AB Reference MastersWe just received the “reference master CD’s” for our forthcoming release “The Alternate Boot Vol. 1 &2” from Lurssen Mastering today. So exciting. Another step forward in our mad, two year, adventure.

It’s been a pleasure, and a kick, to work with the legendary Gavin Lurssen. Gavin and his team were so knowledgeable and professional.  We are big fans of many of the records he has mastered, including Lucinda William’s “West,” Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ “Raising Sand.” We were hoping to conjure of a bit of that same mojo for our record. The proof is in the listening. To our ears every track now has a bit more power, presence, richness, & shimmer.

We started with fully-realized tracks to begin with, thanks to the recording and mixing wizardry of Victor Sanders at Lakeside Media in Chicago. And well, we worked with a pretty incredible group of musicians to help bring the songs to life.

Next step: Carla is working on the CD packaging now. We are kicking around some cool cover ideas. Another creative rabbit hole. Every step counts. The process: meticulous, obsessive, a bit mad, no, I mean like completely, totally insane. But we love it. Love doing the work. Always, always doing the work.

When will this project get launched into the Universe? Thinking this fall?  – Jammer

 

 

 

Not really. Welcome to 2018. The Future. What is our band doing this year? If all goes according to plan, we will be releasing a new record. Working title: The Alternate Boot – Sun/Moon. A 2-CD set. 14 songs. 61 minutes.

Playing shows too. We love to play shows. We are hosting a new series of r&r shows at The Store in Chicago. We are calling this series: All My Strangers are Going to Be Friends. Standing Larry McMurtry’s great novel on it’s head. The first show in the series is slated for March 10, 2018! Exciting! – Jammer

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Neil Young’s great song, “My My, Hey Hey” has been kicking around in my consciousness for quite a long time now. It’s from “Rust Never Sleeps” recorded in 1979.

Is it better to “burn out than to fade away?” Probably not. I suppose, if  I had to choose, I’d say it would be better to shine on brightly, as brightly as possible, for as long as possible. So anyway, a great song, one of my favorite songs about life and death. So simple, so clear, says everything in just a few, plain words.

I have been haunted this year, 2017, by death, death, both near and far, I mean, of course, it’s like any other year, people come and go. That is how it goes. I sing this song,  as a sort of elegy for all those who passed this year. And all those who passed in previous years too. I mean, yes, I know it’s a long list, not even a list, a vast never-ending river… rolling along.  My, my, hey, hey… – Jammer

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Two whitewolfsonicprincess‘ shows on Saturday, September 30. An afternoon benefit show, (just an acoustic trio), at the Doggone Music Festival, and then a full-band late night show at The Store. Two very different shows. Very different feels. One was in the blazing light of a fading fall afternoon. The other a cool late night bar, a cozy, well-lit music room. One comment is still ringing in my head from a post-show conversation: “We came to see you guys to get some spiritual transcendence.” Don’t want to over-promise for a show, but wow, that is totally excellent goal, “spiritual transcendence one song, one show at a time!” The good work for sure! – Jammer

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The Lovely Carla and I recorded Eddie Hinton’s great song over at Sadie’s place on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The dining room had such sweet, natural reverb. We originally discovered the song via the Drive by Truckers’ album “Go-Go Boots.”

Essential. Beautiful. Oh so true. Yes, we could all use a bit more love. “Nobody ever found happiness, living their lives all alone.” – Jammer

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The first Annual Yippie Fest was hosted this last weekend at the Prop Theatre in Chicago. 3 days of Comedy, Burlesque, Music, Theater. It was quite the event. I was the sound-tech for the Music on Stage B. 24 acts on B Stage: bands, solo artists, standup comics and a storyteller.

Some of my favorite bands in the city performed, including: Flapunco, The Remember Knots, Voodoo Asylum, Parallelicopter, The Telepaths (I play guitar in the Telepaths too), and Audiobon.

whitewolfsonicprincess did a full set of originals which we like to call our “Get Right With God” set. We look very serious in the above photo. It’s a serious business, for sure, and very serious fun.  Seriously, it’s the good work. – Jammer

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Yes, it was an especially good show last night. The first time we ever played at TheNewStudio. The first we’ve ever played alternating sets with another band.  The first time we ever ended each set with a big, two-band sing-a-long.

The Remember Knots vs. whitewolfsonicprincess.  Not really a rivalry. Certainly not a blood feud. Of course, it did make for a good poster. It’s not often you meet another band you can consider true fellow-travelers. Total inspirers.

We are so different in our approaches, our music, our presentations. But there is an affinity, an energy boost when we play on a bill together. It’s definitely a cool mix of sensibilities. A strange and beautiful alchemy.

An intimate, friendly room. The audience seemed to enjoy it immensely.  “That was a good one.” Yes, it was, for sure… – Jammer

 

 

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We all come from something. The Lovely Carla and I have been on a little creative journey the last couple of  decades or so. First with our performance group, Black Forest, and then also, with our band, whitewolfsonicprincess.

Someone once dubbed our thing, “Rock and Roll Theater.” That sits right. And just where did that come from? I mean, we all come from something, right?!

There is almost a direct line from Patti Smith and Sam Shepard and their work in the theater and on the r&r stage to our efforts. I mean, maybe no one else saw it, but we knew it in our hearts and heads. Always.

Patti and Sam are the “precursors:” – A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner. AND – A substance from which another is formed, especially by metabolic reaction.

Yes, let’s say it was just metabolic reaction!

When we heard that Sam had passed, it was like an existential wobble, a rent in the fabric of the universe. We only knew him through his work, and it is the best, finest stuff imaginable.

Patti writes about Sam in the New Yorker. It brings a flood of tears. We are left with the tears, and the work – that wild, shimmering, uncontainable, inspiring work. We carry it with us. Always. – Jammer