Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lantern Sound Mobile Recording Rig Travels to Brooklyn, Bayshore NY

March, 2011 (Long Island, NY) - Butchers Blind were nearly finishing recording their new record (to be titled "Play For The Films") and were almost ready to mix the project in earnest. Two tracking sessions remained, and since they needed to be done "on location", my Lantern Sound mobile recording rig was pressed into service. Excitement.

The first job was to record a real grand piano track for the song "Fine Line". Sue Rassekh and the staff of the YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts (Bay Shore NY) were super-gracious in permitting us to get into the theater to use their Steinway grand.

To get our "sound", we semi-close-miked the strings with a large diaphram condenser mic, stuck a ribbon mic underneath the soundboard, and then put a couple of small-diaphram condensers in a stereo X-Y pattern up near the top edge of the fully-opened lid. We even got a piano part recorded for another song on the new Butchers Blind release. The load in, recording, and load out of the theater was done in three hours. Success.

Piano, Pete, Recording Rig at the YMCA Boulton Center
Pete then wanted to have Jason Abraham Roberts (known to friends and fans as "JAR") guest on guitar for the same song. Scheduling was tight; JAR was due to leave for SXSW and didn't have any time get into Mike Nugent's studio out on Long Island (where the bulk of the project was being done), so we'd have to take the Lantern Sound mobile rig to JAR's place in Brooklyn the night before his departure.

JAR's amp mic'd up and ready to go.
JAR's mid 60's blackface Fender Princeton amp was placed on the wood floor of the bedroom. We close-mic'd the amp with a dynamic mic, mic'd the back of the amp with a large diaphram, and then put up a ribbon as a room mic. JAR's mid 60's Fender Jazzmaster was a nice choice for the track. Rejoicing.

Just as we were about to wrap up and leave, JAR mentioned that Peter Remm (they are both members of The Candles) was interested in putting down some Wurlitzer piano bits on "Fine Line". All present were game. We mic'd up both speakers on the piano, and took a direct feed. Peter came by and put down some very nice flourishes, tailor-made for the song. Elation.

Peter Renn at the Wurlitzer
Some Chinese take-out completed the scene and we were outta there. Accomplishment.

As soon as the Butchers Blind release "Fine Line", I'll put a link to it up here. Cheers - MH

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Raucous Rawk, Releases, Radio, Recording, Redemption Redux...

backstage at the bay street theatre - p.donnelly
march is thankfully heating up, with releases, radio, recording, recitals, and a redemption redux. speaking of which:

Found a Girl - from forthcoming "Redemption Center II" CD

If you can't see the embedded song player, click here.

Writer Mick sings lead and plays bass on this track, recorded by The Tonebenders (Doug Cox, guitars, vocals; Charlie Servello, drums) in Hoboken NJ sometime around 1989-1990."Redemption Center II" will feature more outtakes and unreleased material, and is due later in 2011. A new MH solo release for 2011 is also in the works. Mick Hargreaves @ Facebook

saturday march 26, 2011 - 8-10 PM
cynthia daniels "on the air" radio program

160 Main Street, Amagansett NY 11930

Mick will perform a solo set on acoustic guitar accompanied by Mike Bifulco on electric guitars, as Crossroads Music hosts the next installment of Cynthia Daniel's "On The Air" radio program. The show is recorded live at the store with an audience for later broadcast on WPBB FM 88.3 (Southampton NY). The performance is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation for the local food pantry. It's across the street from the Stephen Talkhouse. "On The Air" @ Facebook.

MH, Inda Eaton, Caroline Doctorow, Andrew Carillo at a recent "On The Air at Crossroads" performance.
7pm, 1st saturday every month
WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport
next show april 2
Archived January, February, and March 2011 shows are now available for on-demand listening / downloading at the Songtrails Blog and Podcast. If we (your hosts Caroline Doctorow and myself) have played your music on the show, we'd love to have you send us a radio ID. Everyone can help keep public radio alive by pledging to the station at Songtrails Radio Hour @ Facebook.

Pete Mancini, Steinway, Rig; YMCA Boulton Ctr.
mobile recording rig does butchers blind, mh solo
Butchers Blind have been using the rig to put select finishing touches on their upcoming full-length effort, to be titled "Play for the Films". A grand piano for "Fine Line" and one other song were put down at the great YMCA BOULTON CENTER, with another session still scheduled elsewhere. Mick H. solo stuff includes a segment to be contributed to Chris Butler's make-the-world's-longest-pop-song-even-longer "Major Glitch" project; the editing and mixing of outtakes and rarities for the "Redemption Center II" collection; and sessions back at the secret hideout for the new MH solo release. Lantern Sound @ Facebook

Saturday March 19th 8pm Plainview NY
The first 2011 NYRMA show, Saturday March 19th in Plainview NY at American Legion Post 1812, will be an overview of NY Punk at CBGB. The NYRMA 2011 schedule has also been announced. NYMRA @ Facebook
Details, music downloads, and a full schedule of performances (solo, and with others):


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