Two records on which I worked were released for Record Store Day 2019! Polaris Prize-nominated and Twin Peaks-appearing musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (fka Dirty Beaches) stars in and performed the score for the film August At Akiko’s. The film, which Variety called “a charming, haunting Hawaiian reverie”, features a number of scenes where Alex performs in an old music hall, the performances of which form the basis of the “textured, head-filling score”. Each of the compositions were recorded live by Tom Visser, and I mixed/mastered the collection this past winter at Studio Windows. August at Akiko’s OST is available now on LP and digitally through Factory25.
RSD 2019 also saw the long-overdue release of Brett Smiley’s Sunset Tower. From the press release: “In 1974 Brett Smiley was given $200,000 to record a Glam Rock Epic with Andrew Loog Oldham, based on a demo reel and a polaroid. Sunset Tower is your first chance to hear the Del Shannon-produced demos recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles CA, coupled with demos and acetate recordings” I restored and remastered these recordings years ago, but the release of the album was delayed by Brett’s death in 2016. It’s a treat to have this collection out in the world via What’s Your Rupture – pick your copy up while you can!
NYC’s favorite gonzo-punks Surfbort are back with a new EP! It’s called “Billy”, and features four songs we recorded during the sessions for Friendship Music – produced and recorded at Thump, mixed and mastered at Studio Windows. You can read this feature on Alt Citizen, watch the video below, and pickup a copy from Muddguts or their record release show tomorrow (March 9) at Market Hotel.
Brooklyn-based bedroom pop trio Poppies released their newest EP Bed Music on Valentine’s Day. This collection of fragile yet assertive tunes was recorded at Business District Recording upstate by Hunter Davidsohn, and I mixed/mastered it at Studio Windows. AdHoc called the mini-album “one of the better things that happened this month” in their track-by-track review and Ears to Feed gives the EP a suitably heartfelt review as well. Poppies play at Pianos for New Colossus Festival and open for Pinegrove at House of Independents in Asbury Park – definitely worth seeing! You can stream and download Bed Music through the group’s Bandcamp, and Danger Collective Records are releasing the cassette this spring.
Rough Trade Records have premiered “Suddenly”, the new single from Tazmanian punks A. Swayze & The Ghosts. I mixed/mastered this banger last year at Studio Windows, and mastered the extended freakout of a b-side called “Reciprocation”. The band has already caught Australian’s attention, and they’re preparing to hit the UK for The Great Escape as I’ll be mixing their debut full length in March. Check out the video above, and head over to Rough Trade to pre-order your LP.
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.