One of my
favorite albums of all time is Spider John Koerner's 'Music
Just A Bunch of Notes' with Willie
The Bees. It was recorded by Dave Ray
in the mid-70s in an upstairs coffee house on the counter-culture
corner of town.
Notes On Recording
all the songs
on this site were recorded live in the basement studio at Bad
performance ethic and aesthetics are
The electric guitars are all straight into Fender amplifiers, mostly old Deluxe models, and no effects chain. Most frequently the bass is through a Fender Bassman. The drums are Ludwig Club Dates (as seen on the cover of ‘The Best of The Sir Douglas Quintet’ if you look closely). Acoustic guitars are recorded by microphones. It’s easy and cheap but, most importantly, is fair representation of the inputs for many great sounding recordings from when I was growing up.
regime is a different matter altogether and reflects the relentless
technology that lowers barriers and makes sophisticated tools, way more
know how to use, available to such as us here at Bad Name Records.
said there is very little signal processing and, with the exception of
the Mill Ends
overdubbing. All instruments are recorded
discreetly with pretty decent microphones through a firewire interface
than some EQ not always artfully
applied and a
volume adjustment the recordings as presented here pretty much
happened in the room at that moment. As such there are numerous
wing dipping from time to time but also, from time to time, the sublime
lightning is caught in a bottle.
vast majority of Bad Name Records material on this
site is original material which while
recently recorded, represents in part the long accumulating catalog of
the Bad Name Records staff song writers
but also recent and irreproducible
composed in simultaneous performance. There may be a bit of
material incorporated in wreck-less rant worth sharing with you... here.
The Sons of St. Francis will have to speak for their material as its genesis and inspiration are purely a matter of conjecture for me (other than ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre Blues’ of course). So my comments on their material are not necessarily constrained by either fact or understanding.