“Do You Wanna” – the latest single from Japanese bedroom dream-pop singer/songwriter Nana Yamato – premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered, along with a handmade video by Nana. I produced this record with Nana last year during the earliest days of lockdown, and making this record together created a beautiful escape into another world. Before Sunrise was mixed and mastered at Studio Windows, and is out February 5th via Big Love Records (Tokyo) and Dull Tools (NYC). You can pre-order it now on Bandcamp.
Fans of Craig Leon and Harmonia take note: Thomas Seeley – a fixture of the Brooklyn music scene with his band Sleepies – recently released the 2020 EP. We mixed & mastered this together at Studio Windows during the fall, experimenting with various real-time effects to bring these compositions to life. It’s a transportive listen, and was a pleasure to work on – check out the 2020 EP below and head over to Thomas’ Bandcamp page for downloads.
Jason Kelly – former drummer & songwriter of such genre-bending groups as Fergus & Geronimo and Future Punx – returns with the new song “Letting Go Again”. Written, recorded, and performed entirely alone, the skewed & dexterous electronic-pop of “Letting Go Again” evokes feelings of McCartney II, John Maus, and R. Stevie Moore. I mixed the song this fall at Studio Windows, and Mark Yoshizumi mastered it. It brings me great joy to hear Jason’s new work – he is a dear friend (one of the first I made in NYC) and his musicality lifts any composition to which he contributes. I hope this is the first of many he’ll be sharing with us! “Letting Go Again” is available now on Bandcamp.
Nana Yamato – the Japanese teen who has previously released bedroom-dreampop singles as ANNA – has announced her debut album Before Sunrise. The lead single “If” premiered on Northern Transmissions and was featured on BrooklynVegan, along with a handmade animated video by Nana. I produced this record with Nana earlier this year during the lockdown in NYC, and the bright and dreamlike arrangements provided a welcome respite to the world around us. I mixed & mastered the LP at Studio Windows this summer. Before Sunrise is out February 5 via Dull Tools & Big Love Records.
Protomartyr – who just released the excellent Ultimate Success Today earlier this year – have announced the live album Security By Shadows. The set is from a show in 2014 that I recorded at Sugar Hill Supper Club, along with Parquet Courts (who were celebrating the release of Sunbathing Animal), Future Punx (who also released an excellent new album earlier this year), and Xerox. I mixed and mastered the performance this summer at Studio Windows, and the limited-edition vinyl-only release is available now for pre-order directly from the band.
Parquet Courts are celebrating their 10-year anniversary this December with the concert film On Time, and along with the announcement came the previously-unreleased song “Hey Bug”. I found the song in my archives from the Tally All The Things That Broke/Sunbathing Animal sessions – it was recorded at Seaside Lounge in spring 2013 (the same sessions featuring the tape-machine shootout) and mixed that fall at Doctor Wu’s. I always liked this song, but it never made the cut for Sunbathing Animal, Content Nausea, or any of the 7″s from that time…. I’m happy to finally see it out in the world! You can pre-order a limited-edition flexi 7″ at their Bandcamp, and purchase tickets for the December 10th stream of On Time, which features a live performance at Pioneer Works and other archival footage.
My group P.E. returns with I Wanna Be Your Dog, Boy – our take on a couple of punk classics. The A-Side is a minimal & surreal interpretation of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (which we played live earlier this year) with a relatively more straight rendition of The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” on the flip. Flood Magazine premiered our version of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” – which they called “equal parts seductive and unnerving” – with additional features on Stereogum (“eerie, sax-laced, broken-down”), Treble (“excellent”), and Brooklyn Vegan (“slowing it to a crawl but upping the heat to just below a boil”) and NPR’s Viking Choice Playlist. These songs may have begun before the pandemic, but they were largely recorded & arranged remotely, and served as the perfect gateway into working on our next record. I edited/mixed/mastered both songs at Studio Windows in Brooklyn, NY.
Today is the monthly no-fee Bandcamp Friday, and there are three new releases I worked on that are out now & exclusive to Bandcamp.
My group P.E. shared our mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! Originally released in March on cassette as part of the special-edition of our debut LP Person, Brooklyn Vegan calls SSF “a wild, psychedelic collage of album outtakes, live recordings, new songs and remixes.” It is now available for streaming & download, with limited cassette copies (and Person/SSF bundles) remaining, courtesy of Wharf Cat Records.
My bandmate Bob Jones released his debut solo EP Materiel as Jha Bones. Bob and I have collaborated in Eaters, P.E., and with a number of other musicians over the past nine years, and I’m excited that he’s opening his archives to the world – there’s plenty more gold where this came from! This beat-and-sample driven collection of songs was mixed/mastered together last year at Studio Windows – check it out:
I also mastered a collection of covers by outsider singer/songwriter Jeff Zagers entitled And You Will Hear What It Is. There are some truly lovely interpretations of the classics here, my favorite being his rendition of Big Star’s “Holocaust”. And You Will Hear What It Is is out now via Wharf Cat Records.
Tasmanian upstart punk quartet A. Swayze & The Ghosts have released their debut LP Paid Salvation. The album was produced and recorded by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, These New South Whales) in Melbourne, mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows in NYC, and features their previous big singles “Suddenly” (which came out on Rough Trade) and “Connect To Consume” (which is featured on the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater). Press has been raving about the band, with features in The Guardian (who gave the “end-to-end faultless” debut a 5-star review), Mojo (“this adrenalized debut’s handful of instant classics is way above par throughout” – 4/5 stars), and NME (“an intelligent, considered and passionate collection of art punk anthems with a smirking pop edge”). I was looking forward to seeing them this spring at SXSW and can’t wait to check out this band live – I imagine this album will only heighten anticipation worldwide. Paid Salvation is out now on Ivy League Records.
NYC endless-groove-punk trio Brandy are back with a new LP called The Gift Of Repetition. I co-produced the record with the band last year, recording at their studio Spice World and mixing it at Studio Windows, with Mikey Young mastering. This was one of those fast & fun records to make, where you get to the end of the process with a record imbued with the joy of its creation. Bill Pearis at Brooklyn Vegan says the songs “all rip pretty hard… catchy and simple and darkly funny” and premiered their video for standout song “UFOs 2 Heaven” (shown below). References have been made to A Frames and Tyvek (with whom P.E. and Brandy both played at The Glove before it shut down), and personally as a fan of the members’ other bands (Running, Pampers) and their previous label Monofonus (who released Brandy’s debut), this band really does it for me. The Gift Of Repetition is out now on Total Punk Records.