That great mutton-chopped ray of sunshine Neil Young braved thetraffic, pollution and high rents of San Francisco to spend sometime tracking at Toast!'s Studio A. In with his band Crazy Horse,Young has spent several months jamming and recording, and the groupplans to spend several more months doing the same. Also in atToast!, No Doubt have been holding court with studio owner/producerPhilip Steir. The group has been working on material for thefollow-up to the critically acclaimed Return of Saturn. Steir alsospent some time working with Interscope's Unwritten Law. Finally,studio regular Stephen Jenkins has kept busy with production dutiesfor both Run-DMC and a forthcoming release for his own band ThirdEye Blind]…On the other side of the bay at Studio 880(Oakland, CA), engineer Mark Needham mixed and edited music for 17episodes of The Chris Isaak Show, a new series onShowtime…Avast! Recording Co. (Seattle) hosted Built ToSpill, who were in finishing tracks for their latest album for thebros, which is set for a fall release on Warner Bros. Phil Ek wasin to produce and engineer the sessions. Two Loons for Tea workedon their second CD with producer Eric Ross and engineer MellDettmer. Guest musicians included Eyvand Kang on violin, drummerMatt Chamberlain, bassist Trey Gunn and guitaristWarr…Gravelvoice (Seattle) completed work on BarryLieberman's recordings of Vivaldi's 10 sonatas for bass and piano.Climax Golden Twins continued work on the soundtrack for Session 9,a film by Brad Anderson (Next Stop Wonderland). Both sessions wereengineered by Scott Colburn and Julian Martlew…At PrivateRadio (Seattle), producer Jack Endino stopped in to work with GasHuffer on a full-length project. Producer/engineer Pat Grayfinished a full-length album with punk favorites Old Man Smithers,as well as continued work on a project with artist CarlMillers.
Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera recently cut their newsingle “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” at Digital InsightRecording (Las Vegas). They brought along Walter Afanasieff toproduce and Dave Reitzas to engineer.
A very busy winter season at Sound On Sound Recording (NYC):Aaliyah, producer Timbaland, engineer Jimmy Douglass and assistantAlison Lauth were in tracking for a forthcoming release on Virgin.Destiny's Child (Sony) stepped in to track some new material withproducer Rob Fusari, engineer Earl Cohen and assistant BojanDugich. UK favorite Heather Nova, producer Eve Nelson, engineerCynthia Davis and assistant Rene Antelmann were in laying down somefresh tracks. Edwin McCain also stopped in at Sound On Sound to mixa forthcoming release with producer/engineer Greg Archilla andassistant Richard Furch…Hardcore band Thursday stopped in atBig Blue Meenie Studios (Jersey City, NJ) to work on a forthcomingalbum, Full Collapse, with producer Sal Villanueva…Out atSear Sound (NYC), Bjork was in tracking and doing some overdubs forher next Elektra Records release. Bjork is producing the projectherself with engineer Jake Davies…Patti LaBelle and her bandwere in at Indre Studios (Philadelphia) rehearsing for athree-night stint at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City. Pop/rockband Second Story began work on their second full-length CD withproducer Bogdan Hernik and assistant Matthew Milner…ShelterIsland Sound (NYC) has managed to stay booked this winter: BobPower was in producing Citizen Cope for Dreamworks. Engineer JoeFerla mixed the new Chris Cheek album for Fresh Sound records. GaryKatz produced Sarah Buras, another Dreamworks artist, with DaveDill engineering. Steve Addabbo lent his production prowess to thenew Love Seed Mama Jump CD with Matt Kane engineering; Steef Vander Gavel was tapped to assist.
Artist Gumbi Ortiz spent some time at Hurricane Pass RecordingStudio (Dunedin, FL) working on his new CD Return to Pangea. Ortistapped studio owner Dan O'Brien to produce the sessions with RogerNichols in to assist…Over the Rhine camped out at East Iris(Nashville) to mix their latest album with producer Lynford andengineer David Thoener. Also in at East Iris, artist Ashley Watersmixed a new MCS offering with producers Andrew Lane and AnthonyLittle; Ben Fowler was in to engineer…Grammy nominee KeithUrban spent some time at Seventeen Grand (Nashville) working on anew project with engineer King Williams and assistant ChuckLinder…Recently at The Sound Lab (Atlanta), T-Mo Goodie(Goodie Mob) mixed 10 songs for his upcoming solo release. T-Moproduced and Jan Nerud engineered. Also in, JT Money stopped by torecord two new songs for his upcoming effort; Pretty Ken producedand Nerud engineered. Quaveo Gold recorded new songs for hisfreshman record on Universal with Lil' Jon producing; AndrewMetcalfe and Nerud were in to engineer.
The Dave Matthews Band finished up mixing their highlyanticipated album at Image Recording (Hollywood) with engineerChris Lord-Alge and producer Glen Ballard. Lord-Alge also mixed thelatest offering from veteran rocker Stevie Nicks. The album wasproduced by Sheryl Crow, John Shanks, Mike Campbell, Rick Nowels,Pierre Marchand and Nicks herself and is slated for release onReprise/Warner. The assistant engineer was Matt Silva…REOSpeedwagon camped out at Blue Moon Studios (Agoura Hills) to workon a live 5.1 project. The original material was recorded byengineer Joe Vannelli; Vannelli and engineer Joe Primeau handledthe multichannel mixing…Multi-instrumentalist David Lindleyand drummer Wally Ingram finished up a new album for the Chimptekimprint at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood). Nu-Mark ofJurassic 5 was also in mastering that group's latest single“The Influence”; the session was engineered by Brian“Big Bass” Gardner…Arizona natives Jimmy EatWorld recorded their latest album at Extasy Recording Studio Southwith engineer/producer Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Meat Puppets) andassistant Justin Smith.
Chicago Recording Co. (Chicago) recently finished a newproduction studio for engineer Mark Ruff. The new room features thenew Euphonix System 5, 5.1 mixing and monitoring and ProTools|24…Effective last February, Music Annex (San Francisco)changed its name to Annex Digital. The change is in name only; thecompany's ownership remains the same…Studio 880 (Oakland, CA)has added a second recording/mixing room with the recent completionof Studio B. The new studio boasts a vintage 72-input Neve 5305with GML automation, a Studer A827, Ampex ATR 102 and a 24-inputPro Tools MIXPlus system.
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