Progress Report

Progress Report: Small Black

By jessica / August 5, 2010 - 3:07 pm

Name: Small Black
Progress Report: Mixing their debut LP with Rare Boom Room’s Nicolas Vernhes. It’s the followup to their self-titled EP.

Small Black kept a Twitter/Facebook log of their first few days of recording, though they rarely mention recording. Instead they listed facts like this:

“Delaware – Day… More »


Progress Report: Les Savy Fav

By jessica / June 25, 2010 - 1:27 pm

NAME: Les Savy Fav
PROGRESS REPORT: Releasing their fifth album, Root For Ruin. Recorded with Chris Zane at Gigantic Studios.

Tim Harrington jumped onstage to sing “Precision Auto” with Superchunk when both bands played the Primavera Festival in May. It seemed spontaneous (Harrington was thrilled), but, like most Les Savy Fav moves,… More »


Progress Report: The Walkmen

By jessica / June 18, 2010 - 5:42 pm

NAME: The Walkmen
PROGRESS REPORT: Prepping their fifth album of new material, Lisbon. Recorded with Chris Zane at Gigantic Studios and John Congleton at Elmwood Studios. Out 9/14 via Fat Possum Records.

When I talked to Hamilton Leithauser for their progress report, the first thing he did was apologize — the receptio… More »


Progress Report: Black Mountain

By jessica / May 28, 2010 - 3:33 pm

NAME: Black Mountain
PROGRESS REPORT: Completing their followup to Into the Future. Produced by Dave Sardy and Randall Dunn.

Talking about the next Black Mountain album has to involve talking about the band’s decision to work with producers Dave Sardy and Randall Dunn, and to use outside producers at all. To me,… More »


Progress Report: Superchunk

By jessica / May 5, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Name: Superchunk
Progress Report: Wrapping up their ninth LP, Majesty Shredding, out in the fall. Recorded at Overdub Lane in Durham, North Carolina. Produced by Scott Solter.

Superchunk never broke up or went on hiatus, they’ve just been moving slowly — very slowly — for the last decade, recording a handful of… More »


Progress Report: Ra Ra Riot

By jessica / April 2, 2010 - 11:43 am

Name: Ra Ra Riot
Progress Report: Mixing their second album, recorded at Black Dog Recording Studio in Stillwater, NY. More »


Progress Report: Robyn

By jessica / March 10, 2010 - 10:17 am

NAME: Robyn
PROGRESS REPORT: Mixing the first of three mini-albums she will release this year.

A big part of Robyn’s story is how, when she felt frustrated with her former label, the Swedish singer started Konichiwa Records and decided how she would write and market her music. The downside of all that… More »


Progress Report: Antony & The Johnsons

By brandon / February 23, 2010 - 5:02 pm

NAME: Antony Hegarty
PROGRESS REPORT: Returning from two important shows in Japan that brought The Crying Light full-circle, allowing him to move fully into his fourth studio album.

Last week Antony Hegarty dropped me a line about two recent shows he did on February 11 and 12th in Tokyo, featuring Yoshito Ohno… More »


Progress Report: Marnie Stern

By jessica / February 19, 2010 - 5:10 pm

NAME: Marnie Stern
PROGRESS REPORT: Waiting for the release of her third full-length album, recorded at Retrofit Recording in Sacramento, CA. Knitting.

Marnie Stern’s knitting is an important part of the progress report, because right now she really can’t think of much else to do. The followup to the excellent This IsMore »


Progress Report: School Of Seven Bells

By jessica / January 27, 2010 - 3:22 pm

NAME: School of Seven Bells
PROGRESS REPORT: Mixing their second album Disconnect From Desire, out sometime this spring

The first thing you notice when listening to School Of Seven Bells’ debut album Alpinisms — after its startling, free-floating dreaminess — is how insular the songs are. Lead singer Alejandra Deheza’s lyrics grabbed… More »


Progress Report: Clogs

By Amrit Singh / January 11, 2010 - 5:06 pm

NAME: Clogs
PROGRESS REPORT: Prepping their album, The Creatures In The Garden Of Lady Walton, for release on March 2nd. Featuring Sufjan Stevens, and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden.

