The latest book by award winning producer, mixer, and recording engineer Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman) is hot off the presses and already stirring up controversy in the indie recording world. His hold-no-punches style is frankly a refreshing change in a sea of know-it-all experts that offer endless tail-chasing advice on how to record, mix, and write music at home.
What his new book “Musician’s Survival Guide to a Killer Record” does best is tell you how to get out of your own way and learn to enjoy the process of making music again. In other words, you don’t need to know everything there is to know about recording and mixing, just use what you have and make the music that stokes your own fire.
Along the way, he lays out all the basic info you need to buy and use recording gear, audio software, and even how to record and mix unusual instruments. There is recording advice, production advice, mixing advice, but above all, the means to get back to focusing on the fun part, making music. Recommended for struggling indie musicians.
Buy it here on amazon
Mixerman on the net
The funky former drummer for legendary stoner rock band Kyuss has been steadily making 70s influenced groove rock for years, and his latest effort, Mankind Woman, may be his best. Thick and rich like the chocolate referenced in the killer opener “Chocolatize”, this album sways and swaggers with the best of them.
Mankind Woman was largely written by Bjork and longtime friend & fellow desert rocker Bubba Dupree, and includes guest appearances by Nick Oliveri and Sean Wheeler. If this came out in June instead of September it could have been a contender for album of the summer. It will make you move.
Standout tracks: “Chocolatize”, “Pisces”, “1968”. This is the soundtrack of the funky revolution.
Find the album here on Heavy Psych Sounds’ Bandcamp
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Don’t let the album cover or the fact that this band is from Sweden fool you, this is not death metal by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it’s an album of pure blues-based heavy rock in the vein of The Sword, early Iron Maiden, Dio-era Black Sabbath, with some Wolfmother thrown in for good measure. It has a great 70s metal vibe from start to finish.
Nekromant (formerly Serpent) recently signed to Ripple Music, a small but mighty label known for hand picking the best up and coming pysch, stoner and heavy rock. The Nekromant Lives is the third album from the heavy metal trio and the first on Ripple. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future!
Standout tracks: The Nekromant Lives, Scorpio, Blood for Walpurgis. Available on Bandcamp and from Ripple Records.
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