Parquet Courts are celebrating their 10-year anniversary this December with the concert film On Time, and along with the announcement came the previously-unreleased song “Hey Bug”. I found the song in my archives from the Tally All The Things That Broke/Sunbathing Animal sessions – it was recorded at Seaside Lounge in spring 2013 (the same sessions featuring the tape-machine shootout) and mixed that fall at Doctor Wu’s. I always liked this song, but it never made the cut for Sunbathing Animal, Content Nausea, or any of the 7″s from that time…. I’m happy to finally see it out in the world! You can pre-order a limited-edition flexi 7″ at their Bandcamp, and purchase tickets for the December 10th stream of On Time, which features a live performance at Pioneer Works and other archival footage.
Phantom Rhythm, the debut full-length from Beijing-based “transnational blues” duo Gong Gong Gong, is out now! I am so proud of this record, and ecstatic to see it out in the world – we began recording the album at Seaside Lounge in October 2017 (the same sessions that yielded the Siren single), and finished mixing earlier this year at Studio Windows. In the meantime, they’ve toured with Parquet Courts, Flasher, and Bodega in the US, Europe, and China, and made fans worldwide. Just read the press:
“An alarmingly stripped-down form of hypnotic rock which spiritually evokes the blues as well as punk, but otherwise can’t be directly compared to any other genre or artist” – Allmusic
“An album of avant-rock, unpretentious high art” – Pop Bollocks
“Ambassadors of the worldwide underground through a thoughtful collection of haunting barebones punk” – Post Trash
8/10: “Fearsome psych rock by the slightest means” – Loud & Quiet
Working with the group and producing these recordings has been a highlight of my career. Stream the album in full, pickup a copy on LP or CD, and do not miss them live! Phantom Rhythm is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
“Ride Your Horse” is the newest single from Beijing “transnational blues” guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong’s upcoming album Phantom Rhythm. NPR premiered the track, writing “Depending on your ear, the Beijing-based guitar-and-bass duo could sound like The Feelies‘ stuttering post-punk, Bo Diddley‘s rock and roll boogie or Tinariwen‘s droning desert blues. But this unplaceable sound and drummer-less format encourages Gong Gong Gong’s reckless and razor-sharp rhythms to reshape rock and roll.” Paste, Pop Bollocks, and Raven Sings the Blues all had words to say about it too, and Aquarium Drunkard interviewed the band from Beijing. I produced Phantom Rhythm with the group in NYC, recording at Seaside Lounge and mixing at Studio Windows. Phantom Rhythm is out October 4 via Wharf Cat Records – stream the video (directed by bassist Joshua Frank) and pre-order the album now!
“Some Kind of Demon”, the new single from Beijing guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong, is streaming now on The FADER. It comes from Phantom Rhythm, the full-length LP I produced with the group, recorded at Seaside Lounge (on my fave Otari MX-5050 8-track) and mixed at Studio Windows. Check out the song below along with “Notes Underground”, the first single from Phantom Rhythm, out October 4 via Wharf Cat Records.
Psych-rock explorers Quicksilver Daydream have released their new album Fly Oblivion! I produced the album with the band, recording it at Seaside Lounge and mixing at Studio Windows, and Josh Bonati did a stunning master. We went deep into the arrangements, experimenting with synthesizers, processed vocals and ambient textures to augment this strong selection of songs. I’m super proud of the work we created here – “Hang On” is a particular favorite. Fly Oblivion is out now – purchase the gorgeous LP direct from Bandcamp and stream it below.
NYC psych/folk/rockers Quicksilver Daydream have announced their new LP Fly Oblivion, due August 9. I am truly proud of this album – it is one of those times where the ideas and conversations going into a record are not only realized but transcended into something greater than could have been imagined. I produced the affair, recording the band at Seaside Lounge and mixing at Studio Windows, adding synths and backing vocals along the way. Josh Bonati did mastered the album, bringing the whole thing to another level. The first single “Warmth of Other Suns” premiered on Glide Magazine, which should give listeners a taste of the expanse of this record. Stream it below, and pre-order the LP from the group’s Bandcamp page.
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.
Beijing-based “transnational blues” duo Gong Gong Gong have released their newest 7″ “Siren” b/w “Something’s Happening”. I produced this single (along with their upcoming full-length record), recording at October 2017 at Seaside Lounge and Doctor Wu’s, and mixed/mastered at Studio Windows this spring. The duo recently wrapped up a tour with Parquet Courts, will be touring with Flasher and Public Practice this winter, and with Bodega in February 2019. If you haven’t already, check out the amazing video for “Siren” below, and pick up their single now via Wharf Cat Records.
Beijing-based psychedelic blues duo Gong Gong Gong have announced their American debut single “Siren” (out November 9 via Wharf Cat). I produced/recorded/mixed/mastered this along with their upcoming full-length Phantom Rhythm in fall 2017 – winter 2018 at Seaside Lounge, Doctor Wu’s (RIP), and Studio Windows. “Siren” is perhaps my favorite of the songs we tracked, and a wonderful introduction to this unique band. Check it out via Stereogum, along with their upcoming tour dates supporting Parquet Courts, Flasher, and Bodega.
The new Ice Balloons LP Fiesta is streaming now on Stereogum! This record’s a very fun, very weird one, featuring members of TV on the Radio, Surfbort, Samiam, and more… I’m very happy to have recorded (much), mixed (most), and mastered (all) of it at Seaside Lounge and Doctor Wu’s. Stream it on Stereogum, and don’t miss the video for “Fallen Family” by Jim Trainor. Fiesta is out Friday August 9 on Volar Records.