Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shabby Road Studios - “The Way I Do” Sessions #2

So, we’re back at Shabby Road Studios doing the acoustic guitars that we did last Saturday. Apparently a chord needed to be changed. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one on our headphones. Ellis, Kevin and Darrell were there till dawn sweating blood and tears (I’m not sure if you can sweat tears, but if it’s possible, then we did it) because that’s what you, the demanding public, expect from its greatest artists. So, here are a few pictures taken before much of the blood and tears really made everything too soggy to photograph.


Kevin recounts the time he once ate fudge and tapioca layer cake off Jackie Coogan’s head.


Ellis after seeing the band’s health insurance plan.


Kevin often falls asleep at rehearsal so he can dream about guitar-shaped women.


This is Darrell, just before he was hit in the forehead by a photon torpedo.


Ecologically responsible Ellis has not used a Kleenex in over 5 years.


To earn extra money, Kevin will occasionally repair his neighbors’ marital aids.

09-28-10 Band practice,09-28-10 Band practice

Ellis patiently waits his turn to vomit uncontrollably.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shabby Road Studios – The Way I Do sessions. (guitar)

Today, we laid down two guitar tracks for our latest song between helicopters and some asshole revving his motorcycle right outside the loft. It was tense. It was vicious. It was a little smelly. In the end, music was created and there was much feasting and drinking from goblets. A goat was slaughtered in thanks and several villagers huts were put to flame. All in all, a good day. Here are some super ultra exclusive pictures of the creative process as it traspired.

Kevin tunes his guitar, while a peckish Ellis searches the boxes to see if there are any pre-war rations left.

If you flip Ellis and get “Tails,” this is what it looks like.

Kevin, momentarily without a guitar, tries to play the stripes on his shorts.

It wasn’t until Ellis had a sip of water that he realized he’d forgotten to put his teeth in.

Ellis can be a very mean drunk. He can also be pretty nasty when he’s drinking water.

Kevin tries to adjust the flow-through rate on Ellis’ kidney machine.

Very ancient stereo. Purchased from Check It Out, starring Don Adams, money.

The really scarey, gigantic photographer takes one of himself.

Kevin strumming Bryan’s guitar. Thanks for the load, Bry!

Ellis channeling Charles Nelson Reiley’s face.

Kevin just figured out a way that he doesn’t have to give Bryan his guitar back.


The borrowed guitar and my birthday mic. Thanks girls!!!
Ellis gets caught eating the band’s last mini O’Henry bar.
The new Republican Contract With America will forbid the wearing of this kind of clothing.
Kevin’s foot pedal board. When the tiniest thing goes wrong anywhere on this high tech wonder, it’s possible to stop his amplifier from working for over two and a half hours!
This is why our electric bill is over 7,000 bucks a month.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The "The Way I Do" Sessions

So many people have begged and pleaded with us to be allowed behind the scenes and to view our top secret recording sessions,(with our brilliant and talented new singer) that Christian compassion alone has compelled us to post these super exclusive pictures. We hope to premier the song in about a month when our beautiful singer gets back from partying in Missouri.

The whole band is rockin’. Sherman Oaks may never be the same.
Ellis scowling at a f#7th suspended chord.

Darrell only knows one way to play…that maybe his eventual downfall.


Carissa thanking the imaginary crowd for coming.
Kevin playing the funniest note he knows.
Right in the middle of the song, Gregg remembers last night’s dessert.

This was not part of our recording sessions. Those easily disgusted will want to take a pass on this. Sure the internet and Youtube has brought us many delightful things that we never would have seen otherwise. But it also brought us stuff like this. What gets into some people’s heads?

Friday, September 17, 2010

More pics and news from Shabby Road Studios!

Last night keyboards and drums were completed for our new recording.  Ellis is recovering in an undisclosed location.

Our beautiful and talented singer in repose.


The recording process does not always go smoothly. Thanks to Kevin for the captioning.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Don't Tell Betsy - Layin' Down a Track


Here we are, recording the bedtrack and Shabby Road Studios. Tonight we start to do individual tracks! More vital news as it happens.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ellis Leads a Prayer for Good Vibes


We are in the process of doing our first recording with our new singer. Doing the bedtracks now. Soon there will be Don't Tell Betsy music throughout the land!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Radio Vickers: Don’t Tell Betsy - Death of the Author Brigade

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Some people have complained (ie, my Croatian singer for Death of the Author Brigade) that the 94.9 podcast, in its entirety, is too large to download. So I have cut down Mr. Marsden’s fantastic show to just the songs Don’t Tell Betsy and Death of the Author Brigade had on the broadcast. But I encourage anyone who loves music to listen to the vast array of wonderful artists and songs that his show has to offer.
Again, I can’t express my humble appreciation enough for the support David has given me and my music over the years. As Neil Young once sang, “Long May You Run”. Radio so desperately needs people like you.
Anyway, here are The Undead and Send All the Angels on 94.9 The Rock.

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The Undead

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Monday, September 6, 2010

We've been Played: Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-5-2010

September 5, 2010
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Tonight was a fabulous way to launch into the holiday. David debuted some music in the theatre that was fantastic. Tin Star Orphans, Don’t Tell Betsy, and Death Of The Author Brigade were featured prominently and exclusively in the Marsbar Theatre. There were also some great covers, as well as rarely heard masterpieces. Be sure to join us next week to add a little spice to your music life. ~ MissParker ~
10CC – Wall Street Shuffle
Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Box – Crying Out Loud For Love
Brian Eno – Baby’s On Fire
Broken Social Scene – Ungrateful Little Father
China Crisis – King In A Catholic Style
City Boy – The Greatest Story Ever Told
Clash – Mustapha Dance (Rock The Casbah Remix)
Crash Test Dummies – Heart Of Stone
Dave Rave – Good News
David Usher – Too Close To The Sun
Death Of The Author Brigade – Send All The Angels
Dee Long – Make Love In Zero Gravity
Dee Long – Goodnight Universe
Dominic Troiano – Eleanor Fagan
Don’t Tell Betsy – The Undead
Eight Seconds – Kiss You When It’s Dangerous
Elan Atias – Slave To Love
Everclear – Brown Eyed Girl
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Golden Dogs – Underwater Goldmine
House Of Love – Marble
Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill
Jimmy Cliff – Reggae Night
Joe Tex – Hold On To What You’ve Got
Joel Plaskett – Rewind
Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It Right)
King Crimson – Cat Food
Love Spit Love – How Soon Is Now?
Midge Ure – The Man Who Sold The World
New Musik – This World Of Water
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans
Parachute Club – Dancing At The Feet Of The Moon
Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
Payola$ – Never Said I Loved You
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Pink Floyd – In The Flesh?
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation
Placebo – Summer’s Gone
Rita Marley – One Draw
Sector 27 – One Fine Day
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Boy vs. Girl
Steve Harley – Understand
Thinkman – The Formula
Thomas Dolby – Wind Power
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Tom Robinson Band – Listen To The Radio
Traffic – Low Spark Of High Heeled boys
Waterboys – Blues For Your Baby
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division

The Actual Radio Broadcast
This is the Podcast from David Marsden's show. Cick on the Sunday button for the show where he played these two songs and all the other wonderful tunes to download or stream them, which ever you would like. Saturday's is also a wonderful show. Give it a listen.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Artistry Whiz: Don't Tell Betsy! Set List

An old set list from the 70's - in the bottom of an old foot locker - That and a really old joint...You can tell this is authentic, because "Don't" doesn't have an apostrophe, a grammar trick which wasn't invented until 1982.

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