- Telamor and more and more and more.
- Wilson edited the master.
- John Jerome is about to bring it home.
- Electric Factory X MCXIIML.
- Butcher cut lines.
- 61 Ghosts ghosted some tracks.
- Satch Kerans conjured ghosts from sessions past.
- Rawso was awesome.
- Instigators started an album.
- Simon Ritt conjured ghosts from his Johnny Thunders/Daughters cassette collection.
- Willie Alexander cut tracks. His JC120 now lives at Bang-A-Song. His roadcase now lives around Tony’s JC120 in the back of the car.
- Will Vincent studied with the studio greats.
- Sean Doane beefed some beats.
- The Achers melted out hearts.
- Grimaldi was Proving Ground.
- Mike Francis and Wren cut dub.
- Quentin Callewaert gave us faith.
- Cables and Lines kicked the rims.
- Bob Pate paid attention.
- Peter Koeplin cut drums for Sten like he always does.
- Rick Gadbois had some time.
- The Kenny Chambers 4 mixed more.
- Matt Rhodes began to take off.
In The Studio:
- Morgan Minsk made the mix in Gloucester.
- Jon Butcher added another floor to the Electric Factory.
- Ally Doody wrote songs after dark.
- Telamor made Warren’s ears sore.
- Concrete Constellation shot for the stars.
- Megan Wolf howled at the moon, in this case, a Neumann 269.
- John Jerome mixed with a Good Harbor state of mind.
- Renee and Joe mastered for a big 7″.
- Willie Alexander layered the loops, or did he loop the layers?
- Wilson channeled the athletic aesthetic..not Brian.
- The Achers popped the power.
- Simon Ritt cut demos for future hits.
- Kenny Chambers finally cut vocals.
- Kavika Babson laid down a Babson beat.
- Stoker fired it up.
- Crystal Simpson digitized some memories.
- Will Vincent stepped into the sound.
- Sofia Gadbois made music under the sea.
- Mike Francis continued his project.
- Gino Zanetti massaged his tracks.
- Concrete Constellation just released their new EP which was recorded, produced and mixed by Warren Babson. (available on iTunes)
- Wilson just released a video for the Ms. Jackson freestyle track that will be part of his debut EP coming in December which was recorded/mixed/mastered by Warren Babson. (Wilson on YouTube)
- If you’d like to take a gander at what it looks and feels like at Bang-A-Song, Dave Habeeb shot some great photos of the inimitable Jon Butcher in the studio while filming a music documentary. Take a look!
Hot Fun In The Summertime at Bang-A-Song:
In The Studio:
- Telamor spread musical amor.
- The Night Trippers recorded well into tomorrow morning.
- Renee and Joe mixed their record which should be available on vinyl in a matter of moments.
- Willie Alexander continued the collage.
- The Marconis transmitted rock.
- Ally Doody doodled.
- John Jerome let it be known.
- Lisa Manning waxed some stanzas.
- The Only Things cut their next LP.
- Bliss brought the bliss.
- Mark Pelosi checked his grooves.
- Morgan Minsk was mixed.
- Simon Ritt demoed his demos.
- Wilson willed his songs to tape.
- Mike Francis rocked the mic.
- Concrete Constellations shot for the stars.
- Izzy Hall wailed on sax.
- Paul Jensen transferred reels.
- Sofia Gadbois recorded her next set of originals.
- Chelsea Berry cut the final overdubs for her new record “Wanderbird” (MyBigCommerce)
- Megan Wolf prepped for the release of her new album “That Girl” (Listen)
- The Poor Sports released a new EP in June “Nobody Cares” (BandCamp)
- Josh Richard on Facebook tracked and mixed his new just-released LP “Cities and States” (SoundCloud)
It was a fertile spring at Bang-A-Song:
- Jon Butcher worked at the Electric Factory.
- Telamor made their greatest hits hit harder.
- Poor Sports mixed their rich music.
- Toby Mountain had a mix before he mastered.
- John Jerome kept it local.
