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Nov 14, 04 08:38 AM

Shiznits and Gizziggles.


Overdubbing vocals in the morning. Then, post-lunch, drums, drums, and drums.


One of the best things about working with Dan is that he likes to hit the studio in the morning. He's got Coco, his child, so he's up at cartoon hours anyway; I'm up by seven, and we're working by 8. It's heaven. At other studios, I have to wheedle and cajole to get the engineer to show up at 10 am.

There's something more productive about the morning for me. It's partially the closeness to the dream world--I get up and do my dream-journalling, and the creative mind snaps awake, I like to pounce on it. When I'm at home, they're the most fruitful writing hours.

It's also the light--the fantastic morning light. I like it better than dusk; there's a purity to it. And I like the way I sing right after I wake up.


So we tracked vocals in the morning. Eric came over in the afternoon to do a couple more songs; he was heartbreaking and impeccable, as usual.

At one point, Dan had a suggestion, so he said: "Try _______; just for shiznits and gizziggles."

Except Dan is new to the world of appropriating Black American slang, so it came out more like, "Shiznizznizznizzshizzes and gizziggizzigs."

I said: Please never say that again unless I have a tape recorder rolling.

ps--I took the camera into the vocal booth with me, and shot these pix by holding my arm out at random and clicking the button while I was singing the takes.


Posted by Mike at November 14, 2004 8:38 AM

Keep the tapes rolling. I want "Shiznizznizznizzshizzes and gizziggizzigs" as a bonus track!

Posted by: Matt at November 14, 2004 9:33 AM

Those are some FANTASTIC photos. And also, Dan looks very American. He is a very American-looking guy.

Did you hear that ODB died?

Posted by: DJ North by Northwest at November 14, 2004 11:17 AM

Now I guess he'll find out how The G-O-D took that whole "Big Baby Jesus" thing.
R.I.P. Dirty

Posted by: stew at November 14, 2004 2:27 PM

I too hope the SC legacy is never forgotten. The simple mention of the name SC, or oh, that voice, sends my head into a reverie of awesome memories. Those three albums were the soundtrack of my high school career. I can probably link each song to some specific instance, for example, the time I broke my pinky finger during Super Bon Bon, when SC played with Everclear at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Why, again do 350 pound guys find it necessary or even remotely safe to crowd surf? Falling fat men cause injuries.
It's a fucking shame you are so close, yet so far away. I patiently await mention of your Minneapolis frequents, as it would be so nice to "run" into you sometime. Appreciate everything you do.

Posted by: Kacie at November 14, 2004 2:44 PM


Posted by: shamsi at November 14, 2004 8:39 PM

I forget how beautiful you are. I hope this whole recording deal doesn't keep you away from the Bay Area. Congrats on your latest endeavor. Much love.

Posted by: jennifer at November 14, 2004 10:58 PM

that first picture is really really great. i might even save it.

Posted by: marie at November 15, 2004 8:07 AM

The second photo above, of Mike and Dan...Dan looks like Dana Carvey. But the next photo of Dan makes him look sexy...Dan, you're sexy.

Mike, even though I love the photos you take, and yes, your self-images are cool, I really REALLY love the one you took for Nov. 13, 'Calumny! Lies!' with Dan and his daughter (she must be 3 or 4 years old). Oh, something super, super-sexy about a dad and his child! Poke me, I'm all gushy! Dan, your daughter is darling! Love the footie pajamas!

Posted by: Deb at November 15, 2004 9:30 AM