I’m not sure what the best way is to share music these days…
You can find my band from a previous life raintribe and our record Ancient Spacemen on iTunes. CD Baby also has our little known 2nd record chantmoansingwhisperscream. I put new song ideas up on Soundcloud sometimes, such as my new one Another Day Without You. When I record songs I am sometimes thinking about who I wish would record it. I wrote Goodbye thinking of Taylor Swift, for some reason. Another Day Without You I was thinking about Ingrid Michaelson, whom I adore, musically speaking.
I produced, recorded and mixed 3 records with Tea and Sympathy and I still play guitar with them occasionally in Minneapolis. All of their records are fantastic, in my opinion, and Alicia Corbett is a Minneapolis treasure. You can find the latest release, Things Like This on iTunes.
Romantica’s record America is seriously good. Really excellent songs and a nice sound. They are a local Minneapolis band but they may go far.
So, as some of you know, I worked for Prince as a recording engineer with a little producing, writing and playing thrown in here and there. (As a side note, because I played bass on one Prince song I am sometimes described as having been Prince’s bass player. I played bass on one and only one song (Blue Light) so I was not Prince’s bass player.)
I told some stories about my Prince days in a couple of podcasts. I’ve also written a little about it on the Internet and have been quoted in the press on several occasions about Prince.
I want to say two things in regards to this.
One, I haven’t always painted an entirely flattering picture of Prince. I have my reasons, which I am probably too honest about, and I call ’em like I see ’em. But, two, I have always acknowledged how unbelievably talented I think he is musically. I enjoyed working for him, although it was demanding as hell, I think we did some good work together and I look back with a lot of pride on my days as “Prince’s engineer”.
I think 3121 is quite good, too. Just the kind of thing I’ve been longing to hear from Prince.
One of the best things I worked on during that period was a collaboration between myself, Ingrid Chavez and Prince on Ingrid’s album May 19th, 1992. It’s a great record and it’s too bad it didn’t reach more folks.
I discovered some old Prince bootlegs from the days when I worked with him. If Prince was cool he’d let me release them into the Internet wilds. But seeing I have in my life been the recipient of one scary lawyer letter from Prince, I probably won’t push my luck.
Tegan and Sara are amazing.
Both So Jealous and The Con are great, great records.
The song I’m obsessed with right now is Burn Your Life Down.
Someone pointed out that Kate Bush’s new album is almost done and in looking through the material I was reminded of something I wrote a long time ago about Kate Bush and Prince. The orginial piece seems to be lost to the net so I am posting it here.
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