Seriously folks, please check out both of these great records!
The War on Drugs has a new EP called Future Weather out on Secretly Canadian on October 26th, and S.C. are also releasing Nightlands‘ debut Forget the Mantra on November 9th. I’m friends with these guys, worked a bit on both of these records, and I’m super psyched for them to be out!
Check out the press on the Secretly Canadian website…
Dave Hartley should live in a van. Every time he’s been out on tour this month something that he’s been involved in makes Pitchfork’s Forkcast. This time it’s The War On Drugs.
Adam writes great songs. “Comin’ Through” is no exception. It contains so much that I love about great music. His lyrics, sonic experimentation, sick guitar tones. Dimension. And vibe. It’s simply brilliant.
New mini album/EP “future weather” is due out on Secretly Canadian October 26th. Pick it up peeps.
My buddy Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs, Buried Beds, BC Camplight) has spent the last year plus writing and recording a pretty lush record that is not easily pinned down. Pitchfork is referring to it as “Bliss-Pop” and has featured it in yesterday’s Forkcast. Check out what they have to say about Forget The Mantra and listen to “300 Clouds” here.
And if you like what you hear then here’s the entire record via Bandcamp!
It was a real treat helping Dave out with some drum tracking and gear-lending last Fall. So happy that this record is growing legs! Congratulations Dave!
Wednesday night I’ll be picking up some mixes from my friend Dave Hartley, who plays bass in The War On Drugs, BC Camplight, and the Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society. Dave has recorded a really beautiful solo record during the last year, and I was flattered that he asked me to help out recording some drums tracks last fall. I am psyched that he has asked me to mix a few of tunes on the record. It’ll be a lot of fun. Really looking forward to this.
Later Wednesday evening I’ll be finishing up small mixing tweaks on the Young Lion Apprentice full-length Save The Soundtracks. I’ll then be mastering that record over the next few weeks.
During my free time this week I’ll be working on analog transfers for the new Sad Iron full-length, and starting the mastering process. I met Jason through the Tape Op Messageboard (TOMB). He’s a really talented songwriter (and singer, player, etc) currently residing in Iowa City, Iowa. I am really excited about this mastering project. Can’t get his songs out of my head since I first heard them last week.
Sunday I’ll be tracking lead vocals with Greg of the Blank Pages at his home studio in South Jersey. Their new record is getting close to being completely recorded. We’ll start mixing it in March or April.
Busy busy busy!
Spent the afternoon and early evening tracking bass and keys (and some loops) with Adam and Dave of The War On Drugs. I’ve been asked to hang out and help out with some overdubs over at Adam’s place here in Philly, and since I am such a huge fan of this band this whole adventure is a real treat.
We worked on a few songs (which are in various states of amazing). Tracked Dave’s bass both direct (DI through my Sytek) and through a Fender Bassman 4×10. The Bassman was miked with my Shure SM7b through my 1970′s Yamaha PM-1000 preamp. Adam laid down some passes of his new ARP Omni 2 (which I almost bought last week but finally abstained from gear lust). We went DI through the Sytek. Everything was recorded to Tascam MS-16 1″ analog tape…the good stuff. Oh the smell of oxide! Preamps XLR’d right into the back of it.
Between songs we transferred tape into Digital Performer through the Black Lion Audio MOTU 828mk2 (it has the old analog and clock modification from 2006…more on this to come in a later post). I exported everything as WAV files so Adam can drag and drop into PTLE to continue the madness.
Looking forward to getting together next week for more tracking, reamping, and burritos!