Working up another of my favorite Leo Kottke tunes..again, one that will be a decades long pursuit….”Airproofing”…I’m just through the very first bit of it, the easiest part, it goes all sorts of different ways after this…I must have listened to the “Leo Live” recording of this a zillion times…it’s just cooking, but my favorite part is that about 3/4 of the way through, you can hear somebody in the audience scream “Aaahhh!”…as if their head just exploded from what they’re witnessing him do….gets me every time. I’m working from the Stropes transcription.
I’ve been working on this tune, off and on, for twenty years. Seemed like a good time to document my progress. Hopefully I’ll have it right where I want it in another twenty years. It blew me away when I first heard it…the energy and joy…and the fact that it was only one person playing. I suppose it was appropriate that I busted a string practicing it the morning that I filmed this, this guitar is in drastic need of new strings anyway so the intonation is a little questionable. I think Leo used finger picks on the original recording then ditched them soon after. I never could stand them. I’d be shocked if this was anywhere near the actual arrangement as originally recorded, but here’s Leo Kottke’s “Busted Bicycle”.
I’ve been creating a series of improvisations using Ableton Live as a method to further develop my experience and techniques creating music using that software. You can check all of them out in this youtube playlist
I really enjoyed making this album with singer/songwriter Don Hutton, drummer Tim “Tick Tock” Gerlach and vocalist Riley Mae Burns in Seattle a while back. I played guitar, bass, keys, sang, co-produced (along with Don) and mixed these tunes, which were Don’s conception. Kevin Bressler at Whiney Cat Audio mastered it.
We’re very excited to share our latest studio recording with you. Tracked in January of 2017, we’ve spent the past two years shaping the recordings in this collection. Written and performed by The Insinuators, produced by guitarist Jim Elenteny. We hope you’ll check it out, wherever you listen to music…you can click on the icons below to take you to the album on popular services.
I wrote some tunes and recorded them with my pal Steve Kim and Jacques Willis back in July, 2018. I hope you’ll take a listen!
The Insinuators had a blast at the Emporium Arcade in Chicago, IL on 09.06.2017 and got a fantastic recording of the show, thanks to Spenser Morris Audio. We’ve decided to release this show as the 4th installment in our Live Shows series. You can find video from the entire show on our youtube page and the audio in the player below.
Here’s a new tune from The Insinuators written by Jim Elenteny and Dan Rogers, recorded by Steve Malott, mixed, mastered and produced by Jim Elenteny. Video also by Jim Elenteny.