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The Luxury Wafers Story

Everything was Good!   It was shortly after New Year’s day in 2008, that my wife, Landry,  and I started considering the possibility of acquiring a second recording studio. The room that we’d bought a couple of years before was overbooked. Chessvolt Studios in beautiful Panorama City was constantly full. It was a quality problem to have.   We looked at a house in Woodland hills that boasted two SSL studios. We looked at a huge property in Agoura Hills, owned by Nikki Sixx, that had to be sold due to his divorce. We looked at another property in Malibu owned by one of Goldie Hawn’s ex-husbands. We were doing that L.A. thing, and feeling pretty good about it all.   We actually came very, very close to closing a deal, and would have had the seller not gone sort of crazy at the last minute. The year progressed, though, and we had no success in finding our newly expanded recording space.   Then, like a canary in a coal mine, all of our business ended. Our one location was frighteningly empty, save for a handful of crickets that took up residence in our storage room. Of course this foreshadowed the Great Recession that was soon to hit, but that, my friends, is another story.   Enter The People.   Landry and I decided to invite some indie bands into the studio. We literally had zero bookings, and so we started checking out some of the L.A. scene with the intention of offering studio time and production to a band we loved. We ended up discovering and inviting The... read more

I Like it! Arturia Spark 2 and SparkLE. (I know I’m a Geek)

This post is more about one of my favorite music blogs, than it is a gear review. I must admit that I geek out over new technology, and even though 90% of the recording I do is organic instruments and sounds, I love playing around with that other 10%. So, fellow travelers, here’s a picture of my newest wish-list toy, Arturia SparkLE:     However, the real story is the source of this story. Peter Kirn writes a blog called CreateDigitalMusic, from his home in Berlin, Germany. While Create Digital Music is by no means the only source of information on new music technology, it is the best. Peter’s stories dig deep.  Not only into the features of the gear, but into trends and direction. The shifts and progression of this fast changing landscape that we love. Here’s Peter’s review of Spark 2. Check it out, and you’ll be back for... read more

Jeffrey Lee Pierce | The Gun Club | Tribute Released!

Glitterhouse Records was once the European branch of the iconic Sub Pop label. Now independent, they have just released Axels & Sockets, The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project I had the pleasure of recording and playing on “Weird Kid Blues” by Nashville songstress Julie Christensen. We were joined by the consistently amazing Greg Leisz. The project has a rather impressive lineup!   01 Nobody’s City – Iggy Pop with Nick Cave (feat. Thurston Moore) 02 Kisses For My President – The Amber Lights with Debbie Harry 03 Mexican Love – Black Moth 04 Weird Kid Blues – Julie Christensen 05 Ain’t My Problem Baby – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club 06 Constant Limbo (Constant Rain) – Crippled Black Phoenix and Cypress Grove (feat. Mark Lanegan & Bertrand Cantat) 07 Into The Fire – Nick Cave And Debbie Harry 08 Thunderhead – Kris Needs Presents…Honey 09 Desire By Blue River – Mark Lanegan and Bertrand Cantat 10 Kitty In The Moonlight – The Amber Lights with Xanthe Waite 11 Secret Fires – Ruby Throat 12 Kisses For My President – Andrea Schroeder 13 Body And Soul – James Johnston 14 Goodbye Johnny (Andrew Weatherall’s Nyabinghi Noir Mix) – Primal Scream 15 Break ‘Em Down – Hugo Race 16 My Cadillac – Cypress Grove 17 The Journey Is Long – Lydia Lunch and Jeffrey Lee Pierce 18 Shame And Pain – Mark Stewart And Jeffrey Lee Pierce (feat. Thurston Moore) Iggy Pop! Nick Cave! Iggy Pop with Nick Cave… Nick Cave with Debbie Harry… Lydia Lunch with Jeffrey Lee Pierce.... read more

Everywoman release to benefit Amma’s Embracing The World.

