the Notes and Scratches

a Tiny Morsel

friday, april 20th, 2007 at 01:10 pm

So, we’ve finished up all the writing for the new record — sixteen songs to be recorded in early June. I’m real excited about the new material. What follows is just a simple acoustic demo, but I cannot wait for y’all to hear it in its full arrangement. It is the last song written for the record and I’m real pleased about how it touches on and ties together metaphors and themes that run through-out the other songs. I hope you like it.

with Scribbled Lines (demo) [3.9mb] [mp3]

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Songs from 800 Winters

sunday, february 05th, 2006 at 06:55 pm

Had a real wonderful time at the Subterranean last week, we really appreciate folks coming out. Eric, from WLUW was kind enough to record the evening, so, a few songs for y’all:

the Safecracker’s Lover (live) [4.1MB] [mp3]
a Compromise Unraveled (live) [4.5MB] [mp3]
Baba O’Reilly (live, a cover) [5.6MB] [mp3]
on Belle Isle (live) [5.6MB] [mp3]

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Thank You and Happy Holidays!

thursday, december 22nd, 2005 at 02:38 pm

Just want to thank everyone that came out to the Empty Bottle last weekend. We hugely hugely appreciate your kindness, support and dancing. I hope y’all had as much fun as we did!

I’m at my folks place, so i’ll make this quick:
First, whipped up a quick little cover for the holidays. It is a seriously revised version of a Pogues song. Have a listen and happy holidays!

Fairytale of New York [3.5MB] [mp3]

For a more traditional take on the song, check out the super good Toronto blog Chromewaves for a brillant Stars’ version of Fairytale of New York [5.6MB] [mp3]. UPDATE: Time’s up on this one. By the way, if you’ve not spent time with Stars’ late 2004 release Set Yourself on Fire, spend your Xmas gift cards on it. Second best record i heard and best live show i saw in 2005!

Oh, some impossibly kind reviews have been coming for Uh-Oh, check the Reviews page. Many thanks to all the writers who’ve taken time and shown interest!

So, happy holidays everyone, and peace and joy in the New Year!

image by Mike Piontek

Uh-Oh is out! Now! In Color!

thursday, november 17th, 2005 at 09:50 pm

We have a CD now that we’ve worked really hard to make and we are very excited about it and also kinda sleepy but surely we are very much hoping that other people will like these songs and that maybe a person or two will find themselves moved in a way that makes their life and the lives of those near them somehow a little tiny bit better or at least maybe some dancing alone in bedrooms might happen somewhere, a lot.

The record is called Uh-Oh. It has thirteen songs on it. Endlessly generous and patient Matt Dewine at Pieholden Suite Sound recorded it. Mike Piontek drew the pictures (which are somehow both silly and sad!). The Notes and Tense Forms silkscreened the cover art onto this nice recycled kraftboard. You can purchase it now from the Tense Forms Store. It is available in your usual compact disc format for $10 postpaid OR $5 for the record in mp3 format along with a digital booklet. Thanks for listening and we really hope you like it (or at least some of it)!

Other news— played on the radio with Ami from Radiant Darling. The whole interview and songs are posted at Radio One, a great local music show on WLUW. (Thanks Eric, thanks Sean). Our performance and interview [14.3MB] [mp3]. If you just want to hear the one new song I played without my dumb talking about stuff, it is called how the Day Breaks [3.2MB] [mp3]. (Note: apologies for the sound quality of that one, that’s how LUW encoded it.)

We’ve a date for our record release show! We’re playing with our friends the Attic Recordings who also have a new record coming out. It should be great fun. Details at the Tense Forms Calendar.

Our friends in Radiant Darling have a new record out too. Snap that up in the Store while you’re over there.

What else? I’ve been listening to a bunch of West African Highlife music this week, expect a post about Sir John Warrior and Prince Nico Mbarga sometime soon. We’re playing with the Oracles in few weeks. We get our stickers in a few weeks. Mike designed them and they look really nice! [60k] [jpg]

Oh, and lastly, thanks to Alan at Sixeyes and Sam at 3 Hive. Oh, and happy belated b-day Sam.

So, please have a listen, please buy the record, please tell your friends, please share our songs and sing them to your loved ones and whistle them in alleys and please take care everyone!

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