Monday, March 9, 2009

Howlin Rain Unreleased Haunted Acoustic EP from the Vaults: "Three From A Phantom Saloon"

This is a 3 song EP that Joel and I recorded at Louder Studios in SF with 2 acoustic guitars and a piano. It is 3 Howlin Rain songs rendered into mutant acoustic versions. We mostly just ran tape and played and sang with a piano overdub or a vocal overdub here or there when we felt we could do better or to round it out. It was a quick little session that we did in one evening in some left over time from a mastering or editing session that was for something else to do with preparation for Magnificent Fiend's release back in late '07. I just came across them and took a listen the other day and they sound raw but beautiful and ghostly to me. More like ghosts than old songs and recordings usually sound to me. I Especially dig the haunted saloon piano vibe and "Romancing The Stone" soundtrack-esque acoustic solo. The proper accompaniment drink for this EP is a tall Vodka with Club Soda and plenty of fresh Lime. AKA the Tim Green fave.

Howlin Rain.
"Three From A Phantom Saloon"

1.In Sand & Dirt
2.Calling Lightning pt 2

Photo of Ethan & Joel at Old East Oakland practice space by Hilary Hulteen, 2008.
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  1. Thanks very much! You're really spoiling us so far and it's much appreciated.

  2. i'm going to fill my glass right now. thanks ethan.

  3. another gem... thanks so much!

  4. Wow, these are great... thanks so much for posting this stuff.

  5. Hey Ethan,

    Hope you're keeping well. I love that version of Nomads, thanks for this. All our love from Cornwall.


  6. Like the good man David said, these tracks are beautiful Ethan...

    I think you may be on to a good thing here man! Thank you for sharing these tracks, and for not burying them...

  7. Thanks for the downloads Ethan. Much appreciated. They sound good. I look forward to checking out your blog. Take care.


  8. Thanks all for the good words and support on the acoustic EP.

  9. This Ep is a real treat, great acoustic sound, thanks so much. Also I just bought Magnificent Fiend the other day and I was blown away, it's definitely one of "those" records for me, the kind that only come along once in a while. Lovin it, can't wait to hear the third album. Keep it up Howlin Rain and thanks for bringing happiness out of my stereo