Here’s another video from the most recent album I mixed for Lenny Zenith & Pop Combo, Blue Velvet Traces.
Vicious rumors abound that I sing backup on this… good luck proving it.
I give you… Picturesque.
I mixed Blue Velvet Traces for Lenny Zenith’s Pop Combo at my private studio The Whelping Box a while back when humans could be in the same room together. Although most of the humans were in a room together at Blue Velvet Studio in New Orleans.
Mastered in NYC by Justin Ethan Mathews
I’m rumored to have played some guitar here and there and do my typical caterwauling thing in the background in bits as well. My old and dear friend Andrew Solin in Austin, TX sprinkles his guitar magic on it as well.
I have not had the will or desire to string 3 notes together in a long while.
That has somehow changed (Cabin fever? Injecting too much disinfectant? Lack of fresh pignoli nuts?)
Finished the long term project I was working on (more on that later).
Taking this self isolation time to get a few things done.
- New SSD drive for the shop Mac (less noise, less heat)
- Upgrading OS
- Upgrading Protools to resolve a midi issue (in record mode midi often does not acknowledge the release of the sustain pedal)
- New air purifier!!!
- Oh and…
Well… The Whelping Box is an analog shop again!!!
I pulled Fake Brain’s old 8 track out from under my friend’s stairs and had Bob Shuster clean it up. It’s in remarkably good shape considering what we used to put it through.
The 2ch I bought and it’s also in great shape (although it’s calibrated at +9 s0 I’ll need to deal with that).
I have not thought about this record in a long while.
In 2005 a fellow engineer, Andrew Solin, referred Katie to me as he was busy.
Katie and I and her band holed up in a soon to be torn down, once lived in by Orson Welles, 200 yards from Bjork’s house old bungalow on the Hudson and recorded this record.
In reality I was more of an assistant engineer to Riley McMahon, but it was good work, a great record came of it and it was a hell of a lot of fun. I wore a gnome hat for most of it.
Kindling For The Fire by Katie Elevitch
Lenny’s secret is out!!!
40 years ago to the day after Bowie’s release of “Boys Keep Swingin” Lenny Zenith covers this classic!
I’m proud to have recorded and mixed it (at Seaside Lounge and The Whelping Box) and to have played bass, guitar and sang on it.
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My brother-in-law and his family came to visit for about a week. He told me he was “brushing up” on his piano skills…
He has a gift for understatement.
It was great to hang with him (it’s a rare occurrence) and it was great helping to have somebody to help me work the bugs out of a new controller, new midi interface, etc.