm also one of those people who enjoys Pi Day every March 14th.