The new Parquet Courts LP is nearly done!! I spent a week upstate with the guys and my Otari MX-5050 earlier this month, recording at the wonderful Outlier Inn. Massive thanks to our gracious hosts Josh and Ambika – they made our stay there so comfortable and productive, I can’t recommend it highly enough. We then went to Doctor Wu’s to mix those sessions along with tracks from our previous sessions at Seaside Lounge. Everything is sounding wild – it’s a real step up sonically from Tally All the Things That You Broke, even though it’s still on the same 8-track tape machine. We’re still working on a final track order, but it’s a total trip of a record!
For Austin’s birthday, they played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which still kinda blows my mind. And on Friday, I’m flying to meet them in New Zealand for a tour with Laneway Festival and Total Control. HUZZAH!!
In the meantime, I sound designed and mixed a couple shorts for Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate (while they were at Sundance Film Festival for the showing of Catherine). They’re really great shorts called Childs’ Playhouse, which were written by and starring small children. Plus, they’re for Disney, so I can scratch “make something for Disney” off my bucket list!
Last fall, I mixed a film with my friend and film maker Duncan Skiles (director of Why Shit So Crazy by Reggie Watts and The Fuzz) called Last of the Great Romantics. I’m particularly fond of this charming and funny little rom-com! There’s a new trailer online, with screenings coming later this year.
I also mastered a couple projects over the last week: an album by Fennec called Let Your Heart Break (out February 11th), and an EP called Reach House by the Brooklyn band Railings.
Maybe the thing I’m most psyched about though is unveiling Eaters to the world. My friend Bob Jones and I started working on this project nearly two years ago, and I couldn’t be happier with how things have developed. We’re playing our first show tonight (at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn), the first single drops in a couple weeks, and the album comes out in April on Driftless Recordings…
Thanks for reading! I’ll be in and out of the Internet for the next few weeks, but as always, feel free to send me a note if you’d like to talk about sound – jonathan.schenke[at]gmail.com