Recording complete!

Reggie finished vocals for the new album yesterday. It looks like we'll end up with 11 songs. All that's left is mixing (Fisk), mastering (don't know who'll do that yet -- ideas?) and then the release of the album. Oh -- and artwork and naming the album. We've got a line on the cover art which should work nicely. And we're kicking around an album title idea. I'll let you know what we come up with. Here are some shots of us the last couple days -- Davis listening, Steve playing the ARP 2600 synth on the album, Reggie playing with hand puppets, my head:



The vocals rule -- nice work Reggie! Amazingly, we made it through 11 songs in 3.5 days of overdubs at Fisk's home studio. And we were able to keep original live vocal takes on a handful of songs which is a big win for us. We set out to record this album by capturing the live feel of the band and the energy that comes from our unique ability to write and arrange songs together quickly. Basically to grab the songs when they are fresh and the intent of the song is unbriddled by over analysis. We accomplished this and then some. Even the vocal overdubs were fast and furious.

One of the great things about recording at Steve's place is that you get to experience his and Kathy's fine taste in artwork. See for youself -- a chicken on a toilet, a blowfish, my foot on their painted wood floors, and a sweet little turtle with flowers painted on it's shell. This merely scratches the surface ...



Question: are people excited about this album? I'm personally ecstatic.

P.S. congrats to Seattle musician Blake for taking the dark horse runner-up slot on American Idol.

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  • Davis

    Davis

    I am excited! :agree:

    I am excited! agree

  • Excited for Album!

    Excited for Album!

    On the Blake American Idol note and my presumption that you are once again independent (as evidenced by production of this album and a previous post): will we be seeing you on that "American Band" thing they are doing? May seem crazy from artistic perspective, but you guys deserve the broadest exposure possible! I think Blake certainly had "street cred" and it will probably prove to be a launching pad for him.

    On the Blake American Idol note and my presumption that you are once again independent (as evidenced by production of this album and a previous post): will we be seeing you on that "American Band" thing they are doing? May seem crazy from artistic perspective, but you guys deserve the broadest exposure possible! I think Blake certainly had "street cred" and it will probably prove to be a launching pad for him.

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    My feeling is that we've essentially won the creative lottery by making a fan-funded (fanded?) album. It's totally liberating and I think the creative output will prove this to be the case. So, I'm not poo pooing wider exposure, that'd be great! But I'm still riding the high of making an unfettered album in a short time period.

    My feeling is that we've essentially won the creative lottery by making a fan-funded (fanded?) album. It's totally liberating and I think the creative output will prove this to be the case. So, I'm not poo pooing wider exposure, that'd be great! But I'm still riding the high of making an unfettered album in a short time period.

  • anthony

    anthony

    1st of all - we are all VERY excited to hear the new project - we think you guys are awesome, and are an inspiration to us on so many levels. now the good part. suggestion for mastering: studio b in charlotte, nc (studiobmastering.com) - new york quality for much, much, much cheaper (dave harris actually was a mastering dude in new york before making the trek to the good ol' southeast). we finished up our album there recently (sounds awesome) and they've worked with a ton of notables. don't know if you'd be able to make that trek, but it would definitely be worth it on your end, I believe. plus, charlotte loves you guys! either way, congrats, all the best and we hope to see you soon. peace & luv, Soulganic

    1st of all - we are all VERY excited to hear the new project - we think you guys are awesome, and are an inspiration to us on so many levels.

    now the good part. suggestion for mastering: studio b in charlotte, nc (studiobmastering.com) - new york quality for much, much, much cheaper (dave harris actually was a mastering dude in new york before making the trek to the good ol' southeast). we finished up our album there recently (sounds awesome) and they've worked with a ton of notables. don't know if you'd be able to make that trek, but it would definitely be worth it on your end, I believe.

    plus, charlotte loves you guys!

    either way, congrats, all the best and we hope to see you soon.

    peace & luv,

    Soulganic

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Thanks for the mastering tip, Anthony. I'll check it out.

    Thanks for the mastering tip, Anthony. I'll check it out.

  • Kevin

    Kevin

    Thanks for the tip on mastering. Could be great. Grag Calbi (sp?) mastered our first two CDs, so we keep with the power rangers unite! approach, however. I always love playing in charlotte. You guys give us so much love there.

    Thanks for the tip on mastering. Could be great. Grag Calbi (sp?) mastered our first two CDs, so we keep with the power rangers unite! approach, however.

    I always love playing in charlotte. You guys give us so much love there.

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