New album from Camper Van Beethoven multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel, rockin' the electric guitar for the best batch of songs yet!
Hi, for those just joining us, my name is Jonathan Segel. I play the violin/keyboards/guitar etc in a band called Camper Van Beethoven. Outside of this band, I've been making CDs/albums for the past 23 or so years as well, most of them can be found in the usual places these days (Amazon, iTunes, etc.) but take a look at Magnetic for info on the label that Victor Krummenacher (also of Camper Van Beethoven and the Monks of Doom) and I had been working on for the past number of years.
We've shut our label down now, just couldn't keep it going. Some of the more recent CDs are still available through us, and most are available through CDBaby, just search for my name, or Victor's.
After "Honey", my last record, I really wasn't planning to make another rock record. But ultimately I couldn't help myself, and wrote some songs that I think are gonna be great - once we get them all recorded and mixed and whatnot.
So the whole thing is actually nearly all recorded now. Now comes the hard part: mixing, mastering, putting it all together and getting it to the people that want to hear it. The whole process of doing this stuff, (especially that last part) is getting so weird that I thought this would be the best way.
See the FAQ for a continuing list of answers to various questions.
----> Check the Updates for teaser tracks to listen to - rough mixes and outtakes. <---
i know, right?
there are actually 2 hours of music, in typical fashion. However, I'm still stuck on this idea of "albums". Really. Please disabuse me of this!
So here's how it breaks down:
This is a studio album of songs. Many have been played live* over the past few years. Most were recorded initially at Chris Xefos' Dogpatch studio and then finished by me at home, a couple similarly recorded at Decibelle in SF with JJ Weisler, then finished here in the Magnetic Satellite. Then all went back to Chris to start mixing.
After the last basics at Decibelle, John Hanes (drums), Victor Krummenacher (bass), Graham Connah (organ) and I (guitar) jammed for several hours. This is 6 tracks, which started there, then I took them home and made composition out of the improvisation, which is always super fun.
Hoping to get all this to Myles Boisen for mixing/mastering.
There seem to be a few extras, which may be MP3s or something.
if we make CDs, the manufacturer gets money.
Various engineers get money for recording, mixing and mastering. It looks like this is actually where all the money gathered here at KS is going to go, so the rest is out of pocket.
John Hanes and Victor Krummenacher get (tiny bits of) money for playing.
Michael Wertz gets money for making the cover. I guess we need to figure out the packaging...
I'd love to keep some, but it rarely works out that way! To be perfectly frank, I have already spent a couple thousand on recording this stuff so far, and expect that it will ultimately cost way more* than the $2900 (after Kickstarter and Amazon took their cut) that this brought in, but that's the way it goes. Can't *not* do it!
*I thought it *might* cover music personnel. manufacturing and PR are not covered yet, nor is artwork.
oh, Michael Wertz is on board, you bet.
well, I was going to make it my daughter's due date (July 24th*) but thought that was too little time to raise this kinda scratch. So I made it the 24th anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence.
Plus that gave me some time to maybe finish it by the west coast Camp-Out...?
*she was born July 30th, as it turned out!
yeah, I'm very matter-of-fact about this sort of thing. I could make a video, i guess, but would you really want to see an amateur video of a guy asking you for money?
pledged of $2,500 goal
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