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

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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

Of Ennui is a awesome 4-piece act I stumbled on recently that’s mashing up genres and pushing the limits of what you can expect from a solid rock group.  They’re led by Brian Strauss, who does great lead guitar work, but also brings expressive lyricism to the music.  On top of the solid songwriting, the group adds layers and layers of texture in a unique blend of shoegaze, noise rock and punk.

We had a lot of fun reigning in the all of their amps, and the sprawling drum kit, that included wind chimes and even a gong.  Catch these guys soon around San Diego.  They bring a lot to the table and sound even better live.  These tracks turned out awesome even though half the band was sick and struggling through the session.

Brian Strauss – Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals

Christian Cate – Electric Guitar

Angus Garcia – Bass & Backup Vocals

Indigo Machado – Drums

 

Recorded Live at Rarefied Recording

 

Engineered by David Feldman & Roy Silverstein

Signal Flow

Kick (in) -> Shure Beta 52a -> Elysia Nvelope 500 -> Emperical Labs Distressor EL-8

Kick (out) -> Yamaha SubKick -> Purple Audio MC77

Snare (top) -> Josephson e22s -> CAPI BT50 -> Elysia Nvelope 500 + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Snare (bottom) -> Sennheiser MD 441-U

Rack Tom -> Sennheiser e906 -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

Floor Tom -> Heil Sound PR-40 -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

Gong -> Oktava MK-012

2x Drum Overheads -> Beyerdynamic MC930 -> Neve 33609J/D

Bass -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II -> AnaMod AM660

Lead Guitar (Fender amp) -> Shure SM57

Lead Guitar (Orange amp) -> Shure SM57 w/ TAB Funkenwerk transformer mod

Electric Guitar -> Royer R-121 -> Studio Technologies AN-2 Stereo Simulator

Lead Vocals -> sE Electronics V7 -> Highland Dynamics BG2 -> ubk Clariphonic 500 + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Backup Vocals -> Heil Sound PR-20 -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

 

All tracks recorded through preamps on AMS-Neve Genesys

Mix -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Protools

We recently had one of our most interesting sessions with this experimental dance music group Orchid X Mantis.  It’s hard to accurately describe the eclectic elements that they mix together here – avant garde classical and modern R&B, chamber drum & bass music?  It may be best to let these compositions speak for themselves.

This group has an all-star cast of very talented and accomplished musicians who do lots of things in San Diego’s music community.  Issac on drums composes most of the music.  Nina rocks some sweet vocoder crooning, but she’s also a big part of the Sounds of Our City homeless choir and lots of other projects.  Heading up the string section on Cello, Caitlin is also featured in the La Jolla Symphony.

We also have our first returning musicians to San Diego Music Wire on this session.  Harley Magsino works out his pedal board on some serious electric bass, and Mack Leighton also plays upright bass (the second session he’s played on with two basses).

Isaac Crow – Drums & Electronics
Caitlin Fahey Crow – Cello & Vocals
Nina Leilani Deering – Vocoder / Vocals
Harley Magsino – Electric Bass
Mackenzie Leighton – Upright Bass
Peter Clark – Violin
Paul Wang – Viola

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording

Engineered by David Feldman, Roy Silverstein & Dave Medina

Signal Flow

Kick -> AKG D112 -> dbx 160X -> API 560

Snare 1 -> Josephson e22s -> Purple Audio MC77

Snare 2 -> Shure SM57 ->Universal Audio 1176

Electronic Drum Pads -> Rolls DI

Synth/Sampler -> Rolls DI

Upright Bass -> Neumann U67 -> Universal Audio LA-3A

Electrip Bass -> Electrovoice RE-20 + Tonecraft 363 -> Highland Dynamics BG2

Cello -> AKG C414 EB -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C + A-Designs REDDI tube direct box

Violin -> Beyerdynamic MC930 -> Smart Research C1

Viola -> Beyerdynamic MC930 -> Smart Research C1

Vocoder -> Rolls DI

Nina Vocal -> Heil Sound PR-40 -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue + Demeter Real Reverb

Caitlin Vocal -> Heil Sound PR-20 -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue + Demeter Real Reverb

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Neve 33609J/D -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

Gary Hankins is a veteran San Diego musician, and Summer Knowledge is only one of his current projects.  The music is poppy and catchy, but excellently layered and nuanced with traces of country twang, freak folk, and old-timey-ness.  His crew of musicians here adds their own eclectic instrumentation that just carries Gary’s voice and songs along.

