Hey all, this is a big week for The Beast.  I just spent six hours at The Kitchen Mastering with sonic wizard Brent Lambert yesterday, putting the final touches on our debut CD.  As a band, we’ve decided to eschew the traditional pattern of EP –> album for a variety of reasons.  Instead we are collecting our artistry and resources around a project entitled “In The Belly of the Beast.”  This will come in three installments (I like serial deliverables!) of our own music, plus intriguing graphic art by Durham’s own Gabriel Eng-Goetz.  The first chapter is called “Belly” and will be released this coming Thursday at a free show at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham.  Besides the band, the album features an all-start cast of North Carolina’s finest jazz and soul musicians, including Nnenna Freelon, YahZarah, Mark Wells, Scott Sawyer, the See and Harvest Gospel Choir, and the Orquesta GarDel horns.  Ridiculous, right?  I had a blast arranging for and recording with each of those artists.

I’m particularly excited for the next morning when we’ll be a featured interview on NPR/WUNC’s “The State of Things.”  We’ll be talking to Frank Stasio live and also performing live in the studio.  I’ve recorded interviews for Zenph to tape but never for live broadcast, so this will be a first for me.  I’m thrilled, but a little nervous of course.

The show is at Broad Street Cafe, 1116 Broad Street, in Durham, North Carolina.  It is free and starts around 10pm.  They have a new pizza oven and lots of beers on tap, albums will be only $5, I’d love to see you there!  I’ll soon post where you can get the album at local stores, and an e-tailer will be set up soon enough.  I’ll also post a track here on my site for your listening pleasure.

To tune into “The State of Things”, set your dial to 91.5 FM at 12pm Friday 9/12, or if you aren’t local catch the online stream here.

****UPDTATE 09/12/08 4:36pm****

The show went great!  Here is the link to download the mp3.