First off, for you Northeast people -- I hope you're as safe and dry as can be hoped. For everyone else, if you can spare it, the Red Cross and many other organizations are taking donations. Personally, I gave a little bit to the New York City Food bank, here: foodbanknyc.org. Thanks. Now on with the update...
Well, the last records have been sent out, and in a couple weeks I will announce its "release" to Bandcamp. For this November record I've featured "After Work," which clocks in at a hefty (for me) 4:46. That takes up side A, and when it became clear that this was going to be the case, I didn't see the sense in putting more than one song on the B-side. I hope no-one thinks that's a cop-out. "The Disgraced Politician's Former Mistress Tells All" is a weird little number that balances "After Work" well, I think, and its weirdness makes it suitable for a B-side, eh?
On the CD front, I finished mixing (and sequencing!) and sent it off for replication. I decided against a straight chronological order; I had the bigger palette and I figured I may as well use it to create a different flow. The replication plant tells me I should have the raw CDs by the middle of the month. Meanwhile, record clubber and shutterbug extraordinaire Ian Merritt is putting the finishing touches on the artwork, and I hope to have the CD packages all assembled and out to you folks before Thanksgiving.
The CD will be called 'Clicks and Whistles,' after a phrase Amy introduced me to. It's sort of another way of saying someone's talking gibberish, or over your head, or "Greek" (with apologies to my Greek friends). Sometimes when I'm going into excessive detail about my job (web development), Amy will say something like, "Yeah, I'm just hearing clicks and whistles now." At any rate, with "Bury the Lead" having that line about words being more than whistles, and with music usually being obtained through "clicks" nowadays...and for lots of other reasons, I thought it'd be a good title.
As for the "bonus" CD, well, that's going to be "Double-Clicks and Whistles." I hope that's not too corny, but only a handful of you guys will get that, so I think I can be forgiven. I am feeling very adamant about finishing the recording of just one more song before mixing and compiling it. "The Shape of Ohio" has chord changes similar to a couple other things I've written in the last few years, but the vocal line is solid, and after letting them sit around for a few months, I recently realized that, no, those lyrics aren't weird, they're actually pretty good. And so I want them DOWN for you, you bonus-CD people.
So that's all I have to say about Product resulting from this here Club. Going into 2013, the CD is going to be the calling card for Zapruder Point, and it'll be nice to have just the One Thing to promote for a while. With that in mind, I'm not sure if I'm going to have an official (and technically delayed) CD release party early next year. But I DO know that the digital versions of the records are going to be dropped from the Bandcamp site, since the songs are all the same as on the CD, and I don't want to confuse people. And I will do whatever small, weird push I can do for the CD, and it's going to have an official release date some time in January or February. And I'll just spend the whole year acting like it's brand-new. Whatever records are left, I will sell at shows, where such items usually sell more briskly than CDs, believe it or not.
Speaking of shows, well. Over the course of this year, I've been playing more "full band" shows with John Aselin, Larry Brown and Steve Frisbie, and it's been very satisfying. I'd like THAT to be my primary musical activity, for at least a year or more. It's been fun doing the record club, and I don't want to look my prolific tendencies in the mouth. But honestly, playing in front of people, ESPECIALLY as the "front man" for a properly-rocking outfit...THAT is the area in which I'm most shaky, and that's kind of why I want to head straight for it, full steam ahead. That "guy in a basement who can't seem to stop writing songs" thing is all well and good, but even in this modern age, with all my electronic networks in place, I found it damn near impossible to get anyone to write about these songs just on their own merit. I'm starting to think the only way to bring (more) people on board (I mean aside from not having spent several years not even trying AT ALL, which was pretty much me 2004 - 2009) is to do this IN FRONT OF THEM. HOW to do so, with dignity, inclusiveness, and without feeling like some kinda geezer-fool, well... THAT is going to be the challenge. I think I'm up for it, and I know John, Larry and Steve are.
Finally, I am overhauling the Zapruder Point website to make it more immediate and less wordy. Which, after an update like this, might be just what the doctor ordered. But seriously. The initial idea with the blog-like site was that, hey, I have an English degree, I could generate at lest THAT kind of content. With enough coffee, I can yammer at will, and thereby keep the date at the top at least fairly recent. But lately I've come to realize that, strictly for the purposes of bringing people on board with Zapuder Point, that's just not the right way to go. Long story short, I'd like to Tweet more, and if and when I have a proper essay to write, I'll do so and share it via Twitter and Facebook. So the new site will have a blog component, but it will be way less central than it is at present.
So I'm not sure if this will be the LAST record club update, but in case it is, I want to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for making this year as special as it has been. I might have never lumbered off my duff and gotten this stuff out there -- much less in so many different formats -- if it wasn't for your support. Please keep supporting small-time artists like myself...
And going forward, if you're not already there, you can best keep up with Zapruder Point on Twitter @zapruderpoint, or look up "Zapruder Point" on Facebook. Have a great holiday season!
p.s. I know I have to record one last cover song / Kickstarter reward. That's coming soon, too, don't fret!