Cleaning out the hard drive! 2nd and 3rd releases of 2019. These are a couple of long lost records that have been sitting for quite some time. The bottom, is a re-release of Tom Spiker's Hot Garbage. Actually, the 10 year anniversary of the original release. It was originally released on iTunes in 2009, but I took it down and remixed it (and fixed a couple of other things that were bugging me).
The top, is a little thing that I've been calling Partz n Panz. It is also an oldie- the earliest material is probably 8 years old, while the newest is maybe 2.
Trying to make 2019 the year that I stop the music hoarding.
Stay tuned!! They'll be live on 4/20.
Recorded over the spring/summer of 2018. All live- guitars into pedals into stereo amps. No overdubs or studio magic. More to come..
Getting her dialed in over here. Just knocked out two albums in two days. Matt Galletti trio and MHC Quartet (with some shots of Philippo Franchini and Shawn Hennessey from a session w/ David Newman later in the week). Less mics=bigger sound and better performances. Great players who have their sonic shit together helps as well.
Stay tuned for the releases. Shoot me an email if you want to make a phenomenal sounding recording on the cheap. Happy to send you some clips.
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I got a last minute call to do Free at Noon on guitar w/ Cookie last week. Listen to the show here.. Some solid banter. Always fun playing w/ these guys.
Production: Mathieu Gendreau
Bass and Guitar: Tom Spiker
Mix Engineer: Cyrille Taillandier
Mastering: Jeff Hiatt
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Philadelphia, Pa 19123
This summer brought a few changes to the studio routine. 1st off, the entire studio was rewired. 16 channels of mic preamps were sold off, along with about 10 channels of compression and various other pieces of gear. In it's place are 2 DW Fearn VT-24s and a VT-7 compressor. Trimming things down! So we're maxing things out at 11 channels of all tube front end (8 channels of Fearn, 2 Hazelrigg VLC-1s and a custom tube DI built by Geoff Hazelrigg). Couldn't be more excited about this change. Less inputs means less mics, which means a slightly more old school approach. Less "option paralysis" and most importantly, really, really good sounding recordings.
Here's a clip from an upcoming release.
It was cut to DSD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_Stream_Digital using 3 ribbon microphones, then transferred to Pro Tools for the mix. I think it sounds fantastic (despite the video looking pretty meh). More on my DSD adventures in the near future; I'm still on the fence with whether the sonic benefits are worth the extra steps (and whether they're even noticeable by the time you get to mastering).
A recent find from a session back in February of 2015.
Later this month, I'll have the honor of opening up for Free Form Funky Freqs- long time friends and longer time heros. It will be somewhat of a sound-design type of affair interspersed with some original compositions and possibly a cover or two. A couple of guitars, a pile of effects, a sampling device, feeding a stereo pair of amplifiers.
Break time! Wrapping up a busy few weeks.
Bronson Tennis and his band, de Tierra Caliente were in for some overdubs and to mix his new record, just before catching a flight back to South America for a few weeks of touring. Sandwiched inside those few weeks, I was able to mix the final track for Donn T's upcoming record, due out very soon! Also, I was fortunate enough to have a new band, Photocomfort, in to cut some tracks with Noah Breakfast of Rare MP3s at the helm. Photocomfort is somewhat of a side project (2 current members and 1 former member) of Magic Man (Columbia Records) and is definitely off to an amazing start. Serious talent and work ethic in that crew.
Currently, I'm in the process of producing David Newman's new record. We camped out at Red Rock Recording studios for a week to do basics and a few overdubs. Some serious talent on the gig... Bakithi Kumalo and Jamey Haddad from Paul Simon's band were on bass and percussion respectively. Also we had Jo Lawry (Sting) joining us on BVs along with Michael Ward-Bergeman on Piano/Accordian and Hammond, Elden Kelly on fretless 11 string fretless/acoustic/electric guitars and Philippo Francini on acoustic/electric guitars. Great week... awesome people, epic meals, bear siting, stayed in a huge 7 bedroom house, drank expensive wine, got reflexology and got to play cool old guitars.
For the next few weeks, we'll be cutting vocals, additional overdubs and putting this mix together here @ Undercarriage. Sounds are great, thanks to Kent Heckman @ Red Rock.
Nice little surprise- This album was recorded in one short day and mixed in just two half-day sessions. Awesome to be a part of. Not only was Ian writing out charts (for a gig later that night) on the session, but the band was unrehearsed for the most part and sight-read pretty much everything.
...And the material was not easy. Guitar and Keyboard chord voicings were identical.
Check this one out!
A nice little Polish ZZ Top joint by Stan Borys: "Stokrocie", was just released on Warner Bros Poland. Thanks to the awesome Adam Abamek (not to mention the Hazelrigg brothers), I got to spray my Telecaster all over the track while Sasha was in ballet class.