- Win a $25 Fueler Package @ http://rkthb.co/4469
The person to correctly identify the highest number of LPs (by both title and artist) surrounding me in the project pitch video @ http://rkthb.co/4469 will be awarded a $25 fueler reward package. Use the picture above for a leg-up on the competition, and post your best guesses in the "Recent Conversations" section of http://rkthb.co/4469.
- Production Vlog #39: A Return to Real Drums with Brian Yost
We get Brian Yost out of his NYC apartment and into the RCR studio to rock the drums for "The Fall."
- New Album Fundraiser: Cleveland Edition @ The Beachland
I had such a good time at the Light The Dark album fundraiser in Akron on the 23rd, I'm doing a Cleveland edition at The Beachland!
Here's how they're describing the evening:
"Akron punks the Nimrods didn’t pack it; they instead found a new way to cause trouble with their latest band, the Giggitys. Switching gears, we’ll also have the dark and desolate folk of David Ullman, along with Cleveland’s own one-woman band sensation, the cheerful and fun Miss Firecracker. If this isn’t a diverse bill, what is? This show is curating work of bartender/music lover Terry Durst, so come give him some love."
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- Happy New Year!!
Sneak peek at The All-Ullman Band's Mini-U2 Set. See a full performance of U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" when you help out at http://rkthb.co/4469 - Kindly captured on 12.23.2011 by Eileen Matias at Musica in Akron, OH. Vocals: David Ullman, "Edge" Guitar: Brian Ullman, Keyboard/Guitar: Jim Ullman, Drums: Jack Ullman, Bass: (Honorary Ullman) Mike Thomas
- Production Vlog #38: Killa B Home Recording Studio
My brother Brian shows us around his home recording setup, where he laid down his guitar tracks for "The Fall" and "Fear Followed."
- Production Vlog #37: Pitch Video Blooper Reel (Preview)
Free sneak peek at the "Fueler-Only" Blooper Reel. See the full video (with even more Walken!) NOW when you help out at http://rkthb.co/4469
- Production Vlog #36: Street Team Button Making & Mail Merge
http://rkthb.co/4469 - The Founding members of my "GreenBoot Brigade" Street Team, Monica, Rae Anne and April, give you an inside look at the surprisingly involved process of creating the "I Helped David Release His New Record" buttons and the manual mail merge for the new album fundraising show fliers and Rockethub Campaign letters.
- Production Vlog #35: Viva La Vinyl! (Help) Release The New Record
http://rkthb.co/4469 - We interrupt our regularly-scheduled "vloggage" to bring you this very important message!
David here. I'm posting this long, letter-like entry to update you about the new record. I’ve been working hard all year, and I'm really excited to share it.
Unfortunately, I’ve spent and borrowed all of the money I can to get it to this point, and now I don’t have enough left to finish the album and give it a proper release.
This is where YOU come in. I need your help to release this record!
Here’s how you can contribute: Visit the project page @ http://rkthb.co/4469, check out the “Rewards” section on the right, and click on the “Fueler” option that works best for you.
You’ll notice the more you give, the more cool stuff you get, but it’s worth noting that contributing at any level will get you access to “Fueler Only” content such as previously unseen behind-the-scenes videos, early mixes and more! Something new will be posted each week.
My new album, entitled LIGHT THE DARK, includes the best, most raw and personal songs I’ve ever written, and for reasons I can’t even fully understand (let alone articulate), it’s awfully important to me to share them.
I pour too much of myself into my music for it to exist only as ones and zeros (ie: “digitally”), and even though my “day job” keeps a roof over my head and my creditors at bay, there’s not enough money left over after all of that to release this music the way you deserve to experience it.
You deserve much more than an MP3. You deserve a record that you can hold in your hands, place on the turntable and flip over when you want more. You deserve an album you can interact with--one you can touch, smell and display. With a lyric sheet, liner notes and artwork bigger than your whole head!
**Don’t fret if you don’t have a record player. Each album will have a CD version tucked into the sleeve.**
If you stop and think about it, we carry on life-long relationships with the albums we love. They mean different things to us at different times, and they mark periods of our lives in ways that nothing else can.
By contributing to my Rockethub campaign, you’ll be helping me make my mark by enabling me to get my record mixed, mastered, manufactured (and possibly) promoted--all of which I could not do without you.
Thank you kindly for watching and reading. Please comment and/or ask ANY questions you may have in the “Recent Conversations” section over @ http://rkthb.co/4469. You can also e-mail me directly at email@example.com.
What are you WAITING for?!
Go to http://rkthb.co/4469, pick a reward, and come along for the ride!
PS: Please share this project with anyone you think would be into it!
- Production Vlog #34: Cauliflower Audio - Mastering For Vinyl (Part 1)
Cauliflower Audio head-engineer Adam Boose takes a few minutes to talk with us about the process of mastering music for both vinyl and digital releases. Check out his site @ http://caulifloweraudio.com.
- Production Vlog #33: Tour of Gotta Groove Records Manufacturing Plant
Vince Slusarz takes us on a tour of his bustling downtown Cleveland vinyl manufacturing plant and answers a few questions along the way. **NOTE: The folks at Gotta Groove are so busy, there were 5 presses running while the video was taken. Thus, it's a bit noisy!**
- Production Vlog #32: Making The Ghosts Between The Speakers Dance
In this 8-minute interview, graciously given at the end of a Three-Day-Mixing-Marathon, Elevation Studios Engineer Jake Fader walks us through the workflow he utilized on my project, discusses the unique challenges presented by the time constraints and explains how he bullied the air molecules into playing nice together in the frequency spectrum.
