Mourning 101: The Yells

Hey! In case you haven't heard the new Cold War Kids album ... you should! It's pretty awesome. 

Also, in case I forgot to mention it, the new / first EP from The Yells is done and you can listen to it HERE and then tell me how cool you too think it to be able to tag Motley Crue in a self promotional blog post. 

We tracked most of The Yells at the great, newish location of, Strange Weather with the help of Mark Alan Goodman engineering and Ted Comerford (Jonas Sees In Color, Jukebox The Ghost) producing with the band. We tracked most of the vocals and some incidental guitars and keyboards here at Proper Pop. King Of Love and Mustard Car were mixed by the very great Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Ben Folds, Pavement) and The Mourning was mixed by yours truly. Final mastering was done by Dave Collins (Motley Crue, QOTSA. No Doubt).

Here's a picture of the Yells featuring the very handsome John Kengla. 

In other news ... yesterday I turned in mixes for the last couple tunes for the new Pageant record! Probably make some revisions in the next few days. Looking forward to sharing these very very cool songs. 

And in other, other news, today Chris and I are tracking something called ROCK GUITAR for a new Mother Feather song. Stay tuned for fresh meat! 

Rock On. 


Geography 101: Which State Is Round On The Sides And Hi In The Middle?

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.

Rock on!