Tuesday, December 26, 2000

mp3.com

Uploading...uploading...uploading. I've uploaded shit loads of older material onto mp3.com. They have a really cool thing called D.A.M. CD where artists can upload material and then anyone can buy their mp3 files in CD form. They're kinda like a cross platform CDR and you get
mp3 files, audio tracks (playable on any CD player), info and pictures of the band on the CD. They sound damn good (no pun intended) on a regular CD player too! I went digging through all my old tapes and dida webpage and D.A.M. CD for XIJIX (my first punk band- this stuff is raw!), ASIDE/BESIDE (mid- 80's electronic project), d.A. SEBASSTIAN and KILL SWITCH...KLICK.
Go to mp3.com if'n yer interested.

Monday, December 18, 2000

The Flathand 5 CD

Finishing up the cover art for the new d.A. Sebasstian CD. Looks like it gonna be 8 songs and a Quicktime movie. Also heard back from Ricardo Acevedo that he finished tracking the vocals for The Flathand 5 CD. The whole idea behind The Flathand 5 disc is like a compilation/studio album hybrid, with many of the same percussionists performing over the whole album. My wives female percussion ensemble Om Bili is also contributing a few tracks. They're still rehearsing their material. The CD should be finished by end of next year. Only three years after we laid the basic percussion tracks

Monday, December 11, 2000

Wrappin' Christmas Presents

Wrappin' Christmas presents- ladeedaa. Tis th' season. Getting all the advertising in place for my new CD. Alot of graphic crunching. Also we did an instore Saturday the 9th for the WHO Tribute I just put out on iREGULAR. It was at Cellophane Square in Seattle and went over most excellently. Special thanks to Hugh Jones for putting it on and the bands Kim Virant, P.S. Wilkinson, Peter Parker and 4 Hr. Ramona for playing their asses off!

Thursday, December 7, 2000

Goth Oddity 2000


Just got the new Tribute To David Bowie that I did a track (Suffragette City) for...1 1/2 years ago! It's called Goth Oddity 2000 and just came out on Cleopatra Records. You can get a copy at Amazon.com.

Monday, November 27, 2000

Milkin' It For All It's Worth

Spent the whole weekend updating this website and switching ISPs (now we're on Mindspring/Earthlink). Didn't get any music done. I'm finally mailing off the CDR to Cleopatra Records for Milkin' It For All It's Worth- The Best Of KILL SWITCH...KLICK. Also found out about another compilation Cleopatra Records put out with a KsK track on it. The CD is a 3 disc collection called This Is Industrial and is available on their website Cleorecs.com Our track was deCANONIZED from the Beat It To Fit, Paint It To Match CD. I'm also thinking about adding one more track to the d.A. Sebasstian disc (can't leave well enough alone). Its a bluesy/ trip-hop song called Whenever You Come Around. I'm gonna start tracking it and if it gets finished in the next few months I'll throw it on there.

Saturday, November 18, 2000

Roland SP808

I've been busy archiving and dumping tracks off my Roland SP808 so I can give it to remixer Elisha-one to finish a remix of Monster for my new release. Disc Makers finished transferring the Quicktime video for Produkt (Mass Market Mix) onto the audio CDR of the Best of Kill Switch...Klick CD, so that one is ready for production. I've got to mail it o

Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Underdog Vs. Mr. Establishment

Finished The Underdog for the new self titled d.A. Sebasstian CD e.p. This ones more like Kill Switch...Klick style electronica rather than the new elektro-twang I've been experimenting with on the other tunes for this disc. Underdog was the last tune I had to write for the new CD and it should make it more musically diverse. Elisha-one, a upcoming local remixer and DJ is going to do a remix of Monster and that will finish the CD. The e.p. is gonna be- six new songs, a cover of Link Wray's Rumble, a remix and a Quicktime Movie of Example by director Brent Watanabe. Speaking of short films I shot some interview footage of Kevin Tone from Diamond Fist Werny and SoundRangers for my upcoming documentary last night. I don't want to give away the premise of the film but Kevin was the third interview I've filmed for it and I should have it finished sometime next year.

Thursday, November 9, 2000

Politics!!!

