London-based VERONICA FALLS dropped by KUTCH-1 recently to offer their talents to yet another Insound Studio-Session. They were here to promote their self-titled debut album, released earlier this year by Slumberland.
After one of the members finished up an emergency trip to the hospital (!!!) and after trying a new arrangement in the room for a different visual effect, we were ready to roll. Tracked with very minimal mic'ing, and recorded to 2" tape per usual. Hats-off to Haus-Longhitano for the especially cool video production on this one.
Check out this video for "Beachy Head":
Last month we once again opened our doors to Insound who this time brought us REAL ESTATE for a live studio session. We shifted the room around a bit, but as you can see its the same totally-live amps-in-the-room, vocals-next-to-the-drums raw style. A good band situated properly in a good-sounding room with good mics, recorded to 2" tape... usually makes a nice recording.
It was great to meet the guys and learn they've recently moved to the neighborhood, hopefully we will work together again. Here's my favorite tune we did, called "Municipality":
REAL ESTATE (Jersey ---> Brooklyn) was in the studio last week for another Insound Studio Session, to promote their new album Days which is out next month on Domino. The videos should be out in the next few weeks, in the meantime check out this photo-collage I made at Photovisi (my first one but now I'm hooked!):
And if you haven't heard REAL ESTATE yet here's a tune called "It's Real" off the new record:
Brooklyn 3-piece STRANGE RIVALS came into KUTCH-1 late last year and recorded an awesome EP that was finally released by the band in August. Its called Strange Rivals and its available at Bandcamp; limited-edition CD and/or digital download (the download is name-your-price). You can also stream it there.
I had a blast working on this record, I did not know these guys previously (we connected through another cool band THE HELIOTROPES I recorded a while back) but we became good buds in the process. We tracked all the basics live, overdubbed vocals and a few guitar and drum bits. Mixing was straightforward, not much processing or effects added... the band really knows how to use their gear to dial in amazing sounds so my job was easy! Give them a listen, and check out a live set if you get a chance. Here's a few photos from the session, followed by a short video clip of the live-in-the-control-room tracking for the song "Drawings".
We re-tracked Amelia's vocals on this Parker/Bird remix of MOUNTAIN MAN's "Play It Right" here at KUTCH-1 a few months back. I dare you to listen without boppin your head.
THE HEAVEN'S JAIL BAND's s/t debut full-length is now out! We did this over 5 days back in January of this year, recorded live with the players and amps in the same room, and minimal overdubs. Francesco Ferorelli put together a killer band for this project, and this recording in particular featured some special guests as well (like Scott Stapleton of Phosphorescent on keys). The session was inspired and lots of fun, and kept me engrossed to the point where I didn't freak out about not seeing my Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl!
Check out this blog review and listen to a song.
Download the album and read a more in-depth description at Thrill Jockey.
And/Or go to the Heart Break Beat site (Francesco's awesome record label) to purchase a CD. Also from H.B.B. you can order a limited 7" from the band LITTLE GOLD which I recorded last year.
PS: the newest LITTLE GOLD LP Weird Freedom which I mixed (and recorded 2 songs) should be out soon as well.
PPS: here ends "Six Degrees of Heaven's Jail Band"
My old pal Garek Druss (A STORY OF RATS) stopped in to track a new record at KUTCH-1 earlier this month. I first worked with Garek in Seattle in 2006 with his project called EAR VENOM, and before I left town I was involved in at least 5 separate releases for this and other Garek-groups. An inspiring, constantly evolving, artist & musician... I've learned so much about "SOUND" from being around this guy! Listen/Buy/Read-About his latest stuff HERE and HERE via Aquarius. See photos below of his setup, and the man himself, perhaps thumbsdowning my photography?
Last month Insound brought Yuck to KUTCH-1 to record and film 3 songs live to tape (well the audio was to tape at least...) These look awesome, so glad we hooked up with the Haus + Longhitano production team. We'll be doing these sessions once a month now here at KUTCH-1. link to INSOUND STUDIO SESSIONS w/ YUCK
Two more Gross Relations tracks for free download on Bandcamp. They're called "Today Tomorrow" and "Taking Off". They were tracked by Mark Lewis at Junxt Studios, and mixed by me at KUTCH 1.
The new Little Gold LP has been mixed in all its Weird and Free glory, and was at last sent to mastering for the icing.
I was unable to attend the mastering session but I did receive this photo which is a good sign. (apparently it sounds like golden butter flakes!)