birnCORE – 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.
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)…
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.
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.