Fall/Winter 2012 Update
In the spring of 2012 we wrapped production on a new album for Australia's Mia Dyson. Pat Cupples and I produced the album; I played drums. "The Moment" is out now in partnership with The Co-Op. The album has garnered incredible critical acclaim down under -- Rolling Stone awarded it 4 stars. You can read some of the press here.
Early 2012 also saw the release of "The Western Score" by The Pullmen, a western punk band that includes some former heavy-hitters on the west coast punk scene, and features my brother-in-law Shane on vocals. We're gearing up for more recording this fall and celebrating some amazing experiences this summer, including opening for X and Pennywise.
Hotels & Highways hit the road this summer and released a brand new EP of music recorded in a basement in western Mass (Wilbraham, to be exact) in between tour dates. "Greetings From Wilbraham" was released as a gift to our fans immediately when our summer tour ended on July 1. I'm so proud of the high quality work we did in such a short time. We're welcoming a new baby Hotel into the world this fall and taking it easy with a few dates. We'll be back at it in 2013.
Visit hotelsandhighways.com for more information.
In late summer I began production of a new album for the Ojai/Ventura artist B Willing, who has almost as many pseudonyms as I do -- Brendan Willing James is his given name. We started with rehearsals in July and after tracking basics at Brotheryn and doing post-production at my space (The Co-Op West, I've started calling it), we're close to mixing it. B has some great schemes about the release of this batch of songs, and I look forward to seeing them through.
I'll check back in the spring of 2013.