January/February ’13

2013 is off to a very busy start.  Lots of projects for About Face Media and The License Lab.  I mastered projects for My God, The Heat, Dr. FrankBig Leaf Linden, Adam Douglas, The Hussy, Terra Rising, Cassanovas, IDFK, Shadows of Light, and  a few projects for Dope Folks Records coming out this spring.  I also mixed and mastered a 4-song project for Catch Kid from Madison WI.

I’m currently in the process of getting both websites updated so more news to come soon…

October/November/December ’12

There was so much action at the end of an already action packed year that I haven’t had time to update this site in a few months.  I was down for about a week while I moved my studio back to the Bay View area.  I’m still doing all the mastering work for The License Lab but now I’m doing it much closer to home (rather than at their location) so I can be more productive overall and better serve all my clients.  I also did live sound for one final Promise Ring show this year at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX.  I had a great time working with the Promise Ring for the run of shows I did with them in the 2nd half of 2012, which brought us to Philadelphia, Washington D.C, Boston, L.A, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Chicago.  At the end of November I was invited to be a part of the 88 NINE Radio Milwaukee awards show meet & greet where I was able to meet a lot of clients that I’ve done work for but hadn’t had a chance to meet with person before, as well as some other great people interested in the mastering process.  Just last weekend, I did live sound for another Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons show at Lawrence Chapel in Appleton, WI.  I’ve been doing these shows with Cory for about 5 years now and it’s been great to see them grow each year.  This time he was able to sell out this 1200 seat venue and his band sounded better than ever.

Along with mastering music, I’ve been doing a lot of audio editing/mixing/clean-up/sweetening for some short video documentary pieces for About Face Media and I also did one for 371 Productions.  It’s something I hope to do more of in 2013 and beyond.

I didn’t really do any album engineering in 2012 but I did work with the Sugar Stems from Milwaukee with help from Shane at Bobby Peru Recording.  I really wanted to work with these guys but couldn’t fit it in my schedule to do the entire album, so I sort of oversaw the recording process while they worked with Shane, and then I was able to mix and master the album in October and November.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out and you can order it on vinyl from Screaming Apple Records in Germany or on CD from Dream On Records in Japan.  I think that Dirtnap is also distributing it in the US.  I also mixed an album for the Spastic Hearts which recently came out.

As far as mastering projects go, there were plenty.  Some highlights would be full-length albums for Pageant from Nashville, Beach Club Crashers, Little Otik, Charles Walker Blues Band, Nathan Mathes, Shaker & the Egg, Devin Quello, The Guilty Wanted, Ron Rawhoof, a 4-song EP for Boy Blue,  and a remastering of all the CONTROL EPs that I previously mastered as one full-length release for vinyl which should be out soon on the fantastic Science Of Sound record label.

I also did the vinyl pre-mastering for a 7″ box set for The Gaslight Anthem that is coming out on Side One Dummy as well as some restoration/remastering work for a few Dope Folks Records which mainly focuses on re-issusing classic out-of-print hip-hop from the 90’s.  One other unique project was doing the mastering for Ted Kirkpatrick of Tourniquet for his latest release of Edgar Allan Poe pieces set to original music by Ted.

August/September ’12

I had the pleasure of mastering The Figgs Anthology Volume 1, marking the 25th anniversary of the band.  The compilation features 25 tracks (a few from pretty much every studio album and EP), plus a couple previously unreleased tracks and alternate mixes.  This should be out sometime later this year on CD.

I just wrapped up mixing a Smoking Popes song that was recorded during the “Born to Quit” sessions but never mixed or released.  I’ve also just started remastering the entire “Born to Quit” album.  Side One Dummy Records is re-issuing the album later this year with a few bonus tracks.

I also mastered Volume 2 of the 88NINE Radio Milwaukee live 2-CD set featuring some great bands such as The Jayhawks, The Shins, Fitz and the Tantrums & Jaill.

Other mastering projects include Midwest Death Rattle, IZZM, All These Runners, Matt Davies, Into Arcadia,  and a compilation 7″ record by The Fatty Acids, Sat Nite Duets, Radical Dads and Dinosaur Feathers.

Some other notable projects include mixing and mastering EP’s for both The Saltshakers as well as Daniel & the Lion who recently relocated to Nashville from Wisconsin.

