February 17, 2007

Studio Update!

The recording has been cut short. We set everything up, 'mixed' the mixing boards, and started writing songs. All this probably took an hour, with a lot of testing out every instrument. Then we played a little, and recorded a little to see how it sounded. It sounded like the whole thing was being recorded by a bad microphone in a basement. So we moved some cables etc. only to find out that Garage Band wasn't getting any of the inputs, except from the built in mic on Nimit's computer. After checking the software, we found that he didn't have a new enough OS. So forget recording. We played guitar and wrote some songs instead. Well, for ten minutes we did. Then there was a loud bang. The girl that lives downstairs was trying to break down our door. Apparently her mother is in town and they were both in bed and trying to sleep before we started playing. She threatened to call our landlord the next time we played after 9 PM. That pretty much killed our excitement for recording.

I did check our lease though. It says we can play from 8AM to 10PM. I'm not one to be mean to people, but I know that I don't feel creative until the evening or even into the night. That means the record needs to be recorded during the day when we have tons of stuff going on AND we don't feel like it. That sucks, but we'll deal. It's her home too.

I'll be sure to give her a few copies of the demo we cut. Maybe then we'll all be friends and she will play the tambourine on a track or two.

February 16, 2007

Anberlin - Cities Album Teaser

Ooh I'm so excited!

Into the studio!

After over a year of talking/dreaming, Nimit and I are finally recording music. The battle of the bands deadline is coming up soon and we want to throw a demo into the mix. If we get to perform, great. If not, at least we made some music. So the recording starts today after classes. I'm excited. I'm not sure where the music will be posted, or even what genre it will be, but I'll make sure to link it here. They want 3 songs, so one will be Nimit's, one will be ours, and one a cover. If we have time we might add one of my songs or another collaboration.

Below are the links for our PureVolume pages. Not much there yet, except a really really bad version of my song Never Forget. It really is bad. But it's a song I wrote for my ex while we were still dating. It has a chorus and everything, but I never sing it because I don't connect with it anymore. I'm not sure I ever really played it for her. I'll post the lyrics if I can find them.

Nimit's Purevolume
My Purevolume (The Truth About Steve)

So far....

So I've had this blog for around 6 months. Over that time I've done my best to define the content that I write about. I think I've done a pretty good job so far. The only thing I think I could do better about is writing about bands more. It takes me much longer to talk about a band than anything else. I mean, posting a picture takes all of 5 minutes max, but writing my thoughts on a band's album usually takes me over an hour (after tracking down pictures, all the website links, pictures and listening to the tracks one by one). So I wanted to ask my dedicated readers, all five of you. What do you want to hear about? Any bands in particular you want me to check out? I know other websites do a better professional job about describing an album, but I hope that I cover bands that they don't do.

Here are the bands I've written about so far (newest to oldest): Keith Urban, Hanalei, Waking Ashland, Anberlin, Iron & Wine, Jamie Cullum, Gambling District, CSS, the Pilfers, Pink Spiders, Bloc Party, Fort Minor, the Mountain Goats, the Doug Little Quartet, +44, White Iron Band, the Gaia Corporation, Weird Al Yankovich, Imogen Heap, Justin King, Quietdrive, Ludo.

Anyway, I have a list of bands I want to cover someday. Here are a few bands that I plan to write about someday. I also want to get a copy of the new albums in the previous post, and talk about those too. If there are any you want me to do the next time I have time, speak up.

Norah Jones, Brand New, John Mayer, Alien Ant Farm, Aqualung, Tegan and Sara, the Bravery, Colin Hay, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Death Cab for Cutie, Flaming Lips, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Her Space Holiday, Jars of Clay, Kubla Khan, Mat Kearney, Paramore, Postal SErvice, Sasha, Teitur, Travis, Zebrahead, Blue October, Jack's Mannequin, Mae, Mike Doughty, Snow Patrol.

New Releases

I was looking online for a good list of all the new albums released in the past/next month, but for some reason I can't find a good one. Or at least one that covers every genre. I found on on MTV's website, but it (of course) only covers the bands MTV wants people to hear. Anyway, here are a few that I can remember.

Fall Out Boy - Infinity on High

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

Anberlin - Cities (2/19?)
UPDATE: most of this album is on their myspace page

If anyone finds a good list, please let me know. I know there are plenty more good new albums out there.

February 14, 2007

Mad World - Gary Jules

This is one of my favorite songs. For those of you who haven't seen the movie Donnie Darko, I suggest you do. And prepare to have your mind messed with. Oh yeah, and the original was performed by Tears for Fears. The contrast between the two songs is great.

February 13, 2007

Amazing Guitar/Photography Skills

photo by James Winstead

Guess who won two brand new Grammys last night...

When you're dreaming with a broken heart
The waking up is the hardest part
You roll outta bed and down on your knees
And for the moment you can hardly breathe
Wondering was she really here?
Is she standing in my room?
No she's not, 'cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone....

- John Mayer Dreaming with a Broken Heart

The Grammys!

So, the Grammys went down last night and I neglected my homework for a few hours to watch it. A few of my favorite artists put out some great albums this year, so I saw a few of them win. Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Gnarls Barkley to name a few. RHCP got to close the show with Dani California, but it sounded a lot like the studio version. It makes me wonder if they toned it down a little, even though Flea looked like he was having a good time. The Police were back together for one night. John Mayer also performed his song Gravity in a medley with John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae. There was a solute to Smokey Robinson, and the drummer from the Eagles (with Rascal Flatts playing Hotel California). Carrie Underwood looked fantastic.

But there were a few things that bothered me about the show. Some how Justin Timberlake got to perform twice. When any country music artist was mentioned the audience went quiet. My Humps somehow won an award. Imogen Heap was up for the Best New Artist award, though she's been around for a long time (she was also dressed oddly, but that was to be expected). The John Mayer Trio's album Try! was up for Best Rock Album, though last I heard they were a jazz trio. The Flaming Lips, Bela Fleck, Enya, Third Day, Randy Travis, Bob Dylan, Ziggy Marley, Lewis Black, John Williams, Randy Newman, and OK GO were never mentioned despite all winning awards.

All in all, it was a good show. Well worth having to stay up until 2 in the morning finishing Calculus homework.

Check out all the winners on the Grammy's Website