Immediate download of 11-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
Jewel case, four panel booklet.
Includes immediate download of 11-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
I dedicate this album to Seth Koller and Michael Morrison, may they both rest in peace. I love you both and who you were lives on forever.
Movin' is about Seth, my student who died at age 16 in a tragic accident along Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. Seth was a beautiful boy, passionate and troubled, full of promise and talent.
Frostbite Falls is about Mike, who died last year after a few years of a slow and inexplicable descent into paralysis. We never found out what was wrong with Mike but he was once a hearty, strong man and a great artist and there was nothing like the boom of his voice and his love of play. I learned a lot from Mike.
As for this album, when you get a crazy idea, it's usually good. In this case I had a bunch of songs threatening to be backlogged but I had not a producer. I called Etienne de Rocher and the rest is history. We didn't know each other before I sent him my demos but in a few weeks I was flying out to Athens, where Etienne lives, to track live with Andrew Borger (Norah Jones, Ani DiFranco) who is an old buddy of Etienne. We had a few great evenings hanging with Julian, Etienne's brother, and a little shindig. A lot of Bill Callahan was played.
Andrew and I tracked guitar, voice and drums live and we grooved on every one. The stuff sounded good with just me and him, in fact. We also recorded a nice live-in-studio version of Simple Faith with Etienne on Wurli. Pretty much this was how we did the basics, except for Song Beside My Grave, which I recorded in my apartment and mixed with my buddy Phil "Philbillie" Milner here in San Francisco. Frostbite as well, I did the guitar and voice in my apartment and Etienne did the rest at his house in Athens.
After the few days tracking in Athens it was overdub time. Etienne flew out a few months later to produce for a few days with a great cast players (see the credits). After some touch ups, Etienne spent a while gradually finishing a few mixes and overdubbing bits, isolating and eliminating the crud, and here we are after a year and a half!
We even got four extra tracks that will be released for sure but I didn't want to make this record too bloody long.
released 12 July 2012
All songs written by JL Stiles
JL Stiles: Guitars, vocals, all instruments on track 3, marimba on 7
Etienne de Rocher: production, keys on tracks 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, bass and bv's on track 2, guitar on track 6
Andrew Borger: drums, percussion
Ben Bernstein: Bass on 1, 6, 7, 10 and 11
Todd Sickafoose: Bass on 5, 8 and 9
Doug Ellington: trumpet on 1, 9, 10 and 11
Chazz Alley: Sax on 1, 9 and 11
Emily Schmidt: vocals on 5,6 and 7
David Newman: vocals on 5, 6 and 7, electric guitar on 9 and 11
Catherine Sommer: vocals on track 9
Scott McDowell: Mix and overdub engineer on 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
Jason Robira: Recording engineer on all except 3 and 4
Etienne de Rocher: Mix engineer on 2, 4 and 6
Phil "Philbillie" Milner: Mix engineer on track 3
JL Stiles: Recording engineer on track 3
John Greenham: Mastering engineer
Special thanks to Stephen Namara, who generously allowed the usage of his painting for the cover.
The Bakery in Athens, GA
Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco
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