Another fun project was mixing 2 songs for Limbeck for an upcoming 7″ record on Side One Dummy Records.  One of the songs is an original that was recorded during the sessions for their last full-length album but never got mixed or released.

June/July ’12

Much of June and part of July was spent mixing (and then mastering) the debut album from Hugh Bob And The Hustle. It’s being uploaded for replication this week so I think it should be available soon.

Also in June, I mastered projects for Ruby Stinson, Whiskeybelles, Elusive ParallelogramsShoot Down The Moon, Low Voltage Rangers, Good News Everyone, Greg Waters, Midwest Beat, a 2-disc live CD set by Danen Kane, and a fabulous extended EP by The Championship from Milwaukee.

I also remastered “Run, Engine, Run” by Trapper Schoepp & The Shades which was remixed by Geoff Sanoff and is about to be re-released by Side One Dummy Recordings.

I also ran FOH sound for Cory Chisel’s new album release show.  The new album is called “Old Believers” and is available on iTunes.

Speaking of FOH sound, I’m also doing the remaining shows this year for The Promise Ring.  So far I’ve done Philly, Washington D.C, Boston and Summerfest here in Milwaukee.  The rest of the year will bring us to LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Chicago.

In July I mastered a great compilation CD put out by Good Land Records which features a lot of great Milwaukee bands, as well as the Figgs and Tommy Stinson to name a few.  I also mastered projects for Pocatello, H2-OH, Allen Cote, The Zatopeks (from London UK), and a few more reissue projects for Dope Folks Records.  I also just mixed and mastered an EP for ZipGun Bomber featuring Nate Doyle, formerly of the Guts who I’ve also worked with in the past.

April/May ’12

Some recent mastering projects include a Disguised As Birds/Hot Coffin split 7″.  I had the pleasure of mastering an EP by Moon Curse that is available online now and possibly vinyl later.  I mastered two singer-songwriter type projects in April.  One was an EP by Kelly Steward from Rockford, IL and another extended EP by Wolfgang Schaefer. I mastered a split 7″ by Break Anchor and All Eyes West for Side One Dummy Recordings.  Also, I mastered full-length albums for Joe Huber of .357 String Band, Scott Troyer, Whalebone, Razor Fist and Hayward Williams for an album that I also mixed and was recorded by the talented Daniel McMahon.

Other projects included mixing and mastering an EP for Stock Options, mixing and mastering an EP by Daniel and the Lion, mixing and mastering a full-length album for Muddy Udders, mastering an EP for Castle Thunder, Dope Folks Records, and Dharma Dogs.

I am also overseeing a recording project by the Sugar Stems from Milwaukee.  The recording was done by Shane Olivo at Bobby Peru Recording.  I just got the files back, which sound great.  Mixing and mastering will happen sometime this summer and the Sugar Stems will have their 2nd full-length album complete.

I also did a short one week East Cost tour playing bass for Tommy Stinson.  Hoping to do more of that in the future.

Feb/March ’12

Recent mastering projects include mastering an amazing full-length album for vinyl for the Puta Madre Brothers from Australia. Other projects include mastering a new EP for Surgeons In Heat and then re-mastering their first EP for vinyl along with the new one for a 12-inch vinyl release happening this spring.  I remastered an old .357 String Band album that will also soon be getting a vinyl release.  Other clients include The Accelerators from the Netherlands, Ikarus Down, Fresh Cut Collective, Derek W. Dunn ( of .357 String Band), and The Piniellas.

March was full of some great projects as well such as remastering The Figgs 2004 album “Slow Charm” for it’s first ever vinyl release coming out soon on Good Land Records.   I also mastered an EP for the Smoking Popes for a Complete Control Session release on Side One Dummy recordings.  Some other mastering projects include ZETI, Tammy Borden, The Midwestern Charm, Tangled Up In Blue, Sugar Stems, and CONTROL.

Dec/Jan ’12

Wow, busy times…where to start.

Well, the documentary Undefeated won an Oscar for best documentary.  Most of the music for this film was recorded at Mystery Room last year and written by Dan McMahon and Miles Nielsen.

