Archive for October, 2008

Locations, prices, and capitalism

So last wednesday, I went to go see one of my favorite bands‘ CD release show. This particular band also happens to hold the top 3 spots for loudest shows I’ve ever seen in my life. So on my way there, I decide that it’d be a good idea to pick up some earplugs.

I start by going to corner store #1.  This place has a fairly limited selection and small staff, so their prices are a little high.  But they’re really friendly people, and sell lots of organic stuff, so all the better.  But no earplugs, so out I go.

This brings me to corner store #2.  Cool place, just a hair cheaper, and cool staff.  They have earplugs as well, so how much are they?  (Cue yelling to the back of the store:) “HOW MUCH ARE THE EARPLUGS?”  Guy comes out and says the earplugs are $4 / pair.  Not just any pair of earplugs, these are old earplugs in faded cardboard packs, in tiny plastic ziplocs… at least 5 or 10 years old, by my estimation.  You’re not seriously going to try to charge me $8 for earplugs for me and my friend are you?  Really?  REALLY?  Out I go.

Most days, I’d be one of the first people to kick all the chains out of Berkeley and only go to local stores.  But here I am at the medium-sized chain pharmacy, and they’ve got 10 pairs of earplugs for $4.  This is seriously 10% of what they cost one block down the road.  As much as I’d like to support the little guy, I can only do it within reason.  So I bought the earplugs from the chain store, and I don’t really feel bad about it.

So what?  What’s the point of this?  I don’t know… maybe just that you have to include a little bit of flexibility in your philosophies, whatever they may be.

By Jacob Wolkenhauer in Ideas  .::. (Add your comment)

Oh, btw, pictures from Fluxpoint

are here.

By Jacob Wolkenhauer in Gigs  .::. (Add your comment)

Show this Friday at Blake’s, with samples from the new CD!

So I’m supposedly “not playing shows” while I’m making my album… but that doesn’t always work.  I’m playing one at Blake’s this Friday.

I’ll be playing some songs on the loop-station, some with my good friend Joe Hickey, and some straight-up acoustic.

I’ll be giving out free sampler CD’s of the upcoming album, only at gigs.  So if you want to hear what I’ve been doing, get your butt in gear and get out to the show!

By Jacob Wolkenhauer in Gigs,Recording  .::. (Add your comment)

How’s the album coming?

The album has been going amazingly well. I’ve got most of the songs tracked, and now I’m doing overdubs. For most of them, I’ve had a “write new parts as you go” approach.

I don’t think that many of the songs are going to end up being acoustic-only. I play them acoustic-only when I’m playing them live, so I’m trying to make them all do something special on the album version. My good friend Joe Hickey has provided me with some invaluable support on a couple songs, and I’ve been writing countermelodies like mad to a bunch of the songs.

Other highlights of the recording process include the EBow, a really cool device that turns a guitar into an almost-bowed-synth-string-sounding instrument. I’ve been playing some *gasp* electric guitar. And there might be another musician or two on the album as well, depending how the songs end up.

On one hand, the process is taking way longer than I’d imagined. On the other hand, the process of getting to create entirely new versions of my songs is also way more fun that I could have imagined. So that’s probably why I’m letting it take so long!

Thank you all for sticking with me while I’m in hiding!

By Jacob Wolkenhauer in Recording  .::. (Add your comment)

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