This month marks 8 months and 8 free songs I have shared. I have almost finished a whole reel of tape. Here's the story behind this month's cover song...
I was in bed, sick, a few weeks ago when I received a message from my friend Joe Salinas about contributing a song for a film project. He specifically asked for something 80s - a cover song. My ukulele was nearby so I grabbed it and went through some possibilities, sharing them via the voice recorder on my iPhone with Joe. I recorded clips from The Smiths, Go-Betweens, David Byrne, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Dinosaur Jr. Here's what Joe wrote when he heard a snippet of Dinosaur Jr's "Green Mind": "Holy shit. This is the one. Yes Yes Yes." So I set out to make a ukulele version of a totally rocking song with trademark J. Mascis mumbly lyrics and huge guitar solo. At the tempo that felt right to me, the song became over 5 minutes long. Too long! Way too long. So, I edited the lyrics (gulp... sorry J). Here's what I have to share with you.
Machine: Tascam 388
Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75)
Effects: Alesis micro verb (the small one, rescued from my rat poop infested basement in Portland, OR)
Microphone: Audio Technica 4033, SM 57
Rhythm: 1980s baritone ukulele that my mom gave me ages ago - still the best sounding uke I have ever played
Lead Guitar: 1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard
Bass: 1970s Univox Beatle copy
Misc: glockenspiel, old Ludwig tambourine with skin
Recorded, mixed, and produced at home by myself. Mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. Please reach out to him if you are in need of mixing and mastering services. His rates are reasonable and he does excellent listening!