Right now I'm listening to the just completed debut EP from Ohio's own, the always handsome, John Kengla. What???? Yup.
I got to play the root note of various chord changes on this record and I'm damn happy I did, especially since John is one of the better bass players playing music and also because I got to play along with Mark Stepro, Bryn Roberts, Rich Hinman and Rob Heath. We recorded this at the soon to be legendary Room 17 with the indefatigable Joe Rogers, except for a few guitar tracks John and Rich did with me here at Proper Pop.
Alas, it's not my place to share the actual muzak with you just now, so you'll just have to take my word that it's definitely the best debut EP John has ever made, and also one of the coolest records I've played on. In lieu of said muzak, here is an interesting photo that I found upon performing a google image search of John Kengla:
In other news, I've just sent tracks of two new Mother Feather songs, The Power and Natural Disaster, to the great Steve Wall to be mixed. We did a bunch of tracking on these here at Proper Pop, and the basics we recorded with Steve a week or two ago (who can remember??) at Cove City Sound in Long Island. Stay tuned for a new EP from us pronto!
Also ... I've just been informed that Bird Sessions Volume II, from the great Andy Fitzpatrick, will be released this winter on Rockwood Music Hall Recordings. I played something called upright bass on this record and I am glad I did! I'm told the first single will be "Maybe" ... which just so happens to be the best song written by anyone I know personally.
And speaking of upright bass, this fall you can watch me play the upright bass every Sunday alongside Alfonso Velez from 7-10pm at Bell Book and Candle. We play acoustic versions of songs from our new band The Yells (new EP about to be released!!!!) and a mix of other stuff you probably heard in your parents car when you were 11.