Fuckin' Politics!!! This is the stupidest excuse for an election I have ever seen! Scrap the electoral college! Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah!

Monday, November 6, 2000

d.A. Sebasstian Self Titled

My cover of Link Wray's- Rumble is almost finished. Only two more guitar tracks to go. It's beefy! After this song is completed, I just have to do the vocals for The Underdog and this album (d.A. Sebasstian self titled) is done! I'm still waiting for the Quicktime video to get added on the audio CDR of the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD. It's gonna push back the release date.

Thursday, October 26, 2000

Rumble

Working on a cover song for an Instrumental Hits comp. I'm putting out next year on iREGULAR. I was initially gonna do Booker T & The MG's- Green Onions but on a CD I bought to learn the song I came across Link Wray's ultra-famous guitar instrumental Rumble and decided to go with that. What a great fuckin' tune! His sound is exactly the guitar timbre I was trying to get on my new recordings. I think I'm also gonna release the song on the new d.A. Sebasstian CD.

Monday, October 23, 2000

Best of Kill Switch...Klick CD

Mell & I finished mastering the Best of Kill Switch...Klick CD this morning. It sounds very nice and encapsulates the Kill Switch...Klick sound for the last 8 years (yea it's been that long!). The track order is-All Things To All People, Konsonent, Produkt A., Kontorted (Spahn Ranch Mix), Fascist Smash, Living In Your Hell II, Go Man, Go, Wacked (Little Roadkill Superstar), Follow Me (Sigue Sigue Sputnik Mix), Shitkicker, deCANONIZED, Celebrate The Misery, Anger (Plus), Kontorted, The Hobble (Original Mix),
Follow Me (Original Mix) & a Quicktime video for Produkt (Mass Market Mix).I still have to add the Quicktime video and then I ship it off to Cleopatra Records.

Sunday, October 22, 2000

Teen Feeding Frenzy Pics

I go into the studio (Hanzsek Audio) to finish mastering the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD tomorrow. We also did the cover photo shoot for the next iREGULAR release TEEN FEEDING FRENZY a teen idols tribute. We had two gals (Liz & Margaret) chewing on and wrestling over a bloody steak.It looked very savage and cool. That CD should be in stores by early next year. We sent out the
WHO CARES:A TRIBUTE TO THE WHO to our distributor (REDEYE DISTRIBUTION) and select magazine reviewers last week. We are also planning a 300 piece college radio station mail out through AAM next week. iREGULAR also just picked up two new artists for distribution Jennifer Hope (a gothic/ ethereal female artist) & Six Sigma (multimedia electronica). Look for both in our iSTORE late next week. I will also be adding some new ADSR Music Werks titles as well as a new Bill Wolford's Head limited run
CDR at the same iSTORE update. You can also hear Bill's cover of The Who's, Behind Blue Eyes on WHO CARE'S.

Monday, October 16, 2000

Hanzsek Audio

Got 2/3rds of the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD loaded into ProTools at Hanzsek Audio today. Mell Dettmer was at the helm. We've got another session next week, and that should do it. Finished most of the lyrics for a new/old tune called The Underdog. The music for that one is over a year old. It's very aggro synth sounding. Rob Jones did the drumming and then I finished
the music and sat on it while the world spun on. It has a more Kill Switch...Klick feel but I'm gonna use it on the new d.A. Sebasstian e.p. to add a little lineage and diversity.

Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Who Shows

I've been setting up the shows to promote the WHO CARE'S tribute to THE WHO CD I'm putting out on iREGULAR. Should have the first run of CD's next week. Were going to do one at the University Bookstore in Seattle and one at Cellophane Square in Seattle, late October & Early November. The last CD release shows we did for the Americana: Tribute To Johnny Cash CD I put out two years ago went really well. I also set up the mastering sessions with Mel Dettmer for next week for the Best of Kill Switch...Klick, Cleopatra Records is putting out later this year.

Monday, October 9, 2000

Monster Remix

Working another remix of Monster. Tried adding a few parts and subtracting a few other parts. Now I have 1 1/2 hours of various Monster mixes. Just in time for Halloween.

