So, we went up to Quad Lakeside studios in Greenwood Lake NY for a long weekend on the 14th-16th and came away with 10 awesome tracks. Lou and Matt were amazing to work with, and the studio that Lou has built is nothing short of amazing. Lou is sort of a legend in the NYC studio business having owned the famous Quad Recording Studios in Times Square for decades. He’s recorded a roster of artists too long and impressive to list and it was generally an honor to watch him work and learn from him.
We had the time of our lives up there, just hanging out, recording and generally having a great time.
The songs sound terrific even in rough mix form and now it’s time to polish things up and keep making them better.
Good Evening . . .
No Practice this week, but some good news to report: Mike got a new refrigerator today.
Ahhh, the productivity continues . . .
Last night =
2 pizzas, Be Bop Deluxe, Zappa, Shakedown Street, Magma, some crappy band in the B Room, and no Mike P.
I should start by saying that I like Prog Rock as much as the next guy. I grew up listening to Yes, King Crimson, Rush, Genesis et al.
However, I have never come across anything like what I was introduced to last night. Magma. And they’ve been around since 1970.
First of all, they’re French. Second of all, their lyrics contain no real words. From their wikipedia page: Magma ” invented a constructed language Kobaian, in which most lyrics are sung. Kobaïan is a phonetic language made by elements of the Slavonic and Germanic languages to be able to express some things musically. The language has of course a content, but not word by word. ”
More: “In the course of their first album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the planet Kobaïa. Later, conflict arises when the Kobaïans — descendants of the original colonists — encounter other Earth refugees.”
They’re actually not bad though. I think Matt may have a life sized doll of their guitar player.
So, i don’t even know how this posting thing works. Last night was great – the first time in the history of the band that we went the entire 3 hours and didn’t play any of our own songs. of course, that’s largely due to the fact that Mike wasn’t able to attend, meaning that we had to oscillate between Matt’s absolutely rancid attempts at drumming and Mon’s somewhat more passable attempts (above). Luckily I i was able to save the day with my open G rendition of Exile on Main Street (side one).