December 21, 2010

Punk Rock Telecommuter Me


Last week I recorded a vocal track in Oakland, CA for a session happening in Madison, WI, with all the tracks uploaded and downloaded through a series of tubes. So yes, people can make rock and roll and not be in the same room as each other. Maybe this is old hat to all you people who have been living in the future for longer than I have. (I am imagining someone rolling his eyes going, "come on, Portman, who hasn't done that?") And I suppose even in the olden days they used to ship tapes on wagon trains or sturdy vessels to accomplish the same thing with just a bit more waiting around. But it was my first time, and it was just like living in space.

I hadn't been in Sharkbite Studios since the Yesterday Rules sessions in 2003, when I accessed the same series of tubes by hogging the studio phone line, having no idea how much business that busy tone might have been costing them. So that was weird, too.

Anyway, it was a vocal cameo for a track on the new Screeching Weasel album. I did the bridge on a cool, extremely catchy, song called "Frankengirl." I hope I did all right!

Posted by Dr. Frank at December 21, 2010 04:47 PM | TrackBack

that's pretty cool... can't wait to hear the track

Posted by: LamStock at December 21, 2010 05:45 PM

Wagon trains? Any true student of history knows that the Pony Express was used to expedite the shipment of tapes between studios during the olden days.

Posted by: ben at December 21, 2010 09:18 PM

Do you call it a cameo in music?

Posted by: josh at December 22, 2010 04:04 PM

Hey Frank, why don't you join the Screeching Weasel's 25th anniversary festival? It's a 3-night shindig in late May, and the last night (when there is a "TBA" slot open) features the Weasels and the Queers. Surely a 25-year vet like yourself would be appreciated!

Posted by: Rob at December 27, 2010 01:05 AM
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