Francesca Leeâ€™s new album â€œThe Pieces Leftâ€ reviewed by the East Bay Express and Collected Sounds this week.
East Bay Express
â€œThis is a very personal album, with lyrics that ring true to life. The music is light, airy pop with a melancholy tone, delicate and cleverly arranged. Thoroughly lovely stuff. Collected Sounds
â€œThis album is filled with lovely, melodic songs that channel more Nerina Pallot or Beth Waters than any hipster folkie. Francescaâ€™s voice is beautiful. Itâ€™s peaceful and calming and suits this type of music very nicely. I really really like it. A beautiful record.â€
I got married at the end of September and returned from the honeymoon to multitudes of press clippings about me and my work…
OK, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only two, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s twice as many as I had a few weeks ago…
First off, Mix Magazine, one of the biggest and shiniest of all the recording magazines in the world featured 1340 Mission (home to my studio and Broken Radio, where I do most of my production) in this monthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s studio spotlight column.
Skywalker is an amazing place to work. It really is like an technical geek personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version of professional paradise. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been up there numerous times but this was a long set of sessions and it was really intense and relaxing all at once. It was also great working with Mike Axinn and Pete Horner, both of whom have an extensive list of credits in the film business and were a joy to work with.
The film was submitted to Sundance and will hopefully be shown in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s festival. Good luck to Brent and Greg
A few weeks ago Universal Audio debuted their impressive new UAD-2 processing card and when they asked me to help them find a band to help demonstrate its power, I suggested Cannons and Clouds whom I’ve been producing over the last year and a half.. Matt Boudreau, who runs the downstairs big room at Broken Radio, engineered while I produced the track. You can see videos of the whole process at http://www.uaudio.com/media/videos.html
I could’n’t get the sharing links to work, so scroll down to the Tracking, Mixing and Mastering videos to see Matt, me and mastering engineer, Michael Romanowski talk about the card and the project. Matt also talks about it all in the artist interview.
I’ve been a big fan of Universal Audio ever since I started working as a producer. The first mic preamp I ever bought was their 2610 tube preamp which I used to record Four Year Bender, Beth Waters and Tim Bluhm. The new card is pretty amazing and I can’t wait to upgrade my computer to start working and playing with it.
In our first national press interview, Super Adventure Club is featured in this month’s EQ magazine. Guitar Player editor, Michael Molenda, interviewed Jake and I about our keyboard and recording tricks that we use in the multi-tasking adventure that is our power duo.
Also featured is Death Cab for Cutie on the cover, who recorded their latest (#1) album at my friend John’s studio here in San Francisco.
I’ve been producing Cannons and Clouds debut album for the last year or so (hoping to finish sometime this spring). They’re going to be playing their first live shwo with my band Super Adventure Club at the Hotel Utah this Sunday and they were featured in the music picks section of the SF Bay Guardian.
AJ Roachâ€™s song â€œDevil May Danceâ€Â will appear in the November issue of Paste Magazineâ€™s Sampler. He will also be featured in the Four to Watch section of the magazine. I co-produced and mixed the track and it appears on his latest album, â€œRevelationâ€Â which was just released this month on Waterbug Records.
The song will also appear on American Airlinesâ€™ in-flight entertainment as part of Paste BeatÂ during the month of December.
â€œRevelationâ€Â is receiving some serious critical praise and hit #1 on the European Americana charts in its second month of release. Congratulations to AJ!