Wow! How the time flies! I stumbled upon this classic video from a year ago that I filmed the night I bought my Macbook. Enjoy!
Rich Horton, the motivated young gent who owns the Twin Cities’ best local music magazine (Rift Magazine), was kind enough to invite me to participate in the online version of Rift Magazine’s 36-Hour Songwriting Competition. The rules of the competition are simple: Write one song within the given timeframe (36-hours). Record and submit an mp3… Continue reading My Rift Magazine 36-Hour Songwriting Contest Submission – "…in San Francisco"
In an effort to beef up the new album (and have some fun), I decided to dust off my old Marshall JCM 900 half-stack and rip out some guitar licks for the new album. Here are my initial results: “Run. Run! Run!!! RUN!!! RUNNNN!!!!” – Scratch Mix April 8, 2009 “Let’s Get Funky!” – Scratch… Continue reading Going Nuts with My Marshall Stack
Yesterday Noah called to tell me that he thinks the album needs something extra to fill it out. I agree. It is currently lacking that “something” that makes an album sound great. We talked it over and decided that more guitars might be just what the album needs to give it a kick in the… Continue reading Can You Say Lead Guitar?
I have been doing some thinking on the new record, and when I listen to the songs all together, I get the feeling that there are two categories that the songs fit into: Damn, that was a long way back from the black infinity of sadness. Let’s dust our clothes off, take a shower, and… Continue reading Thoughts on a Dual EP Release
I just realized that I forgot to attach the “2 Sisters” mp3 from yesterday’s post. That’s okay, though, because I am attaching it to this post…AND MORE!!! I need your help. We are in the process of deciding on a final mix for our new record and would love to hear your feedback on the… Continue reading Help Me Mix My New Record! Feedback Needed!
(Above: 2 Sisters/SoulSistas at our show last Saturday) Hi! We are rolling! Rolling, I tell ya! Here is a link to our most recent mixdown of “2 Sisters” from our forthcoming record. We are looking for mixing feedback at present – things like “the vocals are too quiet”, “I can’t hear the kick drum”, etc.… Continue reading Mixdown of "2 Sisters" – Feedback?
With all but one vocal part done, we are entering the final stretch of our recording process for the new Cryns #3 record, which will likely be called “Faraway Farm”. The initial recordings are sounding good, and a select group of fans and friends have already provided some great preliminary feedback. I’m bringing in a… Continue reading Recording Progress Made!
I will be performing solo tomorrow night at 10 p.m. at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis, followed immediately by the debut of my new band, Eagles vs. Rockets. We will have t-shirts and an EP for sale for the new group – I hope you will support us! The new band features my old… Continue reading Two Shows Tomorrow at the 331 Club!!!
Noah’s 31st birthday party marked the first time in two years that all the Cryns kids have been gathered together in one place. To mark the occasion, we recorded this SWEET rap song at around 1 a.m. Here’s the famous dance-off: And here are some photos from the evening: http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/02-noahs-birthday-rap.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |… Continue reading Noah's Birthday Party
Last night’s show at Lestat’s in San Diego totally rocked and was a fitting kick-off to the tour. Ivan Cheong opened the evening and was followed by one of the most technically-gifted guitarists I have ever met, Mark Kephart. Mark was, to put it simply, amazing. I was headlining for some reason, and took advantage… Continue reading Tour Officially Launched!! Download MP3s from Last Night's Show!
Hi! I spent much of today recording this version of Duluth, which is a song I am working on for the next Cryns #3 disc. It’s coming along nicely… muwhahahahah! 😉 Also, I wrote this song, “In the Middle of the Night”, yesterday. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and wish… Continue reading 2 New Songs
The new album has been in the works for some time, and I am excited to announce that tonight we will begin laying down the drums. I already have 7 guitar parts done. Here’s the preliminary list of songs that will be on the new, yet-to-be-named record: 1. 2 Sisters 2. Colleen 3. Duluth 4.… Continue reading Recording Drums Today!!
Sometimes in the course of recording an album, I get inspired to play music that isn’t a candidate for the record. This morning, as I sat in my living room enjoying the sun, I started to play “Satan Is My Motor” by Cake. For some reason, that song has started to resonate with me more… Continue reading Satan Is My Motor