Person by my group P.E. is one of Treble Zine’s Best Albums of 2020 So Far! Treble has been extremely kind to the project so far – naming multiple singles Essential Tracks and Person Album Of The Week – and it’s lovely to see the record included here too. “That it’s a catchy pop record that also happens to at times be an intense experimental record doesn’t make it a irreconcilable contradiction—that makes it one of the most endlessly fun listens of the year.” Person is out now via Wharf Cat Records, and is available on LP, CD, and special-edition LP+bonus mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! – please check it out if you haven’t already!
The Freelancer’s Blues – the sophomore LP from outsider electronic-country troubadour Dougie Poole – is out today via Wharf Cat Records. Pitchfork called it “both wry and heartfelt, offering a kind of tongue-in-cheek spiritual audit for a modern age”, Flood Magazine marveled at his “knack for wordplay and subtle humor”, while AllMusic describes Dougie as a songwriter who “takes the formal structures of classic country and deliberately bends them into strange new shapes, while leaving the heart, soul, and passion intact, and the melodies strike a weepy bullseye throughout.” I am particularly proud of this record (which I co-produced/-recorded with Dougie and mixed at Studio Windows) and I could go on & on about working on this LP with Dougie: from conceptualizing it shortly after finishing Wide Ass Highway, to the detailed demos & coded spreadsheets we had for pre-production, to walking around Thailand after basic tracking singing “I Was A Buddhist For A Couple Days” to myself, to the quest for more “Dougie Poolisms” while finishing the LP, and the serendipity of him joining the Wharf Cat family. The Freelancer’s Blues is out now via Wharf Cat Records and available to stream/download via Bandcamp – do yourself a favor and pick it up!
Gentle Grip – the debut album from NYC dance-punk quartet Public Practice – is streaming now on all platforms. Consisting of members of WALL and Beverly, I’ve known each of the members for years, and have been a fan of the band since their very first show; I’m extremely proud of the work we did here. I co-produced/-recorded half of the record with the band and mixed those songs at Studio Windows, which include the singles “Compromised” (currently on BBC Radio 6’s A List), “Disposable”, and “My Head”, plus “Cities”, “Underneath” (my personal favorite), and “Understanding”. The remainder of the songs were recorded and mixed by the band and Jeff Berner, and the album was mastered by the always-excellent Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound. The press has been fantastic – 4-stars on NME and DIY, Album Of The Day on BBC Radio 6, Album Of The Week on BrooklynVegan, and a glowing review in Treble. Gentle Grip is available now digitally, and LPs/CDs will be available on June 26 via Wharf Cat Records.
Dougie Poole – NYC’s outsider country troubadour – has a brand new single called “Los Angeles”. This is my favorite song from the upcoming record The Freelancer’s Blues – beautiful melodies, an elegant arrangement full of Dougie Poole-isms, and lyrics to which any New Yorker can relate. I produced and recorded The Freelancer’s Blues with Dougie at Studio Windows, where I also mixed it; Carl Saff mastered the record in Chicago. You can read more about the song on Ears To Feed, Recommended Listen, and Brooklyn Vegan; stream it below, watch the video, and pre-order on Bandcamp. The Freelancer’s Blues comes out June 12 on Wharf Cat Records.
Public Practice – the NYC dance-punk quartet featuring members of WALL and Beverly – return with a new single from their debut full-length Gentle Grip. “My Head” – which premiered on Stereogum – is a disco-rooted earworm, and features a video by Studio Jojo. Brooklyn Vegan also featured the track, along with music/book recommendations from the band. “My Head” is one of the songs I co-produced/recorded and mixed on Gentle Grip, and of my favorite songs on the album (which was mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound). Check it out now, and pre-order the album, which comes out May 15 (digital)/June 26 (physical) via Wharf Cat Records.
