End of Summer Update (aka Who cares about the MTV music awards?)

It’s been a long time so let’s get right to it:

Sarah Blacker’s new record “In Waves” is being distributed by Caroline/Universal. The combination of her amazing songwriting with the stellar musicianship to compliment it make this her best record to date. Don’t believe me? Check out this great video of her with Jed Gottlieb

Jenee Halstead’s EP “Edge of the World” has come out to extraordinary high praise, including this review in the Boston Herald. Jenee is coming back in to turn the EP into a full length and I couldn’t be more excited to continue this creative collaboration.

Speaking of great singers, Mark Lipman’s new EP “Goodbye Co-Pilot” has finally seen the light of day. Mark is a spectacular singer and it was a true joy to be a part of his debut.

Fil Pacino continues to work on his follow up to “Death by Lions”. Fil continues to write great songs and right now the challenge is sorting through which ones are the statement he wants to make for his new record. Look for a sneak peek coming soon!

The Wednesday’s have begun work on their second release, this ensemble is one of the nicest collections of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with; fun fact: we never get together on Wednesdays.

Aldous Collins released his new single “Bernadette” this summer with the surprise appearance of Steve Smith (Dirty Vegas) on drums! This, along with Lennie Peterson (trombone) and Sam Deschene (trumpet) brought this track to a new level for ACB.

Claire Maisto will have a batch of singles very soon, Claire continues to grow as a songwriter and musician and was recently interviewed where she said some awfully nice things about me….awww shucks! Thank Claire!

Ben Knight brought his band in to do a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie”. I hadn’t worked with Ben before, but this was a very rewarding experience both musically and personally. These guys can really play!!

Diana Inez has continued to record songs for her debut EP and has brought in one of my favorite bands B11 to play as her backup band. Being that this is one of my favorite bands in Boston I was very excited to have them on board.

I’ve recently been engineering a record for Jenna Lotti being produced by Susan Cattaneo.  Susan brings a wealth of songwriting knowledge as well as a group of world class musicians to this project.   This has already been a really fun project and I can’t wait until they come in to do more!

The rest of the crew has been busy as well. Zach Bloomstein has hit the ground running since his graduation from the New England Institute of Art. He and Steph Durwin have been busy working with Producer Andrew Odell on records with Mother Moses and Minor Moon. Here’s hoping they can move on to the letter “P” soon. Zach and Steph have also recently produced a record for Ellen Siberian Tiger and Cam Burke. Zach has also engineered a new EP for Todd Nickerson and Katie Boc. Also we are continuing pre-production this week with Zach’s band Snowhaus. Steph and I will be co-producing and Steph will be taking the reins as engineer.

Benny Grotto has also been through lately doing some overdubs with Aloud and GoZu.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading everybody; until next time!

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Back From the Groundhog Hole

Here I am posting from the couch at Peerless Mastering listening to Jeff Lipton make Sarah Blacker sound even better than she already does.

It’s been over a year(?!) since I’ve updated this page and a lot has gone on! Where to begin:

Vary Lumar has released not one but two projects this year, both of which are available on their website. Just click the link and they’re all yours!

OldJack put out a great record last year called “What Is Home to You” that I had the privilege of mixing.

Eddie Japan just completed a two song that should be released any minute now.

Benny Grotto and I have been collaborating on a few projects lately, starting with his band Box of Birds, fronted by our mutual assistant Steph Durwin. We had such a blast working together that we decided to continue our mutual admiration collaboration with Ruby Rose Fox. We’ve just finished two songs with her and really hope to continue working together, both with Ruby and on numerous other projects that may cross our paths!

Claire Maisto has continued her prolific pace of writing and releasing killer material. Videos for “Here’s to You” and “Psychopath” will be out soon!

Just finished two songs for Await Rescue. This band is amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to hear this!

Molly Brule Is releasing her debut CD on Tuesday! Check her out!

The other piece of big news happening: I have new neighbors! Steve Smith, Anthony Saffery, Aldous Collins andJay Psaros have taken over the room next to the studio to shoot videos, do electronic production, preproduction and voiceover work. Collectively we are called Hacienda Group and you’ll be seeing a lot more about this in the future!

More to come soon from Diana Inez, Jenee Halstead, Mark Lipman, The Wednesdays, Munk Duane, Fil Pacino and more!

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The Summer of a Dozen Albums

With summer behind me and a moment to catch my breath I want to update you all on one of the busiest summers in 37’ Productions history!  Starting with a major event in early spring, I was honored to be named New England Music Awards Producer of the Year for 2012.  It’s an amazing honor to be recognized by a group of people so respected in the New England music scene and to be in the same category with talented producers who I admire.

It was a distinct pleasure to be a part of the post production/mixing team for Queensrÿche’s self titled release.  Queensrÿche debuted at #23 on Billboard top 200 this summer and it was an incredible experience to work with the renowned Jimbo Barton again.

