...but I never want to let everybody down, so I've dug out of the vaults an old recording that needs to see the light of day.
More specifically, I called my brother Dave and asked him to fax me the mp3, because I destroyed the original restoring my hard drives a few years ago. This was really tragic, because it was recorded on a warm night in May 2004, the very night it was written.
Tucker Booth and my brother Jonathan were in town from St. Louis for just the weekend, and I thought we had to record a song together while they were. So on the uptown 16th street bus, I sang myself a little chorus and verse, and showed them to the guys when they came over.
It was a country swing, and I wanted Jon and Tucker to record something out of their typical niche. Jon dug through some journals and found some lyrics he liked, and Tucker listened to our verses and freestyled his. I ended up cutting two of his freestyles together to make a coherent verse; the first one ended, "cuz you don't care and i don't care so / ugh ungh ack ackk throw it in the air." Yeah, there was some beer involved at the recording session.
In addition, a sketchy dude had come along on the trip to help them with the job (they were in town putting on a new roof), and after being unwarrantedly hostile with me during the session, he casually offered to lay a verse over the bridge. I humored him, and the mindless monotone he delivered streamed from Venn diagrams to Michael Jackson records prior to 1984. You know, typical country music banter.
That said, I wish it hadn't been erased, because it was a bizarre moment of Frozen Food madness. Apparently our man had been off antidepressants for a couple months. Later in their trip, he would inform an emcee at a party in Arlington that the emcee had a "leg up" in the rap business because he was "black". I still have to tell my friends I had just met the dude.
Note this session was also early in the learning of Pro Tools, and before any good mics were to be had by a novice. Regrettably, I never got a good mix or master before it was erased, but I did have the good fortune to send a copy to my brother in California.
We play "Tales of Woe" now as a pop rock number with the band, but it started as a stomp-my-heart country swing, written on an uptown bus.
Dig it, and next week I'll be back with some freshness.
16.75 Tales of Woe (Getzschman-Getzschman-Booth) - September 20.
I'll try and do a master of this mp3 in the future, so check back in a week and it may have a new gloss on it.
UPDATE: I did something like a re-master. Sounds a little clearer and louder now.
Download mp3s below by right-clicking on the links.
F Posterity, 2006
52. F Posterity (Getzschman) - May 16, 2007
51. Crazy (Burton/Callaway/Reverberi/Reverberi) - May 9, 2007
50. Persistence of Regret (Getzschman/Ryan/Sahm) - May 2, 2007
49. Breakin' Plates (Getzschman/Ruthsatz) - April 26, 2007
48. Trio for Vocal, Metronome, Wurlitzer (Getzschman) - April 18, 2007
47. She Hates It When I'm Right (Getzschman) - April 11, 2007
46. Beat It (Jackson) - April 4, 2007
45. Mass Ave Strut (Getzschman) - March 28, 2007
44. Let's Fall Asleep Like This (Getzschman) - March 21, 2007
43. 2010 Ain't What They Said It Would Be (Getzschman) - March 14, 2007
42. Three Red Stars (Getzschman) - March 7, 2007
41. Birdhouse In Your Soul (Flansburgh/Linnell) - February 28, 2007
40. Everybody Thinks They're Self-Aware (Getzschman) - February 21, 2007
39. Hysterical Woman (Getzschman) - February 14, 2007
38. Hollaback Savior (Getzschman) - February 7, 2007
37. White Collar (old Philly dollar) (Getzschman) - January 31, 2007
36. Bottle of Blues (B. Hansen) - January 24, 2007
35. Ask Somebody (Getzschman) - January 17, 2007
34. All Time High Score (Getzschman) - January 10, 2007
33. Bury Me In My Jetpack (Getzschman) - January 3, 2007
32. Eggnogg Is The Liquor Of This Household (Getzschman) - December 27, 2006
31. Like Spinning Plates (T.Yorke/J.Greenwood) - December 20, 2006
30. Jack or Jesus (Getzschman/Peterson) - December 13, 2006
29. Runes (Getzschman) - December 6, 2006
28. We Leave Just Like We Come (Getzschman) - November 29, 2006
27. Shampoo! (Getzschman) - November 22, 2006
26. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Dylan) - November 15, 2006
25. Was That Seriously Your Plan? (Getzschman) - November 8, 2006
24. Understated Explosions (Getzschman) - November 1, 2006
23. Everything Sounds Better On Vinyl (Getzschman) - October 25, 2006
22. Take Heart (Getzschman) - October 18, 2006
21. Pigs (L. Freese, S. Reyes, L. Muggerud) - October 11, 2006
20. Upstart Casualties (Getzschman) - October 4, 2006
19. Troubling (Getzschman) - Sept 27, 2006
18. Tales of Woe (Getzschman/Getzschman/Booth) - Sept 20, 2006
17. Manual Labor Pains (Getzschman) - Sept 13, 2006
16. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Gibbard/Tamborello) - September 6, 2006
15. Postmodern Burlesque Review (Getzschman) - August 30, 2006
14. Neverending Love Affair (Getzschman) - August 23, 2006
13. Living On Credit (Getzschman) - August 16, 2006
12. Broke As A Muhfuh (Getzschman) - August 9, 20006
11. Josie (Becker/Fagan) - August 2, 2006
10. Cold Day at the Races (Getzschman) - July 26, 2006
9. Calaveras (Getzschman) - July 19, 2006
8. Narcissist Blues (Getzschman) - July 12, 2006
7. Advice to a Young Jedi (Getzschman) - July 5, 2006
6. God Only Knows (Wilson/Asher) - June 28, 2006
5. Miracle Hubcap (Getzschman) - June 21, 2006
4. A Paycheck Is All I Ask (Getzschman) - June 14, 2006
3. Halfway (Getzschman) - June 7, 2006
2. Summer Crazy (Getzschman) - May 31, 2006
1. Sunday Street (Van Ronk) - May 26, 2006