RickyMattyGuchi is Ricky Giordano, Matt DiBiase, and Kevin Higuchi coming together to serve up expert funk-jazz fusion jams.  This is admittedly a side project for all three of these guys, but they’re all such expert musicians that this music comes across super polished and impressive.  Ricky plays guitar in lots of different projects and jam sessions around town, most recently touring in Karl Densen’s Tiny Universe.  San Diego is lucky to have a guy like Matt who absolutely shreds the vibraphones.  He’s a prolific and talented songwriter and producer too, and has a fantastic solo project called PlexusPlay which incorporates lots of additional electronic elements (including electric vibes).  Kevin’s drumming is incredibly precise and aggressive at the same time.  He’s been a longtime collaborator of punk rock luminary Jeff Rosenstock.  You can hear his background in punk rock groups even in this smoother jazz genre.  I’m excited to introduce everyone to such talented local musicians.

 

Matt DiBiase – Vibraphone
Ricky Giordano – Bass
Kevin Higuchi – Drums

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Stan Summy

 

 

Signal Flow

Kick -> Soundelux ifet7 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X

Snare (top) -> beyerdynamic M 201 TG -> Highland Dynamics + delta 4-7 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X

Snare (bottom) -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> Highland Dynamics + delta 4-7

Tom -> Heil Sound PR-20

Floor Tom -> Heil Sound PR-40

Drum Overheads 2x -> beyerdynamic M160 -> Neve 33609J/D

Bass -> beyerdynamic M380 + [Tonecraft 363 tube direct box -> Highland Dynamics BG2]

Vibraphone -> 2x Coles 4038

Room -> RCA 77 DX -> Purple Audio MC77

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps except as noted above) -> API 2500 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

Treachery of Sound is Chad Pittman’s project to showcase his original songs.  Over the past year or two he’s been working with his friends to fine tune a solid line up, which has settled on Jon Kruger on bass and Tom Peart on drums.  All of these guys are seasoned musicians that have played in lots of other bands, and continue to do so.  Among other places, you can see them regularly as part of Grampa Drew’s Flim Flam review ensemble.  This group is a special treat because among other things, you’re more likely to see Chad playing bass and Jon playing guitar, and they’re excellent switching roles here.  Chad’s voice is also unique and distinctive.  We couldn’t quite figure out how to describe it, but Roy seemed to find some similarities with Michael Stipe.  The songs and the playing are excellent, in the style of a type of country or mellow rockabillly murder ballad genre.  This is exactly the type of homegrown creativity that I love to discover in San Diego, and to put on this series.

Chad Pittman – Vocals & Electric Guitar
Jon Kruger – Bass
Tom Peart – Drums

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Peter Graves

Signal Flow

Kick -> Soundelux ifet7 + [Electrovoice RE-20 -> API 560 -> SPL Transient Designer]

Snare (top) -> Heil Sound PR-20 -> Standard Audio Stretch -> Purple Audio MC77

Snare (bottom) -> Shure SM57

Tom -> Sennheiser MD 421 – > SPL Transient Designer

Floor Tom -> Heil Sound PR-40 – > SPL Transient Designer

Drum Overheads 2x -> Coles 4038 -> Highland Dynamics delta 4-7 -> Smart Research C1

Center of drum kit (Wurst method) -> Electrovoice 630 -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

Room -> Altec Birdcage -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3

Bass -> AKG D12E -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C + A-Designs REDDI tube direct box

Guitar -> AKG 414EB + [Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Micro Pitch Shift) -> Elysia Nvelope 500]

Vocals -> [Sennheiser MD 441-U -> Highland Dynamics BG2 (Balls) + [Speck ASC-V -> Pluto Plate]] + Placid Audio Copperphone

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps except as noted above) -> AnaMod AM660 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

When I saw Platypus Egg for the first time, they were 5 people performing a largely acoustic set with no drum set and two flutes.  Fast forward one year, and they were finally able to record with us, and reconfigured their sound into the full-volume rock band you hear now.  They still have the same humorous sensibilities, unique songwriting, and stunning vocal harmonies that make their set endlessly entertaining and impressive.  Mark and Kris hold down the rhythm section and trade lead vocals with Michelle.  All four of them are excellent musicians, and their precision is on full display, mixing up some diverse shades of funk, prog, metal and alternative into some of the wildest pop music I’ve heard in a long time.

They also have this fancy music video of the song Alfie that they performed on our session.  This is the latest output from the band, in anticipation of their upcoming and long-awaited second release.

