In The Studio | New Releases: April – September 2021

In The Studio:

Surnames are making their next piece of music and atmosphere. Jon Butcher continued to expand his empire with Wolf Ginandes, Dave Mattacks, Dawn Carroll and Sandy MacDonald. Allen Estes worked with the Butcher. U-ey at the Buoy came out swinging! Telamor recorded new hits and remixed their old ones. George Hall completed his solo record! John Jerome completed his great follow up record “Island Cowboy”. Bob Wolfman paid tribute to Jimi. Alex Coleman brought the grunge. The Dazies tapped in time. Wangari felt the pulse. Adam Taylor mixed more JAKT. James White started his next invasion. Jesse Kessler went solo. The Downey Bros. brought their truck. Mike Parsons rehearsed Neon 90’s, Dubtone Allstars, the Runaround and Jeff Stone chased his blues. David Wessel made bon music. Willie Alexander refined the Fishtone. Derek Richards started to get it all down on tape. Tony rocked for Google. Safety came back to life. Henley Douglas ovedubbed on the island for the island. Jim Coyle became and “old friend”. Barnabas went all night. Pete Koeplin passed the audition. Corey Wrinn did some mixing. Sean O’laughlin cut voice overs for Generous Gardeners. Jon Hardy became the voice of Mexican Ape Lord. Dan King and Friends expanded the village. Nelson Bragg held a listening party for his new record “Gratitude Blues“. Geoff Small souled out. Rick Harte brought the pre-pro. Sky Heavens sought mixes from Wren Sound. Adrien Benjamin introduced himself. Groove grooved!

New Releases:
    

The LeBarons released a single to Spotify which tells the world what we already knew about their music: I’M GOOD (b/w LSM). Beach Boys harmonies all ovah!

What Time is It Mr. Fox? recorded a disco/funk/dark wave track called “He Was A Cloud” for the upcoming soundtrack to their musical play “Medusa“. All Bang-A-Song hands on deck here with Tony on guitars, Warren at the board for the engineer/mix/master, and our fave foxes on everything else!

Hemway let this Anna Rae penned track “Bargain” cook for a while, but it was worth the wait for the official release and official music video that accompanies it (created and performed by Catherine Siller). Propulsive af.

     

Warren (@wrensound) Babson mixed the latest new release from Sky Heavens which is available for pre-order now here. Check out her BBC Radio1 performance with Eminem while you’re pre-ordering.

Telamor must be feeling the romance this summer, as the last three releases are entitled “Let’s Get Married” “How To Love“, and “Great Balls of Fire“. (And who knows what it means, but the one before that was “Rattle My Cage“.) Check ’em all out!

John Jerome has pre-released a video for “All Of Us At Once” from his upcoming full-length album here. What a tease!

Uey At The Buoy cranked out three summer singles (one each month) for your listening pleasure: Seeing Double, Don’t Waste a Single Minute, and Only Heaven Knows.    ZZ Top guitars?  Check!

In The Studio | New Releases: Jan-Mar 2021


                          
Let’s give it up for Q1 2021! It’s been rocking here at Bang-A-Song since the New Year rolled over, so look what everyone’s been up to:

In The Studio

Here Comes The Regulars: Tom Hauck (as Telamor) and Jon Butcher both keep productive and regular at Bang-A-Song. In House Talent: Neighbors of the studio John Jerome (as The Island Cowboy) and U-Ey at the Buoy have been tracking, mixing, and momentum-ing. Getting Close: Bob Wolfman is nearing the finish line. Getting Started: Alex Coleman is getting a new project underway. Right On Time: Allen Estes, The Dazies, George Hall, Brendan Kinetik and Mexican Ape Lord are all mid-stride and keeping us on our toes. Mixing It Up: Adam Taylor was in mixing Matt Jatkola (as JATK). Edu-ma-cation: Sam and Tony did some Gloucester Public School Remote Academy sessions for Grades K-2 and also Grades 3-5 to make sure the kids are allright. THEY ARE!

New Releases


                      

Surnames: Live From The Bang-A-Song (LP on Spotify, on Bandcamp). First of all, great album name. But seriously, we don’t have many occasions to record live albums with a live audience in the studio, but by golly, it’s a thrill when we do! These songs are fully formed and the band sounds like they’ve been playing them this tightly forever. So catchy and groovy, too.

Wood & Bone: Rising Smoke EP (on Spotify, also Bandcamp). Good music from good friends. Makes me mad there’s only three songs. There’s always REPEAT.

