We here at Bang-A-Song are so pumped to see Harry and the Potters kick of their summer tour here in Gloucester at the Sawyer Free Library on Friday night at 7pm (Facebook Event Page). They’ll have copies of their new album “Lumos“, their first in eight years(!) which we recorded and mixed here over the last year. The album is magical (what would you expect!!!) and possesses quite a lot of insight into today’s world as related through the world of Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione…..and Ron…speaking of which, let me share a story. One night the Potters were sitting around our 133 year old piano talking about the sixteen song record we were about to embark on and voila….a 17th song seemed to arrive fully formed: “Where’s Ron“. Joe is an amazing piano player and Paul is an “ideas man” non-pareil. Within an hour the song was written and we tracked it the next day, culminating in a duet with Kimya Dawson. With credit to the Potter Puppet Pals, check out the video here.
Spring is coming on at Bang-A-Song, so let’s talk about what has gesprungen here!
In The Studio:
John Jerome is back for more. Jon Butcher produced and produced. Second Balcony Jump made their third record. CRUNCHTIME didn’t rush it. Koi Wolf slathered a lamb in Texas hot sauce. Lisa Manning made us cry. Telamor had me channel Thunders. Hemway had me channel the Wind. The Dazies expanded an ep to an album. Geoff Small employed many 7ths. Allen Estes brought some beautiful acoustic guitars down. Glympses brought some beautiful electric guitars down. Rob McLocklin practiced his Kowloon set. Suriel tracked into the night. Mr. Fox captured Medusa on tape. Bradley Royds transferred a 39 year old cassette. The Lebarons were good. Sunset Taxicab started a ride. Mari Martin sang on the Elvis mic. Kim Blisard edited the dance. Mike Parsons brought the 90’s back in the form of Neon 90’s. Dan King prepped for the return of the Monday Night Jam.
Thanks to everyone who was working at Bang-A-Song this fall. A lot of new albums were released since we last updated you, and we’re happy to recommend them! Dig in….
- Jon Butcher‘s new LP is entitled “360°” and is available on Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify.
- Second Balcony Jump’s first single in 2019 is called “Cut To The Lip” and features a vocal performance from Emily Grogan.
- Willie Alexander and The Fishtones have released “Aqua Vega” in full on BandCamp for your listening enjoyment.
- Suriel’s debut LP is entitled ‘Blank Slate’, and it’s not only one of the 7 Best Hip Hop Albums in Boston (according to WBUR), it’s also available on Amazon Music and all of these streaming services. (And I neglected to mention his new official music video for ‘Real Life’! Drat!)
- The 77 Everythings have tried to prove themselves wrong by naming their new album “Nothing’s Perfect“.
- Glympses new self-titled full-length can be blasted immediately on Spotify, with Faith, Time, Love. (And check out the official music video for “Medicine Man”!)
- The Disgraceland Players put some tracks down to accompany new episodes on Spade Cooley, Big Lurch and Rick James. (Season 3 kicks up in February…subscribe!)
- Telamor released a new single entitled “Communication Breakdown” on Spotify and all the streaming services.
- And because we’re impatient, and excited, Matt Rhodes will release his full length solo LP “Slightly At Sea” on January 25th. (ACTUALLY, NOW IT IS OUT!!! Check out “Slightly At Sea” on CDBaby, Spotify, and Apple Music. And…the album’s official music videos here.)
- Morgan Minsk has released a new Official Video for ‘I Emerge’. It’s gorgeous.
- Quentin Callewaert has released a new video entitled ‘Water Music in D Major’ featuring his regularly lovely fingerpicking sounds.
- Cables and Lines has released a new music video for “Meadow”.
In The Studio:
Koi Wolf made their amps howl. Kim Blisard came to dance. Over the Bridge crossed into Studio C. Northwest Fox recorded a few more tracks before setting sail. Crunchtime crunched. The Dazies started a new EP. Safety played it dangerous. Quentin Callewaert kept us young. Toby Mountain made a difference. Second Balcony Jump cut their Third record. Harry and the Potters cast their mixes. Satch Kerans swung into C. The Instigators finished what they started. Jones Creek paddled through the overdubs. Sound Harbor held a class. Meg Griffin voiced a podcast. Joe Wilkins cut a rhythm section. John Jerome got going on the next one. Lisa Manning waxed poetic. Matt Smith spent some time in Studio C. Amanda Mena crooned some tunes.
It took us until the last day of summer to stop tracking (and swimming) and rocking (and sweating) long enough to bring you the news about who’s been at Bang A Song working, and who’s put their new Bang A Song stuff out for your listening pleasure.
- The new long player from The Only Things is available at Bandcamp and Apple Music.