Monday, October 2, 2000

October

October...already! Fall is my favorite time of year...but man this year really flew by. Finished the rough mix of Manifestation, I think this tune is going on the new d.A. Sebasstian CD. It's got a certain vibe that will sit well with the other tracks. I'm mixing it today. That makes four songs of the seven I want to do for the CD complete (originally I was only gonna do six). As I'm writing new material I'm seeing which project it would fit with. Like Day To Day (Feeding The Machine) doesn't have the same feel as the other d.A. Sebasstian tracks so that one is going on the Kill Switch...Klick- Almost Ambient CD, even though I wrote the two songs in a similar mind set, they don't have the same feel. I think 'cause Manifestation ended up with alot of guitar over the electronics, it fits in the d.A. category. I might re-evaluate killing the Kill Switch...Klick name altogether, and just use it for my more electronic & experimental recordings.

Monday, September 25, 2000

Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD

Got some goodies in the mail yesterday. The remixes for the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD came and sound very nice...now I have to book time in the studio to remaster the rest of the CD. Also the new Faith & Disease- Beneath The Trees that I worked on earlier this year. It's very hypnotic and full sounding. You can buy a copy by clicking on PROJEKT. Adding lo-fi spoken word
to the electronic piece Manifestation today.

Monday, September 18, 2000

WHO CARES: A TRIBUTE TO THE WHO

Sent out a shitload of demos for the new self titled d.A. Sebasstian CD. 3 new songs plus the Kill Switch...Klick track from the WHO CARES: A TRIBUTE TO THE WHO compilation (5:15). Still waiting for the remixes for the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD. I hope I get 'em soon, 'cause I wanna get this bad boy out there. Working on a new electronica piece called Manifestation.

Saturday, September 9, 2000

US-428

Worked on the catalog section of the website. I'm trying to get a better layout as I'm slowly expanding each section. I also finished the vocals for So Blue. It's sounding kind of Nick Cave meets Soul Coughing (if you can imagine that!). I'll mix it tomorrow and then move onto the next song. I hope this CD gets finished by early next year. I'm gonna post a song from it in MP3 format on MP3.com after I get this new import device made by Tascam called a US-428.

Tuesday, September 5, 2000

So Blue

Finally finished the lyrics for So Blue a murder ballad set to upright bass (James Whiton) and slide guitars (me). The drumming and percussion were by Jeremy Sever, but because I sampled his parts and then re-assembled them (as well as the upright bass parts) the song has a cut and paste feel. It has a blues trip-hop vibe overall, and is one of the best songs (lyrically) I've ever written. I did a rough vocal tonight, just to set the tone and get a few ideas out. I also laid a permanent backing chorus track. This one should be done this weekend.I also sent out the WHO CARE'S: A TRIBUTE TO THE WHO artwork & CDR master to the pressing plant today. I should have the proofs back by next week and beat my street date of October 15th.

Sunday, August 27, 2000

Zann


Got a copy of the Zann compilation put out by Silber Records. I have a track called Crawling on it. It sounds great with tracks by Clang Quartet, Remora, Small Life Form with Jarboe (formerly of The Swans).

Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Who'd Out

Mastered the WHO CARES: A Tribute To The Who on Friday & Saturday. Man, I'm Who'd out! Many of the 16 tracks captured the feeling of The Who, even though they weren't in the typical rock vein. I think even Pete Townsend would like it! There's everything on this disc, from gothic to electronic, from ambient to noise from alt. country to psychedelic dub. Now I've got to get it into
production. I'm hoping to have it out by October. I also started picking tracks for the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick that Cleopatra Record's is putting out later this year. I got confirmations that Tony James and Neil X of Sigue Sigue Sputnik are remixing Follow Me & Matt Green of Spahn Ranch is remixing Kontorted. It's hard to pick 16 tracks from 5 CD's. I've been looking at old DJ play lists, to try and get some perspective. There's certain songs that have to be on the CD...but which version? I'll figure it out. I also just started working on the next song for the d.A. Sebasstian CD called So Blue. It's jazzy with alot of groovy bass & vibraphone samples. James Whiton (bassist extraordinaire) played upright on it as well. I'll have to see how well this song sits between the Rockabilly sounds of Monster and the Trip-Hop attitude of Isabella. Rosie Huntress who used to sing in KsK and now plays in the band Flexie, said she'd do some guest vocals on some of The Flathead 5 tracks.

