Highlights And Happenings — Part II: Doubling Down
After a week’s hiatus, Cold Lazarus is now at least 1.5 steps closer to a finished debut album.
As I mentioned last week, our second tracking session was postponed, but we managed to get back on “track” again after this past weekend at Tone Hill Studio and Productions.
This time we came in fairly fresh, or at least more fresh we did for our first session which immediately followed a three-day music festival in the backwoods of Youngsville, Pa. We also had the benefit of being able to jump right into things after the drum mics were set up, and so it only took about two hours to finish tracking drums on the remainder of the songs. Or, at least, what we thought were the remainder of the songs — but I’ll get to that in a moment.
After completing the drum tracks, it was up to me to carry the remainder of the session. Up until this point, we’d been doing bare-bones ensemble recordings in order for Marc (drums) to lay down his drum parts as he would during a live performance. Traditionally, bass comes directly after drums in the layering process, and so it was now my turn to start laying down second component to our rhythm section.
Things in this front progressed smoothly. Ben Juul (our engineer) informed me that I had the option of recording linearly, meaning I would play through the song until I flubbed a note or rhythm, or didn’t feel confident in something I had just played; at which point we would stop and return to the section in question, redo it and keep going until I hit another bump in the road or made it all the way through. I found this route most agreeable, and gladly took Ben up on his suggestion.
For the time being, since I was running my bass direct into Ben’s console, I started with the songs that required little or no effects. It was as much a time-saving measure as anything else in that I’ll likely be needing to run through some of my pedals on an individual basis for the more effect-heavy songs. For now at least the basic tracks could be completed and touched up in post-production with some of Ben’s built-in effects.
It was at this point, on the tail end of the session, that I suggested recording the first song we ever wrote — and which appears on our “All Alone” EP — “Come Again Now,” only to find that we had never actually recorded it in-studio with Ben. Each of us swore up and down that we had recorded the drum and scratch tracks during our first session, but after a few days of wracking my brain trying to recall doing that I realized that, in fact, we hadn’t.
So, now we’re faced with having to choose between: setting aside an additional session to bring the drums back into the studio and record the track from the ground up, as we’ve been doing; simply using the original recording of the song we’d done at Graphite Sound Studios in Warren, Pa., in February, which I’m not particularly fond of doing for a few reasons; or scrapping the track as a whole and going with a nine-track album.
As of now, I don’t believe an official consensus has been reached, but it appears that we may be leaning toward the first option, since there’s a good chance we could probably record the entire song over a multi-hour session dedicated to just that track.
Additionally, while recording another of our tracks, an instrumental called “Crime Number Nine,” we realized that somehow we left out eight measures of one of our solo sections. Again we’re now prompted to choose to either re-record the song from scratch, leave the song as-is and just have a shorter solo section in our studio track than our live performance (again, I’m not a fan of the second option) or have Ben copy and paste the drum and bass tracks from an earlier solo section of the same length — which is probably what we’ll end up doing.
So, ultimately, while progress has been made, it wouldn’t be a Cold Lazarus recording session without a hiccup or two along the way. I’m planning on returning to the studio myself on Saturday to finish the remainder of the bass tracks — sans “Come Again Now,” obviously — and from there we’ll likely move on to tracking guitar, keys and vocals, in that order, in the weeks to follow.
This weekend’s solo session will be sandwiched in between a late-night Cold Lazarus show in Buffalo the night before, and Infinity’s Local Music Showcase later on Saturday — during which I’ll be playing with both Cold Lazarus and The Elektra Kings at Mojo’s. Also, I’d love to be able to see at least some of the Southern Tier Xpress’ home opener on Saturday, but right now my Saturday schedule is exhausting to even think about.
I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Sherwood Arts Complex To Host Comedy Showcase Friday: Sherwood Arts Complex has announced its next community showcase, this time featuring local comedy troupe Karate Sleepover. Starring MW Barrick, Paul Clemente, Jim Drain, Damain Stokes and Andrew Young, Karate Sleepover specializes in stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. The group most recently performed during this year’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival to a sold-out audience. Sherwood Arts has teamed up with Cricket Wireless to present the stand-up comedy show, which will take place on Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Sherwood Arts Complex, located at 1060 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Tickets are $5, or free with a donation of school supplies. Presale tickets are available on Sherwood Arts’ Facebook page, and each presale ticket sold will be entered to win a chainsaw carving courtesy of Sherwood Arts.
For more information on the event, visit Sherwood Arts on Facebook or visit karatesleepover.com.
Infinity’s 14th Annual Local Music Showcase Is Saturday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will present its 14th annual Local Music Showcase on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring dozens of musical acts at 10 downtown locations. Operating as Infinity’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Local Music Showcase is an opportunity for performers throughout the area to converge in a non-stop, eight-hour musical extravaganza across Jamestown. This year’s event will be held at the following venues: Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, Forte, Jamestown Skate Products, Labyrinth Press Company, Mojo’s Music Bar, Shawbucks, The Pub, The Q, The Wine Cellar and the Infinity Arts Cafe.
The Local Music Showcase typically raises between $7,000 and $8,000 each year. It takes over 200 individual volunteers from the community to make the annual event a success. All funds raised directly benefit Chautauqua County students and support music and arts education for area young people at the Infinity Center through private lessons, group classes, hands-on learning experiences and performance opportunities.
Tickets for the showcase are available at Infinity’s downtown location at 301 E. Second St. or online at infinityperformingarts.org. They can be purchased for $10 in advance, and exchanged for an all-access wristband on the day of the showcase. Wristbands can also be purchased on the day of the event for $15 at one of two kiosks at the Infinity Arts Cafe entrance, 300 E. Third St., from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and at Shawbucks from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, including a complete schedule of bands, call 664-0991, visit infinityperformingarts.org, or search for “Infinity’s 14th Annual Local Music Showcase” on Facebook.
‘Night Lights’ Returns To Griffis Sculpture Park Wednesday: For the fifth consecutive autumn, Griffis Sculpture Park will again be illuminated with colorful and theatrical lighting when “Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park” returns Wednesday. The attraction will be open 17 nights over the next four weeks — from Wednesday through Saturday on the first two weekends and Wednesday through Sunday on the last two — for guests to view the interaction between lights, nature and art. The show has attracted over 5,000 visitors since 2013. New additions to the trail this year are new lighting concepts, soundscapes, video projections and events. The Buffalo music group The Observers will be playing a show on Saturday, Sept. 30. There are also night hikes and community bonfires scheduled.
The trails will open from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 7-10 p.m. on weekends. Guests will be able to venture on an unguided walk through a portion of the Mill Valley Road site of the sculpture park, where the trails and sculptures will interact with creative lighting — creating a truly unique experience. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights for a few darker sections of the trail. “Night Lights” can be canceled due to rain.
Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 children ages 7-12, and free for 6 and under. For more information, and updates on potential weather cancellations, visit griffispark.org or the park’s Facebook page.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email email@example.com or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Comedy Open Mic: 8 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Rustic Rambler: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
The Release: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Southern Tier Xpress home opener: 7 p.m., Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown
No Limit: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Zen City: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Pressure Sensitive: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Steel Horse: 2 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“The Big Sick” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown