Hello you lovely Cow people,
and welcome to the August newsletter. Wow, it’s a been a long
time since we’ve had one of these,
and there’s much good stuff to report, so let’s just dive
right in shall we?
In other documentary news, The Cow recently completed the music for a new documentary directed by Deren Abrams titled “The Hollywood Dream”, in which three hopefuls trying to break into show business are spotlighted. Guest appearances from legends such as Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Christopher Lloyd, Dick Van Patten, Angelo Pizzo (the screenwriter of “Hoosiers” & “Rudy”) and many others are sprinkled throughout, as well as a wide range of musical genres that allowed us to stretch our writing skills in all kinds of exciting new ways. “The Hollywood Dream” will be submitted to The Sundance Film Festival soon, so we’ll keep you abreast of all the new developments there too.
Many of you will be very happy to hear that we have a running air conditioner in the live room again. Thanks everyone for your patience to get that going.
More big news: (though it doesn't relate to any of you, but we like to spread the word about our own success to whoever will listen) music we've written has been played on American Idol Rewind and Dr. 90210. It’s true; we have the royalty checks to prove it! American Idol Rewind is a syndicated program which shows episodes of American Idol from past seasons with additional commentary and interviews from contestants, as well as unedited audition tapes and stuff describing where they are now. Dr 90210 is a reality show on the E! Channel profiling cosmetic surgery and the people who have them done. Let me tell you, it’s an interesting experience watching an episode of a show describing plastic surgery in great, unsparing detail and then suddenly hearing two of your songs playing in the background. Plus, it’s good money when you can get it!
Also, we just wanted to mention
that a few more bands have recently taken advantage of our "Don't be a Stranger Deal." If
you come back to record another project within six months of finishing
your first one, you can get 10% off the entire project. So it's only
$36/hour (or $324/day). In other words, save lots by recording lots!
Also, if you get another band or artist to record with us (at least
10 hours) we'll give you two free hours of studio time for each band!
In gear news, we recently acquired more American Classic API mic pres that have help us get a great clarity and edge to our drums, and they also sound most splendid on high-gain guitar amps. If you wanna know what they sound like, just pick up any American-recorded rock album from the last fifty years!
We’ve also just bought ourselves an ISP Sonic Decimator, which is a fantastically powerful rackmountable noise gate which annihilates noise and guitar amp hum with extreme prejudice! Sometimes we only have to threaten to plug this badboy in, and the amp noise runs off like a scared puppy!
WHOS in the RECORDING STUDIO
Hardcore metal band Misunderstood was
in mid-July to record two new songs. Misunderstood plays the kind of
music your mother warned you about: brutal and impactful, with shredding
guitars over pounding double kik rhythms and vocals of the highest
heavinosity quotient. Let’s see,
ya got Manny Cordova on guitar, Matt Gawel on bass, Bill Mullen on lead
throat, and Bryan Harper on drums. For more info, see http://myspace.com/stood1
Speaking of Cow favorites, Lee
Donovan has been in lately recording a new song (with lyrics penned by
his wife) and three cover pieces, including the immortal Ledbetter tune “Goodnight Irene”, for a demo to
fetch gigs with. Lee’s also been mixing songs with us intermittently,
and should soon have enough material for a full-on album, so keep
your ears open for new info on Lee.
For more information on any
of these artists, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT'S IN THE COW CD PLAYER
Gary Landess – “Whittlin’ The Kindlin’”
Charles Mingus - "Blues And Roots" and “Oh Yeah”
Nellie McKay - "Pretty Little Head"
Bjork – “Volta”
Tinariwen – “Water Is Life”
Arcade Fire - "Neon Bible"
Mighty Sparrow - “Volume One”
Christina Aguilera – “Back To Basics”
Robert Palmer - "Clues"
Los Lobos – “Kiko”, “The Neighborhood” and “The Town And The City”
Sage Francis – “A Healthy Distrust” and "Human The Death Dance"
Tragically Hip – “World Container”
Panda Bear – “Person Pitch”
Xiu Xiu – “The Air Force”
John Vanderslice – “Emerald City”
NIN – “Year Zero”
Modest Mouse - "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank"
Amy Winehouse - "Back To Black"
Contramano – “Unsatisfecho”
Godley And Creme – “Ismism”
Buck 65 – “Secret House Against The World” and “Talkin’ Honky Blues”
Fujiya And Miyagi – “Transparent Things”
Red Crayaola – “Soldier-Talk”
Sounds Of Animals Fighting – “Lover, The Lord Has Left Us”
Octant – “Car Alarms And Crickets”
Fantomas – “Suspended Animation”
Gwen Stefani – “The Sweet Escape”
Tim Hecker – “My Love Is Rotten To The Core”
Q: Why should you never ever tell a Cow a secret?
A: Because it will just go in one ear and out the udder!
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