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Is This Progress?

by The Obsoletes

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Little Gurl 03:17
Stay Awhile 03:12
P.O. Box 03:56


Originally released in 2004 on 1-4-5 Records, The Obsoletes "Is This Progress?" album has been fully remastered from the original mixes by Justin Perkins, with the help of Tim Schweiger. This reissue (via Good Land Records) features a few of the original album demos as bonus tracks, as well as a live version of "920 Blues" which was a hidden bonus track on the original CD. The original CD is long out of print and until now, the album has not been available digitally.

"Is This Progress?" was recorded at Simple Studios in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was recorded 100% on analog tape (1" 24-Track), and also mixed from the tape on a mixing console that did not have automation. This means that the mixes were performances in themselves, and no digital editing was possible which gives the album a raw/natural feel. Clearly, vocal reverb or delay was not in style at the time.

The album was recorded on two different flaky Fostex G24S tape machines, and mixed on a touchy Alesis X2 console with what would be considered prosumer gear today. The stereo mixes were captured from analog to digital via an Alesis AI-3. So against all odds, it sounds mostly okay.

The multi-track tapes were transferred to digital before the tape machine ultimately died, but remixing the album has not come to fruition so this is just a remaster of the original stereo mixes.


released May 18, 2019

Timothy Schweiger: Guitar/Vocals
Justin Perkins: Fender Bass/Vocals
Jon Phillip: Drums/Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Joey Huffman: Hammond B-3/Wurlitzer
Josh Engle: Hammond B-3/Accordion
Sam Lark Sr.: Pedal Steel Guitar
Dan McMahon: Lap Steel/Backing Vocals/Hand Claps
Jordan Davis: Harmonica/Percussion
Cory Chisel: Backing Vocals/Hand Claps

Engineered by Justin Perkins @ Simple Studios in Green Bay, WI
Jon Hietpas helped engineer the basic live tracks
Mixed by Justin Perkins & Timothy Schweiger @ Simple Studios

Remastered in 2019 by Justin Perkins @ Mystery Room Mastering in Milwaukee, WI.

Artwork: Patrick Carrie
Photo: James Arlart

Good Land Records (GLR-034)


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The Obsoletes Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Obsoletes were a band from Neenah, WI and Milwaukee, WI in the early 2000s through the mid-2000s, featuring Tim Schweiger, Justin Perkins, and Jon Phillip.

They continued to play shows here and there after that.

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