Friday, October 23, 2009

a thing or two

i really love (and highly recommend) this record

(current) favorite restaurants in bloomington, IN
#1 smoking jack's rib shack
#2 naughty dog
#3 mother bear's pizza
#4 cafe pizzaria
#5 falafels

still never been to (and not in a hurry to get to):

to do list
-celebrate (3rd) anniversary this weekend without thinking of other things on this list
-settle on name for 3" sub series
-finish bro stephen record
-finish/collab on new husband&wife album, proud flesh
-brainstorm art ideas for same
-mix xrafest nite 2 audio
-finish reading 'the right stuff'
-goad adam to finish honest weight
-buy quikrete and fill possum hole in foundation
-finish studio/warehouse organization

i spent the latter part of this evening walking around downtown bloomington and chatting with my friend seth. it was just about the perfect end to this long (but fine) day. i'm really looking forward to next weekend's parties and hang sessions. i've been missing a few of my friends lately and it will be a nice refreshment to see them again. are you one?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

are you done boys?

just returned home last night from a 4-day weekend recording the new Bro. Stephen album. we (myself, scott k, and adam j) took a trip 3 hours north and set up a makeshift recording studio in one of my granddad's barns. (i've only got the one granddad these days, but he's got several barns, i mean) i've wanted to do this for a long time now, and it was cool that scott was the sucker who finally went for the idea. the songs and the environment suited each other. we barreled through 16 songs in ~4 days. all of the main tracking - acoustic guitar and voice - was done live, then scott and i took turns harmonizing, then adam and i took turns doing other stupid stuff like trying to play violas and guitars tuned only to G. it was a marathon, but we got all of the important stuff taken care of. now we'll bring it back to bloomington and finish it up.
here are some highlights.

then, this morning, i woke up at 9:30a and got myself around to drive the 45 minutes to cloverdale, IN. i met my grandpa there. he was going to a racehorse auction and that sounded like something i didn't want to miss. it was awesome. huge pole barn, hundreds of quarter horses and thoroughbreds, and two of the most animated auctioneers i've ever seen. it was a total blast. i had to leave before granddad put in a bid, but before i left i saw two HORSES sell for over $20,000. (although most of them went for around $1,500). it was insane, and i can't wait to go again. if anyone wants to go to some horse races this spring, give me a call.

selected works in progress
- finish bro stephen records
- mix XRA fest recordings (night 2)
- come up with dust collectors artwork idea
- re-organize home studio (space save)
- try to relax for once, and go on a date

Thursday, October 1, 2009

B 4......before what?

This is a B-side and rarity from the I Am One Of Them, And So Are You recording sessions. It's called Thousands of Boy Scouts and it's a collaboration between myself and my good friend Jared Cheek. Jared run's a record label called Flannelgraph Records.

Thousands Of Boy Scouts by mikeadams