Happy Summer!

Open Letter to The NSA!
Happy Summer everyone. After a deluge or two, I’m looking forward to the weather to get all summery in this mofo! HUH?

Anyway, I’m sitting here mixing at Fluxivity Studios in Williamsburg and what better way to endure printing stems than by updating the website.

I’m mixing a super cool record by two artists who are awesome in their own rite. One’s a great dude from a cool band and one’s a woman who has a great voice and I have been a fan of for awhile. Not sure I can talk about it, so for now I’ll keep you guessing.

Last week, I got the great news that Okkervil River, whom I worked with in the spring are releasing their record in early September. I cannot be more psyched. Without bias, I can say that this is one of my coolest records I’ve worked on in a long time. Tracked in Austin at Church House Studios, it was a super collaborative effort. We had such a great time recording down there and during the process I met the love of my life. Her name is Negroni. Actually, it’s just my favorite drink.

So, the songs are great. We did some fun arrangements. Lotsa cool instrumentation. Will sang the shit out of every song. Some awesome guest musicians. And then we mixed the hell out of it at Fluxivity Studios. Mastered by the great Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, this record is awesome. Come September 3rd, “The Silver Gymnasium” will be unleashed. I cannot wait for you all to hear it. Or see it. Or smell it.

Before I started the Okkervil River record, I spent ten days in January mixing a band from Montreal, called Your Favorite Enemies record. This guys are a cross between Sonic Youth and The Mars Volta. Total raging record. And they are some of the nicest people you’d want to spend 10 days with in a room with no windows.

The press has been very kind to me lately. I had a cool sidebar interview about Phosphorescent in the April issue of Uncut. That was really neat. Did a couple of Kurt related interviews, one for Spin. Had a blast at the Red Bull Academy being interviewed about my checkered career. It’s been a great time, with all the cool records that have come out this year. It seems like I’ve been at a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom once every two weeks to see a band I’ve worked with. The Bowery peeps know me by name now. The benefits of being the oldest guy in the room!

Anyway, no relief in sight for me. Finish current project. Quick vacation with the family and then it’s back to work. Next up is an awesome European artist called Admiral Freebee. A great songwriter who is embodies everything I love in the acoustic realm. He’s coming to Hoboken to make his record at Water Music Recorders. This will be my first visit back since the Hurricane Sandy flood. I’m looking forward to it. I miss that place. And I’ve assembled a killer band comprised of members of Sonic Youth, Phosphorescent, Okkervil River, The Jealous Girlfriends and others. In the vein of Kurt Vile but a bit more country and folky. It’s gonna be good.

On a personal note, the Mets still suck, people in my neighborhood still drive like shit and I still don’t drink beer.

Have a great summer.

Love, John!