The first recording I’ve done at the new Doctor Wu’s Studio is now online.  It’s an EP by Bob Jones & the Golden Tones called Remainderman, and you can stream it in its entirety online.  Bob had all these beats and grooves and ideas floating around, so we holed up in the studio for a few days to record and arrange and see what took.  The result is a suite of synth ambience, krauty grooves, and driving post-punk.  I’m really proud of how it came together, both sonically (the gear at Doctor Wu’s is truly gorgeous sounding) and compositionally.  Check it out!

The companion CD for Reggie Watts’ A “Live” in Central Park also recently dropped, and received this excellent review from Consequence of Sound.  I had the good fortune to step in and mix it after the Comedy Central special, and I’m glad that other people enjoyed it as much as me!

The album is a perfect snapshot of an artist at the top of his game. Watts may be a new generation’s Andy Kaufman and Miles Davis rolled into one hyper creative genius; as a result, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more entertaining artist out there.

Woo!  Read the whole thing here: http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/05/album-review-reggie-watts-a-live-at-central-park/

I just wrapped up mastering the final album by Chicago’s sludge-metal heros Cacaw for Permanent Records.  Bat Skin Robes was recorded last year by Cooper Crain (of Cave and Bitchin Bajas) and is the by far my favorite of their albums.  The band is so intense and powerful live – like an even more warped and damaged Melvins – this is the closest representation I’ve heard.  I scored a cassette version of it last year from Rotted Tooth Recordings, and I’m glad that it’s finally getting a wider release.

I’m currently working on mixing a couple albums by Chicago/Brooklyn band the Keepsies (a collection of amazing Beatles-esque jams that transcend idle worship into something insanely catchy and enjoyable) and Denton-based Wiccans (wild and wooly hardcore rooted in the Germs and Black Flag).  I’m really psyched on both, and can’t wait for people to hear them!

Thanks for checking out this stuff, and I hope you like some of it!  As always, feel free to get in touch, I’d love to chat – jonathan.schenke [at] gmail.com

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NT recently posted their ISNT EP online, for a pay-what-you-like fee!  I mixed it at my personal studio and mastered it at the new studio (man, we really need a name for it already!).  Check it out – it’s some seriously angular and aggressive catchy grunge stuff.

I did some more work on the Reggie Watts special last week, mixing the CD that will come with the DVD.  It’s not often that you get to go back and tweak work you’ve already done, so that was cool.  The special is set to air on Comedy Central May 11th, with the DVD/CD coming out around then too.

Bob Jones and I finished tracking on his solo EP (tentatively titled Bob Jones & the Golden Tones) at the new studio last week before he took off with Frankie Rose for her US tour.  We dug deep into the synths there, and came up with some weird and beautiful sounds.  The EP has a definite vintage krautrock vibe to it, with some serious ambient influences and a touch or two of new wave as well.  I’m mixing it this week, and will hopefully have more details on a release soon.

The new studio is coming along nicely.  Everything is wired and trouble-shot, and we got some new ATC speakers in that sound incredible.  Still working on hanging acoustic treatment, organizing the gear, and drawing up plans for the iso room but the room sounds great, and we’re booking now.  Get in touch if you’d like to come check it out!

As always, thanks for checking this out, and feel free to get in touch: jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com