Sunday, August 30, 2009

First track nearly in the can

Doe Clovers are nearly done with the first track to the new CD. It's a waltzy, classical freak-fest. It will be posted within a week or so, here, and on
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The new Imogen Heap

What can I say about her? She's brilliant and one heck of a producer. I was very inspired by her video blog, it really gave me a better idea about recording.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The more you know...

© moreno

I usually do infographics about subjects that don't always help the average reader. This is one in a series of public service announcements that I think really need to be explored. The first:
How to Survive in the Old West...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

An Amazing CD

It's been years since I've sat around waiting for the release of a new CD. I used to get so excited about new Queen albums, (right around the "Night at the Opera" era) or anything that involved the Finn Brothers. As a songwriter, I can get a bit snobbish about music that gets over-produced, or on the rare occasion under produced. Or bands that write cliche' songs where telling the difference between each track becomes tiresome. Some examples: The Fray. A nice band with a good sound, but not much variety to their approach. They found a formula and they're playing it safe. Maybe it's pressure from their label to keep the money train on the tracks. I too have fallen into this rut in the past, writing tunes or riding the same tempos that just don't display enough versatility. It just comes off as uninspired and rather boring. I didn't have the excuse of a big payday, so it seems I've been a more of a musical douche-bag than the Fray. All that aside, I remember when I first heard Silverchair and thought little of them. Another three-piece grunge/metal band of young guys who would likely burn out and fade into the abyss before my coffee went cold. Then, some years later I heard a track from "Young Modern" I believe it was "If you Keep Losing Sleep". When I found out who was behind this unique song and CD I was surprised. Now they're back in the studio and I'm very pumped about their music and their new CD. First of all, Young Modern is just one hell of a great record. The songwriting, arranging and performances have more depth and quality than just about anything I've heard in years. Radiohead aside, these guys are now making brilliant, mature and timeless music. A different genre from their earlier efforts. The thing that most intrigues me is their ability to evolve. Let's face it -- most bands just don't have the juice to do that. Only the greats can really create such timeless songs that really have a shelf life. If Silverchair doesn't take over America as they've taken Australia and parts of Europe, then the world and its listeners are too far gone with formulaic rubbish that saturates the airwaves. I will see this as a great injustice, while another great band goes unnoticed by American radio.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Doe Clovers album

An album is in the works by Doe Clovers. New songs and video blog will be posted during the recording process. If you like psychedelic pop with a twist of psychosis, you may like this.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yet another failed Beatle

As the only Mormon in the group, Mickey’s charm and good looks made him a favorite with the other Beatles. His good-natured toe tapping and whistling were legendary in the 60s music scene, adding a real depth to the group’s early sound.  After his breakout whistling performance in the opening credits of the Andy Griffith show, his star burned “brighter than a comet” so said, Brian Epstein, who was thought to be deeply in love with the charismatic Mickey. Sadly, the young missionary couldn’t embrace the famous haircut and found that as an LDS he also was unable to tolerate the massive quantities of LSD.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another failed Beatle

Adding to a series of failed Beatles.