The Desert Mothers

Friday, March 6, 2009


Love this new song  by “Nowhere Motel” singer Gina Fant-Saez with Sissy Siero:

That’s Gina on piano and vocals.

posted by spencer at 7:56 am  

Friday, August 22, 2008

Desert Mothers take a break for Obama

I’m in Detroit for the months leading up to the election, helping out on the Barack Obama campaign’s communications effort in the swing state of Michigan. Too busy for music till Nov. 5! The Desert Mothers will return…

posted by spencer at 6:33 pm  

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Spencer signing with Audiosocket

Looks like I’ll be signing with Audiosocket for music licensing, including music by The Desert Mothers. They seem like a good bunch. As they say:

We seek the best talent and provide a seamless way for songs to be licensed for use in film or TV, on DVDs or documentaries, on video games or on the Web.

Audiosocket connects artists with talent buyers in the mainstream media. We provide a means of licensing music that doesn’t require any loss of ownership. We are passionate about our work, love what we do, and care greatly about helping both sides of this equation achieve on-going success.

posted by spencer at 11:50 am  

Thursday, March 13, 2008

“Nowhere Motel” MP3 for sale in CDBaby’s new MP3 store

The name says CDBaby, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be MP3 babies too:

posted by spencer at 8:10 am  

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Duggup reviews “Nowhere Motel”

A very nice review of “Nowhere Motel” by The Desert Mothers at Australian music site, which has made us their featured artist of the day – excerpt:

Today’s track is a ripper, for a whole bunch of reasons. My favourite one is that if you are interested you get to hear the stages the song went through as it was created as the recording process moves along. (this assumes that like me, you actually are interested in stuff like that). So, if you have ever wondered about how a song is created? Then today is your day because…

1. Spencer Critchley (the driving force behind The Desert Mothers) has documented the whole process from audio sketch to the finished product above complete with MP3 excerpts from the recording along the way.
2. “Nowhere Motel” is a great song (which is a really good thing).

Read the whole review…

posted by spencer at 7:56 am  

Monday, January 28, 2008

5 Favorite Songs

I stumbled across Paul Zollo’s music site, which features lists of 5 Favorite Songs by Bob Newhart, John Doe, Diana Krall, and others. Before I knew it I’d written my own and was trying to submit it – only to find the form is broken. So, rather than let it go entirely to waste…

Angel, Jimi Hendrix
Many people think of Jimi Hendrix as a lead guitarist, but he was also a brilliant rhythm player, with a style that grew out of his work backing R&B bands, including the early Isley Brothers. “Angel” is a beautiful ballad with a rhythm guitar accompaniment that transforms “licks” into orchestration.
I Can’t Make You Love Me, (sung by) Bonnie Raitt
Just a beautifully written song that captures a deep emotion – a favorite “I wish I’d written that” of many songwriters. The actual writers were Allen Shamblin and Mike Reid. I understand they started out writing an uptempo bluegrass song – if you sing it fast in your head you can hear what they were up to. (more…)
posted by spencer at 2:07 am  

Monday, January 28, 2008

O’Reilly Digital Media Article on Recording “Nowhere Motel”

I wrote an article for O’Reilly Digital Media (as in Tim O’Reilly, not Bill O’Reilly), on the recording of “Nowhere Motel” using, the web-based “virtual recording studio” founded by Gina Fant-Saez – the same Gina Fant-Saez who sings “Nowhere Motel” – you can read how all that came to be.The Desert Mothers were scattered around the United States – and at one point, Nova Scotia – but stayed connected via esession. The article has lots of MP3 examples so you can hear the song came together.

posted by spencer at 1:28 am  

Thursday, November 8, 2007

“Nowhere Motel” single advance release

The Desrt Mothers: Nowhere Motel CD cover art“Nowhere Motel”, the first single from the upcoming album of the same name: “A dew drop on a cactus/Balanced on a spine/I’m feeling like a figment/Of the desert’s fevered mind”.

AVAILABLE NOW as a download. CLICK to hear it.

posted by spencer at 2:09 pm  

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