Jun 292011
 

Sitting a JFK I’m thinking back on this busy month of June that is ending…

The month long European Summer Tour of Lou Reed and his great new 8 piece band (for which I’m doing FOH) starts tomorrow in the UK.

Less than 24 hours ago I was still in the studio with John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Rob Burger and Kevin Norton recording the soundtrack to a Polish theater production of Nosferatu that, as you can imagine, sounds sinister and creepy at times but also surprisingly different at other times (the presence of Bill brought some dub to the soundtrack!).

The day before I was recording the legendary drummer Bernard Purdie with Universal Japan recording artist Chihiro Yamanaka. Bugsby had some incredible stories about people he worked with, places he’s been and things he’s done as an adult and a kid. He was telling us about growing up in Maryland in the days of openly racist America and how he was the only black kid to eat at the white eatery and the first black student to graduate from his school. Of course his music stories were amazing. They would do a version of a standard picked by Yamanaka and Purdie would point out that he recorded the original that they were covering. This happened for three or four of the five tunes he recorded at EastSide Sound on Monday. Incredible!

The week before that we spent in the rehearsal studio with Lou Reed, the band and the crew preparing this tour down to every detail. It’s gonna be a great production, a great set list and a great bunch of people on the tour bus!

The week before that week I had a bunch of other sessions at the studio (such as the recording of Bojan Vuletic’s new piece) and another John Zorn file card piece recording and
prior to that I just returned from recording and producing the new Preachers Son album in Ireland.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be in the UK driving to our first gig up north and the Lou Reed tour will have officially started!

I am lucky to be working with all these amazing people and time is literally flying… at least it was until I got here to JFK!

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Jun 102011
 

Just returned from the lush and green backcountry of Ireland where I spent 5 days producing the new album of Dublin-based band Preachers Son. We recorded at a beautiful residential studio an hour out of Dublin called Grouse Lodge and the sessions went really really well… We have a full album of rocking tunes with Brian Hogan (from Kila) on vocals and guitars, Emmaline Duffy-Fallon on drums and vocals and special guests session players Tabby Callaghan on guitars, background vocals, sweeps and jokes and Tanya O Callaghan on bass and background vocals.

The songs are absolutely DEADLY (as they say in Ireland) and we got amazing sounds form everyone. GRAND! (as they also say in Ireland…) ;-)

Working 18 hours a day for 5 days can be hard, but when the music is great and the people are lovely, you do it and you enjoy it too! It’s even more enjoyable when you have a guy like Tabby around. He’s one of the most hilarious people I’ve ever met, and to prove it to you, here are two great recording tricks courtesy of Tabby for all you engineers and guitar players out there to try:

Tabby’s secret for wild distortion:

Tabby’s secret for a rotating sound:

In a break between songs we asked Tabby, the count of Uisneach, to do us one of his movie trailer improv for us.
Here’s Tabby’s secret voiceover talent revealed (all three voices you here here are his, as well as the wind sound, no overdubs!):

Pull Me Along trailer version by Preachers Son

I’m telling you, this guy is the best guitar playing stand up comedian you’ll ever meet! Worth a trip to Ireland just to meet him… ;-)

Deadly! Grand!