Windy City 2

The new Windy City compilation is out (in digital form anyway)! Thanks to everyone that came out on Saturday for the fundraising show, we had a great time at what was our first proper performance at The Owl. The money raised will definitely help make sure the printed cassette copy of the album will turn out the best it can.

We were lucky enough to secure the opening track on the album, which you can check out here:

Landmarks, Windy City, New Video

Busy time of year! The February Mixtape was a little late coming together, but it’s officially out now. My song for this month is called Ocean Memory, which is available on the music page.


Another compilation song was on the blocks this week, for Norwegian Blue’s Windy City 2 comp. With the limited amount of time we had, it turned out to be a really fun song to record. We had set a session up for the middle of the week, so I put a song together on Tuesday and we banged the bed tracks out on Wednesday night in a couple hours. It’s strangely(and alarmingly) uncommon these days when a song actually gets recorded in room with a bunch of people all at the same time, no click, no headphones, PA on, etc., essentially a rehearsal situation with the recording mics set up. Given the nature of modern recording setups, people typically do songs bit by bit and piece everything together like a puzzle more than a snapshot of a moment. One isn’t inherently better than the other, and I’m definitely a fan of both ways of doing it, as the results are completely different, but this time we chose option A. The song is called Is This Tomorrow? and should be released by Norwegian Blue in the coming weeks on their Windy City 2 compilation.


Finally, I had an experiment I wanted to try with make a dynamics-controllable supporting instrument and gave it a spin yesterday. The idea was basically to generate new, useful, and related sounds from what is already being played by the guitar and vocal. It’s controlled by the volume and duration of certain frequencies, so it can be used somewhat like an additional supporting instrument that is manipulated in real time. I’m going to take a few more stabs at the idea and see what I can do with it, but here is the result of the experiment with a song called From The Outside.


Authors and Books! November Mixtape

Another great month for the Mixtape Club! The Authors and Books theme helped coax out what is possibly the most varied set of songs so far. It’s also kind of fun not really knowing what book (or author) is being referenced in the song. When I was mastering them, I wasn’t sure what the reference was, I just pretended it was something else and inserted my own. Kind of the same thing that happens when someone is telling you about a movie or tv show that you’ve never seen and while they’re telling you about it you are picturing whatever it is as something completely different. Think of Game of Thrones but in the world of the second Alien movie - much excite!


I was having a tough time choosing between a book I was reading and I book I had just read, and eventually opted to go for the book I was reading. I don’t want to ruin all the fun but I’ll narrow it down by saying the book I chose to work from is at least 50 years old and is awesome. My song is called Reflection of the Mother Sun.


Anyway, coming up at the end of the month we’ll be doing a show with The Moonrunners and Mormon Girls at the Slice. Looking forward to debuting a few new songs after a little bit of a live break. In the last bit I’ve also gone through and redone my pedal board and *finally* found a fuzz pedal that:
a)sounds awesome,
b)requires minimal fucking around to sound awesome, and
c)possesses a picture of the much heralded Fuzz God.

The show is on November 29th/$10 at the door and you can find more info here.


November 2014 - Authors and Books

1.Doug Hoyer - Chapters of a Life
2.Jon Martin - Reflections of the Mother Sun
3.Syd Gross - Sapper Kip
4.Mark Mills - Brother Heard the Trumpet
5.Jesse Northey - The Glass House
6.Bombproof the Horses - The Ground Where One Thousand Flowers Bloom
7.Aaron Trozzo -A Massacre? A Sex Orgy? A Joke?
8.Brenna Lowrie - Death in Venice
9.Joel Stretch - Words of my Roaring (for RK)
10.Jason Oakes - Shakespeare and Company

BONUS DIGITAL TRACK

Karimah - Peaches and Dreams

Artwork by Robyn Taylor-Neu
Mastering by Jon Martin
Layout by Iwona Fafarek


Apocalypse Tape

The October Mixtape Club compilation has been released and it turned out great! I thought it would be a well represented month given the Apocalypse theme that everyone seems to be very fond of (alarming?). Both Jason and I contributed songs, Jason’s song is called Dead on the Rise and mine is called Circling. I have decided that I will keep two months worth of my submissions up on the music page so that non-subscribers can have access to a little piece of the project is all about.


You can check it out/sign up for a digital subscription here:


https://mixtapeclubalberta.bandcamp.com/album/apocalypse-tape-october-2014

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SCF 2014 Finals

Last weekend Jon joined a group of excellent Southern Alberta songwriters at the South Country Fair Songwriting Competition at The Slice in Lethbridge with the song Can’t Go Back. While they didn’t manage to take the big prize, Jon, Paul, and Kris came in a very respectable second place! You can check out the performance below:


Crowded Spaces finished

So Crowded Spaces has been mastered and, while it will be up on the interwebs in the usual places within the next couple days, you can check it out right now!


Recommend listening for proper effect: all 4 tracks in one go with some decent headphones or a stereo


Crowded Spaces

I’ve been holed up for the last month or so getting project submissions finished for a conference and finishing up a second electro-acoustic album I’ve been working on called Crowded Spaced. It will still be just a little bit longer before it’s officially released, but my brother Andrew Martin did up some album artwork that you can check out right now below:



Crowded Spaces is an ambient/art music/noise hybrid and looks at looks at different ideas of crowding that exist as a result of modern perspective and technology. There are four movements that each contain three smaller subsections.
Track list:

I’ll keep you posted about a release date.


On the other side of things, The New Weather Machine be playing an event held by The Meliorist on April 5th. I know that another local band called The Utilities and a couple others will be performing as well.

Most importantly, the new David Bowie album is out and it’s fantastic, but I didn’t need to say that did I?
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