Kevin Devine/ May 13, 2011
May 13, 2011
Aaron and I met up with Kevin and Morgan at Rob Schnapf’s studio in Eagle Rock, where Kevin was mixing his new record while in LA for the month, on the morning of Friday the 13th. Sure, it seems kind of silly for me to be rolling into one of the nicer studios in Los Angeles with a couple okay mic’s and plugging in my laptop to record a band, but we really wanted to do this session while Kevin was in town and it seemed like a good use of the studio while Rob was in the other room mixing (although, I think Rob might have been kind of annoyed at the whole situation, but he was a good sport about it). It was actually a surprisingly slow moving setup (for only two people), or not so much slow, as “leisurely paced” (there was a lot of sitting around outside, chatting, mexican food, red vines, coffee, Mark Chalecki came over to hang out for a bit).
Morgan and Kevin met this past year at SXSW, and had sort of instantly hit it off (not surprisingly as two insanely talented musicians, but also two of the nicest, cheerful, easygoing people ever). So when Kevin came out to the West Coast (to finish his album and play a few shows), and couldn’t bring his band out with him, he asked Morgan if she’d sit in on a few intimate acoustic shows with him, which of course, worked out splendidly. If you were lucky enough to catch one of his weekly residencies at Hotel Cafe, you can attest to the dynamic energy of the nights (and the rare occurrence of a room full of Hollywood hipsters so enthralled actually listening to the performers that you could hear a pin drop in that room).
Kevin and Morgan played four stripped-down songs off the upcoming record, which I’m pretty excited about. facebook.com/KevinDevineMusic
Camera: Aaron Davidson & Elliot Glass
Sound: Elliot Glass
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