My group P.E. is back with the new single “Tears In The Rain”, co-written and featuring A. Savage of Parquet Courts. Rolling Stone premiered the track, calling it “the perfect soundtrack for a neo-noir”, and it was featured in Stereogum, Under The Radar, and Brooklyn Vegan. Andrew’s been a part of the P.E. family since before the band began – he put out records by both Pill and Eaters on his label Dull Tools, both bands played with Parquet Courts, and I’ve worked on many Parquet Courts records over the years. This song – built around a sample of Jonny Campolo at the piano, and featuring a gorgeous one-take sax solo by Ben Jaffe – was special to us from the beginning, and it was Andrew that helped see it through by writing lyrics for Veronica (and she for him). This is honestly one of my favorite pieces of music I’ve ever worked on, and it was made with some of my closest & long-running collaborators… I hope you enjoy it too. The Leather Lemon is out March 25 via Wharf Cat Records.
Eaters – my electronic/art group with Bob Jones & Christopher Duffy – released a new ambient microtonal drone record today on Bandcamp. Armonica was created with a hand-built Glass Armonica and synthesizers, improvised & recorded live, and edited/mixed/mastered at Studio Windows. We decided to make this record available for donation, with all proceeds going to the Food Bank for New York City. It’s available for stream and download on Bandcamp now – please donate what you can.
It is a supreme pleasure to have Person, the debut LP from my group P.E., out in the world! I loved putting together this record with my band mates and how the band has evolved since – genuinely one of the most fun and liberating creative experiences of my career – and it’s humbling to receive such praise for something so out there.
Person was Treble’s Album of the Week and a Bandcamp ‘Essential Release’ of the week. Loud and Quiet featured both an incredibly insightful article by Isabel Crabtree and an 8/10 review. Finn of Popbollocks wrote a touching review of the record, praising not only the music but also my personal production/mix work. Bill Pearis shared our bonus mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! (a collection of live takes/out-takes/new ideas available with the special edition of the record) on Brooklyn Vegan and put Person is his Indie Basement weekly roundup of notable records. The group also hung out with Lola Pistola for an afternoon, got some great photographs, and a lovely feature in Alt Citizen.
P.E. is playing our record release show tonight at Trans Pecos before heading down to SXSW in a couple weeks. We’re also doing two tours in the northeast this May – one with Pottery, and the other with Parquet Courts. Check out the dates below, stream the record on a platform of your choosing, and order the special edition while their are still tapes available! Person is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
It’s truly a pleasure to be back in Tape Op Magazine with this lovely interview I did for their podcast! Geoff Stanfield came by Studio Windows for a talk about producing records, making music with P.E. and Eaters, and being obsessed with sound. Stream the interview below or through any of your favorite podcast platforms, and you can also read the interview I did with them in 2017 here.
P.E. – my new group with members of Pill and Eaters – has released our first single “Top Ticket”, featuring a remix by Liars. Stereogum premiered the track, BrooklynVegan called the group “a veritable sonic Reese’s Cup”, while Ears To Feed and Pop Bollocks wrote more in-depth track reviews. “Top Ticket” is the first taste of our debut LP Person, which is due March 6 on Wharf Cat Records. The album was produced at Studio Windows, edited and arranged from live improvisations with the group, and mixed/mastered by myself. You can stream the tracks below, and pre-order Person on Wharf Cat’s site, the Special-Edition of which includes the bonus cassette Sick, Sad, Fun!
NYC longtime-weirdos Ice Balloons have a new 7″ single: “Bicky Do Down” b/w “Body in the Park”. I recorded these tracks with the group – which features members of TV on the Radio, Samiam, and Surfbort – at Seaside Lounge during the sessions for their last LP Fiesta, and mixed/mastered them later at Studio Windows. We’re celebrating the occasion tonight at Coney Island Baby, where I’ll be performing a microtonal drone set with my group Eaters. Pick up a copy there or from their Bandcamp page, and stream it below.
Eaters. my electronic art rock group with Bob Jones and Christopher Duffy, has a song featured on the new compilation S&S Presents: Dreams, out now on Cascine. Our track “Finland” was created for the website Stadiums & Shrines and their series Dreams, in which a musical artist writes a song inspired by a collage of a place, which is then given accompanying text. The double-LP compilation contains a bound book of each collage and text, with original compositions from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Bing & Ruth, Yumi Zouma, Julie Byrne, and many more. To learn more, read this interview with the duo behind S&S on the FADER, and pick up a copy of this beautiful record from Cascine now.
Fresh off their EU tour, Bodega have released their latest single “Gyrate” off their upcoming debut Endless Scroll (which I mixed, mastered, and helped to record). I’m also playing with Bodega, as part of Pill/Eaters (an improv collaborative group featuring members of Pill and Eaters, duh), at Sunnyvale on June 1. While the official release of their LP has been pushed back, they will have copies at the show, which also features the awesome new dance-punk quartet Public Practice. Endless Scroll is now out July 6 via What’s Your Rupture.
My group Eaters are featured on Dreams, the new compilation by Stadiums & Shrines and Cascine, featuring original music by Bing & Ruth, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Julie Byrne, Yumi Zouma, Mutual Benefit and more. The deluxe 2LP set comes in a gatefold jacket with a 20-page booklet of original collage and prose stitched to the interior. Visit The FADER to read about the project and hear Yumi Zouma’s contribution. Pre-order is available now, and the compilation is due June 15 via Cascine.
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.