HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!! I’m so thrilled to be starting 2014!  2013 was great and all, but there is so much to look forward to over the next few months, I don’t know where to begin…

Catherine

… maybe with Catherine playing at Sundance this year?  I mixed and designed the sound for this short film version of the series by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp (who also made Marcel the Shell).  I’m working on some new shorts with them now, which are just as mind-numbingly weird and funny.

The Poisoner @ Lincoln Hall

… or maybe with the preview screening of The Poisoner on January 10th at Lincoln Hall?  It’s the strange and beautiful second feature film by my friend Chris Hefner, which we mixed last month at my studio in Brooklyn – check out the official trailer.  Daniel Knox provided an alluring score, and will be performing live at the screenings.  I highly recommend all Chicagoans reading this to buy tickets for this screening.


… I know!  Maybe with the release of the remix of “Sorrow” I made for Frankie Rose! I mixed it at Doctor Wu’s, based on a string arrangement by Grayson Sanders of Snowmine, with my studio partner Yale Yng-Wong executing a beautiful Moog bass part before taking a nap.

… but I should probably first just take a few moments to reflect on how great 2013 was.  Sure, it had its difficult bits, but I had opportunity after opportunity to make and do good work with good people.  I spent a month in India; travelled around the states with friends, family, and colleagues; made an album with my boy Bob Jones (EATERS 2014 BABY!); made lots of new friends; and did some of the best work of my life.  I can only hope that things will continue that way in 2014.

Light Up Gold Cover

… and I have to spend a minute marveling at the success of Parquet Courts and Light Up Gold.  These guys have become really close friends of mine over the last couple years since we banged this out in their practice space, and I couldn’t be happier about everything coming their way.  Their music made countless year-end lists – from Pitchfork (Light Up Gold, “Stoned and Starving”, and the cover art) and Rolling Stone (Light Up Gold, “Stoned and Starving”, and writer/VH1-talking-head Rob Sheffield’s personal list), to NPR (Sound Opinions’ numbers 1 and 2 top album) and Associated Press, to Other Music and Amoeba Music – pretty much everyone loved it.  And who could forget Tally All the Things That You Broke?  Its release sealed the deal, as far as I’m concerned.  We’re going upstate tomorrow to finish recording the new record at Outlier Inn – fingers crossed that people will love it too.

I hope everyone has something to look forward to in the coming months!  Thanks for reading, and please write if you’d like to talk about sound – jonathan.schenke[at]gmail.com

Tally All the Things That You Broke

Parquet Courts‘ newest release, Tally All the Things That You Broke, came out last month to good-to-glowing reviews.  Two of my favorite pieces I’ve read were in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, where the authors gushed like unadulterated fanboys.  Hell, even my mom’s calling me to tell me she heard them on NPR (“Yeah ma, I know, I mixed that show.”)  I love it!

We’re in the middle of a new record as I write, while the band take a much-deserved break.  I truly cannot wait to continue work on it, and just as excited for everyone to hear it.


In the meantime, I had the chance to remix the JASH Network series Catherine into a short film.  I was a big fan of the original, and this is just as sweet and bizarre in its own special way.  It’s debuting this weekend at the AFI Festival in LA, and will hopefully be making the rounds on the festival circuit next year.

But the biggest recent development in my world was finishing the Eaters album with my friend Bob Jones.  We’d worked on these recordings off-and-on for a while now, and were approached by Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott about releasing material on their new label Driftless Recordings.  We took our recent material from this summer and reworked some older material to craft an album that I  honestly feel is compositionally and sonically unique in the current musical landscape.  It’s the first music of my own that I’ve made in years, and I couldn’t be happier with or more proud of the result.  The self-titled album will be out in the spring, with singles and videos streaming in the new year…

I’ve got a number of projects small and large coming up over the next month, and hopefully much more to share soon.  If you’d like to talk about sound, please write at jonathan.schenke[at]gmail.com

So I just wrapped up two weeks straight in the studio with Parquet Courts on their new new album.  It’s madness.  I’ve never worked so hard or gotten in so deep as I did on this one – we really pushed ourselves this time.  They’re back on the road now (at Austin City Limits, then on a European tour with Mazes, who I’ll be working with on their new album next year), and we’ll finish this beast next month.

