As I write this I’m listening to roughs of 20 or so songs I’ve been working on for the last several months. This winter was a long one, but the studio and the things created in it are better off because of it. I finished the record I’ve been working on for years with my childhood friend Zac Decamp. The band is called Geneseo as is the record. Brian Grunert over at White Bicycle has a hand in it as well, and has put a really cool package together for it. I hope to see it out for consumption by the late fall. Also, I’ve had the pleasure of having Caitlin Cary at the studio recently. We’ve stared a yet Un-named project together. We’ve got a good chunk of songs already written and recorded. I think it’s some of the best stuff I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve been playing a ton of shows locally, and I’ve updated the shows section accordingly. I’ll be out west at the end of July to do some shows. Come say hello if you’re around.
So it’s cold here. Really cold. A good a time as any to work on some new recordings and finnish up some old ones. It’s been a busy few months. In November and December I had the pleasure of having We Are Augustines stay here at the studio to do some writing and recording. They managed to bang out 20 or so songs from scratch and it was a pleasure to watch how hard they worked at it every day. Check them out if you haven’t already. I’ve attached a few pics Brendon Stuart took while they were here. That’s it for now. I have the studio to myself for the next few weeks and Intend to make good use of it.
Just a quick update from the base of Mount Hood OR. I’ve been out here for a a few weeks writing and getting ready for a bunch of shows coming up this week. Check out the posters below for more info. Come September I’ll be back at Temperamental finishing up my next record. It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited to get It done. Also a record I made with my good buddy Zac Decamp will be available for purchase in the next month or so. It a side project of ours we named after our hometown Geneseo. I’ll let you know when it’s ready. If you’re in the Portland area in the next 10 days get on out to these shows…
I’ve been out west the past few months working on David Jacobs-Strains new record and had some old friends play on that and my new album (pics below). The record I Produced, Engineered and played a bunch on for Tom Vandenavond “wreck of a fine man” is out now thru Hillgrass Bluebilly Records. Go check it out. At home in the studio for the next month or so finishing up both mine and Davids thing then out to Portland to mix with Beau Sorenson sometime in mid June. I might do few local shows while I’m here this month. Keep an eye on the shows page. See ya soon, MB
So I’m out in Portland at the moment playing shows and working on a few records. Almost done with Tom V’s new one and in the early stages of a record for my new buddy David Jacobs-Strain. Since getting here I’ve had a chance to do some recording/playing with a bunch of fine folks including Larry and His Flask, Willy Tea Taylor, Scott Mcdougall, The Calamity Cubes, Henry Hill Kammerer, Tom Vandenavond, Kids Like Color, Rural Demons, The Harmed Brothers, Feeding Frenzy and a few other new friends.
I’m also chipping away at my record when time allows. Check out the shows page for what’s coming up. Here’s a few pics from the last couple of weeks…
Sorry I’ve been out of touch on this page for a bit. I’ve been on the road a bunch and when I’m not it seems I’m in the studio working on something. Good to be busy I guess. The new year will see records I’ve Produced, Engineered and played on by the likes of Tom Vandenavond, Hule, The Harmed Brothers, Lonely Pony, and Scott McDougall. If you haven’t heard of any of These folks please go check them out. I’m super proud of the sounds this weird old building has been churning out over the last 2 years. The new year will also see the release of a record I’ve been sitting on for a few years named after my hometown, Geneseo. It’s a side project I’ve been working on with my childhood friend Zac Decamp for some time and I’m pretty excited about it. More on that soon. In between all this I’ve been slowly chipping away at my next record which will be called The Drunkards Progress. It won’t be the big crazy guest record American Hotel is, and I think that’s a good thing (that said there are still a bunch of guests on it). It’s been a crazy few years since I left Los Angeles and I have a few things to say about it. I’ll let ya know when it gets a bit closer to being done. Also, keep an eye on the shows page. I plan on playing a bunch of shows this winter and avoiding the frozen tundra of Western NY as much as possible. See you soon,
Producing/Engineering/Playing on the new Family History record this past month. It’s gonna be a good one…
By Frank De Blase Friday night at The Standard Lounge American Gypsy-picker-troubadourMike Brown and Montreal’s Zak DeCamp worked their way through a songbook full of familiars, from Leiber and Stoller to the Boss. It was campfire loose and ultra-casual as Brown followed DeCamp’s pitches, smothering them in lap-steel beauty. Brown commands the instrument not as a flashy player, but as one who possesses the punctuation necessary to make the steel make sense on any song. It flows like thought and is beyond beautiful.