2012 did not bring the apocalypse (well, there are a few weeks left, so I won't hold my breath), but it was a great year for music and I had the privilege of working on some fantastic records. Here are some highlights: I began 2012 working on the self-titled debut LP by Double King, which I produced, engineered, mixed, and played lead guitar on. You can listen to it here. We did the whole album live, with vocals and a few other odds and ends overdubbed. We also used an old Teac 80-8 1/2" machine from the early 80s to record drums, which was really fun. The album was recorded and mixed at Sound Machine in Manhattan, and was released in September. It has already gotten some great press from Paste Magazine, exfm, Blaqbook, and TimeOutNY. Catch Double King in New York, and see us on tour in the Spring!
This last Spring I developed a great working relationship (and friendship) with a wonderful band from Brooklyn called Vensaire. I was fortunate enough to produce and co-engineer their debut EP at Headgear Recording (RIP) in Brooklyn and at Spin Studios in Queens over Memorial Day Weekend. It was a great session, and they were wonderful to work with. Every member of the band is brimming with visionary ideas. We mixed the album at Sound Machine, with my good friend Geoff Strasser turning out some excellent, very technicolor mixes. You can listen to the album here.
Over the summer I got to fly out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and record/produce a band called Elk Attack for their debut album, Second Born. They have had a very successful year, opening for Robert Randolph and the Family Band, as well as some other big names out west. We did the album at the Hen House Studio in Victor, Idaho, which is a small, studio built into an old chicken coop. The quaint setting was very relaxing, and the album ended up sounding great. I mixed it at Sound Machine in Manhattan, and it came out this Fall. Elk Attack just went on a very successful tour of the mid-west and south. Check out the album here.
The last project of 2012 I want to highlight is the soon-to-be-released debut LP from Throw Vision, In I, which I produced, engineered, mixed, and added some additional guitar parts to. We recorded and mixed the album at Sound Machine in the end of summer and throughout the Fall. It will be out in January, and it's sounding really great! Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens, Dismemberment Plan, Wye Oak) mastered it. The band did a great job of blending soul music with psychedelic and alternative sounds. Keep an eye out for it, it's going to be one hell of a debut!
It's been a great year, and I have a lot of projects coming up in 2013...stay tuned! Happy holidays, everyone.