Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blast from the Past
















Long before Matt and I stumbled upon the Coo & Howl concept, he was singing in the band Joy (with current Coo & Howlers Matt Dodge and Dan Madri). Joy caught the eye of Jonathan Bekemeier (director of music videos for the Pixies and Buffalo Tom) who generously offered to shoot/conceptualize a video or their song "Tiger's Paws". The band offered me the opportunity to edit the video, which I very graciously accepted. It's a great song, and quite frankly, it's a pretty damn good video. I thought it would be fun to share this, so let's reminisce! Watch the video by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Update




(photo: Tyler Pollard)
Hello friends. The following gratitude is way overdue, but the trivialities/realities of the working life have prevented me from devoting much effort to the band and/or blog. Nonetheless, I would like to extend a heart-felt "thank you" to all who attended our live performance a few weeks ago. It was great to see so many familiar, and even unfamiliar faces in the crowd. The band had a great time and have already begun musing over the possibilities of another show in February or March. Look for a video clip of the show to be posted soon.

And it seems more kind words are being shared about our record: NEW REVIEW

For those of you interested in some new material, we have already put down guitar tracks for an upcoming, acoustic, top-secret EP. And if that weren't enough, as soon as Matt Dodge returns from fixing bridges in the Bahamas, we will begin basic tracks for our first full-length record! Indeed.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Guten Tag! & Self-Promotion

As we prepare for our first live performance (tomorrow!), I thought it would be fun to direct you to our first international review. Common Folk Meadow is a German blog discussing "fine acoustic folk & some alt. country & some dream pop" and they have reviewed our EP Water Came and Cooled Us All. Want to read it? Click HERE.

Did you know we have a MySpace page?! Yup. There are even some "bonus" tracks which do not appear on any of our (one) recordings that you can listen to/enjoy. Link: Coo & Howl MySpace

We hope to see some of you tomorrow at our show (PAs Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA. Show starts around 9, Coo & Howl hits the stage around 10:30 or so). We've "electrified" our set, so get ready for some grit. And scotch.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

CDs A-Plenty


It's official. We finally have copies, in hand, of our first release Water Came and Cooled Us All. The box is in my dining room waiting for dispersal. Want one? Just ask, we'll be more than happy to hand one over. If digital is your game, you can go here to download the record in it's nineteen-minute entirety: http://amiestreet.com/music/coo-and-howl/

If you do want to download, do so quickly. Although initially free, our "success" has the price per track jacked up to 9¢ at the moment; price increases happen with higher viewing/listening numbers. Tomorrow, it could be as high as 11¢, you never know.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Where's Matt Dodge?

Matt Savage, Ben and I performed a make-shift version of a yet untitled song we've been kicking around for the past few weeks. Although I would hardly call this version complete; it is a fun, short take of a future Coo & Howl classic. Matt Dodge is in Chicago.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

For the Die-Hards: A Rehearsal Video

Ever wonder what it'd be like in a world with no cameramen? Ever wish Coo&Howl would plug in some instruments and write a pop song? We've managed to combine both fantasies into a four-minute long video clip. Sure the video is hard to see, the camera never moves and the guitar is too loud; but with a sweet opening logo effect, we've managed to create a window into the future of Coo&Howl. This song is yet unnamed (as far as I know).


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guitars-A-Plenty

Guitar/Coo & Howl enthusiasts rejoice, what you see above is a line-up of all the "six-strings" used in recording of Water Came And Cooled Us All (clicking on the picture will give you a much higher-res image). Leftmost is my Hagstrom, used to record "The Fish" and some other ancillary electric parts around the EP. Next (from left to right) we have a spiffy Ovation donated by my friend Sir Dennis Harrington (shout out to Schenectady). We used that little beauty to record the main guitar on "Halo, Wings & All". Moving along, we come to the Cordoba. Ah, the Cordoba... so many contributions to the record; pretty much the main guitar on every track except "Big Blue Heron" & "The Fish". Matt Savage was often spotted recording his parts with the Cordoba.

Halfway point.

Onward to the Stratocaster. Minimally used, but did play a riff on "Halo, Wings & All", so we find it included here. Next up is everyone's favorite, *Bang-Bang*; lent to me by the infamous, side-car driving Scott Eddy. *Bang-Bang* not only looks great with its western motif, but sounds great too. You can confirm this by listening to the first song of the EP. Last, but not least, is my steel-string, acoustic Yamaha. "Sea Dragon-Shaped" has bluesy accents in the second verse which, as you may have guessed, were recorded using the Yamaha.

So there you have it. The guilty parties. This post may seem like bunch of useless information, but it is a damn nice looking collage.

I am going to Japan now. Bye.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Here Comes Madri

Special thanks to Dan Madri who helped us out by recording some guitar for our nearly complete EP. Dan brought his spiffy Gretsch, extensive effects board and Rollie Fingers-esque mustache (not pictured) to lay down some unique sounds which, incidentally, blend beautifully into the existing songs. Dan is 50% of the amazing Gondoliers, but is also known for his time spent as a member of The Jack McCoys (link somewhere below). Matt (pictured) conducted Dan through the tormenting task of learning a song in three minutes, then writing/recording a part. Sadly, due to some technical concerns, not all of what Dan recorded could be used. But I assure you, what we were able to use makes a dramatic difference. So, thanks Dan!

What the hay, here's one more picture of Dan in his element:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Portraits of MD

Stoic, good with tools, unknowable.
Sometimes keeps a steady beat on the hi-hat.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mixing This Weekend & We Rehearsed!

This Sunday, Coo & Howl are headed back to New Alliance to continue mixing with our pal Nick Zampiello. Oh, here he is:

Nick has worked with all four of us in the past on various, older projects such as The Jack McCoys (Christian and Matt S.), Joy (Matt S. & Matt D.) and The Vital Might (Ben). We stare at the back of his head. He makes our music better.

In other news, since the video of "Up & Shining" seems to be making so many people happy, there are plans for a full band video in the near(ish) future. In preparation, we rehearsed what we lovingly refer to as "The Slidey/Bluesy Thing" in hopes of having that ready for documentation on this here blog. Oh, here we are:

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's a Short Song

A one minute-long video of Matt & Christian performing "Up & Shining" from the upcoming EP "Water Came and Cooled Us All". Thanks to Ben for being camera guy.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Band = Band










Start with something fundamental, a given. Use it as a reference point for everything that comes next. Expand on it, make it better, debate the details.

Build! Build! Build!

(Today we posted a blog.)

MS