I think at some point we thought we’d be halfway between the McKenzie
brothers and the Cohen brothers. This was the first big move by my
filmmaking brother Andy and a prolific time for me. These tracks
were produced with the help of my brethren Ian Rashkin (engineering
advice and I think bass), Josh Stewart (trumpet) and especially Neil
Wilson (all drums), who let me use his basement studio for this whole
soundtrack. Country Session Man and sometimes IT guy Forrest Lee Jr
played the steel guitar on Track 1, the opening theme to the film. Looks
like Forrest has some cds up on cdbaby here.
He’s an amazing player.
Track 3 is a four track recording from 1993 that
Andy ended up wanting to use, to my amazement.
Tracks 4 and 5 were my
first recordings on a computer – Andy sings lead through our upstairs
telephone on Love is a Rocket, and Almost Home was recorded on my cousin
Mike’s mac while I housesat for them.
DVD here at Amazon.
Some random bits I did for video games never released. Inspired, in
order, by China Radio International, Jimpster, Phleg Camp and.. whammy
Still studying composition at the UW, I wrote a collage of guitar
ideas for 3 steel string acoustics. Friends Don Craig and Pete Matern
helped me get through this clumsy little set – I pulled the couple of
ideas I think work together here in this excerpt.
At one point there was a rumor of a giant squid living in Puget
Sound. I think of him/her (them?) when I hear this now. One of many bits
that didn’t make it on Alkaline, I did this after hours of practice
around playing slide, ebow, and thumb on my bottom strings
simultaneously. Recorded on the back patio of my mother-in-laws in
Mesa, AZ, while everyone slept Christmas Eve, 2003.
Tried and tried to get Andy to use this for something, but he never
did. 4 tracks recorded with my neighbor Todd’s Bass Guitar Synthesizer,
which I still covet.
The last bit of Shag stuff, this is my vocal demo of the theme.