April 19, 2013
Recording at Miner Street Studios has been great so far. Tracked 10 songs total. Maybe we’ll do a couple more. There are about 5 we left out, but I feel great about a few of them. Brian McTear and Jonathan Low have been super pro and insightful into our recording process. One awesome piece of advice Brian gave us during pre-production was to run instrumental permutations of the songs. That is, just Ricardo (drums) and I (bass) run through a whole song by ourselves. Then just Ricardo and Dan (vocals). Then just Dan and Dominic (guitar), etc. It was surprisingly enlightening with respect to putting the final touches on the songs and getting ready for the studio. As you can see from the pics, Miner Street has amazing natural light coming into the studio, which is uncommon for a studio in our experience. Really keeps you amped and focused during the day.
Alright, will get back next week with some more recording updates. Everything is sounding really sweet. The record will have way more of a live feel than any of our other albums.
April 3, 2013
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CD Cellar Show [=] Good Times
CD Cellar show was great. Thanks to all who came out. It was special to be able to play out the new songs to our DC friends before heading into the studio. Les Rhinoceros (above) shredded as always. Godspeed to you sexy beasts on your tour in support of Les Rhinoceros II.
Oh, and Richard and Jonathan Howard of Cigarette were there. Ruled! They work at CD Cellar, so go visit them. It’s a super rad store. And head’s up on Cigarette’s new record, it’s deep!
February 25, 2013
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We’re very excited to announce the addition of drummer Ricardo Lagomasino to Deleted Scenes. Ricardo has been involved in some awesome projects over the years which y’all should check out. These include touring and recording with the legendary Joe Lally, acclaimed jazz-metal group Many Arms, the Sea Around Us, and avant-experimetal stalwarts Capillary Action. He’s been bringing some great elements to the table in our writing sessions, and we can’t wait to get him into the studio next month. Last, but not least, he’s an all-around awesome dude to boot.
We were sad to see the great Brian Hospital go, but he will be doing a lot of cool stuff on the academic side of music over the next several years. We wish him all the best and thank him for his many years of tireless writing and touring with the band.
January 16, 2013
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Happy 2013 all…..we’ll be kicking things off this year with a big show at the Black Cat on Feb 2 as part of the last ever Sockets Records annual showcase. This is coincidentally our first time playing the showcase, so we’re hugely excited about it. We’ll be playing with the amazing bands Hume, Buildings and Imperial China. A night certainly not to be missed.
Our excitement is tinged, however, with some serious bummed-ness. And that bummed-ness is due to Sockets shutting down. It goes without saying that Sean Peoples created something special with Sockets and it really developed a musical fabric for bands in DC at a time when DC desperately needed that kind of avenue for community as well as growth outside of the community. Sockets certainly helped us get Young People’s out there in a way that we couldn’t have done on our own, and the same can be said for many of the other Sockets releases. And that of course is due to the thankless hard work and dedication of Sean. So a big THANK YOU to Sean and we wish you all the best in your next steps in life. Few things are harder than running a record label, so we’re sure you will kick ass in anything you choose to pursue next.
Also, we are equally bummed that this will be Hume’s last show. Really really sad to see this band call it quits. They have been a huge inspiration to us and they are all awesome guys. Nonetheless, it sounds like they’ll all continue doing musical projects, so we’re excited to see what happens next for them. We heart you guys.
But again, despite all these changes that make Deleted Scenes a bit teary eyed, this will be a really great night and we’re expecting smiles all up and down.
November 26, 2012
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Alright….been a while. We’ve been busy at work on a new record. The pics above are from earlier in the fall when we holed up in a cave/house in Nashville for several weeks writing non-stop. There was this awesome dog who lived at the house called Barbarian (“Berry” for short). Missing him so much right now looking at that pic. He’d rome around on the streets of East Nashville looking scary from afar. But he really was just walking around exploring and getting some exercise. The NICEST dog on the planet. We got interrupted by some kids at practice a few times who were knocking on the door. They asked “Is Berry here? We want to play with Berry.” Everyone knew him on the block since he’d just walk around all day and hang out with people.
