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Photo Gallery: Thompson House Presents

On May 26, we had a special gig at Thompson House on the campus of the University of Chicago. We shared the evening with some other talented performers in various art forms including slam poetry, hip-hop dancing, classical and folk music, and absurdist performance art. So naturally, we fit right in, more or less.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the evening, showing us and several of our new friends in action. (Credits to Charles and Bethel and Carrie.)

If you have any more photos or videos of your own from this event or others, why not share them on our Facebook page? And if you haven’t officially become our fan yet, be sure to like us while you’re there. Big news about the CD will be coming soon!

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Thornfield Recording: Behind the Scenes

So, big news! In case you haven’t heard, Thornfield is in the process of recording our very first studio album, with help from our friends at Handwritten Recording and a few special guest musicians. So far it’s looking like we’ll have a good number of tracks, including concert favorites like “Denali,” “Dinosaur,” and “Trust Me to Stay.”

Our first session was last Saturday, and the second is coming up this weekend.On her blog, Jenna has been doing some great write-ups, complete with behind-the-scenes photos, of our recording experience so far. Here’s a little taste:

We did all “basic tracks” for this first session. In other words: guitars, drums, piano. All the voice stuff and extras (cello, harmonica, bass, melodica, guitar riffs, egg shaker, tambourine, djembe, vocals, etc.) will come later. The reason: this is a one-room studio, and with everyone playing at once you’re bound to get “bleed” when you play multiple instruments simultaneously–sounds from the piano leaking into the guitar mic, the drum leaking into the piano mic, etc. So we wanted to save anything fiddly (like vocals, which we’re bound to be very picky about) or non-essential extras for an overdub track during the second recording session.

To keep us from cutting and pasting the whole things, you should go read them here and here (UPDATE: and now another one here). No, really, you should.

We can’t wait for you to hear the finished product as soon as it’s ready! Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to our email list with the handy widget on the right, for more regular updates. (There will be updates here, too, but those seem to be a bit more regular at the moment for some reason.) Or, if you want to help make our recording even better, why not drop a few dollars in the “Tip Top” in the sidebar?

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Thornfield debut & a big thank you!

We just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who came out to CityGrounds for our debut as Thornfield. You guys were a wonderful audience! We really appreciate your support.

Also, special thanks to Steve (from CityGrounds) for hosting us for these many months! If you’re ever looking for a really nice coffee shop in Lincoln Park, you should check out CityGrounds. Their lattes are delicious, even if they are too creamy for us to drink before we sing. And ohhh, those fruit tarts.

Doing our sound check

Keep watching this space for more information about our other upcoming concerts and recordings. Also, if you haven’t yet, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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