Sarah Blackers third release, Precious Little Things, has received numerous press accolades over the summer and Sarah was selected by the website/application www.Bandoftheday.com.   Her continued growth as a writer, artist and musician is an inspiration to me and I look forward to continuing to work with her.   Sarah was also recognized at the New England Music Awards as Female Performer of the Year.  Well deserved Sarah!

Finished mixing Victoria’s’s self-titled debut album, mastered by Fred Kevorkian.  It was released in the May 2013 and has really showcased her talent and the amazing musicians on the album.

Completed Munk Duane’s EP Argue with Gravity; Munk is someone I have and continue to enjoy working with and the musicians in his band, Tony Savarino, Mike Levesque and Steve Benson are absolutely incredible.

Fil Pacino’s debut solo album Death By Lions is being released on September 22, 2013 at the Presidents Club in Quincy, MA.  Fil is an amazing talent; look forward to this one.

Tanner Walle’s Bodega EP has just been mastered by Joe Lambert earlier this week and is set to release this fall.  Working with Tanner is always inspiring experience for me and this record is no exception; his use of electronic loops with acoustic instruments always present a new and exciting sonic palette.

Boyan Haristov is releasing his debut record B11.  This is an amazing Jazz record with a collection of stellar musicians who recorded live in studio between May and July.  I cannot wait for people to hear how astounding Brian Holtz, Mike Levesque and Tom Appleman are.

This record is also bittersweet for me as it is the last session on which I was assisted by Mary Lea Simpson who passed away tragically in June.  Mary was the first assistant I had ever hired and will always have a special place at 37’ Productions and in my heart. She will be sorely missed.

Claire Maisto and I have been working on Claire’s second release.  It is a true joy to watch Claire’s growth as an artist and musician.  To see the evolution of a writer and musician so talented is impressive at any age but Claire is well beyond her years.

Totem recently completed mixing their latest EP which includes my favorite batch of songs they have ever written.  It’s been a long time between releases for these guys so keep your ears open!

Currently in the throes of mixing Kristen Merlin’s debut cd.  Kristen’s is a powerhouse of a singer and is constantly gigging (giggity) and her fan base is anxiously awaiting this great collection of songs.

Rachel Rynick is on the verge of completing the tracking for her debut cd.  Rachel’s previous experience as an opera singer has brought a unique perspective to making her first rock album and everyone is very excited for what’s to come.  Look for it December 2013.

Next on board, is mixing for the band Singlecast, this is a full-on in-your-face rock record; by a trio of great guys and musicians.  This record will melt your face off!

Just started tracking Big Lonesome’s debut this week, everyone is excited so far and we are looking forward to watching this grow and develop.

Brad McCarthy has been busy as well producing records for Last Call, Rob Pagnano, and Michael Rahman.

Eliot Bayless, along with helping to record the B11 record has been busy with the new release for Composted.

Steph Durwin has been busy in her first few months at the studio producing a record with Low Key Confusion, engineering for Paul Sullivan, and starting pre-production with yours truly on her band Box of Birds.


That’s all for now. Looking ahead to upcoming projects (some secret, some not so secret) in the near future. In the meantime, keep creating!

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Snowpocalypse Post 2013

Happy 2013 y’all!  Hope you’ve all had a great start to the year.  A blizzard is a perfect time to make an update because 37’ Productions has been very busy this past year.

Had a part in the on the Matchbox Twenty performance at the iTunes concert released late fall 2012.  Did some vocal mixing for the incomparable Jimbo Barton.  Jimbo and I have been working together for over 10 years now and he has had a large part in making the engineer that I am today.  So it’s always an honor, when we get a chance to work together, to answer the call.

Mixing the Wednesdays debut “Red Letter Day” this is a great group of people with a wonderful collection of songs and beautiful harmonies; it was a joy to mix this.  The CD release party is planned for February 23rd.  You can get tickets here.

Old Jack was in to record their holiday single as well as a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You”.  This is a group I have wanted to work with for a long time.  I had a lot of fun working on this project!

Just finished recording and mixing Sarah Blacker’s soon to be released EP “Precious Little Things”.  This was her first recording with a full 5-piece band which includes new addition Erik White of the Brothers McCann.  We took some new and daring approaches to recording this and the result is a beautiful and spacious recording that is a true step forward for Sarah both as a performer and a writer.  I can’t wait for all of you to hear this! She has a pledge music donation site out which you can check out here.

Just finished mixing Vary Lumar’s new EP “Capture”, their first release after a 15 month hiatus.  This project continues the band’s evolution into the electronic realm.  Most of the music was done in a program called Ableton Live and brought to 37’ Productions to add guitars, vocals and horns to what was already a bumpin’ group of tracks.  While this is more electronic based, the melodic songwriting continues to evolve and amaze.  Keep an eye out for this very soon!

