Philadelphia basement-pop auteurs Honey Radar are back with Ruby Puff of Dust! I’ve known Jason for years, have been a fan since he first handed me a CD-R of their debut Chain Smoking on Easter, and this new one certainly does not disappoint. I mastered the new LP last year at Studio Windows, and it has already received glowing reviews from Allmusic (Editor’s Choice!), Brooklyn Vegan, The 13th Track, and more. Ruby Puff of Dust is out now on What’s Your Rupture? – stream it below and pick it up on their Bandcamp.
Brooklyn-based synth-rock groovers Operator Music Band are back with their new album Duo Duo. I’ve worked with them a few times over the years – mixing and mastering the Coordination EP and Puzzlephonics I & II – and I was thrilled to dig deeper with them on this one. In many ways, it’s their first “proper” LP, and it stands as the culmination of all of the recorded experiments and incredibly tight live shows to date. I worked on production and recording (alongside Henry Terepka, Lorenzo Wolff, and the band), and mixed the record over the winter at Studio Windows. Check out their first single “Slim Spin” below, read the reviews on Brooklyn Vegan and Pop Bollocks, and keep an eye out for more soon to come. Duo Duo is out September 20 on Broken Circles.
NYC psych/folk/rockers Quicksilver Daydream have announced their new LP Fly Oblivion, due August 9. I am truly proud of this album – it is one of those times where the ideas and conversations going into a record are not only realized but transcended into something greater than could have been imagined. I produced the affair, recording the band at Seaside Lounge and mixing at Studio Windows, adding synths and backing vocals along the way. Josh Bonati did mastered the album, bringing the whole thing to another level. The first single “Warmth of Other Suns” premiered on Glide Magazine, which should give listeners a taste of the expanse of this record. Stream it below, and pre-order the LP from the group’s Bandcamp page.
Detroit’s finest Turn To Crime return with Down In The Basement, a full-length exploration of art-damaged synth rock written and performed in collaboration with Protomartyr‘s Greg Ahee. I’ve been a fan of TTC since my group Eaters first shared a stage with them in 2014, and I had a blast mixing and mastering this record. Lead TTC’er Derek Stanton has since moved to LA, and probably has another half dozen gems like this ready to drop… don’t miss out! Stream it below, and visit their Bandcamp page to purchase it and read more information.
NYC punk freakazoids Surfbort are back with a new EP called ‘You Don’t Exist’! These four raucous blasts of songs are from the same sessions as Friendship Music, recorded at Thump and mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows. The band has toured constantly over the past year, recently appeared as stars of a new campaign from Gucci, and were featured in The Guardian leading up to the UK release of Friendship Music. Pick up a copy of the limited-edition 10″ via Modern Sky, stream or buy it on Bandcamp, and don’t miss them next time they’re in your town!
After a couple of buzz-worthy EPs, Chicago DIY trio Dehd have released their debut full-length ‘Water’. The group (featuring members of Chicago faves Ne-Hi and Vail) trades boy-girl vocals over earworm-worthy fuzzy, minimal nuggets of classic “indie rock”. The album – recorded and mixed by band member Jason Bella, and mastered by myself – has already earned rave reviews from Vice, AllMusic, Paste, Stereogum, The Fader and more. You can stream the record below, and pick up a copy of the record via Fire Talk or at one of their many US shows in May/June.
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!