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Just finished and vice versa by The Ether Family Presents... and wanted to get it posted up (as proof we actually pulled it off I guess).


Download at will and feel free to pass it along to whoever you think might like it. And we'd love to know what you guys think!

Oh, and Rich Gonzales is doing art for this one! He's doing panels for several of the album's characters, and man, he's blowing my mind. The two panels he's completed so far just kick so much ass it's crazy. The Ether Family releases always seem best suited to illustrations to me. And I love that we've got two incredible and very different folks to pull from in Rich and Jason (who does the How To Get Lost series).

Anyway, here's what Rich has done so far:

Catarina Valentino and Bruno:

Danforth Buckley and the boy:

  1. Catarina Valentino 2:33 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  2. Heaven To Betsy 2:34 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  3. Terribly Lucky Danforth Buckley 1:39 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  4. Bruno's Amnesty International Offical Guitar Strap 2:42 (m. J. Clark & R. Williams; l. R. Williams)

  5. Simone 2:14 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  6. Dear Rachel 3:27 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  7. What Would Daniel Do? 1:00 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  8. Zed The Leper 6:13 (m. J. Clark & R. Williams; l. R. Williams)

  9. Beautiful Day (Oliver's Suite Part 1) 2:57 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  10. Over-Complicated Lives (Oliver's Suite Part 2) 2:53 (m.&l. R. Williams)

  11. Please Come Back To Me (Oliver's Suite Part 3) 3:03 (m.&l. R. Williams)

all songs arranged by The Ether Family Presents...
Recorded 2/10/08 - 2/29/08 at Headphone Treats
aurally chronicled by Jimmy Ether

As for my feelings on the record... I love it. Really. A lot. Especially the fact that it is a little picture of one month in the life of the band. And while there are a few very subtle things I'd probably still tweak given more time, the project doesn't feel shortchanged at any point. It covers a lot of styles and flavors, yet still seems cohesive.

I'm so glad we did this. Even if it's meant very little sleep for the last two weeks, it was so worth it. The RPM Challenge rocks. In fact, it's kicked me in full gear now and I'm ready to start rolling out records every two to three months. How To Get Lost Part 2, (all the) Sceneless Hipsters, The Aloha State, Inverted Jenny, another Ether EP, How To Get Lost Part 2... all coming soon.


Thanks for the birthday wishes BTW folks! It was a good evening. I managed to get away with the wife and go see Juno (very cute... I must buy the DVD) and spontaneously ate some quite good cajun food. So, yay for that!


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Mar. 1st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Cool man! Eagerly awaiting your feedback... though excuse me if I don't reply right away. I'm in decompression mode (and fighting off a migraine).
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
AWESOME. In the words of Beldar Conehead, I will enjoy it.
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I hope so! Please do let us know what you think. We always love your feedback.
Mar. 4th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS! I haven't gotten a chance to listen from start to finish, but I have sampled all. What a way to break a studio in! ;)

You guys did a great job, and it's a really neat concept. I really like the snare (I like other things too, but I wanted to bring up your drum sound especially). The artwork works so well with the music. Really great. Kudos to you and Val (who I miss dreadfully) and the rest of the group!
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'll pass this along to Val and the rest. Thanks so much!

As for the snare sound, most of it is honestly the room. But, I do have a pretty specific approach to snare that goes like this:

1) Snare top head tuned as low as possible without irritatingly resonating with the kick. Snare bottom relatively tight in harmony with top head and shell resonance. Snares set pretty tight.

2) Senn 451 (set to M) on the top head about 3 to 4 inches away (usually coming just between the hats and rack tom 1) pointing down at the center of the drum at around a 20-30 degree angle.

3) Shure SM81, padded -10, high pass filter switched to full, placed 1/2" from the snares exactly perpendicular with the bottom drum head.

4) Then I use a mono overhead, positioned over the drummer's head at about 7 feet, pointing down at the snare. In this case it was a Shure 300 ribbon, which picked up a lot of ceiling reflections due to the fig-8 pattern, which helped to get that airy crack.

That's about it. No compression. A little EQ as needed, mostly on the top head to roll off some low mids. I sub-mix top and bottom snare (checking the phase) with the bottom source mixed in just enough to give some life to it, but you could put it on different tracks.

I'm actually looking for a Shure SM98 for top snare, but so far haven't come across one when the money was free. They're pretty insane on snares though. Really detailed being a condenser, yet it can handle the transient thwap.
Mar. 8th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
That's some pretty cool artwork yo! I'd like to see a whole comic strip to go with the songs as they are like little stories anyway.
Happy late birthday.
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Robert is teh sh!t. :) Since I know you like following illustrators, his blog is one of the best. You should add him... lithiumboy

And thanks!!
Jul. 18th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Downloading now!

When I say I'm gonna get on that shit, you'd better believe it!
I am the downloadingest motherfucker you have seen in possibly 14 hours or so.

I miss my sonic maximizer, actually. It was my best bet for fake mastering.
HEY. How much would it be to have a 4-song EP mastered for these kids, stems and such?
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
WTF? Did you really just reply to a february entry? Or has LJ gone haywire??

You're just now downloading "and vice versa"?

What kids are these? Did you do that session? Mastering 4 songs from stems would be about $350 assuming they are reasonable stems (stereo drums, stereo bass and gts, vocals, everything else). If it's just strait up mastering the mix master... $175.
Jul. 18th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had to do a bit of searching to find it.
You know I have piles of CDs that I haven't had time to listen to and it's "and vice versa"s turn.
Alright, I'll just prepare stems for myself (sort of) and do my best to send you a real mix.
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