In fall 2014, Parquet Courts and PC Worship toured together in Europe, playing individual sets as well as a collaborative set under the name PCPC. They wrote a bunch of new material specifically for these shows, loose and noisy tunes that drew influences from both camps. Their performance at Ramsgate Music Hall in Kent, England was captured, and with no studio recording, it is the only document of this project. I mixed and mastered it with members of the group last summer, and the performance is now available on LP and digital download via Dull Tools. Check out my jam “I Know (You)” below, or head over the Dull Tools Bandcamp page to pick up a copy for you and your friends.
Shortly after their tour supporting their debut LP Rituals, I went back into the studio with Honduras to work on a new EP called Gathering Rust. We recorded the tracks at Thump Studios in Brooklyn and mixed/mastered at Doctor Wu’s this winter, and these new songs show the band building upon the strengths of the LP and their time on the road. NME debuted the first single “Hollywood”, and the follow-up “That Old Feeling” recently hit The Fader. The Gathering Rust EP is out this week, and the band is currently on the road with Sunflower Bean on their way down to SXSW. Check out “Hollywood” below:
I spent some time in the studio last fall with Jordan Bernstein (of PC Worship and the Dreebs) to help bring his new project Jordonna into focus. It’s a far cry from the damaged noise rock of either of those groups, focusing instead on trap beats, prepared guitar, and male/female rapping/singing. Far out stuff, for sure. Jordan, along with Marilu Donovan and Heidi Beth Ferrell, recently released the debut LP The Wallet in its entirety via Soundcloud, along with some videos and live performances. Stream the video for “Mad Dog” below, and visit the Jordonna Soundcloud page to stream the album in full.
Bronze Float recently released their second LP Standard Final Candle. Led by David Brant, the personnel on the record includes many of my old friends from the rotating Elephant Micah/Vollmar/Honey Radar crew. I mixed and mastered this record with David back in 2014, and it’s a pleasure to be able to share these tender, beautiful recordings with the public. Fans of Arthur Russell’s album Love is Overtaking Me, Sebadoh’s more reined-in moments, and Skip Spence will find much to enjoy here. The limited-edition hand-cut LP is already sold out, but you can download and stream the album via Third Uncle.
Eaters – my project in collaboration with Bob Jones (music) and Christopher Duffy (visuals) – created a sound and light installation at Machines in Magnets (in Pawtucket, RI) in January/February. The show included our prepared-turntable sound sculpture Moment of Inertia, as well as a new sound sculpture (a modification of the Ring sculpture from our live show) and a series of light objects that Chris made based on and inspired by his work for our performances. It was an amazing experience to see some new ideas come to fruition and to transform a space like that. We’re planning a NYC installation now – more news when we get it. In, other news: we finished our new record! Come see us April 28th at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (with Suuns and John Congleton) to hear some new songs, and check out the video for Moment of Inertia below.
I’ve recently been working with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix from Liturgy on his new solo project, Kel Valhaal. In many ways, the project picks up where The Ark Work left off minus the “band” aspects, with the sound palette focused on abstract electronics, pitched kicks, glitch edits, and the “uncanny valley” of quasi-realistic instrumentation. We did vocal recording (though the record is largely instrumental) and mixing at Doctor Wu’s over the past couple months, and are wrapping up the master now. It’s a rich and unique sound, and am excited for people to hear this soon.
I’ve also been working on the new Fucked Up EP Year of the Snake, the latest installment of their Zodiac series. I recently mastered their tracks for the A-side and B-side (as epic as you’d expect!), and am waiting on a couple of remixes to complete the release. Expect it later this year on What’s Your Rupture.
Additionally, I’ve been on new records by MPHO (now a quartet with a live drummer), Ice Balloons (featuring members of TV on the Radio and Wild Yaks), and Buzz Kull (whose singles “Dreams” and “Nausea” I’ve previously mixed). I’ll be wrapping up each of these (very different but equally interesting) releases in the next month, and will write more about them next time.
As always, thanks for reading, and please feel free to reach out if you’d like to talk about sound. All the best, Jonny.