November 26, 2006

The New Album is Now Available for Download

Filed under: Announcements,News,Thanks — Drew Johnson @ 9:37 am

OK people here it is, the new record: “Posthumously, The Formula Kid”.

We are making this available in three formats to appeal to the varying demand for audio quality: Good (128kbps mp3), Better (256kbps mp3), and Best (wav – CD audio). Of course we recommend the wav files because they are what you would get on the CD but the file sizes on these suckers are huge (between 22MB and 42MB) so you’ll need a bit of patience with the download times.

Here is the recommended song order but mix and match as you see fit. Email your cover artwork to info at the formula kid dot com and I’ll post it.

Right click on the link and “Save Target As” if your browser chooses to stream the audio instead of download it.

Track 1: Dog and Pony Show —- Good Better Best

Track 2: Outta Sight Shake —- Good Better Best

Track 3: Home —- Good Better Best

Track 4: To Mother from Her Son —- Good Better Best

Track 5: You Devil You —- Good Better Best

Track 6: Cutout Bin —- Good Better Best

Track 7: On Martyrdom —- Good Better Best

Credits:

All songs produced by J. Christopher Hughes and The Formula Kid except On Martyrdom: produced by Drew Johnson.

You Devil You recorded by J. Christopher Hughes at The Sonic Temple.
On Martyrdom recorded by Drew Johnson at Angstrom Sound.
All other songs recorded by J. Christopher Hughes (all the hard stuff), Drew Johnson, and Dino Nicastro at our rehearsal space, Angstrom Sound, and Dino’s house.

You Devil You mixed by J. Christopher Hughes at The Sonic Temple.
All other songs mixed by Drew Johnson at Angstrom Sound.

Dino Nicastro: Drums and Percussion
Nate Williamson: Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Mike Gregory: Bass and Backing Vocals
Drew Johnson: Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitar

Steve Nowels played Bass, Mandolin, and Cello on You Devil You
Tracy sang the Background Vocals on Home

The Formula Kid would like to say a huge thanks to J. Christopher Hughes for all the time he dedicated to this project and for his inspiration. Without his encouragement and belief in this band this project may very well never have happened.

As soon as I get some time I will add all of these tunes to our “Audio” page but it’s just going to have to live here for the time being.

November 21, 2006

It’s gonna have to wait…sorry.

Filed under: Day to Day — Drew Johnson @ 8:27 pm

OK I’ve got all of the tunes in my possession and I said I hoped to have them posted before Thanksgiving but there’s no way I’m going to be able to get that done. There’s just not enough time to upload everything and get all the HTML together and all that mess. I’m not going to be around here much through this weekend so I’ll do it all on Sunday or Monday I promise.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

November 20, 2006

Getting closer

Filed under: Announcements,Day to Day — Drew Johnson @ 9:26 pm

I hope to have the new record posted before Thanksgiving. We’ve run into a couple of hiccups in the last week or so but we hope to have them resolved shortly. J. Christopher Hughes has the last song to go on the record in his possession and he’s been in Nashville recording an album from dusk ’til dawn for the last couple of weeks. He was kind enough to do a fancy little file transfer of the tune but there was a little mix-up in transit but it’s on its way I promise.

Dino and I have been furiously trying to come up with a title for the new record. Naming a record is only slightly less cumbersome than naming a band. It’s probably going to be something along the lines of “Posthumously, The Formula Kid”. I remember how convinced I was that “Invention of the Wheel” should have been called “Grandma and the Glue Factory”. I still haven’t gotten over that one.

Have you ever taken one of those email-this-goofy-questionnaire-to-all-your-friends surveys? The ones that ask stuff like: Britney or Christina? Fold or bunch? What is your most embarrassing habit besides booger eating? Yeah me either but I was thinking about those things the other night as I was watching The Lawrence Welk Show. If those surveys ever asked “What are some T.V. shows that you watch but are embarrassed to admit to?” I would have two answers: The Lawrence Welk Show and Mind Freak. Needless to say I’m infinitely more humiliated by the fact that I’m fascinated with Mind Freak. Get off me, I dig magic…and narcissistic pretty-boys with high cheekbones and Jovi-hair.

November 19, 2006

My home studio

Filed under: Day to Day — Drew Johnson @ 10:07 pm

My project for this weekend was to get my basement cleaned out and to get all my equipment set up so I can start doing some real recording. My studio has recently resembled a pawn shop crammed into an 8′ x 8′ section of my basement. Lately my recording time has been divided between trying to locate a working SM57, tap dancing around guitars lying on the floor, wondering what ever happened that cool fuzz pedal I used to have, and…uhhh…oh yeah, recording music.

