gordon withers

rock cellist and maker of internets

Alien microphone
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Alien microphone
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This mic is going to open up and eat me
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Mixing!
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Mixing!
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The zigzag lines mean it rocks more
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New album update!
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Two weeks ago swith_drawn came up and we went into the studio. There is no good way to fully describe how awesome this was.



Stephen and I haven't played together much in ten years. We fooled around with some of my old guitar songs this past Christmas, but this was The Real Thing. I booked time with J Robbins at his Magpie Cage Baltimore studio. I wrote cello-based originals for the first time ever! We selected a few covers to do as well. There were only three days to rehearse, but we managed to pull it together. We even bought a djembe, after a trek with good friend Peter Maybarduk to a local traditional music store:

Steve on the brand-new Djembe

Stephen only stayed for the first two days of recording, but we managed to track all the drums in that time. Over the following two days I went back and tracked cello parts for a bunch of the songs.

J playing piano

J contributed a bunch of great ideas, including playing piano here on one of the covers.

These recordings are the best-sounding thing I've ever done.  It was so awesome to play with my brother, and I am so excited to put this album out.  Of course it's amazing to be recording with one of my musical heroes, and to have him be psyched to do it.  I'll be heading back to Baltimore later this week to finish all the tracks - then it's time for mixing.  The whole thing should be done sometime in July, but I probably won't be able to put it out until fall.

More soon!


Ponytail!
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A week ago I was at DC9, awaiting the amazing Ponytail's set - an incredible, creative, unique band whose members I am honored to call friends. I don't know what it was about that night - I'd seen them play twice before - but somehow that night everything was perfect. The crowd was absolutely frenetic - when they came on, everyone just exploded in a burst of joyous energy. Nearly the entire audience became a mosh pit! I hadn't been in one in literally ten years, at least. People were just so mind-blowingly happy - it was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen, period.



GO SEE THESE GUYS IF YOU CAN.  Tour dates here: http://www.myspace.com/ponytailtunes



Recording with The Bomb at Magpie Cage
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Last night I had a blast recording with Chicago's The Bomb (feat. Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun). I added cello to Jeff's excellent song "Make Me Whole". I had transcribed the parts Jeff wrote for trumpet, and flute, and other instruments, but due to budget and logistical constraints the "orchestra" ended up just being cello and J. Robbins on mellotron. But it ended up sounding great and I'm super-excited to get a (vynil!!!) copy of this record when it's done.

Jeff Dean and Jeff Pezzati (pictured) were wonderful and gracious people, and J. Robbins was of course his usual awesome self. Jeff P. kept cracking us up with old-school hardcore impressions of songs like "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" ("ThelegendlivesonfromtheChippewaondownOfthebiglaketheycallGitcheGumeemuthafukka!!!!!!!"). It reminded me of how much fun recording and playing music with cool people can be. Hopefully I'll be back at J's Magpie Cage recording my next album this June. More to come on that later...

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wrote a fifth original cello song tonight. i'm happy that i'm able to do this. i've never written cello-only original songs before this year. also, it will be good not to have the second album be all covers again.

the other highlight of the day was receiving remastered copies of swervedriver's first two albums in the mail! holy crap they sound so good.

also practiced tonight for a recording session with Clutch this weekend. this may be the strangest fit yet in terms of a recording session... i have no idea how it's going to go. hopefully well!

also

Rcrd Lbl feature
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I am featured in today's "Demo Days" post on my favorite music blog, Rcrd Lbl:

http://rcrdlbl.com/2009/02/18/demo_days_02_18_2009

And being featured, I now get my own Rcrd Lbl page! -

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Gordon_Withers/music

Next steps:
1. Play more cello
2. World domination.
3. ??????
4. PROFIT

alex nelson - songs posted
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this week, my good friend alex nelson posted 11 songs from his forthcoming album, 10 of which i play cello on:

http://www.reverbnation.com/alexnelson

for those keeping score at home, alex is the incredibly awesome soul who recorded my Jawbox on Cello album back in 2007.  we played a couple shows together before i moved up to virginia later that year.  alex's album was my first "remote" recording session - we traded files back and forth, and the studio i went to here had different recording software - so there were lots of chances for disasters, but it actually turned out great.  we swapped demos back and forth for 2 weeks, but the actual recording was some of the fastest i've ever attempted - 10 songs in 6 hours.  and half of them have two cello tracks.

this weekend, i'll be recording with the moon folks!


we all inherit the moon
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 I'm featured on a new song by the wonderful California-based instrumental band We All Inherit The Moon. Go to their Myspace (http://www.myspace.com/weallinheritthemoon) to hear it - it's the fifth song in their music player ("and ever part III"). The song will be out on a Japanese CD release sometime this spring, which will also be available on their MySpace. After that, I'll be recording with WAITM again for a vynil-only split LP which will be out later in 2009.

recording with swith_drawn
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they say that a task will take up however much time you allot to it. in one sense, it has taken an eternity to record a set of songs i wrote about 10 years ago, because i never set a deadline for it. in another sense, it is taking exactly three days.

after 10 years of schedules-never-working-out, swith_drawn and i finally found a small window of time when we could get together and play music. we had exactly one day for rehearsing - yesterday - and we started recording this afternoon at my friend jason's house. we've already done the basics for six songs, with three more to go tomorrow. then it's off to our grandmother's in harrisburg on wednesday for christmas.

it's so strange to hear these old songs with drums, as they were intended. i am incredibly psyched and so glad i waited for the chance to play them with stephen - they never would have sounded right otherwise. thanks brother!

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