Hi everyone, long time no post. I’ve been in the studio and/or traveling over the past few months… here’s an attempt to catch up:
NYC scuzz-rockers The Men have announced their upcoming album Devil Music. They recorded it live in their practice space with Jordan Lovelace (of Pampers and Tournament), and we mixed/mastered it at Doctor Wu’s this spring. It’s a rawkus return to form for these guys – fans of the early albums should be psyched! Noisey premiered the first single “Lion’s Den” and asked some questions of guitarist/singer Nick Chiericozzi – check it out! Devil Music is out November 11th on We Are The Men.
Australian dark-wave artist Buzz Kull premiered “Tomorrow’s Ghosts” on Noisey. It’s the new single from the upcoming album Chroma, which I co-produced/mixed/mastered this LP long-distance over the course of a year or so. Buzz Kull is supporting The Soft Moon on their Australian tour this fall – a perfect fit. Chroma is out soon via Stellar Kinematics.
On the Eaters front: Our remix of Parquet Courts’ “Human Performance” was released as a single, and the Performing Human EP is out now on Rough Trade. Parquet Courts has also invited us to create an installation at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY on December 10th – tickets are on-sale now, and more information is available here. And our new LP will be out in Spring 2017 – we’re finishing art and masters now.
New releases available now:
- Parquet Courts – Performing Human EP (in addition to the Eaters remix, I mixed the ‘Dreamland Version’ of the song and mastered the EP)
- Kel Valhaal – New Introductory Lectures… (Hunter Hunt-Hendrix from Liturgy’s solo electronic project, which I mixed and recorded vocals at Doctor Wu’s – check out his interview with Paper Mag)
- A couple records by Alex Zhang-Hungtai, formerly Dirty Beaches: Ancora, a live improvisational recording with David Maranha and Gabriel Ferrandini on Grain of Sound (which I mixed and mastered) and Knave of Hearts, a collection of drones and solo-piano on Ascetic House (which I mastered)
- Holly Overton – The Split EP (the MPHO singer/songwriter backed by Jason Kelly from Fergus & Geronimo/Future Punx and Ben Jaffe from Pill. I recorded/mixed/mastered this earlier this year)
- Brian Chillemi – I Went to Town EP (Junk Boys/Organs singer/songwriter goes solo, check it out on Impose or on cassette via Time Castle Recordings. I mastered this.)
- Antibodies – Vessels EP (Brooklyn indie duo via Don Giovanni, mastered at Doctor Wu’s)
- Alex Rose – Grandmothers/Coattails (Austin folkie, produced by House of Feelings, mastered by me)
- ‘In and Out of Control’ – a short film by Emir Eralp, scored by our song “Remainderman” – won best in show at CANIFFF… you can view the film here.
- ‘Mom Died’ – a short film by Robin Comisar, which I mixed – debuted at Bad Water Film Festival and is available to view here.
- ‘Bluebeard’ – a short film by Rachel Cole and Kimberlee Venable, which I mixed – will premiere at Bushwick Film Festival
I recently did an interview with the podcast The Stonehall Sessions. The host Riley had done quite a bit of listening to my back-catalogue, and we had a great talk about recording and the creative process. The title about sums it up perfectly: “Work on it Until You Don’t Want to Work on it Anymore”
I spent a couple weeks in Germany this summer working on a record with the group Behave. Their music is catchy, creative, and grooving rock – fans of classic 10cc, kraut rock, and the Captured Tracks roster take note! We recorded to a Studer A800 using a bunch of vintage Neumann and AKG mics, and the results sound amazing. I’m putting the finishing touches on the mixes now, so hopefully this record will be out early next year.
Shortly after returning, I began working with The Drums on their new LP. Their previous releases had been performed and recorded almost entirely by band-leader Jonny Pierce, but he wanted to try things a bit differently this time. We took his original sessions, recorded live drums (at Thump), and spent a month at Doctor Wu’s adding to/replacing/re-arranging/mixing the record. I am immensely proud of the work we did – it’s a beautiful, imaginative, and immediately memorable collection of songs. Joe LaPorta will be mastering it at Sterling Sound, and it should be out in Spring 2017. I can’t wait for people to hear it.
Last week, I worked with the Brooklyn buzz-band The Britanys on their debut EP. Their early singles were home-recorded and mixed by Gordon Raphael (of Is This It fame), and the group has already gained an eager following from publications like NME (who premiered a video while we were in the studio). We spent a few days at Seaside Lounge recording to 8-track tape, and mixed and mastered at Doctor Wu’s. Expect to hear a lot more soon.
And in between all of this, I mastered a couple of records: a brilliantly damaged new LP by PC Worship for Northern Spy; and a go-for-broke gonzo rock record by The Tills from North Carolina. Both are excellent, and should hopefully be out sooner rather than later.
Thank you for reading – if you’d like to talk about sound, please write jonathan [dot] schenke [at] gmail [dot] com