so said al pacino in “sea of love”. now there was a man who knew things.
the new cd now has a title, i have a good idea of what i want to do for the cover art, and it’s crawling toward the finish line faster than a snail cadaver. i just need to record a few more things, figure out how to best sequence the tracks, get the inserts printed up, and then it should be available at a bordello near you. or, if you’re uneasy about walking into such an establishment, sometime in january you should be able to pick up a copy at places like dr. disc, phog or sanctuary coffee lounge. i’m not sure how people will respond to this cd…i think it’s a bit less accessible than the last one. some of the songs take a bit more work before they’re adequately seduced and reveal all their secrets. personally, i like the fact that it’s shaping up to be a bit less immediate, but then i’m odd like that.
speaking of the last cd, on CJAM’s website they just had several DJs post their “best of 2008” year-end lists, and both adam peltier and cassie caverhill had CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN in their top 10. that’s pretty wild if you axe me. not that you should axe me, because i imagine that would be rather painful, and i enjoy keeping my skin intact where possible. but thanks to adam and cassie, and to everyone at CJAM for all of the support. the response that cd has received still boggles my mind.
speaking of mr. peltier, i went back and listened to the mp3s from a few weeks ago when he invited me to come in for some co-hosting/interview action, and i was surprised to discover that despite what i thought at the time, i did actually manage to answer some questions somewhat coherently. how did that happen? your guess is as good as mine. i did come down with a bout of brain freeze when asked about file sharing/famous artists giving away their music for free on the internet, but i guess that’s because i don’t really have much of an opinion about it either way. music is music, everybody dance…you know the drill. it’s interesting to listen to the recording of my first ever live radio appearance from back in 2002, and then to listen to this and hear how much more relaxed i sound these days. i’m sure it also helps when the person you’re hanging out with is a friend, and someone you’ve known for a long time. in any case, it’s one of the few times (along with the interview conducted by adam fox a little while back) where i can actually sort of enjoy listening to myself rambling away about what i do, whatever that is. we did a lot of joking around, and i think you can hear that we had fun; the laughter is genuine.
for anyone who might want to take a listen, here’s all three hours (!) of the show, split into three parts. thanks again to adam for extending the invitation and letting me play a bunch of random music i brought with me. in part 2, a song of mine segues into “jungle fire” by tim buckley, which is pretty insane. as i told adam (and he noted afterward), there’s a part in that song where tim sings the word “inside” and hits an off note…and then he holds the note and turns it into a wild yodel that remains one of my favourite vocal moments i’ve ever heard from anyone. if that ain’t genius, i don’t know what is. the drumming from maury baker isn’t too shabby either. come to think of it, that whole block of songs is pretty odd…me, into tim buckley, into paul mccartney at his most bizarre, into stina nordenstam, into the pixies. but i dig it. the very end of the last mp3 got cut off, so you don’t get to hear our parting words or “she might be waking up” by shudder to think. but that “high art” soundtrack sure has a nice album cover, doesn’t it? yes. yes it does.
also, you should check out this video milan sent my way. it’s some pretty otherworldly stuff. i’ve never seen or heard anyone do something like this with a pedal steel guitar before:
i keep thinking of david lynch, with the way that it’s filmed and the hilariously deadpan looks on almost everybody’s faces (particularly the vocalists). it’s just so surreal and strange, but in the best possible way.
oh yeah…i almost forgot—merry mass of christ.