April/May/June/July/August ’15

This summer has been so busy with projects and things that I haven’t been able to stick to quarterly updates but here are some of the latest projects:

together PANGEA just released a new EP I recently mastered. It was produced by Tommy Stinson and released on Burger Records.

I also mixed and mastered a new Tommy Stinson song called “Can’t Be Bothered” which is now available on iTunes. I also mixed and mastered a new 7″ single for Tommy with two other new songs which will be released any moment now on Burger Records. You can see the video for “Can’t Be Bothered” HERE.

The Midnight Reruns album, which was also produced by Tommy Stinson and mixed and mastered by myself will be out early this fall on Dusty Medical Records. It’s sure to be a Milwaukee rock & roll classic.

Speaking of Milwaukee rock & roll classics, Phylums debut album is out now on Dirtnap Records. Phylums are currently one of Milwaukee’s best bands in my opinion. Listen to it HERE. Buy it HERE.

Other recent mastering projects in include Sahara Surfers (Austria), NO/NO, Nora Collins, Lucyfer Sam (Italy), Space Raft, Midwives, Heavy Looks, Testa Rosa, Gina Venier, TapebendersRoberta Dragone (Italy), Polisong (Spain), Penny CorrisSinfonico Honolulu (Italy), The Midwest Beat, Nate Meng, Dollis & The System, Kurt Baker, Josh Lane, Tradecraft, Sadlord, I’m Not A Pilot, dAb, Linear North, GeenaAuralai, Fun With Atoms, Faux Fiction, The Pikes (Germany), Labradors (Italy), The Singing Company, {ELSE}, Miserable Friend, The Whiskeybelles, The Connection, Out of Nothing, The ComplicationThe Oak Street RamblersCommander Tang, Them Teeth, (ORB)Ophelia’s Sweet DemisefREEXSarah Hollins, WOWS (Italy), The Peawees (Italy), The Lone CanaryLaura PetersenTyler and the Streeters, AvenuesThe Monday SpecialsMare Edstrom And The Snake River RamblersTemporal Sluts (Italy), Dusk, Mia Carruthers, Dope Calypso (Italy), Said the Shotgun, Tight Eye, Mono in Stereo, Lone River (Italy), Jeff & The GoldbloomersGerry Hundt’s Legendary One-Man-Band, BIG HUGE and some others.


Jan/Feb/March ’15

2015 is off to a busy and great start.

Some recent mastering projects include: Screeching Weasel, PhylumsBig John Bates, Platinum BoysThe Exotics, GoldBoot, Digital Leather, Great Lakes Drifters, Sweetalk, Overserved Gentlemen, Kaiser (Germany), Go Curtis Go, Kenny Reichert Band, SadlordRainey St. Warriors, The Hussy, IDKFThe Mugwumps (Austria), Vein RaysThe Directionals, Hakan, The Manges/The Queers (Italy), BlonderThe Love is Loud!!, Luke ArvidBelle & the Claytons, K-otix, Avenues, NU (Italy), Glitter Trash, The HullmenWooldridge BrothersTristan Bushman, Testa Rosa, Lou ShieldsTang Soleil (Canada), StrategicThe Piniellas, Holiday Kid, NonprontoMark HarrodPeawees (Italy), and more.

I also took on a special mixing project for the Midnight Reruns new album. The album was recorded and produced by Tommy Stinson (Replacements, Guns N’ Roses). No official release plans yet but the album is mixed, mastered, and ready to go when the time is right.

I took a field trip up to Kiel, WI to record a tape sync interview for one of my favorite radio programs This American Life.

Ian Olvera and I recorded a live concert in Milwaukee, WI at Club Garibaldi back in January. The concert was organized by the folks at Milwaukee Record and featured 8 Milwaukee bands playing the songs of other Milwaukee bands. The recording can be purchased via Bandcamp by clicking HERE. The proceeds of the live recording go to the Girls Rock Milwaukee program.



October/November/December ’14

As another busy year winds down, here’s a rundown of some mastering clients and projects from the last few months:

Testa Rosa, Field ReportPhylumsFaz Waltz (Italy), Bad Love Experience (Italy), No/NoOphelia’s Sweet Demise, Dirty Louis, Black Belt Theatre, The Rumskis, Anna Dobbin, Buffalo Gospel, Soup Moat, Desolation Row, Devin Quello, Pueblo People (Italy), and a few new releases for Dope Folks Records coming in 2015.

Aside from all that, I was also able to wrap up mixing and mastering for the new Tenement album for Don Giovanni Records. It’s a double album that I also recorded the drums for back in 2013. The rest of the album was recorded with Shane at Bobby Peru Recording, as well as by Amos from Tenement at his home studio. I try not to get involved with mixing projects these days because of how it complicates my mastering workflow, but Tenement is a band that I enjoy so much that I couldn’t say no to being involved with this project. All the masters are now delivered and the album should be out sometime in 2015.

I also just finished mixing the new Muddy Udders album that was recorded at The Midwest Sound in Rockford IL. We should be moving on to mastering very soon.

One other thing I did a bit of in 2014 is live recording. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the mix of The Replacements show from Midway Stadium and hoping to do the final mastering in early 2015. I have no idea what the release plans are for this but there is also video footage, so I’d expect at least a video release, possibly an audio-only release of the show as well.

Another live recording I did recently was something for Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts. They did a Thanksgiving weekend show in their hometown of Rockford Illinois. We were able to do a pretty quick turnaround and the official album release is Dec 23rd digitally, and physical CD release on Dec 26th. I’ll post more info on it when it comes out. The live album was captured in a beautiful old wooden room with a very quiet and polite audience. I’d like to thank Ian Olvera for assisting with the live recording as I was also was mixing the live sound during the show.

I also had the pleasure of getting out of the studio to mix the Field Report album release show at The Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee.

July/August/September ’14

Some mastering projects in the last 3 months include a split 7″ by Dwight TwilleyJosh Berwanger for Good Land RecordsRedHawks, drmanhattan, Air TightXposed 4HeadsMonkeeman (Germany), a split 7″ by Mark Steven Hillstrom & Christopher Gold, introvert, Bullhound Studio Compilation, White Problems, Dope Calypso (Italy), Westrin & Mowry, a split album by Josh Harty & Blake Thomas, King Mastino (Italy), Tara Terra, Old American JunkVince ChiarelliWealthy GhostPaul Trinko, Buffalo GospelElli de Mon (Italy), Michaela Thomas, Daniel and the LionReubens AccomplicePanalureThe Person & The PeopleThe KommissionersNoise ComplementThe Girls UpstairsDead Modern VillainsThe JeaniesFunktional Family, & Building on Buildings.

Aside from all the above mastering, I  continue to master the majority of the output for The License Lab. If you or anybody you know needs music for a video/film production, I highly recommend browsing their brilliant website.

I am also experimenting with a new endeavor. I’ve turned down a fair amount of opportunities over the years to record live concerts, or an occasional album project that I might have been interested in doing but didn’t have time or energy to round up all the equipment needed. Generally speaking, my brain-bandwidth and mastering workflow don’t allow me to get into any recording projects anymore, but putting together a simple but great sounding live recording rig is something I’ve been considering for awhile for unique projects, and rentals to other engineers. I can now say “yes” to the right projects. The system I have allows for splitting up to 24 XLR microphone channels on stage before the signals enter any of the live sound monitor or front-of-house mixing consoles and other equipment. This makes for a nice, clean, and excellent sounding multi-track recording that can be edited, mixed, and otherwise manipulated in the studio. The system itself can capture a total of 26 simultaneous inputs which is ideal for small to mid-size shows by artists that don’t have more than 24 inputs. Even with 24 channels, there are still two inputs for some crowd/ambience microphones.

In the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of capturing The Paegans (featuring Bun E. Carlos) in Rockford, IL and The Replacements at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, MN.

Here is a work-in-progress page with some system specs and other info:


The recording system (in full or in part) is available for rent to qualified engineers, feel free to email if you have a need for something.

April/May/June ’14

It’s been another busy & great few months for Mystery Room Mastering.

The Shivvers LP is finally out and getting some great reviews and feedback. The Sugar Stems album that I mixed and mastered is all finished and due out July 22nd on Dirtnap Records.

Some other mastering projects include a 7″ for Direct Hit!, an album by The Gazettiers, Zeti, Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room, Jackie BrownHeavy Hand, Midwives, Jeremiah NelsonThe HellfishStreetcar RailroadCanopiesJoey SparrowThe Family BusinessRonnie Jay and The StandardsStolen Silver, The Spastic HeartsDaniel and the Lion, the Bat BitesJodi Beach TrioEvergreenKieran Grogan, Go Curtis Go, TapebendersVolunteer, Space MagicMike CastleDope Calypso, Kaams, Greatest LakesLow Voltage Rangers, Opus DogHeartthrobZach Steinbach, & TIT.

Jan/Feb/March ’14

2014 is already on track to be the busiest year yet for me @ Mystery Room Mastering. With the help of Martin DeFatte at Guerrilla Digital, I now have a handy dandy mastering cost estimator on the Mystery Room website. This calculator allows you to enter different variables and see what your mastering project may cost. From there, you can also enter all your project details and upload your unmastered files as well. The Mystery Room site will be updated soon as well, with more current photos and equipment list etc.

Recent mastering projects include a new LP by Archie Powell & The Exports, a new full-length by Joseph Huber, an EP for Catch Kid, a new Mugwumps full-length, a split LP by The Hussy and Digital Leather, a full-length by Colin Swinney (formerly of Goodnight Loving), an EP by Points West, a new full-length by The Midwest Beat, a Springwater EP, a full-length by Jeff Parks, the Good Land Records 2014 Sampler, the Milwaukee Psych Fest 2014 compilation, a 1- song single for Canopies, full-length by Midwest Guitar Trio, a full-length for Brett Newski, an EP for Magnyfix, 3 songs for Big John Bates, a full-length for Centre The Image, a 3-song preview of an upcoming album for Sharon Alston & Created Image, a new full-length by Haunted Heads, a new full-length by The Delphines, an EP for Greasy Hearts, 8-song EP by Calico Flamigos, an EP for Rushford Mile, and over a half dozen releases for Dope Folks Records.

I also did some mix adjustments and remastered the first They Stay Dead EP and it’s getting reissued on Jailhouse Records and cut by Dave @ Lucky Lacquers.

On top of all that, I continue to master most of the output for The License Lab, if you need any library music for any video productions or otherwise, be sure to browse their catalog and website.

I’m not currently taking on any new recording or mixing projects because all the mastering work, as well as my work with The License Lab and About Face Media, does not leave me with much time to do anything else. If you’re looking to record and mix, I’d suggest these studios: The Midwest Sound (Rockford, IL), Bobby Peru Recording (Milwaukee), Rock Garden Studio (Appleton, WI). All three have been recently remodeled and/or relocated and produce great sounds and work.

Nov/Dec ’13

Recent projects include mastering a Christmas album for The Whiskeybelles and a special New Year’s Eve track by The Violet Lights, as well as projects for The Jeanies, Gen PopKurt Baker, Space Raft, Honey & the 45’s, The New Red Moons, The Mike Benign Compulsion, Fire Retarded, Blue Light Scene, Merging With Machines, Quarter Past One (Italy) & King Mastino (Italy).

Outside of the mastering world, I also mixed (and mastered) a new song by They Stay Dead (once again produced by Mike Kennerty) and I also did some miscellaneous editing for a few songs on Danen Kane’s upcoming album.

Thanks to everybody that helped make 2013 a great year for me and Mystery Room Mastering. Special thanks to The License Lab, About Face Media, The Midwest Sound and Dope Folks Records for your continued support. Exciting things are already in place for 2014.

Unsolicited equipment and software shout-outs to Crane Song LTD, Dorrough & Valhalla DSP.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading.


Sept/Oct 2013

Recent mastering projects for late summer/early fall include a b-sides collection for The Gaslight Anthem that Side One Dummy is releasing, 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, The Shivvers (out on Sing Sing Records soon), The Rustbelt Boys, VolunteerFable & the World Flat, Inbound Kennedy, Dot Dot Dot, Calico Flamingos, The Goddamns, Tim Schweiger & The Middlemen, Holy Shit!, Mike Castle, Simon Chainsaw & another handful of projects for Dope Folks Records. I also did a unique vinyl master (CD master was done elsewhere) for the new Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound album titled “Fine Rude Thing” which should be out in a couple months. Finally, I am finishing up mastering a rather large project for The Manges (from Italy) which is a compilation of all their 7″ releases dating back to 1993 being released as a 3xLP vinyl set. I think it’s around 50 songs.

I just wrapped up mixing & mastering an album by Derek Luttrell from Rockford Illinois. The album was produced at The Midwest Sound by Dan McMahon & Miles Nielsen. It should be out on Rotown Records sooner than later.

I also remixed a live show by the Sugar Stems that originally aired on WMSE awhile back. They plan to do a vinyl release of the new remix/remaster on Dusty Medical Records sometime later this year.

In non-musical news, I recorded a few remote tape syncs for NPR and BBC Radio. The BBC project was interesting because I was recording Joel Whitburn being interviewed in his home office, which was quite an experience.

Ok, back to work now.

July/August ’13

Back in early July I had the pleasure of mastering a full-length album for the talented Wyatt Funderbunk. I’ve heard a lot of his work producing other bands/artists so it should have been no surprise how great his solo album is. You can listen to and purchase it here.

Other mastering projects include Tallymoore, Elli De Mon (Italy), The Rustbelt Boys Lamb’s Legs, Frank Calvagna, Seth Boyte, Tom Hilker, Commander Tang, Travis Agnew, The Tanked, Frankie & the Wheels, & another handful of new releases for Dope Folks Records.

I also wrapped up mixing & mastering the forthcoming Sleepwalkers album. I’m in the final stages of mixing a new record for Derek Luttrell that will be out on Rotown Records this fall.

Thanks to all the bands, artists and clients that keep me busy month after month.

March/April/May/June ’13

Some recent mastering projects include Pioneer, Cameron McGill, Avenues, The Family Business, The Hullmen, Crappy Dracula, The Hollands!, Kat Hunter, Circles, Fable & the World Flat, Jones Island Flood, Jetty Boys, Wealthy Ghost, Outside Lions, Twin Brother, Luke Sather, Doozey, Pudge, Wild Violets, The Violet Hour, Nora Collins, Mark Steven Hillstrom & a handful of projects for Dope Folks Records.  I am also still doing mastering for The License Lab as well as audio sweeting for video projects for About Face Media.

Earlier this spring remastered the two Death Head EPs by Daniel & the Lion as one full-length release.  I also just mastered a new EP for Daniel & the Lion called “Final Night” that will be available very soon from Rotown Records.


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