The Decemberists were at Sony Studios (Santa Monica, Calif.) to record four acoustic bonus tracks to be made available at www.connect.com. Release of the downloads will coincide with that of the band’s new album, The Crane Wife, on Capitol. The sessions were engineered by Robert Shahnazarian Jr., pictured at far right with the band.
The Record Plant Remote (Ringwood, NJ), manned by engineer Kooster McAllister, is gearing up to record the fifth season of Nashville Star (covered in “Nashville Skyline,” July '06 issue). The mobile studio has also been at work on MTV Networks' Decades series for VH1 Classic…American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino visited Reflection Sound Studios (Charlotte, NC) to write and record for her second album; Bruce Irvine engineered. Producer Don Dixon worked with Dip Ferrell and The TrueTones in Studio A. Local band S.O. Stereo locked out Studio C for a week to track with engineer Bob Engel and assistant Mike Pepe. Engel and Pepe then mixed the CD, Gray, in Studio A…At ZAC Studios (Atlanta), producer Polow Da Don was in to track new songs with J Records acts J. Valentine, Mario and Fantasia; Universal's Mya and Suai; and Island Def Jam artist Jay-Z. Tony “TBone” Terrebonne engineered and JJ Penders assisted…Artist David Childers tracked with producer/engineer Matt Ranck at The BackShop (Spartanburg, SC) for a solo release.
In Avatar's (NYC) Studio A, the Michel Camilo Trio recorded with engineer Robert Friedrich and assistant Justin Gerrish; Camilo produced the sessions. In Studio B, Chris Shaw self-produced his own recordings; Willy Mason engineered and Chad Lupo assisted. Warner Bros. artist Bloodsimple was tracking with producer Machine and engineer Josh Wilbur in Studio C; Gerrish assisted. Fred Kevorkian mastered a double-CD, 37-song tribute to The Clash's epic Sandinista album…StarCity Recording (Bethlehem, PA) hosted the Sarah Ayers Band. The band is self-producing the recordings, working with engineer/producer Zak Rizvi and StarCity executive VP Jeff Glixman…Ken-Del Studios (Wilmington, DE) hosted sessions for the annual Toys for Tots benefit CD, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. A version of John Lennon's “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” was produced and engineered by Ken-Del's Paul Janocha. Performers included singer/songwriter Paul Lewis and members of Philadelphia-area bands Ike, Otipsunk, Stygian Veil and more…Hip hop artist Maimon is tracking his debut album with producer/engineer Chris Russomanno at Rooftop Edit (NYC)…Collective Soul has been in Anthony Resta's Bopnique Studios (Boston) doing pre-production for a new release. Resta is producing the new recordings.
Multi-Platinum rockers L.A. Guns were in ImagiVision Media (formerly Flyte Tyme, Minneapolis), recording a new track with SLR Records artist J from The J Project. L.A. Guns' new album, produced by guitarist LaSalle Gabriel, will be released this spring…At Ambient Digital (Houston), Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace remastered 18 of their hits for a 20th-anniversary retrospective collection called A Decade with mastering engineer Bob Byrd…The band Murder in a Tuxedo is working with engineer/producer Brad McGrath on an upcoming album in Brick City Sound (Highland Park, IL)…Houston producer Eric Jarvis collaborated with drummer Matt Johnson at SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston)…Epic/Sony rock band Quietdrive stopped by The Terrarium Studios (Minneapolis) with producer Matt Kirkwold and engineer James Harley to track drums for a song to be included on their debut album. Overdubs and mixing took place at studios The Boiler Room and A440, both also located in Minneapolis.
At Nettleingham Audio (Vancouver, WA), Kevin Nettleingham mastered Polyvinyl Records artists 31 Knots' new release, as well as tracks for Michigan-based artist Cathy Bolton and Tennessee rappers Havoc.
Mateo Luka & The Sound, a Rhode Island-based adult contemporary band, were in Su-zzz Playroom Studios (Malibu) to mix their latest single, “Smiling Eyes,” and record material for their second album. Jaeson Jarrett produced, and Maxx Diamond and Jake Nevada engineered. Also in, Lejenz put the finishing touches on their album Lost in Time: Chapter VII. Jarrett produced; assistant producers were MoBeatz, Stevie Y, Clemente and Marvin Valentine. Diamond and Nevada engineered.
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