JATK: When Tomorrow Comes (Maxi Single on Spotify, on Bandcamp). Since the day I sat in my office next door while this was being mixed, I’ve had these opening riffs stuck in my head.

Matt Rhodes: Where the Sorrow Sirens Sing (LP on Bandcamp). I’ve been running ‘Takin’ The High Road’ on my regular rotation since it came out as a single, and it’s unsurprising that the full length album is lush, beautiful and timely. Go to there.

And lastly, our most prolific and productive artist is Telamor who has released HALF A DOZEN singles since our last blog post, and is prepping even more as we speak. From a full length acoustic album, to a Neil Young cover, to a birthday dance mix, Telamor has you covered.

In The Studio | New Releases: 2020

Bang-A-Song has been closed to clients for the past ten weeks or so (like the rest of the state), but we are re-opening our doors for small, safe, socially distant sessions. Despite the downtime, and because it’s been more than six months since the last ‘In The Studio’, there’s quite a lot to share. Congratulations to everyone who released new music over the past few months…we need music right now! On the flip side…musicians need your support right now! If you are able: buy music, live stream shows, grab some merch. It’s good for everyone. Here’s where to start:

New Releases 2020

In The Studio:

Many thanks to everyone was working and tracking and mixing and mastering in 2020…including but not limited to Tony Mason, Telamor, Dazies, What Time Is It, Mr Fox?, Jon Butcher, John Jerome, The Goombadis, Alexandra Grace, Crunch Time, Allen Estes, Bob Wolfman, The LeBarons , Mexican Ape Lord, Shep Abbott, Henley Douglas Jr. and Meg Griffin, Jason Rozen, Eric Salt, Sue Waller, Andy Luman, John Hyde and Karen Ristuben, and Sister Kathy.

In The Studio/New Releases: Summer/Fall 2019

Bang-A-Song has been bang-a-songing all summer and into the fall, and so have our artists.  Here’s what’s new and underway:

New Releases:

Proving Ground Music continues its release of nearly-monthly singles:  “Get Ready” (featuring Sam and Tony Goddess) is like a Hawaiian lullaby (listen here on Spotify).  “Stay” (featuring Eric Salt) is as propulsive as Eric Salt himself (listen here on BandCamp), and “The Rose” (featuring Brian Sullivan) will put you in the moodiest of moods (listen here on Spotify).

 

 

 

 

Harry and The Potters have released their first full-length album in more than a decade, and it’s a huge work of art.  “Lumos” is available on BandCamp here, and if you don’t find their first single (and lyric video for) “Hermione’s Army” a banger, then I don’t even know you anymore.  (If you’ve never seen them live, the video for “The Trace” gives a good flavor.  Tasty!)

 

The Moving Targets are also back with their first full-length album in more than a decade (it’s actually ‘in more than 25 years’)!  “Wires” is available on BandCamp from BossTuneage Records, and you can listen on Spotify here.  They have a local show coming up, too, on November 11th, at ONCE Ballroom if you’re in the Somerville area.  Bring your earplugs, it’s gonna get awesome!

Telamor has released “Pumpkinhead” for your seasonal enjoyment (listen here on Spotify, and there’s a new 3-song EP dropping tomorrow, but while you wait, you can psyche yourself up for a “Wild, Wild Weekend” (listen here on Spotify) which naturally would start with “Friday Crazy Night” (listen here on Spotify).  Telamor is TIMELY with its releases, people.

Lastly, a one-of-a-kind release from Brian King and What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? that was recorded at Bang-A-Song.  “MEDUSA: Reclaiming The Myth” is a new multimedia musical experience presented in the Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium.  Live original music alongside an animated audio play retells the Medusa tale in a way that requires the attention of all your senses.   This short trailer gives a hint of the show, but just the smallest one: the show is a massive achievement, and you should be on the lookout for its next presentation.

In The Studio:

Surnames moved on to mastering.  Lisa Manning bled to tape.  Pete Koeplin manned the skins for the new Matt Rhodes record. Kim Blisard created a soundtrack.  Rabbi Lewis transferred long lost recordings of Maurice Dancour.  Koi Wolf howled.  Kinetik was kind.  John Jerome avoided the sophomore slump.  Dennis Golden filled out his library.  The Dazies grew a new release.  Matt Jatkola and Adam Taylor mixed next level power pop.  Sir Be hit the beat.  Tae Kwan Flow returned for the rematch.  Jon Butcher channeled Bobby Hebb.  (And though she hasn’t been in the studio recently, here’s a nice piece in the Gloucester Daily Times on Megan Wolf, who’s definitely put in her time at Bang-A-Song!)