- Lisa Manning waxed poetic.
- The Instinct improvised.
- Sean Doane learned as he went.
- Crystal transferred.
- Meg Griffin and the Heavy Metal Horns cut an episode for Sirius/XM.
- Chelsea Berry taped a video.
- Gabe Rossi mixed Pete Stone.
- Nathan Cohen and the Rockport Chamber ensembles nailed it.
- Willie Alexander is God.
- Renee and Joe mixed it up.
- Mike O’Connell dropped on in.
And let’s not forget to congratulate the artists who had new releases the past couple months:
In The Studio at Bang-A-Song:
- Telamor polished their greatest misses.
- Ally Doody smoked some trax.
- Tae Kwon Flo chopped some lines.
- Simon Ritt demoed his future hits.
- The Goddesses sang bye bye to their country.
- The Poor Sports hailed Mary.
- Jon Butcher worked on the Electric Factory line.
- St0ker channeled Sleep.
- John Jerome came down the hall.
- The Marconis flipped their 45.
- Lisa Manning is a poet and she knows it.
New Releases touched by Bang-A-Song:
Jon Butcher produced. Josh Richard mapped cities and states. Megan Wolf mastered. Telamor stormed the barricades. Ally Doody started writing. Tae Kwon Flo chopped some lines. Mike Francis rebelled. Kinetik Dialekt dialed it in. Renee and Joe started LP3. The Marconis transmitted electricity. St0ker stoked it. Lisa Manning tracked some stanzas.
New gear alert!!! Bang-A-Song is proud to announce the arrival of their new 130 year old 1886 Steinway A1 grand piano! It’s got 85 keys and plays better than a piano 1/10th is age! The bass is deep and tight and the highs have it all. Feel free to come check it out!
We’re happy to have some autumnal releases to announce, and a busy roster of rockin’ folks tracking at Bang-A-Song!
- “Good Bad Love” by Telamor (available on Band Camp)
- “St0ker EP” by St0ker (available on Band Camp)
- “Love & War by Dogtown (available on iTunes)
In The Studio:
The Marconis transmitted rock music. John Jerome burned another jam down. Telamor worked on their Greatest Hits. Ally Doody sang real pretty. Meg Griffin and Bob Woodruff taped another session of “Words with Meg” for Sirius/XM. Tae Kwon Flo let it flow. The Poor Sports scored a(nother!) hit. Josh Richard overdubbed his debut. Electric Factory X worked their assembly line. The Elements jahmmed. Mike Francis channeled the Soul Rebel. Chelsea Berry filmed a documentary.
Well, it’s been awhile but that’s summer in Gloucester….if we’re not in the studio cutting tracks were on the water kicking back….no extra computer time allowed! Still feels like summah here today but enough time has passed I think I ought to update….
- Meg Griffin hosted Henley Douglas for a taping of her SiriusXM show The Loft
- Sister Kathy recorded the Lord’s work
- Jon Butcher finished Two Roads East
- Nathan Cohen and the Rockport middle school recorded their songs and others
- Telamor cut album #5
- Ally Doody covered the hits
- Lisa Manning slammed more poetry to tape
- Band of Wolves were tracked
- Matt Wolz worked the plate
- Geoff Small made a big sound
- Sasquatch smoked some of his new songs
- Megan Wolf howled into the mic
- Stevie Wah wailed
- Henry Ferrini hired BAS mobile for the Charles Olsen anniversary event at Gloucester Writer’s Center
- Kenny Chambers fired 13 shots towards a new album
- Sandra Lee added Dave Brown to her mix
- Eric Cline and The Only Things made the studio so much sweeter!
