Swinging by to say Happy New Year and give you a little update!
There are a bunch of really big, great things brewing that I will announce soon, but in the meantime, the new year has started off pretty full on!
Last week, I helped my friend Amanda Palmer record a new tune. The song is called “Machete” and it’s a really epic song about her best friend who passed away last year. She was visiting L.A. for the holidays and mentioned she had a new song ready, so we rented out Studio 3 at legendary EastWest Studios, which was an absolute privilege. This is the room that Pet Sounds was recorded in as well as many other great records and tunes, such as The Mamas and the Papas “California Dreamin” to Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. It was a really fun, geeky day.
We put a band together, with Ryan Lerman on guitar, and none other than Ben Folds on drums! No surprise, he is a really good drummer. One of those good-at-everything dudes.
The next day I recorded strings with a few of my friends at The Rattle Room: Crystal Alforque on violin, Lauren Baba on viola and Aniela Marie Perry on cello. I was a bit bleary-eyed because I had to wait until we finished recording the piano, drums, guitar and bass, before I could arrange the strings. So, after being in the studio for 12 hours the first day, I went straight home and arranged until 5 in the morning, then got up a few hours later to head over to the studio again. Here’s a sneak peek:
I am now finishing up the mix and it will be released in February via Amanda’s Patreon, which you can check out and support here, and also read a couple of really sweet blogs Amanda wrote about how the song came together here and here.
I also wanted to mention that if you are in L.A. next week, I am playing at the La Brea Tar Pits on Friday the 15th as part of 5 Every Day’s event “IT’S THE PITS!” It will be a set of primarily ambient music, accompanied by a string quartet and clarinet, performed amongst a bunch of fossils. How cool is that?! It’s all-ages and free and you can get more info on the Tar Pits website here and on Facebook here.