So the album recording is now officially finished. I recorded 8 vocal tracks (well, 7.5 really) in just 2 days, which they tell me is damn good going. I'm a machine!
Because I had to leave early I've not heard the tracks properly and the mixing is getting done over today and tomorrow. Then they'll be off to New York for mastering. Awesome.
It's an interesting mix and should have something for just about anyone. Couple of nice Beatles-y, The Who-y tracks, couple of sleazy rock numbers, couple of heartfelt ballads, a sweet slide guitar blues number and a big cheesy US stadium sing-along-a-chorus. I'm starting to get quite excited about the whole thing.
Now we've got to finish our argument about what to name the album and what the artwork should look like. We've only been at that a couple of months so far...
Sory, I'm just used to playing in places that have backstage areas off-limits to the general unwashed. My mistake
Not that having a backstage area is anything to talk about. Most of them are a cupboard that stinks of sweat where you have to climb over 4 other band's stuff to get to your own. We've only played one place that had an awesome backstage area and we had our name on a door and everything. They brought us a crate of beer and snacks. We thought we were something special that night.
Quality of guitars seems to depend where they were built. Mexico seems to be the worst, so even fully-fledged Fender-branded stuff built there tends to be sub-par. Korea is apparently slightly better, but still not as good as proper "Made in the USA" gear. But I have a Korean Epiphone LP100 (narrow body Les Paul copy with smooth corners) which has a beautiful tone and is a pleasure to play. Cheap parts let it down (pickup switch in particular), but the sound and build quality are both pretty high. I will love that guitar forever.
It's not about how precious it is though, is it? You pay for the sound you want. Plenty of people are happy with digital simulated effects, plenty of others aren't.
It's like asking why every guitarist in the world doesn't just use the cheapest piece of crap they can find in a catalogue since they'll need to replace it eventually anyway - you do get what you pay for. Different woods mean different sounds (guitars and amps), different speakers have different output ranges, string brands sound different, different pickup brands can change your sound completely.
But I've played hundreds of gigs in dozens of different venues (a lot of them in really scummy areas with really scummy clientelle) across a couple of different countries and I've never known any musical equipment to be stolen. Not even a pick. Because generally every musician respects the others enough to not want to screw them over.
Broken? Absolutely. Either by general wear and tear or a particularly extravagant performance. But never stolen. Sounds like really bad luck if you ask me.
I still love the proper Marshall tube distortion sound. No effects pedals, just the raw overdriven amp. Beautiful tone for almost any guitar. You probably won't get anything but solid-state for that sort of price though.
There's a good deal on a little Line 6 Spider IV for $100 (reduced from $200). Has loads of amp-style effects built in as well as the ability to create your own. The little box has about a dozen knobs and buttons on the front! There's a load of artists from almost every genre that use Line 6 too, so they must do something right. Could be worth going to try it out.
Our guitarist has used everything from Fuchs to the weird new green one which has a name I've never heard of but sounds awesome. But they're usually half-stacks so a little excessive for what you want
The first coaster I ever went on was Air at Alton Towers. Brilliant ride on a warm clear day, purely for the fact that it's so relaxing. I could sleep on that one.
Then we went straight for Oblivion, which was awesome. Irrelevant of the fact that you know it's safe, plunging into that hole is scary. Although I was thinking more about decapitation than what might be in the dark
While not a rollercoaster, Hex is kind of cool. Really good at confusing the senses, although I recommend not carrying anything that hangs since that spoils the effect. I had a carrier bag full of food which obviously always hung straight down
Get the police to take a sample then insist on DNA testing it. If the scabby bastard has a recent criminal record you'll be able to get them for... something. Public indecency or indecent exposure (which could get them put on a sex offenders register) or... just being a f*cking minger. Or they could at least threaten them with it. That'll put the shits up them.
Not really. It's not like he needs to be in time or in tune or anything. Pretty sure you could lock a dog in a cage and have it's tail do the same job
While these map ideas work fine when viewed from the top like that, does anybody actually look at the track itself? There's a lot of suggestions which have you actually coming over the crest of banked corners or join up sections which have wildly opposing cambers. No governing body would allow a track like that.
The way everyone's suddenly become obsessed with having stuff in 80's style 3D means maybe we're heading backwards. So in 10 years I'll be driving a Delorean, rolling up the sleeves of my neon-coloured suit and wearing leg-warmers over my ripped jeans.
Have you tried both Sky Insurance and Adrian Flux? Hit and miss. Sometimes they're really good, other times not so much.
Also, look into joining a club. Any club, doesn't seem to matter. I got a 20% discount with Sky for being in the 323F owner's club (£15 membership for a £200+ saving = win).
And they told me that I don't even need to drive the relevant car - as long as I'm a member they'll honour the discount. Score!
I'm not sure about this. I don't think there's enough cars on the list that I'm all that interested in to fork out for it. I reckon the 458 is about the only one I'm bothered about, maybe the 599 too. Especially with money so tight after getting my RL car, I reckon I'll have to pass.
And whatever happened to the Wednesday Night Club idea?
It's pretty stupid not having an 18 certificate these days. The removal of a spinal cord is definitely a little too much to get away with a 15
But at least it's a PAL territory so you can just import it from the UK.
I don't mind the idea of having the ID3 tag of a track you're listening to appear on the stereo, but if these are race-prepped cars they might have all of that stuff removed
Radio feeds on the other hand would be a bad idea. Streaming audio uses bandwidth, meaning that loads of people would be downloading all the time. And you must know what downloading does to ping times!
Sounds like a good result for you. Didn't get nasty enough that they should want to make your life difficult, but still ended on your side. Glad to hear it.
Although I bet in hindsight if you'd known he had no recording equipment and couldn't read the plate you could've dusted him and he'd never have been able to prove it
As for indicating on roundabouts, I don't think half the people on the road know how they work, let alone how to correctly indicate on them.