Bootleg Series, Vol. 2

The next installment of my bootleg series is available now. It’s a live performance of the “draw the line” album, originally done for Lazlo’s 2012 Banding Together benefit for ankylosing spondylitis. Any donations for this one will go to the Spondylitis Association of America in keeping with the spirit of the original recording.


Banding Together

Banding Together

I am proud to once again take part in Banding Together: A Benefit For The Spondylitis Association of America. It will take place October 18-20, 2013. Read more at:

Bootleg Series, Vol. 1

Taking a cue from Bob Dylan, I will be releasing (for free) various demos, live and experimental recordings from the past. I am happy to present the first volume – demos from the 1990s era.


Get it here.

These tracks were all recorded in my basement, some produced, and a few from band rehearsals. These were done when I was recording to ADAT. Guest musicians include: Jeff Henn, Chris M. Junior, Frankie McGrath, Mike Shannon, Tony Stives and Chris Wolfson.

I have a tremendous amount of material in the vault, and I’m looking forward to sharing it. Oh, and new material is coming too. I am making great progress on new recordings.

draw the line release

The “Draw The Line” album is done! I have a lot to say about it – how it was created, and what took so long. But for now, I’ll just say that I’m really excited that it is done. Please look for it in the very near future on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Track listing:

1) start over again
2) this is who we are
3) draw the line
4) at the end of the day
5) you found me
6) the haunting
7) wake up world
8) draw the line (alternate)

monitor exploration

Recently, I have been deeply exploring recording and mixing. For some reason, I am attracted to the study of things that cannot be perfected, can be done in a variety of ways successfully (and more likely unsuccessfully) – basically, things that are a never ending struggle. However, I am making headway and may get where I want to be within a century or two lol.

I have changed a lot about the way I listen to mixes and on what. First, I changed the setup in my mixing room based on some things I learned from Bobby Owsinski’s web stuff. I have used a pair of Tannoy PBM 6.5 monitors for a long time. I have now moved them further away from my listening position, and also moved the monitors further apart. In conjunction with this, I moved my listening position away from the wall so that I now sit about 35% of the way into the room. I immediately noticed that it was easier to hear things like depth and width in the mix. Great.

The next step was to acquire a pair of Avantone MixCube speakers. These are sort of crappy sounding speakers that I listen to from a close distance (where I used to keep my Tannoys). While I would never make tonal adjustments with these, they are great for level adjustments since you do not get fooled by something sounding good.

I’ve got both pairs of monitors connected to my Hafler amp with a switch that lets me control which speakers are on.

So, this was all great and improved my mixes. However, I was still struggling with getting the bottom end to translate well to other listening environments. Particularly, I would end up with too little or too much deep bass.

It occurred to me that I was not accurately hearing deep bass frequencies through my Tannoys and that adding a sub-woofer might be the solution. However, after much research on the topic, I learned that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to properly add a sub-woofer and in fact would probably worsen my situation.

Having always heard that you should not mix on headphones, I was surprised to learn that a number of top engineers recommended checking low frequency balance and tone through high quality headphones to solve this apparently common problem. Now, I have a pair of Bose headphones that put out a lot of bass information, but while the tone is OK to listen on, it is not detailed enough for critical mix decisions. So, based on recommendations and research, I settled on a pair of Sennheiser HD-650 headphones. Wow, what a difference. I can really hear the bottom end as it really is and make good mix decisions that translate well.

I will post about more audio explorations soon, including compressor and vocal mic insanity. And of course, there will be more music coming.