- 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!
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!
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)
Please join us Monday, December 15th from 6pm-9pm for the Second Annual Bang-A-Song Holiday Jam/January Open Studio kickoff party! (Location, directions, parking, RSVP can be found in the Facebook Event link.)
We’ll have pizza and beer for jamming, instruments and amplifiers for eating. Come meet Tony and Warren, sign up for a January open studio slot, and perform your best version of “Jingle Bells”, “Christmas with the Martians” or “Santa’s Got an Airplane”!!!! Kids are welcome. After 9pm we’ll head to the The Rhumb Line Monday Night OPEN JAM to continue the merry making. (Please help us get a head count by RSVP’ing via Facebook or via email to email@example.com).
Our Holiday Jam will also serve as the kick-off for January 2015’s “Bang-A-Saturdays”. Every Saturday in January (starting January 3rd, ending January 31st), from noon-5pm, we will open up our doors for slots of free studio time. We’ll have Pro Tools on and drums, guitars, keys and vocals all mic’d up and ready to go.
Whether you’re a band that has never recorded before or an artist that has made numerous records, a songwriter who wants to record a demo or a beat maker who wants to cut a rap, a track producer who needs a top line or a home recordist that wants to hear their tracks mixed on a board to analog tape, please schedule a free session at Bang-A-Song.
Best, Tony & Warren
Satch Kerans is mixing another great collection of songs. Telamor is already at work on LP3. Mary Lou Lord is this close to finishing her next record. Kenny Chambers and the Electric Ears have finished their debut LP and sent it out for mastering. Pocket Tanya is keeping it unreal. Renee and Joe are warming our hearts out. The A-Train Orchestra are getting there fast. Susan Waller transferred tapes taped at the legendary Cameron’s. Pray for Mojo had their prayers answered. Mike Francis of Soul Rebel Project did some extracurricular overdubs for Mr. Babson. Scout did tracks on his own. Alien Psychology featuring Scout are working on tracks together. Jason Carpenter worked on his mixing skills. Chelsea Berry is recording her “living room” record. Megan McKenzie is making SAFETY happen. Jon Butcher is teaching us a thing or two about tone!
Tom Hauck and Telamor are wrapping up LP 2. Jon Butcher is overdubbing on masters and demos. Mary Lou Lord is kicking her Kickstarter album. Kenny Chambers and the Electric Ears are rocking and popping throughout their first record together. Ken Steiner is recording upright for Robert Allen down in FLA. Renee & Joe are growing another album. Satch Kerans is wrapping up another batch of hits.
Thanks to Maureen Walsh for the nice review of the Silver Ages / The Goddesses performance in Philadelphia a few days ago, and for capturing some great photos and great videos!
“The highlight of the evening was a version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Save Me a Place,” performed by the Goddesses, the Silver Ages, and Buried Beds’ Eliza Jones. It encompassed everything Pat Berkery enthused about in his introduction: a love of music, a sense of community, and making beautiful harmonies together.”