Suny Lyons “prepares” pianos the old fashioned way: by hurling them into the woods behind his studio, breaking them apart with hammers, then miking the pile. This in service of building the chaotic ending for the song “Thugs and China Dolls.”
More photos of Suny’s handiwork after the jump.
Jeremy Wheatley takes us to Creepsville while tracking for “Thugs and China Dolls.” He bows a vibraphone in search of just the right electric-saw sound.
Jeremy Wheatley banging on stuff for “Mighty Love.”
Suny Lyons tackles the banjo line on “Thugs and China Dolls.”
Below you’ll see Jim White, producer and aficionado of the found, recording improvisations on his homemade bell-box contraption for “Simon Says.”
Thanks to Jim, who’s producing it, the song has finally taken on a life of its own. A few months back I was toying with the idea of leaving this song off the new record, because an arrangement was eluding me. What we did this weekend was lovely, thanks to Jim, Suny, Andrew, JoJo, and Liz.
JoJo Glidewell (Modern Skirts) developing a very pretty piano line for “Simon Says.”
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.