NYC longtime-weirdos Ice Balloons have a new 7″ single: “Bicky Do Down” b/w “Body in the Park”. I recorded these tracks with the group – which features members of TV on the Radio, Samiam, and Surfbort – at Seaside Lounge during the sessions for their last LP Fiesta, and mixed/mastered them later at Studio Windows. We’re celebrating the occasion tonight at Coney Island Baby, where I’ll be performing a microtonal drone set with my group Eaters. Pick up a copy there or from their Bandcamp page, and stream it below.
Beijing-based Bo Diddley acolytes Gong Gong Gong have a new tour-split single with Flasher and Public Practice. Their contribution – a song called ‘Down Quantity Road’ – is from the bulk of recordings that I produced last year, recorded at Seaside Lounge and Doctor Wu’s, and mixed/mastered at Studio Windows. The New Yorker called the band “spare and savage” in their write-up for Gong Gong Gong’s upcoming NYC shows, tonight (December 7) with Flasher and Public Practice at St Vitus and December 15 with Bush Tetras at the Kitchen. The tour split is out now on Wharf Cat Records – stream ‘Down Quantity Road’ below and read more about the band in Pop Bollocks, Chicago Reader, Raven Sings the Blues, and Alt Citizen.
NYC pop-maverick Kent Odessa returns with “Separate Lives”, the first single off his upcoming album Allies. Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the song, one of several that Kent and I worked on earlier this year at Studio Windows, recoding new parts and refining production throughout. I’m a big fan of this record, can’t wait to hear more! Kent Odessa is playing in December at Mercury Lounge, and Allies is due next year – “Separate Lives” is streaming below.
New Kind of Cross, the new album by Australian darkwave artist Buzz Kull, is out now. This sophomore album was written and recorded over the past year, following an intense European tour and near-death accident. As with his debut Chroma, I mixed, mastered and added production to the record, which takes a darker and more aggressive tone than its predecessor. FBI Radio listed it as Album of the Week, saying “New Kind Of Cross is able to evoke elements of classic darkwave and renew them in a fashion that is fresh and compelling” and Cvlt Nation posted a feature on the artist and album. Make sure to check out Buzz Kull on tour now in EU, and stream the record below. New Kind of Cross is out now via Funeral Party Records (United States), AVANT! Records (Italy), and Burning Rose (Australia).
NYC fuzz-buckets The Men have released a new compilation of their earliest recordings, called Hated: 2008-2011. I mastered this double-LP comp – which collects material from demos, splits, and live tracks through their debut Immaculada -at Studio Windows, amassed from old hard drives and spray-painted cassettes. Pitchfork ran an enthusiastic review, positing that “as Hated proves, even when the Men were blowing out eardrums and PAs in the dingiest DIY dives back in the late 2000s, they were already fueled by a restless spirit and striving for an emotional connection that could cut through the noise”. Hated: 2008-2011 is out now on Sacred Bones Records.
Beijing-based “transnational blues” duo Gong Gong Gong have released their newest 7″ “Siren” b/w “Something’s Happening”. I produced this single (along with their upcoming full-length record), recording at October 2017 at Seaside Lounge and Doctor Wu’s, and mixed/mastered at Studio Windows this spring. The duo recently wrapped up a tour with Parquet Courts, will be touring with Flasher and Public Practice this winter, and with Bodega in February 2019. If you haven’t already, check out the amazing video for “Siren” below, and pick up their single now via Wharf Cat Records.
Chris Campisi’s debut record Nobody’s Home is online now! Produced and performed by Chris and Jon Wiley (of Delicate Steve’s band), I mixed/mastered this album over the summer at Studio Windows. The eight songs cover a lot of ground – from bashing punk to alt-alt-country to psychedelic pop – and is held together by the senses of humor and wonder throughout. Make sure to check out the song “Whoa Oh” – one of my favorite things I worked on this year… Nobody’s Home is available to download/stream on all of your usual services, including the Youtube link below.