After a semester of back-burnering the album, I’m in the studio again with Wil Reeves to put the finishing touches on The Juniper Tree. Last Wednesday we mixed and bounced five tracks, and in my opinion they’re more or less finished (minus a couple of tweaks and mastering, of course).
Another (disproportionately) thrilling announcement: I’ve officially earned my first dollar for the album! A whole $3.45, to be exact. It’s not profit, and in fact to break even just on recording costs, I’ll need to earn another $1378.55. (Oof.) But that's another post in itself, and it'll probably go up once I've decided whether or not to Kickstart this baby.
Other updates thus far:
I've also started researching digital distributors. Symphonic looks cool. They'll also distribute physical copies if you provide them. But I'm going to experiment with independent distribution for now, to wit -- an extremely non-exhaustive to-do list:
I'm pretty sure #3 has something to do with flinging download cards at random strangers like confetti.
I have another studio session coming up this weekend, which I can only hope is as productive as the last one.
Also, last night I had a highly enjoyable jam session with some folks from work, which was the perfect opportunity to field-test the Marshall AS50D with an SM58 I picked up last week. It was more than adequate for bedroom-level blues rock (even a slightly jazzified -- but no less loud -- cover of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army").
The Vibro Champ XD was glorious, as always, especially with the fresh tube. Toasty!