SHAUN McCABE FOREVER | Various Artists

A ton of outstanding Nebraska artists* put this album together in memory of Shaun McCabe, who recently died from complications stemming from Cystic Fibrosis.

* Including our own Cory Kibler, Manny Coon, and The Golden Age, and friends in Ideal Cleaners/Halfwit, Her Flyaway Manner/Brendan McGinn, The Machete Archive, Good With Guns, and The Killigans

Mr. Furious Records is proud to share this work in Shaun’s honor. Please listen and support if you can.

DS Shows – One More Plus The Details

3 March 2018, Saturday – Dark Satellites at minibar, Kansas City MO, with The Show Is The Rainbow and AKAFDM.  $5, 21+, doors at 9 show at 10.

(THE SHOW IS THE RAINBOW!!!!)

8 March 2018, Thursday – Dark Satellites at Replay Lounge, Lawrence KS, with Hyperbor and Hidden Planets.  $3, show at 10.

23 April 2018, Monday – Dark Satellites at minibar, Kansas City MO, with Americas (Chico CA) and Antiphony (Santa Rosa, CA)

Furious Sound Studio B Open

In other words, a synthesizer and an iPad in a bedroom.

The signal path is: Korg MS-20 mini main out > various pedals > MS-20 External Signal Processor > iPad headphone jack breakout box I built > HarmonicDog MultiTrack DAW running on an iPad mini.

I’m going to make at least a couple Night Mode albums with this rig, and recorded a track for one earlier this afternoon.

GarageBand highpasses and compresses any signal coming in through the headphone jack, even on its “Clean” setting, so it wasn’t suitable for me for serious recording.  The HarmonicDog app does nicely, once “Measurement Mode” is turned off in the iPad Settings app.

The breakout box + iPad make a decent field/remote recording rig as well, because the box can accept 1/4″ mono, mic, 1/8″ stereo, and 1/8″ mono cables.  I could take a guitar, a decent dynamic mic (like my EV RE320), and the iPad to a cabin in the woods and make my “Nebraska,” no problem.  Even a basic full band record, with some combination of minimalist mic techniques and/or pre-mixing before the breakout box, would be possible.

It will be a lot of fun to be able to pause whatever massive recording or soldering project I have going and make a synth song on a whim.

Mars Lights Bass Reamping

Drew and I reamped all the Mars Lights bass tracks Friday night.Sounded pretty huge.

We were short on good mics for bass cabs when we were doing the main tracks, so we recorded a DI bass signal.  Friday we ran that signal back out from ProTools through the bass gear.

Not everything in the picture was on.  Signal chain was ProTools > Empress Compressor > Falcon Heavy > LS-2 (signal split) > two amps: Music Man 65 and Traynor Bass Master.

I also got a vocal track down – first one since before Thanksgiving, when I got sick – so massive progress on the double LP this week.  \m/

My bass rig is now back at home for recording h&s tracks.

This is what editing 61 sax solo takes looks like

Wild.

I’m about halfway through updating the h&s mixes to kind of see where we’re at, post-recording-guitars.  I think bass is up next, provided I can coordinate gear with the Mars Lights mixing process.  (We need bass gear for that too, to re-amp my DI signals.)

The Best Music We Heard In 2017

Here is the best music we heard in the past year. Most, but not all, was released in 2017.

Top 14 (in random order)

Honorable mention:
The War On Drugs “A Deeper Understanding” (2017)
Sufjan Stevens, “Planetarium” (2017)
Spoon, “Hot Thoughts” (2017)
Vokonis, “The Sunken Djinn” (2017)
Pallbearer, “Heartless” (2017)
The New Pornographers, “Whiteout Conditions” (2017)
Hyborian, “Hyborian: Vol. 1” (2017)
HAIM, “Something to Tell You” (2017)
The Afghan Whigs, “In Spades” (2017)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani, “FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy” (2016)

I’m Done

…with h&s guitars as of today.  Now am headed to Denver Thursday to record an EP with Cory.

I’m going to take some time to get the h&s sessions in order and do household stuff I’ve been neglecting before starting the next major phase.  (Not sure if the next major phase is bass or vocals.)

The sessions are kind of a mess because the drums were tracked in two sessions at the library six months apart, and my Reaper session template has evolved and improved since I started them (probably close to two years ago).  I want to update the effects and routing as if the h&s sessions had been done in my current template, and that’s going to take a lot of note-taking and careful clicking.  And I want to get some basic sax settings (compression, close/room mic balance) and drum settings (absolute phase, relative phase, panning) set.  It will be worth it when it comes to mixing.

Aww yiss for milestones.