 

Gary Hankins – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Hezekiah Bussey – Lap Steel
Ryan Tannascoli – Mandolin
Orion Ferguson – Moog Synthesizer
Andrew Rae – Percussion (Suitcase & Washboard)
Gregory Theilmann – Electric Bass

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording

Engineered by David Feldman & Roy Silverstein

Signal Flow

Acoustic Guitar -> Scott Helmke Alice -> Neve 33609J/D

Vocals -> AKG C414 EB -> Highland Dynamics BG2 + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

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

Percussion (Washboard) -> Scott Helmke Alice -> dbx 160 VU + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Suitcase -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II

Lap Steel -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> ADR Compex F760X-RS re-issue

Mandolin -> beyerdynamic M260-DX -> Neve 33609J/D

Moog Synthesizer -> beyerdynamic M260

All tracks -> AMS-Neve Genesys (using on-board mic preamps) -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools -> Izotope RX5 (noise reduction plug-in)

 

These three women don’t just have incredible voices that you have the pleasure of hearing here.  They are multi-talented and sound so comfortable and at home singing fun songs with each other.  I was really impressed with their performance at the Studio Door art gallery and was thrilled to have them on our show.  They have all pursued serious musical studies at UCSD, and Meghann and Batya also play regularly with the G Burns Jug Band.  But here they just have a fun time singing with each other, doing very inventive interpretations of pop and more traditional tunes, and showing us all how vocal harmonies are done.

 

Signal Flow

All -> Groove Tubes MD-2A x2 -> Helios Type 69 500 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

Montalban Quintet is an unusual and quite accomplished outfit.  On it’s surface, they appear to be a jazz group  – albeit with 7 members and not the 5 you’d expect.  But their repertoire is really so much more than that, delving into Ethiopian groove funk and abstract atmospheric jams.  I was surprised to discover that these guys have been playing together for close to 10 years since I discovered them only recently.  It’s really wonderful to see such talented musicians playing such creative and unique things and keeping it going for so long.  Enjoy!

Chris Prescott – Drums & Electronics
Kenseth Thibideau – Bass
Mike Stockalper – Piano & Rhodes
Greg Friedman – Electric Guitar
Carl Prescott – Flugel Horn
Jim Weiss – Saxophones
Julie Kitterman – Glockenspiel, Percussion & Vocal

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording

Engineered by David Feldman & Roy Silverstein

Signal Flow

Kick -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II x2 -> API 3124+

Snare -> Josephson e22s -> API 3124+

2x Drum Overheads -> beyerdynamic M160 -> API 3124+

Bass  -> Soundelux ifet7 -> Universal Audio 6176

Piano -> 2x AKG C414 EB -> Great River MP2-NV + Placid Audio Copperphone -> Chandler TG-2 500

Rhodes -> Heil Sound PR-40 -> Mercury m72s

Guitar -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> Ampex 350

Saxophones -> AEA R44 -> Electrodyne 501 ->Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C

Flugel Horn -> AEA R84 -> Universal Audio LA-3A

Glockenspiel/Percussion -> Beyerdynamic MC930 -> Shadow Hills Mono Gama

Percussion/Vocal -> Shure SM-59 -> Chandler TG-2 500 + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Electronics/Computer -> John Hardy M-1

2-Channel mix -> Neve 33609J/D -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

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I went out randomly to the Casbah not that long ago an stumbled onto this group ripping it up in the Atari Lounge.  Sometimes that’s how things go, and you never know when you’ll be pleasantly surprised by local talent.  It was even nicer getting to hang out with Brett, Leanna, Nick and Ben while they jammed out these country-tinged psych jems.  Seriously, listen up.

The songs are super catchy and Leanna has a hell of a voice on her as well.  Tonight they happen to be playing at the Merrow (probably as I’m writing this post), and  I’m sure that they’ll be rocking out and about town regularly.

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Leanna Patterson – Guitar and Vocals
Brett “Puck” Patterson – Guitar (and sometimes Bass)
Nick “OIe Boomstick” Hankins – Bass (and sometimes Guitar)
Ben Johnson – Drums

Photo credits – Albert Sanchez a.k.a. Acidtones

Recorded live at Rarefied Recording

Engineered by David Feldman & Roy Silverstein

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Signal Flow

Kick -> AKG D12E -> API 3124+

Snare -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> API 3124+ + Demeter Real Reverb

2x Drum overheads -> Coles 4038 -> API 3124+

Bass -> Shure SM7 -> Mercury m72s -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C

Guitar (Brett/Nick) -> Electrovoice 630 -> Helios Type 69 500

Guitar (Leanna) -> Royer R-121 -> Helios Type 69 500

Vocals -> Shure Beta 57 -> Great River MP2-NV -> Neve 33609J/D + Demeter Real Reverb

Room -> Altec 639B -> Shadow Hills Mono Gama -> Universal Audio LA-3A

2-Channel mix -> Smart Research C1 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools -> UAD 1176 Rev A (plug-in)

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We recorded with Soft Lions back in June but have been holding these tracks back while they released their new album.  Megan, Ana and Jon make up this rock trio that knocks out these fun and introspective songs.  Their live show is great and they play around San Diego regularly, and also tour up the coast as well.

If you enjoy listening here, be sure to check our their new album available at M-Theory, Lou’s or Spin Records around San Diego, or they have a 7″ available for purchase here:

SOFT LIONS ‘Spellbreaker’

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Check out their custom made amps by drummer Jon Bonser.

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Megan Liscomb – Vocals & Electric Guitar

Ana Ramundo – Vocals & Keyboards

Jon Bonser – Drums

Engineered by David Feldman and Roy Silverstein at Rarefied Recording

Signal Flow

Kick -> AKG D12E -> API 3124+ + dbx 160X + Elysia Nvelope 500

Kick beater -> Shure SM57 -> Toft on-board mic-pre

Snare -> Shure Beta 57 -> API 3124+ + dbx 160X

Rack Tom -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II -> API 3124+

Floor Tom -> Sennheiser MD 421 mk II -> API 3124+

2x Drum Overheads -> Telefunken ELA M 260 -> Great River MP2-NV

Electric Guitar -> Sennheiser MD 441-U -> Chandler TG-2 500 -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3

Wurlitzer -> Shure SM7 -> Chandler Germanium -> Pultec (Pulse Techniques) EQM-1S3

Megan’s Vocals -> Neumann U67 -> Universal Audio 6176 + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

Ana’s Vocals – Soundelux ifet7 -> Mercury m72s -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C + MicMix Master Room XL-305 Spring Reverb

2-Channel mix -> Smart Research C1 -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools

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Great to be in the studio with this fine quintet Jazz Camp.  Led by the charming and illustrious Lexi Pulido, they play a really special type of beat jazz that fuses traditional elements with spoken word interludes and some serious grooves.  Lexi has a powerful and beautiful voice that really rises above the group and carries quite a presence, but the rest of her band are also full of lots of talent, from Connor’s soothing alto that could double for Stan Getz to the solid rhythm section of Jerome, Michael and Chase.  I saw them perform at Bread and Salt not that long ago in what was a really immersive multi-media performance, and I’m sure that they will be playing again in San Diego soon.

Lexi Pulido – Voice and Acoustic Guitar

Jerome Salazar – Double Bass

Michael Hayes – Drums

Chase Pado – Piano

Connor Hughes – Alto Saxophone

Engineered by David Feldman and Roy Silverstein at Rarefied Recording

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Signal Flow

Kick -> AKG D12E + Elysia Nvelope 500

Snare -> Peluso P84

Rack Tom -> Josephson e22s

Floor Tom ->

Drum Overheads -> 2x Telefunken ELA M 260 -> Pultec EQM-1S3

Double Bass -> AEA R44 -> Purple Audio MC77 + Peluso P84 -> API 3124* -> Empirical Labs DerrEsser

Piano -> 2x AKG C414 EB

Alto Saxophone -> Lomo 19A18 -> Universal Audio 6176*

Acoustic Guitar -> Tonecraft 363 tube direct box

Vocals – Neumann U67 -> Skibbe Electronics “Red Stripe” 5-9C

All run through preamps on the Toft ATB32 mixing board except where noted *

2-Channel mix -> Neve 33609J/D -> Burl B2 Bomber ADC -> Pro Tools