Things are picking up around here at the studio. We've been working on tons of projects of radically different styles, jazz and punk to orchestral and voiceover work. It's been a blast jumping from one to the other. Read more about who we're working with below.
And like always we have another podcast ready for your listening pleasure. This month features a progression of punk through The Cow years and highlights a few different styles that have come through our doors and is then bookended with two new songs by Roughly Enforcing Nostalgia. The punk bands in the podcast are Murfey's Law, Altgeld Forgotten, Two Minutes Later, Orefisaurus, Aunt Martha and One Step Behind.
WHOS in the RECORDING STUDIO
Murfey’s Law was in last month recording their latest EP “Sold In The Summer”, which is now available on their MySpace page to buy. (These guys work fast, I’m here to tell ya!) Murfey’s Law plays an adrenalized version of pop punk that combines the straight-ahead rapidity of The Offspring with the quirky glory of Chicago’s own Lucky Boys Confusion & Fall Out Boy. The band features Chad “Smurf” Sands on lead guitars, Trent “Knuckles” Halverson on drums, Allen “Wenus” Murphy on bass, & Tim “Sir Squeaks-A-Lot” Crawford on rhythm axe & lead vocals. You can listen to some of the their killer-sounding (if we do say so ourselves) new tracks at their aforementioned MySpace page, www.myspace.com/MurfeysLaw, so whatcha waitin’ for?
A group of unruly engineers started recording tracks for their demo CD of jazz standards with some blues thrown in on the side. The Jazz Hooligans, separately play a bunch of different styles from hillbilly punk to flamenco guitar to good old rock and roll. Together, they make a blend of untraditional jazz with rock sounding drums, nylon string guitar and keyboard capers. Ruffians include Jeff Foltz (guitar/bass/vocals), John Lewis (keys), Pat Louden (guitar), Stu (drums).
Orchestral composer Troy
Sterling Nies had us master an album he wrote for
Theatre Banshee's play of King Henry IV Part One (by everyone's favorite
Banshee (out in Burbank, CA) commisioned Troy to write music to be
played during the Overture, Curtain Call, between
sets and for some scenes. Troy has composed film scores for the H.P.
Lovecraft Society and composed and arranged classical orchestrations
performed throughout the United States. Troy has also officially
become a Cow Collaborator, so congrats to him for joining the team
(he is now our indentured servant). You can read more about Troy
and his accomplishments at www.troysterling.com.
The Ounce of Prevention foundation is recording voiceovers for a movie about preventing childhood sexual abuse. Ounce of Prevention is focused on helping at-risk children receive a better life through education, family programs and advocacy. Read more about their non-profit programs and services at www.ounceofprevention.org.
Laura Zinger of Naperville Channel 17 fame recently put together a short documentary "Proceed and Be Bold: Bringing Race and Art to the Masses". The doc is about letterpress artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Laura used music in our licensing catalog as the backdrop music in the doc. The song she used was Django Summer written by Cow Collaborator Mike Beckman out in St. Paul, MN. Laura hopes with this 6 minute short documentary she will be able to get funding to produce a full length documentary on Amos and his art. In a couple of weeks we'll have this short doc on our website for everyone to view. You can find out more about Kennedy Prints and the artwork at www.kennedyandsonsfineprinters.com. You can see more about Laura Zinger and her dayjob at www.nctv17.com.
Singer, keyboard player and
violinist Logan Nolin came
back to the studio to record vocals for more songs as well as take
his first step into recording one of his own songs. He brought in guitar
and bass playing friends for his song Come Fly With Me Tonight. The
trio layed down a rough take of the song and then layered acoustic
guitar, electric guitar and piano and rounded it out with a violin
intro. Logan then sang his Josh Groban-esque vocals on top for a stellar
high impact contemporary pop rock song. Find out more about Logan at www.logannolin.com.
For more information on any
of these artists, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We just purchased a new group of pluggins created by Line 6. The pluggins are mostly amp simulations available in the TonePort which we also own. Now the tones can be found and implemented faster and we can change your amp tone (of the direct-in signal) non-destructively. All with the wondrous technologies of computers, we can now make guitars sound bigger, badder and better faster.
JOKE OF THE MONTH
I know a farmer who has 200 head of cattle. He thought there were only 196 until he rounded them up.
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