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Freaks Amor

Almost finished my cover of The Who's 5:15. I just have to replace the lead vocal and mix. I talked with Ricardo Acevedo who I used to work with in a band called Freaks Amor back in 1983. He's gonna do some vocal work on The Flathand 5 CD I've been working on for the last year and a half. Very cool.

Friday, August 11, 2000

iREGULAR Website

I crashed the iREGULAR website last night. I guess I exceeded my 10 meg limit and when I tried to reload a meta tag infested index page it came up blank. So if you tried to view the site last night, I apologize. I just bumped the site up to 20 megs so I should be good for awhile. I finished mixing Day To Day (Feeding The Machine) for a compilation for Cohort Records. It sounded a bit Kill Switch...Klickish so I'm releasing it as such. I know I keep saying no-more new Kill Switch...Klick releases but...who knew?!?

Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Day To Day

I threw together a really cool piece called Day To Day for a compilation about "machines". A remixed version may also appear on the Kill Switch...Klick Ambient Collection CD. The whole thing only took two days to write and record. It's very...ummm...mechanical sounding. I know I should be finishing my Who track (5:15) but this one just fell outa me. I've gotta finish the Who track (vocals and mix)this weekend. Mastering and assembly is set for August 18th & 19th.

Wednesday, August 2, 2000

Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Suffragette City

NEWS FLASH! The David Bowie compilation I did a track for 1 1/2 years ago (DARK VISION BOWIE 2) is coming out on Cleopatra Records in a few months. I just got confirmation. I did the Bowie classic Suffragette City, one of my all time favorite songs. This is turning out to be a productive year.

Monday, July 31, 2000

Ambient Collection

Mikes drum session went well. He got it in 6 takes. Not bad for a guy who hasn't picked up a drum stick in 3 years! I'll post photos in the next few days. I also finished the cover art for the Kill Switch...Klick- Ambient Collection 1994-2000 and WHO CARES: A Tribute To The Who CD's. A busy fuckin' weekend.

Saturday, July 29, 2000

Beneath The Trees


Got an advance listen to the new Faith & Disease CD that I worked on. It sounds excellent. The full title is Faith & Disease- Beneath The Trees and it will be available through Projekt Records in a month or so. Mike Ditmore's coming over to do some drum work on my cover of 5:15 by The Who, for the WHO CARES compilation. Having Mike play drums is just like old times.

Friday, July 28, 2000

WHO CARE'S CD

Working on the WHO CARE'S CD all day. Got the thing almost completely laid out. It looks pretty damn good. All the songs are in and I've already talked to Mel Dettmer about assembling and mastering it at Hanzsek Audio, August 18th & 19th.

Thursday, July 20, 2000

iREGULAR

I'm still unpacking the studio! But at least the house painting is almost done. I got some really kickass ideas for two new compilations I'll be putting out on iREGULAR later this year or early next year. Can't give the ideas away but look for updates
on the Upcoming Release Schedule page in the near future. I've also just picked up two new artists for the catalog- Blue Collar Love and Al Berard & Karen England. Check the iSTORE for ordering info.

Monday, July 10, 2000

5:15 Again

Reviewing my cover of THE WHO's song 5:15. I think I can knock this one out in a few weeks. Mike Ditmore (old Kill Switch..Klick drummer) is gonna play drums on it and is trying to land us a horn section. This song has a great horn line. Mike works at Boeing
and they have this horn ensemble called the Boeing Horns or some such thang. He's tried to land a few of them for the track, but they keep flaking out. Looks like I might just play it all on my Trombone doubling up the parts. Should sound good. My basic track is post-punk heavy with not alot of semblance to the original.

Thursday, July 6, 2000

Painting

Painting...painting the house. It's my house to paint, feels good painting my house instead of someone elses.

Tuesday, July 4, 2000

Independence Day

Independence Day. Working on the website and getting the studio unpacked. Kind of a mellow day though it's pretty damn cold for summer here in Seattle.

