I had the pleasure of recording some demos of songs that would wind up on this wonderful EP. In fact, Zach soldiered through recording while there was a bit of a party going on upstairs, but we somehow managed to work around that and get some basic tracks together. Zach’s EP takes his engaging story-songs […]
Cleveland Guitar Wars 1990
Oh wow, I stumbled across this jewel tonight. It’s… I have no words. (You can skip ahead to find Jeff Nagel in fine form).
Parker guitar dating
I found a cool bit of information about Parker Guitars while I was trying to identify the one I have. I got my Parker in the late 90s at Sodja Music in Cleveland (purchased from the inimitable Jeff Nagel). It wasn’t like most Parker guitars I had seen at the time. The one I got […]
Featured music for Prizechutes promo video
Recently my friends at GameOps.com used a piece of my music in a Prizechutes promotional video. The song, “Can U Feel the Groove“, is an upcoming DD69 tune that will be included in a forthcoming release entitled Day Boiler. Gameops.com currently uses another of my compositions for their podcast intro music, which will also be on […]
History of the AKG C414
My friend Maurice pointed me at this interesting article about the history of the AKG C414 microphone. The story (published on April 14th, get it?) traces the development of the 414 from it’s first “forefathers” in the 1950s through today. Check it out here!
Take It or Leave It (Dick Dale)
Dick Dale, surf guitar legend, passed away on March 16th. Here’s one of his songs that I have always liked a lot: Take It or Leave It. The album that it is on (Unknown Territory) is really worth a listen.
Recording a behemoth
At the latest studio night, Jeff brought over his upright bass so we could try out some tracking with it. It’s the first time I’ve recorded one of these, and I can tell it’s going to be fun working with it from both the recording side and the mixing side. He’s got a gooseneck microphone […]
The CP-70 sound
I’ve been working on a song the last few days which, unexpectedly, took a turn from a straight-up rock guitar song to something more atmospheric. After cutting the tempo in half and laying down a Moog bass sound and a very glassy pad, I decided I wanted to go full Peter Gabriel on it and […]
Drum Machine Patterns
While working on some tracking for a new song, I ran across this site: Drum Machine Pattern Although some of the drummers I know are not really enamored of drum machines, I like them. One of my first pieces of Pro Gear was an Alesis HR-16 drum machine, and I used it so much that […]
Music Monday: ORK – I’m Afraid of Americans
My friend Josh shared this tune with me recently. It’s a cover of David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” with lyrics subtly updated for today. What’s really cool is that if you go to their Bandcamp page, you can buy a collection of tracks that includes the song in both English and Spanish, as well […]