Monday, January 4, 2016

Hi Folks, this is the last update I'm going to make here, as I've got a new site in the works. Just wanted to do my end of the year wrap up for 2015. It was a great year with tons of projects and great times with great people. Thanks to all that make my world go round! 
Lets make some more music!

Here's a list of this year's projects I was blessed to be able to work on, from engineering to playing. Check out these Artists' work at the included links.

2015 records:

Roommate- "Make Like"

Quinn Tsan - "Bedrooms"

Hums & Haws - "Wondering Home"

Magical Beautiful - "Discover Death"

Mike Reed's People, Places & Things - "A New Kind of Dance"

Tomeka Reid Quartet - "Tomeka Reid Quartet"

Morry Sochat & the Special 20's - "Dig In"

Crown Larks - "Blood Dancer"

Frank Rosaly - "Malo"

Marrow - "Fool" single

Darts & Arrows - "Altimira"

10x10 - "2015"

Poi Dog Pondering - "Everybody's Got a Star"

Bhekani Buthelezi & the University of Zululand (Unizulu) Choir   

Dave McDonnell Group - "The Time Inside a Year"

Miles Comiskey - "Thoughts Between Love"

Bill MacKay - "Sunrise"

Peter A. Schmid - "Chicago Conversations"

One Direction - "Made in the A.M."

Energie Noire - "Loitering in the Loop"   


Twin Talk
Natural Language
Angela James
Artie Black
Tim Stine
Crown Larks
Quin Kirchner Quintet
Kory Quinn
Patricia Morehead - "Blackhawk Speaks" opera
Tierra Roja
Tim Kasher soundtrack
Renee Serritella
The Przymatics
The Gunny
Mike Biederman
The Fruit Stare (Judson Claiborne/Jeffery Thomas)
Thomas Comerford

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1 year later.....

I guess I forgot about this site for pretty much all of 2013, so much has happened and so much to come! Here's a brief list of projects from last year:

I had the pleasure of mixing audio for a few films last year, including:

Needle: a film by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, which won the Cinefondation Prize at last year's Cannes Film festival. more details here: needle wins cannes prize 

American Arab, a film by Usama Alshaibi, a documentary about growing up as an Arab in America, out on Kartemquin Films. Details Here: American Arab


Angela James 

Jonny Drake


Frank Rosaly's Cicada Music 

Tres Hongos

Rich Logan's Akoustikirtan 

and many others!

More to come, always working! Check out upcoming gigs over there to the right!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

catch up!

2013 has been blowing by, i can't believe it's almost february! lots of exciting projects are in motion:

Magical Beautiful tracked 5 new songs in december at the shape shoppe, we're polishing up a few more songs and laying those down soon.

we began work on the new Roommate record in early jan at Soma Electronic Music Studios, my first time behind the board at John McEntire's very fine studio. 

Frank Rosaly's got another record in the can and off to mastering, a combination of his Cicada Music and Scrappers projects, out on Delmark Records later this year.

Mixing has begun on tracks recorded in Haiti by Travis Yarak of Messiah Brown Productions, some really fun beats and tracks to work on. 

work is also revving up on post production work for the beautiful feature film The Poisoner, the second feature film by Chris Hefner, with soundtrack by Daniel Knox.

here is the trailer:
The Poisoner ~ Official Teaser Trailer from Chris Hefner on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Paul Giallorenzo's Gitgo now out on Leo Records

Congratulations to Paul Giallorenzo (and the rest of the band) on the release of "Emergent" on Leo Records and available here: buy Emergent now!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Antique documents revealed!

Check out this newly rediscovered footage combined with a recording done on an original 1908 Edison wax cylinder recorder! The track is available for download at Bandcamp right here: "Tube Sock Tango 1894"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

An Astonishing Discovery!

10/31/2012 @ double door in chicago. buy tickets here:

New Vox Arcana

Congratulations to Tim Daisy, James Falzone and Fred Lonberg-Holm on the release of the new Vox Arcana album "Soft Focus," which I proudly recorded at strobe recording, and mixed at the Shape Shoppe. It is available through Tim's label Relay Recordings at this link: 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Broste trio/Eiren Cafall @ comfort staion thursday

Join us this thursday at Comfort Station right on Logan Square for a great night of music with the Nick Broste Trio followed by Eiren Cafall. Doors at 7, we will hit a 7:30. no cover, but donations are encouraged.

"Safety Fifth" now available everywhere!

I'm happy to announce that Mucca Pazza's new record "safety fifth" is now available at your record store, on itunes and through mailorder. It is available on CD and LP with digital download from Electric Cowbell records. For more info follow these links:

Electric Cowbell records 
Safety Fifth on itunes 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

new trio action!

We are back at it after several months off! Our next show is at Trio in Curio @ Gilt Bar (230 w. kinzie). We hit right at nine, play two sets and there is no cover. 

