Sunday, September 16, 2012

Archive Complete!

Older releases from Face of Decline and Puppet Show are now posted for downloading.  This completes the archive!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Re-Animated! volume 1 released...

I will add it to the proper 9LL page a little later, but wanted to announce it on the front page first.
Ten previously unreleased demos, completely re-recorded for 2012. Grab it here:

Re-Animated! volume 1 (zip file with all 10 tracks plus cover art)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vocals finished last weekend.  The mix is almost there.  Everything looks good for a September release.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Progress!

Vocals left to record on two songs; everything else is done.  I'll go out on a limb and venture that I might have a final mix for Volume 1 in another month.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Splitting the backlog of songs into two volumes.  Volume One - ten good ol' punk rock tunes.  Volume Two - ten to twelve rock/pop/alt tunes.  I'm not planning to release Volume One and Two at the same time.  There might even be another project dropped in between them.

Currently, Volume One has all drums, bass, and rhythm guitar parts tracked, with a running time of about 25 minutes.  One song has all the lead guitar recorded as well; now on to the rest of the pickin' and singin'.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I managed to recover pretty much everything from the "lost demos" of 1998-99.  There are a bunch of songs in the bunch that I still really like, but the recordings aren't what I'd call release-quality.  I have everything I need to start re-recording them with modern technology though, so that's the plan!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I have procured the temporary use of a nice cassette deck and the digitizing & remastering has begun for all of the remaining old stuff I can find.  Release the kraken!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Most of a 'review' of "Last Year's Model" by my friend Evan.  Please understand his enthusiasm in the context of the entire album being his idea...

"The opening salvo of 'Malcontent' and 'Miss Modesty' makes one do a triple take at their boom box wondering what alternate reality they've just fallen into (and why are the Coke cans green?)  The spot on delivery of 9LL's Declanistic howl brings actual two-tone tears. You find yourself asking " Did Stiff Records hide this from us?!? SHAME ON THEM!!!" But no, it's a bloke from South Dakota recording in his bedroom (ALL BY HIMSELF).  Not only is the voice cracking, but a familiar Steve Nieve organ pumps away in glorious concert with the 'bet you can't tell it's not the Attractions' rhythm section. 'It Doesn't Matter Which Girl' follows the 1-2 punch of the opening tracks with a plaintiff wail of want that could have easily been on any one of the 1st three E.C. lps.

But 9LL is no one trick pony. If the cd would have continued in the same vein , it would be a keeper sent from heaven, but not only has he apprehended the sound of the Holy Trinity (American Heartbeat, Under Control, Rue the Day) but has navigated and mastered the various incarnations of Costello's career, from country (Lonely Empty Feeling), smokey bar room jazz (Fool's Lament, Complicit) later day MacManus rock (Mercantile), 50's laments (In Darkness and in Tears), and Orchestra (Out Of This Mess).

The other astounding feat is the lyrics, which match the twisting, fully formed from the head of Shakespeare quality that Costello so easily peels off.  All the wordplay and transfixed angst is here, but delivered by 9LL in a personal and heartfelt fashion.

After such a display one cannot dismiss this as "He's a good mimic!" to quote Graham Chapman.  There is a difference to mere aping of an influence, which 99% of the world seems to inflict. The ability to assimilate, internalize then produce something new but so wonderfully familiar is a treat covered in chocolate and Playboys.

The song 'E.C. for a day' is at the same time ironic and only partly right, as NineLegLuke can be Costello any time he wants..."

Monday, February 27, 2012

The archive is not complete, but the site is now live.  Much of my old music is available to download, and I hope to get the rest of the tapes digitized and archived as well...eventually.  Enjoy!