Saturday, July 1, 2000

Kontorted/Kontortion

Sent the remix DAT's off to Cleopatra Records last week. I sent the raw data for Kontorted/Kontortion from deGenerate and Follow Me from Beat It To Fit, Paint It To Match. Those songs seem to represent a good cross section of Kill Switch...Klick material. Follow Me being one of the first Kill Switch...Klick songs and Kontorted being one of the last. This move has been completely hellish. My new studio should be up by tomorrow or the next day. I'll post pics when it's set-up. Gotta see my lawyer this week upcoming about the Celebrate The Misery (read below) thang. I've been too damn busy to get everything done. Thank God I'm on vacation next week.

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Packing Up the Studio

Packing up the studio gear to move...I won't get much done musically for the next few days. Going to Mel's studio tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Key To the House

Got the key for our new house today. Man...it took two years of looking and saving and cleaning up my credit to get this place. It's kinda small but at least it ours. Buying property in Seattle is rough. The prices just keep going up, it's because we have a real dot.com economy around here. Alot of new money, that drives real estate up and up. Houses that would sell in other areas for $120,000 go for close to $300,000 here in Seattle. It's getting outa control.

Monday, June 19, 2000

Mell Dettmer

Did a few more mixes of Monster. Booked time with Mel Dettmer (my mastering engineer and second set of ears) in her studio, to put together a CDR of my old 8-track Kill Switch...Klick track extracts. That way I can throw together a few DAT's for the
remixers of the Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD. Using the CDR and bits out of my sampler, I can make DAT's that they in turn use to build the remix. Having those old tracks on CDR is a good way to archive them as well for future use, especially since my 8-track just died.

Sunday, June 18, 2000

Sunday, June 11, 2000

Legal Bullshit

Still with all the legal bullshit I got the vocals for Monster finished this weekend. I should have it mixed out in a few days.

Saturday, June 10, 2000

The Plot Thickens

Well the plot thickens...the boys in Flare have changed their websites, removing the bad information about publishing, etc. I sent them what's called a Terms Of Use statement, that says they have to meet certain demands to keep me from suing them.
The band is getting spicy about it...which I can not understand. If I made the kind of "mistake" (that's their word- I call it plagiarism) they made, I would not argue about compensation. Well they have one week to accept terms or I sick the dog on them.
I gotta big bad dog too!

Thursday, June 8, 2000

Celebrate The Misery

Man, the last two days I haven't been able to work on any music 'cause I might have to sue this band called Flare. I had heard they covered my song Celebrate The Misery in 7" form and I even bought a copy of the damn thing from their record label. Upon close
inspection I noticed they had listed their own publishing company instead of mine and on their website they didn't even list me as the songwriter! They also changed some of the lyrics (a big no-no without the writers permission). I've got an appointment with my lawyer next Tuesday. In the meantime I sent them some interesting legal (as per my lawyers request) correspondence and some very nasty correspondence (as per my own request). Well at least my lawyer said we could make some money on the thing...but that's hardly the point. It's just a hassle all around

Sunday, June 4, 2000

Who Cares


Spent all day yesterday fucking with my old 8-track, trying to extract old Kill Switch...Klick tracks from old Kill Switch...Klick songs for the remixers.I'm gonna work on Monster some more today. I'm also working on the cover layout for theWHO TRIBUTE CD I'm putting out this year. The cover art is by Henry Boy and looks pretty damn cool...huh.

Saturday, June 3, 2000

Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD A Go!

Cleopatra Records gave a green light to releasing a Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD. They want a couple of remixes of Kill Switch...Klick songs to be done by other artists on the CD to give it previously unreleased songs. I think that's a good idea as some people might not be interested in the CD if they already have some of the songs. I'm trying to get my old 8-track
reel ro reel machine working so I can dump out the vocals onto DAT for the remixers. I used that 8-track for all the vocals and acoustic instruments synced up to my computer for 5 albums (all the way through the ALT. CD). The rewind belt & spindle on the tape deck keep falling off (it's an old machine). Each time I rewind the tape, I have to take it apart and put the belt and
spindle back on. What a pain in the ass! I'll be finishing up Monster this weekend (finally!). Eric Cooley from Faith & Disease said someone (can't say who yet- don't wanna jinx the deal) might be interested in putting out a full length Ginsberg Files CD.

Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Gettin' Busy

Ahhh, the last day of May. I'm fixin' the mixin' on Monster and re-doing the vocals. Got word back from Cleopatra about a Best Of Kill Switch...Klick CD. They say they might be interested. Man...this year is gettin' busy all of the sudden.

Monday, May 29, 2000

Dinosaur

Took the kids to see Dinosaur today. A pretty decent movie, especially the asteroid scenes. I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating. Worked on the guitar solo/ break on Monster and started recording the vocals. Gotta a real nice rock-a-billy vibe goin' with the slap back echo applied liberally to the vocals.

Sunday, May 28, 2000

SONY MDR-750

Finished the lyrics for Monster two days ago. I was recording the backing vocal tracks and scratch lead vocal when my headphones died yesterday. So I had to go to Guitar Center here in Seattle to buy a new pair. $100.00! I've been using SONY MDR-7506's since the deGENERATE album (about 4 years ago). They are great studio reference headphones, and I'm used to their
flat response (limited coloration). I tried using a cheap-ass Radio Shack pair yesterday and was totally lost. It's hard to explain but without a clear reference point you can't mix sounds against each other. It takes alot of practice to mix. Not too much or too little bass, strong but not overpowering drums (I have a tendency to mix the drums out front)...and don't bury the vocals. You get used to something and that becomes your point of reference. Now I'm adding vocals and guitar breaks to Monster...should be finished this Memorial Day Weekend. I love 3 day weekends. I have a day job unloading trucks, and sometimes I'm so tired when I get off work I don't wanna do nothin'. I hate that. iRegular has been doin' better so I am cutting down my schedule this summer
to 4 days a week. It'll be like 3 day weekends all the fucking time! Except...owning a label is even more work than a 9-5'er. At least it's something I really enjoy. My wife is playing her Djembe upstairs. She has an all-female dance & percussion group.
Our house sounds like a music store. Stuff going on all the time, people coming over to jam or record.
It's all about music, music, music.

Monday, May 22, 2000

5:15

Everything went well at AVAST Studios last night with the Faith & Disease sessions. The last piano track got a little out of sync. Might have been my recorder. We couldn't figure it out, but fixed it by moving the track in my hard disc recorder and re-dubbing it to the master tape. Got The Who song 5:15 laid out for Mike Ditmore to do the drums in the next week or so.

Sunday, May 21, 2000

Long View To The Sk


Got the new Diamond Fist Werny CD that I did two remixes for. Its called Long View To The Sky. Tonight I'm going over to AVAST Studios to finish dumping the completed tracks for Faith & Disease's song Rubena Verde.

Saturday, May 20, 2000

Rubena Verde

Working up the strings and french horns for Rubena Verde. This version of the song is going to be different from the one I did for Faith & Disease a year and a half ago that appeared on the Italian magazine compilation Losing Today Volume One. This version has live drums which gives it a more organic feel and meter. I'm supposed to take the finished tracks back to AVAST Studios tomorrow.

Friday, May 19, 2000

Faith and Disease Interview

Went back over to AVAST to interview Eric Cooley of Faith & Disease for a documentary film I making. I also interviewed the rest of Faith & Disease to document the recording of their album Beneath The Trees. The tape looks very good. These are the
first interviews I've ever done on the interviewers side of the camera. It was a strange- but I liked it.

Thursday, May 18, 2000

Avast

I went over to AVAST Studios today, where Faith & Disease are recording their new album and dumped a rough mix of their song Rubena Verde onto my hard disc recorder. By doing this I can take the rough home in my recorder and add keyboards and percussion in my home studio, then bring my hard disc recorder back into AVAST and dump my finished tracks. I work faster that
way and don't have to drag all my equipment over to AVAST. Besides Faith & Disease won't loose precious studio time as I record my parts. We striped the 2 inch master tape with time code so syncing the tracks I record at home should be no problem.

Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Lyrics For Monster

Back to lyric writing for Monster. It's starting to flow, albeit slowly. I could always leave this one as an instrumental...

Sunday, May 14, 2000

Happy Mothers Day Mom

Happy Mothers Day Mom! "Such a good boy he is..." Got the Faith & Disease version of Eventually mixed and ready for 'em. Sounds very nice. Watched the Trailblazers - Jazz game on TV. Man...Utah has gotta kick some serious ass to win this one. Down 3 games to 1 and headed back to Portland. Hey this page is starting to read like a journal.

