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by John
Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: Bonnaroo Help
Replies: 5
Views: 4845

Re: Bonnaroo Help

The only help I can offer is that Citizen Cope is a turd-pile.
by John
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Swoon
Topic: odd biography linked
Replies: 5
Views: 5300

Re: odd biography linked

That's exactly how it happened. It's like they were there.
by John
Wed May 13, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Recording your own music
Replies: 19
Views: 10738

Re: Recording your own music

Just to add my two cents: The problems you're having are normal. Everyone who starts recording wants to know the simple set-up that gets them good sounds on a budget, and although Grant's and Junker's suggestions are good, the fact is that trial and error is the only way to get good sounds. Bad mics...
by John
Sat May 09, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

It's funny about that song... it was one of the most popular WSH songs as far as I remember, and it was a last-minute addition to the first Long Winters record, when it was clear we wouldn't have enough songs. It's one of the few major lyric changes I've made to a song after it was properly finished...
by John
Wed May 06, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

Dmaj7 is right, then drop the bass note a half step to C# but let the open E ring, then let the open E and A strings ring while keeping the Dmaj7 shape in place. (that's the intro at least.) The F#m is actually F#m7. Prior to the Hurricanes I was always interested in changing barre chords by lifting...
by John
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: John at Dow Constantine Fundraiser 4/23/2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1732

Re: John at Dow Constantine Fundraiser 4/23/2009

Oh shit, that's the same night? I'm supposed to be at that too. I need to start keeping a calendar.
by John
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

Grant, have you not heard the first Long Winters album? We should get you a copy.
by John
Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Indiepoplive: Seattle Music Scene 1995-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: Indiepoplive: Seattle Music Scene 1995-2005

I swear to you that our performance that night at the Beatbox was the worst of our short career. One day I will dig up those WSH archives for y'all. But not today.
by John
Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

It was actually the very last song we recorded for Pretend to Fall, and also the only one that Chris Walla didn't track the basics. Or, another way of putting it is that it's the only song completely tracked by Ken. Furthermore, two of the string players were friends of mine from high school in Anch...
by John
Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

Five of those songs are the hardest for us to play, and the ones you're least likely to hear at a show. Gov't Loans was written in an open D tuning. DADGAB. If you make an E chord shape where you normally would over an open D tuning you'll hear the start of Gov't Loans. I mostly move that chord shap...
by John
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: John at the Tractor April 1st
Replies: 9
Views: 2676

Re: John at the Tractor April 1st

It is Sherman Alexie the novelist/poet. Also, I will not be singing but will be reading an excerpt from my European journals.
by John
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

My favorite story about Tattoo You is that Keith recorded the riff for Start Me Up several years before, but shelved it for sounding too "Stonesy". Indeed.
by John
Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: guitar tabs
Replies: 266
Views: 204568

Re: guitar tabs

Keith's famous for only playing five strings, but I love the extra wobble I get from those unison G strings. They're never quite exactly in tune once you hit them, so it's a weird light chorus effect. But Keith had other stuff to think about I guess.
by John
Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: recovering rock musician writes book
Replies: 15
Views: 6971

Re: recovering rock musician writes book

It's important to note, if for no one else but us, that Michael left the band a long time ago. So his characterizations of the Long Winters are valid only up to 2003, if then.
by John
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Swoon
Topic: The Official Live at the Showbox DVD thread
Replies: 66
Views: 29059

Re: The Official Live at the Showbox DVD thread

Bear in mind, also--and I'm saying this only to you loyal boardies who stick with us through thick and thin--that musicians are a fickle and over-sensitive lot, and that sometimes certain versions of certain songs just don't measure up to our standard of quality. Maybe we played it perfectly the nig...
by John
Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD
Replies: 19
Views: 10427

Re: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD

I had never thought about it quite this way before, but I've been in bands with over a dozen drummers in my life, and played with a dozen more. There are plenty of drummer jokes out there I won't bother repeating, but it can be generally true that tightly-wound dudes end up playing the drums. It's a...
by John
Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD
Replies: 19
Views: 10427

Re: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD

Nabil is actually a human time-piece, a total bad-ass, and the tight feel is entirely down to him. Playing snare and cymbals over a kit isn't the hardest thing, because there's no kick drum to worry about. We had a hilarious moment during the recording of PTDTB when we measured Nabil's tempo at the ...
by John
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:36 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD
Replies: 19
Views: 10427

Re: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD

No, we didn't get all crazy and technical about it, we just started out recording the drums in isolation, and without any cymbals, because I wanted the tune to sound super dry and dead, but as the recording progressed it was clear we needed some more "air" around the drums, so Nabil played...
by John
Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD
Replies: 19
Views: 10427

Re: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD

Good ear. We recorded the drums a few different ways for PTDTB, and for Fire Island I wanted a pretty dead sound, so we set up the drums in a heavily padded iso-booth and recorded them dead and dry. Then we recorded the snare and cymbals as a separate take in the live room. You win the prize.
by John
Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD
Replies: 19
Views: 10427

Re: Question about Nabil's Drums on the DVD

Nabil does have a fabulous Gretsch orange sparkle kit, which is only one of several kits he keeps around. We had the front logo printed fairly cheaply at a graphics place in Seattle, and then we stuck it to a regular front head one sunny afternoon in my Mom's backyard. Liesbeth is right that we tour...

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