Bog Oak A Treatise On Resurrection And The Afterlife I did side A of this huge downtuned EP. The band was so dialed that it was almost easy. We tracked at Sharkbite and mixed at Antisleep. This was an interesting mix–after I spent a lot of time making it bigger, meaner, whatever, I referred back to my rough tracking mix and realized that the rough was better! We got it right the first time. So I scrapped my mix and started again with a lighter hand, and I’m really happy with the results. (listen / session pics)


Power-Take-Off Unhinged I’ve known Gus since his days in GRIDS, and I’ve wanted to work with PTO since I heard their first released song. The band tracked this EP in a North Carolina practice space and I mixed. It’s gnaaaaaarly. (listen)


Sie Lieben Maschinen June Gloom Josh Newton (Shiner, Every Time I Die, most other bands) and Steve Tulipana (Season to Risk) with great contributions from Chris Bolig (Cartographer, Replicator), Shannon Corr (Minot, Greenlight the Bombers), and 41 distortion pedals. This record’s story is a post unto itself, but I tracked a lot of it and mixed, and directed traffic. Should be out early next year. (listen)


Puig Destroyer The baseball band got signed and did a full-length. Riley did the drums in LA, Mike tracked vocals in Chicago with Andrew Ragin, we tracked guitars and mixed at Antisleep. Fun as hell, as usual. (listen)


Tartufi Canyon We recorded “Sick of the Sirens” at Sharkbite and mixed at Antisleep. There’s also a second song from this session, which will hopefully end up somewhere. I really like this band–another one that I wanted to record since I first heard them. So many layers. (listen)

A few more recent releases: Hellbeard Dark/Light, Disastroid Missiles. And some works in progress: Drunk Dad, Minsk, Baby Boy, Roman Cities, The Sunset Shipwrecks.

Some Tape Op gear reviews: sE X1R ribbon mic, Traynor DarkHorse 15H, Minifooger pedals.


And last month I installed this small but beautiful Neotek Elan II console. Handmade in Chicago, 16 mic inputs, 36 inputs at mix, sounds great. It’s already been awesome to use the console for tracking and I’m figuring out ways to fit it into real-world mixing workflows. Everybody likes the idea of keeping it real by mixing on a console–ride faders as the mix goes down, commit and call it done–but in reality I do lots of recalls and jump between sessions over the course of weeks or months. But if you want to do an attended mix session and call it done when we’re done, I’m down.

November makes a year since I opened Antisleep Oakland. To all the bands I’ve been lucky enough to work with during that year, new friends and old: Thanks. I love making music with you.

(photos: BO Kevin Brown; PTO Andrew Christian; PD Ian Miller; SLM, Tartufi, Neotek me)

The new studio has been great, both for tracking and mixing. It’s comfortable, the rooms sound good, everything’s good. I also upgraded to Pro Tools HDX, and had Bob Hodas over to tune control room, which was a big improvement.

In November, A Minor Forest played their first show in 15 years. It was fantastic. Ken Thomas filmed and edited, and I recorded and mixed.


Kowloon Walled City / Batillus split KWC covered Godflesh’s “Anthem” and our friends in Batillus covered Ministry’s “Lava”. Batillus stopped by Sharkbite for a day of tracking while they were on tour last year. I’ve wanted to record them for a long time, and I love how their track came out. (listen / session pics)


Hush Unexist Slow, enormous doom from Albany NY. This LP was a cool collaboration – Ryan Slowey and I planned out tracking together, then he tracked at Black Dog Studios in upstate NY, then I mixed. I’m really happy with the result. The record comes out in June. (listen)


Pins of Light “Lie Detector” 7″ Another band I’ve wanted to record for a while – we did a 7″ split (with Weedeater) for Scion AV. We tracked at Sharkbite and overdubbed and mixed at Antisleep. (listen)


The Loyalists First of the Mohicans Busted noise rock with electric cello, played by friends from a stack of previous bands. Tracked at Sharkbite, the band did vocals and other overdubs on their own, then mixed at Antisleep. (listen / session pics)


Vulgar Trade Gross Century After we finished the Loyalists record, their drummer Chad casually said “I play guitar and sing in another band and we want to record too.” Turns out Chad’s other band is rad! Fast, dirty hardcore with a mathy DC twist. We did drums at Sharkbite, and everything else at Antisleep. (listen)

A few more recent releases:

In progress: Tartufi, Power Take Off, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Doralice, Disastroid, Hellbeard, probably others.

Neurosis – On New Year’s Eve, I recorded Neurosis at the Oakland Metro, working again with Kenneth Thomas and his film crew, along with Sal and Paige at the Metro. Exhausting, amazing session.

omg reissues

Old Man Gloom – The new OMG reissues include a bunch of live material, which I tracked last year in San Francisco and Chico, and James Plotkin mixed. I don’t think it’s online, but here’s the one video I mixed.

rise and fall live

Rise and Fall – I just finished mixes for a gnarly live LP. It’s off to mastering now.

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Command Control – We did 4 songs at Sharkbite in January. This was super fun. No bass guitar! Combo amps! Rhodes! (listen)


EjaculoidWuvable Oaf #4 is out and includes an EJACLULOID flexi that we recorded at TTJ a while back. I love this session photo.


Glose – In January, we did three long-ass tracking days at Tad Doyle’s Witch Ape Studio in Seattle. Tad was the friendliest, most accomodating host I could imagine. Great session. I’m mixing this now.

There’s more, but that’s enough for now.

Meanwhile, construction continues on my rooms in the Sharkbite building. So much drywall and green glue.




(photos: OMG – Aaron Turner, RAF – Mathieu Vandekerckhove, CC & Oaf – me, construction – Ryan Massey)


Kowloon Walled City – We just released our third record, Container Ships. Here are a few studio journals: part 1, part 2. Writing and recording this record was an intense, exhausting experience, but it was worth it. Listen.

old man gloom

Old Man Gloom – In September, I recorded OMG at a sweaty warehouse show in Chico, while Kenneth Thomas and crew filmed it. This came out awesome. Here’s video.


Satya Sena – We just finished a 3-song 7″ that’s due out soon. We tracked in one long day at Sharkbite, with a few vocals the next day at TTJ.

I mentioned a few records-in-progress last update, and they’re out:

  • Tigon Infinite Teeth (listen)
  • Ladder Devils Nowhere Plans (listen)
  • Yowie Damning With Faint Praise (listen


Garris Shipon – My interview with Garris was in the August issue of Tape Op. Brutal Truth! CoC!


Andrew Schneider – My interview with Andrew was in the June issue of Tape Op. Since then, Andrew moved Translator Audio to a fantastic new spot, only to see it completely decimated by Hurricane Sandy. Awful news. Last I heard they’re recovering and rebuilding, and I wish them the best.

Some Tape Op gear reviews – Cubase 6.5 review; nerdy review of two computer keyboards.

(photos: Satya Sena – Shannon Corr; Garris & Andrew: me)

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