Kris Calabio – Drums & Vocals
Mark Calabio – Bass & Vocals
Michelle Louden – Electric Guitar, Flute & Vocals
Andre Beller – Electric Guitar

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Joaquin Villegas

Signal Flow

Kick (in) -> AKG D112 + Neve 33609J/D

Kick (in) -> PZM + Neve 33609J/D

Kick (out) -> Yamaha SubKick + Neve 33609J/D

Snare (top) -> Josephson e22s + Neve 33609J/D

Snare (bottom) -> Shure SM57 w/ TAB Funkenwerk transformer mod + Neve 33609J/D

Rack Tom -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II + Neve 33609J/D

Floor Tom -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II + Neve 33609J/D

2x Drum Overheads -> Peluso P84 + Standard Audio Level-Or Mk2 + Neve 33609J/D

Room -> PZM + Neve 33609J/D

Bass -> [Soundelux ifet7 + A-Designs REDDI tube direct box] + Universal Audio 1176

Guitar [Shure SM57 + Royer R-121] + ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

Guitar [Shure SM57 + beyerdynamic M160] + ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

Michelle’s Vocal -> Scott Helmke Alice -> Purple Audio MC77 + Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Warm Hall)

Kris’s Vocal -> Shure SM7BEmpirical Labs Distressor EL8-X -> Purple Audio MC77 + Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Warm Hall)

Marc’s Vocal -> Shure SM7BEmpirical Labs Distressor EL8-X -> Purple Audio MC77 + Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Warm Hall)

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

I like to think of what we do on this series as a sort of documentary of San Diego music.  For this particular episode, we’ve managed to delve a bit further and give you guys a piece of San Diego music archaeology.  The Dropscience were a band during the years 2000-2004 and I never got to hear them during that time.  For all intents and purposes they’re not a band now and only reassembled for a special show for the Casbah’s 30th anniversary earlier this year.  But they do manage to keep this adventure going, and I talked them into performing here to capture this moment in time when these talented guys played these unique episodic glimpses of experimental hardcore / noise rock before it escapes into the ether again.

The music sounds just as fresh and unique as it did during those heady days of the early aughts, when we were all much younger and energetic. All of these guys have worked themselves into a real groove (even John who’s new to the ensemble), and you can hear the synchronicity even in such abstract music.  it’s a testament to how great these musicians are, and you can’t keep them down.  They all continue to have much more active projects (i.e. Warsaw and Strange Ages) that play regularly.  But they may surprise us yet and keep giving us chances to see this elusive band that is the Dropscience.

 

Jay Richardson – Drums & Background Vocals
Marc Guzower – Bass
Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals – Demetrius Antuna
Guitar & Vocals – John Cota

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Peter Graves

Signal Flow

Kick (in) -> Shure Beta 52a -> API 560 -> Elysia Nvelope 500 -> dbx 160X

Kick (out) -> Yamaha SubKick -> Elysia Nvelope 500

Snare (top) -> Heil Sound PR-20 -> CAPI BT50 -> Purple Audio MC77

Snare (bottom) -> beyerdynamic MC930 -> SPL Transient Designer

Rack Tom -> AKG C414 EB -> SPL Transient Designer

Floor Tom -> AKG C414 EB -> SPL Transient Designer

2x Drum Overheads -> Audio Technica AT4050 -> Neve 33609J/D

Bass -> AKG D12E -> Highland Dynamics BG2 + A-Designs REDDI tube direct box

Electric Guitar (John) -> Josephson e22s -> Trident Audio Developments A-Range 500 Series EQ

Electric Guitar (Demetrius) -> beyerdynamic M260DX -> Chandler Limited TG12345 MKIV

Keyboards -> Radial JDI Stereo passive direct box

Vocals (Demetrius + Pedals) -> Shure SM7B + Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Dual H910s)

Vocals (John) -> Electrovoice RE-20 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X + Bricasti M7M (Small Hall)

Vocals (Jay) -> Shure Beta 57 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X + Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Dual H910s)

Room -> PZM -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 + Highland Dynamics BG1 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

We had a very special session just recently with the one and only Wild Wets.  Not only did we get to work with this awesome group of psychedelic rockers, but they brought a true multi-media experience to our show.  In tow with the band for this session was a truly talented videographer, and general visual wizard Chris Carroll.  I’m proud to present to you all the very first music video for San Diego Music Wire.  Chris and Mike did a very cool job of sprucing up the studio atmosphere with a few extra lights for that very special ambience.  You can watch the band in action in all their glory, and you can see Chris at work in the background in some of the pictures below.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/339488089″>SDMW_LiveSession_WWWets_May_Jungle</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/christopherjamescarroll”>Christopher James Carroll</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Wild Wild Wets are an amazing freak-out jam experience that is not to be missed.  These guys have been playing together for many years now, and have done a lot to bring interesting events and music to our town.  Taejon, Mike and Marco have a great tight vibe together that we were able to capture in the pocket, and relative newcomers Alberto and Monica are no slouches either and really round out the group.  I highly recommend to catch them play.  This is a group that is best experienced live, and that’s what we got for you here.

