12-12-12/Wake Part 2

December 12th, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Wake Part 2 Cover fnl

Happy 12-12-12! Yesterday, my band Hot Ham & Cheese released Wake Part 2, our 4th album overall and follow-up to last year’s Wake Part 1. I can’t speak for my bandmates, but I’m personally really proud of this effort. It’s definitely one of, if not the most cohesive and kick ass pieces of work that I’ve ever been a part of. If you’re a fan of hard rock, doom metal and/or concept albums, then this one’s for you! Check out the chilling artwork above by Joseph P. Schwind as well as the “Wake Commercial”, edited by James Neyman and narrated by Karaoke Bob, below. If you like what you hear/see, head over to Jib Machine Records and pick up your copy today!

Soundtrack and Placement!

September 25th, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

So, it’s been a few months since my last post.  Come to think of it, I basically missed the entire summer!  Well, it was for good reason…

I finally finished and released the soundtrack for On The North Coast (WLFK’s 4th film and the final installment in the Vegas Lou trilogy!) via Jib Machine Records/13Recordings/WLFK Productions on September 25th.  The artwork (by the film’s director James Neyman) is below along with a free download…the instrumental version of “On The North Coast (Vegas Lou’s Theme)” by Pontius Pilot.  This is the only place you can get this track as it’s not on the soundtrack!

“On The North Coast (Vegas Lou’s Theme)” (Instrumental)

Click here to download more free tracks from the album and purchase the CD!

Also, the track “Old Skool X” (from the Penfield Experience electronica album) was recently placed in Episode 5 of BFFS, a YouTube web series based out of LA.  Check it out below…

Two videos!

May 31st, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hey everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I last posted, but I wanted to share a couple of new videos that have a connection to 13 Recordings.  The first is my band’s (Hot Ham & Cheese) debut full feature music video for the track “Mary” off of our album Wake Part 1 (Jib Machine Records).  Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Also, the On The North Coast movie soundtrack/score is almost near completion!  Take a look at the latest trailer below, which includes the movie’s theme song “On The North Coast (Vegas Lou’s Theme)” written and performed by Pontius Pilot, another one of my projects w/ Chad Jenson (Johnny Mohawk and the Assassins, BattleCat, Muh Fugga Band, War Toys).  Dig!

the pyramid returns!

April 2nd, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

In the liner notes for their 2002 release Tradition Kills Intelligence, the j. pyramid stated that their second album, complexity of simplicity, would be “coming soon.” Well, if a decade is “soon” then the guys are right on time!

Unfortunately, sometimes life happens, which is why the group disbanded in 2003 and never completed their sophomore effort. But last year, George and JT discussed taking the original drum and guitar tracks recorded 8 years prior (and which were fortunately kept) and properly finish what they started.

So, earlier this year, JT completed the remaining tracks at Studio 13 and gave the record new life. “I think it’s a good representation of who we were but also who we’ve become,” said Templeman.  “It’s certainly one for the metal lovers out there.”

complexity of simplicity’s release date is fittingly set for Friday, April 13th 2012 and will be available online at 13-recordings.com.

Digital vs. Physical…

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Being someone who has owned an independent record label since 2004, I’m very much aware of the massive shift that has taken place regarding the manner in which people consume music.  This year, digital music (mostly sold through iTunes) will finally take over CD sales for the first time in history, according to a new study released by Strategy Analytics.  I’m sure that this fact will further the music consumption argument between digital buyers (those that prefer the modern day convenience of iTunes) vs. physical buyers (those that still enjoying purchasing an actual product at the store, taking it home, looking at the artwork, etc.).  In this post, my intent is to look at this debate from the eyes of a businessman/artist versus those of a fan/consumer. And in talking about physical products, I will be referring to CDs only.  Although vinyl has made a strong comeback in recent years, it still only accounted for 1.3% of all music sales in 2010 (via Digital Music News).

