For anyone who’s expecting a CD in the mail, I haven’t forgotten about you. I just wanted to send a little letter with each CD, and it seems to make more sense to send as many packages as possible out at the same time in one shot. So it’s taken me a little while to get that done. I’ve always felt odd about sending anyone a CD or anything in the mail without at least a little handwritten note or something. It feels too impersonal and almost cold to me.
And just so you know I’m not shitting on your foot:
Those are some of the letters, big and small, that I’ve been typing over the past few days.
Now that I’ve got the hang of that old manual typewriter, it’s ridiculous fun. It feels like you’re actually creating something when you type on a machine like that. A computer keyboard, while easier to type fast on, feels a little like a toy in comparison. Turns out the “new” old typewriter doesn’t need a new ribbon just yet after all, as you can see. It’s one of those typewriters that’s designed to use a black and red ribbon, but right now it’s equipped with a ribbon that’s black through and through.
The top section of the ribbon (which would normally be the red area) is pretty depleted, but it seems the bottom half has lots of life left in it. Lower case letter o’s come out looking a little weird, with not much of a hole in the middle…I guess the hammer must need cleaning. But I think the results look pretty neat anyway, and all the other letters/numbers/symbols look as they should.
Initially I typed a few letters capitalizing the proper things like a good boy. Then I junked them because things just didn’t look right to me that way. I’ve come to prefer all lower case letters when it comes to typed text, regardless of what I’m typing it on. I’m not sure why that happened, but I know some years back I got tired of the look of capital letters in emails and other such things. I guess it makes sense that it would carry over to typewritten letters as well.
(Edit: It took me until late 2017 to change my mind about this and decide using proper punctuation wasn’t such a bad idea after all.)
Changing the subject, here’s a blast from the past: I recorded THIS STUFF a little over six years ago (around March of 2002 — not in 2001 as they’ve dated it on Spyspace). It doesn’t sound half bad for (a) Myspace’s streaming degenerating the sound quality right off the bat, (b) being recorded at a time when I had a lot less equipment, most of which was very much “low end”, (c) only using three mics on the drums, which is generally a pretty big no-no when it comes to metal/hardcore music, (d) one of the drum mics going into a piece of shit mic preamp with a completely fried tube that I got off of eBay, and (e) being recorded/mixed by a guy who had no real experience recording this kind of music, aside from the time I recorded another one of Tyson’s bands about half a year earlier.
I was paid not in cash, but in another kind of currency with a much stronger aroma to it. I recorded a lot of different things for friends back then, from hardcore to folksy acoustic stuff, and even a bit of classical music. It was fun. It’s kind of odd that it was so easy for me to record other people back then when I had a lot less equipment at my disposal, when now that I have much better gear I think it would be pretty difficult for me to accommodate most musicians/bands. Which is why I haven’t been recording anyone else’s music for something like five years now. One of the benefits of having less gear was the ability to pack everything into the car and bring it over to a band’s jam space. These days that would be impossible.
Speaking of Spyspace, I don’t think I’ll be putting any more new things up there for a while. Time to mix it up again. For now there’s a BRAND NEW SHINY LIE out-take that will be showing up on the bloated misfits/out-takes collection once I figure out how to sequence the thing. What fun that’s going to be. As for the song, the singing could be better but I didn’t feel like getting all revisionist with it. In general I felt it was subpar at the time. These days I find myself thinking it probably would have fit onto the album without too much trouble. It also features one of the few extended guitar solos I’ve recorded since the dissolution of the old band.