Most of the population of the United States doesn’t live in Minnesota because the winters are extreme. In solidarity with the rest of the world, I agree… the winters are extreme. However, this is the time of year that makes me want to move. I can’t take the inland heat that squeezes the life out of the plain states… I am just not man enough.
In the last week, Tor, Chris, Karen, Ben, and I have tracked accordion, guitar, and vocals for the new record. When Tor gets back from Holland we will finish up the percussion and Travis’ bass parts. I wouldn’t lie to you, and I am telling the truth when I say the tracking so far sounds amazing. Chris’ guitar parts and Karen’s vocals have been haunting me in my sleep. I am so excited to finish the tracking so that I can hear the finished product. I can’t wait for Tor to lay down some inspired, focused, and tasteful rhythm.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jeff Hanson. I was sorry to hear of his passing, and I am sorry that I will not hear anymore new work by such a wonderful artist.
This weekend Tor and I will start tracking for a new record. There are 22 songs to choose from, but I think we’ll try to limit the listings to ten songs. Tor Johnson, Chris Salter, Travis Welk, and Ben Rengstorf will all be contributing performances to the record. I’m going to try and talk Karen S into singing some harmonies. I’ll be using an Epiphone Emperor through a Bad Cat Mini Cat II (hand-wired 5-watt Class A amp) to lay down the basic guitar tracks. I’ve really fallen in love with the tone of the Mini Cat over the last few weeks as I’ve been writing some new songs and playing a couple shows. At least two of the tracks will be piano/wurlitzer driven. I’m excited to see how the microphones and the room work together to make the piano do it’s dirtiest. I’ve been majorly impressed with three records lately: 1) Bonnie Prince Billy “Beware”, 2) Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest”, 3) “Dark Was The Night” Compilation. I’m excited for the new Bowerbirds record to be released (http://deadoceans.com/home.php). That’s all for now. Have a good week.