https://soundcloud.com/jack-alberson/for-my-favorite-unfinished Now, a little insight: this track was recorded with the first batch with the Near Reaches crew – J.D., Eric, and Jason. It is something of a rarity, as I walked into the studio with barely a sketch of an idea. J.D. suggested the chords for the chorus. I finalized the lyrics sitting in… Continue reading XLI. Sneak Preview: “For My Favorite”
Hit the studio to overdub guitars for the new batch of songs, just Harry and I. It was a far more grueling session than I had counted on – two of the new songs (“Brakes” and “Ampersands”) are the fastest I’ve ever recorded, pace-wise, and I definitely felt my shortcomings as a guitarist come to the fore. Pushing… Continue reading XL. Studio Update!
TEN SONGS in. Yes, you heard me right. Bashed out the beginnings of four tunes with those lovely gents, and the results are above and beyond my own expectations. I think what really surprised me is how a couple of the songs transformed along the way. “Texas Can’t Have You Back”, which I have long considered… Continue reading XXXVII. Big Exciting Recording Update, In Yr Face!
With some new people following this blog (picture me frantically waving hello) I figure I should make an update on the record I’ve been working on. First off, there are some incredible people playing on it. My Near Reaches friends J.D. Reager, Eric WIlson and Jason Pulley have been in and tracked on five songs… Continue reading XXXVI.
Another session at Five and Dime with J.D. (and Eric dropped in … as it turns out he was an integral part of things) for acoustic guitar, hand percussion and vocal work. Harry and I *did* sneak away to watch about five minutes of Happy Days, and managed to catch the end of Gilligan’s Island, too.… Continue reading XXIX. Studio Talk: Session Three
Session two was myself and Jason Pulley. He played piano, organ, and Rhodes. I played melodica, toy piano, and synthesizer. I don’t think I’ve even discussed what this first batch of songs consists of. Well… “We Died Laughing” began its life as a Near Reaches song called “The Bailer”, but I wasn’t really satisfied with… Continue reading XXIII. If It Has Keys, We Can Play It…and What Was It Anyway?
Stepping back into the studio Thursday to add keys…toy piano, melodica, Rhodes, organ, synthesizer…should be fun. Also pretty sure Jason Pulley will be in there making magic as well. Looking to add some textures to three tunes. Two of the songs are rock songs and will stay straightforward. After that, lead guitars and vocals…then moving… Continue reading XXI. Album Update
In case you hadn’t heard, The Pneumatic Girls are no more. No more hiding behind a band name or guise, no more group identities. It’s time I just embraced making music as ME, Jack Alberson. And so demoing has begun, and five songs have been started on at Five & Dime with the honorable Harry… Continue reading XIX. Everything Dead Is Probably Still Dead Again
Testing…1…2…3… The blog here at thepneumaticgirls.com is now connected to our Facebook and Tumblr pages, and also to our Twitter. I’m told that’s supposed to be a good thing. Mind you, each will still have unique content, but most of our major announcements (in theory, at least) should originate from here. As referenced here, earlier… Continue reading XI. Getting Social
This bizarre little machine – drum machines were once called ‘rhythm boxes’ – is heading to Harry’s for recording… …but what it is being used for is something of a secret…