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Wednesday, June 2, 2004
07:31 p.m.


I've been living in notebooks today, notating in the way that I guess I've got used to the way to play these songs that I haven't quite written yet, but I'm sure the fingers'll fall into place once we've turned the bass amp around and set the drums on 'stun'.

We'll put the phones to 'off', so don't call us this summer. We'll turn off everything that buzzes, hums, whirs, or beeps. So don't trust anything we bake, cause it ain't been refrigerated.

Sunday, March 28, 2004
04:36 p.m.

Not in Hiding

Anyway, just got back from spring break ('04) and worked on a couple songs. I think we may be ready to begin the Love Drums sessions as soon as I get back from school, June '04 or so. We're pumped. We're inspired. One of us is technically proficient. The other is a reclusive genius who has nothing better to do than to take apart pop songs and complain about how I can't write them as well as the radio. Anyway, more complaining at the more frequently updated site, accessed by clicking on the name of this entry.

Tuesday, December 2, 2003
01:32 p.m.

LOVE DRUMS
Listening to-
Everything.
I'm not kidding,
I'm listening to EVERYTHING

So this is to hype up the album that we are going to start once I get back from Santa Cruz. I've been feeling something build up. I know what I'm doing wrong, and its time that I start doing at least parts at least a little right. And if I can manage that, the world is going to be in a whole lot of trouble. In terms of not being able to get my songs out of their head. I will also be talking about the recording of this album at the other site, http://lefou.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2003
02:23 a.m.


listening to-
Cafe Tacuba
The Carpenters
Outkast
Sean Paul
Essential Logic

Conner and I are recording another album real quicklike. This one is going to be very different, somewhere between a lullaby and a marching band record. We have found a certain way to get this recorded around the new neighbors, which may be explained later. We have one song done, about eleven to go. California Adios may be on hold until we can figure out how Conner's schedule is going to work.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003
01:16 a.m.


Listening to -
The Associates
Art of Noise
Justin Timberlake
Yes
Van Der Graaf Generator
Audio Bullys

Le Fou is finished. Lots of hard work and us editing and re-editing different drafts of the album. Anyway, artwork should be done by wednesday, so expect them to start going out by then or around then. I am planning another album to record, and then we will try and finish California Adios. The lyrics to Le Fou will be up relatively soon (like ten minutes, maybe)

Monday, July 7, 2003
02:03 p.m.


Listening to-
France Gall
Jacques Dutronc
Steely Dan
Luomo
Franco et OK Jazz
Various Freakbeat comps

So the James Rabbit team has been joined by Ian. Ian can play very well, and hopefully has a better organizational mind than I, and therefore will be better suited to the production task than I. Its like with conner I say 'I want.. this beat' and with grayson I say 'I want... this sound' and with ian i say 'i want... this melody'. I'll do the basslines. And I'll supply the stack of songs. And maybe I'll sing over the end result.
The idea for Le Fou as it stands is that we are going to record the fifty songs we have and either trim out the bad stuff down to fifteen tracks, or release the original fifteen with the other thirty five as bonus tracks (in mp3 form, or on other cds). Also maybe I'll put somewhere the epic (and epicly strange) instrumentals that we've been doing. I don't know. What would you do if I handed you a cd of all new material that was like three hours long?
Also, if you click over the 'Le Fou' link to the right, it will take you to a comprehensive/exhaustive/sickeningly detailed take on the recording process, blogger style.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003
11:45 p.m.


Listening to-
Housemartins
Radiohead
Stranglers
Mahlathini
Aislers Set
James Brown

So we have resumed recording for Le Fou. Energy and stress are high, but ambition is higher. I have decided to not do a second keyboard album, and instead record the songs that I had written for that album as either B-sides or replacement tracks for Le Fou. Replacement track = in case one of these songs comes out better than the songs I have listed for the album. Anyway, we're getting rhythm out of the way first so we have room for the real crazy.

Sunday, June 1, 2003
02:05 p.m.


Listening to -
Primal Scream
Giant Sand
OMD
The Smiths
Scritti Politti

Well, I've gone and recorded an album during the downtime from the Le Fou sessions. Conner is unsatisfied with the mike set up we have and is working pretty much constantly to upgrade those and his current drum heads. This has left me alone with not a lot of instruments and a lot of time.
Justice Poets in the Dark was recorded with only a keyboard and voice (though you can hear Conner drumming on the other side of the house at the beginning of "Vice Comes so Naturally"), I arranged the music, programmed it into the keyboard, put a couple effects on and sang to it.
I will be recording another album along the same lines, only the songs will be a little more complicated, I've been using notation like Am7-3+5+6 and C+6/B, so you'll hear how that sounds. Anyway, lyrics will be up as soon as I can remember and email me if you want a copy (artwork will be done by tuesday, hopefully).

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