Well, we did it. We tracked about 95% of 14 songs in 7.5 DAYS(!). Damien tracked his latest (GENIUS) record, Maraqopa, in just 3 days so this probably doesn't feel *quite* as revolutionary to him, but I am STUNNED and AMAZED. I thought for sure we would have tons of stuff to re-do or tweak or add, but as of now it seems that we do not. We listened through all 14 songs at the end of the week and there were big smiles all around. Not only did we make something beautiful together, but there was SO MUCH JOY in the making. How did we do it in such a short amount of time? We did it live, in single takes, with all the "mistakes" left IN. This is how people used to make records. This is how Damien Jurado makes records now. And the resulting sound has SO MUCH LIFE IN IT, it's astounding.
I am a new artist after this experience.
Below are a few highlights from the final tracking days. Stay tuned for news on mixing, mastering and eventual album release plans!
New music coming your way!
I've kept this news in my hat for a while now because Damien Jurado is blowing up (though to many of us he's always been HUGE) and I was terrified he was going to call me up and say "Bob Dylan is taking me on tour and I can't produce your record after all," but THANKS BE, the scheduling fates have aligned and we were able to start recording together this week (YAYAYAYAYAY!)! We are now just 4 1/2 days in to the process and it's already been a magical experience - for everyone involved. Damien is a wonderfully supportive, strong, and creative force in the studio, and I am growing immensely as an artist working with him. Songs are evolving, fears/insecurities are falling away, and I am becoming increasingly more and more excited about this collection of songs.
I'm so grateful.
I absolutely cannot WAIT to share the love and magic with you all! Here are a few shoddy iPhone pics from our time at Columbia City Theater this week. More pals are coming in next week to lend their respective talents to the project so stay tuned for news and updates!
Get your bikini top and cutoffs on! Or maybe just throw some flip flops on with your business suit? It's going to be 80 degrees in Seattle this Thursday as my band and I rock City Hall at NOON O'CLOCK.
Rally your co-workers! Grab a sack lunch! Put some sunblock on! As for our part, we'll be playing a bunch of jams off Burn the Boats as well a boatload of the new songs we're about to start recording (next week)!
This will be the last full-band Seattle show until September! DON'T MISS IT!
See you there!
Dear lord, 9AM is too early for me to be awake, much less singing live on the radio. But I rallied, dragged myself out of bed, and husked my way through some tunes for the lovely folks over at Seattle's new Jet City Stream. Here's some video footage of my mangled, tangled, and bedraggled morning self playing a new song called "Grown Up Things."
Tomorrow night - Thursday, June 14th - I'll play MY LAST NIGHTTIME SHOW FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS (takin' a break to make a record!) with two FANTASTIC artists at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. My pal Mark Pickerel will start the show around 9PM with some skilled solo jams, then I'll play a set with full band (we'll be debuting NEW SONGS!!!), and the fabulous Amy Lavere (out of Memphis) will close out the night with her mad stand-up-bass skills. Here's a little taste of what she's about:
Hope to see you!