Also just finished a second single for Velah entitled “Knotted”.  I love working with this band!  They write great songs and are a great group of people, I look forward to doing more with them as they are one of my favorite bands in Boston.

Munk Duane has started recording his new EP.  Over the years Munk has done a stellar job of producing, recording, and performing his music all on his own.  This EP is a departure for him as it is the first time in a long time he has enlisted the help of a producer and session musicians.  We all think the results speak for themselves, look for a Spring 2013 release.

Eric Calderone Group was in recording their debut CD as a live jazz quintet.  This is the first time a jazz quintet has recorded live in the studio at 37’ Productions and we were all very excited with the results.  It’s honestly very easy to make records like this when you have such outstanding musicians to record!

About to start mixing Victoria Smith’s debut album, which features Tony Savarino, Mike Levesque, Rusty Scott, and yours truly.  Vicki is a great up-and-coming songwriter with a wide array of influences.  I’m looking forward to this release and being a part of her growth as an artist.

Starting vocals for a new band called Singlecast; this is a collection of musicians from the bands Bone Dry System and Seventh Room.  We’re all really excited about how this is sounding so far and can’t wait to get this music out there!

Eliot Bayless is holed up this blizzard weekend starting the new Composted release.  Eliot and the band haven’t gone stir crazy yet, and anticipate melting some faces with this one.

Brad McCarthy has been in recently working on new material with the Barricades and the Wild Northern, as well as new songs from Rob Pagnano.  Brad never fails to deliver great sounding music, and from what I’ve heard of each of these he’s only getting better.

Throughout the rest of the winter, we’ll be continuing to work with Totem, Fil Pacino, Kristen Merlin, Rachel Rynick, and Paul Sullivan.  Until next time!


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Retrospective: Pt. I

Hello all! As I sit here, reviewing the past year in my head, I’m humbled and overwhelmed. We’ve been very lucky to work with so many talented artists and musicians! I’m not sure where to begin, so I’m just going to go with what I remember at this time:

Tanner Walle was one of the last projects I did in 2011, as well as one of my favorites. Tanner, his bass player Justin Hosek and I spent a couple of weeks inspiring each other to make great art and lift Tanner’s music to its fullest potential. Here’s an example: Tanner Walle – Favor

Sarah Blacker came in to mix her EP, Perfectly Imperfect. She is always a joy to work with and mix. Perfectly Imperfect

Brad Delava brought Brian Marquis in to record his acoustic solo EP. Brad is a great engineer and, combined with Brian’s amazing talents, came out with an incredible collection of songs.

Girls Guns and Glory came in to overdub and mix their Jello/You You You single. These guys always seem to hit the mark & play with a passion!

Highway Ghosts returned to mix their new full length, Beyond All Help. The songs are a step forward for these guys; I’m proud to work with them!

6East, a Cape Cod duo produced by Rob Loyot, was mixed by yours truly. 6East is currently charting Top 30 on the AMA charts, so check ’em out soon!

Vary Lumar released their It’s OK We’re OK EP, featuring the songs EMT Love and Facelift. This band always releases incredible material, so go download these songs. P.S.: They’re FREE!!!

That’s an overview of the second half of 2011. Next post: the first half of 2012! Until then, make great art!

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Spring Blooms with HDX!

Oh, how do we love shiny new things!

Nerd alert: The next few sentences will be all about geeing out, so please skip the next paragraph if numbers make you sleepy.

A nice, new, beautifully fast Mac Pro 12-core 2.66 GHz with 36GB of RAM is fully installed with an Avid HDX card and running beautifully! All updates are made and all systems are a go! We’ve been primed for a new DAW here for a while and all of us are looking forward to sessions with this setup!

As for this past few months, I’ve been lax in posting because of everything that’s been happening both in studio and out, so a retrospective post (or two) is/are in order, either later this week or early next. In the meantime, I’m headed back to geeking out!

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Like a Phoenix From the Ashes…

Welcome to the new & improved 37′ Productions site! We’re really excited about the work that everyone over at Owland Agency for the great design work.

There are some new pages on the site, an updated gear list, new photos, bios on the engineers working here, a list of audio & video services that you may or may not know that we provide here, all under this shiny new umbrella!

We’re excited to show all of you the new awesomeness coming your way, including the 37Footcast, which will feature roundtable discussions on recording, gear geeking, music biz as it relates to the local artist, and complete randomness. There will also be a Live at 37′ Videocast, a collection of local & regional artist performing live in-studio! In the meantime, check out this interview with Sean McLaughlin at Green Light Go!

Thanks for coming to check us out! Be sure to contact sean@37ft.com for any info or a free studio tour, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and keep checking back for more updates. Enjoy!

