Summer/Fall Update

What a summer it has been! I've been so busy recently that I haven't had a chance to update the site much until now, but here's a rundown of what I've been doing recently. In June I wrapped up mixing on AbakisI'm One Too LP, which I worked on extensively for the first half of 2014. The first single "Day Job" is out now, so give it a listen. The LP is scheduled to drop in November, with a release show at Judson Church in Manhattan. I'll be playing guitar.

In June I also finished mixing on a new Twin Wave single, which I produced and engineered as well. The two songs we did sound enormous. There's an R&B vibe mixed with the guitar rock sound they honed on their last EP, and that was a fun balance to strike. We recorded drums at Seaside Lounge, with guitars, vocals, bass, and keys cut at Wonder Room, and I mixed it at Wonder Room. It will see release any day now with a music video to accompany one of the tracks, so be on the lookout for that.

After working on it for 10 months on and off, we wrapped work on Corbu's Everything You Imagine is Real EP in July.  Jake Aron mixed the tracks, and Joe Lambert mastered them. It will be out in November on Three Beat Records in the UK. First single "Neon Hallway" has been getting a lot of play on Zane Lowe BBC1. Here is Jonathan playing my ugly-as-sin but amazing sounding 70s P-Bass, which we affectionately call "Colonel Mustard."

Jonathan of Corbu

Double King has been back in the studio. We were at Seaside Lounge in July recording basics for our new LP to their beautiful 3M m56 2" tape machine. Now we're at Wonder Room doing overdubs. Hoping to wrap up recording by the first week of November. Here's a quick pic I took of the sessions:

Double King @ Seaside Lounge

In August I was in New Gloucester, Maine producing and recording Tica Douglas' new LP. The band was the same one as on Summer Valentine, her last record. I'm very excited for this album, as Tica has written a great batch of songs and has some crack players backing her up. I'm just about done mixing it at Wonder Room. It's raw and personal in the vein of songwriters like Sun Kil Moon, Elliott Smith, and Bright Eyes. Here are some photos from the bucolic sessions:

 

Currently I am doing some recording and production for the indie doo-wop band Pep's debut LP, tracking vocals and guitar/keys overdubs. Jake Aron will be mixing it.

In terms of upcoming projects, I am about to produce and engineer an LP for Wet Leather, a band I'm very excited about. I'm also mixing an LP for the Wandering Lake (featuring members of SW/MM/NG).

That's all for now, stay tuned!

Tica Douglas - "Summer Valentine" LP

I just wrapped up work co-producing, engineering, and mixing Summer Valentine, the debut LP for Brooklyn via Maine singer-songwriter Tica Douglas.  She's got a truly great batch of songs, and I'm very excited to have worked with her on this collection.  We recorded at Barnburner Studios, a facility I've put together in a renovated barn in Patterson, NY, about an hour and fifteen minutes north of the City.  It's a very large, gorgeous space, and I love the challenge of making an unorthodox environment work for recording. The interior is all untreated wood from the 1790s (!), so the room sounds very large and live.  The drums and the guitars especially benefited from the large space, and we kept a room mic at the back of the hall on the entire session to capture the depth of the room. Anyway, we had a blast up in Patterson, and all of the members of Double King and the very talented Kyle Morgan were on hand to flesh out the songs and serve as Tica's backing band.  It was a truly inspiring experience.  I mixed the record at Doctor Wu's in Williamsburg on their beautiful Neve 5088. Check out some photos of the sessions, and look for the album when it is released in May via Kill the Messenger Records.

We're hoping to do more recording up at Barnburner Studios, so get in touch if you're interested in learning more about the space, rates, and on-site lodging (and swimming pool!)

Here are some teaser videos for the album (credit: Gracie Pizzo):

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And here are photos from the session (credit: Gracie Pizzo)