Two versions of Don’t be a Stranger

May 28, 2012

I’m hoping to get a new PC this autumn and in an attempt to cut down on the amount of stuff I’ll need to backup and copy across to a new system, I’m slowly going through old Cubase, FL Studio and Reaper projects and working out what to keep and what to bin. There’s a lot of half done stuff kicking around on my hard disc drive.

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A Good Weekend

February 9, 2010

I have had a pretty good weekend.

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the AlKandAlC Recording Weekend – Guitars

February 5, 2009

It’s important to have the right tool for the job. With this in mind, we assembled a whole forest of guitars 🙂

Yes, we love each and every one of them. Well, almost.

Yes, we love each and every one of them. Well, almost.

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Upcoming AlKandAlC weekend (fingers crossed) and I Want a DS10!

January 28, 2009

Hello, the week’s gone so so so far (that is grammatically correct isn’t it?). Work is ebbing up and down. I’ve been givning the task of doing a preliminary lit. review for a new project/grant proposal my boss is thinking of submitting. Which is exciting in theory (lots of interesting research etc) but boring in practise (trying to find relevant lit. review). No doubt this will change by the end of the once I get a handle on the field.

I’m currently looking forward to the weekend! The Als and the Pussycats are playing the Cab this weekend. Which I have low expectations of. But because of this, I actually expect to be pleasantly surprised when I realise that we’re better than I give us/the rest of the band, credit for. Which will no doubt put me in a good mood. Not that I’m a bad mood just now. But you know.

Hopefully, Ali permitting, we’ll spend the weekend sorting out a set of duo material and making some progress on the album. Which i guess is about a 3rd done. Or nearly. Anyway, I want to keep it down to 40-45 minutes long which means we don’t have much to do as Sweet Moves, Stranger and Talk All Day are in pretty good shape. Add in the possibility of resurrecting the original Amy, with a new Jaco inspired fretless bass intro (I’ve got some new ideas, it’s just a matter of distilling them all into 30 seconds or so! Anyway, I think that will fit the vibe set up by the three tracks we’ve recorded so far. (Don’t) Come Look For Me will probably be on it too, as the token blues track, and I’m hoping to record a little ‘cello part for it. Then a couple of Trees, Car, Wolf, Sailor Song, She Cries, All Breaks Down, Who Needs Who, etc. Y’ know, Ali’s written a lot of good songs!

I made some good progress in learning Three of a Perfect Pair last night. No Cantor rehearsal tomorrow, (Matt’s birthday), but we should be back next week. 🙂

Amazon have Korg DS10′s back in stock! I really want one. Not sure if I can justify the money though. Not that it’s expensive by any means. Hmmm. Maybe it will provide the Pussycats with whatever it is I seem to think is missing. Or could be a secret weapon for Cantor. Hmmmmmm. Strokes beard.

Pleasant Surprise of 2009: Number 2

January 15, 2009

According to “Your musical compatibility with louisa is Super”

Other good news is an AlKandAlC gig in Feb (TBC), James McMurtry gig in a couple of weeks, going to see Preston Reed tomorrow night, playing Rock Band last night after going for a nice meal, and making good progress on my PhD. And there should be some freshly made bread in the kitchen just in time for lunch!

Me. Want. More. Gigs.

November 6, 2008


just played two surprisingly good gigs with Al. I honestly don’t think AlKandAlC have played so well together since, well, probably ever. I really like our set, possibly our strongest, (despite no Sailor Song!). Guess Ali K’s song writing is getting stronger and stronger. I think it may be a confidence thing: two of the best new songs are very short, which is maybe Ali’s strong point. And he seems happier and more comfortable with his songs. (Does that make sense? Probably not). Anyway Wolf is cool, although I really do have to sort out my bass solo at the end (or find somebody else (Lucy?) to play it!). Sweet Moves is a cool track too. Shame it’s so short, but it’s good to leave people wanting more I suppose.

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A little review that i missed

September 15, 2008


I didn’t know people reviewed performances at OotB, so I missed this first time around. I get the feeling that they say nice things about everybody, but it’s still nice to hear that somebody was listening and cared enough to write a few words.

Al and Al Can you be too good? There’s a great interplay between this guitar and bass duo, melodies on both instruments intertwining, but it feels like they would be as proficient even if no-one was listening. Because of this, and the late hour, the audience starts to drift off. If they were to cock an ear, though, they’d be treated to a honey bass voice that’s used as a tenor, and beautiful flourishes and harmonics on guitar. They finish with ‘Trees’, which is a love song to the aforementioned. Not in that way, though. Well, I hope not. Anyway, its seriously impressive stuff – hope they come back.

AlKandAlC: Live and Out of Tune at the Ark 130808

August 18, 2008


played a couple of gigs at the Ark last week. First up was the acoustic duo. Gig went great. Shame there was no real crowd to play to (but thanks to Louisa, Jenny and Harriet for coming down though!). Also, it’s a shame Ali’s guitar wouldn’t stay in tune with itself. But hey, it helped mask my out of tune notes 🙂

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AlKandAlC Gigs (and EP) and the birth of Skuas

August 12, 2008


First up, gig plug! Hope some of you can make it along. Am really looking forward to an old-styleee duo gig with Ali. And then on Sunday, first gig for the band with the new expanded line-up. Hope it goes well!

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