Wednesday, June 24, 2009

On the Joey Reynold Show June 24th 2009

Joey Reynolds has been a staple of the New York radio scene for over 50(!?) years. Through Joey's friendship with "Unsteady Freddie", a surf music officianado and talent coordinator for the radio show we were invited to appear.

Our segment was scheduled for 1 AM (yes AM as in, The Middle Of The Night!) so Joey and I arrived at 111 Broadway at 12:30. We were wisked up to the third floor and treated very nicely, thank you.

Tony Harding (the documentary producer) was there to film the event for our "movie" thingie and Joey's friend and band mate Luigi Babe from his other labor of love All Mobbed Up also came down and Luigi and I had an impromptu jam in the waiting room which we "recreated" on the air. Joey and I sang one of our songs and we got some praise from this radio icon and before we knew it, it was all over. The show's producer gave us a CD or our appearance and the rest is history!

Click the "PLAY" button above to hear our segment...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Proof in the pudding?

Spent some time in the studio last week adding overdubs to songs we started back in March...

The song "Almost In Tears" is coming along nicely. This one has an "alternative" (whatever that means) beat. After recording the guitar overdubs (doubles, lead, etc...) Joey worked hard and put down a great vocal performance. Now I'll live with his vocal so when I'm ready to do the harmonies I'll be lock-synced with him. Our new keyboard player David did some fine work, adding Hammond organ and Electric Piano to the mix.

Another song we worked on is called "Intersection" which incorporates acoustic and electric guitars and that one is also coming out sounding great as well.

I can't wait to finish recording and start mixing this new disk, it's a complete departure from our previously released material, with an emphasis on more mature subjects and (Ouch!) "Age Appropriate" deliveries.

Joey asked me during the session, "How come these songs are taking longer than when we recorded 'Now and Then'?" The answer I gave him (paraphrasing) was this; After our experience with Tommy recording "Crying Town" I realized that in order to get something great you have to be careful not to just throw down anything and hope it sticks.

Now I know there's a fine line between going for perfection (ala Axel Rose) and tossing something off in five minutes but I believe we have straddled that line effectively.

But as they say, the proof will be in the pudding.