Sunday, November 19, 2006


Today I went into the studio at 11 am. A bottle of wine and 8 hours later I was wrapping up one of the most enjoyable days at the studio yet. We dimmed the lights, drank wine, and just kind of had a good time while recording this song today, very mellow. I used a Gibson ES135 and hooked up through two amps, and two delay pedals (as well as other assorted pedals) and captured some great moments. I loved every minute of it. After that, we all had dinner (sans Mark) at Jacob, Dave and Benji's apartment and Dave and I sat outside and laughed at the fact that Stone Temple Pilots' record "Tiny Music....from the Vatican Gift Shop" was so incredibly amazing. Everything about that record, the tones, the songs, the bass lines, the drum sounds, every little thing is dead on. I absolutlely adore that record, and if by any chance you are reading this and you haven't heard it, please listen to it. That record contains two of my favorite guitar solos, I think the Deleo brothers are a couple of geniuses. Tomorrow I'm going to go watch the Bulls play the Lakers and then on Monday, I'll fly home to spend Thanksgiving with some family. I'm smiling as I go to bed. Goodnight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this makes me even more stoked for this next album. i can't wait.

go lakers.

10:08 AM

Blogger Joel said...

Other than the ES135, I'm curious to hear what gear (amps, pedals) you decided on or have been experimenting with.

What delay units are you using as well? Anything boutique or pretty much standard Boss/Line6?

1:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mae,
first of all, this is the only way i've found to get ahold of you so i apologize for the inconvenience.
My name is Jonathon Jacobs, and i live in Muskegon, Michigan. i'm an amitious eighteen year old whom God has many plans for. earlier this year, organized and put on a Christian Rock Concert in my community to benefit the fight against child abuse. while this first concert was succesful in many ways, one of which was raising over one thousand dollars, with two bands yet to play we were shut down because the residents living in the condos across the street from the bandshell thought it was too loud. (by the way, who builds condos across the street from a bandshell? that just seems stupid to me) i was devastated but i was determined not to give up. i decided to make Rock Against Abuse an annual event. so this upcoming august or possibly earlier i will be putting it on again, this time in my church.
tonight i was trying to think of ideas and could think of nothing. i was walking in the city down the sidewalk and reached the corner of the main intersection in the city and decided to pray about it. so right there in front of all the cars in the intersection, i got on my knees and prayed about it. the lord put a thought into my head as i was praying... ask mae. so here i am. asking you if next year, you will donate your time to make the Rock Against Abuse a hundred times more succesful than the last. i know you all are very busy so i apologize for even suggesting all this, but i've found that if i obey the lord, he can do amazing things. if on the off chance that you will take me up on my offer, i thank you a million times over in advance and ask that you email me at or my myspace at

thnx if at all for listening to my story and i hope to hear from you soon, even if it is you guys just saying sorry, but no.

5:59 PM

Blogger Zach said...

hey joel...we've been using a mix of a lot of amps, guitars and effects. let me run some down for you....since i am a geek about this stuff.
amps--soundcity 50 and 100 watt, marshal jtm 45, 50, plexi, major, matchless, vox AC30, bogner uberschall, fender bassman, silvertone.
guitars-gibson les paul, les paul jr, es135, fender jazzmaster, stratocaster, telecaster, baritone
pedals-line 6 delay, space echo, korg rack delay unit, and a whole crap load of others but i can't think of them right now. a lot of the sounds we've been getting from combining amps. the techs at the studio are genius.

7:46 AM

Blogger Joel said...


Thanks for the details. I'm a bit of a gear head as well.

From the looks of it you definitely have the makings of some unique guitar tones. The amp choices alone give you the best of all worlds, and the potential to create new ones. I like that you are working with both the prestine cleans of the Fender/6L6 world and the more British tones that come with Matchless/Vox/EL84 type amps.

I like the possibilities with the jazzmaster and baritone in there to mix it up.

I'm a delay junkie, so I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the kind of accents and space you are creating with the various options.

I look forward to hearing more about the recording as you guys progress. Thanks!

10:43 AM


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