NYC country weirdo Dougie Poole is back with the brand-new single “Vaping On The Job,” which premiered today on The FADER. It’s the first puff of his upcoming sophomore LP The Freelancer’s Blues, which I produced/recorded/mixed at Studio Windows in Brooklyn. Dougie and I conceived of doing a record like this – more band-oriented and relatively “hi-fi” but keeping all of the “Dougie Poolisms” intact – shortly after completing mixing for his debut Wideass Highway. It was a long road from conception to completion, but the hard work shines across the album, from the earnest-yet-hilarious lyrics and spirited performances, to the intricate and other-worldly arrangements, to the final mix & presentation. I’m truly proud of this record, and thrilled to be able to share a bit of it today!
The Freelancer’s Blues is out June 12 via Wharf Cat Records (home of Gong Gong Gong, Public Practice, P.E. and other family faves). Check out the song & article on the FADER, and take some time to revisit Wideass Highway while you’re at it – “Don’t You Think I’m Funny Anymore” is a stone-cold classic.
It is a supreme pleasure to have Person, the debut LP from my group P.E., out in the world! I loved putting together this record with my band mates and how the band has evolved since – genuinely one of the most fun and liberating creative experiences of my career – and it’s humbling to receive such praise for something so out there.
Person was Treble’s Album of the Week and a Bandcamp ‘Essential Release’ of the week. Loud and Quiet featured both an incredibly insightful article by Isabel Crabtree and an 8/10 review. Finn of Popbollocks wrote a touching review of the record, praising not only the music but also my personal production/mix work. Bill Pearis shared our bonus mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! (a collection of live takes/out-takes/new ideas available with the special edition of the record) on Brooklyn Vegan and put Person is his Indie Basement weekly roundup of notable records. The group also hung out with Lola Pistola for an afternoon, got some great photographs, and a lovely feature in Alt Citizen.
P.E. is playing our record release show tonight at Trans Pecos before heading down to SXSW in a couple weeks. We’re also doing two tours in the northeast this May – one with Pottery, and the other with Parquet Courts. Check out the dates below, stream the record on a platform of your choosing, and order the special edition while their are still tapes available! Person is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
My group P.E. (featuring members of Pill & Eaters) has released our latest single “Soft Dance.” Stereogum calls it “a beguiling slow shuffle filled with horns and little guitar licks that make up something that has a lot of empty space but also never stops moving. It might not inspire dancing, but it might inspire the sort of introspective light you can find on a dance floor;” BrooklynVegan and Ears to Feed picked up the song as well. I also participated in a Talkhouse interview with Angus Andrew from Liars (one of my favorite groups of the last couple decades) and my bandmate Jon Campolo (who also makes all of the artwork for P.E.) – it was so fun to talk about sound together! “Soft Dance” is from P.E.’s debut album Person, out March 6 via Wharf Cat Records.
P.E. – my new group with members of Pill and Eaters – has released our first single “Top Ticket”, featuring a remix by Liars. Stereogum premiered the track, BrooklynVegan called the group “a veritable sonic Reese’s Cup”, while Ears To Feed and Pop Bollocks wrote more in-depth track reviews. “Top Ticket” is the first taste of our debut LP Person, which is due March 6 on Wharf Cat Records. The album was produced at Studio Windows, edited and arranged from live improvisations with the group, and mixed/mastered by myself. You can stream the tracks below, and pre-order Person on Wharf Cat’s site, the Special-Edition of which includes the bonus cassette Sick, Sad, Fun!
The love for Gong Gong Gong continues! Pitchfork wrote a great review of Phantom Rhythm, awarding it a 7.6, calling it “a novel pastiche of post-punk, West African blues, Bo Diddley, and distortion” and referencing its “crisp production” (thank you). Bandcamp Daily published a wonderfully in-depth feature the same day, tracing the band’s formation in Beijing’s underground music scene and the cross-pollination of cultural ideas. Both great reads! Check them out while you stream the record… Phantom Rhythm is out now on Wharf Cat Records.