Their current new EP, Tally All the Things That You Broke is out now! Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME, and just about everyone else is praising the EP, and the band packed Music Hall of Williamsburg for their record release show.  Now you can check out this video for “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” by my buddy Thu Tran.  I’m really excited that this EP is out now – we had a blast working on it, and it’s a great step forward… just wait until you hear the new one.


My friends and associates Forest Fire also got a nice write-up from Pitchfork and played their record release show for their fantastic album Screens.  They also have a new video for the release; bassist Galen Bremer made a creepy psyched-out collage for “Cold Kind”.


Another band I worked with recently also just celebrated their record release: the ever- ferocious Mannequin Pussy!  You can stream their kick-in-the-nuts of an album Gypsy Pervert and check out their tour dates at their bandcamp page. Go see ’em!


And chances are, you may have seen them around town – they played both the Parquet Courts and Mannequin Pussy record release shows – but have you heard the twitchy dance punk of Future Punx on record??  You can now!  Check it out!!


 

In the meantime, I’m working on this.

Thanks for stopping by – please feel free to hit me up at jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com if you wanna talk sound!

Tally All the Things That You Broke

 

Tally All the Things that You Broke, the new Parquet Courts EP, is streaming now at parkayquarts.com – check it out!  It’s really good.

I’ll write more next week when it physically drops, but I have to get back to the studio to finish mixing the new LP.  It’s even better.

If yr free tonight in NYC, swing by Music Hall of Williamsburg to catch their release show.  Tickets are still available, but going fast.  I’ll be running the boards for them if you wanna say hi!

Tally All the Things That You BrokeI am sooooooo psyched that the new Parquet Courts EP Tally All the Things That You Broke is coming out soon!  October 8th, What’s Your Rupture.  Pitchfork broke the news and debuted the new single “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” recently.  I can’t wait for people to hear this EP, the sessions were incredible and the recordings turned out so well.  But even more so, I can’t wait to get back into the studio next month to finish the LP!  You guys are gonna flip.

Forest Fire continues to get some well-deserved attention around their upcoming record Screens.  Pitchfork praised the first single “Waiting in the Night” recently, even comparing the sound to Dave Fridmann, thank you very much.  Meanwhile, Stereogum debuted another song, “Alone with the Wires”.  Mark did a pretty cool interview with Ghettoblaster recently, which gave a good insight into the mindset and process of the record.  I really do love this record, and I am so excited for everyone to hear it – I think we made something truly special with this one.  Screens is out September 10th on Fat Cat.

Also coming out around then is The Fuzz!  The series airs September 9th on Yahoo Screen.  It’s about a buddy-comedy/crime-drama about a puppet’s rise through the criminal underworld, selling cocaine to humans and jellybeans to puppets, and the reject human/puppet cop partners who are working to bring him down.  We busted ass over to get this done, and I am thrilled it’s airing soon!  The director Duncan Skiles and I are working on his new film Last of the Great Romantics now… it’s so good.

I recently finished working with Mannequin Pussy, mixing and mastering their new album Gypsy Pervert.  They recorded it at Oscilloscope Studio (the Beastie Boys’ studio!), so it sounded great coming to me, and I threw it through my new Universal Audio 1176s and Studer plugins to get it sounding that much bigger.  We’re all really excited about it – they’ll have cassettes on their tour this October.

I also recently worked with Christine Hoberg, mixing her upcoming record at Doctor Wu’s.  It was fun to get into a real David Lynch-y sonic headspace with these songs.. lots of weird delays and pitch shifting around “singer-songwriter” ballads.  Pretty cool stuff!

Jungle Green recently released an EP called Twelve-and-a-half Minitues of the Most Beautiful Love Songs Ever Written as a free download on his bandcamp page.  It’s a pretty wild ride through love and heartbreak, with some totally skronky outbursts and some tender falsetto.  It was mixed by Paul  de Jong (of the Books) and I mastered it with him at Doctor Wu’s.

Oh!  And I almost forgot – Bob and I finished the new Eaters EP.  It’s called Phantom Selves.  More on that later.

Thank you thank you thank you for taking time to read this, hope you dug some of it.  Feel free to get in touch to talk about sound: jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com