Steve Fisk again at our longtime haunt Westend Studios. We've been debating recording formats, of which the analog varieties tend to impart a certain character on the sound. For instance, the basic tracks (drums, guitar, bass) for Lavender 3 and Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader were both recorded to 24-track 2" tape via an MCI machine with Dolby-SR noise reduction, which contributed a glossy sheen to those records. Champagne Babycakes was recorded to 16-track 2" on the same MCI using a different set of heads without the noise reduction, which produced a grittier, punchier tone. And both of these methods sound less "bright" and precise than digital recording, which we used for basics on Mantoloking and always use for overdubs. We're not sure yet what the right "sound" is for this session, but we've left it mostly up to Steve.