The Recording History of HdH


George's End | January 2015

This is the documented chronological history of the studio recordings of Huge Down Here. All studio sessions from January 2015 until the present were recorded at George's End in Havertown, PA. Everything from March 2006 through April 2014 was recorded at Twin-B Studios in Drexel Hill, PA. Sessions from February 2002 until February 2006 were recorded at Rock Spot (Rooms 1 & 2) in Philly, PA; recordings from June 2001 through January 2002 occurred at The Fifth Row in Philly, PA; all sessions prior to March 29, 2001 took place at Selma Studios in Norristown, PA. All album work after April 2002 is done on the 10-track stand-alone recorder; all demos are recorded on the computer using Essie unless otherwise noted. We do not include here the live recording sessions of '99 that produced the Tree Farm Sessions, or any of the earlier spontaneous live recordings.

Total Studio Time Logged for Current Album Sessions : 184.5 hrs

03 December 17 - Edited some drums (intro) and added some electric guitar flourishes to Never Better ~2 hrs
14 November 17 - Re-recorded the bit of tambourine on Wednesday and began VOCALS (!) on Never Better (verses/bridge only) ~1.5 hrs
13 November 17 - Re-re-do of all electric guitar on Shout Out Loud, edited some drums and added a lil' electric guitar on Wednesday (2 sessions) ~2.5 hrs
06 November 17 - Drum editing on More (For You), complete re-tracking of bass on Shout Out Loud (two sessions) ~3 hrs
30 October 17 - Electric guitar tracking on More (For You) (two sessions) ~3 hrs
16 October 17 - Added a bit of electric guitar and tambourine to Wednesday and edited some drums on Stephanie Lynn ~1.5 hrs
02 October 17 - Complete re-do of all electric guitar on Shout Out Loud - didn't like the tone ~2 hrs
22 August 17 - Bass session, More (For You) ~2.5 hrs
28 June 17 - Added some acoustical-type guitar things to More (For You) and began bass tracking, but didn't get very far ~1.5 hrs
12 June 17 - Rhythm acoustic guitar tracked for More (For You) & a smidge of an intro re-record on MOYF ~3 hrs
05 June 17 - Acoustic tracking (fills/intro) on MOYF ~1.5 hrs
01 June 17 - Electric guitar session for MOYF ~1.5 hrs
22 May 17 - Complete do-over of electric guitar for Shout Out Loud and a bass guitar lay-down for Most Of Your Friends ~3 hrs
14 May 17 - Acoustic rhythm guitar (+ electric guitar intro) tracked for Most Of Your Friends ~2.5 hours
08 May 17 - Layered some extra acoustic guitar on top of Shout Out Loud ~2 hrs
01 May 17 - Bass and electric guitar session for Shout Out Loud ~3 hrs
24 April 17 - Acoustical guitar flourishes added to Believe & Man For The Moment ~2.5 hrs
17 April 17 - Percussion session: a clatter of congas and a smidge of shaker were tracked for Never Better ~1.5 hrs
07 April 17 - Added some shreddy guitar to I Can Do That & Believe ~1.5 hrs
27 March 17 - Acoustic rhythm guitar tracking for Shout Out Loud (fka Inverted) ~3 hrs
20 March 17 - Laid down electric guitar (with some minor acoustic track editing) on MFTM & a boatload of electric guitar on Believe (two sessions) ~3.5 hrs
13 March 17 - Tracked bass for MFTM ~1.5 hr
06 March 17 - Acoustic rhythm guitar tracking on Man For The Moment ~3.5 hrs
03 March 17 - Percussion session for Wednesday (wood block) ~1 hr
27 February 17 - Shreddin' some electric gee-tar on Never Better & I Can Do That ~3 hrs
19 February 17 - Edited some Wednesday drums & began tracking electric guitar on Never Better ~1 hr
13 February 17 - Added some acoustic guitar & a lil' xylophone (!) to Wednesday, plus some electric guitar on Stephanie Lynn ~3 hrs
30 January 17 - Shredding some electric guitar on Wednesday ~2 hrs
29 January 17 - Bass sessions for Believe and Wednesday (two) ~3.5 hrs
27 January 17 - Bass tracking for Never Better ~1.5 hrs
19 January 17 - Laid down rhythm acoustic guitar for Believe and Wednesday, added some acoustic fills on Never Better & sprinkled some shaker on I Can Do That (two sessions) ~3 hrs
