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!
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.