Aug 26th Jamie Says mastering, WAA sleeve making and the Moomins

Had three Jamie Says tracks to tweak a little. Spent an hour doing a sleeve idea for the WAA album. Loved it. Wrong colour card, but John R has taken a great picture of an old train and it’s strong with what we’re trying to say. Ace.

A way to go but I mailed it to John for feedback.

Heard the new Bjork track today…. lovely contribution to  the Moomins movie. Totally fitting marriage, surely.

25th Aug Jamie Says mastering, Kafkadiva tweaks

Had a few new mixes of Jamie Says tracks to master, and a couple of comments on the Kafkadiva tracks to act upon.. last night’s mix was pretty much there which is nice… very rough and ready.

John R and I are thinking hard about the sleeve for the WAA album……..

22nd / 23rd Aug Mix tweaks/Mastering One Cure For Man/ Logic Studio App / Kafka Diva mix

Debates over drum replacement yielded a successful mix OK from One Cure For Man… so mastered that track. They want me to mix the other 3 tracks on the EP now.

Emailed the Logic Studio questions off for the Logic revision Iphone app, then downloaded some more Kafkadiva files and prepped that mix.

John R had a great idea about cassette sleeve : note pad with cassette shape carved out. .. cassette inside it…Not sure we’d be able to do it but ace idea!

21st Aug. Tweaks and reapproached. Shortwave Fade/Jamie Says/One Cure for Man/ WAA album release date

Had a tweak for a Jamie Says master, two tweaks for ‘Levitate’ by Shortwave Fade mix… done nice and quick. The No Cure For Man mix, I re-approached after hearing a live version from last night’s Sumo gig. I stripped away the ‘ear candy’ and based it around the live version. Lots of guitar.. a little Suede-y (in my head, anyway). Mailed to James for comments.

In other news, John and I have finally settled on a release date for the We Are Altered album: 22nd Oct (yes, this year!). I can’t believe it’s taken this long… 3 years and then some. But if you boiled the time down to the nuts and bolts, it’s 6 months work… just spread over 40 months!

So, now the date’s set, we need to get our fingers out with the physical release.. the cassette. John R likes the idea of a clear cassette. I think I’m with him. Or maybe white.

any cassette’s a bonus!

19th Aug One Cue For Man mixing and another icky vid

… finished “passers By’ ready for band comments. Significantly different for their mix.. but thats why they used me, I guess. Lots of fader riding, rather than fancy bits and bobs. Good song, tho, so that helps.

After the Yeasayer video the other day, I thought I’d remind you all of another icky vid in case you haven’t seen it. From March this year, directed by Peter Serafinowicz ( you really should follow him on Twitter)


18th Aug One Cure For Man mixing and WAA album thinking

A couple of hours on the NCFM track. All stuff in.. started to ride faders and thin stuff out. Well arranged, very layered. Astounding vocal.. very special singer (whatever her name is!)

Trying to think of the best WAA album packaging. Handmade of course.. so much work culminates into this album.. it needs to look and feel very special indeed. ….. maybe our kids could do the artwork………….?

Aug 17th The perils of drum recording / One Cure for Man mix prepping / Vile-Viral ace video

Received the One Cure For Man files today. Spent a long time on the drums. The recordings were fine, bearing in mind they were done by the band themselves and not in a controlled studio environment: not an ideal snare or tom sound: needs to be very driving, but the gate on the snare made the snare disparate to the rest of the kit, so I did some drum doubling to allow the real snare to give the feel and the extra snare to give the drive. I miss not having a click for the track… have an urge to tweak timings, and this will take a lot longer with no bar reference. Will see how I get on tomorrow nite. Ended the night with a solid drum track, bass sound and a fake double tracked acoustic guitar for width and the ‘jangle’ element. Fake double track? In this case where the acoustic’s just doing a pushing job, I simply copied the take over and delayed it slightly (about 30 ticks in Logic) and applied different EQ, too and panned them left and right. Again, if we had worked to a click i would have copied other sections of the song over to make, effectively , two takes. I can already hear the swoony section, so I quickly chopped the single strums of acoustic and applied a nice tape delay…

I say the new Yeasayer video the other day. Absolutely brilliant. Totally vile. Amazing.Am a fan of the new album: very adventurous.

Aug 16th WAA session tracks, Butterfly Polite and Zola Jesus

Last night’s success spurred me on to ‘session-ise’ Bandages the WAA track. Bad idea.Just one of those nights.. nothing really worked.

Heard Zola Jesus today on the wonderful 6Music today. Modern Siouxie. Nice.

Rubbish video tho.

The We Are Altered 1 hour cover versions have had lots of views on YouTube. Happy to see Butterfly Polite rinsing our track record and recording a cover in real time (I believe they call it ‘live’).

Pop your eyes over this lovely Willy Wonka fueled gem