09 January 17 - Rhythm acoustic guitar session for Never Better ~2 hrs
06 January 17 - Added some acoustic guitar to I Can Do That ~1.5 hrs
02 January 17 - Tracked bass guitar for I Can Do That ~2.5 hrs
27 December 16 - Rhythm electric guitar tracking for I Can Do That ~2.5 hrs
19 December 16 - Electric guitar session for Write It Down ~2 hrs
18 December 16 - Added some acoustic fills on Write It Down ~1.5 hrs
12 December 16 - Tracked rhythm acoustic guitar, bass and tambourine for Write It Down (two sessions) ~4 hrs
05 December 16 - Added acoustic guitar fills and a lil' conga jam on Stephanie Lynn (two sessions) ~3 hrs
28 November 16 - Bass re-track, again, for Stephanie Lynn ~1.5 hrs
22 November 16 - Another go at tracking bass and added electric guitar on Stephanie Lynn (two sessions) ~3.5 hrs
07 November 16 - Acoustic rhythm guitar and bass guitar tracking for Stephanie Lynn (two sessions) ~4 hrs
24 October 16 - Wrapped up MFTM drums... DONE WITH DRUMS FOR THIS RECORD?!?!?!?!? [began July of 2008] ~0.5 hr
17 October 16 - Almost done with drums for Man For The Moment ~1.5 hr
13 October 16 - Nice drum production (2nd verse!) on Man For The Moment ~1 hr
11 October 16 - Quick hit MFTM drum session ~0.5 hr
10 October 16 - Two sessions making some drum headway through Man For The Moment ~1.5 hrs
06 October 16 - Short session jump-starting Man For The Moment drums ~0.5 hr
02 September 16 - Biting the bullet & making Man For The Moment (scratch guitar/vox) a one-tempo tune ~0.5 hr
29 August 16 - Painful scratch guitar for the dual-tempo'd Man For The Moment on a single-tempo recorder ~1 hr
16 August 16 - Finished up drums on Believe ~1 hr
14 August 16 - Believe drums, two seshes ~2 hrs
08 August 16 - Inching along on drums for Believe (2 sessions) ~1 hr
07 August 16 - Believe in more drums ~0.5 hr
23 June 16 - Drum beginnings for Believe ~1 hr
29 May 16 - Quick session laying down scratch guitar/vox for Believe to prep for drums ~0.5 hr
26 May 16 - Righteously short and sweet finalization of drums on ICDT ~0.5 hr
25 May 16 - So close to the end of drums for ICDT ~1 hr
24 May 16 - I Can Do That and I did, get through a hugely productive drum session ~1.5 hrs
22 May 16 - Good start/sesh for I Can Do That drums ~1 hr
10 May 16 - Scratch vocal/guitar for I Can Do That ~1 hr
02 May 16 - FIN d'Inverted drums ~0.5 hr
01 May 16 - Coda, coda, coda... Inverted drums ~1 hr
11 April 16 - Almost done drummin' on Inverted ~1.5 hrs
21 March 16 - Still drumming, Invertedly ~1 hr
14 March 16 - Continued drum session on Inverted ~1 hr
29 February 16 - Leaping for joy at the drums we've programmed on Inverted today ~1 hr
27 February 16 - More Inverted drums ~1.5 hr
23 February 16 - Drum session for Inverted ~1 hr
22 February 16 - Scratch vox and beginning drums for Inverted ~1 hr
14 February 16 - I FUCKING LOVE the fact that I think I finished the drums on Most Of Your Friends today. I think. I began this song in April of 2014. Also, scratch guitar for Inverted ~2 hrs
25 January 16 - It's 'da CODA, dude! The end is near. Most Of Your Friends' drums, ~1.5 hrs
20 January 16 - WE ARE OVER THE BRIDGE, PEOPLE. Hang on to your hats! Also, the horse ran away for about half a year. But he's back. Drums galore, 3 total sessions, monster progress, Most Of Your Friends almost done... ~2.5 hrs
12 June 15 - Back on the horse! Almost to the bridge! Drum session, Most Of Your Friends ~1.5 hrs
28 February 15 - Short but productive drum session for Most Of Your Friends ~0.5 hr
15 January 15 - Tweaked some drums on Write It Down and made some nice progress on Most Of Your Friends' drums ~0.5 hr
14 January 15 - Lengthy demo session working on two new songs, Mine Sometimes (guitar and vox, song still unfinished) and the one we're still referring to as Work In Progress (guitar only), which will hopefully get some lyrics and a new title, eventually

