Sunday, September 13, 2015

I'm In Love With A Girl (Big Star cover)

As of late ’99, when I landed at 21st and Race, Logan Square, Center City Philadelphia, Matt Stevenson lived right down the street, at 21st and Chestnut. Over the course of 2000 and 2001, I would hang out at Matt’s apartment and sometimes record. Matt’s recording set-up then was relatively primitive. As of 2002, I remained in Logan Square while Matt relocated to 11th and Webster in South Philly, to a ramshackle row-home which doubled as studio, which Matt dubbed Main Street West (for some reason), but could also be called Webster Street Studios. Matt’s set-up by them was upgraded to Pro Tools level. The studio was a large, high-ceiling’d room on the third floor, with north-facing windows. We made Ardent there in ’04; Raw Rainy Fog, done in ’02, was mostly spoken word material. What we did at Main Street West in ’03 was relatively random, including this Big Star cover, now featured as the last track on the Eris Temple EP. We also recorded a guitar-heavy version of Tim Buckley’s Song to the Siren. I specifically wanted to nail I’m In Love with a Girl because I’d had the idea of adding some delicate lead guitar and counter-melodies to what was stark and simple on Radio City. Main Street West, by then, was a kind of playpen for us, and a spirit of playful experimentation reigned, which continued into the Eris Temple years.

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