Spent a few days this month recording and mixing songwriter and troubadour JL Stiles.??JL is quite a force of nature and has a really great sense of songwriting, arrangement and sound. Last week, we recorded and mixed 2 songs in the big room at Broken Radio over the course of 12 hours. We tracked drums, guitar and upright bass live with no headphones or overdubs (other than lead vocals). The live room at the studio sounded perfect for Stiles’ approach: very focused on the performance and the sound of the room as it went down.
Today, we mixed a few other songs that he tracked earlier in the year before he took a long jaunt to Nepal. The songs are reminiscent of Tom Waits (who tracked in the room at Broken Radio a few years ago) or Jimmy Reed. JL Stiles is a very unique character and a talented artist.
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’ feetÂ 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.
I’ve been spending a good bit of time on Super Adventure Club lately. So far we’ve played 4 shows, made stickers, T-Shirts, released a video on YouTube and are in the process of recording our first EP. We’re playing the Hotel Utah on Jan 6. Many plans ahead including a summer tour. More on that to come…
Meanwhile, come out to the Hotel Utah Jan 6… and bring a friend or twelve…
I’ve been working on mixes for Kabir Green, an Americana / Folk artist from Portland, Oregon by way of Pennsylvania. He writes some really nice songs that sound great. This is one of the first mix projects I’ve done in my new production room at Broken Radio and I have to say I’m really pleased with the results. Lots of work coming up too… keep checking back for more news. (Assuming I can find the time to update the website, that is…)
KFOG released their yearly compilation album â€œLive 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.
AJ Roach’s song “Devil May Dance” will appear in the November issue of Paste Magazine’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, “Revelation” which was just released this month on Waterbug Records.
The song will also appear on American Airlines’ in-flight entertainment as part of Paste Beat during the month of December.
“Revelation” is receiving some serious critical praise and hit #1 on the European Americana charts in its second month of release. Congratulations to AJ!
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=”http://www.michaelwinger.dreamhosters.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2007-10-14TomPettyDVD.png” alt=”2007-10-14TomPettyDVD” width=”271″ height=”358″ /><br /><br />
This week I’m making my annual trek to New York for the CMJ music marathon. My friends from Project Jenny, Project Jan are playing a showcase on Thursday night and it should be a fun time of shenanigans and craziness. If any of you are going to be around NY next week drop me an email
Recorded Jose Gonzalez yesterday for the first installment of Google’s new Musicians at Google series. As you may or may not know, Jose was catapulted into the world’s attention through his cover of the Knifes’ Heartbeats which appeared in a Sony Bravia ad.
He plays very quiet introspective music but also does a lot of covers of electronic and dance music in a very quiet introspective sort of way. My favorite is his cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.” He also just played for two nights at the Great American Music Hall here in San Francisco.