- - - - - Studio Location Change [Twin-B Studios -> George's End] - - - - -


Twin-B Studios | May 2006

22 April 14 - Short but productive drum session for Most Of Your Friends ~0.5 hr
13 April 14 - Scratch guitar/vocal for Most Of Your Friends in prep for drum work ~1.5 hrs
07 April 14 - Wrapped up drums on Write It Down! ~1 hr
06 April 14 - Gettin' close to bein' done with Write It Down drums ~2 hrs
30 March 14 - Making good progress on drums for Write It Down ~1 hr
16 March 14 - Drumwork for Write It Down ~1 hr
02 March 14 - FINALLY finished More (For You) drums, plus began drums on Write It Down with a scratch vocal and guitar ~1.5 hrs
24 February 14 - The bridge is over! The bridge is over! More (For You) drums ~1 hr
23 February 14 - More (For You) drums. Still. ~0.5 hr
17 February 14 - Still drumming (on the bridge) - More (For You) ~1 hr
16 February 14 - Working on the drumbridge for More (For You) ~1 hr
09 February 14 - Plugging away at More (For You) drums ~1 hr
02 February 14 - Quick session for drums on More (For You) ~0.5 hr
30 January 14 - More (For You) drums continue! ~1 hr
26 January 14 - Still keepin' on with the drums on More (For You) ~1 hr
19 January 14 - Good progress on drums for More (For You) ~2 hrs
13 January 14 - More drums (for you) on More (For You)! ~1.5 hrs
06 January 14 - Finished up the scratch guitar, added a scratch vocal and started drums for More (For You)! ~1.5 hr
01 January 14 - Wednesday drums are "finished"! Maybe. Started a scratch rhythm guitar track for More (For You) ~2.5 hrs
23 December 13 - Through the bridge of drums, we go, Wednesday ~0.5 hr
15 December 13 - Still stuck on the drummin' bridge, Captain Wednesday ~0.5 hr
09 December 13 - Attacking the bridge! Wednesday drums! ~2.5 hrs
06 December 13 - I can see the bridge, and her name is Wednesday (drums) ~0.5 hr
03 December 13 - That drum segue is a b!tch, Wednesday ~1 hr
01 December 13 - Still segue-ing on Wednesday drums ~1 hr
24 November 13 - Drummed [almost] up to the bridge segue in Wednesday ~1.5 hrs
17 November 13 - Making my way through drums on Wednesday ~1.5 hrs
10 November 13 - Completed drum programming for Never Better and started Wednesday with a scratch guitar and vocal ~2 hrs
03 November 13 - Never been this close to being done with Never Better drums... ~1.5 hrs
28 October 13 - Almost to the bridge - Never Better drums ~1.5 hrs
20 October 13 - Mo' drummin' for Never Better ~2 hrs
13 October 13 - Scratch vocal/guitar & beginning drums for Never Better ~ 2 hrs
30 September 13 - Drums finished for Stephanie Lynn? ~1.5 hrs
22 September 13 - Almost but not quite finished with drums on Stephanie Lynn ~ 2.5 hrs
15 September 13 - Where the hell you been?! Getting familiar with the studio again, more Stephanie Lynn drums ~1.5 hrs
21 August 09 - Finally getting back to working on drums for Stephanie Lynn ~1 hr
09 June 09 - Drummin' on Stephanie Lynn ~0.5 hr
07 June 09 - More Stephanie Lynn drums ~1 hr
06 June 09 - Finally re-beginning drums for Stephanie Lynn ~2 hrs
07 May 09 - Demo'd two new songs with basic guitar/vox, Brakeman and Jimmy

