Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Ear Worms, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Mixing

I've come up with a novel way (that I used to use with my Tascam cassette Portastudio and for some reason forgot) of solving my mixing impasse. I'm going to hook my trusty old MacBook up to an old Windows PC and listen to the mix through speakers. I've been relying on something that's essentially a no-no in mixing: I've been doing it almost exclusively through headphones. Headphones give you a "distorted" soundscape which doesn't translate well to the way a song actually sounds if it's played out loud through speakers. Anyway, that'll happen Tuesday or Wednesday and I think it'll go pretty quickly. By the way, one time-honored means of coming up with a good mix is to continually compare the mix of your song to a track of another band's work that you particularly want to emulate. I often use the Pixies DOOLITTLE as my comparison album.

Everyone has experienced an "ear worm". Here's a new (brief) article on how to get rid of one.

On this day in 1967, Bob Dylan recorded "All Along the Watchtower" and "John Wesley Harding" while across the ocean in London The Beatles were simultaneously mixing "Magical Mystery Tour", "Your Mother Should Know", "Hello Goodbye" and "I Am the Walrus". JOHN WESLEY HARDING and MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR are, of course, two of my very most favorite albums and both have proved extraordinarily influential in my music and life. Oh...also that evening, The Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane opened the Fillmore West. What a day/night.