Saturday, May 13, 2000

Washington State DMV

Spent the whole morning at the Washington State DMV getting my license back. I haven't been able to drive for close to 7 years because of old parking & traffic tickets. In Washington State, if you don't or can't pay your tickets you can't renew your license. How fucking lame is that?!?!? They have recently talked about instituting a payment policy because the number of drivers without a license and insurance has gotten out of control. Seems the insurance companies complained and now the state legislature is changing the law. If you want change get big business behind you (they are already behind us- fucking us up the arse hole) and by golly things will change faster'n you can say Insurance Lobby. So I finally took my driving test, passed and got the damn thing back and can legally drive. Whoop de doo. Didn't do much else except hang with my Mom. She's gotta work tomorrow.

Sunday, May 7, 2000

Best Of Kill Switch...Klick

Eric Cooley came over again to sort out the version of Eventually that's gonna be on the new Faith & Disease disc. We killed most of the percussion and I'm adding another trombone part. This should be interesting...more ethereal than the Kill Switch...Klick version. Eric also said he heard my mix of Plato's Cave for Diamond Fist Werney's CD on the radio the other day. It's good to know that one of my remixes is actually getting some local airtime. I also finished the basic template for 5:15 this morning. It's been a busy weekend. P.S. I left a message with Cleopatra Records owner Brian Perera about doing a Best Of Kill Switch...Klick album. I thought it was about time. We'll see what he thinks about the idea.

Saturday, May 6, 2000

Being John Malkovitc

Started tracking a song for a WHO TRIBUTE CD I'm putting out on iREGULAR. The song I'm doing is 5:15 off the Quadrophenia album. My old drummer Mike Ditmore is going to play drums on it, so it's gonna be listed as a Kill Switch...Klick track. Rented Being John Malkovitch. What a freaky-ass film. Very interesting premise. A thumbs up for a rental.

Friday, May 5, 2000

Basio

Working on the lyrics for Bassio (working title), a rippin' groovy blues track featuring James Whiton on Upright Bass. Lyrics can take the longest to write when your trying to match them to a finished piece of music. This seems to be the case for all the tracks on my new demo/CD. Monster is being a pain in the ass. The lyrics are coming in fits and spurts. I'm taking a break from it for awhile to get a fresh perspective. The Flathand 5 tapes are still a sittin' I need more time.

Monday, April 24, 2000

Beneath The Trees

Eric Cooley came by my studio to begin sorting tracks for the new Faith & Disease album, Beneath The Trees to be be released by Projekt Records September 12th, 2000. I am going to be re-working the Kill Switch..Klick song Eventually that was originally released on the album deGenerate, as well as doing a little keyboard work for the CD. Eric & Dara Rossenwasser both performed on the original version of Eventually, and now the song will be appearing on the new Faith & Disease disc as a sister version. Isabella is completely mixed and I began working on Monster once again.

Saturday, April 22, 2000

Lo-Fi

Jeremy came over yesterday and overdubbed the snare and kick on Isabella. I cut and pasted his various takes together and it's sounding pretty good. I've gotta fix a few spots. It's a bit'o musical surgery. I read this article on Moby the other day that inspired me. He said he sometimes takes months to finish a song. I usually do to...so now I don't feel like I'm excessively anal about
my music. It's difficult being the song writer, musician, producer & engineer all at the same time. You have a tendency to over get whelmed by a song. Is the kick too loud? Are the vocals getting buried on the chorus? You can nit pick it too death. But at the same time you have to be detailed enough so that the song sounds like a full production (unless you are going for an extremely lo-fi sound). That's why it can take a one man operation so long to complete an album. In the end good or bad at least I did it my way.

Thursday, April 20, 2000

Roland S-550 Sample

I've decided to have Jeremy Sever come back into the studio and go over the drums on Isebella.The snare and kick were getting buried in the middle of the song. That's what's so cool about samplers, I sampled the original drums sounds that Jeremy and Jeff Venturo got during the original sessions, loaded the sounds into my Roland S-550 Sampler and assigned the sounds to some drum pads and now Jeremy can come over and play over the old tracks with an exact audio copy of the original sound. You can't
tell the difference between what was the old tracks drums, and the new tracks drums. I love musical technology!

