David Clayton-Thomas got the rare treat of taking the plastic wrap off the new Sony Oxford at Sound on Sound (NYC). He was in working on a new Christmas album with producer Steve Gutman and engineers Mark Partis and Bart Migal…Producer Arto Lindsay and engineer Pat Dillet were in Studio C at Kampo (NYC) with Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte, mixing the DVD Memories, Chronicles and Declarations of Love, a live two-hour concert from the hit album of the same name. The DVD is set for release this winter on Phonometer/EMI…Ben Folds stopped in at Indre (Philadelphia) to play a solo session on the studio's Baldwin piano, recording performances for both Live at the World Cafe and Y100 radio broadcasts. Folds ran through a number of old favorites as well as songs from his new album Rocking the Suburbs, and he even had the audience singing background vocals. As always, the session was engineered by Michael Comstock.
At Pogo Studio (Champaign, IL), producer Mark Rubel tracked Chicago's own Morris Minors with engineer Travis Grimes assisting…September was another busy month at ARS (Alsip, IL), with engineer Larry Schara tracking some new songs with singer/songwriter Mary-Ann Cariosia and her band. Schara also finished mixing the latest release from local rockers Parade of Fools, along with getting some tracking done with producer Mike Brown and his outfit Grin.
Atlantic Recording artist Willa Ford stepped into Spring Theatre Studio (Tampa, FL) to work on a new remix of “Did Ya' Understand That.” In the studio with Ford were producers Lamar Young, Dre Lewis and engineer Danny Blaszczak …New band Nickel Creek have been camped out in the Neve room at Seventeen Grand (Nashville), tracking for their sophomore album. Alison Krauss is back as producer with engineer Gary Paczosa and assistant engineer Thomas Johnson. Paczosa was also in with Nashville session guitarist Brent Rowan, who was working on a self-produced solo album. Johnson was the assistant engineer.
C'est chic! Last fall, Tom Cruise's former better half, Nicole Kidman, sashayed her way into The Village (West Los Angeles) to work with producer Andrew Ross on the second soundtrack for the film Moulin Rouge. Greg Morgenstein engineered the session, and second engineer Matt Marrin kept everyone honest…Jazz saxophonist Kenny Garret cut his new album Happy People with engineer Bill Schnee and producer Marcus Miller at Ocean Way (Los Angeles). The LP is set for release on Warner Bros…Patrick Giraudi and Kelly Vandever, independent film re-recording mixers, burned the midnight oil at Ideal Post Sound (Hollywood), finalizing the mix for the new film Rent Control. The entire project was handled within the Pro Tools/Pro Control realm. The film was directed by David E. Brenner and stars Carmen Electra.
The Bay Area's own Green Day returned to Studio 880's (Oakland, CA) Studio A, where they recorded their current album Warning, and to work on two new songs for their upcoming International Superhits record. Jerry Finn was in to produce, Joe McGrath engineered and Reto Peter assisted. Inside Studio B, OXBOW were busy working on their new record for Neurosis' label Neurot Recordings. Gibs Chapman was in to engineer the effort, and Marco Martin assisted…Sessions at Rainstorm Studio (Seattle, WA): Portland indie rock band The Six Minute Heartstop recorded an EP for Rise Records. Steve Carter co-produced the effort with the band, and Rainstorm owner Paul Speer mixed the project. Hip hop group Rebelz cruised in to record their debut album, with Carter engineering and Speer mixing. Dutch label Bee and Bee Records tapped Speer to mix a new album from Slovakian rock group Miscellane.
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