This week we finish mixing the song “Strike” composed by Nader Deaik which will be the theme song for the United States soccer team at the this year’s World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. I recorded and mixed it as well as singing a bit on it along with my old Dayroom compatriot, James Riddle. Hoping the US team can win that thing this year…
Kronos Quartet performed 4 shows in San Francisco last week at Theater Artaud, including a piece by Amon Tobin that I co-arranged with Stephen Prutsman. Stephen arranged all the string quartet parts while I did the sound design, resampling and mutating of Amon Tobin’s own mutations of his recordings of Kronos that appeared on his album “Foley Room”. So the arrangement is a little like a mirror looking into a mirror.
?Kronos debuted our arrangement of Bloodstone at the SF Jazz festival 2 years ago when they performed and debuted another piece by Wilco’s drummer Glen Kotche.
My multi-tasking power duo explains how and why we do what we do in Super Adventure Club with synths, drums and bass in a video produced for Propellerhead software (the talented folks behind Reason and Record recording programs)
Francesca will also be appearing at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on March 8 with a few other SF singer songwriters, including Chi McClean (whose album I helped engineer with Boone Spooner), Megan Slankard and Garrin Benfield
Francesca Lee The Pieces Left (Modo Rama Music)
By Camille Ikalina Robles?Published: February 11th, 2010 | 7:01am
On the cover of her sophomore release, The Pieces Left, singer-songwriter Francesca Lee dons a peach colored vintage dress holding a pair of scissors, cutting out paper hearts that sit strewn across her lap. It’s the perfect setting for what you’ll find inside this introspective album. Wistful and dreamy, The Pieces Left is deeply reflective lyrically — and musically, luscious pop.
Lovingly crafted over varying piano compositions, the musical narratives reveal characters trying to find their place in the world. A little bit bruised, confused, and questioning, they seem fresh out of a break-up or fresh from a fall and contemplating the broken pieces left on the floor. Still, the songs remain deeply hopeful. This is most obvious on the upbeat, electronic-esque “Fly.” Here, Lee sings,”I know I’m hard to find / Please give me some more time,” and later in the chorus, “Where do I begin / Will I ever be sure of my own life?”
The emotive nature of Lee’s songs is a pretty convincing promotion of her live show. Instantly likable and sing-able, it is a sincere compliment when I say Lee’s songs could easily be a soundtrack to a primetime drama. “Fly” along with “Maybe Today,” “Losing You,” and “Truth and Lies” are musical gems and most defining of Lee’s luscious piano pop. On a few tracks the sentiments become a little repetitive and sometimes mediocre, but when Lee gets it right her compositions musically and lyrically shine.
Francesca Lee official site
Francesca Lee MySpace
Francesca Lee’s new album “The Pieces Left” reviewed by the East Bay Express and Collected Sounds this week.
East Bay Express
“This 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
“This album is filled with lovely, melodic songs that channel more Nerina Pallot or Beth Waters than any hipster folkie. Francesca’s voice is beautiful. It’s peaceful and calming and suits this type of music very nicely. I really really like it. A beautiful record.”
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