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The Agents


Back after a brief hiatus is the terrific band, The Agents. These are the recordings of the first batch of new songs. Great tunes, a great band, and a lot fun to work with. Go see their killer live show.
Available for download here
And find the band on Facebook
Boss Man Boss Man

Grow Grow

Too Rude Too Rude

Posted: January 4th, 2011
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Scotty Don’t

Late summer sees the release of a new album by Scotty Don’t, the original project of the band Badfish. I’ve worked with the band since its inception, and am continually impressed not only with the talent of the members, but also their passion for exploring musical ideas.

This album consists of several new studio cuts as well as several live recordings. The new songs were recorded fully embracing today’s recording technology, and the ability to easily send tracks anywhere via the web. The demo versions of the tunes were written by Pat Downes in Florida, then fleshed out up here in Rhode Island.

After some pre-production work here, the album became a truly national project. Drums, bass, guitar, vocals and horns were all recorded at different places along the east coast, and then sent to Austin for mixdown. A little unusual, but the most efficient way to record a heavily touring band whose members live far from each other.

Look for this band all over the country at every Badfish show.

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Posted: October 2nd, 2010
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The Rudeness

Next out to press is a 13 song album by the Rudeness, a group that worked for years as most of M80, and now returns to its reggae/ska roots.

Great tunes, written chiefly by Jonny Safford, an incredibly prolific writer/ singer/ guitarist. The 5 piece band cut all rhythm parts for 13 tunes in one session, we then overdubbed vocals and horns. A few extra additions from the Rocktorium of Love bullpen (Mike Dansereau and Doug Woolverton on organ and trumpet, respectively, with a little trombone added by me) filled out this album perfectly.

A really great album arriving just at the heart of Summer. This band will be touring a lot to support this record, check them out at
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Posted: July 26th, 2010
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Shacklehands

Just putting the final touches on a mix for Shacklehands, a twangy rock band from Wakefield, RI. This session was a little different, in that I didn’t record any of the original tracks, just a few overdubs later on. Most of the instruments and vocals were recorded in the basement of the group’s singer and songwriter, Gregg Figliozzi. As recording gear gets more and more affordable, these types of projects are becoming more common.

This album was a lot of fun to be part of. Terrific songs, and some really cool instrumentation choices; straight ahead rock lineup, with touches of lap steel, mandolin, and sitar. Putting these mixes together took a little longer than usual ( an engineer can do most of his EQ’ing before a note is recorded, through guitar/amp choices, drum tuning, and mostly, mic choice/placement) but it was a welcome challenge. Again, with songs this good, the job of the mix is to support the strength of the song, and to help it reach its full potential while more or less being unnoticed. A project I really enjoyed, and a band I hope to work with again.

Rumor has it that Gregg has nearly a second album’s worth of material ready to go. Look for this album very soon, and please go check this band out live, and check out their not-so-secret weapon, Amy.

Shacklehands

Posted: May 25th, 2010
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Exit Zero

Just in from the printer is Ted Stevens’ new album, Exit Zero. As Ted is a very busy musician situated in Florida, we had a small window to get this project done. With Doug Ernest on drums, and myself on bass, we knocked this record out in 4 days, while Teddy and I each played shows on three of those nights. One of the quickest sessions I’ve done, but one of the most rewarding.

Ted is an extremely talented song writer, as well as a great guitarist. We got together and played with his rough ideas for a couple of days, laying down some demos, and about 6 weeks later, he made it back to town for the real thing. Sunshine Menezes and Tom Kutcher on vocals added the last pieces we were looking for, and Exit Zero was born. Ted will be up in Rhode Island for a few weeks in late May to support this album- go check him out. tedstevens.fourfour.com -Ray

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Posted: May 15th, 2010
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