The tour with Frankie Rose and Dirty Beaches was totally awesome!  Everyone in both bands was a blast to be on the road with, and the sets by both bands were uniformly excellent.  Thanks so much to Frankie for having me along, and to all my new friends from the road – you guys rule.

I ended up returning to Montreal with Alex & the Dirty Beaches gang after the tour to do some recording for an upcoming EP.  If you saw any of these dates recently, then you probably have an idea of what to expect – dark, loop-based mutant funk, accented with poly-rhythmic percussion and effected sax skronk & drones.  If you didn’t get a chance to check out the set, think of the new Lone Runner single, but wilder.  We banged out 6+ songs in one marathon all-nigher session, and we’re all excited to see what comes of them.

The debut album by Natural Harbors, called The Most Vernal of Equinoxes, is available now for download on his Bandcamp page (that’s the album art above).  I mastered this album earlier this year, and am thrilled to see that it’s out in the world.  It’s a really engaging collection of electro/acoustic pop songs with wildly inventive arrangements and production.  A limited-edition lathe-cut LP will be available via Positive Beat Recordings later this year.

In other news, I’m mastering a couple records some of my favorite Chicago bands (Cacaw and Unmanned Ship), finishing a compilation for my SOUNGS Label, and scouting out studio spaces with Ben Greenberg (who operated Python Patrol Studios).  Exciting shit!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hit me up if you want to chat: jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com

A few albums that I’ve recently worked on have upcoming release dates.  First is the People Like Us album Welcome Abroad, out May 24th on CD via Illegal Art (see the album art above).  Next is The Most Vernal of Equinoxes by Natural Harbors, a hand-cut limited-edition 10″ LP on Positive Beat Recordings this summer.  And this July, the long-in-the-works guitar duo record by James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg will be released on LP by Tompkins Square.

The Pterodactyl record is now in the final mixing stages.  I’ll be finishing mixes and mastering it in the next week or so.  It’s been a long process, but we’re all excited about the results – I can’t wait for people to hear this stuff.

And Thu, Peter, Taylor, Dan, Matt, Lauren and I have finished about an hour’s worth of animations called The Misguided Guide to the Origin of Everything.  Thu’s been posting various clips from the cartoon over the last month or so, and here are a few for your viewing pleasure:

How Did Salt and Pepper Get Together? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZxOokNVyNo

What is Dust?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pehpiFLlW_w

How Does Television Work?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEGOAj_XDeM

What is a Banana Split?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Iudczbj0uM

Thanks for stopping by!  And as always, feel free to get in touch if you’d like to work on a project together.

xo,
schenke

Hey friends,

I just started working on the next episodes of The Misguided Guide to the Origin of Everything – the new show I’m working on with Thu Tran & the Winty Crew from Food Party. I loved the way the pilot turned out – check out the teaser above – but I feel like everyone stepped up their game for these next episodes. Keep your fingers crossed that they’ll be coming out sometime soon!

The Pterodactyl record is coming along well – we’re finishing the last bits of tracking, and Frank Musarra (Hearts of Darknesses / Trey Told ‘Em) has started the mixing process.  We were able to get some great performances, and the overdubs and arrangements took things to whole new levels.  Everything sounds huge and melodic and weird – I’m mega psyched!

They’re playing Tuesday March 8th at the Parts & Labor record release show in Brooklyn before taking off to SXSW.  Check out tour dates here:  http://panacherock.com/artists.php?id=105

In the meantime, I mastered a record for my friend Anthony from Chicago and his new project Natural Harbors.  I enjoyed his last EP (under the name of Arctic Circle), but this really caught my imagination – great beats, inventive production, catchy melodies… the works.  I’ve had these songs stuck in my head since I started working on them.  Keep an eye out for the record later this year on Positive Beat Recordings.

Also, my good friends the I Ching Quartet have posted their discography online to download for free!  I worked on three of these records, including the newest one These Dreams, of which I am particularly fond/proud.  Check them out: http://www.ichingquartet.com/discography/

Thanks for stopping by!

TTYL,

schenke