i loaded into the boat studio (and it is shaped like a boat), the dust brother's place, with only the instruments, amps, effects, etc. that i knew would have the best chance of making the cut. was still way too much, but a lot made it on. startling to see what my house looks like without the wall to wall eccentricities.
it was great to get a chance to stretch out on some drums. they were my first instrument and i had been looking for a chance to get back to them for a while. i also knew when the task was over my head. i always look forward to working with string quartet/quintet scenarios and this record provided the opportunity to expand on that. in truth, i am a classical musician trapped in a slide guitar player.
every sequence we made before it became a double record seemed unfinished, needing more of one thing or less of another. having made records of different sounds and styles within the same record and having discovered the strength of uniformity with the blind boys of alabama, suddenly both were attainable, though methods unconventional. BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN. not a double record. side A and side B. and i'd appreciate your help in deciding which is which 'cause for me it depends on the time and place.
Limited edition 180-gram double vinyl with 12" x 36" poster by Winston Smith.
- Format: 2xLP
- Total runtime: 63:47
- Released Aug 22, 2006
- Virgin Records America EVE014-1
- United States 1 81229 00041 2
Produced by Ben Harper
All Songs Engineered and Mixed by Danny Kalb
Recorded and Mixed at The Boat Studios, Silverlake, CA
Assistant Engineer: Mike Laza
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen, Los Angeles, CA
All songs published by Innocent Criminal administered by EMI Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP) except:
Waiting For You published by Innocent Criminal administered by EMI Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP) / Monkeyfeather Music (ASCAP)
Picture In A Frame published by Innocent Criminal administered by EMI Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP) / Monkeyfeather Music (ASCAP) / Catjuan (ASCAP) / Scent Music (ASCAP) / Tocayos Music (BMI) administered by Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI) / Mobley Publishing administered by Royalty Network (ASCAP)
More Than Sorry published by Innocent Criminal administered by EMI Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP) / Ganglion Productions (ASCAP)
Management: JP Plunier
Optimist: Summer Browner
Realist: Wayne L. Greene
A&R: David J. Wolter
Legal Representation: Elliot Groffman and Janine Small
Business Management: Schur and Sugarman, CPAs
Publicity: Shelby Meade/ Fresh & Clean Media
Booking: Tom Chauncey/ Partisan Arts
Layout and Design: Tom Dolan/ Polychrome
Photography: Michael Halsband
For Dot and Charles and the Inland Empire