Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January Experimental Recording Session

Prelude to a Power Ballad (4 megs)
Blue Rose (15 megs)

Here are a couple of clips from an experimental recording session last week with 5-Track (guitar), Woody Frank (guitar), Patrick Lenon (drums), Sheridan Riley (drums), and Me Woods (bass).

In the first clip, we had just finished setting up the multitracking gear and immediately dove into a level-check jam.  This is a slightly truncated mix of that.

The second piece is a hypnotic psych-jam, called out by Five at the very end of the session.  Felt like this one could go on forever.  Might be that we'll use a short piece of this in the final tune!

A nice blend of sounds, I thought!  I'm also very much looking forward to sharing some of the material from the main session, but more on that later.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Woody and 5-Track and Astrol Waters at the LoFi Performance Gallery

Woody and 5-Track (38 megs)
Astrol Waters (62 megs)

Here are some recordings from the groups surrounding Skating Polly at their recent show at the LoFi Performance Gallery.  After an opening set by Woody and Five (above), Skating Polly played an explosive set of highly original music.  Astrol Waters closed out the evening, beginning with a poem by Ty Berry and immediately segueing into one of our best sets yet (IMO). 

For this performance, Astrol Waters was 5-Track (guitar), John Leighton Beezer (bass), Ty Berry (voice), Brandon Herzberg (guitar), William Mapp (drums), and Me Woods (bass and misc. percussion).

Thursday, December 17, 2015

WEGO Pre-Chaistock Rehearsal

recording (64 megs)

Here's the rough recording from WEGO's small-group refresher-session a week before this most recent Chaistock.  This rehearsal was only attended by about half of the group that ended up playing at the LoFi, and I didn't initially release it because I didn't want to spoil the suspense for the show/reunion.  But wow there are some tight and funky change-interpretations here, and some great chemistry throughout!  

(with 5-Track (guitar), Woody Frank (guitar), Sheridan Riley (drums), and Me Woods (bass))

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Walking Faces at Seamonster Lounge

Set 2 (58 megs)
Set 3 (35 megs)

Here are my recordings of the 2nd and 3rd sets of The Walking Faces' recent show (Weds 11-18-2015) at the Seamonster Lounge.  The Walking Faces are 5-Track (guitar-bass and voice) and Patrick Lenon (drums).  I sat in for the second set on guitar, with Woody Frank joining us for the 3rd set on bass.

(Thanks to Zinnia and Five for the photo!)

Set 2:
Speaking Through You

Set 3:
13 Rider
Blowing in the Wind

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chaistock, Fall 2015!

WEGO (46 megs)
Astrol Waters (49 megs)

Another magical Chaistock has come and gone!  (this past Sunday, as I write)  Here are recordings of the two projects I played with:

WEGO -- on the back stage, with 5-Track (guitar), Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Patrick Lenon (drums second half), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Zack Milstead (harmonica first half and bass second half), Sheridan Riley (drums first half), and Me Woods (bass first half and vocals throughout).

Astrol Waters -- on the front stage, with 5-Track (guitar), Ty Berry (voice), Brandon Herzberg (guitar), Reed Hutchins (voice), Sheridan Riley (drums), and Me Woods (bass).

(Here's a photo of WEGO)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barfing Faces

1st Movement (27 megs)
2nd Movement (17 megs)

Here's the recording of the first movement of last night's jam with 5-Track (guitar) and Patrick Lenon (drums).  Why "barfing faces"?  Well, because I clearly lack basic common sense and good-taste.  But also because Five and Patrick are also a duo called The Walking Faces.  Not convinced yet?  Also, at least partly because the rental car I was driving that evening smelled more than a bit barfy.  And, perhaps most importantly because the music often possessed what Colonel Bruce Hampton would call "the threat of vomit" (a good thing, in his book).

Monday, August 3, 2015

Astrol Waters at Hobbitstock-2015

Clip A (21 megs)
Clip B (37 megs)

 Here are the rough recordings from Astrol Waters' set at Hobbitstock 2015.  Astrol Waters is apparently now the name of the group that first played together at Tim's Tavern as Samsarama.  For this set, players included 5-Track (guitar), Ty Berry (voice and trumpet), Brandon Herzberg (guitar), Ben Ireland (drums), William Mapp (drums), and Me Woods (bass) ... and possibly others, there was a lot going on!.

(The photo at the top left here is of Immanent Transcendence, who gently pried the lid off of the evening at 8pm sharp, while there was still some daylight.)

I haven't listened to these too carefully yet, but a quick note is in order for those who weren't there:  Before the first set, as I was transitioning over to the electric bass from the previous jam on the bass-box, I hit the 15db pad on the direct-box to keep from deafening everyone with the pop.  As I should've suspected, I forgot to un-pad it before we started playing and so -- while the mix sounded pretty great where I was -- the bass may have been mostly non-existent out front until whenever I realized what had happened.  For the second clip, the bass is plennnnnty loud!

More on the beautiful experience that was Hobbitstock-2015 soon!