Malibu Entry #18
Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:17 pm
WB Listening Party
Most important night for this record?
Most of these shots were blurry... low light and the band was cracking up mostly.
II got snap happy early on... This was about 6:00pm
People were milling in. People were still coming as the first tune played... at least 20 label people. About 7:40pm
Shot taken shortly before Eisley's new rough mixed record, sans 2 tunes was played for WB.
Interview by the fire, outside The Woodshed. One serious shot.
Interview by the fire, outside The Woodshed.
It was a night to remember.
But i can't stay awake. I certainly will to, but physically, I'm shot. I'm swaying around in this chair like a drunk Captain on the 7 seas... crashing into reefs and jagged rocks. I have bouts where I don't know who I am or what I am. Last night, 4am was a tad bit too late to crash.
I do have lots of pics. Lots of news. The night went really well. Now I will fall over. Tomorrow, horns are coming... at 9am. I'll put the real shots up. These are temps. I'll talk. I'll saw words. Tonight was really good. I said that. Nite! bd
Scoop on the lil' CD Spinning Gig
To me, it was Magical.
Firstly, I apologize for the nearly 24 hr delay in getting back to this post I'm getting behinder the further I go. This morning was the most insanely wonderful experience - up at the studio, but I'm not reporting on that yet. well, and today I was out all day... mostly at the studio, but also running Sherri to Santa Monica to meet Chad and nfg for some cool Shrek thing at DreamWorks. Then back, then meetings... and... I dunno. video-ing the band retrack parts, etc. Just stuff. Then home after they finised tracking , and eventually all the way into LA to meet Chad, Sherri n Michael at Chad's hotel near LAX (again, the Dreamworks gig. They flew in from NY and are flying out in the morning for Japan).
WB Listening Party I don't even know if you guys are interested in this stuff. I mean, you see logos and pics of label people; i dunno if it's a big downer. If so, sorry. It's very different from this side of the fence. You know.... they're friends, associates... some, you just love to pieces. Others are just aquaintences; but the truth is - Eisley signed with WB because of their sense of family. It's cool to see them all interact. Nothing has changed. The WB folk are very tight. Honestly, Eisley fits in very well.
So, that's the mood really... we were excited; we knew it was going to be an amazing night. People started milling in... hanging out, hugging, expressing their amazment over the studio, the beautiful surroundings... asking about the record. Richard and Chubba were doing last minute tweaking to the sound system and preparing the track list order... Coffee was served, salad and pizza were catered, the WB video dept. set up their little production so they could tape the band afterward, the band was hob-knobbing, chatting.... lots of smiles, more people arrived... I was STOKED to see the head of marketing - Xavier and a new side kick show up since Xavier left WB some 6 months ago (Interscope) and is now back... pretty exciting. He's an eisley advocate; loves the band... never misses shows when we're in LA. New ideas, new fuel, new blood...
About 7:45pm, (i have to make this short) Craig A. got up, called the meeting to order (i taped all of this), gave an Eisley speech followed by Rick DeVoe followed by Chauntelle followed by Richard Gibbs. The lights were turned down low, candles were burning, and they pressed the button.
This is the part where you just have to imagine. I can't describe it really... it was explained to me afterward that these tend to be low-key, you hold your reaction till the end... you just focus and listen. But there were outbursts of enthusiastic clapter after about 5 songs - all, in a row... followed by sprinkles clapping throughout... followed by a hearty, robust outburst at the end of the last soft, lush tune.
NO HYPE> it's just another eisley record. I can't even say you'll like it. I won't say it. I listened to Room Noises yesterday, and... wow, it's better than i remembered. I can't predict what the outcome of this record will be. I honestly believe that the night frogs of the dark forest pond will ribbet in unison upon hearing it, but... it's a tough, over-saturated market out there. People get hyped up while making a record and think it's the best thing ever; you find out over the next year if you're just full of it. I'm staying in the cone of silence.
There were some hardcore Eisley fans there... no, I'm not joking; husband's of important WB people, wives of important WB people; some of these lurk here on the forum every day... and listen to Eisley when they're sewing... wanna know what they said? I'm not telling. That would be classified as... specific hype. I can't do it.
I will say the label loved it... NO, not like..."hey, wow... do I hear chA-cHing..."(w/ big, cheesy grin) . First, they're music lovers. That's what we all are, no matter what line of work we're in. That's why most everyone in the music industry gets into the business. But I did often seem them making those grins at each other and nudging each other during the spinning. I might as well tell you... they think there are singles (plural).
So, yeah, it was a great first showing....(hearing). The response was overwhelming and we all went home thrilled. But not before that INTERVIEW. I did give them your questions, but it was random. They asked questions the band underlined from a 5 page print out... (there was no time to cull). The band just starts talking and answering in random ways... sometimes giving a point of reference. But they ARE on the interview... you're questions are being answered. Thanks everyone. Later, i'll get the footage and edit it all together for a big, fat, 45 minute clip.
Today, more phone calls were recieved from WB... more feedback, more good vibe from various label people; it sounds like they are really into it. That's good; that's what we were hoping for. ok. It's late.
Chauntelle's new HOFNER!!!
For the Guitar geeks.
Original case. Low serial number. Good condition. YES!!!
Uncasing and strumming that beautiful instrument. Wait, can you tell that I think it's a beautiful instrument? yeah, i do.
Detail of front with logo.
Glimpse of the back. See the little assembly to attach a strap?
I love the headstock on this... note: it's fancier, w/ inlay and pearl.... the fretboard is nicer - less utilitarian than the Club 50.
Detail of small leather strap... or the mechanism to attache the strap (cam with it) - built in to the guitar. Chauntell was stoked over this.
My final shot in the series. Chauntelle messing w/ her new guitar..
It's not almost 4am again. We are leaving tomorrow.... yes... a day early. The band has to do some work on one more song, but we already started pulling up tent stakes... it's happening. It's over... we're going home.
Tomorrow is a busy day. Final live production meetings... discussion about specific gear, packing up all Eisley's fat gear, loading in road cases, loading trailer... sheesh. I've got to crash. I know there are mispelled words, but I'm too tired to spell check or proof read. I'm chronically sleepy. nite. bd