- Album Fundraiser Show in Akron @ Musica w/Enormity + Bushman
As some of you may know, I've been recording an album this year. It's nearing completion, but I've run out of money! More accurately, I've run out of credit!!To help ensure these newly recorded songs see the light of day, we're throwing another "Evening With The Ullmans" at Musica--with some of the proceeds going towards the completion of said new album.You can expect another rockin' set from my dad and uncle's band, Bushman, a few songs from the All-Ullman Band (featuring myself on vocals, my brother Brian on guitar, my dad on bass and my uncle Jack on drums) and a reunion of my brother's middle-school band Enormity!It's going to be our best bash yet!!
Get Your Tickets @ http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4071505
- Production Vlog #31: "Who You Say" Piano Session--Jersey-City-Style
With a gorgeous view of NYC outside his window, multi-instrumentalist Brian Yost gives you a glimpse into his home-studio piano session for "Who You Say."
- New Record Production Vlog #30: Percussion--"Apartment Style"
Fueled by mozzarella rolls and Crystal Light, multi-instrumentalist Brian Yost gets creative with his Roland TD-4K2 Drum kit, djembe, mandolin, MIDI controller, bouzouki, foot-bells, shakers, tambourine, et. all in the service of "Wiseblood, You'll See, The Fall" and "Fear Followed"--all in the comfort and confines of his NYC apartment!
- New Record Production Vlog #29: "Light the Dark" on Tape
The first song written for the record which will likely share its name, "Light the Dark" has been a bear to record. The biggest problem is my overly-dynamic vocal approach. The lyric goes from quiet to loud in hard-to-anticipate jolts. Add to that my insistence on simultaneously singing and playing guitar as well as my refusal to use a "click track," and you've an engineer's nightmare. Thankfully, Elevation engineer Jake Fader is a patient man with a lot of great gear at hand!
- New Record Production Vlog #28: "Upward Down" on Tape
And... Roll tape! Using a combination of both 8-Track, 1-inch tape and direct digital signals, Elevation Studios engineer Jake Fader captures the voice-and-guitar take for the song "Upward Down."
- Opening For Ed Effin' Hamell Again Wed. Oct. 26th!!
The fantastic folks at The Beachland are presenting one of my favorite performers, Ed Hamell (Hamell On Trial), at one of my favorite places, Cafe at Arts Collinwood, and they've asked me to open the show!
"Equipped with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too.
His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveler’s soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the free-thinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk-rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth."
I badgered the Beachland into letting me open for Ed at the Tavern in March of last year, and I'm so very pleased to have been asked back.
Plus, I love the Cafe at Arts Collinwood! I played there monthly last October through June and can't wait to return--two weeks from today--to set the stage for one of my heros.
Get Your Tickets @ http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3971095
- New Record Production Vlog #27: Tour of Elevation Studios
Session Engineer Jake Fader takes us on a guided tour of the gorgeous Elevation Studios in Cleveland. See the control room; with its comfy couches, compressors, R2-D2 tape machine and sometimes-creepy studio mascots; the 28ft-ceilinged live room, complete with a physical Echo-Plate 2 Reverb, Whurlitzer, and stable of amplifiers; and, the spacious isolation booth.
- New Record Production Vlog #26: Editing for Elevation Studio
This update--not brought to you by Great Lakes Brewing Company--takes place on the eve of my September Elevation Studios voice-and-guitar/mixing session. Plans are shared, details are divulged and glasses are clinked.
- New Record Production Vlog #25: Cello Rehearsal
Akron Symphony cellist Tara Hanish joins me at home to work out arrangements for "Light the Dark" and "Upward Down." Tara has performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Kanye West--even sharing the stage with the Foo Fighters at the 2008 Grammy Awards! I can't wait to really share with you what she's bringing to my songs, but here's a taste...
- New Record Production Vlog #24: Fear Followed (Full Take)
Third and final vocal take for "Fear Followed," as heard from the control room at RCR Recording Studio in Solon, Ohio on July 21st, 2011. Helmed by engineer Kyle Collins--with a little extra accompaniment by owner Cary Crichlow.
- New Record Production Vlog #23: 6/8 Time for "Who You Say"
Just A Dream Studio engineer (and A Band Named Ashes frontman) Nate Vaill coaches me through a version of "Who You Say" in 6/8 time.
- Find Me Friday, September 23rd @ The 45th Annual KSU Folk Festival
Hit the streets September 23rd as the Folk Alley 'Round Town series turns downtown Kent into a community-wide concert experience.
The 'Round Town tradition stretches the definition of "Folk Music" with a variety of performers stationed in clubs, pubs, churches, stores and more throughout the ordinarily sleepy college town.
Free concerts begin during lunch and continue into the wee hours of Saturday morning. Have a bite to eat, do a little shopping and enjoy live music wherever you go. Over 36 downtown businesses will be hosting more than 50 of the area's top acts--many of whom are friends of mine.
Visit the Folk Festival website for a full listing of all of the acts appearing in this year's folk festival free for all, and map out your 'Round Town route right now!
You can find me playing from 8-10pm at Scribbles Coffee (237 N. Water St. Kent, OH 44240).
- New Record Production Vlog #22: Pre-Wedding Shave
I got married this month! My wife (and both of our mothers) really didn't want me to have a beard for the big day, so I did what any self-respecting, bearded singer-songwriter would do. I shaved like Steve Perry in Journey's "Faithfully" (http://youtu.be/OMD8hBsA-RI) using her Lady Remington!