New blog post: My experience with a crazy person

crazy-man A man has been impersonating me on Twitter with a spoof account he created to punish me. This has, regrettably, affected a number of friends and professional colleagues, and I am trying to stop it. (Twitter has a policy prohibiting impersonation intended to deceive others, and I have reported the spoof. So far, they are still allowing it.) [UPDATE: On the morning of March 5, Twitter finally suspended the spoof account.]

Several people I know have inquired about the story behind this, so I am publishing the entire wretched debacle here.

It began when this man (to whom I will refer as Crazy Person, not his actual name) sent a message to my Berklee email account. At the time, of course, I didn’t realize he was mentally ill (although in hindsight the clues are obvious)…

Continue reading here.

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Das War Krach – Protokino

Das War Krach - Protokino The first LP from Zürich duo Das War Krach (a new band formed by members of Metallspürhunde) was released earlier this year through German label Danse Macabre Records.

Protokino features eight songs of dark electropop with a balance of dense electronics, guitars and live drums, and German lyrics sung by both Michel and Marion.  There’s a wry sense of humor at work in many of the songs, and although those familiar with Metallspürhunde will recognize the style, this is definitely a new band with its own sound.  The band recorded the tracks in their own studio, and I provided additional production, mixed and mastered the album at The Eye Socket.

Protokino is available on vinyl, CD and digital download through the usual retailers (including Amazon).  More info at the band’s website.

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New (old) photos added

Jackson United at the Village 2003:  Chad and Chris at the Neve in Studio D

Jackson United at the Village 2003: Chad and Chris at the Neve in Studio D

I’ve added a bunch of new photos to the site, including some recently discovered “lost” pics taken with my Lomo LC-A+ nearly ten years ago.  In an age of ubiquitous digital photography, these grainy film artifacts — from sessions at the Village and the Eye Socket with Jackson United and members of Face to Face — are a rare treat.

I’ve also added some (digital) photos from sessions at the BIRN studio in 2011 and 2012, and a few from some sessions back in California in 2009.

Have a look on the photos page.

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Monica Richards – Naiades

My good friend, the extraordinary Monica Richards, has released her new album Naiades through Danse Macabre records. This remarkable project combines a twelve-track CD of Monica’s strongest work to date with a hardcover board book filled with artwork by a staggering array of pop and comic artists.

The album features collaborations with ex-Grey Matter member (and famous horror writer) Steve Niles (bass and guitars), Marzia Rangel (cello), Paul Mercer (violin), Steven James (guitar) and more. I co-produced, adding drums to a few songs, and mixed and mastered the album at The Eye Socket.

The accompanying book is a thing of wonder: Thirty-two pages of dazzling color artwork, nearly all of which was created specifically for this project, illustrating the lyrics, themes and emotions that run throughout the music. The artists include some of the biggest names in comic and pop art: Bernie Wrightson, James O’Barr, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kelley Jones, Chrissie Zullo, and many others.

Buy Naiades directly from Monica here or as an mp3 download here.

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