"West Coasting" is CJ Boyd's meditation on what it means to be "Alternative." This attempt at a grunge era "covers album", re-worked and scrambled into two 20-minute atmospheric movements pays tribute to the influential music of his adolescence, while still approaching the birthplace of "the alternative" in an alternative way.
released 24 April 2012
I recorded most of this music myself, while on tour, at a number of locations, relying on the generosity and hospitality of numerous wonderful folks in the latter half of 2010. Some of those places were:
The Tsegorium, courtesy of Thomas Giry in Brussels, Belgium;
René Bage's apartment in Berlin, Germany;
Tom and Cori Lake's dining room in Rochester, NY;
Third Degree Studio, courtesy of Jon Francis & Robert Ryan in Asbury Park, NJ;
The Glass House, courtesy of Chris Baker in Lynchburg, VA;
Nelly Kate Anderson's studio in Staunton, VA;
Mickey Arefaine's living room in Charlottesville, VA;
Lindsay Lee's room at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY; .
The home studio of Jim and Leslie Edwards in Austin, TX;
The Firehouse, courtesy of Maria Gonzalez and Danielle Westcott in
Kansas City, Missouri.
I have very likely forgotten a place or two, for which I apologize.
I originally intended to do all of the mixing and mastering on it too, but I eventually yielded to my better judgment and got some much appreciated help from Michael O'Shea at Solotechne Studios in Fletcher, NC.
Album artwork by Shawn K. Knight.
Thanks to Karl Hoffstetter at Joyful Noise Recordings.
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