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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I'm New Here

The debut compilation album from Mixtape Club has been released and is slowly making it’s way across the airwaves, cassette decks, and internets. We have sold out of physical subscriptions, but an option for a digital only subscription will be available soon. My contribution is called Nothing is Familiar. Check it out!

This month’s track list:

TAPE SIDE A

1.Curtis Windover- What is the Point?

2.Karimiah - Don't Let Me Eat Alone

3.Consilience- All I Know

4.Liam Trimble - Front Page Of The End Times

5.Paul Cournoyer - California Cowgirl

6.Brenna Lowrie - Now (Again)



TAPE SIDE B

6.Jesse Northey- It's Just A Card

7.Mark Mills- Little Bike

8.Jon Martin- Nothing is Familiar

9.Joel Stretch- Pressed into the Pavement

10.Doug Hoyer - Born Yesterday

11. Scott Bartlett - All Brand New



DIGITAL

Scott Mckellar - Into Gold

Aaron Trozzo - Canoe Here

J. Eygenraam - Heat of The Night

Joe Nolan- Untitled

Michael Granzow - I'm New Here

Mixtape Club

So in a few days the first edition of the Mixtape Club will launch. What is this and why should I care? Mixtape Club is basically a monthly compilation written by artists from all over Alberta and sent out to people via digital and physical cassette distribution. It will run from September 2014 until August 2015 with a different theme each month.

In addition to contributing as an artist, I am also performing mastering duties to keep everything more or less on the straight-and-narrow. I was going through the 15 submissions for the first month and was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the angles that all of the contributing songwriters took both lyrically and musically. I really like that you get little encapsulated bits of the individual music scenes that are represented across the songs, particularly in the case of Lethbridge and Edmonton.

You can check it out or subscribe here:

http://mixtapeclubalberta.bandcamp.com/merch/1-year-mix-tape-club-subscription
or here:
https://www.facebook.com/mixtapeclubalberta
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