Archive for the tag "it’s a game"
I had a pretty fun weekend. Sarah comped me a ticket to see Otis Clay open for Marty Stuart last night (=Sunday) at the Old Town… Eric tagged along too, and I finally got to meet Sarah’s friend Mark, he was nice. The show was soooo goooood. I knew Otis was going to be awesome but I had no idea about Marty. I vaguely remembered seeing him talk about older artists on various documentaries, but had never heard his own stuff. I guess I saw the mullet and didn’t think I needed to… what a mistake that was! Remind me next time not to judge a mullethead so quickly. He was totally great. The real deal, no doubt about it. An amazing musician (mandolin mostly) and a super-crack band too. Loved every minute. There was a group of fucking assholes sitting next to us who couldn’t stop cracking up during the most inappropriate times despite our intense glares, but oh well. It wasn’t so bad that it ruined the show for me or anything. You gotta wonder what they were doing there though. Maybe they were just too drunk to give a shit, who knows.
Did an e-mail interview for EconoCulture — sent it over Sunday and it’s up already. The wonders of the intermawebs. Also, here’s another one that I did for Pioneer Press last month and forgot to post. That one was a phoner. I don’t do so well at those; I guess I’m a better writer than I am a talker. Yeah I know that’s not saying much… ;-)
Check out this cool audio interview with my oftentimes bandmate Mark Greenberg, online at Gaper’s Block. He hauls out a bunch of his musical toys, including the groovy Japanese table harp that we used on "If It Weren’t For The Words", one of the songs on my new rekkid.
Got a short interview in this month’s issue of Harp. The quotes are taken from an e-mail convo I did some weeks ago with fellow musician Edward Burch. E-mail interviews are good because I can think about what I’m saying before I open my yap. Gotta love it when they let me speak for myself, or dig my own grave as the case may be! They did an album review as well. Thank you Harp!
Songs:Illinois did a post about my new record today… go over there to hear the song "Playmate" with my blessing. Craig’s a good egg, the kind of blogger who likes to ask permission before posting stuff… I’m not saying everybody’s gonna act that way but I really appreciate the consideration. So he has the edge… I hooked him up with some giveaways the ordinary joe wouldn’t be able to get his mitts on. He’s posted my ancient demo version of "Lovin’ You Goodbye", plus a cover-song demo I did with Ryan Hembrey, called "Lula Lee". It was once part of a country covers album project that never materialized. Goes along with the two cover songs that appeared at the end of my Demos album, it’s from those same sessions. Hope you like. I don’t think he keeps his songs up very long so get over there now while the post is still fresh…
Since it’s my birthday, and just to say thanks for waiting so long for new music from me, I’d like to give y’all a present! It’s an outtake from the IT’S A GAME sessions. I hope you like it. :-) Believe me, the actual album sounds a whoooooooole helluva lot better than this, hoo-wee! But it’s just too fuckin’ funny not to share.
Today’s my 41st birthday! And, not that one has anything to do with the other, but the time is finally right to talk a little bit about my new album It’s a Game. It’s going to be released on CD and LP, on November 15th if all goes as we hope, or even if it doesn’t! On Drag City of course, catalog # DC301. What you’re lookin’ at up there is some proposed poster art, not the cover — I’m keeping that under wraps until we get it all finalized, but you’ll see it soon enough. That poster photo was taken by Eric Ziegenhagen just last week at the Palmer House downtown — it got dolled up and pinkified by Dan Osborn, who’s doing the album layout like he’s done for all my rekkids.
I can’t believe it’s Friday. Is it really Friday? I am so looney right now, I shouldn’t be blogging but oh well, here I am. In case you haven’t been following things around here, we’ve been recording my new album off and on for the past few weeks… we just pulled three really intense days of work at North Branch, and finally finished all the tracking today (=yesterday). The whole day was reserved for my vocals and boy howdy, I sang my ass off, for twelve hours straight! There were a whole lot more vocals to be done than any of us imagined, it was pretty mind-boggling. I wonder if even half of those harmonies and overlappey things will actually end up on the record? We’ll find out next week when we go back in to mix the thing. Three days I believe, and then god help us we’ll be done. With the recording. Then there’s everything else that has to happen before it can be released, but let’s not think about that now please!
I’m half-sick right now… I’ve had a weird throat thing cooking up for the past few days, with really painful swollen glands on my neck. It never really affected my singing thank god; I’m not hoarse, it’s just hard to swallow. Whatever, I have a weekend to recuperate, and all I have to do next week is sit there and use my ears. Piece o’ cake.
I just the finished demo’ing that song I was talking about before, it came out super cool!! I think it’s called "A Mirage", or maybe "The Last Boy I Loved (…A Mirage)"? Whatever. It’s a goodie! I bet Rian’s gonna dig it a lot. It has double-tracked vocals and one track of impossibly high harmonies… two verses, three choruses, and I left an instrumental break in the middle where he can imagine, like, a mariachi band solo or whatever he wants, heheh. I gotta go make an MP3 for him now. Man, this is pretty catchy, it’s gonna take me awhile to get this one out of my damn head!! I should go listen to some, like, Auf der Mar or somethin’. ;-)