So a couple things:
1) Rob and I have commenced recording for Cowabunga. We're definitely at the beginning stages, but it's never the less going well. For those that like our music in The Buttercream Gang, but don't want to have to contemplate "to dance or not to dance?" and would rather be hit over the head with it, your day will soon be here.
2) I've been in a bit of a fervor for The Beatles, which actually started a few weeks ago at a time when it somehow hadn't come upon me that all their albums where being reissued this last Wednesday. I bought the book Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald, which chronicles The Beatles career in relation to each of their songs and for anyone who is interested in them that much, I haven't been able to go to bed at night without reading at least about a few songs. It's great because you could, in essence, read it start to finish, but jumping at any random song works great to. It offers a good look at the culture (how the song "Tomorrow Never Knows" helped bring about acid culture to the masses) the lyrics (Lennon's cynical, self-referential songs and so-forth) and the mood in the studio at the time (Ringo throwing his drums sticks across the studio and yelling "I've got blisters on my fingers" after a ton of takes of "Helter Skelter"). Anyways, it's nothing new, the books been around for a while, but I've just now been getting into and going even farther down the rabbit hole that is The Beatles' music. Some would say that it's pretty extreme to say this, but I just can't see a band ever being this good. My musical tastes change and expand and I've been turned on to some crazy good shit, but they still hold the number one position for me (if one has to rank).