The new sounds have sort of a red color to them. Or maybe it’s orange. And maybe that makes sense since we wrote a lot of material in the fall.
Anyway, we do know that we’ll be recording with Brian McTear early next year. He did a lot of stuff on the last War on Drugs record, the last Sharon Van Etten record and a bunch of the Kurt Vile stuff. He also runs a non-profit called Weathervane Music which spearheads a bunch of community-based music and art projects. Good dude and awesome producer/engineer! Really excited to get back into the studio and see how these songs evolve.
October 15, 2012
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Our good DC buddy Ben Usie (of Pree and Frau Eva) made a video for us for “A Bunch of People of Love You Like Crazy” and it recently premiered on IFC. Originally, the intention with the footage was just to make video flyer for our CD Release show with Pree, but Ben did such a great job with it that we decided to release it as an official video. We owe you one B-bomb!
Here’s his description of the vid:
“The video spans at least three levels of consciousness (a la “Inception”). The man (tier 1) dives into his own psyche to see what appears to be a wonderful encounter with a beautiful woman (tier 2). They are spinning through space and time, as the greater universe spins around them. As time goes on, the tier 2 man and woman suffer from visions of evil in their own heads (tier 3). Not only does the audience get to see how the tier 2 man and woman react to these visions, we also get to see the tier 1 man’s reactions to seeing all of this unfold in his head. These thoughts and emotions are not always logical or linear. While the man and woman in the vision show fear and lack of control, the man watching them beams with voyeuristic excitement. Only after the vision is finished does the tier 1 man show disapproval.”
August 23, 2012
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Hung out with Chad Clark on the way out of town to our recording cave. Dude rules! Keep an ear out for a lot of chatter on Beauty Pill’s public recording process for their upcoming record. Really cool.
August 13, 2012
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Show with the D-Plan [=] Ruled!
Here’s one for the photo album. Friday night was a great one, indeed. Thank you to the Dismemberment Plan again for having us out, and, of course, for the amazing set. As rumored, they debut several new songs which are awesome!! Check out the nice write-up from BYT for more pics and words about the show.
August 8, 2012
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“Baltika 9” Featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered
Our song, ”Baltika 9,” was featured yesterday on NPR’s All Songs Considered, along with Blur, Tame Impala, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Having been cited as notable for “rejoicing in [our] dorkiness,” you might imagine we listen to a lot of NPR……which is very true. We’re big NPR fans, and thus, we’re pretty stoked to get a song on there. Let’s drink nine Baltika 9’s in celebration! Also, if you haven’t seen Alice Cohen’s awesome stop-animation video for the song, head over to our videos section.
July 27, 2012
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NEW VIDEO - “THE DAYS OF ADDERALL”
Just put out a new video for “The Days of Adderall” which premiered yesterday on Vice’s Noisey. It prominently features John Kilduff of “Let’s Paint, Exercise and Blend Drinks” Fame. Shot the footage for this when we were out on the West Coast on tour in Feb.
Thank you to Stephanie Wuertz for producing (she also did the Bedbedbedbedbed video) and Chris Pelphrey for directing!!
Dan had this to say about the video:
“I’ve been a big fan of John Kilduff, the Let’s Paint guy, ever since his “Let’s Paint, Exercise and Blend Drinks” went viral. But he’s more than just a Youtube flash in the pan. He’s a self-styled creativity guru, as well as a performance art commentary on DIY, post-modernity, ADHD, Positive Mental Attitude, and depression. This side of his persona was what drew us to him, and lined up pretty perfectly with the themes in “The Days of Adderall.” We contacted him through Facebook and asked if he would perform in a video, painting us while running on a treadmill and blending drinks. He said yes, so we stopped by his place in LA in February on tour. Using lemons from his own backyard, he made an especially tart lemonade.”
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