2012 was the second year Doug Sisko and I (otherwise known as Crisko) undertook the RPM Challenge of recording an entire album during the month of February — and it was every bit as grueling but awesome as 2011. My recording “studio” averages around 50-55 degrees, as my little space heaters fight a losing battle with the Maine winter, so any fleet-fingered shredding is kept to a minimum (not a bad thing). Once again, I wrote all my lyrics at the last minute (mostly in front of an episode of The Bachelor – see “Cream Cheese”, “When I Was a Stud”, and “Pick Your Poison”) and stayed up til 4am on the last night of month singing all my songs. To commemorate the 20th (!) anniversary of the formation of my high school grunge band, Furnace (and to, er, compensate for the fact I didn’t write much music this year), I recorded two of our early 90s staples: “French Rock Is Really Cool” and “To Go or Not to Go” (written by our drummer and my old friend, Dan Connolly).