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
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More than a few people have called this one of the best heavy releases of 2018, and for good reason! The first full length album from San Francisco Bay Area supergroup The Watchers is a killer collection of doomy riffage that is a must have for any fan of Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Black Label Society. Mixed by legendary Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth), Black Abyss is essentially a future classic full of solid songs and heavy riffs.
Vocalist Tim Narducci (Spiralarms, White Witch Canyon) sings of aliens, lust, and alienation accompanied by the understated guitar fury of Jeremy Von Epp (BlackGates), over the beefy battery provided by Cornbread (Spiralarms, White Witch Canyon) and Carter Kennedy (Orchid).
Standout tracks: Black Abyss, Buzzard, Seven Tenets. A video is on the way for Seven Tenets.
Catch The Watchers this weekend at the Maryland Doom Fest with labelmates and local favorites ZED!
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Stone Temple Pilots have returned with a fresh energy along with new singer Jeff Gutt, whose vocals and delivery are nearly indistinguishable from the late Scott Weiland. This new self-titled album sounds like it could have been recorded right after “Tiny Music…” and sounds frankly even more similar to the better “Vol. 4” that preceded it.
Full of fire and great songs like “Meadow”, “Thought She’d Be Mine”, “Roll Me Under”, and the Beatles-y “Never Enough”, they suddenly sound like a band at the top of their game with something to prove. And they prove it. This album is all killer, no filler. The DeLeo Brothers and drummer Eric Kretz are playing with what seems like a renewed energy, and Jeff Gutt channels his best Scott impression to make this the next step they were never able to take before. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and it does not disappoint!
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