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ONE YEAR AGO, TODAY

We started setting up for this:

Free downloads of the entire thing here:  http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

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STOP ‘N CHAT w/ SARA KOSA- RECORDING ENGINEER

265139_133803580032866_1367393_nRemember our velvet suit interview w/ Sara Kosa after she built her Les Paul?  Well, since then, her old band (Young American Artists) imploded, she started and left (on good terms) a new band (Hell Mary), and she continues to exercise her love for audio, sound and music by working behind the board as a recording engineer where she does everything from tracking, to mixing, to mastering.  Recently, she gave us a brief (and modest) look into what got her to where she is now. 

How long have you been recording and what got you into it?
I started recording about 5 years ago.  The funny thing is I don’t actually remember how or why I got into it. I started out at William Paterson as a Music Business major and within a month realized that was a horrible idea. Somehow I ended up talking to Dave Kerzner, head of the audio program, and switched my major to Sound Engineering Arts.

 What’s the experience of recording your own band?
I try to treat it the same as recording any other band. I’ve heard other engineers say they don’t like recording their own band and that it’s frustrating, but I don’t mind it. I can separate myself from it…I try to treat it like my band members are the client. There can be downsides to it, but ultimately I don’t mind recording my own band.

 What is your favorite type of band to record and why?
I like recording punk/indie bands, probably because it’s what I mostly listen to. But, I usually end up enjoying anything I record.

What’s your favorite step of the recording process?
Probably mixing…it’s when I get to really work with what’s been recorded and [try to] make it sound good.

How do you find bands to record?
It seems to happen through word-of-mouth and meeting people at shows.

 What recording is your favorite sounding and why?  Least favorite?
One of my favorites is Presidents of the United States of America’s “Love Everybody” …which might sound like a weird choice haha, I’ve heard it described as ‘plain’, but..I don’t know I just really like how that album sounds. I love the tonality of everything, especially the drums…and I think it sounds so loud without sounding over-compressed. I don’t think I have a least favorite, at least not that I can think of right now.

I gotta ask this one.  Women on the recording end of the “industry”seem to be a rarity?  Has that effected your experience in any way?
It does seem to be a rarity, even in college there were (and still are) very few girls in the program. Sometimes I think it could make it harder. Similarly to like how I get treated as a girl that plays guitar…in punk/hardcore bands. People seem to not expect it.

Why should people record with you?
I care about making a good product and people happy more than I care about making money.

What do you do when you’re not recording music?
I play music, and during weekdays I work freelance editing audio books.

There you have it, told ya it was brief!  Sara tracked, played guitar on, mixed and mastered the EP below and you can find out more info on her by clicking ‘recording engineer’ above.  Talk about a workhorse!:

Canajoharie Church Retreat: Volume 1

In 2010, Eric Stroud, shark enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is documentary of that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Download full sets FOR FREE here: http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

3 MORE FROM THE RETREAT!




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Avoider

I know we’ve been lazy with updates lately and there’s certainly a lot going on- some stuff involving us, some not.  We’ll try to get back on top of things.  First up is Avoider.  Members of Folly, Eyeswan, Communication Redlight and Young American Artists recently formed the band and you can hear their debut, “Mountain of Spite” below!  Don’t sleep on this!  They manage to mesh bluesy vocals with a touch of punk and sludge very effectively.  Bands like Inside Out and Soundgarden come to mind.  Be sure to  check out their first show this weekend at Pat’s Bar in Lake Hopatcong and expect more frequent updates from us in the near future.

Tracked, mixed and mastered by the mighty, Kevin Carafa.

Audio from Last Young American Artists’ Show

IT’S FREE THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF KEVIN CARAFA- AUDIO ENGINEER!

Just In Case You Haven’t Heard…

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RETREAT!

Why are you looking at a google map street view of a church?  Well, at about 7pm tonight, a bunch of us are headed to Canajoharie, New York to spend the weekend in that very church pictured to the left.

Here’s why:  My neighbor plays organ and shopped around for a church with an organ suitable for his needs. He found that at the Cliff Street Church in Canajohairie, NY (About 3-4 hours North), so he bought it. I recently talked to him about having a bunch of bands up there to stay for a couple of days as we document everything via audio and film.  The goal is to leave with enough material to compile some sort of video comp/documentary with live performances, interviews, and anything else we may capture.  Eric (the owner) liked the idea and agreed to open his church to us for the weekend of July 1-July 3 so we can film our little documentary.   It should be noted that this is not a party and not a show.  The whole thing will be very focused and everyone up there will have some sort of role.  Wish us luck!  Click READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY for a list of confirmed bands, labels, and zines.

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First New Young American Artists in Over a Year

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YAA Release EP/Painters Find Drummer- See ‘Em Both Tonight!

It’s true.  Young American Artists is still truckin’!  They will release 3 new songs digitally, at some point today.  Keep checkin’ back!  Come see them in the Psychedelic lounge with Barcode Youth (if Propagandhi were street punk), Senium (for fans of Nirvana/Steve Albini), and The Painters (you know them, you love them!) tonight at the Stanhope House.  First ever run of YAA shirts will also be available and this will more than likely be their last show until Sept/Oct.

Speaking of The Painters, Ian officially ended his quest for a female non-drummer with personality type yadda yadda.  Enter Kait Barone on the sticks.  They jammed at my house the other day and it rules!  I can’t wait to finally hear some of these songs live.  Also, in the other room tonight, Eyeswan is releasing a new record!