The Short Term – Burn This Bright

The Short Term - Burn This BrightBoston alt-rock trio The Short Term have just released their debut EP Burn This Bright, following their successful Indiegogo campaign.

In what has become a true 21st century convention, we recorded the drum tracks together in a “proper” studio, Q Division in Somerville, and the band recorded the other tracks in their own studio. I then mixed and mastered the record here at the Eye Socket.

The EP is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc.

Jesca Hoop – birnCORE Presents Five Songs Live

Jesca Hoop - birnCORE Presents Five Songs LivebirnCORE – BIRN Cooperative Recordings, the independent record label of Berklee’s radio station the BIRN – has released an EP by the brilliant singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop entitled Five Songs Live.

The recordings were captured at Jesca’s solo performance at the Red Room at Café 939 in Boston in October 2013 and beautifully showcase her uniquely delicate style, stripped down to voice and electric guitar only.

I produced the record, which in this case simply meant overseeing the careful work of the Berklee students, alumni, staff and faculty who lent their skills to every aspect of this special collaboration.

You can listen and purchase the digital release at the birnCORE shop, iTunes and Amazon. A limited edition 10″ colored vinyl release is also available while supplies last.

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.

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.