released March 9, 2011
Ghost Robot Ninja Bear
Produced by Oscar Albis Rodriguez.
Recorded by Dave Snyder at Guilford Sound (Guilford, VT), Summer 2010.
Additional recording by Oscar at home and S6 (Greenpoint, Brooklyn), Geoff Kraly at home (Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn), and by J. Robbins at The Magpie Cage (Baltimore, MD).
Mixed by J. Robbins at The Magpie Cage, Fall 2010.
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering (Chicago, IL), Winter 2010.
Design and Illustration by Ed Adams of www.flickertoflame.com
Oscar Albis Rodriguez - vocals, guitars, rhodes, synth, piano
Geoff Kraly - bass, synths, synth programming
Gunnar Olsen - drums
Jordan Melkin - guitars on tracks 1, 4, and 8
Shawna Potter (Avec / War on Women) - vocals on track 4
Brendan "John Hannah Legs" Coon (Ludlow Lions) - vocals on track 7
Al Fair (Nakatomi Plaza / Bridge and Tunnel) - vocals on track 8
1. The Curtain Call (Rodriguez/Kraly/Melkin/Enriquez)
2. Watching Me Watching You (Rodriguez)
3. I Can't Decide (Rodriguez)
4. Last Time We Talked (Small Factory)
5. Pilots (Rodriguez)
6. Swamps Of Nova (Rodriguez/Kraly)
7. In The Helium Mines (Rodriguez/Coon)
8. Obviously Midnight (Scarce)
All lyrics by Oscar except tracks 4, 7, and 8.
This record is dynamic and was made to be played loud, so turn it up (please enjoy responsibly).
Also, this is a very real document of us. Musicians playing songs the way we actually sound. No pitch correction. The most minimal and as usual, trivial (and quite frankly, possibly unnecessary) editing. Yes, there were punches, overdubs, comps and other production "tricks" (that have been around forever) but this is more real than probably 90% of records you hear being made today. Our favorite albums were produced this way and I bet yours were too. I'm not saying auto-tune or beat detecting is always bad (and I do think the studio can be an instrument in and of itself!), but I think it's important that we all continually try to better ourselves as artists and not rely on technology all the time. And it's hard; if you're already inherently a perfectionist (and I know many of you are because I'm one of them too) and you're "competing" with all these perfectly tuned, crucified-to-the-grid, slammed-to-the-limit radio hits then of course you'll want to open up Melodyne after vocal sessions, crank it during mastering, etc. STOP! Just let me hear you sing the damn song, please?
Thanks and love to J. and family, Geoff, Gunnar, Jordan, Shawna, Brendan, Al, Liam Hurley, Christopher Enriquez, Adam Christgau, Rachel Rubino, Beartrap PR, Flicker To Flame, Attica! Attica!, Greg Drew and Paul Schneider (both for much needed voice encouragement), bands and promoters that have hooked us up, basement show hosts everywhere, and to you. I know some of you have been right there with me on this crazy ride for the last decade or so with all the various bands and projects; thanks for sticking with me.
Special thanks to Dave!
Scarce and Small Factory are/were from Providence, RI. Their records Deadsexy and For If You Cannot Fly (respectively) were two of my favorite records when I was 15. Go check them out.