Wednesday, July 27, 2005

mitre: now with more low end

Back in Chicago. The bass made it through okay, which was a pleasant surprise. I got a great little pamphlet from the Transit Security Agency (or whatever the hell TSA stands for) explaining that they'd had to open the case to ensure that it wasn't anything dangerous. If they'd only known...

So now mitre has low end. But what to do with it, exactly? I've been doing this for at least five years now (I've lost track) with only a six-string and various & sundry toys and gizmos... It may take me some time to figure out how bass will figure into the mitre equation. Rest assured, the mitre vision (whatever the hell that is) will be the same as ever.

Saw Phantom Buffalo while in Maine. They totally brought the rock. Excellent things in store for those of you who haven't heard them yet.

Back (slavishly) to the grind.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Blech

Birthday yesterday. Sick today. Sore throat. Suck-tacular.

Been having a good time in the old homestead. Freshwater swimming, clay pigeon shooting, lobster eating. Hung out with Caleb, dropped off the new CD--he dug my cover. Hung out with half of RoadMoxie earlier in the week--the whole crew is going to be up this weekend.

Reading quite a bit. Might bring my bass back if I can figure out how to get it on a plane without them breaking it. A new phase for the mitre? Stay tooned.

Friday, July 15, 2005

mitre 1; technology 0

Take THAT, stupid CD burner! You tried to stop me, but the drone will prevail.

In other words, the album is done. Still no title. But who cares about titles, really? 8 tracks, just under 44 minutes, including what I think is some of my best material to date. Now to figure out a way to get it out there into the world.

I also mixed down the track for the covers project, so I'm pretty pleased with myself right about now.

I leave for Maine tonight for a week of out-chillery. Well-deserved, if I do say so myself. That's all for now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I hate technology

I finished digitally whiz-bang-kapow'ing the new album and my damn CD burner is just saying no. It looked like it was doing fine but at the last minute it decided it didn't want to read the disc anymore.

Dear CD burner: you are a piece of shit. Sincerely, Me.

I suppose I should cut it some slack, seeing as I've dragged it the entire length of the country and back. But still, it's a CD burner. You'd expect it to, oh I don't know, BURN FUCKING CD'S.

Never fear. Technology has failed to get the best of me thus far, and I refuse to let it conquer me now. But I may have to throw something against a wall at some point during the battle.


UPDATE & WARNING:

I use Memorex CDR's (at least, that's what I bought a ton of on sale). If you do likewise, please learn from my mistakes.

don't try to snap them in half.

Stay with me on this one. Regular CD's just kind of snap in half. CDR's (I can only attest to the Memorex ones, though I suspect others might do this as well) do not. Instead, they explode with a loud popping sound, getting small shards of plastic all over your hands, clothing, and floor. Hopefully your (my) cat will not eat any of said shards you (I) may have missed when sweeping them up.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Okay, so I'd intended to spend the long weekend finishing the new record, but that didn't happen. Sorry. It'll happen eventually, I promise.

In other news, I'm participating in a sort of experimental covers project curated by Caleb Mulkerin of Cerberus Shoal. Very little is finalized at this point (and the goal isn't to release any of it, so I don't even know why I'm bothering to mention it), but I've already recorded my submission for the first go-round and it came out surprisingly well, if I do say so.

More soon?

Friday, July 01, 2005

Hi there. Long time no see. How've you been? You're looking well.

I could try to explain the long delay between posts. But nobody reads this anyway, so who cares? In the three years since I last updated this thing, a lot has happened, and I'm not even going to bother trying to cover it all. So let's just pretend that it never happened, shall we?

New album is done, I think. I shelved it about 8 months ago to let the flavors condense and mingle, and I dug it back out again last night. I chopped one track (sorry Z.), and now I think it's done. I'm listening to it as I type, and I think it's good. Needs a little tweaking here and there, but it's so close I can taste it. And it tastes like coffee. No wait, that IS coffee I'm tasting. Anyhow. Seven tracks, 45 minutes. Classic album length as dictated by the limitations of vinyl. But that's a dream I'm not even thinking of having at this point. The first album (yes, there was one) was about the same length. The second (as yet unreleased) one was longer. The new one (as yet untitled) is the same length as a one-track mp3 EP I did. Weird.

Speaking of MP3 EP's, my compatriot Zac Keiller down in Australia has been faithfully releasing my stuff. Weird, I know. Check his site, Dreamland Recordings.

He also put out an actual physical EP of mine. Which has gotten reviews in languages I can't even read. Head. Spinning.

That's all for now. Make sure to visit Zac's site.
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