- Wizard Cult transferred reels
- Jeff Keithline, Sal Baglio and Dave Mattacks channeled Bonham and the boys
Not surprisingly, there are some great albums that have had their toes in the Bang-A-Song pool for even just a little bit. (And even if their toes weren’t here recently, we’re still happy to push these great recordings. Here are some of the latest:
- Annabelle Lord-Patey crowdfunded and released her first full length album entitled “Polaris”. (“Polaris” on iTunes)
- Her pal and occasional partner in crime, Matt Minigell, released “Destructive Testing”. (“Destructive Testing” on Bandcamp)
- The Heavy Denims were working without a net. (“Without Annette” on YouTube)
- The Great Madness released their debut LP “Never Again”. (“Never Again” on Soundcloud)
In this day and age it’s rare to find any further unreleased records from the heyday of the rock era, let alone one from a unknown band that is at the absolute root of a giant rock family tree…but Yep Roc has, and it’s a doozy.
Have you ever heard the band Eggs Over Easy? They are the American group who inadvertently jump started a UK music revolution that culminated in the British punk of The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Clash and Rockpile.
If you admire The Band but wish they weren’t so damn serious, The Eggs are the band for you. Their criminally forgotten Link Wray produced LP “Good and Cheap” released on A&M in 1972 opens: “We’re gonna have a little party/It’s gonna last for a week or two”. Welcome to the pub!
Gigging the Tally Ho, their Kentish Town local, in 1971, their punchy songs, soulful singing and stripped down effect/affectless sound were a breath of fresh air in the land of Yes and Pink Floyd. A whole flock of players, writers, producers and managers that came to dominate pub and punk rock first had their heads turned ’round witnessing the Eggs’ anything-goes mastery and their rapidly swelling audience of punters. Just listen to Nick Lowe testifying how he never truly got over the effect Eggs Over Easy had on him.
I’ll never truly get over the effect the Eggs have had on me, either. In 2006, I learned that original member Jack O’Hara gigged regularly at BB King’s in Times Square. I looked in the paper. There he was. I drove down to the gig and was seated for dinner. There he was. I said hi and there was that same beautiful bass voice I knew from the “Good and Cheap” song “Arkansas”. He said we’d catch up after the show and went up on the stage and proceeded to lay down three subtly smoking hours of Jimmy Reed, Jimi Hendrix and Santo and Johnny.
But my life wasn’t filled with anywhere near enough Eggs Over Easy music. “Good and Cheap” had been reissued on CD once in the UK but there was so much more that so few had ever heard: the unreleased Chas Chandler debut record “London ’71”, “I’m Gonna Put a Bar In My Car and Drive Myself to Drink” b/w “Horny Old Lady”, a punk-as-fuck single released on Buffalo Records in 1976, and 1981’s “Fear of Frying”, a record that ranged from home recorded madness to Big Star/Steely Dan shimmer. I knew that someday some smart record company would set the record straight and get this largely unreleased/unheard trove of music on the shelves.
That day has come. Today Yep Roc is righting the wrongs of forty years of music business oversight with one big, beautiful package (double CD or triple vinyl).
Do yourself a favor, check this release out. It’s some of the greatest American music I have ever heard. It’s funny, it’s sad, its reverent, it’s irreverent. It’s the whole ball of wax. It swings and stomps. It is stripped down and dressed in the richest harmony three fellas could create. I love it. It’s spare, it’s snappy, it’s straight ahead. It’s good and cheap. It has a warmth of spirit that radiates inclusiveness so open that anything could happen and everyone was invited……even Sid Vicious.
a href=”http://yeproc.11spot.com/eggs-over-easy-good-n-cheap-the-eggs-over-easy-story-pre-order-6-24.html” target=”_blank”>Good N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story (Yep Roc)
In The Studio: April / May 2016
Jon Butcher remixed. The Great Madness got on the radio. Geoff Small inflated his airbag. Telamor tracked and shot. Soul Rebel Project cut guitars. Will Vincent played all the instruments. Megan McKenzie souled the soul. Ally Doody sang the hits. Chelsea Berry worked up new tunes. Pete Minigell picked up where his brother left off.
Lastly, the Full Length, Red Bird, Dynamic Duo, CroonSome TwoSome release from Renee and Joe has hit the streets. The album is entitled “Red Bird” You can buy it, gift it, stream it, and even acquire it on CD. You will be gratified.