- John Jerome released his self-titled album this summer, and if you’re lucky enough to have caught him at Harbor Loop, at the Bluefin Blowout, at The Rhumb Line, on North Shore 104.9 (you get the idea), then you should have a copy of the CD by now. If you do not, you should check it out on Spotify.
- Alexandra and Josh recorded and released The Colour Lilac on all platforms (Itunes | Amazon | Spotify | CD Baby) and they held a proper record-release party to celebrate the accomplishment!
- Second Balcony Jump released the second single from the album “Get Up”, and it’s a smooth and saxy piece entitled “Blind“. And if you’re in the mood to bang a little, the third single “Do It Again” features choice performances from Kinetik, DJ Slipwax, and Heavy Stud. I mean, that’s just stacking the deck….and we like it!
In The Studio:
- Leo Ciaramataro found the groove and caught it on tape.
- Jon Butcher started his next solo record.
- The Disgraceland Players shot two more episodes.
- Telamor worked on LP 7.
- Satch Kerans overdubbed and ran his band.
- Wilson put the finishing touches on his debut LP.
- The Rockport ensembles cut their end of the year songs.
- Sten Bowen cut drums.
- Kinetik cut his thoughts.
- 2nd Balcony Jump cut more music for film.
- Bad Moon Rising ran their sets.
- Geoff Small compressed and limited.
- Quentin Callewaert played beyond his years.
- Matt Rhodes record mixed.
- The Instigators took the initiative.
- Glympses recorded used their own gear.
- Jay Harris soloed sweet solos.
- Koi Wolf bellowed.
- Henri Smith ran through the repertoire.
- 77 Everythings recorded everything they had.
- Harry and the Potters made Wizard Rock believers of us all!
- Jones Creek got us high.
- George Hall brought the jam to BAS.
- Stoker added fuel to the fire.
- Corey Wrinn recorded solo.
- Northwest Fox recorded band.
- J. Grimaldi cut John Jerome on country.
- Willie Alexander brought Astral Weeks.
- Mike Francis projected his soul.
- Over the Bridge auditioned a drummer.
In The Studio:
- The Glympses committed their visions to tape.
- Jon Butcher began an acoustic record.
- Quentin Callewaert played like an 80 year old master.
- Achers put their pain to music.
- Second Balcony Jump took the leap.
- Kavika Babson beat a beat.
- Cables and Lines strung up a full length in a a matter of days.
- John Jerome breathed a sigh of completion.
- The Lebarons brought MONO back.
- Matt Rhodes mixed a record we’ve been waiting for for 10 years.
- Wilson worked.
- Sir Be brought the biznezz.
- Kinetik beat the MPC.
- Concrete Constellation set their sound in stone.
- Mari Martin made arrangements.
- Kenny Chambers Four mixed five.
- Telamor brought us more.
- Renee and Joe recorded a live one.
- Simon Ritt transferred tapes of Johnny Thunders and his Daughters.
- Geoff Small went big on overdubs.
- Alexandra and Josh started their next record.
- Satch Kerans opened up the vault.
- 77 Everythings recorded everything for an album to be mixed.
- Kim Blisard edited a choreography arrangement.
- Adam Taylor took us to Disgraceland.
- Willie Alexander used some of his road case credit.
- Pat Conlon transferred Buck White.
- Instigators agitated for a mix.
- Alexandra Grace recorded her string arrangements.
- Rick Gadbois got down to his tracks for once.
- Proving Ground Music has released the first single from Second Balcony Jump called “Get Up” from the forthcoming album of the same name. Available on Reverb Nation, Spotify or Apple Music!
- Check out Wilson781 and his new music video for “Ghetto Dreams” off the ‘Rise‘ EP.
- Pete Koeplin drummed out a Sten Bowen score for both the trailer and for the new film ‘A Thousand Miles Behind‘.
- New music written and produced by Sir Be: “Same Road” featuring Soul Rebel is available on Sound Cloud.
- Morgan Minsk’s new album “Praise” was released on May 11th. You can hear it here on Spotify.
We are vacuuming the studio and setting up yet another pair of speakers to ensure the most pleasing of parties when Bang-A-Song stalwarts Renee & Joe present, perform (and record live in the studio, for release later in 2018) their newest record, and first on (blue!) vinyl “Stone Garden”. To get one of the very limited tickets for this April 7th, 2018 studio performance/recording (and to be part of the crowd noise!), visit the event page here.
- Renee & Joe’s full length “Stone Garden” is celebrating its release in style (above)
- The latest LP from Telamor is called “Crush” and is already in rotation on over 90 college radio stations. Available on Apple Music.
- The newest EP from Wilson781 is entitled “Rise” and is also available on Apple Music.
- And despite playing only the smallest, smallest part in the latest Soul Rebel Project Release entitled “Inspiration“, we can resist giving those guys a well-deserved shout out. Available nearly everywhere.
- 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: