Saturday, October 4, 2008

Early Beginnings


A very early photo taken at my Highland Park guest house/ rehearsal space/recording 'studio'(by Regina). This was no doubt the birth time of our direction in sound for the 1st demo songs, the release "Acetone" Caroline/Hut EP and the "Cindy"Lp, which were recorded at the same time at Hammersound in Chatsworth by Chris and Scott.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Record Vacuum



www.recordvacuum.com
Go above for a KILLER podcast of his.
the lion man/the music of the spheres/wayne griggs

dj for the verve/oasis/richard ashcroft/coldplay/the rolling stones & many other cats along the road.

tryin to build this thing.make it grow.designing t-shirts.regular broadcasts.sporadic transmissihttp.see what sticks.

personal note;My friend Wayne Griggs knows music. He knows all music. He's been an audiofile for many moons and is on a new project.
This man has taste.
During his years with the band Verve(from beginning to end) he was really a 5th member of the band and in my opinion much of the bands identity and songs came from Wayne's
vast LP collection. (a small later example; Bittersweet symphony)

Wayne was the DJ for the band but much more as he set the mood for the theatrics of the bands entrance and exit as well.
I would boldly say that Wayne was the bands biggest influence and of course they were all friends from the same small town of Wigan.
His My Space has most info....

and of course ....A Blog!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mixed Combo Plate


A throw together live radio performance (i'm guessing Texas) with some assistance from
our amigo J. Pierce.
Throughout this tour there were great impromptu moments like this with Jason or Shawn sitting in on certain tracks when the time was right. I remember in particular a version of Midnight Cowboy we did that came off Quite well.
How great to have musicians we respected highly seamlessly contribute to our beloved 3 piece.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blue Moods...again


Blue Moods brings together Miles Davis with Charles Mingus, accompanied by Elvin Jones on drums, Teddy Charles Vibes and Britt Woodman on Trombone.
Miles was fresh from his triumph at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival when he agreed to record for his old friend Charles Mingus's label. Considering the volatile temperaments of the two protagonists, the music is surprisingly calm, but according to Elvin Jones, 'if they had just printed the conversations in the studio at that time, that would have been a best-seller.' Woodman had known Mingus since boyhood, and Charles was then a frequent musical associate with similar ideas about composing and arranging. The charts here are all by Teddy, except 'Alone Together', which is by Mingus.

This is one LP out of thousands that had a profound influence on our beloved writings
during the Acetone years.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Career Opportunities


The machine that started it all, still a viable unit.
Tascam 388 1/4" with amazing EQ.
Many demos and some LP's were done with this baby.
Glad I still have it.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Come On


For now it's a youtube .
Soon I'll transfer to better Quality.
sorry.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

we like Link

Friday, March 21, 2008

Single File


"Come On" 7" single. Blue vinyl w/ "Theme For A Summer Place" B-side.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Fever

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Touch Of Noir


The video for Pinch.
Related post with a bit of text and frame grabs next door in the Cabin.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Fuzzy


Pretty sure this is a 'Headline' tour somewhere in the Southwest.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Closer


Rich, frame grab from the 'All You Know' video.(located in the archives. use search engine in upper left corner)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Wheels


Initially, I bought this crazy kit on the whim of having a piece of Hollywood lore, yet at the same time we were always on the search of the funky. The story goes that it was bought new by Soupy Sales for his son Hunt's birthday then much later was pawned by the son during times of need.

Italian made by Meazzi and marketed as 'Hollywood' they had that early Vaudeville concept of being all racked together on wheels. This was done for easy access of 'striking' instruments with speed for the next act. In doing this the bass drum was
elevated off the floor and had no contact except for the rubber wheels. The drum was only 18" but being suspended and free to ring it sounded huge with a long tone like
a mounted tom.(a nightmare for live sound engineers always in a rush but with proper tuning and some time it was beautiful and uniQue.

I ended up using it for the 1st Vapor LP in studio but muted the kick.(for rock's sake) Also took it on tour for it's mini size and our lack of space.
This kit is amazing and I've never seen anything like it yet there must be others.
I think they were one of the first kits ever to use electronics. (It had pickups installed in the shells that went to a special Hollywood Amp.)Not mine though.

Note; I've seen some of Hollywood's short lived endorsement advertisements in dusty
bins at old school music shoppes featuring Max Roach, Billy Cobham and briefly Buddy Rich(who rumor has it hated the kit so much he kicked it off stage during a show) and others I can't remember.

Edit; I just found some great stuff here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

On The Line


Taken from the Radar Bros. album 'And The Surrounding Mountains. Footage filmed by the band as they toured the USA.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Rat Fink


Mark says cheese please.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Subtle Sound


Rich occasionally broke out the 'Silvertone' bass for the warmer tone than the usual 'Rickenbacker' he used for most songs.
Not to forget the 'Shobud' six string bass or tenor guitar by Gretsch.'
Never seen one like it. Used to be the name of a pedal steel but I can't find info online ....yet.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Blue Moods


I remember taking this pic during the recording of our 1st EP 'Acetone' and the 1st LP 'Cindy' at Hammersound Studios in Chatsworth. (Owned, operated and engineered by Chris Apthorp with huge assistance from Scott Campbell.('The Lad')
More on both Chris and Scott's help throughout the band's existence to come.
Thanks

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand


A silly MTV segment we did about1/2 hr before a great NYC show on the Spiritualized tour.

Monday, January 7, 2008

The Other Side Of Dating




Carl Bronson, Mark Lightcap (Acetone) and Steve Goodfriend (Radar Brothers) perform as the Dick Slessig Combo. The group creates dreamy instrumental arrangements of songs from the late '60's through the early '70's. On this disc they produce a high desert evening quiet drift of the Jimmy Webb classic "Wichita Lineman" that clocks in at a calming 43 minutes. Also on this disc is a ghostly arrangement of "Guinnevere" by David Crosby. This disc is excellent.
The Dick Slessig Combo has played in art and music contexts, opening up exhibitions as well as for groups like Matmos, in the United States as well as Europe. Greil Marcus described his discovery of the Combo in one of his Salon Top 10 lists a few years back:
David Patton
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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Blue Moods




Frame grabs while playing "Chills" from the 1st England tour.
I'm guessing in Wolverhampton.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

In The Light


Let there be light ahead.
2008