It’s time to start doing some real recording and that was simply not going to happen if I didn’t do something about my recording environment. I made some headway over the last couple of days. It’s still a work in progress but it’s way better than before.

So here are a few pictures of where I’m at now. Keep in mind that this is just a basement-basement. There’s no fire place, no den, no bar, just concrete floors covered in old carpet and cinder block walls. Rest assured that the rest of my house is a total palace. This home studio is pretty modest even by modest home studio standards but whatever, it’s mine.

The Formula Kid

The Formula Kid

The Formula Kid

The Formula Kid

November 8, 2006

Back again

Filed under: Day to Day — Drew Johnson @ 9:03 pm

Believe it or not I’ve actually been getting requests lately to keep the blog going. So here it is…going.

The tunes are mixed and ready to ship out as far as I’m concerned. I sent Dino and Nate CDs a couple of weeks ago so they’re living with those for a while to make sure that it all works for them. I haven’t sent Mike a disc because I can’t find him. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Mike Gregory please let me know. As soon as the mixes are all given the OK they will be available for download from here somewhere. There will probably be seven songs.

Dog and Pony Show
Outta Sight Shake
Cutout Bin
Home
To Mother from Her Son
On Martyrdom
You Devil You

Twenty Miles from Waterloo was never finished *sigh of relief*. And neither was Admiration Day Parade or Songbirds. May they rest in peace.

I’m not sure if anyone knew this or not but J. Christopher Hughes has his mix of You Devil You on his My Space page if you want to hear it.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was doing some work with Maxtone Four on their album. They now have one of the songs that I sang on at their My Space page. The song is called “Just Say I Know”. We were all extremely pleased with how the big vocal stuff turned out.

A band I’ve been digging very heavily lately that you should all check out is The Ditty Bops. Enough said.

I’ve been doing a lot of demo recording lately for my solo record. Don’t hold your breath. I’m sure it will never be finished but a boy can dream. I’m also learning to play harmonica. I was cleaning out my basement recently and found some musical instruments that I had forgotten I had. I found two harmonicas, a flute, and a clarinet. There are two instruments that I’ve always said I would learn to play before I die. The harmonica is one and the other is the pedal steel guitar. I consider the pedal steel to be one of the most expressive and versatile instruments ever created but unfortunately they ain’t cheap…and I am. It will have to stay on my to do list for now.

October 9, 2006

Two tunes now on My Space!

Filed under: Announcements,News — Drew Johnson @ 9:16 pm

I just uploaded “Dog and Pony Show” and “Outta Sight Shake” to our My Space page if you want to have a listen. We are very aware that the way My Space encodes songs sounds absolutely dreadful. That’s sort of the point. These mixes are pretty much done as far as I can tell but we don’t want to go handing them out until we are sure they’re absolutely right. So any changes we make will probably be subtle and you won’t know the difference anyway after hearing how horrible they sound on My Space. As I’m writing this “Outta Sight Shake” still hasn’t shown up on our page yet but by the time anyone reads this it should be there.

October 3, 2006

Gustave is a dad!

Filed under: Announcements,News — Drew Johnson @ 8:04 pm

Yeah I know this is sorta old news to some of you but whatever. Gustave is a dad. Sophia Simone Gustave was born on my birthday (September 26) which I have no doubt was meticulously planned by Chris. I’m flattered. She’s almost as cute as me. Check her out.

For those of you who don’t know, Chris Gustave did the photography and artwork for the Drew Johnson Band album and was the brains behind The Six Comforts project we (and many other St. Louis bands) were involved in. Gustave is a genius in the truest sense of the word. I personally know no others. It was/is an honor to have him as a friend and fan. Chris and I have over the years spent many, many late nights discussing music, religion, politics, art, etc. I miss those days. I don’t miss the hangovers. Hanging out with Chris was like living a real life On The Road. Some of these pictures make me think that Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs all had to be in the room there somewhere.

September 25, 2006

Happy Birthday Dino

Filed under: Announcements,Day to Day,News,Thanks — Drew Johnson @ 9:06 pm

If you are interested in buying Dino a Birthday gift, he plays Ayotte drums. You may consider shopping around for the best financing option. If Dino plays it, I can’t afford it. I didn’t get him anything so if you could sign my name to the card I’d appreciate it.

