Here are the live recordings from the South Boulder Block Party on August 11th.
There was a guest guitarist for 7,8, and 9. I don’t remember his name (I’ll find out soon and update). 3 and 4 are solid, parts of 2 are good, 8 is fun, and 9 is great. Enjoy.
The day after my birthday, Aaron came for a session just before fleeing to Colorado Springs.
A few days before Nolan’s birthday party, Nolan came down and we jammed together. It was a good session… except that we forgot to enable recording for Nolan’s track! Thus the session is very groove oriented, lacking in melody. Pretty cool though, anyway.
It’s been a little while since I listened to these, but I seem to recall 1-6 all being pretty good, with #3 being especially unique.
SNW played at Nolan’s birthday party:
The session was pretty good. We were solid, pretty together, and groovy. My biggest problem with it is that we sounded a lot more like a “jam band” than usual. I have a conjecture: pot + guitar = jam band.
That said, #14 is cool (there’s an 8 minute solo psychedelic keyboard intro, followed by a groove with a nice feel). #15 has great energy and #16 is soulful.
UPDATE And of course I forget to give credit to the many musicians involved:
- Eric, Luke, Evan — The usual
- Nolan McFadden — Guitar, vocals
- Devon — Guitar
- Willow — Vocals
- Chris Mandel — Clarinet
Here are some recordings from June 6th. Yeah, I’m posting out of order. Wanna fight about it?
- 2007-06-06_03 Rondeau de fonque
- 2007-06-06_04 Nocturne solare
- 2007-06-06_07 Allegretto
And then Dan Ravita, the trumpet player, shows up, and we record the second set:
- 2007-06-06_11 Dawn
- 2007-06-06_12 Simulated Annealing
- 2007-06-06_17 Robot Talk
The first set is good all around starting at #3. I like #9, #11, #12, and #17 from the second set (and some others, but I don’t remember the numbers).
Well, you know what they say, some sessions are better than others. This session was definitely one of the others. I don’t really know what went wrong. One of my guesses is that I couldn’t hear Evan well enough (or I could hear him too well—sometimes the bass is so booming that I can’t tell which note is playing!), but I don’t remember. But there was definitely a severe lack of communication on top of the fact that I was just playing like crap in general.
That said, the first two tracks are decent, and our endings were generally clean. Maybe I can pretend that that was just an “ending practice” session. #9 has so much potential, but it seems like the second we got onto something good we’d mess it up the next measure. There were some beginnings of lines that could have had good endings :-). I’m actually not so discouraged, because this was a two part session and we only recorded the first part. If I recall the second set was a lot better. At least it was a lot more unique (we did some of that great classicalish stuff).
Anyway, we have a gig next Friday. I hope the percussion warmup I suggested will work as far as getting us in the flow, and we don’t end up putting on a show like this session…
Oh, look at that, #13 is decent too, and #14 is good save for some sloppy lead playing.
Here are the recordings from the session on May 23, with totally special guest Aaron DiVesta on Saxophone!
- 2007-05-23_13 Afshar’s Experiment
Yes, it was a prolific evening.
I usually reserve picking favorites for when I’ve heard them all at least a few times, but #13 is a special exception. I’m putting that up on the MySpace page right now.
Here’s the session from May 16th:
- 2007-05-16_07 – Bluegreen Boogie
Right now, my favorite tracks are 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 14. Ugh, the beginning of 13 is so sloppy though.
Eric, our drummer, forgot to set up the kick mic, so there is some emptiness where there should be a bass drum.