We had a good time with Blue Dream at The Jackpot in Lawrence a few weeks ago. They play bloozy 6Ts/7Ts party music you can dance to if you want.
After burning a tube at the Jackpot the other week, Drew’s talking about bringing his vintage Orange OR80 to the Riot Room next Sunday. You probably want to hear that.
Bring your preferred hearing protection, though.
DJ Sunshine’s been spinning us on her Retro Red-Eye Express show. It was “All Tied Up” the other week, and I just sent her the Bang EP, so we hope she enjoys “Radio Edit (Radio Edit)” (or the long one!) and “Ghost You Out.”
— Sunshine (@retrosunshine) March 15, 2015
Playlist for 3/14/15: pic.twitter.com/KLH7eINtJ9
— Sunshine (@retrosunshine) March 15, 2015
It features Gerardo Meza of The Mezcal Brothers!
Updated again 15 March with additional bands and details
Updated 14 March 2015 with an additional DS show!
I’ve supported the Clinch Mob Compilation for Lincoln musician Pat Clinch’s medical expenses, and I hope you’ll check it out and participate, too. Pat’s a veteran of Strawberry Burns and was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The comp includes b-sides, unreleased, and new tracks from bands like Ideal Cleaners, Tangelo, Mezcal Brothers, Panda Face, Shacker, and more.
A couple months ago Drew and I went in together on a late 1970s Soundtracs FME mixing console, based on Duane’s recommendation. We scored a good deal on eBay, carefully dragged the 225-pound unit (console + road case) down to the basement, and this past Monday I got to work with it for the first time.
First I tested each channel with one signal, listening and compensating for any differences among them. These circuits are 35+ years old, and have drifted a bit; to get each channel to sound the same I used preamp gain settings as much as 11 dB apart, EQ adjustments of -1.5 dB to +3 dB, and levels as much 4.5 dB apart. That took all morning, and while we’ll tweak it as we continue to use the board, those settings will be a foundation we can start mixes from in the future.
Then I actually mixed a five-song project for upcoming release on MFR. I’d already gotten the mixes to a state I was happy with in ProTools, so I was just routing those tracks through the console and back into ProTools in stereo, making fine adjustments.
Mixing on the Soundtracs was brilliant; revelatory, really. Even at levels below clipping, the preamps subtly compress and add harmonics in a beautiful way. The EQ was the best part, though. In ProTools, I’ll spend weeks on a mix agonizing over tiny changes in EQ, trying to get things to sound their best. On the console it’s simple and natural to turn up the level, sweep the frequency for the range I want to affect, and bring the level back down until I’ve achieved what I want to hear.
It wasn’t cheap, but even so this piece of gear was well worth it for us, and offers good bang-for-buck in that it will substantially improve every mix we do (think: new Mars Lights LP, new Dark Satelliets LP, Cory’s solo project, and more) from now on. And it’s fun to use.
As a bonus, here are some pics of Drew pole-dancing in Wichita Friday night, then deciding to sit on the floor and enjoy the music, at the Mars Lights / Vehicles / Admirals show.
Pete Townshend’s episode of Behind The Music introduced me to The Who’s Lifehouse project, the ambitious post-Tommy rock opera that fell apart and was never released. Some of its best songs ended up on Who’s Next, including “Baba O’Riley,” “Getting In Tune,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Off and on I’ve worked on a playlist of Lifehouse as it might have been, cobbling it together from Who’s Next, Odds & Sods, Who Are You, and various b-sides and bonus tracks. It’s pretty fun to listen to.
because i have too much time on my hands, i waste it by reconstructing famous unreleased albums. here are some of them. enjoy.
I’ve only been able to scan the blog so far, but I’m already looking forward to:
- Weezer’s Songs From The Black Hole
- Smashing Pumpkins’ Glass and The Machines of God
- The Clash’s Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg
- Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams
- and of course, soniclovenoize’s version of Lifehouse
Not only are these lost albums reconstructed with careful attention to audio quality and source material, there are extensive notes and background reading on each one. I’m amped about this find, and will thoroughly enjoy exploring the blog; thanks, soniclovenoize!
* See also re-arranging Springsteen’s Live 1975-85, Ken Burns’ Jazz box set, and Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label into chronological order, enjoying Radiohead’s 01 10, reversing The Roots’ Undun, etc.