Dino, Gina, and Marco came over yesterday afternoon and we grilled some pork steaks and raised our cholesterol to celebrate his and my Birthdays. Mine is tomorrow. Our families hadn’t hung out in a long time so that made for a cool afternoon. We listened to and critiqued some of the mixes I’ve been working on. We’ve got five of the eight songs to a place where they’re at least relatively close to being finished. I gave CDs to Mike and Nate the other night so I’m waiting to hear back from them with their input before I start making any changes. It’s coming along slowly but surely.

Last Thursday night Dino, Mike, Nate, and I played a gig along with Josh Kohn on guitar and Steve Bunck on drums. This was the first time since I left the band that the four of us had been on stage together…or even in the same room together for that matter. We had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came out that night. The place was packed. That’s always nice.

I’ll keep everyone posted on how the mixing is coming along as soon as there’s more to tell. In the mean time keep Angel and Riley in your prayers. The noise around here is getting ridiculous.

August 23, 2006

The Lost Recordings – Found

Filed under: Announcements,News — Drew Johnson @ 9:28 pm

Happy Birthday Kristopher Curtis.

For the past couple of days I’ve been going through all of my recordings and getting them organized and backed up. It’s been pretty interesting because I found a bunch of stuff that I had totally forgotten about. So if you’re as interested in me as I am, you’ll want to check this stuff out because some of it sounds really bad. Really bad!

These first couple of mp3s are from the George Harrison Tribute the Drew Johnson Band played in. This is NOT the stuff that sounds really bad. Our version of Here Comes the Sun has been on the site for a long time but these you haven’t heard yet. The first one is Savoy Truffle from the White Album. It took the sound man a while to figure out that this wasn’t a trumpet solo with band accompaniment but it’s still pretty cool.

Click here to download 3.38 MB

The next song from that same show is one of Harrison’s solo tunes called All Those Years Ago.

Click here to download 3.26 MB

There are some pictures from that show here if your interested. Yes that is the virtuoso Lliam Christy playing lead guitar for those of you in the know.

Next is a demo of The Beautiful Text. I think we still considered ourselves The Drew Johnson Band at the time. This was before Mike Clement joined and added the Rhodes. This sounds horrible. Enjoy.

Click here to download 3.33 MB

This one is a short demo of Lunar Beams. I don’t know what is up with my southern missouruh accent on this. Obviously this was before I decided not to harmonize the verses…it sounds kinda cool though.

Click here to download 1.29 MB

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ll remember that the song Twenty Miles from Waterloo has been a point of soreness for us. I have so many demos of this song it’s ridiculous. Here is one of them. It’s all acoustic and very short.

Click here to download 996 KB

Next is an experiment with the vocals for To Mother from Her Son. In the original demo I didn’t have any lyrics so it’s all just la la nah nah stuff. The vocals work in a sort of faux round. I thought that sounded extremely cool (still do) so once I had lyrics I had to figure out how to make that work. This demo is me trying. You’ll quickly see why the idea of a round was canned after the lyrics were added.

Click here to download 1.4 MB

This next one I had forgotten about even though it’s only a few months old. It’s another nah-nah-hmm-hmm-make-up-the-words-as-you-go thing. At the beginning I’m telling myself the notes of the fancy chord so I can find it later.

Click here to download 1.33 MB

This last one is pretty recent too. I have a feeling that this idea will eventually end up on my solo record.

Click here to download 839 KB

August 22, 2006

Good news.

Filed under: Announcements,Day to Day,News — Drew Johnson @ 8:41 pm

I got a call from Josh Kohn today and it looks like 3/4 of The Formula Kid will be reunited for an encore performance of this show on September 21st. Why only 3/4? you ask. Because apparently Josh hates Dino and believes that Steve Bunck is the better drummer. That’s the only thing I could figure.

The last time was a total blast and I expect nothing less from this show. We’ll be playing a bunch of songs from Josh’s solo record and also filling a big part of the night making stuff up and trying to convince you we know what we’re doing.

Incidentally, the last time we did this was the last time The Formula Kid ever performed on stage together. Of course we didn’t know that at the time. Josh asked us to play a couple of tunes and I believe we played Chumps American Style and Hey Bulldog. I know John Dear had a bunch of pictures from that night but I lost the link he sent me to the page they’re on. Barnacles!

For those of you keeping score at home: since my last post, my intestinal problems managed burn away four more pounds from my now studly physique. That makes 19 total pounds lost.

I went back to the doctor today and here’s what we know so far. It’s not a virus. It’s not a bacteria. And it’s not internal bleeding. The doctor also assured me that I didn’t accidentally swallow a blender attached to a jet engine…which has been my assumption from day one.

On Monday I’m going in to have them run a camera in the out door. Good times. Great oldies. I’ll post the pics as soon as I have them. Stay tuned.

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