Wow! “Leaving L.A.” was featured on an episode of NPR’s “The Story”. Awesome! The song is played at the end of the first segment and can be listened to here. The song is played for 17 seconds about 1/4 of the way through the episode. Yahoo!!!
Last night at played what can be considered a “secret show” at the Dubliner Pub on University Ave. It was secret, because nobody was there to see it. Sometimes it is nice playing to a small, quiet crowd. When I took the stage, there were 6 people in the bar, including the bartender and me.… Continue reading The Value of Small Crowds
We are doing some brand-positioning research for our forthcoming album, and we need your help! Give this mp3 a listen, then take this survey.
This week’s songwriting assignment was to describe a time you took a chance on something. I didn’t follow the assignment. But that’s totally cool! You don’t need to either! 🙂 This week’s submissions include Ryan B’s first submission, a beautifully-crafted song called Love Me AND my submission, a spiritual story about ascending to heaven, called… Continue reading Songwriting Workshop #2 Result
[quote] I finally turned on the computer yesterday to churn out my first song for the Cryns #3 Songwriting Workshop. Ever since recording Boulder back in 2005, I have had this dream of recording a whole album of gospel songs that a church choir could sing. In fact, some day I hope to gather a… Continue reading Songwriting Workshop #1 Result – "Salvation"
Yesterday, I wrapped up recording guitars on “Lori won’t get out of my way!” The song needed some beef, and I think the new guitar parts add just that. The parts are more varied than on other songs, as I used BOTH acoustic and distortion sounds, all from the ol’ Marshall stack. Of course, the… Continue reading Another One Down!
“Sneaky” Pete Bauer made his way to my living room studio on Sunday, where he laid down some hot harmonica tracks over the bed for “Let’s get funky!” This shit is HOTTT!! Anyway, give Pete’s work on “Let’s get Funky!” a listen! http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01%20Let%27s%20Get%20Funky!%20with%20Harmonica%20(Unmixed).mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Yesterday, I recorded electric guitar parts for “It’s time to decide!”, which is a track off of our forthcoming release, Faraway Farm. The parts are sweet and smooth, straying towards the acoustic edge of the Marshall stack than the other parts I have been recording recently. Listen to “It’s time to decide!“ http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01-Its-Time-to-Decide-I-Promise-You-Everything..mp3Podcast: Play in… Continue reading It's Time To Decide – Sweet Sounds Coming out of the Marshall Stack!
Sometimes I wonder why I am doing this. I wonder why I spend, perhaps, thousands of hours a year writing, practicing, recording, and performing music that there is a distinct chance will not make a noticeable impression on anybody. And then I talk to Bavery, and it all becomes clear. I do it, because I… Continue reading One of Those Days…
I get a good feeling when someone takes my work and repurposes it. A gentleman in England used Rock Star as the music bed in this video: He is trying to raise $2,400 online to help him make his final tuition payment for his master’s degree. If you’ve got a dime, send it his way!… Continue reading I Feel Famous.
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
My brothers and sisters and I used to say this rhyme: Jean Jean made a machine. Jo Jo made it go. Art Art blew a fart and blew the whole damn thing apart! For fun, I threw a beat and a guitar part behind the tag line, added some great fart sounds I pulled off… Continue reading Jean Jean Made a Machine
I just got back from listening to records over at Colin’s house. We spun the new International Espionage 7″ record, which, by the way, is fabulous, before rolling through some of the new Cryns #3 tracks. I forgot how nice it is to just sit around with a friend and listen to records. I used… Continue reading Listening to Records
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?
I hate it when this happens: I was casually surfing the net, reading up on NASA’s most recent adventures, checking out my blog stats, and such, when I accidentally stumbled upon the Amazon mp3 listing for “…if Howard Roark could dance”. There is currently one lonely review listed, and it written by some cocky asshole… Continue reading Help a Brotha' Out: Write a Review on Amazon
It seems that one song off our new record is emerging as the early fan favorite – “I’m Quittin’ My Job!”. I wrote this song two years ago before I quit my former employ. It is wrought full of swear words but also speaks that uplifting, self-liberating phrase that we all have wanted to yell… Continue reading I'm Quittin' My Job! – Thoughts?
We have been diligently working on the new record with Noah (my brother and superb music producer) and I think we are at a point where I can start sharing some stuff. This recording is still a rough mix and hasn’t been mastered yet, but it’s pretty cool, nonetheless. What do you think? Colleen Album… Continue reading What do you think of "Colleen"?