Monday, April 17, 2000

A Tragick Compilation


The new compilation featuring THE GINSBERG FILES (me and Eric Cooley from Faith & Disease is
out. It's called A Tragick Compilation.

Saturday, April 15, 2000

Isabella

I also re-did the backing vocals for Isabella yesterday and am finally mixing that puppy down.

Saturday, April 8, 2000

The Ginsberg Files

An official release date has been set for the compilation that Eric (of Faith & Disease) and I recorded for as THE GINSBERG FILES. It's May 15th and the comp. is being put out by Tragick Records. I'll post more info as I get it. I've also been asked by Eric to do some synth and keyboard work on Faith & Disease's upcoming CD for Projekt Records. The recording is scheduled
for May.

Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Isabella

Finishing the vocal tracks for new song called Isabella tonight. Another one done. I'm hoping to mix it tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 4, 2000

Stomach Flu

Just got over the stomach flu. Man what a bitch that one was! Your stomach gets all tied up in knots and you get the runs something fierce (is that too much information?). So I got nothin' done. Thank God it only lasted a little more than 24 hours.

Saturday, April 1, 2000

Monster

Finished both the d.A. Sebasstian & The Flathead 5 recordings! April Fucking Fools! I've got along way to go to finish these bad boys. I did work on a new d.A. track called Monster. Laid down some mean trombone and guitar today and bounced some tracks into the sampler. This one is almost there. Two other songs are almost done as well. My hay fever is letting up so I can finish some vocals. Every year about this time I get allergies. Only had 'em for the last 5 years but they seem to be getting worse. It must be Alder or Cedar pollen, something native to Seattle. During the beginning of Spring each year, I can't sing for a month or so because my sinuses get so clogged. I tried this Allegra stuff. It worked intermittently.

Sunday, March 26, 2000

d.A. Sebasstian CD

Working on three new tracks for the d.A. Sebasstian CD. I hope to get this thing close to finished by summer. The new tracks are more bluesy. One of the new tracks features the awesome talents of James Whiton on the upright bass and Jeremy Sever on drums & percussion. After I get four more of the newer songs completely finished, I'm gonna start sending out pre-release versions,for radio and general interest. That should happen in a few months. The biggest difference between these songs and
previous material I've done is the addition of slide and electric guitar to my song writing.

Friday, March 10, 2000

Vitaminic.com

I signed a contract with Vitaminic.com to distribute my label material on-line as purchasable mp3's. I know most people don't care to buy their mp3's, that's the whole reason mp3's are so popular, but now I can post my entire CD's song selection on-line. Some of my tracks will always be free though.

Sunday, March 5, 2000

Zann Compilation

Just finished writing and recording an ambient guitar song for a compilation to be put out by Silber Records later this year. The CD comp. is entitled Zann and is a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. The theme of the CD is music to scare monsters away, like music
so threatening or beautiful that it would scare them away. This is the H.P. theme.My tack is called Crawling and is more about inner demons and monsters and trying to drive them away.

Tuesday, February 22, 2000

New d.A. Sebasstian Track

I just finished a new song for the new d.A. Sebasstian CD. That is the 6th song completed. The plan is to have 10 songs with a Quicktime movie at the end of the CD. The short film is Brent Watanabe's piece Example which I acted in and did the music for.

Thursday, February 17, 2000

Tracking

I have taken a week off my day job to continue work on The Flathand 5 tracks. I have finished one more track and am mixing the music for three others. It's movin' along.

Thursday, February 3, 2000

Sunday, January 23, 2000

The Flathand Five

More recording on The Flathand 5 CD. The release date has been pushed back, but several
of the songs will be available in MP3 format by February, 2000.

Saturday, January 22, 2000

Faith and Disease

Faith & Disease came over to the studio to do some pre-production work for their next
release, possibly to be out on Projekt Records later this year.

Friday, January 21, 2000

d.A. Sebasstian On RadioInvasion.com

I did a live internet radio program on RadioInvasion.com. To check it out, click- radioinvasion.com