Since I know you all care so much, here’s an mp3 of the most recent song to come out of my basement. It’s not totally done yet, so I didn’t bother making a perfect quality file, but I’m pretty proud of how it came out (And also of the fact that Rob was on a cruise ship in the Caribbean so I got to play drums on it). Ha!

Right click here and select ‘Save as.’

     You see, I’ve had my analog four track for upwards of six years now, which means I’ve gotten really good (If I do say so myself) at getting the best possible quality out of it, and I’ve developed all sorts of startegies for recording and mixing different insturments. I recently upgraded to digital 8 track, and soon after, reluctantly realized that I’d have to learn how to do everything all over again.

     Digital machines have these things called ‘Virtual tracks’ which are a pain in the ass to learn, but a godsend when you realize their potential. Gone are the days of having to record a bass part, a guitar overdub and harmonies all at once, starting over every time someone messed up. Now we can record essentially as many tracks as we want.

     The only problem I had was in the mixing stages. The first two songs I recorded went through roughly 20 cycles of mix, burn, get in car, listen, and reject. At any rate, I think I’ve finally got the hang of it. If you do download it, let us know what you think.

     Death Cab for Cutie played in Detroit last week. I was gonna go, then I wasn’t, then at the last minute a friend got out of an exam early and talked me into it. Of course, I ended up being glad I went, as Death Cab were incredibly tight, and they actually played some older songs. I finally got to hear ‘Champagne from a Paper Cup’ live, and they even played a cover of Bjork’s ‘All is full of Love,’ complete with the throaty-nonsensical-Icelandic yell in the middle. The And / Ors, on the other hand, were a huge disappointment. I had never heard them going in to the show. All I knew was that they counted Jejune’s Arabella amongst their members. Unfortunately, they also have a guy who apparently stole Evan Dando’s voice and likes AC / DC a lot.

     Moving on, I suppose now would be as good a time as any to rave about what a great show Sportsnight is. It’s on Comedy Central on Thursday nights, and it is officially my new favorite show. Amazing camera movement and Altman-esque (See: The Player) visual story telling. All this in a soap-opera / sitcom! Hot damn! Why didn’t anybody tell me about this sooner?

     Also TV related: My friend just let me borrow the Sopranos DVD box set. I’m four episodes in and already 100% hooked.

     The new Suburban Sprawl website is now up and running. Go there to view the clips of Red Shirt Brigade on MTV’s Undressed. Also: Southern has picked up the SSM catalog for distribution! Hooray.

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Chris Ostafinski says:

Remember seeing Ted Leo and hearing that song that goes “If I don’t like someone I stop fucking them?” It’s frequently on Napster and it’s called “You Always Hate the One you Love” and it’s as good as you remember it. Now get busy.

..and he’s right.