Mike Turi – Vocals, Keyboards, Effects & Tambourine
Taejon Romanik – Electric Guitar & Backup Vocals
Marco Piro – Drums
Alberto Sanchez – Bass
Monica Flores – Congos & Tambourine

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Peter Graves

Videography, Editing & Title Graphics by Chris Carroll

Signal Flow

Kick (in) -> Shure Beta 52a -> API 560 -> Elysia Nvelope 500 -> dbx 160X

Kick (out) -> Heil Sound PR-40

Snare -> Shure SM57 -> ubk Clariphonic 500 -> Elysia Nvelope 500 -> dbx 160 VU

Rack Tom -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II

Floor Tom -> Electrovoice RE-20 -> SPL Transient Designer

2x Drum Overheads -> Coles 4038

Bass -> AKG D112 -> Highland Dynamics BG2 + Yamaha SubKick + A-Designs REDDI tube direct box

Electric Guitar -> Royer R-121 + Shure SM57

Congos -> 2x beyerdynamic M160 + Tapco 4400 Spring Reverb

Keyboards -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X

Lead Vocals -> Shure 55SH -> (Mike’s effects) -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C + Eventide H3000 D/SE (upgraded to H3500 D/FX) (Micropitch Shift)

Backup Vocals -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> Sennheiser MD 441-U + Moog 500 series analog delay, + Tapco 4400 Spring Reverb

Room -> PZM -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X + Tapco 4400 Spring Reverb

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

Adeumazel are our first out-of-town guests on the Music Wire, traveling all the way from Tijuana.  They play regularly both here in San Diego and in Mexico.  When I caught up with them they were in the middle of touring down the coast of Baja and Mexico.  For fans of instrumental music, there isn’t much better than this.  Adrian, Eunice and Elizabeth have been playing together for years, and it shows in how smoothly they play off of each other.  They write extremely original songs that have a very strong jazz feel, but also incorporate elements of post-rock, and have some distinctly latin rhythms too.  It’s very chill music, but there’s a lot going on, and a lot of talent there too.

Adrian Campay – Guitar
Eunice Paz – Bass
Elizabeth Jaime – Drums

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Dave Medina

Signal Flow

Kick -> AKG D12 -> dbx 160 VU

Snare (top) -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II -> Chandler Limited TG12345 MKIV -> Purple Audio MC77

Snare (bottom) -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II

Rack Tom -> Shure Beta 57

Floor Tom -> Electrovoice RE-20

2x Drum Overheads -> Telefunken (Schoeps) 221b

Bass -> beyerdynamic M380 + [Radial JDI Stereo passive direct box -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C]

Guitar -> beyerdynamic M260-DX + [Josephson e22s -> Trident Audio Developments A-Range 500 Series EQ]

Room -> [AEA R88 -> 2x Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X] + [Audio Technica AT871 -> Standard Audio Stretch]

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

Is the Institute for Navigating Universal Self an experimental hardcore band blending elements of math rock, electronics, and thrash aesthetics.  Or is this organization a sonic assault on the senses intended to break the listener free of illusory realities and to experience the world for what it really is?  You decide.

Bobby Bray – Guitar & Vocals
Chad Deal – Bass & Vocals
Brandon Relf – Drums

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Dave Medina

Signal Flow

Kick -> [AKG D112 -> API 560 -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3] + [Yamaha SubKick -> API 560 -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3]

Kick Beater -> AKG D112 -> API 560 -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3

Snare Top -> Audio Technical ATM230 -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3 -> CAPI BT50

Snare Direct Out -> Radial JDI Stereo passive direct box -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3 -> CAPI BT50

Snare Bottom -> Audio Technical ATM25 -> Valley Audio 433 Dynamite 3 -> CAPI BT50

Hihat -> beyerdynamic MC930

Rack Tom -> Audio Technical ATM230

Floor Tom -> Audio Technical ATM230

Drum Overheads -> 2x AKG C414 EB

Electric Guitar -> Shure SM57 w/ TAB Funkenwerk transformer mod

Synth Guitar -> Sennheiser MD 441-U

Bass -> Heil Sound PR-40 + [A-Designs REDDI tube direct box -> Highland Dynamics BG2]

Bobby Vocals -> Shure SM7 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X + Demeter Real Reverb

Chad Vocals -> Electrovoice RE-20 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X + Demeter Real Reverb

Room -> PZM + Purple Audio MC77

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

I’ve been trying to record Minor Gems for nearly a year now.  They have a psychedelic lounge vibe that’s uniquely indie and creative, and you’re not going to see many bands that hit this groove.  It’s mellow, but very far from mopey or melancholy.  You can hear their influences crossing back and forth across the border.  After swapping instruments and changing personnel, these guys are all sounding on top of their game with this lineup.  We all had a lot of fun making these recordings, and I’m excited to see these guys play again.

