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Studio Night

Time flies

We’re about a month away from our self-imposed album release date, and the virtual pressure is on. Allegedly. Okay, it’s true – there is no real pressure. We’re just trying to stick to a schedule that insures that we don’t waste too much time fooling around. We’re actually doing okay[…]

Los Mass

On our last studio night, KB and I spent the evening (and I mean the entire evening) getting two good guitar tracks for an upcoming song (currently called “What’s Mine Is Mine”). We wanted to get a good dose of feedback, and a nice crunchy tube sound for the tracks.[…]

Funking Funkbox

I’ve been watching eBay for years, looking for a Gibson Maestro MRK-2 drum machine that’s in good shape and is affordable. I totally got to digging it while listening to Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station. In some of their recordings you can hear the MRK-2 cranking through an[…]

So Koool

I asked old Santy Claus for a little bit of music gear this past Christmas. Shocker, right? But this year it wasn’t a request for some gazillion dollar guitar or synth or the like. I asked for a Korg Kaossilator. It goes for a little over a hundred bucks, fits[…]

The V-drum experiment (part 2)

In part 1 I explained the circumstances behind the way we wound up deciding to use a Roland V-drum kit for some drum sessions for the first time.  So, with the electronic kit set up and somewhat (I thought) dialed in, Jim Evans arrived for the session and we got[…]

Epiphone versus Gibson

Recently I was talking with a friend about guitars, which isn’t unusual. I’ve got a few electric guitars, all with tremolos, and I was talking about how much I want a fixed bridge guitar because the floating bridges seem to make keeping in tune some kind of Sisyphean task. As[…]

The V-drum experiment (part 1)

During the holiday season we were fortunate to have a visit from our friend (and fantastic drummer) Jim Evans. Jim has lent his talents to the DD69 project on every record so far, and the upcoming album is no exception. Normally we book a studio in town to record the[…]

Happy New Year!

Wow, another year behind us. Time sure feels like it’s going by fast these days. We here at DD69 HQ are looking forward to another year of making music, and hopefully finding more folks to share it with. We’re planning to release our fourth studio album (currently untitled, although Mike[…]

So I’m back to listening to rock music

I mentioned in an earlier post that I decided to try listening to classical music during my recent commutes across town. I thought it would be a soothing counterpoint to the pinball-like antics of early morning drivers. You know, keep me calm and zen through the whole trip. I like[…]