Poor Padma Newsome. The Clogs singer/songwriter/instrumentalist had to use simpler vocabulary and visual metaphors just so I could understand how he and fellow… More »


Progress Report: of Montreal

By jessica / January 4, 2010 - 2:40 pm

NAME: of Montreal
PROGRESS REPORT: Prepping False Priest (“I’m back and forth between The Controller Sphere, and False Priest“) the followup to Skeletal Lamping, out sometime in August or September. Engineered by Jon Brion (probably). Featuring cameos from Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae and “one or two other people…”

The anticipated new of… More »


Progress Report: Born Ruffians

By jessica / December 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm

NAME:Born Ruffians
PROGRESS REPORT: Mastering their album, Say It, for release early 2010. Recorded at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, and mastered at Rusty Santos’ studio in Brooklyn.

Born Ruffians spent this past Thanksgiving week working 12 hours a day. The Canadian band already had a Thanksgiving (October 12), of course, but there… More »


Progress Report: The Apples In Stereo

By jessica / December 2, 2009 - 5:38 pm

NAME: The Apples In stereo
PROGRESS REPORT: Mixing their 7th studio album, Travellers In Space And Time at Trout Recording in Brooklyn. Co-produced by Bryce Goggin.

When I called the studios where The Apples In Stereo frontman Robert Schneider was mixing, I was asked to try back in ten minutes — Schneider… More »


Progress Report: Rogue Wave

By jessica / November 17, 2009 - 1:41 pm

NAME:Rogue Wave
PROGRESS REPORT: Mixing their latest album, Permalight recorded at Sweet Tea Recording in Oxford, Mississippi. Due March 2, 2010.

As for most people, 2009 was a bad year for Zach Rogue. Of course sadness and introspection was already a huge part of his band Rogue Wave’s last album Asleep atMore »


Progress Report: Charlotte Gainsbourg

By jessica / October 23, 2009 - 9:10 am

NAME: Charlotte Gainsbourg
PROGRESS REPORT:Rehearsing songs from her upcoming album with Beck, titled IRM, out in January. Recorded at The Library, Anonyme, Capitol Studios and Ocean Way in Los Angeles.

Even though her first language is French, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg speaks English with a prim, hesitant British accent, a result of the… More »


Progress Report: Caribou

By jessica / October 14, 2009 - 9:52 am

NAME: Caribou
PROGRESS REPORT: Mixing his still-untitled followup to 2007’sAndorra. Recorded at home in London.

“I’m not able to make music based on what people like. It’s a very selfish pursuit, in a way,” Caribou’s Dan Snaith says. And for Snaith, it’s also a very obsessive one. Unlike other easily distracted Progre… More »


Progress Report: Vampire Weekend

By jessica / October 1, 2009 - 4:39 pm

NAME: Vampire Weekend
PROGRESS REPORT: Turning in their second album, Contra. Recorded at Treefort Studios in Brooklyn and Topetitud in Mexico City.

Yesterday was officially XL Recordings’ due date for Vampire Weekend’s second album Contra. After writing songs pretty much since the release of their self-titled record back in January 2008, and… More »


Progress Report: Massive Attack

By jessica / September 16, 2009 - 1:42 pm

NAME: Massive Attack
PROGRESS REPORT: Wrapping up their fifth album, working title Weather Underground (“It’s not going to be the title”), at their studio in Bristol.

Massive Attack have been working on their new record on and off for about five years, but when it comes out early next year, it’ll be… More »


Progress Report: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

By jessica / September 4, 2009 - 12:34 pm

NAME: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
PROGRESS REPORT: Recording their followup to 2007’s Living With The Living at Seaside Lounge Recording Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

In some ways, Ted Leo’s next record will be like starting over. After a couple years and one album on Touch and Go, Ted Leo and the… More »


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