5 days at James Iha's studio (Stratosphere) having the best time imaginable with one of my favorite bands on earth... the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. There was such a buzz in the air!
We set it up so Karen could sing her vocals live from a room up above the control room... so she could look down through a large window and see Brian and Nick going wild in the main recording area below.
Things got really crazy!... I don't think she had ever had that view of Brian thumping his drums. He looked like some giant maniac insect. The control room was shaking from Miss O jumping up and down, giggling, and crazy noises. Glad to say it was all captured on tape.
Fuck, I missed my flight! Arrived 4 hours late to start rehearsals... How very unprofessional!
Berlin! What a city, I wanna move here NOW! We worked at the Old Hansa Studio where Bowie did Low, Heroes, and Scary Monsters, Iggy did Lust for Life, and U2 did Achtung!
Quite an adventure. We recorded some very loud raw sounding tracks and lots of rolling around and laughing was done. Supergrass is the funniest band I've ever worked with. I love 'em! After a month in Berlin, we flew to LA and mixed 1/2 the LP at Seedy Underbelly Studios. We will finish mixing the rest in August.
NEXT... off to London for another adventure with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds... this time in a private studio Im not allowed to mention cos it's Private! Nuf Said !
All I can say is... that Warren's Beard is out of control and he has THINGS living in it, Jim's Beard is fantastic!, Nick's Mustache is worthy of a mexican porn star.
The album is VERY GOOD, and grooves like a mothafukker !
Stay tuned for more...
While on holiday in Australia, recovering from the crazy year that 2006 became, the most unexpected happened: I got a call from Snoop Dogg's manager... "Snoop wants to lay down some tracks, can you do it?"
Snoop had come to Australia to make a special guest appearance at a large outdoor festival along with the Beastie Boys... "He just wants to do one or two songs. It will be like an 8 hour thing. We are on our way to the studio right now. Can you meet Snoop there in 30?
Nick Launay just finished mixing The Arcade Fire's New Album called Neon Bible. It was mixed with the band on a desk with NO automation in their studio in a church near Montreal. The results are extremely uplifting to say the least. The first song called Intervention went to radio just before Christmas, and the LP is due out in April. Just before The Arcade Fire, Launay was in London with Mr. Cave putting finishing touches to the very raw Grinderman album.
Self-proclaimed, foul-mouthed, noisy, hairy, and damn well old enough to know better, Grinderman is: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The first track available to the public is No Pussy Blues which can be heard on the band's Myspace Page. Here's a quick review:
"Set over a throbbing pornographic bass line, the world holds its breath for the onslaught of the wah's shriek of frustration and dirty water," counters Casey. "No Pussy Blues continues in the blues tradition and its timeless fascination with getting laid... or not."