Recording Piano Songs…Upcoming Shows…

This week we will be recording the three piano-based songs on the upcoming record. We really wanted to use an acoustic piano and luckily our friend Tom Russell offered to let us use the grand piano in his wood-floored work room at his home. We set up our gear over there and did a rehearsal for the recording. The piano plays so nicely and sounds great and the acoustics in the room are excellent. We will be recording these songs live on Tuesday afternoon, this will be an exciting session!

Last week we recorded Paul’s bass trombone and Donny’s tenor sax. That REALLY beefed up the horns, it sounds big. We also finished some more vocal tracks. I still think we’re on track to finish in May, but its a race against time now!

There are some exciting shows coming up. The DG’s show with Strong Like Bear is gonna be a real rocker. The horn section will sit in with SLB, which will be super fun. We’ll also be playing a good sized set and will include some new ones in there as well as some overlooked older tunes.

Music, I salute you!

Down to Business: Finishing the Record

Well, we’ve three consecutive Saturdays of sweaty, dancey, lovey shows. Thanks to everyone who has made the month of May so much fun for us!

We have a little break in our show schedule now, so we’ll spend the last two weeks of May finishing up recording our new record. We are so excited for this. We’ll finish the horns on Monday, finish the vocals on Thursday (hopefully!) and then we’ll take Bryon’s mobile recording studio over to Tom Russell’s house and record three live tracks using his grand piano.

By the way, Tom Russell and Mary Jane Brotherson have been extraordinary allies throughout the whole process of making this album. Mumford’s loves them very, very much. Tom has allowed us to use a number of his excellent instruments for recording and he and Mary Jane have opened their home to us as a place to record and put on shows and feel at ease.

Thanks again to our friends who came to our last three shows and to the fucking awesome Iowa bands we had the pleasure to play with. We have plenty more shows coming up in June and July and then…TOUR!

Subjective Circus at Des Moines Social Club

This Saturday (May 15) we’ll be playing at the Des Moines Social Club‘s annual Subjective Circus. This is an actual circus, with live animals and fire dancing and sideshow attractions…and tons of music! The Circus gets started at noon and goes until 2 am. The event is just $15 (for 12 hours of entertainment!) and all the proceeds benefit the Des Moines Social Club. We’ll be playing at 11 pm and we’ve got some surprises in store…

Some great bands are playing, like Modern Day Satire, Blutiger Fluss and our soulmates Christopher the Conquered, who will be playing right after us.

Thanks to Dave Murphy for including us in this show! Mumford’s is a bit of a circus attraction, so we’re excited to be included. I guess we’re gonna have to bring the crazy.

Vinyl Cafe, New Record Store in Ames, Rules!

I strongly urge music and coffee lovers in Ames to check out the Vinyl Cafe in downtown. I just went there for the first time today and it far exceeded my expectations. The music selection is broad and diverse and well arranged. I bought records by the Beach Boys and Dolly Parton. Next time I go there I want to get “Darkness on the Edge of Town” by Bruce Springsteen. I hope no one else buys it before I make it back there!

Also, the coffee is excellent. Strong, dark, full of flavor. The atmosphere of the cafe is very nice, too. This is a place you could go to read, use the internet (they have free WiFi), conduct an interview or just hang out. In the short time I was there I ran into 8 different people that I know, so I have a feeling that this business will become a hang out for the music scene.

Ames has needed a record store for a long time and now we actually have one…and it’s badass! Let’s all support this place. A quality record store is essential to a dynamic music scene.

May 1st M-Shop Show Pictures

All these photos are thanks to John Grant.