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.

Monica Richards – “Pride”

My dear friend Monica Richards has released Pride, a new digital single from her upcoming album Naiades. The song features guitars and bass by renowned horror writer (and erstwhile DC punk) Steve Niles, who played on about half of the album. I co-produced and mixed it all at The Eye Socket, and added drums to a few songs (including Pride).

Naiades is a unique and very exciting project. The CD will include not only an album of Monica’s strongest music to date, but a beautifully packaged 32-page hardcover board book with original artwork from some of the most remarkable names in comic and pop art: Bernie Wrightson, James O’Barr, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kelley Jones, Chrissie Zullo, and many others! The album is set for release in January 2012 on Danse Macabre Records.

Pride is available now from Amazon and iTunes. Visit for more information.

Wooden Robot – Unless They’re Weird, Your Kids Will Eat It

Santa Monica, California rockers Wooden Robot have released their debut album Unless They’re Weird, Your Kids Will Eat It. The members of Wooden Robot combine hard rock, alternative and metal influences into their own distinctive sound. I mixed about half of the album (seven tracks) at The Eye Socket.

The album is available now from iTunes and Amazon, with a Kickstarter project underway to fund a CD pressing. Visit the band’s website and sign up for their mailing list to receive two free tracks from the album.

Listen to my radio show “Laboratory X” on the birn

Laboratory X
Laboratory X
Laboratory X

My new radio show Laboratory X broadcasts live every Wednesday (now Thursday!) Monday, 9-11pm Eastern Time, on channel birn1 of the Berklee Internet Radio Network. The birn is student-run, musician radio from Berklee College of Music, broadcasting around the clock on five channels. Listen anywhere in the world!

Every week I’ll be playing selections from the darker side of rock and electronic music: modern indie, electronica and post-rock, late seventies/early eighties post-punk and new wave, classic rock, psychedelia and more, all threaded together with bits of film music, exotica, and other unstable ingredients. I’ll be talking about record production, technology, inspiration, invention, and other geekery, with weekly themes, unknown variables and unpredictable outcomes. Tune in every Wednesday Thursday Monday night and be part of an ongoing (and possibly quite dangerous) radio experiment!

Visit the Laboratory X show page for more information.