Friday, November 28, 2008

with rocks like these

this was my monday afternoon...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

speaking of the New Album ....

so since i mentioned yesterday that we've been busy working on the new album, i figured i'd give you all (all 4 of you, hi.) an update so to speak.

The songs themselves have been a mixed bag, ranging from our most downtempo, to our most lively. I personally have been listening to a lot of Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire and Wilco, while Matt's had The Beatles - Help!, Shout Out Louds, Shins in heavy rotation ... we've also been listening to local favorites The Exfriends and The Donkeys, as well. I think some sort of combination of these has started to shape the songs and sounds of the album while, of course, still staying in the confines of the "modlins sound". In addition, we've unearthed a few songs from the past. I, a song from a prior band, called "Monday Morning" (the song ... not the band) and matt unearthed one of the oldest songs we'd written together. we're talking about before we'd even made our first EP together. whether these songs will make it to the album, we'll wait and see, but they seem VERY promising.

So then, a few weeks back, our friend Mark came down and we headed over to Signature Sound to do yet another marathon recording session. We locked in about 5 more songs and along with the prior Signature Session, a Session in our living room, and one over at Lestat's to take advantage of their piano (it was consensual) ... that brings the working total of album potentials to ... 12?, not including 2 more songs that may or may not make the cut (still some writing and recording to do) .... so we'll see how it goes ...

(the control room)

we've been working fairly regularly at the house on trying different backup harmony ideas, percussion ideas ... most recently, i purchased a nord electro and it's been playing a key role in shaping some of the new material. so expect the keys to play a greater role in this new batch.

("how did that sound?")

if nothing else, we've been taking our time a bit more with this one rather than the previous ones that were more ".. and cut! Print It!" so hopefully it'll shine though. We're shooting for an early '09 release, so expect to see some some new material popping. Until then, we've got 2 more shows to round out the year, one coming up in a couple weeks, so hope to see you all out around the town. And lastly, if you or your loved ones haven't signed up for our mailing list send an e-mail to mailinglist [at] themodlins [dot] com and we'll get you on there. and if you haven't picked up a copy of our now Award Winning "With Friends Like These", you can do so on our website or at M-Theory Records in Mission Hills, Off-The-Record in North Park, or Music Trader in Pacific Beach. Thanks everyone for sticking with us.

(the view from the couch)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Friday Dec. 5th, Ken Club with The Heavy Love

The holidays have been keeping us busy, what with a new album heavily in the works getting much of our precious time. ... so we've slapped together this flyer to remind you all that (1) we are still alive and (2) we've got a show to usher in the holiday season!!!

With our dear friends (and one roommate) The Heavy Love! ... you like motown? (and who doesn't) you gotta hit this show up. The Heavy Love play a great mix of oldies and motown covers and are Always a good time.

Of course, expect us to dust off a few of those seasonal hits (The Holiday Song from the Michael EP, anyone?) and a timely cover or two as well. Don't Miss out! The Modlins are coming ....

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale

one more reason to love San Diego. from 6-10pm, free shuttle driving you all around 30th street to hit up bars and taste Green Flash's new brew, 30th Street Pale Ale. From Green Flash Brewing's mailinglist:

30th Street Pale Ale Released on 30th Street - Thursday November 20!!

30th Street Pale Ale was brewed for the Green Flash 6th Anniversary and is now being released on 30th Street. 30th Street Pale Ale was so named to recognized the proprietor’s commitment to local craft beer in this specific part of our fine city.

30th Street Pale Ale is a fine American Pale Ale that is well hopped while not being overly bitter. This balanced pale ale goes well with food and also drinks nicely a session ale.
To kick off the release of the 30th Street Pale Ale, Green Flash Brewing Co. and the establishments serving this fine ale have hired Brew Tours of San Diego to drive their tour bus up and down 30th Street as a complimentary hop-on/hop-off bus for 4 hours from 6PM to 10PM. Anyone who wishes to hop to another one of the other supporting establishments may hop on/off at any of the stops for the listed locations.

Where to enjoy 30th Street Pale Ale:
Jaynes Gastropub, Ritual Tavern, Toronado, Bar Pink, Urban Solace, The Linkery, Blue Foot Bar, Sea Rocket Bistro, Vagabond, Danger Abbey, Hamilton’s Tavern

Location: 30th Street from Hamilton’s Tavern to Jaynes Gastropub
Starts: 6:00 PM
Ends: 10:00 PM
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: Chuck Silva - (760) 597-9012 x 302

Friday, November 14, 2008

vampire friday

sure halloween was two weeks ago, but hey, whatever. here's some Vampire Weekend for a weekend that may or may not contain vampires. actually, Twilight comes out in a next week, so i guess maybe i should wait til then, cause this doesn't really have anything to do with James Bond, unless maybe he goes to Cape Cod for the Quantum of Solace... i guess we'll find out tonight. and in the meantime...

i especially like the drum line accompaniment. which reminds me, just to give a quick peek of an update, we are withholding Modlin practice to continue focus on the still-unnamed (unless they named it without me) album #3. so to compensate for lack of real rock and roll, i bought Rock Band on tuesday night, and can now play pretty coherently on Hard Mode. also, i got a blister on my thumb. ooh, since my "Yes We Did" album title got vetoed, maybe The Modlins Blisters On Our Thumbs doesn't have such a bad ring to it...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Free Obama Sticker : Yes We Did

no, not like he is being held captive, and we want him freed. more like, you get a sticker commemorating the W over W (ok, mccain, not dubya, but you get the idea). and the sticker is free.


link :

my mom ordered one, and so should you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

This Friday, The Whistlestop, with The Donkeys