I did a bunch of mastering projects to start of 2012 including projects for The Hussy, Allen Cote, The Turdles, Archie Powell & The Exports, PUTA MADRE BROTHERS, The Piniellas, Borderlines, Derek Dunn, .357 String Band, A Familiar Voice, Fresh Cut Collective, Wasted Islands.  I remastered an album that I mixed a few years ago by a band called The Accelerators from the Netherlands, it should be reissued on vinyl and CD again soon.

I also finished mixing the Dan Vapid & The Cheats album that I started recording last fall.  It’s all mastered up and ready for release when the time is right.  Speaking of Dan Vapid, I also mastered a split 7″ coming out on Merman Records of the Jetty Boys and Dan Vapid & The Cheats.  I even got to go over to Lucky Lacquers and watch Dave cut it to vinyl.  Check out this photo:

I mixed and mastered an album for Ikarus Down which is the band of former Mystery Room engineer Jon Ferrer.  Also in the mixing department, I mixed some songs for what I think will be the next Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones album.

Nov/Dec ’11

It’s the end of a crazy year at Mystery Room Mastering.  I am currently doing mastering (and select mixing work) at a new location.  The new room is a part of a bigger complex called Burst HQ.  The guys at Burst have launched a new company along with a few others called The License Lab and I am also doing the mastering for all of their output.  So far it’s been great working in the new environment.  I’m still taking on outside mastering and mixing work, so don’t be afraid to get in touch if you need a project done.

December mastering projects included Great Lake Drifters, Dumbell, Dangerfield, Simon Chainsaw, Sugar Stems, The Morning Birds and Ill Disctracxion for Dope Folks Records.  I also mixed the Archie Powell & the Exports album that was recorded at the old Mystery Room back in September.

In November I was busy mastering projects for Bad Love Experience, Sat Nite DuetsTed Fitzkirkpatrick, Blessed Feathers, The Sensationalists, Catch Kid, Sleeping in the Aviary, Down On Maddy and Harvest Creative Services.  I also remastered the classic “Psychic Voodoo Mind Control” by the Catholic Boys, and a double LP of hard to find and unreleased stuff by the Mistreaters, both records just came out on Dusty Medical Records.

I also wrapped up the recording of the new Dan Vapid and the Cheats album that I am currently mixing right now.

Somewhere in there I also found time to play bass for a couple Cory Chisel shows in Rockford and Chicago, as well as for an in-store performance with Tommy Stinson down at Reckless Records in Chicago.

Sept/Oct ’11

As of Dec 1st will be joining the guys at Burst HQ as they launch the License Lab.  I will still be taking on mastering projects as usual (and some mixing as time permits) but I’ll be doing it at Burst HQ and I’ll be doing some work for them as well.  I’m a little sad to be leaving the studio in Bay View but I’m excited to be working with the guys at Burst/License Lab .  I’ll have some photos and more info as it develops.

Recent mastering projects include a cassette release EP for CONTROL from Madison.  I also mastered projects for Minor Characters, Haunted Heads, Masked Intruder, Matt Monsoor, Annie B & the Vagabond Co., Elvis Thao, Old American Junk, Silver Dapple, Rectifier, and a remaster of an original cassette release by the Woolridge Brothers.  I also mastered a few 7″ singles for Ramma Lamma and and Bazooka for Dusty Medical Records.

Also, with the help of Dan McMahon and Jon Ferrer I’ve been doing a few recording projects with Archie Powell & the Exports and Dan Vapid and the Cheats, both from Chicago.  Both projects are just about ready to be mixed.  I also mixed and mastered 3 new songs by They Stay Dead from Edmond, Oklahoma.

I also played a pair of shows with with Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons up at Cranky Pat’s in Neenah, WI.  While I was up there I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Jason Verstegen who wrote this nice piece for the Fox Valley Scene newspaper.


July/August ’11

I did some mastering projects for Miles Nielsen, 88Nine Radio MillwaukeeMilestone, Tenement, Icarus Himself, Buffalo Moon, Old American Junk, Fatty Acids, Koine, The Pharmacy, The Lonesome Savages, Teenage Renegade, Blessed Feathers, and Take Solace.

Also, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades have been working hard with Dan McMahon at the Mystery Room recording their newest album.  I will be mixing the album in late August.

I did a quick week long tour in the deep South playing bass with the Paul Collins Beat.

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