Jon Drake & the Shakes "Dear Ulysses" released!

may 29th marks the street date for this wonderful album, which i had the extreme pleasure to work on. really great songwriting and energy all the way through. you can stream "charlie" off the record right below:

go here to pick one up!

Monday, May 21, 2012

check out the new video from mucca pazza!

the video was shot over two days by the great jim newberry and features "boss taurus," a song from our upcoming album due out june 12th!

Monday, April 30, 2012

"safety fifth" sampler

Above is the sampler we made for our new record, "safety fifth." Available from Electric Cowbell records on June 12. it's coming out on CD and vinyl LP with download. you can pre-order the record at a special sale price right here: mucca pazza presale!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

mucca pazza 3rd lp in the can!

i've just approved the final master of the new mucca pazza record "safety fifth," which i recorded (and played on) at our space. mixing was done at the shape shoppe. mastering by Carl Saff. now it's off to the cd plant and i'll be getting the lacquer cut by chicago mastering service in the next week! the record is due out june 12th on Electric Cowbell Records. Below are some photos from the sessions (thanks to Jim McBride).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

mucca pazza in dekalb!

mucca is hitting otto's in dekalb this saturday evening with special guests elephant gun and seasonal mens wear it's our first time in dekalb and we are very excited to share the stage with these great bands. check out the links below for more info.

on another note, our new full length album is nearing completion and will hopefully appear late this spring!


Monday, January 16, 2012

back from a successful herculaneum tour

just got back from a great tour out east with herculaneum. It was definitely our best tour so far with great crowds everywhere and a lot of fun. We shared the stage with a great bunch of musicians, from Tomas Fujiwara's trio, Brian Chase, the Four Bags, Father Figures, Buffalo Stance and many many more. A highlight was the band being pictured in the new york times! check out the review as well as a few more below. We are contemplating a live recording release this summer with another round of shows. stay tuned!

new york times review
lucid culture review

Friday, December 2, 2011

the release of GA'AN's "Black Equus"

above is the front cover of the latest album by chicago band GA'AN entitled "Black Equus."
I engineered and mixed the record at the shape shoppe and it was mastered by Griffin Rodriguez. it's available in LP format as well as digital at the links below. The first 100 copies are on clear vinyl! Congratulations guys!

purchase physical/digital: 

on itunes: 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

herculaneum: new record and east coast tour

above is the front cover of the 5th herculaneum album which will be released as a LP in mid january. the record is titled "uchu" and was recorded at strobe recording and mixed at the shape shoppe by myself. 

the band is gearing up to hit the east coast in early january to play the new york winter jazz fest and a string of other shows. full schedule and links below.

herculaneum tour dates:
1.4. Chicago. Hideout
1.5. Cleveland. Now That's Class
1.6. Buffalo. The Vault
1.7. NYC Kenny's Castaways (NYC Winter Jazz Fest)
1.8. Philadelphia. MOCA
1.9. Brooklyn. Zebulon
1.10. NYC. Cake Shop
1.11. Pittsburgh. TBD
1.12. Columbus. Double Happiness
1.13 Cincinnati. CCM 3pm & Comet Bar 9 pm 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Help Lowdown Finish Their Album

i'm honored to be working on the Lowdown Brass Band's album "It's a Lowdown Christmas." they are seeking donations to help pay for the production and manufacturing. go here to donate. there are some really nice gifts for your donation. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mucca Pazza east coast shows and Film Premiere!

we are on our way out east right now to play a few shows and perform at the premiere of our new short film "fanfare for marching band." more details below:

mucca pazza upcoming shows

venue websites:
lincoln center
brooklyn bowl
EMPAC film premiere

Saturday, October 1, 2011

mucca pazza is heading out west!

mucca is headed out to the west coast to do a swing through caifornia this week. we only get out there about once a year, so you better come out! check out our events page for more info!

mucca pazza facebook events 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

lowdown brass band tracking

tonight i have the pleasure of laying down tracks with lowdown brass band for their newest recording. check them out here: 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

great review of "here come the wild waves"

foxy digitalis has posted a cool review of magical beautiful's "here come the wild waves."

here's a short excerpt:

"The group represents the talents behind some of Chicago’s most surreal, imaginative, and experimental projects outside of the fuzzy mainline of the psychedelic/acid punk underground.  Here Come the Wild Waves is the result of four years in the studio, and the stamp of painstaking care is evident from the artwork through to the sounds jumping off the wax."

for the full review, follow this link:

tracking/mixing update

we're hard at work polishing up the mixes for the first full-length by the wonderful jon drake & the shakes. by tuesday we will have this great record one step closer to your ears.

also, magical beautiful has just finished up tracking basics for two new songs. with these we have 4 in the can and hope to have another record done in the next few months.