Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
Good fun at rehearsal last night, establishing actual tempos for the first batch of songs to be recorded. We wrote them down and everything. Playing with the drum machine is an interesting experience – I daresay our rhythm is pretty good unassisted and playing with the click didn’t feel unnatural at all. As a bonus, the addition of some wonderfully dated clicks and beeps from the old-school Boss Doctor Rhythm have given us a whole new Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark dimension. I hear the kids love that crazy retro synth pop these days. Things are looking good.
The secret history of Spoon – a Series Of Sneaks-era interview with Britt Daniel.
Not really news, but Wilco have confirmed that they’ve recorded over 30 new songs for their next album, including live regulars “Kicking Television”, “Muzzle Of Bees” and “At Least That’s What You Said”. You can grab some live mp3s of the new songs at Burned By The Sun (Yay, Beulah reference!). They are looking at a Spring 2004 release.
Apparently the charges against Jacko have been deemed “unfounded”. This actually makes me very happy. I’m no fan of the man, but I hate seeing people immediately assume the worst about someone, particularly an easy target like Jackson, and pile on the lynching wagon.
Oh yeah – you may notice that things have gotten reversed here, layout-wise. This is what qualifies as a redesign these days. So very lame.
np – Yo La Tengo / Ride The Tiger