Children of Len, it’s been what seems like aeons since I’ve taken to the bully pulpit to sermonize to you. In the wake of the preceding post it’s been an unsavory notion usurping it on our blog roll, and something of a timorousness developed in me about revisiting this window. Let it not go unnoticed that I’m as penitent as dudes come. I’m well-aware of the aborted breaths and elevated heart rates that I’ve manifest. Let’s us band together and start a new momentum, drum up the spume and grit of the past and coming months as a unit. You’re all so damned beautiful and feral. No one will ever steal your sunshine.
Len me begin by clearing something up. Yes, every single one of our bands is at some point or another in the sinuous process of creating a new full-length record. Some are in the mastering phase, others are heavy in the throes of one-on-one mixing with names of some renown, others are tracking with equally impressive studio warlocks, and some are going the way of the fully self-sufficient, plodding and hewing the finer points in otherworldly grottoes of the ultramind. Each iteration and process is a gift to witness, and we’re all enjoying immensely the process of imbuing these projects with any and all wisdom that we, as dongs d’offices, have to proffer.
Wise Blood has just begun a stint mixing with Nicholas Vernhes, (prod. Wild Nothing, Deerhunter, Fiery Furnaces, Dirty Projectors and more) which will culminate in the release of his debut full-length. Literally refuse to tell you anything else because I’m so excited.
Hooray For Earth is a little over half way into tracking the followup LP to the masterful and ever-growing True Loves with none other than frequent co-conspirator, Chris Coady (prod. Smith Westerns, !!!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and way more). The few close to finished tracks we’ve heard are vicious, monolithic things. As a harsh critic of musicianship, predominantly the ingenuousness thereof, I can tell you that Noel’s guitar playing has become a terrifyingly angular type of perfection I haven’t heard done this tastefully since Crazy Horse era Neil Young… Just sayin.
Ski Lodge has produced and recorded a full length with Lewis Pesacov (prod. Best Coast, Fool’s Gold, Oberhofer, Foreign Born) which is now in the mixing process with the incredible Noah Shain. Supplementally, two singles were recorded as album teasers, one with Andy Baldwin of St. Lucia and one with Kevin McMahon (prod. Titus Andronicus, Swans, The Walkmen).
As of now we have the raw materials that begin the followup LP to Hard Mix‘s Defaults, and Noah is tweaking and workshopping Arthur Russell influenced dance tracks in his own private South Carolina.
Supreme Cuts, SSION, Evan Voytas and Jonquil are all in the writing phase, and many collaborators are in the ring that will make your heads spin.
And yes, there’s still a surprise in the hopper that’s gonna blow the roof off of your lives.
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