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.

 

P.E. – my new group with members of Pill and Eaters – has released our first single “Top Ticket”, featuring a remix by LiarsStereogum 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.

It’s been waaaaayyyy toooo loooong since I’ve updated this page, and as a result I’ve decided to switch this page over to a more standard blog-style format from here on out: shorter updates more often.  In the meantime, here’s a ton of things that I’ve worked on which have come out in the last few months:

The Drums released their new record “Abysmal Thoughts”, the first for Anti Records. The reception has been across-the-board good, with a variety of publications proclaiming the “music has never been better” (AV Club), “the purest version of his vision yet” (Allmusic), and “a treasure chest of an album in which you’ll find something different and unique hiding within each listen” (Paste). I worked closely with Jonny Pierce on this – (re)recording many of the live instruments, developing arrangements, adding synths and effects, and mixing the entire album.  The album was beautifully mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound, and I’m thrilled by this being out in the world.  Watch the video for lead single “Blood Under My Belt” and stream the album in its entirety below.

 

Eaters – my electronic/art rock group with Bob Jones and Christopher Duffy – released our second untitled record on Dull ToolsCLRVYNT debuted the first single “Embrace the Strange” ( “It’s a gnarly track, illustrating how the band can rocket from one starting point to the far reaches of space”), Impose and Brooklyn Vegan ran some insightful interviews, and positive reviews graced Post-Trash, Flood, and YellowGreenRed.  Favorite quote (from Post Trash): “Eaters have made an album that rewards those who listen by providing a different experience each time you put it on. Layered, complex, and varied, it pays off in different ways. It’s a record that gives you new favorite moments after you listen. Like light going through glass, the sounds refract outward based on who is listening. Give it a listen and see what sounds make it to you.”  We’ve got some great shows coming up late-summer/early-fall, and new songs and sculptures in the works – stay tuned.

 

Gold Dime – the arty no-wave trio led by Talk Normal’s Andrya Ambro – released their debut Nerves on Fire Talk.  I mixed this expansive feedback-soaked LP last year, Sarah Register mastered it, and it’s been gaining nice press from Impose, Brooklyn Vegan, AdHoc, and more.  They’re playing around NYC quite a bit, and you can stream/purchase the LP directly below:

 

NYC singer-songwriter Tica Douglas released their latest album Our Lady Star of the Sea, Help Us And Protect Us on Team Love.  I mixed and mastered this album, which ranges from intimate guitar-and-voice ballads to full-blown compositions with synths, drums, horns and more.  Tica and the LP received a great deal of press, with features in MTVImpose, CLRVYNT, and Bandcamp (who also named it one of the spring’s best releases).  Stream it below and then go pick up a copy on LP.

 

Australian darkwave maestro Buzz Kull released his debut LP Chroma.  I co-produced/mixed/mastered over the course of many months, trading files back and forth as the songs took shape.  It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so happy to see this killer LP out.  Chroma is out now on Burning Rose, and you can stream it on their Soundcloud.

 

Canadian trio Telecomo recently released their debut album For Sale.  I recorded/mixed/mastered this collection of tightly-wound jangly garage anthems, which you can stream below and purchase from their Bandcamp page.

 

Prog-punk/psychedelic hardcore group Fucked Up released the Year of the Snake EP, the latest in their ongoing series of Zodiac-themed epics.  Noisey interviewed the guitarist/song-writer Mike Haliechuk about the record (which I mastered), calling this EP “the best one next to 2008’s 19-minute long Year of the Pig.”  Pitchfork also praised the EP, saying “even after decades’ worth of relaxing boundaries, Fucked Up bastardize hardcore in a way that gives off the thrill of creative heresy.”  Year of the Snake is out now on Tankcrimes.

 

Former Dirty Beaches ringleader Alex Zhang-Hungtai has a trio called Love Theme.  Their new self-titled LP (which I mastered) is out now via Alter, with songs on Pitchfork and FADER, and they’re touring North America this September.  Check it out:

 

The Tills – a wild and catchy psych-garage group from North Carolina – released their new LP CANON. I mastered this record, which was recorded and mixed at The Fidelitorium by Missy Thangs, and it slays.  Amplifier Magazine and Clture both featured the group, calling it “thoughtfully unkempt and unpredictable at times, catchy yet familiar”.  CANON is out now on Phuzz Records.

 

And NYC-based glitch-pop duo HDLSS recently released the LP Selections from DUMB.  I mastered this record along with my studio partner Yale Yng-Wong, and tracks have been featured on FADER, Stereogum, and Noisey.  Stream the thing below:

 

I also edited and mixed the feature-length film component of Radical Hospitality, a long-form installation by Montana Simone at IDIO Gallery, as well as assisted on sound-design for the installation itself.  The project is based on her experiences while traveling through the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Western Europe, being welcomed in both “hostile” cultures and by refugees alike.  The abstract film serves as the guide/anchor to the installation, which also featured large-scale sculptures, interactive music, and a zine of found photographs.  The trailer is streaming below.

 

Thank you for reading.  Please write me at jonathan [dot] schenke [at] gmail to get in touch.