Friday, June 8, 2012

"Party Like a Block Star" and other musings

Good morning Earthlings.
More specifically Michiganders...
And even more specifically, Ferndaliens and the Cosmic Cadets of the surrounding areas.

First order of business:
Block Party.

The Annual Woodland Park Improvement Association Block Party has asked Matilda to play with Jon from the Moon for all of upper Ferndale.
From the Facebook event description: "This Annual event will take place on Thursday June 14, 2012 at 5PM. Please come and enjoy food, fun, sunshine, and live music from "Revoir" & "Matilda and Jon From The Moon and Friends".

We're really excited about this show. We'll be playing both Jon's solo stuff, as well as Matilda stuff, and we asked our dear friend [who just happens to be an excellent drummer] Danny K. to help round out the sound of this neat show.
So we're going to be a bass/drums/guitar 3 piece, and as you may have read up in the event description we're calling ourselves "Matilda and Jon from the Moon and Friends," or something else just as long and confusing and unbrandable.

Come on out if you're feeling frisky, and feeling up to seeing us all play a weird show in a strange venue in a group of mostly 50-somethings out to chat with their neighbors.

Next on deck in new business:

Split CD is almost done.
Most of the remixing is done, and the new recording is nearly complete. I hope to release it in tandem with whatever Jon is doing for his portion of the album. Like, I was thinking, if he releases a single, I'll release a single, and if he streams the whole album, I'll do the same.

So what? I'm a poser.

Also: brand, brand new Matilda stuff is coming along well.
I'm writing new, new songs, and recording new-ish songs that have been bouncing around in my head for the past 2 years. At first we were thinking about  just an EP, but now I'm thinking it'll be more like a regular 14-15 song Matilda record... Or maybe two short records... It all depends on how the songs come out, how they play together.
Maybe a 10 song record, with a few singles?

I don't know.

The material is piling up, and as soon as the split is finished up, I'll start figuring out what I'm making, and how I'm going to make it.

So, get excited for that.

Last order of business:

I heard a wonderful quote yesterday from the late, great Ray Bradbury that really inspired me to keep creating.
It was something like:
"Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down."

And I had never really thought about it until I heard that quote, but I'm most excited about what I'm doing when I do it that way.

I love having a vague idea for a song, or painting, or short-story and just jumping right into it and let the creative side just create it without thought. Just start it first, and finish it as best and as quick as you can, because to be creative is one thing, but to be prolific is quite another.

With that I'll leave you for the morning.
There is much work to be done on my first day off in what seems like a life time.
I'm off to make things, to create, and not look back.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Split CD and other things.

Remember a while ago we talked about this split tape I made with Jon from the Moon.
Remember? There was like pictures of cassettes and stuff?

Well, anyway, we're re-doing that but doing it different from the first time.
For starters both sides of the tape are getting remixed and some things re-recorded. Jon's side will be getting a bit more done than mine, but I still plan on fixing up the Matilda tracks quite a bit.
Probably new guitar tracks, definitely new bass tracks, maybe new vocals, and maybe stretching out the opening instrumental.
We're also taking the cover songs out of the mix and writing a brand new two part song to bridge the two sides together as one.

And one big difference, this split tape will be a split CD. So no more dusting off that old tape deck to Matilda and the moon make love and break up.

More info coming soon, but I'm needed in the basement now for tracking!

Here's some pictures on Jon doing a guitar track, and drinking coffee with a guitar on.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stop the Press! No Wait...

The band I play in, known on the mean streets of Ferndale as Songs from the Moon, has been getting some good press!
And guess what else?
Just by being in the fucking band, Matilda and me got a little mention (ahem, whole paragraph) on a cool local blog. Check it out here: Ferndale115

SFTM was also in the Detroit News last Thursday (March 15/2012 edition) inside of the "Go" section, which I think is the new entertainment type section...Maybe?
And, although it looks a lot better in the paper, we made the website that day too. Check that out here: DetNews ...
scroll down,


until you hit the "Ones To Watch" section.
There we are. Silly Detroit News. Should have just put that in the side bar.

And last but not least, Jeff [who has a little blog some people 'round here read] had a nice little write up about us on the Ferndale Public Library Observer blog. Check out that over here: FPL Observer

So, please... Don't stop the press just yet.
We're all just getting started.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Imagine This on a Huge Poster. Big Letters... The Works.

There is new news coming.

New items to hear, and see, and buy.

We're on a small hand made label now... Here's a list of things you might want to expect:

  • Expect small hand made goods.
  • Expect new Matilda releases.
  • Expect old albums getting proper releases.

  • Expect shows...                         As a matter of fact:

  • Expect more updates to this blog [I hope]
  • Expect a new blog look.

Now that you know what to expect, keep your ear to the ground.