  My friend and client, Sophie Serafino, founded an event that is “dedicated to celebrating and empowering women”. It’s called the Everywoman Festival, and I was lucky enough to attend this year’s event in Calgary. Not only was I invited to attend the festival in Calgary, but Sophie asked if the festival album could be released on Luxury Wafers. So, Be Yourself was released on Luxury Wafers and all proceeds from the release go directly to my favorite charity, Embracing The World. Among Embracing the World’s many humanitarian initiatives, there are a number of powerful programs dedicated to empowering women. Luxury Wafers and Everywoman Festival feel that Amma’s worldwide charities are the perfect recipient for any and all album sale income. The album features a wide range of amazing women! I’ve worked with Sophie Serafino, and Australian rapper Sammy G.  Two songs that I produced also ended up on the album: Back To Me by Courtney Jones, and Miles by German singer/songwriter duo JOHNA. It was truly a pleasure to meet the super talented Olivia Wik and Justine Tyrell. Their songs are among the most popular on the Everywoman compilation, and deservedly so. They rock! Ditto for Celia Rose! Please check out the album. Buy it on iTunes, stream it on Spotify, get it on Google Play. Let me hear from you with... read more

News/No News – A Musical Dilemma

Well, maybe not all that musical, but a dilemma nonetheless… Let me explain. The last 5 months have been possibly the busiest time I have ever had. In my life. I am truly blessed to be involved in some really fun, and equally exciting projects. Frankly, I don’t know where to begin, but that’s what’s known as a Quality Problem. Honestly, I’ve found that if I’m blogging regularly, I’m really not that busy. If I’m busy, visitors to this site don’t hear from me, and likely assume that I’ve retired to Galapagos, or something… And so I’m throwing down The Gauntlet. To myself. I’m challenging myself to blog through this insanely busy time. We’ll see what happens. I do want to mention a recent trip North… and by ‘North’, I mean North of Boise, Idaho, across the Canadian Rockies, and into Stampede-Ville… Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was invited to take the “Cowboy Oath”, and honored with a Calgary Stampede White Hat. I never thought I’d be taking the Cowboy Oath. I guess you never know about these things. Here’s the proof, you doubters, with the lovely and super talented Sophie Serafino, and Official Stampeder Kevin Hendrickson. The scene of this Cowboy Crime was at The Everywoman Festival, founded by Sophie Serafino, and an event that I’m honored to be a part of. This was just the beginning of an amazing visit. I’ll be posting part II of this adventure. The studio part. The Everywoman Festival Album Release part. More... read more

Mastering: The New ‘Fix it in The Mix’!

  A few months ago, I added the skill “Mastering” to my profile on a couple of my social media pages. Like a number of my friends and colleagues, I’m good at mastering a mix of mine, or a mix of yours. Like a number of other mix engineers, I offer a lower priced alternative to a dedicated mastering studio, where rates start at $100.00 a track, minimum. Personally,  I started thinking about offering Mastering after hearing the work of a few bargain priced online Mastering sites. Often the finished product sounded as if the ‘Mastering Engineer’  simply ran the track through a preset mastering plugin, and moved on to the next track. I was not impressed. I spoke to my friend & insanely talented mixer, Ducky Carlisle,  and he told me that he’d started offering mastering to his clients. I’d been mastering  tracks for clients who were on a budget already, and decided to put it out there. Hang it on my shingle, so to speak. Today, I get a pretty steady stream of inquiries. I think it’s important to be totally forthcoming: there are a lot of projects that I send to an outside mastering engineer. At the end of the day, my work is not going to be the same as a Mastering Engineer who: Exclusively does mastering, and does it on a daily basis. Works out of a studio with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of dedicated mastering gear. I’d love to tell you that my work is that good, but I can’t. Now, with digital technology, there’s a tendency to take the attitude... read more

Music Creation: from Concept to Master Recording – A 3 Day Intensive

I’m going to be hosting a 3 day music production intensive right here at home in Los Angeles. If you’re a singer/ songwriter, aspiring producer, mixer, engineer, or musician, you are invited to apply. The event is limited to 15 music creators. Here are the details: Over the course of 3 full days, participants will write, record, mix, and master their own creations. Whether you are a musician, singer/songwriter, engineer/producer, or any combination of the above, your participation is encouraged. Everyone will have involvement in the all sessions and will gain a more holistic view of the creative process as it applies to making music and simply being musical. Day 1 :: Will be spent exploring our strengths, forming writing groups, and songwriting. Day 2 :: Is the production day. We will record the completed songs, and make sure they are complete and ready to send to mix. Day 3 :: Will be spent mixing. We will also master the tracks, so that they are complete and ready for release. This is a real time and real world experience.That is to say, we will draw from the talent and strengths of the participants. No outside musicians, engineers, singers will be involved. I will be your guide. Connect and network with singers, songwriters, engineers, and aspiring producers. This is a perfect opportunity to begin to build your team outside of the seminar. It is also an invaluable environment to deepen your skill set. Interested? Write me for more details.  ... read more

