Monthly Archives: August 2006

The “This Week” problem

While This Week (HUEV03), the best of the Song of the Week project, would probably be the strongest set of Thunderegg songs ever, I can’t decide whether to release it or not. Like everything on Open Book, I played it all by myself and recorded it to a four-track cassette recorder. I love my four-track, and I think I’m pretty good at operating it, but I don’t know if people find low-fi charming anymore. The alternative is to re-record the tracks with the whole band, possibly at Sound of Music studios down in Richmond. We’ve made tentative plans to record down there this November because it’s Sparklehorse engineer Alan Weatherhead’s home base, and I think Sparklehorse always sounds awesome.

I guess a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. Probably it’s not good for the creative process to shelve a solid album and/or re-record it ad nauseam. Best scenario: I release the four-track album, and by the time November comes around, I’ll have some new songs for us to work on.

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Expanding the catalog

Egg catalog as it currently stands:

HUEV01 – A Very Fine Sample of What’s Available at the Mine
HUEV02 – Open Book

Coming soon:

HUEV03 – This Week (the best of the 2005 Song of the Week project)
HUEV04 – The EP That We Worked on This Past Weekend (working title) (just kidding)

We did work on an EP over the weekend, though. It’s four songs that we laid down with Nate at the Shed in Manchester over the past 18 months or so; in small steps we’ve been overdubbing vocals and guitars, and at the most recent session we brought in Bob and Tim to lay down pedal-steel and trumpet, respectively. Plus I added some dulcimer and 12-string Rickenbacker and falsetto doo-wop singin’. Looks like we’ll have one more session of overdubs, and then we’ll mix.

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No CMJ

Initially the subject heading was “F CMJ,” and the text here said, “Seriously, F those guys.” I’ve had time to calm down now. I’ll just say that it does seem a daunting task to get big festivals to notice a literally independent band. An “indie” band on an “indie” label, maybe. But some dudes who’ve spent the past decade honing a unique blend of persistent obscurity? A little tougher task. It might not have helped that I mentioned on the application that we’d once opened for the Radiators and Leon Russell. They probably think we’re “jammy.” When really we just rock.

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