Every other Tuesday, Pooch, one of the three heads behind Thisbonustrack.com will be writing for you about what warrants his “Props.” This can be anything from a musician to a program to a label/studio or ANYTHING, but at the end of the day, this column is nothing but a long-winded recommendation or rant of sorts.
One time only Intro:
Before I get started with today’s Pooch’s Props, i want to give you a bit of a background of myself and This Bonus Track. To start off, I’m a fulltime student at the University of Western Ontario who has a deep love for all things art. From music, to writing, to film, to visual art and dance, the arts are a way for me to escape the negativity directly surrounding me and allow for me to dive into other people’s worlds, expanding my imagination. They are an escape from my university life, a little slice of freedom from the stresses of work and business and a way for me to imagine things that i wouldn’t usually be able to. Started in September of ’10 with two of my best friends (“Jay” and “Nab”), This Bonus Track has served as the best outlet for me, an amateur, yet avid writer and a music aficionado.
The Real Deal: Pooch’s Props
For this inaugural post of mine here on the Paper Crane Collective, I bring you the wonders of Daytrotter. “Welcome to Daytrotter” is how you’re greeted by the artist of the day that has been invited to stop by this studio, located in Rock Island, Illinois. About two hours from Chicago, and another two from Des Moines, Iowa, Rock Island and the “Quad City” region have almost 400,000 residents and get their share of concerts and musicians passing through the regions, yet what Daytrotter does is something special.
Not requiring much from artists, an invitation to the Horseshack really only needs a quick two hour drive to Rock Island from artists wandering their way around the Midwest. Leaving their own instruments with the tour bus or roadies, musicians will head over and borrow some instruments or sometimes use what is available and then play a couple tracks in the low-tech studio and record their live performances straight to tape and then later converted to mp3.
Sean Moller, Mike Gentry, Johnnie Cluney and Phil Pracht run a tight ship, each doing their thing. Sean as el head honcho, writer/sarcastic summarizing genius, Mike being the musical engineer, Johnnie the illustrator and Phil is the Mario Kart Wii-controller (greatest job description ever)… With a sense of humor these four guys have pulled great artists branching all genre lines. Among these artists, some of my favorites to have shown their face in the Horseshack have been: Dawes, AA Bondy, Avett Brothers, Blake Mills, Freelance Whales, Edward Sharpe, Guster, Tallest Man, RJD2, Lights, Local Natives, POS, Naughty By Nature, Grizzly Bear, J. Tillman, Greg Laswell, Cold War Kids, Bon Iver, Deerhoof, Roadside Graves, Matisyahu, The National, Horsefeathers, Aesop Rock, Amos Lee and Iron and Wine…
Seriously, ALL GREAT recordings! From the free to download sessions to their “Lossless” Sessions as well, I’m loving absolutely everything that i have heard over the 9 or ten months that i’ve been listening to Daytrotter Sessions. So at the end of the day, if you like what you’ve read, go check out the Daytrotter Site and find your favorite musicians and their spur-of-the-moment recordings. Or you can follow Sean over at @realdaytrotter