Fall Tracking At Million Yen
At Chicago’s MILLION YEN studios, three legends of punk and pre-punk recorded with Jeff Dean: Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) tracked for a collaboration with Rat Scabies (The Damned) and Wayne Kramer (MC5). Dean also recorded an album for The Ugly and a track for The Mizzerables.
Owner Andy Gerber recorded a long player with The Dead On (ex-Woolworthy, The Reputation) for Boss Tuneage Records UK. Gerber also finished a full length with Steve Knecht, featuring guest vocals by Lucky Boys Confusion frontman Stubhy Pandav…Mark Michalik tracked an album with Pet Symmetry for Asian-Man records, and an EP for The Cautioners. Nashville-based producer engineer J. Hall was in town to track local artist Charlie Keel. Pete Cararelli is working on an album by the Dirty Creeps. Pete recently finished an EP with The Recruitment and a 7″ single for Typesetter on Encapsulated Records. Sciphonic productions just completed a second full length with Stoop Goodnoise.
At GRAVITY STUDIOS in Wicker Park, owner Doug McBride worked on finishing the “Dream Giver” song in September. This single will be featured on the Gravity Studios webpage. Engineer/producer Mike Penny has started working with Cali Boi on their new tracks. Erik Grant is in the process of working with Chicago alt-rock band Sudden Dark on their new album. Grant also tracked more strings and guitar for KC East and has started an album with punk band, Sleep On It.
At ECLIPSE STUDIOS, Chicago, heavy rockers Phosphene have been tracking their new album. Launched in June, and led by vocalist Jeni Imparato (ex-Persistence Of Memory) the band has showcased this past summer at the Hard Rock Chicago and Reggies (for Dame Nation Records), and just released its newest single “Let You Go.”
At SOUNDSCAPE STUDIOS, founder Michael Kolar opened his Closed Sessions label office, located just above SoundScape Studio on the near-west side. Kolar and former Rubyhornet.com editor Alexander Fruchter launched the hip-hop multi-media website and record label 4 years ago as an outlet for Chicago’s underground hip-hop scene. Kolar also announced upcoming plans for a Kickstarter campaign for Closed Sessions Vol. 3.
At Chicago’s STONECUTTER RECORDING, Twista has tracked for Tech N9ne’s new album.
Chicago’s TREEHOUSE RECORDING has a new space in the Portage Park neighborhood.
At Oak Park’s BOBDOG STUDIOS, the reformed ’80s band The Cubes, with Dave Toan (vocals, guitar), Rudy Lobo (guitar and vocals), Kelly Lawson (drums) and BDS owner Bill Kavanagh guesting on bass and vocals, began pre-production on a new CD in September. The Hurtin Kind is editing tracks for their upcoming CD, while lead guitarist Norman Leonard is mixing his new CD at BDS. It Came From Berwyn recorded two songs after having won recording time by winning the local Illinois Teen Battle Of The Bands.
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