Posted April 14th, 2011

Something I’ve been wanting to do with this blog for a while is to post updated mixes of older projects I have worked on. As time goes on and you look back at things with a new perspective, you see and think about things differently. I’m sure many artists must feel the same way about their past work. It’s hard to not look at something you’ve made and not think about what you would have done differently, or could have done if you’d had the knowledge and skill that you posses today.

You may call me a revisionist, but nothing posted here is meant to replace the originals. I don’t think there is anything wrong with going back and honing your skills on older material, applying the tools you have now to a work that was created a long time ago. Besides, audio engineering is a compromised art. Many times, I’ve had to sacrifice what I want to hear in favor of what the band wants. And to be fair, it’s their band, their music, they cut the check. I work for them. This is not to insinuate that I have major disagreements with any particular bands I work with, I just mean in general.

But in the case of this blog, it exists to satisfy my own auditory desires.

So here I sit, a selfish revisionist, posting the first remix in what I’m sure will be a series of many more to come. This song is by a band I worked with several years ago called Cosmonaut (not to be confused with another band called Cosmonaut). They came into Red Planet in 2006 to record 4 songs that had a limited CR-R release. I think. I never actually got a copy of it. The band broke up pretty soon after and I’ve gone on to work with some members of the band in projects they’ve done since (as recently as last week, actually) including Barlights, Stay Sharp, and Ex Rev. I enjoyed their band and it’s a shame they didn’t last very long. Also, it’s safe to say that I enjoy any music that gets posted on here, or else why would I bother to put all this work into it? I hope if anyone is listening that you enjoy it too.

Dreadlord by Cosmonaut



Posted April 12th, 2011

As I mentioned in a previos post, I had some difficulties with my web site in the past and have also been pretty busy. As a result, a lot of news was never posted and I’ve got a lot to catch up on. So, in further (not new) news, I’m happy to announce that I, Fanblades released their new 12″ In Retrospect not too long ago (well, not too, too long ago…). Recorded almost entirely live in the studio, In Retrospect is the band’s first vinyl release. It features 4 songs, a hand screened cover, comes with a digital download, and is limited to 200 copies. Hopefully, as of this writing, they still have copies left to sell and you can get one for yourself. If not, you can always check out their Bandcamp page and stream the record there. Here’s a preview:

This album marks a significant milestone in the i, fanblades career. Between adding new instrumentation, adopting new writing methods, and finding new and better ways to record in our favorite studio to work in up til this point… In Retrospect is simultaneously the best representation of i, fanblades to date, and also the summation of an age that ties together literally all of the styles, methods, themes and ideas of the past recordings. It is also the first release put to vinyl. We certainly hope you enjoy.

 

Throw These Little Teeth Away, For They Are Not Your Pretty Smile by I, Fanblades

 

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Posted April 5th, 2011

This is old news by now, but I had been having problems with my web server for quite some time and am just now able to announce that Gholas have released their new full length Загадка on CD. Music blogs have been praising the album, both for the dense doomy sound that explodes on their speakers and also for the amazing artwork and packaging. Check out pictures of the physical release below as well as a stream of the song “9000 Reasons.” To hear the entire album, visit the band’s Bandcamp page.

 

9000 Reasons by Gholas


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Posted July 9th, 2010

Seafrost’s Waves In The Atmosphere has arrived. As the brainchild of Harry Benson, Seafrost is a wonderful blend of shoegaze and 90′s alt rock with haunting melodies and layers of effect laden guitars. The entire album is available as a whole or in parts on the Seafrost Band Camp page as a pay-what-you want (or not at all…) download. An excerpt from the page:

After almost a year of off and on recording, I am happy to finally be able to share Waves In The Atmosphere with you! For the past few years I’ve been playing solo creating instrumental songs ranging from folk to ambient. Seafrost marks the first project to feature drums, vocals and professional recording :) The inspirations for this spawned from my memories of 90′s alternative music and my adoration for shoegaze and psychedelic music. Now, with the help of Evan and Carla, Waves In The Atmosphere is ready to enter your eardrums! Physical copies may become available eventually, but as of now there are no solid plans.

Take a listen to “Rainbow Static” here, or go to the Band Camp page to hear the whole album.

 

Rainbow Static by Seafrost



Posted May 2nd, 2010

It’s been quite a long while in the making, but Evan Wall, better known as †Church†, finally brings us his debut album I Did A Horrible Thing To Meet You. The album consists of ten tracks that perfectly blend dark folk, alternative rock, and metal inspirations into a ball of emotional chaos. Recorded over a very, very long period at Red Planet, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, I Did A Horrible Thing… is one of 2010′s albums you wont want to miss. Check out one of the record’s more rocking songs below, along with photo’s of the packaging. The CD is available for purchase now at live performances or through the †Church† Myspace page.

 

City Of Failure by †Church†




Posted February 8th, 2010

Way back in June 2009 Deathbeds came back into the studio and recorded 3 songs that would eventually be released as a 7″ entitled No Funeral. This time, Chris Grigg (Woe, Near Dark) stepped in to co-engineered the project with me. After rejecting the first test press, No Funeral was finally released last month on Younglungs Ltd. It was pressed on 300 beautiful clear-green pieces of vinyl. Each record comes with a digital download card. The rejected test press was also released in late 2009 which was limited to 30 copies. Check out the photos below, read the blog on the Younglungs site (or better yet, buy the record from them), and listen to the song “Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death” also posted below.

 

Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death by Deathbeds


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