What’s Happening now at Pie & Tart

It’s been a crazy busy summer, and I thought I’d get caught up with an events post. Here goes… This is what’s been happening here at The Pie & Tart Shop: We launched our new label Luxury Wafers Fresh in July. To celebrate the launch, I fronted a New England tour that featured Spencer Livingston, Courtney Jones, and my duets album with the always fabulous Butch Norton. Probably none of that is news if you’ve been reading this blog, though. This week singer/songwriter Nadine Kramer of JOHNA is in the studio and visiting L.A. from Cologne, Germany. Yesterday we tracked basics with Wallflowers and Ozomatli drummer Mario Calire, and Pie and Tart regular, Jon Ossman, on Bass. I’m mixing Tall Ulysses from Paris. Check out his music… wow! I’m producing and mixing Australian rapper Sammy G.  (Side note: take a minute and check out these three artists. Totally diverse, but each is an awesome talent: Tall Ulysses, JOHNA, and Sammy G.) Valerie Winters is coming back in the studio to finish 3 songs that we tracked last spring. Val’s album, Soulful Child, is slated for release on Luxury Wafers Fresh. It’s a good one! Latin tinged singer/songwriter Joya’s album is complete. Recorded and mixed at Pie & Tart, it was mastered by Steve Hall and has an upcoming release date on Luxury Wafers Fresh. I have been tracking Jeff Turmes‘ new record and we’ve been scheduling sessions around his day job, which is touring with the legendary Mavis Staples. This is going to be a really unique record. My first solo record, Wrong Side of My Life, was part of the... read more

Guitarist for hire. Yup.

So, one of the more personal results of our Luxury Wafers tour, is that I realized I’m a guitar player. Quite Really though, it had been over two years since I did a live show, and although I play in the studio daily, it’s just not the same. Consequently, two solid weeks of doing shows was a wonderful thing for getting in touch with my roots. I’ve been left wanting more, and I’ve decided to offer my services as a guitarist for your recording project. To be clear, I’ve always made myself available for projects I am producing, but now, if you have an outside project that could use my guitar, Dobro, Baritone, Nashville Tuning, Lap Steel, and/or acoustic slide, if I’m in studio, I’m available. Recording geeks: I’ll give you all the geeky details about the many recording chain options we have here at Pie and Tart. Everyone: email me or use the contact... read more

Boston.com nibbles on some Luxury Wafers

 Scott McLennan of The Boston Globe and Boston.com nibbled on the Luxury Wafers in advance of our Boston show at  Club Passim in July. Thanks Scott, for a great article, which includes some quotes from Ms. Courtney Jones. It’s a quick read that’s highly recommended for songwriters, as Courtney removes a layer or two from the veil that protects her creative process:) There’s also Soundcloud links to Spencer and Courtney songs, so what are you waiting for? Click... read more

Back from the East Coast!

This is a quick post. Since I last checked in our new label, Luxury Wafers Fresh, has launched. I went out on the road with Luxury Wafers artists Spencer Livingston, and Courtney Jones. Our default studio rhythm section, The Pie & Tart Slicing Crew, joined us on the road. (That’s Butch Norton, and Jon Ossman in case you didn’t know.) So… here’s a sampling of East Coast-ian images. I’ll be posting more about the tour, the releases, and also some interesting happenings back here in the studio! Meanwhile, check out some of my duets with Butch Norton on Spotify. Not into Spotify? Here’s the iTunes link to 18 tracks of... read more

I couldn’t resist: Lou Reed reviews Kanye West

This short post is basically a link to Lou Reed’s review of Kanye West’s new album  “Yeezus”. One night in 1996, shortly after Lou Reed’s “Set The Twilight Reeling” was released, I watched and taped his performance on The Tonight Show. As I watched him sing “New York City Man”, I thought “Wow, I guess Lou just doesn’t have it anymore”.  Hmm. Over the the following days, I found myself inexplicably returning to the videotaped performance. A week later I ordered the CD, it is an album that remains an all time favorite to this day. Lou had burrowed his way into my subconscious, something that he evidently does very well. The experience was a profound one for me, and led to an immersion in great songwriters’ work… which led to my becoming a songwriter.  Without further ado, the... read more

