After I released Work Release Program, Vol. 3: Restraint, I recorded a bunch of covers to kill some time before I traveled to Japan with my brother in November 2009.
I’ve revealed a few of them in other places but not here on the official site. One that I particularly like is "Hurt So Bad" by Linda Ronstadt. For some reason, I could totally hear Garbage playing this song, and while I don’t have quite the studio acumen of Butch Vig, I did want to give the song more punch than the original.
It’s the first time I really used a canned drum loop instead of programming my own drum track. I would like to replace the Reason guitars with actual guitars. I’d probably keep the bass line as is because I like the sound of it, but if Guitar Rig can approximate that grimy sound, I might consider making a live track of it.
If the blog entries on this site are any indication, nothing much has happened since Sept. 2, 2009, more than two years ago. That’s really not the case.
I’ve actually been posting a lot on the Eponymous 4 Facebook page, and I’ve even posted tracks to Metafilter Music. Then there’s all the stuff I’ve been working on — remixes mostly — that I haven’t even made available.
I had the wrong-headed notion that this site should follow a more traditional role of pushing only officially released material, which I obviously haven’t been doing for a while now.
So I’m taking this site back and making it less formal. I’ve given it the proverbial new coat of paint, and over the coming months, I’ll be making changes on how new material gets unveiled.
And as a sign of good faith, how about some new audio?
A year ago, I purchased a new computer, which allowed me to get really intricate with my mixes. I’ve been going back and re-recording a lot of stuff, actually trying my hand at playing my own guitar and bass parts.
One of the first tracks I remixed was "The One to Make You Whole", the lead track from Restraint. It’s probably one of the only tracks where 99% of the recording is performed live, as compared to my usual modus operandi to let software synths and MIDI take care of everything.
The drums, however, remain synthetic, although Battery 3 does make them sound a little less mechanical.