So, last Friday (4/2), Chris and Karen took me out to dinner before we had rehearsal. Chris said to me, “Okay, your birthday present is done.” Chris and Karen had been very tight lipped about my birthday present for the last couple months. When we got back to the house, Chris told me the story:
In December, he asked the guys from No Bird Sing to remix a track of mine as a birthday present. They agreed and picked “Wolves in Milwaukee” to start working on. Tor sent Graham the raw tracks of the song from Los Angeles. Graham stripped away all of instruments except the vocal take. He proceeded to lay down drums and auxiliary wizardry. Casey (O’Brien) was on the bass, Bobby was on guitar, and Joe spit out some of the coolest lyrics over the top of it all.
Back to Friday evening… After relaying this story, Chris plugged his phone into our speakers and we listened to the track. My jaw was on the floor. It was beautiful, it was creepy, it was way too much to process, and most of all it was like the coolest thing I’d ever heard. In conjunction with the surprise birthday party that Brenda coordinated, I really wanted to know when all of my friends graduated from spy school in order to keep amazing secrets from me.
Graham is going to put this track on his upcoming solo album titled “Live Drums.” You can stream the aforementioned track at http://grahamobrien.bandcamp.com/. You can also stream a wonderful track featuring Kristoff Krane (that will also be on the album). Thanks to Lindsay Kimball and Dave Campbell, The Current is going to premier the “Wolves in Milwaukee” remix on the 89.3 Local Show on Sunday evening (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/local_show/), so be sure to tune in.
After all this and that and everything else… I have no idea what to get Chris for his birthday next year… Jesus Christ, what an act to follow.