The Droge All News Compendium

QUARTERLY REPORT-Spring 2013

May 20, 2013

Stone Gossard’s new solo record, Moonlander, is rolling out now at PEARLJAM.COM. He’ll be streaming one song a week until the album’s release on June 25. I served as executive producer, and contributed backing vocals, guitars, percussion and one mix. Regular readers of the All Droge News Compendium know that this project has been brewing—on and off—for many years. I am thrilled this work is finally seeing the light of day.

“Sunday Painter,” an instrumental outtake from a few years ago found a home as the soundtrack for the trailer of Sam Jones’ new venture, Off Camera. Off Camera is a website, magazine, tv show and podcast featuring long-form conversational interviews. I found the latest interview with Robert Downey Jr. so facinating, I actually watched it twice. WATCH IT.

I recently composed original music for a national ad for State Farm. The spot is called “State of Remeberance” and is cute as hell. WATCH IT.

In other ad news, I worked on a new batch of national tv spots for McDonald’s. You can see the long-form versions of all the ‘Suppler Stories’ HERE on their new, super-groovy website.

FX’s Legit, starring Jim Jeffries, featured “Going Whichever Way the Wind Blows” over the end credits of a recent episode.

With each Quarterly Report I’m more and more astounded with A Lot Like You’s life span. The film’s got legs. And a knack for winning awards. Most recently our tireless director, Eli Kimaro, picked up the the Jason D Mak Award for Social Justice at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in Eugene, OR. READ THIS POST on the ALLY blog for a great summation of where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

BLEND UPDATE: Since we had written a batch of new songs, Elaine and I decided to expand The Droge & Summers Blend from a 5-song EP to full-length. We enlisted veteran engineer, Russ Fowler, to cut basics and help flesh out our existing tracks. Now that Russ has returned home to Atlanta, plenty of work remains. After I post this update, my intention is to completely unplug from everything else and focus on the record until it is done. We’ll see if that happens.

STUDIO NEWS: We recently plunked down for a new ProTools HDX rig complete with 32 ins and out via 2 HDios. The sound is fantastic. Other recent additions include a Taylor 655ce 12-string, a Beyer m160 ribbon mic, an ADL 1000 and a cigar box ukulele I stumbled across in Athens, Ohio.

Okay. That's it for now. Time to go make music.

Until next time,

Pete


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