Going through the archives...this is one of my favorite recordings from Juno Day 1.0...a practice session in our basement in Lemont of the as-yet-lyric-less "Slab Cabin Run!" August, 2009.
Had a day off and decided to write/make some music. "Done is better than perfect" is the new adage. I'll work on improving the "done" part.
Song for Gregoire
The Lizard Brain
This time last year I had just moved into an old house in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn. Dubbed "The Bromley House," the home that had been previously used as a music school. The main attraction was a 1921 Steinway baby grand piano in the living room.
Here a few songs I wrote last year while living in the Bromley House:
Team Juno Day has been busy lately, but I'd like to get this thing going in earnest this month. To start things off, here's a batch of songs that I had initially written (with some valuable contributions from Zac) as a Christmas gift for my family back in December '10. This was the original In Double Rainbows album (before we decided to "release" those primordial Juno Day 2.0 jam sessions as I.D.R. back in February); the project was scrapped, though, after it didn't get done in time for a Christmas gift, and we decided that it wasn't "good enough" anyway.
It's still not "good enough," but I'm far more interested in starting a pattern of shipping rather than accumulating a mass of GarageBand demos that never leave my own bedroom/laptop...now they can at least be GarageBand demos that you can listen to, and we'll improve from there.
What you hear below was recorded yesterday, on June 1. It's a collection of mostly first-takes, and a few 2nd or 3rd takes. It's rife with flubs and imperfections of every sort. The songs themselves, as they are written, are almost entirely the result of a very concentrated effort over the span of a few weeks in December '10 and January '11 (all songs being written by January 17). This was right before, during, and after my decision to quit my job at a marketing agency and, by default of having no back-up plan, leave New York; the songs more or less represent these final two months in NYC. For what it's worth, the album provides a good summary of where my head was at during this time.
In Double Rainbows (Part 1) (0:24:14)
In Double Rainbows (Part 2) (0:28:00)
1. Permanent Residence
2. White Headphones
7. Jealous Lover
8. Ana's House
9. The Great Bridge
10. Change the World/Rule the World
11. Origins (Little Rocks)
12. Please Touch
13. I Used to Play Guitar
14. Won't Die Young
15. Tea With Buffalo
17. A Hawk in Brooklyn
Here's my favorite explanation of this ancient Roman religious festival.
It's also a Tuesday today, so here's a recording from my parents' basement of an extended version of "Tuesday". This recording makes me cringe at points.
The original "EP" from the fall/winter of 2008-2009. Recorded in our basement in Lemont, PA following graduation from Penn State, the songs were never officially released and were shared only with family and friends. You can now check out these early Juno Day relics by downloading for free below:
Recording in pajamas: one advantage of having a home studio.
A glimpse of the "studio" with Zac and his piano.
Replacing "Son" (12/5/10) with "Room 19, Palacio Real" (1/16/11). Download here:
Ah, okay, so Radiohead puts out The King of Limbs a day early...just because it was "ready," or whatever. Well, two can play that game. Without further ado, here is the much anticipated album from Juno Day, In Double Rainbows, a "GarageBand masterpiece," as our friend Greg calls it, which has been in the works since this afternoon.
A mid-90s highlight reel of my alma mater Lower Merion on their state-title run in basketball, led by Kobe Bryant. If you watch the whole thing, you will be rewarded with an incredible montage song.
I turned 25 yesterday. ....
This is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists. Kings of Convenience, "24-25" from Declaration of Dependence.