Ruben Algundez – Vocals
Ernesto Vasquez – Guitar
Jose Brambila – Guitar
Chris Enjambre – Keyboards
Gera Zuniga – Bass, Backup Vocals
Eli Ponce Gastelum – Drums

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman & Roy Silverstein

Signal Flow

Kick -> Shure Beta 52a -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X -> Elysia Nvelope 500

Snare -> sE Electronics V7 -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X -> Elysia Nvelope 500

Snare Bottom -> Shure SM57

Rack Tom -> Sennheiser e906 -> TD1

Floor Tom -> AKG D12E -> TD1

2x Drum Overheads -> beyerdynamic MC930

Room (behind drums) -> Electrovoice 630 -> Altec 1589b -> Purple Audio MC77

Bass -> Shure SM7 -> Highland Dynamics BG2 + Tonecraft 363 tube direct box

Guitar (Ernesto) -> Shure Beta 57

Guitar (Jose) -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> Moog The Ladder

Keyboards -> Heil Sound PR-20

Vocals -> Shure SM86 -> Universal Audio LA-3A + (Yamaha E1010 + Demeter Real Reverb) + Demeter Real Reverb

Backup Vocals -> Shure SM57 w/ TAB Funkenwerk transformer mod -> dbx 160X + (Yamaha E1010 + Demeter Real Reverb) + Demeter Real Reverb

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps except where noted above) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

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I met Farhad when I saw him perform a few months ago at the library with Stacy and another musician playing a traditional middle eastern drum.  I was so impressed with his repertoire, the originality, and the consummate craftsmanship that everyone clearly brought to playing this music, which is a unique addition to San Diego’s music scene.  When I invited him to record, he told me that he wanted to bring a bigger group of musicians, but I was unprepared for the people that he brought to the studio.  Omar, Louis and Fernando are regular players in jazz jams around town and are veterans of many heavy-hitting local groups (i.e. B-Side Players, Steph Johnson and more).  Farhad set them up to jam out for us let them cook up some magic.  It was a pleasure watching them put together these tunes pretty much as they went along, and you can hear them making it up and feeling the songs out with each other.  Stacey and Saba both have stunning voices that also really shine on the tracks they appear on here.  Enjoy the music, an you can be sure that Farhad will continue to make Persian music around town and to perform with his ever-evolving Dornob Collective.

Farhad Bahrami – Nylon String Guitar
Fernando Gomez – Drums
Omar Lopez – Bass
Louis Valenzuela – Oud, Electric Guitar
Stacey Barnett – Vocals
Saba Balchi – Vocals

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording
Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Ryan Morse

Signal Flow

Kick -> Shure Beta 52a

Snare -> Electrovoice RE-20

Snare bottom -> Shure SM57 w/ TAB Funkenwerk transformer mod

Rack Tom -> beyerdynamic M160

Floor Tom -> beyerdynamic M160

Drum Overheads -> 2x Peluso P84

Bass -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II + Tonecraft 363 tube direct box

Electric Guiltar -> AEA R84 + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Oud / Nylon String Guitar -> Microtech Gefell UM92.1S

Vocals -> 2x AKG C414 EB -> Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Room -> 2x Coles 4038 + AnaMod AM660

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

Clinton Davis is a real gem in the San Diego music scene.  I’ve been wanting to record with him for a while.  He’s a multi-instrumentalist that runs the G Burns Jug Band, an award winning outfit that performs their take on classic folk and old-time tunes regularly.  You can always catch them at their monthly night at the Black Cat Bar.  He performs in other folk-related groups and helps put on shows and workshops highlighting these lesser known forms of uniquely American music craft, such as banjo and fiddle playing, both of which he gets into here.  He is a veritable encyclopedia of Americana from the early 20th century, and I asked him to share some of that music and information with us at this session.

Clinton Davis – Vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle and piano

Recorded Live at Rarefied Recording

Engineered by David Feldman & Roy Silverstein

Signal Flow

Room -> Altec Birdcage -> Emperical Labs Distressor EL-8

Piano -> Placid Audio Copperphone + Neumann U67 -> Universal Audio LA-3A

Vocals at Piano -> sE Electronics V7 -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C + Great River Harrison 32 EQ -> Overstayer Saturator NT-02A

Banjo/Guitar/Fiddle -> Josephson e22s -> Neve 33609J/D

Vocals -> AEA R44 -> Highland Dynamics BG2

Vocals for dialogue intros -> Electrovoice RE-20

All tracks run through preamps on AMS-Neve Genesys, 32 channel mixer

Mix -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 x2 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Protools