SESSIONS & STUDIO NEWS
Apr 1, 2001 12:00 PM
That great mutton-chopped ray of sunshine Neil Young braved the traffic, pollution and high rents of San Francisco to spend some time tracking at Toast!'s Studio A. In with his band Crazy Horse, Young has spent several months jamming and recording, and the group plans to spend several more months doing the same. Also in at Toast!, No Doubt have been holding court with studio owner/producer Philip Steir. The group has been working on material for the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Return of Saturn. Steir also spent some time working with Interscope's Unwritten Law. Finally, studio regular Stephen Jenkins has kept busy with production duties for both Run-DMC and a forthcoming release for his own band Third Eye Blind]…On the other side of the bay at Studio 880 (Oakland, CA), engineer Mark Needham mixed and edited music for 17 episodes of The Chris Isaak Show, a new series on Showtime…Avast! Recording Co. (Seattle) hosted Built To Spill, who were in finishing tracks for their latest album for the bros, which is set for a fall release on Warner Bros. Phil Ek was in to produce and engineer the sessions. Two Loons for Tea worked on their second CD with producer Eric Ross and engineer Mell Dettmer. Guest musicians included Eyvand Kang on violin, drummer Matt Chamberlain, bassist Trey Gunn and guitarist Warr…Gravelvoice (Seattle) completed work on Barry Lieberman's recordings of Vivaldi's 10 sonatas for bass and piano. Climax Golden Twins continued work on the soundtrack for Session 9, a film by Brad Anderson (Next Stop Wonderland). Both sessions were engineered by Scott Colburn and Julian Martlew…At Private Radio (Seattle), producer Jack Endino stopped in to work with Gas Huffer on a full-length project. Producer/engineer Pat Gray finished a full-length album with punk favorites Old Man Smithers, as well as continued work on a project with artist Carl Millers.
Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera recently cut their new single “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” at Digital Insight Recording (Las Vegas). They brought along Walter Afanasieff to produce and Dave Reitzas to engineer.
A very busy winter season at Sound On Sound Recording (NYC): Aaliyah, producer Timbaland, engineer Jimmy Douglass and assistant Alison Lauth were in tracking for a forthcoming release on Virgin. Destiny's Child (Sony) stepped in to track some new material with producer Rob Fusari, engineer Earl Cohen and assistant Bojan Dugich. UK favorite Heather Nova, producer Eve Nelson, engineer Cynthia Davis and assistant Rene Antelmann were in laying down some fresh tracks. Edwin McCain also stopped in at Sound On Sound to mix a forthcoming release with producer/engineer Greg Archilla and assistant Richard Furch…Hardcore band Thursday stopped in at Big Blue Meenie Studios (Jersey City, NJ) to work on a forthcoming album, Full Collapse, with producer Sal Villanueva…Out at Sear Sound (NYC), Bjork was in tracking and doing some overdubs for her next Elektra Records release. Bjork is producing the project herself with engineer Jake Davies…Patti LaBelle and her band were in at Indre Studios (Philadelphia) rehearsing for a three-night stint at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City. Pop/rock band Second Story began work on their second full-length CD with producer Bogdan Hernik and assistant Matthew Milner…Shelter Island Sound (NYC) has managed to stay booked this winter: Bob Power was in producing Citizen Cope for Dreamworks. Engineer Joe Ferla mixed the new Chris Cheek album for Fresh Sound records. Gary Katz produced Sarah Buras, another Dreamworks artist, with Dave Dill engineering. Steve Addabbo lent his production prowess to the new Love Seed Mama Jump CD with Matt Kane engineering; Steef Van der Gavel was tapped to assist.
Artist Gumbi Ortiz spent some time at Hurricane Pass Recording Studio (Dunedin, FL) working on his new CD Return to Pangea. Ortis tapped studio owner Dan O'Brien to produce the sessions with Roger Nichols in to assist…Over the Rhine camped out at East Iris (Nashville) to mix their latest album with producer Lynford and engineer David Thoener. Also in at East Iris, artist Ashley Waters mixed a new MCS offering with producers Andrew Lane and Anthony Little; Ben Fowler was in to engineer…Grammy nominee Keith Urban spent some time at Seventeen Grand (Nashville) working on a new project with engineer King Williams and assistant Chuck Linder…Recently at The Sound Lab (Atlanta), T-Mo Goodie (Goodie Mob) mixed 10 songs for his upcoming solo release. T-Mo produced and Jan Nerud engineered. Also in, JT Money stopped by to record two new songs for his upcoming effort; Pretty Ken produced and Nerud engineered. Quaveo Gold recorded new songs for his freshman record on Universal with Lil' Jon producing; Andrew Metcalfe and Nerud were in to engineer.
The Dave Matthews Band finished up mixing their highly anticipated album at Image Recording (Hollywood) with engineer Chris Lord-Alge and producer Glen Ballard. Lord-Alge also mixed the latest offering from veteran rocker Stevie Nicks. The album was produced by Sheryl Crow, John Shanks, Mike Campbell, Rick Nowels, Pierre Marchand and Nicks herself and is slated for release on Reprise/Warner. The assistant engineer was Matt Silva…REO Speedwagon camped out at Blue Moon Studios (Agoura Hills) to work on a live 5.1 project. The original material was recorded by engineer Joe Vannelli; Vannelli and engineer Joe Primeau handled the multichannel mixing…Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley and drummer Wally Ingram finished up a new album for the Chimptek imprint at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood). Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 was also in mastering that group's latest single “The Influence”; the session was engineered by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner…Arizona natives Jimmy Eat World recorded their latest album at Extasy Recording Studio South with engineer/producer Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Meat Puppets) and assistant Justin Smith.
Chicago Recording Co. (Chicago) recently finished a new production studio for engineer Mark Ruff. The new room features the new Euphonix System 5, 5.1 mixing and monitoring and Pro Tools|24…Effective last February, Music Annex (San Francisco) changed its name to Annex Digital. The change is in name only; the company's ownership remains the same…Studio 880 (Oakland, CA) has added a second recording/mixing room with the recent completion of Studio B. The new studio boasts a vintage 72-input Neve 5305 with GML automation, a Studer A827, Ampex ATR 102 and a 24-input Pro Tools MIXPlus system.
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