Total Studio Time Logged for Lost 4th Album Sessions : 43.0 hrs

07 March 09 - In the midst of beginning drums for another song, my recorder/mixer's hard drive up and died, and I lost everything I'd ever recorded on it, including not only the 40+ hours of work I put in for the next record (all just drums and therefore, re-programmable), but also master copies of every single album track in HdH history, PLUS some little gems and jams and extra stuff that is not able to be re-done. HdH is in mourning.

06 March 09 - FINISHED! with drums for Most Of Your Friends ~1 hr
04 March 09 - SO CLOSE to being done with drums on Most Of Your Friends ~1 hr
03 March 09 - More bridge construction for Most Of Your Friends ~0.5 hr
01 March 09 - Drummin' on the bridge of Most Of Your Friends ~1 hr
27 February 09 - Fixed the scratch guitar and got some great drums done for Most Of Your Friends ~1.5 hrs
26 February 09 - Drumming (and recovering scratch guitar takes that disappear) on Most Of Your Friends ~1.5 hrs
22 February 09 - Getting somewhere with Most Of Your Friends' drums, after figuring out how to fucking play it ~1.5 hrs
21 February 09 - Began what is seemingly going to be a difficult programming of the drums for Most Of Your Friends ~1 hr
20 February 09 - Finished (?) More (For You)'s drums ~2 hrs
15 February 09 - Spent a decent amount of time working on a particularly tricky section of drums for More (For You) ~1.5 hrs
06 February 09 - More drums (for me) on More (For You) [two sessions] ~2 hrs
04 February 09 - Mr. Drummin' teaches Arnold and Willis a lesson on More (For You) ~1 hr
03 February 09 - Continuing drums on More (For You) ~1.5 hrs
30 January 09 - Preliminary work on drums for More (For You) with scratch guitar/vocal ~1 hr
23 January 09 - Done pounding Stephanie Lynn out ~1.5 hrs
16 January 09 - Still programming drums for Stephanie Lynn ~1.5 hrs
15 January 09 - Stephanie Lynn continues to receive bangin' drums ~1 hr
13 January 09 - More drummin' on Stephanie Lynn ~1 hr
07 January 09 - Some drum editing for Wednesday and beginning to drum on Stephanie Lynn ~1 hr
01 January 09 - Tentative completion of Wednesday drums ~1.5 hrs
31 December 08 - Massive drum programming session, working on Wednesday ~2.5 hrs
26 November 08 - Short but productive drum session for Wednesday ~0.5 hr
09 October 08 - Began some drum work on a new song idea called Work In Progress (it has guitar parts but no words or melody whatsoever; needed some rhythm tracks to work out how the guitar parts would go) ~1 hr
12 September 08 - Re-edited some more Never Better drums - again, and a bit more on Wednesday's drums, too [and had to change the drum kit setting because the one I've used since 2002 is now corrupted] ~1.5 hrs
01 August 08 - Tweaked some drums in Never Better and began preliminary drum work on Wednesday (with guide vocal/guitar) ~2.0 hrs
31 July 08 - Finished up drums for Never Better! ~2.5 hrs
30 July 08 - More work on Never Better drums, but mostly just re-recording the scratch guitar and vocal that disappeared! this is not a good sign. ~0.5 hr
13 July 08 - Still drumming Never Better ~2.5 hrs
11 July 08 - More drums on Never Better ~3 hrs
10 July 08 - Beginning drum programming for Never Better (with scratch vocal/guitar) ~1.5 hrs [Begin Record #4!]
17 June 08 - Re-recorded some vocals (revised lyrics) on I Can Do That demo
12 June 08 - Final vocals laid down on More (For You) demo
05 June 08 - New song demo (guitar only) put down for More (For You)
12 May 08 - New song demo (vox/guitar) for The Turnaround

Studio logs for sessions prior to 2008 can be found here.