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Recording Matt Nathanson

Matt Nathanson at Swedish American Hall

Matt Nathanson played a great show at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on December 10 which I recorded and mixed for an upcoming promotion DVD. Look out for Matt’s new album which is expected to come out some time this spring on Vanguard Records.

Swedish American Hall

Matt Nathanson soundcheck at Swedish American Hall

Recording Afro Cuban All Stars at Mondavi Winery

It was a warm July night and I had the pleasure of recording the Afro Cuban All Stars in Napa, CA at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

The leader of the group, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez was also a member of the Buena Vista Social and featured in the film of the same name. He was one of the warmest and friendliest artists I’ve ever met. The group is comprised many of his family members and even if you’re not related, he still treats you like family. It was a beautiful evening of great music in a beautiful setting.

Recording the Pretenders and Amos Lee


Flying Kitchen recorded KFOG’s Concert for Kid’s at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.

The Pretenders and Amos Lee performed this year and it was a really great show.

I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into my old friend Michael Bellar, who plays keyboards for Amos Lee. I had walked on stage to check a mic connection and saw a familiar face sitting at the keys.

Amos Lee is a really great songwriter in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. If he’s ever in your town, check out his show… He’s got a great keyboard player too.

The Pretenders still rock after 30 years, too.

KFOG Live from the Archives 15 released


KFOG’s Live from the Archives Vol 15 came out last week featuring 4 songs that I recorded and mixed with my partner, Boone Spooner

Tracks we worked on

David Gray – You’re the World to Me from Oakland Paramount Theater

Feist – 1 2 3 4 From Bimbo’s 365 in San Francisco

Newton Faulkner  – Dream Catch Me from Slim’s in San Francisco

Matt Nathanson – Car Crash at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco

I’d have to say the Feist show was my favorite of the 4.. but Matt Nathanson comes in a close second. They’re also the friendliest folks of the bunch. Anyway, proceeds from the album benefit Bay Area food banks, so click here and get yourself a copy

Recording and Mixing Jason Mraz


Flying Kitchen recorded Jason Mraz at the Greek Theater in Berkeley with the help of our good friend and mastering engineer, Michael Romanowski. We recorded the show for KFOG, so a song or two should appear on Live from the Archives in the coming months.

Lots of screaming and adoring fans, a kick ass horn section and an opening song that felt very much like something Wayne Newton might sing. A recipe for rock if ever there was one, I believe.

Recording Kaboom and other news


Flying Kitchen will be recording Kaboom this Saturday for KFOG. Los Lobos, Collective Soul and Matt Nathanson will perform along with the largest fireworks display of the year at Pier 30-32. I’ve worked on Kaboom for a number of years as a production person, but this is the first time recording it, so it should be a nice change of pace.

Here’s info from the KFOG folks themselves:

KFOG KaBoom!  Saturday, May 10
Los Lobos * Collective Soul * Matt Nathanson
Northern CA’s Largest Fireworks display
set to a KFOG World Class soundtrack

Tickets at:

Recording Noise Pop 2008


I just spent the last 4 nights recording shows for the Noise Pop festival here in San Francisco, which meant I unfortunately, missed the Forest Sun CD release show on Saturday. I’m seriously wishing I could learn a way to split myself into fractions: a feeling which will only become worse as I get ready to head to SXSW next week in Austin.

Lots of work going on before then though. Mostly working in the big room at Broken Radio, which is always fun.


Tracking 5 more songs with Francesca Lee and the New Believers (where I’m producer / engineer / bassist).

Recording piano with James Riddle.

Mixing with Cannons and Clouds.

Tracking and mixing with J L Stiles.

Editing a Super Adventure Club video.

Recording David Gray & KT Tunstall


It was a long night in the underground labyrinth of Oakland’s Paramount Theater last Thursday. Boone, Jon Perkins (our new assistant engineer / intern) and I spent 15 hours in the basement beneath the orchestra pit to set up and record KT Tunstall and David Gray who performed for KFOG’s Concert for Kids charity show.

It was an quite a different place from which to record. Most of the night we heard the banging of the performers’ feet  over our heads louder than the sound of the actual mix which wafted in from the hallways. At one point, we heard pieces of the duct work fall from the ceiling overhead due to one of David Gray’s more excited foot stomps.

The recording came out wonderfully, so it should turn up on the radio in the coming weeks / months. Tune into KFOG to check it out.

KFOG Live from the Archives 14


KFOG released their yearly compilation album “Live from the Archives’ volume 14 this month. The CD features 3 tracks, that I worked on. Flying Kitchen recorded and mixed both Bernard Fanning and James Morrison and I recorded the Shins at KFOG’s Playspace last April. Proceeds from the album benefit Bay Area food banks.

Tom Petty releases “Runnin Down a Dream”

Tom Petty’s new film and multi disc set “Runnin Down a Dream” debuts this week. I recorded a show for it at the Greek Theater in Berkeley over the summer.<img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-211″ title=”2007-10-14TomPettyDVD” src=”” alt=”2007-10-14TomPettyDVD” width=”271″ height=”358″ /><br /><br />

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