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

I had a busy last couple of weeks, between visiting my family in DC, setting up a new studio and rearranging my personal one, and a buttload of cool work.  As soon as I got back to town, I started mixing a Reggie Watts special from his performance at Central Park last year.  The program cuts between his live show and a series of alternate reality sketches, which are hilarious and add a nice dimension to the whole thing.  Duncan Skiles – who edited the awesome documentary Still Life that I worked on last year – directed this for Comedy Central, which should be airing it sometime later this year.

I’ve also been working on setting up a new studio in Williamsburg with Yale Yng-Wong (who’s worked on records by Dom and Emil & Friends) and Jake Aron (of Fort Lean and Jamie Lidell’s band, working on their records, Yeasayer and Twin Shadow).  We just installed a 32-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 board – it’s beautiful!  The preamps (Neve, API, Great River, Germanium, et al), outboard (Distressors, LA-2As, 1176s, Neve & API EQs, et al), and effects (Eventide H3000, Lexcion Prime Time, AMS Delay….) are just as amazing.  I’ve been testing everything out with my good friend Bob Jones (Frankie Rose’s guitarist and ex-Eternal Tapestry bassist), recording his Bob Jones & the Golden Tones EP.  The studio’s coming together, with some acoustic treatment and build-out happening over the next couple of weeks, name and website should be figured out shortly.  Get in touch if you want to check it out!

A couple of things I’ve worked on recently are online now to stream and purchase.  Two songs from my session with Dirty Beaches – the heavy/heady drone of “Dune Walker” and mutant funk “Rhythm Ace Dub” – appeared on a German 7″, which you can check out here: http://dirtybeaches.bandcamp.com/album/dune-walker-7

And my Chicago homeboys Unmanned Ship put their new record For Whom the Bowl Tolls online.  I mastered the LP, which was recorded at the awe-inspiring Electrical Audio.  Check it out:  http://unmannedship.bandcamp.com/album/for-whom-the-bowl-tolls

I also had a few mastering gigs in the past couple of weeks.  Portugese rock transcendentalists Signs of the Silhouette had me master a single, mash-up party dudes White Panda had me master their new record, and I tested things out at the new studio mastering NT‘s new EP.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this!  Please get in touch if you want to chat or come check out the new studio – jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com

The new Parquet Courts record, Light Up Gold, is done!  We’re all really psyched on how it turned out, really groovin’ vintage-feeling riffs with plenty of feedback skronk.  I’m personally amazed at how fast it came together – three days of tracking and two of mixing…  I like to work fast, but this may be a new record for me (no pun intended)!  Regardless, if you’re around Brooklyn go check them out live and pick up their tape American Specialties while you’re at it – it’s great!

I also wrapped up the mix and master for Junk Culture‘s new album Wild Quiet.  It’s a dense pop trip of a record: melodic and inventive and fun.  I’m really excited for this one to drop!  It should be out sometime this summer on Illegal Art.

I recently mastered an album of remixes from TJ Miller‘s Extended Play EP, also coming out on Illegal Art this summer.  I wasn’t familiar with TJ’s stuff, but turns out he’s a funny guy!  The album has remixes by Junk Culture, Bran Flakes, Touch People, the Kleptones, Jesse Case, Babes, and a mega-mix by Steinski.  Check out the video from his album up top.

The other thing I recently mixed was the new EP by NT.  Their stuff is loud-fast rock, steeped in post-punk and grunge.  I met main man Jake on tour with Frankie Rose (he was playing bass with her for a while, and played on her new album), so it was really fun to work on this together and really tap into my inner teenager (as opposed to my inner child or inner old man).  It’s pretty awesome stuff, and should be out soon!

Thanks for stopping by, and please hit me up if you want!  jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com