On December 3rd we’ll be having our first “A-LIVE IN STUDIO” event, where bands play in front of a live audience, and get captured in beautiful studio-quality, multi-track glory. Everyone should get the chance at their own Live At Leeds or At Budokan, no? We think so.
We’re starting off with two great local duos:
Part Dog is an unpredictable and seemingly limitless musical enigma. During a radio show I once hosted, they filled the room with more tape loops and boomboxes than you could count. I have no idea what they’ll pull off this night, but I can’t wait.
The Maxines come from a sacred place in every true rock n’ roller’s heart, making music that’s a heart-poundingly simple fact of life. They do a mean Brenda Lee cover, too!
The festivities will start at 7pm. There will be a $5 door fee, which will not only get you into the show, but also a download code, which will give you access to the recordings of that night at a later date.
Banjo facts + snack tracks.
In the studio today was none other than the powerhouse trio Polka Dot Dot Dot, here to track a few fresh songs. Supremely playful and highly coordinated, PDDD is a singing group of the highest order, using little more than their voices to fashion music both ethereal and strong.
The first song they started off acapella; I used the TS-1s in a spaced pair arrangement to maintain their blend as a group. After getting a good basic take, we added vocal counter-melodies to thicken up chorus-like sections. Underneath we added a buzzy kazoo & chord organ drone, and touches of Onyx’s harp. It was simple, fast, and sounded amazing.
The second song we did began with Colleen alone with a banjo. Two Nady dynamics did remarkably well to capture the banjo’s pluckiness and body. Onyx and Jordan joined in on a vocal overdub, again mic’ed by the TS-1 spaced pair. Jordan then added a nicely complimentary malleted drum part, and Colleen tied it all together with a Rhodes piano line.
The playbacks sounded great, with only the slightest mixing — we were all extremely pleased with ourselves! I can’t wait to work with them more.