The Saltshakers new album is all mixed and ready to be mastered.
I got a last minute call to finish up a couple songs for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. Cory’s been working down in Nashville at Blackbird with Joe Chiccarelli, so it was great getting a chance to work on these songs. Thanks to Daniel at Burst HQ and J Christopher Hughes at Post Historic for the last minute studio accommodations. I’ll be mixing the last 4 songs for the record in July and it should be out on Black Seal/RCA records in the fall.
I flew down to Austin, TX for a few days to play bass for a few shows with both Screeching Weasel and the Riverdales. I never knew how crazy downtown Austin can be on any given nite. I had a chance to go up by the university and get my photo taken in front of this famous Daniel Johnston mural he did on the side of restaurant. Anyway, the shows were outside but in a covered area so it was like playing in a sauna, but it was a great time, looking forward to Chicago and LA in the fall.
I mixed one more song and mastered an EP for Breakout Division, a great rock band I met when I was in Italy last year recording a different band. Should be out in August on 7″ vinyl and digital download.
Tim Schweiger and the Middle Men came in for about a week to begin work on their next full-length. We battled van breakdowns, scheduling conflicts and a bad case of the flu, but we we’re off to a good start, sounding great so far.
The Onion/Decider published a story and interview I did with them a few weeks ago.
You can see it right HERE.
Paste Magazine did a story called “TEN PERFECTLY IMPERFECT MUSICAL OUTTAKES” and it features a song I recorded for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. Right up there with Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and Eminem. The version on the Paste website is not the same version…when we were recording Cory’s live EP last year, he sprung a last minute idea on me to record a few songs while they play out in the crowd, so I grabbed the closest mic to me and put it in front of them, which is why there is also a ton of background noise (as mentioned in the article)….then the song ended up making in on the record, funny how things work sometimes.
I spent a couple days at Howl Street with Dr. Frank (of the Mr. T Experience). Frank is putting out his 2nd book later this summer and wanted to have a couple songs to go with it. If things go as planned, it’ll be released on a 7″ and iTunes.
Finished mixing the Candeliers album. We did the basic tracks last fall, then they did a lot of work on it themselves and brought it back to me for mixing and mastering.
I recieved a WAMI award for 2009 Producer of the year. I actually tied with Jeff Hamilton but close enough I guess….not really sure how that all works. I also recorded/produced and mixed the “album of the year” by Hindsight.
Tenement (who are one of my favorite bands to work with) came in to Howl St to start their first full-length release, so far so good.
Bear Proof Suit came in for a day and recorded their half of a split 12″.
We finished up the music for the King Friday reunion EP, files have been sent off to Portland, OR so vocals can be added.
I spent a weekend recording Chicago punk band The Methadones, we did 4 songs which will make up two 7” releases sometime this summer.
I spent a few days rehearsing for a show with the Riverdales down in Chicago..the show was a great time, looking forward to Austin in June
Finished up an EP that I have been working at on Smart Studios with singer-songwriter Nathaniel Waldschmidt, thanks to Nathaniel for letting me pick all my favorite musicians to play on it.
Spent a day at Howl Street recording drums for legendary Fox Valley band King Friday. I remember going to see these guys play back in the day when I was about 14 years old, so it’s great getting a chance to work with them.
Recording has begun for the new Andy’s Automatics full-length. I recorded their last album a few years back, and I’m happy to be doing their next one as well.
Recording the new Truthdealer record has begun as Howl Street as well. We did music and vocals for all 18 (or so) songs in just a day.
I’ve been spending some days in the studio with Jentri Colello doing another batch of songs to complete her full length album coming out this summer.
Finished up mixing an mastering for the new Holy Shit! Release, which will be out on 10” vinyl later this year.
Flew out to LA to play two shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood playing bass for Ben Weasel. The shows were sold out and it was a great time and a great time, except the flight home which had to turn around and re-land at LAX, ended up getting home a day late but it was a good time overall.
Mastered a great record for a Minneapolis band Liarbirds.
Spent a couple days at Howl Street recording new songs with the Goodnight Loving, this time we decided to use a Yamaha cassette 8-Track…it turned out great, we got 3 songs recorded and mixed. It’s refreshing to try recording on something with limits, like an 8-track as opposed to pro tools where you can for the most part, use as many tracks as you need. A few more sessions and we should have a new record done.
The end of March was spent mixing the newest Riverdales album.
It’s pretty much ready to go and will be out on CD and vinyl on Asian Man Records July 14th.
