Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Drum Solos

You know, drum solos can be hard to take. No matter how well they're played they can be... long. Even Moby Dick gets a bit tiresome in the middle. Inna Gadda Da Vida is only tolerable if you're very stoned.
But here the Faces do a pretty good job of everything. I do wish the audio quality of this was a tad better. It sounds to me like it was actually recorded pretty well (although you can hear a limiter kick in with the bass). But recording to videotape in 1970 is not my idea of "hi-fi".


That's Kenny Jones.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Amp Badges

We just got our order of badges from Amplates. They look really nice. They delivered super-quickly and the badges themselves are great looking (even better looking than in this slightly blurry picture from my web camera.) Joe at Amplates made up vector art from my Photoshop file and made the lines even cleaner and better-er. I couldn't be happier with the work or the price.
Yes, this is the goofiest picture of me possible.
UPDATE: Ethan's comment: "We don't need no stinkin' badges." ;-)

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Song from Nowhere

Well, not exactly "nowhere". But we really didn't know where this thing was going. And without the guitar leads it was kind of sounding like a beer commercial rather than a Tyrannosaurus Mouse song.



Right now this is called the "Narwal Song" which is an absurd name even for a band called Tyrannosaurus Mouse.
My intent is to re-cut one of the lead guitars. There are a couple phrases which could be "completed" because right now they kind of "hang". But the real key of this tune is the Hammond solo. There aren't enough Hammond solos in the world.
It may be that there can't be enough Hammond solos.
We're doing what we can to rectify that.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Golden Age

We really live in the golden age of electric guitars and amplifiers. Greg Bartus of the City Samanas just got one of these awesome Phil Gawen guitars (not the actual model shown, I just wanted to put a blue guitar on my page). The guitar sounds just amazing. And it feels great too, it's a really playable instrument.
Greg is also getting himself a Tube-Tone "Deluxe".
It's a bit unbelievable how inexpensive these beautiful custom instruments are.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Different Differences

So this new version of Mercury actually has no compression on the 2-mix buss. I'm colluding the mixes down to 16 or so tracks each so that they're easier to mix. That means we're committing to effects on the vocals and guitars.



I made a selection of which bass guitar track to use. I didn't consult Ethan*. I just... made a decision. Having listened to the three bass tracks we recorded I think that on this song we clearly don't want the DI track, and the two tracks of mics on amp cabinets honestly don't sound that different. Again, that's only on this particular song, other songs demonstrate different differences.

Remember that you can always listen to the latest version of our songs here.

*I don't, incidentally, do this with the specific purpose of irking him. Besides, I can always go back and get the other bass tracks at any time.

Last Voyage of the No Ship

The Pleasure for the Empire record The Last Voyage of the No Ship is now on CD. And, of course, on Bandcamp.   The Last Voyage of the No ...