Thursday, May 22, 2008

Amps of Fury 2: The Deafening Continues!

After the technical difficulty we saw with Greg's amp (and the still ongoing road to repair and re-entry, more on this in a sec.), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday saw Stella Mora guitarist Laura Sisul succesfully knock out all of her axe duties. With her parts out of the way, it begged the question: What now? Well, I am still holding out hope that Greg can prevail over the corporate overlords at an unnamed national music purveyor, and actually get results in a somewhat timely fashion and we can return to the punishing of eardrums with his bitchin' Marshall JVM combo. Knowing how these things usually go, and in the interest of time, I have decided that the most logical next step would be to press forward into the dark reaches of VOCALS! Yup, vocals (no Dave, I haven't forgotten about you!). With most of the guitars finished up and bass and drums all wrapped, I believe it is time to smatter on some swirly, hallucinogenic harmonies of the vocal variety. It is starting to sound really nice with all the layers of echoey, fuzzified, verbed-out, tube-saturated goodness now in place, and I am very pleased with all our progress and the expediency of it all. I might even have a snippet of a rough mix of something hiding in the blog early next week, so keep those eyes peeled!

In other news, tomorrow brings the start of another project for us. Jason from Jason and the Beast is due to stop by and discuss his upcoming project. We are slated to add some vocals and do some mixing on a 5 song EP. This might be a preview of some of what may become his future full length debut later this year. Really looking forward to working with Jason on this!

Also in the works is a weekend session with Echo Bravo in early June. Should be a prove to be kickass weekend.

Lastly, I just got in my hot little hands this morning, a mastered copy of the new Heroes of the Kingdom record from my good friend Jack Petracek and let me tell you it is S-M-O-K-I-N! Kudos to Jackie for keeping the hot side hot, and the cool side cool! Hopefully the boys in HOTK will approve and it could be burning a hole in your cd player and melting your eardrums before you know it!

Here is a sneak peek to tide you over!

"This Mess" - Heroes of the Kingdom

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday shots

Here are a couple of shots of Stella Mora recording guitars tonight. To see more you can click here to go to our flickr page. Enjoy!

Amps of fury!

Greg, Laura and Syrhea from Stella Mora were over today as we started phase 3 (I suppose...?) of their upcoming release. Greg brought a bitchin' new Marshall JVM combo which completely rocked our worlds. We plowed through the better part of five tunes until someone forgot to pay the tube amp gods, and they decided it was time we better recognize. During a blistering take of Squaline, this fantastic new amp decided it was time to take one monstrous defecation all over our session and ceased producing sound. I guess we could always use it as a space heater? Fortunately we did get 4 songs all rocked out with Greg's guitars and plan on getting to work tomorrow with Laura and hopefully in the meantime someone will find some change in one of our couch cushions and restore the balance of rock. Also, Saturday saw Syrhea putting the wraps on the bass overdubs in bombastic fashion. All in all, I am very pleased with the progress made. Check out some photos of Greg rocking before the amp threw up. TTFN!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Somethin' somethin'

Hello again,
Just thought I would post some pics from the Stella Mora sessions @ our friend Jason McEntire's Sawhorse Recording Studio. We will be working hard over the next couple of weeks on the forthcoming Stella record back in YHStudios and might just give you a little taste of it here on the blog. Be on the lookout for that and more pics coming soon. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

This is a test...

This is the first of many blogs to come for the Yellow Hat Studios boys and girls. This blogspot will become the pseudo recording journal/diary/blogumentary, etc. for what we are doing at our place. Right now, we are currently doing some renovating and remodeling and hoping to share it with the world very soon! Some cats who have been/are/will be hanging around are Heroes of the Kingdom, Stella Mora, the Jovian Chorus, EL EVANS, Jason and the Beast, Echo Bravo and Jason House. Stop by our myspace and drop us a line or shoot us an email here.

In other news, I just finished a yummy skim latte, in what is I am sure soon to become my new favorite hangout, Stone Spiral Coffee, Books and Curios (myspace page to come soon!), which is located at 2500 Sutton Ave. (one block north of Manchester), in Maplewood, MO. You should get yourself down there and taste for yourself!

At any rate, I am out of coffee, and I think they are gonna make me leave, so until next time...