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.
I Wanna Be Your Dog, Boy is out now courtesy of Wharf Cat Records. Stream it below & download over at Bandcamp
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.
P.E. – the psychedelic industrial pop quintet I started with members of Pill & Eaters – released a video for the song “Machine Machine”. Edited & created by my bandmate Jonny Campolo (who also designed the artwork for the group), the video is featured on Treble. Stream it here, there, or on our Bandcamp page. Person is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
Welcome to Bobby’s Motel – the debut full-length by Montreal art-punks Pottery – has finally arrived! The record has been widely praised – Album Of The Week on both Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan, four-star reviews in NME and AllMusic, and a host of other loving reviews of the record, most of which include the word “fun” multiple times. I produced the album with the band last summer, recording in Montreal at Breakglass Studios and mixing in NYC at Studio Windows, with Josh Bonati providing the masters. Working on this LP was one of my all-time favorite record-making experiences, and I couldn’t be happier to finally share it with the world! Welcome To Bobby’s Motel is out now on Partisan Records & Royal Mountain.
Tasmanian punk band and Rough Trade-signees A. Swayze & The Ghosts are back with a new single and the announcement of their debut LP Paid Salvation. NME premiered “Cancer” along with a run-down of the record, which was recorded & produced by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnely) in Melbourne and mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows. “Cancer” is one of my favorite songs on the album – showcasing interesting sonic textures and an insanely catchy chorus. Paid Salvation is out September 18 via Ivy League Records.
Person by my group P.E. is one of Treble Zine’s Best Albums of 2020 So Far! Treble has been extremely kind to the project so far – naming multiple singles Essential Tracks and Person Album Of The Week – and it’s lovely to see the record included here too. “That it’s a catchy pop record that also happens to at times be an intense experimental record doesn’t make it a irreconcilable contradiction—that makes it one of the most endlessly fun listens of the year.” Person is out now via Wharf Cat Records, and is available on LP, CD, and special-edition LP+bonus mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! – please check it out if you haven’t already!
The Freelancer’s Blues – the sophomore LP from outsider electronic-country troubadour Dougie Poole – is out today via Wharf Cat Records. Pitchfork called it “both wry and heartfelt, offering a kind of tongue-in-cheek spiritual audit for a modern age”, Flood Magazine marveled at his “knack for wordplay and subtle humor”, while AllMusic describes Dougie as a songwriter who “takes the formal structures of classic country and deliberately bends them into strange new shapes, while leaving the heart, soul, and passion intact, and the melodies strike a weepy bullseye throughout.” I am particularly proud of this record (which I co-produced/-recorded with Dougie and mixed at Studio Windows) and I could go on & on about working on this LP with Dougie: from conceptualizing it shortly after finishing Wide Ass Highway, to the detailed demos & coded spreadsheets we had for pre-production, to walking around Thailand after basic tracking singing “I Was A Buddhist For A Couple Days” to myself, to the quest for more “Dougie Poolisms” while finishing the LP, and the serendipity of him joining the Wharf Cat family. The Freelancer’s Blues is out now via Wharf Cat Records and available to stream/download via Bandcamp – do yourself a favor and pick it up!