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Archive for February 2010

New Smashing Pumpkins song with my strings 24 February 2010

Go download this new Smashing Pumpkins song for free, it is beautiful!!! It’s one of the songs Billy Corgan had me play on tour last year, performed live as Billy on acoustic guitar and voice, with Kevin Dippold on mandolin and me on acoustic violin. My violin lines have evolved for this final definitive recording, playing off the acoustic guitar’s melody lines to add a hook and counter melody to this beautifully produced song. Love it!

“A Stitch in Time” will be packaged with “A Song for a Son,” “Widow Wake My Mind” and an upcoming track to comprise the first limited edition EP from the Teargarden package. The first EP, Volume 1/Songs For a Sailor, will be released May 25th.

Download here: A Stitch In Time

Recorded Will Oldham song today 23 February 2010

Jonathan Wilson has the best smelling studio in the galaxy perhaps. No stinky drummer smells in his space at all, not a whiff of stale beer. Instead, it’s an elegant wood loft, with high ceilings, and it’s distinctly aromatic with pleasing sandalwood / frankincense notes. And the smell of hot tape, vintage BBC microphones and a nice warm Neumann high above my violin.

I was here today recording a song for Wil Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) was there too with his flugelhorn, not a word I get to use very often, so I’m going to say it again… F-L-U-gelhorn! And I ran into Gillian Welch on the way in, one of the finest female vocalists in this beautiful land.

A lovely afternoon, and a good strings day. I love the sound Jonathan captured with his special sensitive warm mics and lovely desk. Mmmmm.

Meanwhile, Julia Kent was recording my cello parts in New York for the movie soundtrack, and tonight I’m going to finish the mix with Henry Strange… then I’m heading out to San Diego ready to play a live show for a fashion show featuring Dies Van Noten, Donna Karan, Prada, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana and a host of fabulousness… (including Jimmy Choo shoes)

Time to pack the bags!

Imaad Wasif needs my magic strings 1 February 2010

I’m super excited about playing strings for Imaad Wasif. His new album, The Voidist, came out on Tee Pee Records, home of spacey guitar rock bands like The Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Ya Ho Wa 13. His biggest gig to date was composing music for Spike Jonze’s “Where The Wild Things Are“.

Imaad is a seriously talented, inventive guitarist, an intense vocalist, and strong songwriter. It’s heavy, psychedelic, intelligent music, with intricate harmonies and catchy melodies. Think Devandra Banhart meets Nick Drake, add some Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and a touch of Pumpkins, and it’s somewhere like that.

The music we make together is truly sublime. It’s one of those projects that seems greater than any of the parts individually. Transcendent.

Here’s us playing at Spaceland in Los Angeles on February 11…


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