December 15, 2008 10:28 AM

A bitter rock song first written and recorded not long after my last band's original lineup fell apart. That band's ugly break-up (partly triggered by the failure of our band mates' marriage) coincided with both my mom's cancer recurring in terminal form and my wife's losing her job of four years because we stayed in Germany with my mom too long. So we had plenty of pent up bitterness to spare. We performed this song live as Pocket Novel Mystery after re-forming briefly with a new line-up, but when this recording was made, it was just me and my wife, Lori.

I'd just started building up my new project studio when work on this started, so the quality of the source tracks is nothing to brag about. I'm playing all the instruments (except the shaker egg on the chorus, which is Lori) and singing co-lead with Lori. That's me on the trap kit, too. The drums are a little sloppy in places, and part of the reason is that I laid down the acoustic rhythm guitar track first (without a click track), and then went back and overdubbed the drums later while straining to hear the mix on a pair of cheap, non-studio caliber headphones blaring at full volume. The drums were recorded using only three Shure SM-57s--two overheads and one in the kick--and it shows. Still, all things considered, it turned out better than I expected when Lori suggested remixing it a couple nights ago, so here it is.

posted by saulgoodman (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

That's awesome. Now just send your little tyke off to boarding school and you're on the superhighway to rock stardom :)
posted by poppo at 5:03 PM on December 15, 2008

(heh! thanks poppo, but i think i'd rather change diapers.)
posted by saulgoodman at 6:50 PM on December 15, 2008

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