Some months back I stumbled into the studio with my most excellent band (for this project Paul Olguin, John Hanes, David Immerglück and Bruce Kaphan) and began recording a bunch of songs, kind of as they came into my head. Seminal influences, folk songs, post punk songs, all with the idea of trying to see what my influences had in common. What's the thread between Woody Guthrie and Joan Armatrading. Billie Holiday and Rowland S. Howard? Mimi and Richard Farina and the Gun Club? Jaques Brel and Odetta? What started out as something that seemed incoherent has begun to actually take on an odd life of it's own. Initially, I was conceiving of the project as a multi-media affair, but busy scheduling and a depth of commitments has made me reconsider and decide to address this in the way I know how to do best: an audio recording.
Currently, I've got a solid start. 5 songs are completed, and a few underway. One more day of basics, which we'll record live as a band, a few overdubs, and some mixing and we should be done.
The funds raised here are specifically for studio and musician fees. If I come in under budget, I'll use the remainder of fees for manufacturing. Currently, considering the market, I intend on only releasing this as a very small run vinyl edition of 250, with a digital download component. This is music made simply for people who care about it. Anyone familiar with my solo work knows that I'm not in the habit of cutting corners as far as recording fidelity, but I'm aiming to keep my costs as tight as possible, keeping in the spirit of austerity we find ourselves in. I just want to finish this project up, and get one of the many unfinished recordings I have sitting around wrapped up.
The next year or so of my musical life is most certainly going involve lots of work with Camper Van Beethoven, so clearing out some of the backlog of work I have is important to me.
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