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Astrid & The Canyon Hut

In 15 days astrid will start recording our new album at Canyon Hut Studios in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California. Willie and I have been bouncing demos back and forth across the pond since July and have written over 30 songs for this record. Later this week we’ll pick our favorite 10 to concentrate on. We’re also going to try and write together before starting the recording.

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Recording in Laurel canyon will be a bit of a trip for Willie and I since most of the music we listened to growing up came out of The Canyon. We used to listen to CSN, The Byrds and The Doors constantly when we were little kids and I feel like those bands were hugely influential to the early astrid sound. It will be nice to soak up such rich musical history and hopefully that will reflect on these recordings.

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For this part of the process we will be joined on drums by Dash Hutton (pictured above) from Haim who also played and sang on the Majestic 12 record I released earlier this Summer.

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Gareth will be laying down his bass parts later this year when we get the guts of the record done here in L.A but in the meantime bass player/producer Eric McCann will be joining us also to help keep us right and get an idea of how it should all sound. Eric has played on and produced my solo records, the Majestic 12 releases and also plays bass in Broken Arrow with me.

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We’ll probably get in the studio and jam out the songs for a day or so and then just get straight into recording. Once we get everything done here the record will then be sent to Glasgow where Gareth can lay down his parts. This record will be mixed by Tony Doogan (pictured above) who produced Play Dead and both Reindeer Section albums, Willie’s ODR records not to mention every incredible record that has come out of Scotland in the last 20 years. We’re very happy Tony has come on board this project and look forward to hearing some final mixes.

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Finally we will have some news to announce in November to coincide with re-releasing ‘One In Four’ later in the month. This will be the first time the 3rd astrid album will have been available digitally and it will be released on Indiscretion Records. Stay tuned to our FB page for more news on that as we will be doing something special to celebrate the record coming out.

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Tales From The Canyon

Last week Brandi and I went to finish tracking the last of the ‘Broken Arrow’ single with Paul Wilson at his place in Laurel Canyon. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve lived in this city, I still get chills when I think about the history and stories from certain parts of LA. Whether it’s the neighborhoods Bukowski used to roll in or places where some of my favorite movies were shot. Laurel Canyon is certainly the most rich in musical history and the energy there is tangible. It’s a pretty wonderful environment to be creative in and I guess that’s why it still remains such a popular place for artists and musicians. It was a nice way to finish up these recordings which were spread out over 4 different studios.

We spent a fair amount of time working on ‘Warning Signs’ which is Brandi’s nod to some of the records that have influenced her songwriting over the years. When I was recording my backing vocals on this song I couldn’t help but thinking that the track has a very delicate, authentic 70’s feel to it so I’m really excited about sharing this record once we fix a release date. Her vocal on this song is heartbreaking, just beautiful.

‘Danger Signals’ is the flip side of this single and was the first song Brandi and I got together after promotion of my solo EP wrapped last year. It was fairly obvious when we played this song with a full band that it was time to start a band and move away from the singer/songwriter thing.

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Eric McCann plays hypnotic bass on this song mixed with Paul Wilson’s angular, 90’s style guitars and so far that mix is working a treat for us. We’re spending the next few weeks putting a plan together for this release and as soon as we have details I’ll post them on this site.

After having said all that about moving away from the singer/songwriter thing I’ll be playing a solo show (very rare for me these days) at Malo in Silverlake, this Wednesday night (09/10). I’ll be playing with my buddies Rodney Eastman and Michael Miller. This is a free show so if you’re around please come and grab a taco or two with us. This event starts at 8.30pm. It’s always an intimate, cosy vibe at Malo so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be playing 3 new songs which I have written for my next solo record, some older songs and maybe a Matthew Teardrop cover or two.

Deejay Sean Patrick and I have been busy recently putting together some great line ups and events for our Monday nights at Harvard & Stone. This coming Monday (9/8) we have Lou Barlow playing solo and Joel Jerome and his Babies on Acid. All our events are free and this is a special solo show as Lou is away with Sebadoh pretty much the rest of the year so let’s send him off in style!

Then in October (10/6) we are having Mark Gardener (Ride) come visit us and play a mix of old and new songs. It’s been a few years since I saw Mark so I’m looking forward to seeing him and hearing his new material.

I’m also happy to announce that Harvard & Stone has been nominated in 7 categories in the “Best of LA” LA Weekly Readers Poll. We were nominated in the following categories BEST BAR FOR PEOPLE WATCHING, BEST BAR WITH LIVE MUSIC, BEST BARTENDER, JILL WEBSTER, BEST HAPPY HOUR, BEST MUSIC VENUE, BEST WHISKEY BAR, BEST MODERN COCKTAIL BAR and Sean Patrick is also down for best DJ too! If you feel up to it and would like to vote for us in any of the categories just click here and follow the instructions. To keep up to date on the shows I’m booking at Harvard & Stone just go direct to their website and check out the calender.

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