I spent a week in the studio this month with Beverly, the new band by Frankie Rose and Drew Citron (of Avan Lava and Frankie’s touring band). We did a round of tracking at their practice space, a bunch of vocals and overdubs at Doctor Wu’s, and a few days of editing and mixing at my place. The songs are really cool – punky and melodic, on a real Last Splash/Pacer tip, with killer vocal harmonies. We’re taking some time off to work on other projects, but I’m really looking forward to getting back into it in a couple months… I think people are really going to love this!
I’ve been doing some mastering over the last few weeks too…. I mastered an album by the Chicago band Warmbloods (featuring members of Watchers and Low Skies). It was particularly fun to work on since my old studio mate/mentor from Experimental Sound Studio Jacob Ross played on and recorded it…
I also worked on a reissue series of the 80s Australian band The Sunday Painters, remastering from transfers of the original reels. Their three EPs and two LPs were self-released in the early 80s in very limited numbers (like 250-500 copies each), and have long been out of print. The sound really runs the gamut across the releases, ostensibly a punk band but with songs ranging from almost twee pop to full-on noise and everything in between. I think a good frame of reference would be some intersection between Big Black, Swell Maps, and Flying Nun records. A lot of really good stuff here, I’m really looking forward for these to come out.
My good friend Chris Hefner is nearing completion of his new feature film The Poisoner. To raise the last of the funds (for Daniel Knox‘s score and sound mix by yours truly, among other things), he’s holding a presale in the form of a Deluxe Investor Ticket – a limited-edition, signed and numbered, screen printed ticket for a special screening of the film after its completion. I’m a big fan of Chris as both an artist and a person, and am really looking forward to working with him on this over the summer. Check out a teaser above.
Chris has also posted The Pink Hotel, his first feature (which I also mixed), in its entirety. Get spooky!
But honestly, the thing I’m most excited about doing right now is going back into the studio with Parquet Courts! We’ll be at Seaside Lounge for tracking (where Andrew and I did Fergus & Geronimo’s Funky was the State of Affairs), and Doctor Wu’s for mixing.. two of my favorite studios in NYC. They’ve got a bunch of new stuff ready to lay down to tape, and we’re all eager to get in there to see what happens. They’re also playing some sick shows coming up, opening for the Roots at BAM(!) and the Breeders(!!). If you still can’t get enough, here’s some videos from Vice/Noisey and MTV getting in on the action.
Please write me at jonathan.schenke[at]gmail.com if you wanna talk about sound. Thanks for reading through all this!