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Nov 10, 04 09:19 AM

Spazzy Heraldic.


It was Day of Guitars.


There's a guitar solo--replacing the Jay Rodriguez saxophone solo, which many of you have heard on the much-Kazaa'd bootleg of the rough mixes, sigh--on "I Feel As If I'm Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" that we spent hours pruning and editing.

Back in New York, I listened to my two favorite guitar solos in the Universe, "You Really Got Me" and "Stairway to Heaven," and figured out that they didn't stray far from certain licks/motifs; they were almost like long parts, with liberal variations. So I sat at my home computer and played a bunch of licks, just jammed solos, and then strung them together in ProTools, cut 'em up, rejiggered the licks into something like a story.

It sounded like shit--I mean, recording-wise. I'm a hapless engineer--the ProTools revolution is a tragic development for me, as everyone's producing these superslick home recordings and mine are pretty laughable, crude. An interesting effect, given my artlessness at crossfading, was that you can hear the abrupt edits if you solo the solo. It sounds quite freaky and compelling. You can't really hear it when it's embedded in the track.

Also at home, I cut and pasted this one riff of Jay Rodriguez's, a spiralling, weird, Coltrane-y ornament, into a punctuating, recurring bit; I typed in its title as "Spazzy Heraldic." We kept referring to it when layering the guitar solo in--"So this lick should start at the entrance of the Spazzy Heraldic, right?"

PS, another favorite solo: Bob Quine's (RIP--man, what an incredible talent that guy was) on Lloyd Cole's "What Do You Know About Love?" But I was too lazy to track the recording down when doing pre-solo-cutting research.

Then Dan and I plugged my iPod into the stereo and did more listening: Jay-Z "You Must Love Me", AC/DC "For Those About To Rock", Henry Thomas "Bob McKinney" and "Fishing Blues". In a discussion of the beauty of butt rock, Dan told me tale about two guys in Fargo who took him on a joyride in a Camaro, imploring him to pay close attention to the art of a certain Canadian band. Dan said, in mid-story: "What's that band that Geddy Lee's in?"--!!!

We cut these big huge AC/DC chords on a Gibson SG on "Sunkeneyed Girl." Big fat ringing power chords. We've got Eric Fawcett, the drummer from N.E.R.D. and Spymob, coming in to cut drums tomorrow; we want to step the song up into Jungle territory.

Posted by Mike at November 10, 2004 9:19 AM

Is there a better word than "rejiggered"?

Not many, I'd think.

Posted by: Kevin at November 10, 2004 9:37 AM

I use a balance ball as my computer chair, too, and maaaaaaan it's the best thing ever for a geek like me. I'm one of those people who rocks out in the car, sitting at work, while I'm cooking, etc. So the balance ball? This thing makes rocking out ten thousand times better. Fear my bouncing.

Posted by: Heather at November 10, 2004 10:40 AM

Mikey, I adore the way you highlight bands and songs and musicians that strike a cord with me. Gets me all jiggly...AC/DC, The Kinks, Zeppelin, Coltrane, Rush. I listened to Lloyd Cole's "Don't Get Weird On Me, Babe" the other night, felt nostalgic. Too often people don't realize the fierce power that music has over us, that running dialogue of our lives. Had a bad day at work yesterday and last night put "Pretty Hate Machine" in my diskman and skulked about the kitchen all doomy and free and angry and thrilled....

Posted by: Deb at November 10, 2004 11:04 AM

Man, that ball looks like it hurting Dan's back!!!

Posted by: DJ Scoliosis at November 10, 2004 12:06 PM

Man, "haughty melodic" is good, but if there's AC/DC power chords (hehe AC/DC power chords) might need "dimethyl gaucho"...better make it a doulble cd.--->

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Posted by: Mike at November 10, 2004 2:11 PM

Whoa. Mike Doughty + Spymob? Awesome.

Posted by: dan nordquist at November 10, 2004 2:40 PM

ha ha! rad! i love that you are a fan of the rock of butt as well mike! i knew you had it in you! god i love hearing stories from other musicians about studio time! cuz i actually understand you. our last record was cut on pro-tools as well, so i follow everything you're talking about.

thanks for the diversion from work my man!

Posted by: james the s at November 10, 2004 2:42 PM

Doughty tell Eric I said hello

ATO...way to go!

big up yourselves

Posted by: Brock at November 10, 2004 2:44 PM

Mike, which "You Really Got Me" solo, the Kinks, or VAN HALEN?

I'd like to think we're on the same page...

Posted by: Timmy at November 10, 2004 2:55 PM

i'm so glad you're having so much fun putting it all together! Rock! Jungle! Yes!

Posted by: Amy at November 10, 2004 6:00 PM

i would like to proudly state that the guitar player for N.E.R.D and Spymob is none other than my one and only guitar intructor ever, Brent Pashcke.

i took lessons from him when he was a senior in high school and i was in the 9th Grade.

i accidentally got him booted out of his practice space on DeMers avenue once, and had to walk mid-midafternoon 3 blocks down the street to Poppler's Music where he taught guitar lessons to tell him. I was bummed. I remember he wasn't nearly as mad as i expected him to be, he just shook his head and said, "Duuude...." Soon after, i made it up to him by scoring the entire fourth floor of a building two blocks away for half the price.

Once he tricked me into learning the main lick from Unskinny Bop.

I remember he told me i had a good ear for music, and he wanted me to be the best guitar player i could be, so that if anyone ever asked who taught me to play, i would answer Brent Paschke. ;)

Hey Mike, do me a huge favor and pass along a 'what up' :)

Posted by: rob from grand forks (formerly: rob from colorado) at November 10, 2004 6:05 PM

"almighty douche"


Posted by: GURT at November 11, 2004 6:37 PM