For years, my record label (Jib Machine Records) released albums and e.p.’s in both formats, but over the past year or so, we significantly cut back on the number of discs we pressed per release.  Thanks to sites like Kunaki.com and Mixonic, indie labels and/or unsigned artists can keep a low amount of stock on hand while affordably offering physical CDs to those fans that still prefer that format.  However, if you wish to stick around in what’s left of the music “business”, then you definitely need to jump on the digital train if you haven’t already.  For my label alone, digital units have accounted for 70% of our total online sales.  Granted, people still prefer to buy CDs at shows, but online, digital rules!  In fact, in order to position Jib for the future, we signed an exclusive digital distribution agreement last year with Fanatix Music out of NYC.  This deal puts us in over 400 outlets worldwide and gives us more control over sales tracking and royalty payments.  More importantly, it give us a chance to survive in the ever changing music “industry”.

So, after reading this post thus far, one would think that I am absolutely in favor of digital music.  As a businessman and artist, you would be correct, but as a consumer and fan, not so fast.  Earlier this week, I had an experience that made me think for the first time in a while about how I personally like to acquire music…

On February 7th, Van Halen released their long-awaited album, A Different Kind of Truth, the first w/ David Lee Roth since 1984.  The whole day at work, I could not contain myself and couldn’t wait to stop by Target on my way home to get the new CD.  Now, I could’ve easily bought the album on my iPhone at any point in time during the day, but for this particular album, I wanted a physical copy.  Chalk it up to being older, nostalgic (I grew up listening to VH and was heartbroken when DLR left in 1985), whatever.  Either way, I felt like a kid again when I got home that night, opened the disc, checked out the artwork and of course, jammed out the album at max volume (even though I had already previewed most of  it on YouTube the week prior).

About an hour after listening to ADKOT, I was on Twitter and notice a tweet from Tommy Lee giving iTunes props for honoring Motley Crue’s current Vegas residency by putting all of their albums on sale for $7.99.  Being a huge Crue fan, I immediately went over to iTunes and on a whim purchased Too Fast for Love and Motley Crue (their one and only album with John Corabi and IMO their best album musically, but this is a different argument for another day).  For the record, I already own these albums in different physical formats, but the fact that they were a) on sale/cheap and b) so easily consumable is why I bought them without giving the purchase much thought.

Now, this experience is in stark contrast to the VH one, but I think it shows on a small level why the existence of physical units in the future is in jeopardy.  Although people still value the “ownership” of their music, they are more interested in being “connected” and having music “accessible” to them at any given time.  Overall, I guess that I too prefer to buy my music digitally these days, and it appears that the VH buying experience was an anomaly.  However, it was sure nice to have one more trip down memory lane and feel the same excitement I felt when I bought 1984 on vinyl as a 10-year old kid.  Unfortunately, in today’s “gotta have it yesterday” world, the opportunity to feel this way will soon cease to exist along with the once indestructible compact disc.

Note:  This blog is only applicable to people that actually BUY music.  If an artist chooses to give his/her music away for free, then I’m totally cool with that.  Case in point, you can download a number of tracks on this site for free!  However, if you’re someone who gets all of your music from pirated sites, then you’re a thief and should be treated as such if caught.  

Brenna Lynn debut CD!

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 17-year old singer/songwriter Brenna Lynn released her self-titled debut CD.  I produced, tracked and mixed the album at Studio 13.  B. Youngs mastered it, and James Neyman created another stellar cover w/ photos taken by Brenna’s mom, Maureen.  Take a quick listen to a couple of the tracks below and help out a young artist…pick up a CD!

1.  Hello, My Name Is

2.  Arm Candy

3.  Symptoms

4.  Sharp Broken Glass

5.  Behind This Guitar



On The North Coast…

January 13th, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Happy Friday the 13th!  This week, I began working on the soundtrack for the forthcoming WLFK Productions film On The North Coast.  It’s the final chapter in the Vegas Lou saga!  Check out the trailer below…

Also, be sure to download your free copy of “Power of Tan” by the Alice & Ace Disgrace, one of my new projects.  Have a good one!


Hello world!

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by J. T. in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Welcome to the 13 Recordings website!  This site will be the home of everything 13 Recordings including music, videos, helpful blogs, free digital downloads, merch, etc.

To celebrate the launch of the site, we invite you to download the debut single “Power of Tan” from JT’s new project, the Alice and Ace Disgrace.  There are also many other free downloads available throughout the site…visit the Releases tab to get yours!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

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