April 25, 2009

Hi folks – thanks for your interest in my recording endeavors. Since the last report, several of my projects have been released: Laura Gibson’s “Beasts of Seasons” is out now on Hush Records, The Decemberists mossy, evil epic “The Hazards of Love” was also just released. We had some fun guests on that one: Robyn Hitchcock, Jim James, Shara Wardon, Becky Stark and Rebecca Gates to name a few. Mirah’s record came out recently on K Records, it’s called “(A)spera”. I finished a project with the great band LAKE from Olympia, Washington that looks like it will be slowly released as a series of 7″‘s. I got to record and mix a new Bill Frisell record called “Disfarmer” featuring Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman and Viktor Krauss which will come out this Summer on Nonesuch. Drum genius Brian Blade’s new album “Mama Rosa” is the first of his guitar/singing songs and was just released by Verve. I was delighted to have taken part alongside one of my childhood inspirations, Daniel Lanois. Speaking of delighted, I did some mixes for Death Cab for Cutie‘s new EP “The Open Door”. I have begun work on the follow up to Thao‘s “We Brave Beestings and All”. I am VERY excited about the shape of the new Laura Veirs record which should be completed sometime soon. We have had amazing musical contributions. Jim James, Eyvind Kang, Stephen Barber, Karl Blau, Chris Funk and Steve Moore to name a few. I got to do some mixes for the new Tara Jane O’ Neil record “A Way’s away” as well as recent mixes for Loch Lomond. Bill Frisell, Matt Chamberlain, Lee Townsend and I have started work on a follow up to our 2007 Blue Note record Floratone. I’m excited about the drum tones on this puppy. Matt brought his 26″ kick and it was the perfect match for the the big room at Avast II in Seattle. Let’s see, what else? I had fun in Austin last month where I got to be on a producers panel called “Making Classic Records” at SXSW with Britt Daniel, Howie Weinberg, Mike McCarthy, Ed Cherney and Tim Palmer. We enjoyed arguing about dorky record making stuff…nice of you to read this far.

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