Podcast Episode 42. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

Hey, a New Podcast! Episode 42 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 42 of my podcast. Let me take you on a tour of over 45 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. This episode features an unreleased track from And We Dream, as well as tracks from Magic Moon(Remaster), Live From the inSync Asylum Vol. 1, and the new album Fighting Gravity.

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Magic Moon Remaster Out Today

The Magic Moon remaster is out today. Originally released on my 62nd birthday in 2019, Magic Moon was my second covers album, this time focusing on songs I’d like to cover. The reissue features remastered versions of tracks written by Jackie DeShannon, Donnie Fritts, Immaculate Fools, Neil Diamond, Dan Penn, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, and others. Also featuring two bonus tracks not on the original release. Silver Moon written by David Sylvian, and Let Go originally by Frou Frou and Imogen Heap. If you haven’t heard it, I hope you listen soon. Be sure to check out the making of article below, as well as the video update on the reissue.

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Podcast Episode 19 Q6. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

The Making of the New Album & Three Live Performances. Episode 19 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 19 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode features a track written by Dan Penn and info on the Making of the new album ‘Live From the inSync Asylum: Volume 1‘, as well as live performances of ‘Running down This Road’, ‘I’m Still in Love With You’ and ‘Crazy Wind’. 

Paul Kitchen | Running down This Road Live From the inSync Asylum 6-19-2020. The 15th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. Running down This Road is from my 2015 album ‘Living with Fiction‘, released on my 58th birthday. It’s one of the only songs from my long dry spell, and actually was started in 2009 I think. I found my way out of a dark stretch, and Living with Fiction was the vehicle. For the backing track, I took the album track and stripped it down, changed the drum kit and added a couple new loops at the end. Live vocal and guitar 6-19…

Paul Kitchen | I’m Still in Love With You Live From the inSync Asylum 7-1-2020. The 16th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. I wrote I’m Still in Love With You in 1984. It was originally on a collection of songs called ‘Petty Tyrant’. In 1999 I attempted another version of the song, intended for my ‘A Matter of Time’ album, but for whatever reason didn’t include it. At that time, I was using Logic Audio on the PC. I’ve only recently figured out how to piece those tracks back together, and get them into my current day DAW Cubase. For the backing track of this live version, I used mostly the ’99 track, but tweaked stripped added beats, drums, guitar and keys. I then imported the Prophet 600 synth bass track from the ’84 version. I did four takes of the song adding live vocal and strat – two of which broke down halfway thru. This is a comp of take 2 and 4 – the complete takes.

Paul Kitchen | Crazy Wind Live From the inSync Asylum. The 17th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. I wrote the song Crazy Wind 38 years ago. It was included on an early collection of songs of mine titled ‘Silent Tears’, which I finished in July of 1982. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to play this song now. The recordings from back then are in tune with themselves hopefully, but not so much my digital tuner today. If you want to hear the earlier recording, check out Episode 11 of my Podcast. For the backing track for this, there was nothing from the 1982 recording I could use, so I recorded Guitars, Keys, Drums and Percussion for this prior to doing the live take. It’s a quirky catchy tune – be sure you want it in your head before listening…

Also included is track from my recent album Magic Moon as well as the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

Click here to view the Running down This Road video.

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The Making of Magic Moon

In 1970 Paul McCartney and Emitt Rhodes released solo albums, where they played all of the instruments.  I was 12 years old.  I thought that was so cool. And in 7 years or so I was finally trying to learn how to overdub myself, initially bouncing tracks between cassette tape decks. I was hooked!  I progressed to 4-Track, then 8-Track tape before moving to the Mac and then the PC.  42 years later, I have largely performed a lot of my music by myself, playing all the instruments, engineering etc.  Now that I’ve turned 62 and released my 24th collection of songs ‘Magic Moon’, I look back on the McCartney and Rhodes influence, and I certainly see the effect it had. 

Since 1977 I’ve primarily recorded my own songs, but in 2016 I released a David Bowie cover song which lead to my first full covers album, Wheelhouse.  As it turns out, some of these covers are now my most played songs on the streaming services.  So, in my mind, they’re bringing new ears to my music – which is a good thing.   

For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been slowly assembling a 40-year retrospective entitled ‘Trip Note’. It may still see the light of day, but currently it’s being incorporated into my podcast ‘Live From the inSync Asylum’.  Something I discovered during the process of archiving and transferring older material from tape machines (reel-to-reel, DAT and cassette) – was that I could now add to and subtract from tracks which had been recorded many years prior.  I call the new updated tracks Retreads.  4 of the tracks on Magic Moon are such tracks.  To me, it’s cool to hear one solo from 34 years ago, and then a solo recorded a few weeks ago.   

Most of Magic Moon was recorded between June 2018 and November 2019.  For the retreads, basic tracks for ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘El Gavilan (The Hawk) are from April and May 1987, with Doug Ortega adding some keys to Crazy in Love way back when.  ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ was started late April 1994. ‘Tragic Comedy’ basic tracks are from Nov. 1996 and the uncompleted album ‘Fighting Gravity – which I just might finish someday. 

This project initially started with the idea of doing an album of half covers, half my songs.  But at some point it stretched to a full covers album, and a full album of me covering me, which will come out this June I hope. 

Magic Moon, like Wheelhouse, once again focuses on songs by artists who’ve influenced me, and more importantly reside in my record collection. Jackie DeShannon, Neil Diamond, Dan Penn, Tom Petty, David Crosby, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan meet that requirement. Donnie Fritts is someone new I recently discovered, and the track by the Immaculate Fools was slated for Fighting Gravity as well. 

I set out to make an enjoyable album, especially after 2018’s darker Blue Tattoo. I think I succeeded.  I’d love to hear your comments…till then. 

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