Last day in Edmonton 
Sunday, January 25, 2009, 09:01 PM
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The last day of the record is usually a pretty action packed one, it always seems to be the day when the last few harmonies, keyboard parts, guitar overdubs and that essential flugelhorn part the record is crying out for and wouldn't sound complete without, are thought up and added.

Also quite often the singer or the producer makes the call that the singer sounds so good we should probably re-cut that one verse of that particular song. This of course comes out so good that the whole song ends up getting re-sung and that generally segues nicely into a couple of others getting the same treatment.

Needless to say the last day of the Social Code record was no exception and to his credit Travis (and by that I mean the singer of the band and not me refering to myself in the third person) delivered admirably.

The record is really sounding great and tomorrow I'll be back in sunny California which I'm really looking forward to, though the local weather forecasters are threatening tomorrow will be a positively balmy -15 day in Edmonton.
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Three musicians and a drummer 
Sunday, January 25, 2009, 01:25 PM
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There used to be a joke that a band consisted of three musicians and a drummer, but now it's more like three musicians hunched over laptops.

Three of the guys in Social Code working on their 'World of Warcraft' skills. Wait, you didn't think they were actually working on music did you?
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Weather Report for Edmonton Canada 
Saturday, January 24, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Frostbite Warning

Extreme wind chills will develop tonight
West winds of 15 to 20 km/h will combine with temperatures near minus 30 to create extreme wind chills of minus 40 tonight. The extreme wind chills will continue into Saturday morning. At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes.

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Classic Rock Magazine Interview 
Friday, January 23, 2009, 01:20 PM
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So this months Classic Rock Magazine from the UK has a great piece about the Answer in it,even though they spell my name wrong (it's not Travers guys!) they refer to me as a 'cock-rock supergenius' which may be the funniest and most awesome thing anyone has ever said about me. My friend Andy who lives in London told me about it and I was a little stunned so he kindly scanned and sent me the whole thing. If you want to read the actual article, it should be on newstands now, but here is the bit I'm referring to.

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Unusual vocal sound/ R studios Edmonton 
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 08:58 PM
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So we were recording some background vocals on the Social Code record and I wanted to get something that sat far away from the lead vocal. Now usually in LA I have a whole arsenal of cool old strange mics and my Seairland carbon mic I picked up a yard sale years ago would have been perfect for what we needed. Only trouble was I was a long plane ride away from that mic, so after spending a few minutes trying to rig up a vintage phone for use as a mic and a couple of mics from what looked like an old cassette recorder that looked promising but sounded too normal, we finally settled on plugging a pair of headphones into a pre-amp and going with that. I worked perfectly and was exactly what the track needed. That perfect distorted but clear tone we were looking for.
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