Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Heavy Reggae Recording with Prince Polo & Clive Chin


  I've had some really fun sessions recently at The Kennel with Billy Szeflinski (aka Prince Polo) and Clive Chin.  Billy and Clive are both heavy producers, Clive's father Vincent "Randy" Chin owned/operated "Randy's Studio 17" in Kingston, Jamaica starting in the 1970's, where they worked with artists like Bob Marley, The Wailers, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Lord Creator, etc.

  Clive has an insane amount of original, unreleased tapes featuring these legendary musicians.  Together, Billy and Clive have begun digitizing these amazing tunes and preparing for quite the historic release.  However, some songs are missing things like vocals, horns, etc.  That's where I come in... (more info/music after the jump)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Booking a tour for Ikebe Shakedown

  Recently I've spent much of my time booking an Ikebe Shakedown tour to Chicago and back.  It's by far the farthest, longest trip we'll ever have taken, and it's been quite an educational process.  I'm not a fan of spending all my time emailing and calling venues, flipping between google maps tabs, etc.

  That being said, I'm happy to be seeing some results of the work that I and Robin (our guitarist) have been putting in.  Here are the dates!

4.19 - Brooklyn NY - Barbes
4.24 - Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live w/The Right Now
4.27 - Kingston NY - Keegan Ales
4.28 - Albany NY - Red Square w/Oobleck
5.4   - Providence RI - The Spot Underground
5.5   - Northampton MA - Bishops Lounge w/Shokazoba
5.11 - Ithaca NY - Castaways w/Mutron Warriors
5.12 - Buffalo NY - Nietzches w/Psychedelphia, Slip Madigan
5.14 - Hamilton ON - This Ain't Hollywood w/Sound One
5.15 - Toronto ON - The Rex Hotel
5.16 - Ann Arbor MI - Live
5.18 - Chicago IL - Double Door w/Soul Summit DJ's
5.19 - Pittsburgh PA - Thunderbird Cafe

More dates are coming!