West End Crush

With Five Star Crush I started a weekend of work at KC’s West End Studio last night.  We’ve been working super hard to prepare, and it paid off; six hours, four songs of drums/bass/keys, with guitars and vocals coming later today and mixing on Sunday afternoon.  The results should be in by next weekend’s Saturday show in Lincoln (Aug. 12 – R,CC! CD release!).  Can’t wait for you guys to hear it, especially those of you who have seen us live but in bad sound situations.

I didn’t feel nervous or weird about being in a pro recording studio for the first time.  But last night I dreamt all about it – that I slept in the control room, and the studio was also a school, and a maintenance guy was outside cutting grass really fast, and how would I find anything to eat or get a shower, the band is coming over at noon to work and I’m far away from my place.  And “California Blues” was stuck in my head all night while I was dreaming.  So maybe it got to me deeper than I realized.

We’ve slayed dragons so far, so there’s every reason to think the finished songs will knock your socks off.


Because of this, beats for SR’s It’s A Trap have been at a standstill for about a week.


I’m playing a set of echoes songs Thursday night in KC, Aug. 10, 700 E 110th St. at KCSPUCC (i.e. work) outside on the patio.  7 p.m. – I’m opening for Cashmore.  It will be fun, you should totes come down.  The Garden State Song, “Coast & Plains,” “While I Was Moving About Flyover Country,” from Ventura and old-skool “SOS” will all happen certainly.  Beyond that, I’ll be picking from a big big list.


Been listening to weird stuff lately, the war and my own professional/spiritual striving has wrenched me through a lot.  Car repair.  Etc.  Boom Bip, Chariots (America, North), Hail to the Thief, Gomez b-sides, Bike, and then something like Be as an act of hope.


It’s been a while since we had a release at MFR, but there’s so much going on – we’ll have a new Furious Instance from R,CC!’s She Beeps very very soon, and once Five Star Crush is out of recording mode I’ll have Sally Ride together pretty quickly.  The murder ballads that Cory and I have done for LPR should be coming up in a month or so too.  -h

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  1. Update – we finished recording Sunday evening, and got “Collaborate” mixed but not the other tracks. We’ll finish that Thursday. I hope we can do a quick run through my mastering suite on Friday morning and burn some copies for the show in Lincoln on Saturday night (Chatterbox, 6-9 pm all ages with Robot Creep Closer! for their CD release!).

    Sounds hardcore. Better than I thought it could. Now we’ll have to figure out how to live up to it live! -h

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