The album I recorded for Music Together’s Sing Shalom program is out and being used in Fall classes as we speak. I tracked the drums live with piano, guitar, and upright bass so it’s fun hearing other elements of the songs for the first time, especially the lyrics. My favorite jam is “Sweet,” a jazzy tune about Rosh Hashanah. The album begins with a doumbek solo, too! To learn more about Sing Shalom, click here.
I had a nice time tracking at MONOlisa Studios, recording music for Music Together’s Sing Shalom classes with my dear friend Solomon Hoffman (artistic director of the Songwriter’s Orchestra.) We recorded about 8 tunes Saturday and are doing a few more tonight. In addition to drum set, I played some dumbek, which I don’t believe I’ve ever played on a recording! Pictured above is the house kit, which is a 70s Ludwig kit with Slingerland snare. The studio had great vibes! Thanks for having us, Denise.
Back at the Bunker for the first time in a minute. My outfit was very much in coordination with their Ludwig house kit and my Rogers snare, which was having a particularly great day. More on this recording soon!
The last few weeks have been a busy blur, so I thought I would give a little update as to what I've been up to.
Two years ago, I helped develop the drum book for Pryor Rendering, a new musical by Frank Schiro. We did a reading and recorded a few tracks in the studio. The show is about to receive its world premiere in Oklahoma and I have been working hard to prepare the drum book for the percussionist. Here is the smallest of previews:
Keeping with the music notation theme, I was contacted by a fellow drummer and Phish fan who came across my transcription of Limb by Limb and asked me to write out three more Phish songs - It's Ice, Twist, and Mike's Song. On the surface, I thought these would be easy. They were not. The intricacies of Jon Fishman's playing are unparalleled and I have even more respect for him now than I ever did before. If you are in need of transcription services, please get in touch. Here's LXL in case you missed it the first time around:
In PitchBlak news, we recently signed with Hoplite Booking Agency and have a slew of upcoming dates, including two this weekend in Western Massachusetts and Burlington, VT. Last night was the 8th installment of the 2016 PitchBlak Playlist and as usual, it was a blast. JusMoni killed it and I am obsessed as ever with her track Axela.
Is that it? I think that's about it. Hope to see you in the city or somewhere on the road!
I'm extremely proud of my friend, Christina, aka Trumpet Grrrl on the release of her new EP, Just Listen. She spent 3 years recording this thing the right way and it sounds amazing. I had a blast playing on it and couldn't be happier with the way the drums sound. Check it out!
Craig Miller, a wonderful musician from my hometown (banjo player in the bluegrass band, Grand Ole Ditch) asked me to record a few songs for his upcoming solo album. I was honored! The 10 minute tune is a musical odyssey that I had to split into 6 parts in order to wrap my head around it. I can't wait to hear the finished recording!
This EP is going to be one of my favorite recordings I've ever played on. Great work by all!
On another note, did you know I almost always wear a Phish t-shirt when I'm in the studio?
Recorded at the Can Factory with the man, Don Godwin.
This past weekend, PitchBlak recorded a few new songs with Don Godwin (who also did 'Like Us') at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. Everything sounds straight fire! The drums sound incredible. Don is a genius!
We are playing tonight at the Silent Barn in Bushwick. There is nothing better than a gig you can walk to from your own house. Hope to see you there!
I stumbled upon this track last night while looking for an audio file on my Mac. I totally forgot about this recording, which I started in 2011. The band, Page France (whose founding members now make music under the moniker Cotton Jones), was from my hometown. They released some great albums and toured the country many times. They had a song placed on Weeds, which I think is pretty awesome!
I vaguely remember tracking this at my rehearsal studio in DUMBO and for whatever reason never completed it. Enough years have passed for me to be ok with putting it on the internet even though there are mistakes at the end of many of the phrases. Oh well! It's a simple melody that lends itself perfectly to mallet percussion. Enjoy!
PitchBlak laid down three tracks with Don Godwin at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn yesterday. With the exception of the vocals, we tracked everything live. I just heard the rough bounces and these tracks are going to be straight fire!
I used my Roland SPD-SX in the studio for the first time for some 808 bass drum and hi-hat sounds. We also ran the click from the SPD via the sub output on that same track (the only one we used click on). It ran like butter! I love that thing.
I'm happy to share with you this just-released recording of the new Trumpet Grrrl single. We recorded back in July with Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Jacoby. It was mastered by the masterly Emily Lazar (assisted by Chris Allgood) at the Lodge. I love it! If you like what you hear, please click to purchase.
Recording at Vice and Virtue for Frank Schiro's musical, "Pryor Rendering"