He is a new addition to the SJATR family, he follows us almost everywhere now, listening in and making sure we get our parts right. He’ll come to rehearsals and shows, and also hangs out with me while I’m writing.
At first it was a little creepy, because he just sits there while I’m writing new songs, quietly listening and hoping that I come up with something good. But now I’m used to him, and he doesn’t really need too much attention.
Snitch is also very proud to be related to the Mars Rovers, although he starts mumbling and changes the subject when I ask him to trace his genealogy.
He is a Tascam DR-40 audio recorder. Our friend, Craig MacKay adopted him for us (Thank you very very much Craig!!!!), and although I’m not writing a proper review, I would very much recommend this device. It’s an easy-to-use model and sounds great, and is very portable.
I let the desert take me over yesterday. A friend took me out to check out a really cool studio near Joshua Tree. It’s a fun place to ride dirt bikes, throw some horse shoes, shoot guns, drink Mexican beer by a fire pit, and make some music. It’s also mystical and comfortably unsettling. The desert carves the spirit of man. I am back at the sea today, but yesterday was a fun glimpse into the future, I’m looking forward to going back.
We finally posted an album of the photos of my sessions with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Baseball Project) and Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., Ministry). They’re a legendary team to have in the studio, I am blessed beyond comprehension.
We went in and recorded the songs together in Seattle, Washington. The sessions were a lot of fun, we had tons of freedom to record the songs how we wanted them to sound and we just fell in to a groove and recorded very quickly and easily. I can’t wait for you guys to hear the songs, I’ll see if I can find some videos to post of the sessions also.