new record releases

This past Tuesday, my latest record entitled "LoCrasto" released. I'm so happy to finally put this thing out. It's been way too long. The songs were all written between 2008 and 2012, so for me, the material sounds dated and old. But hopefully for you, its fresh. Either way, its out now. A little background on the history and making...

I pulled the compositions from a pool of songs I wrote in my apartment and studio, and got a band together. I wanted to do something more live than the last record, which was mostly just me with drum machines. El Dorado made it hard to perform in public and it never really felt right live. That record is mostly a vibe anyways. I love the way it turned out, I just wanted to go in a direction where I could perform live because, well, I love to play live. So I got my band together and started booking gigs around town. We did shows for 6 months and went into the studio and did the record. I had it mixed shortly after and then went into a 2 year ordeal of doing some remixing and not having money to finish it to eventually having some money to start to finish it, and finally getting it mastered and sent off for pressing.

(Disclaimer: this next paragraph is about gear and sample rates. Feel free to skip.)

We did the entire record to 1" tape at our studio in Brooklyn, which sounds awesome. There was also a small amount of drums and bass tracking over at Studio G to a fancier 2" machine which also sounds great. After tracking, Pete came over and did the transfers from tape through his badass burl converters at 192khz, which is a high sample rate for audio. As a result, it sounded like it was coming off the tape machine while it was playing in pro tools. We also bounced everything at 96khz just to be safe in case Pete's computer would have issues processing at 192khz. We of course had to AB the 192 to 96, and I must say, the difference was astounding. I wasn't expecting to hear a difference but it was there alright. At 192, there was so much more depth. It sounded analog. There was none of that brittle high end with low resolution in the mids and lows that digital seems to produce. 96 sounded like an mp3 compared to 196. Unfortunately only a few of the songs from the record ended up being mixed at that sample rate. It just takes too much power on the program and computer. And that's my nerdy audiophile geek out for those who like that kind of information.

I'll be back in New York in July and am shooting to do a show there in August. In the meantime enjoy the tunes posted here on the site and if you'd like to buy a copy, just hit up my bandcamp page. There's a link on the home page of this website.