Baltimore’s nervy new-wave synth rockers Surf Harp premiered their first single “D.I. Cig” on Tiny Mix Tapes. It comes from Mr. Big Picture, engineered/mixed by Lorenzo Wolff and Dara Hirsch (Operator Music Band) and which I mastered earlier this year – Mr. Big Picture comes out February 23 on Friends Records.
Strange Names released their newest single ‘People to Go’ via Clash Magazine. The song is from their upcoming album Data, which I mixed at Doctor Wu’s, and features Jorge Socarras (Indoor Life, Catholic with Patrick Cowley). Data comes out February 23 on Frenchkiss Records, and record release show is February 24 at Baby’s All Right.
Kraut-pop combo Operator Music Band just released their new Coordination EP. This is the second recording I’ve mixed/mastered for the group (after this spring’s Puzzlephonics I & II), and features production by Zula‘s Henry Terepka and drums by Ava Luna‘s Julian Fader. The EP (streaming above) has already received great write-ups by AdHoc, Post-Trash, and PopBollocks, and is out now via New Professor Music.
From the New Yorker’s Night Life section:
Jonathan Schenke is a go-to producer for the indie-rock élite, having worked on albums for Dirty Beaches, Parquet Courts, and Frankie Rose, among others. He steps out from behind the mixing boards with this exaggerated electro-funk project, which he shares with the multi-instrumentalist Bob Jones. The duo, which builds synth-based soundscapes that would not be out of place in an early-eighties slasher flick, has released two self-titled records; this year’s is grinding and quirky, full of deep club tunes with the Korg-inflected whimsy of early New Wave bands like Oingo Boingo and the Buggles. They perform with Yvette, a raw industrial duo whose jagged tracks should come with cautionary signage.
It’s truly an honor to be featured in the new issue of Tape Op Magazine! I got my first issue as an aspiring intern thirteen years ago, and have read each issue since cover to cover. A multitude of thanks to John Rau, Montana Simone, Nivia Hernandez, and Larry & the Tape Op crew for making this happen… RIP Doctor Wu’s Studio, new studio opening very soon!