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This is a blog created/kept unkempt by the band A Relative Term to express the process of recording their next full length album. They will poke each other in the eyes, whack each other's noses, butt heads repeatedly, and run in circles on the floor for your enjoyment.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Focus/In Focus: Goodbye 2011

I've been mixing. And mixing. So much mixing.  I've found the best way to do it is to step away regularly.  So in some of the downtime I've been working on some covers.

This one is a Hop Along song. I've been a fan for a while and somehow managed to sad bastardize a perfectly good light hearted song. Go figure. They're working on a new album which I'm most certainly looking forward to with the new year.

Bruno is Orange (Hop Along Cover)

Also, in light of the new year we've switched up the blog design which now includes a picture of good ol' grey Buffalo.  It's only a matter of time before the winter sets in.

Grab your shovels and welcome 2012!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Like Rising Bread

I woke up the other day expecting to mix some songs. Long story short, it turned into me trying to learn someone else's song and then suddenly changing gears to record a Brandon Schmitt song.  I've been trying to record a version of "Lightning Song" pretty much since Schmitty gave me a (bootleg?) copy of his I Was Blind ep, promising he'd get me an actual copy complete with the painfully tasteful artwork "someday" (of which almost 3 years later, I still don't have).

I'm sure there are no fewer than three protools sessions labeled "lightningsong" somewhere on my computer with different versions and variations of this song- none ever seeing any daylight.  I've never been real happy with how any of them have turned out and it got to the point where it seemed like the harder I tried, the further I got from capturing the elements that I loved most about the song.

So I canned it. I haven't tried to play, let alone record that song in at least a year. I just kind of chalked it up to Schmitt being a sonofabitch.

But then, while trying to work through another song (which hopefully may someday also be posted here) I just started noodling around and eventually settled into the finger pattern I'd always played "Lightning Song" with. It felt pretty good. So in classic Schmitt fashion I decided to randomly place the capo somewhere on the neck and just play the song.  It felt even better, so I grabbed a mic, set it up and in about 30 or so minutes, was done. And it was better than all the other versions I'd ever worked on.

So here it is, a lesson in making bread, sometimes you gotta just wait till it rises on it's own.
Lightning Song (Brandon Schmitt cover)


p.s. That other sonofabitch Ben Trickey just put out a new seven inch.  It'll take you longer to order it than it will to listen to it but you'll be glad you did both in the end.