Thursday, January 28, 2010

Photo from the Cloudbank Sessions

Check out this band photo that Rusty shot for us behind the studio... click to enlarge.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Live Tracking is FINISHED

14 songs tracked in 8 days of recording | principle recording is now finished | more overdubs still to be done | then we fist fight over which songs make the album.

i gotta say i am super tired, thankful, and surprised. to watch a litter of songs that i've only sung with a guitar or a piano grow the muscle and sinew of a band gives them a density that up until now, only i could hear. we've all midwifed these tunes through a second birth and there are some moments! i have explored music with each of these guys individually when i had lived for a spell in their town (shaun - columbus,oh/ jim - florence, sc/ jason - nashville, tn)so when they all swung at my pitch i knew we were in for an anthropological experiment. the relationships formed amongst strangers in two weeks of living together/making music together is an phenomenon of laughs, insecurities, wrestling, empowerment, wierd meals, and fraternity. i think we all feel empty and full all at the same time.


View of the Iced Hudson from Garrison

Mama is relentless during overdubs but it hurts so good.

One night we took a break climbed 1/4 the way up Break Neck mountain. This is after we made our decent.

Gerry and Donnie tracking "Hypocrite". I (Jimmy) was snapping pics before my part came up.

Shaun's drum setup.

Electric Guitar Amps (Epi Valve Jr. - Headstrong Lil' King, Fender Deluxe Reverb, & Mesa Boogie Lonestar Special)

Badabing Badabing Badabing Badabing Badabing Badabing Badabing
(Jimmy's favorite instrument)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On the banks of the Hudson River

Photo by Rusty Ralston.

Down the hill and through the snow-covered roads, the Hudson River flows below in all it's frozen beauty. On a run to the market to get some food, we stopped by the water and shot a couple photos with our friend Rusty. Click to enlarge.

This is what happens between takes...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rehearsal Pics

Gerry (A.K.A "Spooky Ghost") coaching us

Higgins' kit during reheasals

Michael Tudor (A.K.A. "Mama") rocks the faders and microphones

Mama's command center

The Rehearsal Room

we are attempting the absurd...
a handful of guys who have never met have to learn 13 songs in a few days. they are asked to play these songs like they've been rehearsing them together for 6 months. then they are recorded in a live tracking scenario to capture this feel. we'll see what becomes...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

That's right Yankee's fans>>>
more visual delights from Cloudbank Rd.