Archive for July, 2011

Track 21. "Stand On"

We were asked to write and record a sea shanty and we had one night to do it. If we had one more night, we might have written another verse.

Track 20. "Distant Early Warning"


Another would-be TV theme, this one for a series about a government agency that knows a little too much about you. We were given two phrases to work with: “distant early warning” (a Cold War reference; also, of course, a Rush song) and “pattern recognition.” Conveniently, they both have six syllables and the same rhythm. The rest came quickly and easily — unlike the series, which never made it out of development. Technically, we’re not sure it even made it into development.

Track 19. "Reindeer Boy" featuring Mouse Pack

The goal: Bring a laptop to a friend’s house, order dinner, write and record a song, have dessert, go home.

The result: Mouse Pack.

Mouse Pack is Cheri and Matty along with our friends Mark and Lynn Bacino and Mark Creel. Mouse Pack existed for exactly one night, though we reserve the right to reunite someday. Mouse Pack’s only song was recorded at Mark and Lynn’s dining room table in Queens while ordering and consuming Chinese take-out. The second verse came straight from the menu. The crunching percussion sound is Lynn B and Mark C eating carrots and blue corn chips, which, in the interest of full disclosure, were not part of the Chinese take-out. You should buy Mark B’s album The Queens English. There will be more about Queens later in the album.