If not for braces, I would’ve played the French horn in middle school. Instead, I had to play baritone. Liz Hartin made a dream deferred finally come true today. Here she is tracking French horn on “Simon Says.”
Laura Wrenn sings back-up vocals on “Simon Says.” Jim White looks on.
Andrew Smalls building another layer of strings for “Simon Says.” Andrew is one of the first musicians who Jim brought in. And in a dozen or so passes he had totally transformed the landscape of the song.
Having experienced a fiasco in an attempt to track horns in Athens, GA—in fact, I emerged from that experience believing I may be suffering from a curse when it comes to horns in Georgia—I was forced to track my horns in a land where horns reside on every corner: Brooklyn. Today, I tracked trombone, trumpet, alto sax and clarinet in Seth Rothschild’s studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And not just any horn section, but the same horn section that appears on TV on the Radio’s new record. Yay for me. Yay for us. Yay for the big ole Greyhound Bus.
Speaking of buses, here they are tracking for “Meet You at the Bus,” among other ditties.
Thayer Sarrano (Of Montreal) played the piano so hard on “When the Sky Breaks” that the frozen earth outside the door was seen to crack open.
Suny Lyons drove all the way to Savannah to record special things and people–things and people who don’t travel to Athens very well. Like Susan Falls (my favorite cultural anthropologist and, as it happens, my wife) and her grandma’s piano.