During this summertime lull between recording sessions, we’re planning strategy, and also performing a few shows that call for less than a full band. Last week, Troy and I returned to Northern Liberties, where I spent 11 (mostly) idyllic years with terrific neighbors of the human and canine variety. Mayor Larry Freedman puts together the […]Read more "Liberty Lands, No Rain"
So don’t ya know, I find Retro City Studios on Greene Street (in Germantown), and it’s at the corner of Greene and Pastorius (Jaco!), always adored that road sign, whenever I passed it! This is my first time to this studio – pretty cool layout, a nice big room with the console and brains in the basement! Well after […]Read more "Hello Retro City Studios"
Listening to the drum and bass mixes on Fretz, Ghost and Into the Night as I write this. Ken’s bass parts are masterful. Matt’s excellent drumming makes everything groove just right, especially on I2N. Impressed they played so well together, the first time they ever played together. I’m really looking forward to putting proper vocals […]Read more "Mixin n Playin"
Ken and I arrived at the studio just after noon on Sunday to find two Matts: Muir would play drums and engineer this session, with the assistance of Matt Spitko. So, Spitko was at the kit while Muir was upstairs dialing in the mics. We tried to forget about the great weather, the first day […]Read more "KAWARI DAY 2"
Troy and Ken are due at Kawari next week to continue recording. In the meantime, we’ve been rehearsing for the Puck show on May 9th. We’re working out versions of some of our songs in an acoustic format — not truly acoustic, of course, since Troy is playing electric guitar on a handful of them, and […]Read more "Harmony"
This past weekend Troy and I spent some time at Kawari Sound with Matt Muir, recording rhythm guitar/vocal shells for six Almshouse songs. Kawari is in the sun-filled annex to an enormous Victorian house in Wyncote PA, and it’s full of guitars and vintage amps and snare drums and percussion treasures and microphones and keyboards of all shapes and […]Read more "Day One in the Studio"
Troy and Ken started this band about 3 years ago, Marilyn singing vocals, Rud on drums, Wayne on keys. They rehearsed in a space on Rhawn Street, and managed to bang out a few strong original songs in the process. After Marilyn came Hilary, then Kathlyn, after Rud came Darren, and after Wayne came Jim […]Read more "And then there were 3…"