solarbird: (music)

I have a little gig tomorrow, or, for most of you when you read this, today – Friday, the 20th. I’m back at Juanita Bay (11853 97th Avenue NE, Kirkland), a return engagement at their market. I’ll be doing two sets, then be followed by Stan Stanislove doing roots and blues music at 5pm.

Once again I’m going to try to record a show, so maybe you’ll get some live tracks. This’ll be the first field test for the new recorder I broke down and bought. I hope it works!

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Jul. 15th, 2010 12:11 am
solarbird: Cover of the first Crime and the Forces of Evil EP release, Sketchy Characters (sketchy characters)

Hey, I’m on the front page! Of the Juanita Beach Friday Market webpage, where I’m playing Friday from 5-7pm. They’ve had to move over a bit to get out of the way of construction, so I’ll be getting to test out my SUPERS BATTERY AMP OMG, and I’ll probably be one of the few acts there this year with a PA at all! Yay, experiments! I hope some of you can come.

Normally they have a nice grassy seating area, but I don’t know whether that’s true this year. I suspect it is – it’s still at the beach park and there’s a lot of grass and beach and it’s nice. Directions are at the website, or you can just map 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland, Washington.

And I meant to write up more about the Oregon trip – I’m still shaking desert dust out of everything – but it’s after midnight and I’ve been going nonstop last night and all day today, so it’s bedtime for now. More later for sure!

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solarbird: Cover of the first Crime and the Forces of Evil EP release, Sketchy Characters (sketchy characters)

Artistically: pretty good. I’m difficult to please, but from behind the mic? I was happy with that. Despite the fact that I seem to have picked up a little bit of a head cold, I felt like I was in pretty good voice. I accidentally moved the bridge in Artefacts on the fly – I jumped to the chorus early and did kind of an improv mini-bridge instead. If you didn’t know the song, I don’t think you’d know. Also, live, I’m still playing my fast songs too fast.

I brought my minidisc recorder (anybody remember those? ^_^ ) to record off the speaker. What I got off that makes me feel pretty good about how I felt while playing; I was in pretty good voice – all up and down my range, really – and the instrument mix did sound good. So I can maybe trust my ears at this point.

Lesson of the day: Artefacts is a duet and I can’t ignore that. Having worked with it enough in the recording studio to really figure out how I should be playing it (and recording it that way for Sketchy Characters), trying to perform it solo just feels… odd. And wrong. Maybe I could do the second voice with some sort of microphone effects pedal. Would that be too weird?

Technical notes: The new-to-me sound equipment performed admirably. The basic sound balance coming out of the instrument preamps sounded really nice (thanks again, John!), so the venue sound guy and I left that output totally alone. He brought up the midrange on the vocal mic a little, then helped me make a couple of small graphic-EQ adjustments to deal with the cement floor and wooden roof of the gazebo (mostly a slight dip at 1khz, a hint of high-end trim, a little very-low-end punch down – picking up resonance, I think). I wish I’d written down his name! Thanks, sound guy with the one syllable first name I can’t remember but might have been Bill but probably isn’t! If you read this tell me your name and I’ll fix it!

My amp has separate monitor outs. I think they’re line level. I’m gonna see whether I can run that as a line in to a recorder of some sort and skip the microphone stage for live recordings.

Recording: Just as I was thinking, “wow, this sounds really good! Maybe I can release a couple of these as donation-or-free live downloads!” the player started belching up garbage. There are bad sectors all over the disc. I don’t have one intact song on the recording – not even enough to edit something together. I have enough to tell me what I sounded like, but the rest is useless.

Stupid minidisc. I’m so mad. I coulda had live tracks. p >_< q

Audience reaction: I heard very good things from the venue manager, which is important because she’s also the manager of the venue I’m playing in Renton, and the sound guy, and I spotted a couple of market vendors and several children bopping about, which is always a good sign. But I’m not the audience! And at least one of you were there! Possibly more, I don’t know! Only one person from here introduced themselves. What’d you think?

NEXT SHOW: June 1st, 2010: Renton, Washington! Renton Farmer’s Market at the Piazza. Opening day! Stage time 5:30pm. See you there!

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Busy getting ready for the show tomorrow. John Seghers came over and gave me a lot of help last night – he set up my instrument pick up pre-amps for me and made them sound very very tasty. Thanks John! Right now I’m taking a break from rehearsing and doing laundry and realising I really need to clean the birdcage and scrub down the kitchen sink. IT’S GLAMOUR I TELL YOU NOTHING BUT GLAMOUR

Don’t forget the new single!

I’ve gotten a little private feedback on it that’s been really pretty good so far, except for one bit of commentary about how much my voice sucks. That kind of thing would be easier to deal with if I wasn’t so damn neurotic sometimes, by which I mean all the time, srsly. Y HLO THER INTERNET LET ME ADD 2 YR FACEBOOKS or something

Anyway! 4-5pm tomorrow (Wednesday May 12th), Marina Park, Kirkland. The weather’s looking pretty good. I know it’s during the workday, but anybody from here gonna be there?

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solarbird: Cover of the first Crime and the Forces of Evil EP release, Sketchy Characters (sketchy characters)

I’m getting ready for my first show of the season, this Wednesday, May 12th, at Marina Park in Kirkland, Washington. My curtain time is 4pm, and it’s an hour show; basically one long set. It’s a completely new venue to me, so I’m quite nervous! I’ve got my setlist made up, though. I keep fiddling with it, but I’ve got the basic plan down.

To celebrate, I’ve decided to go ahead and release what I’ve been quietly circulating to a few people as “release candidate 1″ of the first complete song off the forthcoming album Dick Tracy Must Die. Please enjoy “Thought You Knew” via Bandcamp! Clickie:

As I’m typing this I don’t have any album art, or art for the single. But I’ll hope to fix that tomorrow, at least for the single – the album as a whole, well, those graphics can wait. ^_^

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solarbird: (music)

I love getting the first booking of the summer confirmed. Love it. I’m in talks with a bunch of different venue managers and should have a lot of dates to announce, hopefully soon. But this is the first one confirmed. It’s Dara solo, not the whole band, for reasons probably obvious:

May 13, 2010, Kirkland Wednesday Market, Marina Park, Kirkland, Washington. Time TBA.

If it’s their usual thing, they’ll have a stage tent and some audience seating. But it might be the gazebo, which would be nice. And also funny, because gazebo!

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solarbird: (music)
Going to Juanita Beach today for a two-hour busky slot at their little market from 3-5pm. Say hi if you're around! Last weekend went very well, btw. No recording this past week, though, or work on any new songs, which annoys me a lot, because I was spending all the time I had during the record-smashing 40°C+ heatwave from destroying the server closet at murkworks.net. (I complain about some resulting cold, stabby irony over on my Livejournal of the same name, if you want to see me RAEG a little.)

Anyway, time to flee!

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