Danny and Goldie in the studio. Photo by Avia Rosen
I had the honor of playing a bunch of horns on this record, with the homies David Moyer (of the Double D Horns), Jordan Katz and P Blake Cooper. The ending of this track is one of my favorite parts of the record. We tracked the horn parts in the big room at Ocean Way. There were no charts - Josh had this whole arrangment in his head and sang us each part, MJ style. He then conducted us in the studio.
Me and David Moyer played all the horns on this song, which was produced by Mike Elizondo Jr. at Can Am, one of our favorite studios of all time to record in. This is the second #1 record I've had the good fortune to play on.
The Double D Horns make a cameo on this banger from Daye Jack, which is another Mike Elizondo production. Used these really cool Akai mic preamps Mike had recently gotten which to my ears give the horns a real RC Pro Am vibe that suits the track perfectly.
This is a song I wrote with my friend Ian Souter. I'm singing, playing guitar, and a few other instruments on this recording which I produced with Ian, Eric Lilavois and the rest of the band. Jeff Glassberg on bass and bvx, Garth Macaleavey on drums, Ian on guitar brass and bvx, David Moyer playing keys and clarinet, and special guest vocalist Carina Round in the second movement of the piece. Assistant engineering credits to Andrew Nassih and Joe Olendar.
Gary Clark Jr. - Ain't Messin Around - from the album Blak and Blue - trumpet, trombone - produced by Mike Elizondo Jr.#
Regina Spektor - Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) - from the album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats - trumpet - produced by Mike Elizondo Jr.#
Matt Nathanson - Faster - from the album Modern Love - trumpet, trombone - produced by Matt Nathanson and Mark Weinberg#
Lenka - The Show - from the album Lenka - trumpet, euphonium, trombone, flugelhorn, cornet - produced by Stewart Brawley.
David Hopkins - Angels in the Satellites - from the album There Are Debts trumpet, trombone - produced by David Hopkins and Matt Fish - horn arrangement by David Hopkins#
Glen Campbell - Nothing But The Whole Wide World - from the album Ghost On The Canvas - trumpet - produced by Julian Raymond and Howard Willing
David & Devine - More is Better - from the album David & Devine - trumpet, trombone - produced by David & Devine
Eric Hutchinson - The Basement - from the album Moving Up And Living Down - trumpet, trombone - produced by Mike Elizondo Jr.#
Kim Divine - Easy On Me - from the EP Five - flugelhorn, trombone, trumpet - produced by Bill Lefler
DRGN LYZR - Sweet Candy Heart - from the album DRGN LYZR - trumpet, trombone, guitar, keyboards, drum machines - produced by DRGN LYZR*
TOCA - Con Ruido - from the album TOCA - trumpet - produced by TOCA and Colin Fairbairn
Joshua Radin - Brand New Day - from the album Simple Times - cornet, trombone, euphonium - produced by Rob Schnapf - horn arrangement by Jason Borger.
Eric Lilavois - Up For Air - trumpet, trombone - from the album The Only Way - produced by Eric Lilavois#
Spinto Band - Ain't This The Truth - from the album Moonwink - euphonium, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn - produced by Dave Trumfio
The Ventriloquists - Switchblade - from the album Bailout! - trumpet, trombone, euphonium, alto horn, marching baritone, cornet, euphonium, guitar, keyboards - produced by The Ventriloquists*#
Built To Spill - Lifes A Dream - from the album There Is No Enemy - trumpet, trombone, euphonium, alto horn, marching baritone, flugelhorn - produced by Dave Trumfio
Terraplane Sun - Get Me Golden - trumpet - produced by Dave Trumfio#%
Brooke Fraser - Here's To you - from the album Flags - trumpet, trombone - produced by Brooke Fraser
Amanitas - Magic Kind Of Thing - from the album Music for Pig and Horse Wedding - trumpet, trombone, guitar, keyboards, drum machines - produced by Danny T. Levin*
Walter Meego - Here I Am - from the album Wonder Valley - trumpet, trombone, euphonium, alto horn, cornet, euphonium - produced by Dan Burns
Christina Perri - Backwards - from the album Lovestrong - trumpet - produced by Joe Chicarelli
Carina Round - Backseat - from the EP Things You Should Know - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, euphonium, trombone, alto horn - produced by Dan Burns and Carina Round
The Herbert Bail Orchestra - Big Sound - from the album Herbert Bail Orchestra - trumpet, trombone, euphonium - produced by Chris Rondinella
Rilo Kiley - 15 - from the album Under The Blacklight - trumpet, trombone - produced by Mike Elizondo#
# - Features The Double D Horns, aka myself and David Moyer on woodwinds
* - Recorded at MSP Studios
% - Features Gabe Feenberg on trombone.
The Double D Horns, my horn section with woodwind player David Moyer, has been in the studio recently working on some cool stuff. Check out our collaboration with guitarist Chris Schlarb of Psychic Temple on a cover of the song I Love You All The Time by The Eagles of Death Metal. This was mixed by Tom Donovan and is being released as part of the PAIX project and Play It Forward and proceeds are being donated to the victims of the paris attacks.
Speaking of Chris Schlarb, Tinymixtapes just premiered this trailer for his album Psychic Temple plays Music for Airports, which is coming out on Joyful Noise recordings. You can see me playing euphonium, and if you check out the album, you just might hear me play a patient (Chris' word) improvised trombonium solo on the B side.
Popmatters just premiered a new track from Factor and Paranoid Castle called I Want To Go that I played the horns on. This track was the first thing I recorded in my new studio space, and I'm really stoked to have gotten to kick things off with such a cool song. Ended up with 10 tracks of cornet, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, and 7 tromboniums.
My best friend when I was a little kid was named Joel Robinow. I moved out of the neighborhood in 4th grade, started playing trumpet, and didn't see Joel for 20 years. , and then pick up a copy of Rolling Stone and there's Joel playing trumpet in a picture. Turns out he's an amazing guitarist, pianist, songwriter, Musician, one of the tribe as it were. So when I found out he had a band, I hit him up to send me some tracks so I could try adding some horns. Of the ones he sent me, The Old Brain seemed the most intriguing. There were fantastic melodies to orchestrate but also a lot of room to build in textures to make the song more dynamic. Often times I'll knock out more than one song in a single recording session, but this one I spent a full week on - the music demanded a certain style of playing that meant the takes had to be virtually flawless and the scope of the arrangement required recording a massive amount of tracks and then paring away until just the right sound was achieved. 3 alto horns, 2 marching baritones, 9 trumpets, 3 trombones is the ensemble on this. If you ever have the opportunity to catch Once and Future Band live, I strongly suggest you do so, they are ridiculous.