March 4, 2011

In the 11 months since I have last updated this news page a lot has happened in my neck of the woods. My son Tennessee was born 10 months ago and I have managed to make a few records I’m really proud to have been part of since his birth. The Decemberists record “The King is Dead” debuted at #1 which was a fun surprize to all of us. I got to work with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on that one, a couple of folks I have long admired. Once that was done I headed South to Louisville, KY and set up shop in an old church with My Morning Jacket. Much of that record was tracked with everybody playing live in a huge room together. The recording gear was in the same room and bleed was king. The final phase happened in Nashville at Blackbird Studio. The album is called “Circuital” and is set to be released in late May or early June. The R.E.M. record that I tracked demos for comes out next week. Also since I last wrote I mixed a John Wesley Harding record, a Jenny Scheinman record with Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose and Jim Black, a Cataldo record and a collaborative record between Mirah, Thao and TuneYards. We started tracking a new Brian Blade Fellowship record that will be continued soon. We also made some headway on a new Floratone record which features Bill Frisell, Matt Chamberlain, Jon Brion, Mike Elizondo, Eyvind Kang and Ron Miles. Mixing for that record begins next week.

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