In September, I made a fun mix (that includes some music from friends) for the Voice of Cassandre blog. The mix will stream on mixcloud in mid-November and play on UK radio Thursdays and Saturdays throughout November. Check out basic.fm .
MANY COLORS : BASIC FM MIX N° 8 by The Voice Of Cassandre on Mixcloud
Here’s the track listing (with start time):
Chamakay by Blood Orange (0:00)
What You Need by Kimann Foxman (4:15)
Everything is Embarrassing by Sky Ferreira (9:49)
A Certain Person by Light Asylum (13:55)
One Second of Love by Nite Jewel (18:19)
Bums and Beggars by Lovers and Reflections (22:20)
Vowels = Space and Time by Grimes (26:44)
Post Physical by Pictureplane (31:00)
No Goodbyes by Many Colors (35:10)
Apollonian by Vensaire (39:43)
Family of the Son by Keepaway (43:48)
Night Life by The Present (47:57)
Counting by Autre Ne Veut (52:46)
Climax by Usher (56:24)
Caramel (Big Digits Remix feat. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk) by Pure Sunray (1:00:14)
After spending time tracking with Alice Cohen in her home studio, we went into Saltlands Studio and did some live drums and other overdubs tracking with engineer Jim Smith and drummer Bryan Ujueta from Twin Sister. Currently, we’re editing and overdubbing before mixing.
Alice Cohen is featured in Interview Magazine, which premieres a remix of her song “Cascading Keys” by Casimer & Casimir from Cohen’s full-length album PINK KEYS (Crinoline, Olde English Spelling Bee). Pink Keys was largely recorded by myself and Alice working closely in her home studio over many months. The tracks were then taken to Headgear recording for mixing with Chris Moore (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yeasayer, Suckers) with additional backing tracks sung by Autre Ne Veut and percussion played by Thor Harris of Swans.
Listen to Pink Keys now :)
Over several months, I worked closely with Alice Cohen at her home, engineering a large majority of the tracking for “Pink Keys”, which was eventually mixed at Headgear recording studio with Chris Moore. You can pre-order the vinyl through Olde English Spelling Bee. The official release date is June 12, 2012. Check out the Pitchfork review of the track “Cascading Keys” and watch the music video debut on The Quietus. I can’t wait to hear the rest!
Many Colors producing Next Nikki (Jeremy Parker and Cat Hartwell) tracking session at Headgear with Nick Smeraski engineering. October 2011.
I recently went into Headgear to produce a couple of tracks for Next Nikki, which is the project of Jeremy Parker (Tha Pumpsta, Jamstation, Durty Nana’s) and Cat Hartwell (Fannypack, Holy Hail). These tracks are bumpin! We tracked the main vocals in the live room with some backgrounds and added live bass and Rhodes. Light Asylum’s Bruno Coviello was on the keys and T added live bass and some background vocals. I can already hear the direction of the tracks. Now, it’s all about editing the overdubs to something more succinct and compelling. Soon, we’ll do some live drum tracking and then it’s all about more overdubs, editing, tweaking, and final mixing. I can’t wait to hear the results, but I’ll let you know what’s happening along the way.
In the meantime, the Many Colors debut EP is in round 2 of mastering. So, that little baby is on it’s way. Sweet relief!!! xo
Wowza! Yowza! I feel as though it’s been non-stop since February! My brother, Chuck, was in Brooklyn in early March. He’s a barber and gave me a sweet little design before the UStream performance at the MTV Skins office. Then, our friends from San Francisco, Katie Davis and Jessie, visited and we had a nice little dinner party. Jessie is about to design a restaurant in SF with the people’s from Tartine Bakery. I can’t remember all of the details, but I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. Pretty cool because he is the sweetest guy and, undoubtedly, a talented artist and designer. At the party, I was excited to see everyone! Then, Nick and Frank from Keepaway showed up for some grubbin’. A few of us went to Veronica’s Peoples Club afterwards. I don’t drink that much, but I got all kinds of tipsy on a school night. May I mention that this little par-tay was a joint venture….a party for Katie and a thematic dinner party for Dam Markson and Marisa Wu. Dam and Marisa throw these roving, intimate dinner parties at a different place each time! The theme that night was Fat Tuesday! So, it was all about bacon. I haven’t gone yet, but Dam also throws a party on Wednesdays called Swag at The Woods in Williamsburg. It’s a mixed crowd with a focus on DANCING!
Then, my buddy, Francesca Nocera flew in from Toronto with Ayo Leilani to shoot a sweet little video for Peaks and Valleys. Francesca and Leilani are co-directors of the collective 88 Days of Fortune and they’re throwing a big event on an island in June of 2011. The day after the shoot, I left for Pennsylvania to take some photos of my mom getting married and to hang with some family! I’m toasted, but I’m back in Brooklyn and it’s back to work at Headgear and everything else. Headgear’s been crazy busy! Male Bonding came in to mix, then Cymbals Eat Guitars started tracking for their upcoming LP. Both bands worked with the amaaazing John Agnello. Yesterday was a cool Ugandan organization called The Mirembe Project tracking some songs. Oh! How could I forget!?! I’ve been helping my friend, Alice Cohen (Olde English Spelling Bee) track some basics for her upcoming release. It’s aliens, meets renaissance, meets Cocteau Twins, meets 70’s and 80’s TV theme song PLUS Oberheim and Linn drum. It’s crazy, but crazy good!