Introducing: Petting Zoo Records, Ian Franklin “Breaking Grounds”, Kickstarter, etc... - April 5, 2012
On the Record, In the Studio, On the Stage
Here we go folks! I am happy to announce the arrival of (drum roll please.... ok, the drummer overslept and missed the session):
Petting Zoo Records!!!
You heard it here first, I have started a record label to support the music and artists I have been fortunate enough to work with here at the Petting Zoo. For our first release we’ve selected Ian Franklin as our inaugural artist. His debut full length album “Breaking Grounds” will be released this June on Petting Zoo Records (PZR).
We’ll be posting more information and some tasty sound bites about this soon. In the meantime, please check out our facebook page and “Like” us. This way you’ll get all the latest PZR news as it develops.
But wait, Ian needs help finishing this project. P lease take a moment to check out his Kickstarter campaign. If you feel moved by his music and story, please consider even the most modest contribution. Remember, a dime for Ian is a vote for Petting Zoo!
I've been working on a number of projects at the Petting Zoo this winter and spring. Besides Ian putting the finishing touches on his record, The Courtney Janes, a folk duo from Marin County, have been in the studio recording their second release “The Long Season”. I like to think of their sound as Simon and Garfunkle meets bluegrass, but for this album, they’re going a little more Rock n’ roll, and a bit more Jazzy. They’ve recorded a great batch of songs live with drums and bass (including yours truly on upright for a couple tunes) in the same room, imagine that! Sure, there will be a few overdubs here and there to enhance the overall sound, but for the most part, what you’ll here is what the band played!
And yours truly has been back at it, working on my next batch of songs between sessions. I’ll bve overdubbing some guitar and bass parts later in April, and hope to have a 5 song EP ready by summer.
Outiside of the Petting Zoo, I've been recording and mixing some artists you may, or may not have heard of, yet in the KFOG Playspace. Most recently I was forunate to record and mix the very talented Lana Del Rey. If you haven’t check out her hauntingly sultry mu sings yet, get to it. Her vocal and lyrical style is both fresh and familiar, and quite evocative.
Later this month I’ll be in the playspace recording reggae pop legend Jimmy Cliff, Suzanne Vega, and in May, Edward Sharpe.
Thanks to Chuck Smith, Andrew Stern, and the whole KFOG crew for making things happen!
BEN ON STAGE
OK, I've got 1 performance this month, so if I'm in your zip code, get your arse out there!
I'll be playing bass with this Bay Area Bluegrass outfit as they reunite for a brief tour of the SF mission.
853 Valencia St. Between 19th & 20th, San Francisco
ABOUT PETTING ZOO RECORDS
(PZR) is a small independent label based in Oakland, CA, that releases recordings from Petting Zoo Studio and Producer Ben Bernstein. In addition to conventional CD releases, PZR focuses on high quality, small batch vinyl, and digital download-only releases reducing our sonic "footprint" on the earth. Call it, "Farm to Fan" Music!