We’ve made it! Another year is in the books, so it’s time for yet another Christmas EP! This one was fun to make… and a bit of a workout, too. The theme this year wasn’t readily apparent when I just looked at the songs I picked, but it emerged as I was putting it together. Since two of the four songs don’t really have a whole lot going for them, the name of the game wound up being SPEED. In terms of tempos, this is quite possibly the fastest batch I’ve ever made. The click track was set at over 300 beats per minute for two of them… Enjoy!
Nuttin’ for Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Frosty the Snowman
Recorded and mixed at The ‘Berger Joint, Rochester NY, October-November 2019. Additional vocals/yelling in “Nuttin’ for Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman”: Ed, Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Klingenberger, Erika Bryan, Steve Begy, Adam Donnelly, Tom Klingenberger, Karen Klingenberger, Cameron Cole, Jake Butcher, and Jeremy Schlierf. Cameron, Jake, and Jeremy were recorded at The Cole House, Clarence Center, NY, November 2019.
Here’s the second update video!
This vlog focuses on the three days I spent tracking electric guitar for the album. Clean and distorted guitars were recorded through two different amp heads but the same speaker cabinet. That’s why I did all the distorted guitars first, then went back and took care of the cleans. Enjoy!
At some point last year, I discovered something called the RPM Challenge. The challenge is to record an album (RPM = Record Per Month) entirely in the month of February. Followers of this blog know I can’t turn down a good musical challenge, so I simply had to participate this year!
I’m also filming sizable chunks of the process. Here’s the first update video, chronicling how I spent the first three days. Enjoy!
Happy January! Hope you like snow! Because, uh, we here in my neck of the woods got a LOT of snow over the weekend. So, being trapped in the house all weekend, I naturally got bored and had to make some music.
This tune got a sort of three-step process, all of which took about two hours. First, I demoed the tune quickly on my tablet. Liking what I heard – and also having nothing better to do – I decided to record it for real… so I wrote the chords and structure down. After that, I set up an amp and a microphone and tracked what you hear up there. The intentionally buried keyboard parts weren’t in the original demo, of course…
As always, thanks for listening! Feel free to let me know what you think. Stay warm and I’ll see you soon.
Happy December! It’s the time of year where I post new Christmas recordings for your listening… pleasure? Sure, we’ll go with that. For the third consecutive year, this batch has a theme. This time around, the theme centers around a single songwriter – every song I recorded this year was either written or co-written by Johnny Marks. I had to go a little obscure for a couple of these but two others will be well-known to you almost immediately. Also, I decided to go back and revisit the old friend that started me on this path. Most of the annual “traditions” are here, but I replaced the layered guitar solo with a nod to a seminal punk band with the first song. If you would like cover art, I’m using this picture for it. Enjoy!
Run Rudolph Run
The Most Wonderful Day of the Year
The Night Before Christmas Song
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
UPDATE: If you would prefer to stream the whole EP, here you go!
Recorded and mixed at The ‘Berger Joint, Rochester NY, October-November 2018. Guitar solo in “Run Rudolph Run”: Mike Sukhenko. Count-off in “Run Rudolph Run”: Adam Donnelly. Additional vocals in “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year”: Tom Klingenberger and Steve Begy. Additional vocals/yelling in “Run Rudolph Run” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”: Ed, Rob Klingenberger, Sarah Klingenberger, Mike Sukhenko, Erika Bryan, Steve Begy, Brandon Fess, Pete Johnson, Dan Bell, and Adam Donnelly.
Here’s a thing I made!
I thought I’d try my hand at a lyric video…
Originally the B-side to “I Wanna Go Outside”, this is also one of the few Distinct Kicking Motion songs I’ve had the chance to play live. Check it out, hope you like it, and let me know what you think!
The instrumental EP continues!
I knew I wanted to mix it up with something mellow about halfway through the EP. This one really came about after thinking about my favorite Dredg album and all of its little incidental tracks, all of which are less than two minutes. So… why not keep that mellow thing about halfway through nice and short? After I put that chord progression together, the title practically suggested itself. Were I ever able to afford pressing this EP on vinyl, this would definitely be the last track on Side A.
As always, thanks for listening! Feel free to let me know what you think. Enjoy the start of summer and I’ll see you soon.