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.

June ’11

Mastering projects included Burning Sons, Chris Head and the Honchos, The Mighty Fine, Homestretch, No Sleep For The Bear, Stock Options, Head On Electric, New Red Moons, Andy Thiele, Midnight Reruns, Direct Hit!, Odd Movers and one of of my favorite records I’ve mastered in a long time, Sleeping In The Aviary which will be out Sept. 6th via Science Of Sound.

I also mixed and mastered a great record by Nathan Mathes called “Roselawn” which sound be available soon.

I also spent some time playing bass with Cory Chisel at Churchill Downs in Louisville KY, Bonnaroo music festival outside of Nashville, Cranky Pat’s in Neenah WI, SummerFest in Milwaukee, WI and Riverfront Rendezvous in Steven’s Point WI.

March/April/May ’11

Mastering projects included Blake Thomas, Josh Harty, Surgeons In Heat, Lucky Diaz, Jetty Boys, Canopies, Cait & the Girls, Joe Vent, Blue Sky Hour, Tonight, the City Skyline, The Campaign, and Unity.

I spent a few weeks in Italy working with Bad (love) Experience at Sam Studio. The sessions went well and I’m looking forward to putting the finishing touches on it before mixing and mastering this summer.

I received a WAMI award for producer of the year, 2011.

I finally got the Tenement album mixed, one of my favorite punk rock albums I’ve worked on….it should be out by summertime on vinyl and CD.

I played a run of shows in Texas with Screeching Weasel, the final show at SXSW ended in quite a scene, ready about it HERE.

I mixed and mastered an album with Dan McMahon for Daniel and the Lion entitled “Sweet Teeth”, you can check it out HERE.

I mixed and mastered a 3 song demo for They Stay Dead which was produced by Mike Kennerty.

Galynne and Mark spent a few days in early March recording some overdubs with Dan McMahon for their newest album.

January/February ’11

The Cameron McGill & What Army album is officially mastered, off to the press and will be out April 12th and can be ordered from Cameron’s website.

The Snowbirds album is now mixed and mastered and should be available sometime this spring/summer.

I mastered the new Screeching Weasel album “First World Manifesto” which will be released March 15th on Fat Wreck Chords.

I also mastered projects for Whitney Mann, Dead Luke, the Midwest Beat, Compact Moroboshi, Drugs Dragons, Matt Monsoor, .357 String Band, Sloane Peterson, Simon Chainsaw, Baywood Park, Jonathan Burks, Ando Ehlers, Charlie & the Cynics, Canyons of Static, IfIHadAHifi, Jeremiah Nelson, The Wildbirds, The Hollands!, Crappy Dracula, the Last Rhino and Pascal’s Balloon.

I also spent some more time at Blast House Studios in Madison, WI with Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts. We recorded the basic tracks for a few more songs, overdubbing will resume in the spring for what will be their next full-length album.

Daniel & the Lion have been in doing more recording with Dan McMahon. The record is pretty much done being recorded and Dan and I will start mixing this thing soon.

December ’10

Not too much to report in December as most of my time has been spent with Mike Kennerty finishing up the new Screeching Weasel album, which will be out on Fat Wreck Chords in mid-March.

I did manage to find time to master some projects for The Delta Routine, So-So Radio, Book Club, and Miracle Drugs.

I also spent a few more days with Cory Chisel & Adriel Harris doing some more demo songs for the upcoming Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons album.

November ’10

In November I found myself doing a bit more recording than usual vs. mastering….Cory Chisel & Adriel Harris came by to record 3 demo songs which turned out fabulous. I spent 4 days at Blast House Studios in Madison working with Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, we recorded basic tracks for 9 songs, more to follow. I’ve also been working with Mike Kennerty at both my studio and The Blast House on the new Screeching Weasel album. The new album will be out on Fat Wreck Chords in March.

I also had time to fit in mastering projects for The Parlor Room, Donoma, The Ratcliffs, Lucky Diaz, The Regardless, Lover! & Big Leaf Linden.

October ’10

I played Cincinnati and Detroit with Screeching Weasel. Also, Ben from Screeching Weasel did an interview that aired on Last Call with Carson Daly, you can watch it HERE.

This month included mastering projects for Joe Huber of .357 String Band, Ikarus Down, I’m Not A Pilot, Whirm, Courageous Chief, Rock La Flow, the Jodi Beach Trio, Honest Monday and Sulek.

The Snowbirds have been in the studio working on a full-length album, we’re just a few sessions away from being ready to mix the album, this will definitely be a highlight of my year working in the studio.

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