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The Jesse Hofbauer Experience

I am not sure specifically when this is from. Based on how it’s recorded, I think it’s sometime in 1994. I am on drums. John is on the left guitar and overdubbed acoustic. Jesse is on the other guitar in the right. I am not even sure of how this came about. Jesse was a friend of a friend. And one day showed up in my basement and John was nearby and it just happened. No rehearsals. Just live to 4-track. I love the sound of it. Definitely a transition in the way I approached recording.

This was the first 4-track recording I remember doing with a submix for the drums. I had a Ramsa live mixer I borrowed from Justin from time to time. It was about this time when “one mic” wouldn’t cut it for me. There were at least three mics. One on the bass drum. One on the snare/hi-hats and one in front of the kit. There was also this digital delay that I borrowed from John that you can clearly hear on the vocal and on the drums when Jesse isn’t singing.

There isn’t too much known about these songs. I will recount what I can. John might remember more than I do.

TV Man

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I loved the soft-LOUD-soft stuff of the 90s. I still do. I think John overdubbed acoustic guitar for the choruses and the 2nd verse. with that ADA preamp with a chorus effect. I never liked the way it was recorded. It’s too mid-bassy and overbearing. I still think this song has serious potential.

Hey Angel

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This was allegedly a Sonic Youth B-Side. I’ve never heard of it. I am thinking Jesse was just feeling self-conscious. Regardless it’s a neat little two guitars/drums song that meanders a while at the end with some choice Warrant-esque guitar solos. John had no shame, and that was what always turned me on to his playing.

Wish (edit)

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I am not sure why I am even including this. It’s more for context of what was going on at that time. Thankfully the tape ran out.

Jesse, if you are out there, get in touch with me. Word.