Happy 2017! I hope this year is off to a good start for you and yours!
As we know, 2016 was a crazy year for music as we lost too many legends…icons like Prince, David Bowie, George Martin, George Michael, Leonard Cohen and Glenn Frey (and Lemmy too even though he technically died at the tail end of 2015). It’s one that we’ll never forget but for the wrong reasons unfortunately. For me personally, 2016 proved to be a very busy and prolific time…
The early part of the year saw the release of 9E$V$ This Ain’s No Movie Mixtape (recorded at Studio 13 over a period of years) as well as Dennis Baker’s first official solo album Collisions Under Realm recorded mostly in 2015 and the early part of 2016 at Studio 711.
And finally, Brandon Youngs and I produced Behold, a collection of classic traditional and spiritual Christmas songs performed by my mother, Philomena Gales (recorded August – November 2016 at Track Six). It was a lifelong dream of hers to record a Christmas album so the experience was very personal and rewarding to say the least.
Along with those albums released last year, other music was written and recorded that will see the light of day this year. Hot Ham & Cheese spent most of 2016 finishing the writing process for our 5th album, The Onions Have Eyes. We recorded the bulk of the record in September 2016 at Tracks Six Recording and are currently putting the finishing touches on it. Keep and eye out for a late Spring release. Also, a J TEMP 13 acoustic album entitled Phat Halo Blue was mostly written and recorded from March – June 2016 once again at Track Six. More details are forthcoming, but this should also see a late spring/early summer release. And finally, Gwazi started working on new music this month for an as yet untitled EP to be released soon.
Lastly, you might have noticed that the 13 Recordings site now has a section called 13 Cassettes. This is a new store that will feature releases on this classic medium from 13 Recordings/Jib Machine artists as well as 13R merchandise. Check out the Gwazi/Poor Ass Leon split cassette (Jib Machine/13 Recordings/Gray Muzzle) and the Drug Fux We Will Get You compilation cassette from Wiener Records available now!
Thank you for reading. Until next time…