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Post Vegas 37′ Style

Hello world-

Sitting here at Peerless Mastering during Xenia Dunford‘s mastering session after landing in Boston just a few short hours ago. Had a great weekend in Las Vegas; made some great friends, caught Elvis Costello front row at the Pearl, saw the amazing Love Cirque de Soleil show (a MUST SEE for every Beatles fan!), had great steak at N9ne, just an all around fantastic time!

Now, sitting here listening to the master ply his trade, I wanted to update you all on a few things, like Vary Lumar in the New York Times & W Mag Too cool!

Sarah Blacker has been touring in support of “Come What May”. Check out this performance on American Hollar Live Concert Series!

In other band news, Seventh Room has been tracking away & we’ve been psyched with everything so far!

Mike Tarara is plugging away at his new EP, which I’m looking forward to playing for all of you.

TOTEM has a surprise coming up. I’d say more, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy 😉

Bone Dry System also has a new release in the works. Nothing new to add, but it’s gonna be awesome!

Owlandagency is working diligently on the new 37′ website, which should be up in June. All sorts of fun items expected, including a podcast, video cast, and more studio related things. I’m looking forward to having Brad McCarthy & Eliot Bayless’ talents on display finally, as well as a gear list & photos for all the online world to see!

In the meantime, I’ve been listening to Michael Brandvold’s podcast on the “new music biz”. Very cool & highly recommended!

That’s all for now. Check me out on Facebook, Twitter & right here! Until next time, enjoy every sandwich!

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Forward

Welcome to 2011, albeit a few months late. I’m currently typing this from Peerless Mastering during Vary Lumar‘s session for “The Jig Is Up”, coming out digitally on April 9. The CD Release is at Church on April 23. Hope to see you all there!

In other news, the design for the new website is underway! The site will finally include studio photos, a gear list, engineer bios, a fancy audio player and the introduction of the 37′ Podcast, which will feature engineer roundtables & music videocasts with 37’ artists and a few special guests! Thanks to The folks at Owland Agency for their creative and technical talents!

Sarah Blacker has been getting some amazing press for her latest release “Come What May” check out this one, this one & this one. I love this girl (and play bass with her), and it’s great to see this great collection of songs get the recognition they deserve!

Totem is coming back in for a two song release following their very successful EP. I love having these guys in, and they’re recording my two favorite songs of theirs! Can’t wait for the rest of the world to hear them!

Xenia Dunford has started her debut EP this week. The incomparable Mike Levesque laid down some fantastic drum tracks and Xenia’s going to add her beautiful keys and vocals later this month.

Bone Dry System started their next EP last weekend. This material is a slight departure from all of their previous work. I hope you all enjoy it!

Brian Packer brought Yellowbirdd too add Steve Sinatra‘s incredible drumming to some great songs. I can’t wait to hear the finished product!

Mike Tarara is starting an EP next week. I look forward to working with Mike and an amazing group of musicians on this!

Last but not least, Seventh Room starting the follow up to their debut EP at the end of March. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time! Should be a fun spring!

I’ll keep you all updated on the website status and podcast. In the meantime, enjoy SXSW if you’re going, enjoy the Rock ‘n Roll Rumble, and enjoy life & music!

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August and Everything After…until Thanksgiving

Well, here we are, at the end of autumn, and so much has happened (new artists, a new baseball champion, a new congress) that I hope I can remember all of it. Let’s see…

The Brightest Lights have finished their debut CD, and the reviews thus far have Bren fantastic! The official release is December 22 at church,, so if you’re in Boston come on out!

Sarah Blacker second release, entitled “Come What May” is mixed and being mastered by the incomparable Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering on December 6th. There are a few guests on this one, as noted in previous posts, and we’re all thrilled with how the CD has come out! The CD release party is February 18 at Club Passim, so don’t miss it!

Vary Lumar is onto tracking vocals for their third release, and it’s shaping up to be their best effort yet! I can’t recommend them enough!

I mixed a project for Rob Loyot of Noise in the Attic in September. The very young (16 years old!) and talented Garrett Brown is someone for whom you all need to keep your ears open.

Bone Dry System is returning to 37′ in December. The plan is to record a 5-song, and these guys move quickly, so expect an early 2011 release!

Also returning in January are old friends . Seventh RoomThere’s a slight change in direction in store, although I prefer to think of it as a natural evolution, so this should be a fun and very cool one!

A few releases of note recently:

Tony Savarino‘s solo debut, “Guitaring” has been getting rave reviews even before its official release!, check out this one, and this one!

Totem has also been getting a boatload of praise for their self-titled return to local prominence. Check out their reviews in Hear Now Live Boston Band Crush and the RSL!

That’s all for now. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, and enjoy all the great new music from 37′ and everywhere!

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