There is a nice review of the newest Mystery Girls record I recorded a few years ago now. The record was recently released on In The Red Records and you can check out the review on the Madison Ithsmus website.
Members of the Midwest Beat and the Grizzlies came in to Howl Street and recorded a few songs, I’m not sure what the project will be called, but hopefully it will be out later this year.
Madison punk band The Transgressions came in last minute due to a cancellation and recorded about 6 songs averaging about 1 minute each…I will hopefully have a chance to mix this stuff soon.
The last half of December was quite busy, starting with a Riverdales rehearsal in Madison to see if things would work with a 4-piece line-up. It was fun.
Made a lot of progresss with the new Jetty Boys album, added tons of guitars, and got the bass and lead vocals all recorded.
I spent a day at Smart Studios in Madison recording 1 song with the etiquette. Had a great time using the 2” tape machine. It had been quite awhile since I had worked this way and really enjoyed it. It was great to work with a band that really wanted to take time and get things right and sounding good, on tape.
New Years Eve was a long but fun night. I was at Cranky Pat’s in Neenah doing sound for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons as well as Blueheels. I think the show got done around 3:30am, I was a bit tired. I can’t quite rock like I used to be able. I also turned 28 this night at midnight.
In early January I mixed 5 songs for Italian band Breakout Division. I met the singer Tommi when I was over in Italy, he had recoded the demos for the band I was working with over there.
I also mixed about 7 songs for a rock band from the Appleton area called Nerve. I thnk I started this project almost 2 years ago for Eric at Simple Studios and were finally getting around to finishing this thing.
I mastered a full-length for The Baseball Furies, who I believe are no longer a band but had an album that never came out but will be coming out soon now that it’s mastered.
The Goodnight Loving came back in to put the finishing touches on 2 songs that we recorded on 4-track last fall.
One of the songs “Earwig” is on their myspace page.
Recorded Blueheels live, two nites in a row at Cranky Pat’s in Neenah. Everything went really smooth and I have turned the files over to Landon, their bassist to handle the editing and mixing process.
Finished mixing and mastering the live Ben Weasel record, I recorded (and played bass for) 2 shows in August at Reggie’s in Chicago. We performed the classic Screeching Weasel album “My Brain Hurts” in it’s entirety two nites in a row and I took the best versions from each show and it will be released on Asian Man Records sometime in 2009.
Spent a weekend recording a great Milwaukee band called the Candliers They are taking the basic tracks home to finish the record up and then I will mix it in early ‘09
Did a day of recording with Milwaukee band Rapid Adapter. They are taking the files home to finish up and mix them selves, but I think we got the project off to a great start.
Milwaukee band Jail came by to put the finishing touches on the mixes I did in Sept. I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of this band before now. Really great stuff. I’m not sure when the record will be out.
Mixed a full-length record for a band for a great punk-rock band from the Netherlands called the Accelerators.
Spent a few days getting started on an EP for Jentri Collelo, a great singer/songwriter from Madison. I hope to have it finished and mixed in early ’09.
Spent a few days rehearsing for a couple Ben Weasel shows in Chicago.
The shows were great, and I again recorded both shows. A Seattle band called The Girls opened both shows and I recorded them as well and mixed one of their sets, I’m hoping they use it for something cause it sounds pretty good.
I had to get some acupuncture done, my right hand had become swollen and sore to the point where I could hardly move it, and my left hand mouse skills are pretty weak. I can’t believe how well, and quick the acupuncture worked on my hand. It’s a miracle.
After getting things in order from being gone for 3 weeks, I mixed The Razor Fist album. It’s called “Metal Minds” and will be out on Pure Steel Records in Germany sometime in early ’09. If you are into old-school sounding metal, there are a couple new songs on their myspace. “The Runner” is one of my favs.
Ran sound for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons at Lawrence Chapel in Appleton. It was a long day since we had to bring in all the sound stuff other than the speakers, but it was worth it. Lawrence Chapel is a beautiful sounding room and Cory and his band are amazing.
Spent a week and a half mixing the Bad (love) Experience album that I recorded in Italy. I think they have found a label to release the record in ’09, so they are holding off on posting any new songs.
Finished up overdubs for the Heller-Mason record, finally!
Spent a day @ Howl Street Recording, recording the Goodnight Loving. We did two songs and recorded them on their Tascam 4-track. It’s been awhile since I worked like that and had a blast. I think the plan is to do more songs, possibly their next record?? on a cassette 4 or 8-track.