Production Manifesto, Part 1

OK, I found this post attached to an old email. I don’t know if I ever published it, but I think it’s relevant, so here it is:   My Production Manifesto, Part 1   1. Work fast.  Always have the next step planned. Always have a next step ‘plan B’, too. 2. Inspire. If the energy in the studio is not ascending, do something about it. 3. Simplify. Isolate the one issue that is holding back the music, and figure out how to get past it. Over and... read more

Music Production Seminar – SAE Institute, Mexico City :: April 2013

In April, I was invited back to Mexico. This time there was no band or artist to produce, but I conducted two teaching events and both were sweet! First stop was Cuernavaca, and I was honored to cut the ribbon of Technilogico De Monterrey‘s new on campus recording studio. The staff had been up until 3AM doing last minute wiring and integration, and the studio was almost ready. I don’t think there has ever been a studio construction project that has been completed on time, and this was no exception. I arrived about 15 minutes before the ribbon cutting, and dug right in to help troubleshoot some last minute issues. We managed to get up and running, though, and the last class of the day turned into an impromptu recording and mix session of James Brown’s “I Feel Good”. The new facility was inaugurated with Soul Power, Cuernavaca style. :::::::::::oooooo::::::::::: The next stop was SAE Institute in Mexico City, and the event was a two day intensive which we titled “Music Creation – from concept to master”. The plan was to write a song, record it, mix it, and even do a quick and dirty mastering job. My goal for the course was to give the students a taste of the  reality of music production in 2013. That in our job, whether it be as producer, recording engineer, or even as a studio musician, we end up wearing many hats. The more skills that we can bring to session, the greater the chance of a successful and long lasting career. The course was limited to 12 students, but there were 15 bodies... read more

Summer Tour Coming together!

I am headed out on the road to support our two new featured releases. Here’s the info as of today!! Peter Malick presents Courtney Jones and Spencer Livingston with Butch Norton and Jon Ossman Sweet, huh? July 20, Saturday Chris’s Concert, Granite Gulch, NH July 21, Sunday, Emerging Artist Series, Wonder Bar, Allston, MA July 22 Monday, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA July 23 Tuesday Plymouth Brewing Company, Plymouth, MA July 24 Wednesday, Project Arts, Plymouth Mass, outdoor concert July 25 Thursday tba July 26 Friday One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME July 27 Saturday tba July 28 Sunday Carty’s House Concert, details coming July 29 Monday Rockwood Music Hall, NYC... read more

Re-Invention 2013 Style

I think that the most important thing I have learned about the music business in the past couple of years is that change is not only inevitable, it is happening right now! We are constantly negotiating, and re-negotiating, as we move into an unprecedented new age where none of the old rules apply. On the bright side: This is Cubasis! A recording studio on your iPad? Well, not yet. But this is no joke, and I take the shrinking of technology seriously. You should, too. You know what I love? I love plugging in some headphones, and sketching out a song idea on my iPad with my 2 year old daughter asleep and laying next to me undisturbed. I love having a reliable recording rig that I can take on a hike in Joshua Tree, and capture inspiration when it knocks. …and the scary side The independent artist could be in a difficult position with major labels once again controlling the music business. No, they no longer control the distribution network, but they might become the only entities with enough clout to demand fair payment from the new distribution network. Time to show respect Read the lyrics here And so, honoring the wisdom of the sages of old, I plan to “pick up my guitar and play”. I’ll be writing more, later, but for now here’s the condensed version: I posted news of our new label Luxury Wafers Fresh yesterday. To elaborate on the re-invention theme, I decided that the best way I could support the record releases of two young and super talented artists, was to take them... read more

Luxury Wafers Fresh label launch!

Ok, we are deep in it. A few months ago we decided to wade back into the record label waters. Hosted by our blog LuxuryWafers, we are launching Luxury Wafers Fresh, a boutique label that will feature some really special projects that I’ve produced and/or mixed.   Launch is set for July 16th. I’ll be posting more info almost immediately. The one bit of news that I want to share right now, is that I will be headed home to Boston, and the east to take part in a ToUr that begins JuLy 20tH in nEw HaMpShIrE. Joining me will be Courtney Jones   Spencer Livingston:   Butch Norton and bassist Jeff Eyrich Right now we have Massachusetts dates, New Hampshire, Maine, and NYC. If you have or know of the perfect venue somewhere else in the neighborhood, send me an email. We have 2 more tour stops to book.... read more