Saturday, December 1, 2018

Rat Silo - Oh, Fuck Off Tony (LIve)

Rat Silo performed at the Anza Club this past Thursday, Nov 29th, 2018.  "Oh Fuck Off Tony" was the closing song to their set and we filmed it for fun.

Several years back I produced Rat Silo's debut album "What The Butler Saw" and then two years after that I mixed the follow up "Doubleplusungood".

The song in this video, "Oh, Fuck Off Tony" was always a favorite of mine from that album so it was no surprise that this song was a highlight of their set the other evening.

The members of Rat Silo are from several legendary Canadian bands. Singer, guitarist Jim Newton and bassist Don Binns were in the seminal rock band Sons of Freedom, drummer Sean Stubbs has performed in countless groups including Gorilla Gorilla, Chrome Dog and Numb, while electronics are provided by Erkan Gencol.

Camera work by Mark Henning and Isabelle Dunlop. Editing by Mark Henning.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Video Single: Not Just Another Night - Zombie Roof

This was an interesting project, something I'd been toying with for a while: to do a one-day video single in a proper studio. I'd made one with Sex With Strangers on their Momento video, but that was done in a rehearsal room with a Mackie mixer. This time I had an SSL in a world class studio to play with. My goal was to record, mix and film a video all in one day. Zombie Roof was the band that agreed to do it!

Zombie Roof are from Squamish (mostly, let's say the west coast islands area). We recorded an album in two days back in 2016 at Afterlife Studio. Afterlife is the old Mushroom studio with a slightly revamped room and completely new control room. Those ten songs went down easily. I didn't have any time with them before we started recording that Saturday morning but we managed six or seven bed tracks on that first day. We were recording vocal overdubs by 4pm the next day! I couldn't believe how quickly it all came together. 

Jump to Summer 2018 and the band reached out to me once again. This time to record a single. I said yes but I wanted to use Hipposonic this time instead. I'd had two successful sessions in their earlier this year with Savanarola and wanted to keep learning that room.  Plus it would be big enough to film the band playing live. 

A couple emails back and forth, one pre-production session at Soundhouse Studio (nice people; well built rehearsal space) and then we showed up on Oct 13th to record "Not Just Another Night." I'll say big props to assistant engineer Liam Moes at Hipposonic; what a smooth running day, everything was ready and waiting and sounding good. Great work, Liam, thank you.

We tracked the song live off the floor. One guitar in the left speaker, the other in the right. Bass and vocals in the middle with some loud-ass drums filling the spaces in between. What a joy it is to work in the old Little Mountain Sound studio B again. Nothing has changed, and Rob Darch (studio owner) has even sorted out how to get the loading bay back into the equation. It's the 90's all over again. This was the room that I shadowed Tom Lord Alge while he mixed Pureafunalia in a week. This was the room that Pure made our first single "Laughing Like a Fiend" with John Webster producing, Ken Lomas engineering, and Mike Plotnikoff assisting. I think we also recorded the acoustic version of Tall Grass on that session as well. 

Back to Zombie Roof. The core of this band has been working together since the early 90's. I knew they could play, so why mess with things right? I wanted it to sound as big as it could without overdubs. A real live off the floor record. Trent, the singer, did a good job tracking with the band but even behind a baffle Enzo's drums were bleeding heavily into his mic so we retracked the lead vocals (and then doubled it as I still love that sound). The bridge was just a quick couple backing vocal overdubs with guitarist Todd's daughter on the oohs and a 12 string to give it some freshness. All told we took nine takes and then grabbed one better fill from our 8th take, fixed a bass note, a guitar bend and that was it! 

Then I mixed the song while the band was setting up to do their video performance. I was still mixing the song while Kale Beaudry and Benn McGuire were filming the band! Great work from both of them as well.  Really appreciate the gimbal work Kale.  

Printed a mix that evening at Hipposonic, along with stems, and then packed up a good days work. We had Craig Waddell master the mix and then, after several evenings at the computer editing, I came up with this Zombie Roof - Not Just Another Night.  Please have a look!  

Thanks for reading,

Monday, November 5, 2018

Simple Minds on Records In My Life

It is with a great deal of pride that I post this interview. Simple Minds were one of my favorite bands growing up. They seemed to be so far ahead of everyone else in their sound and song writing. When we confirmed this interview I was extremely excited. Meeting and talking music with Jim Kerr was easily one of the highlights of making Records In My Life. Have a watch, he gave a great interview!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Records In My Life now has a Patreon Page

After over three years of making the series Records In My Life, Charles and I are looking for some assistance in creating the series.  One way we are offering is via our new Patreon page. Patreon allows for people to provide small monthly sponsorships, or patronage, that we can then use to help pay for operating expenses and eventually use to upgrade our gear, and hire other people to add to our team. 

If you have been enjoying our show and would like to help us out please click thru to the link below:

There will be unique content, behind the scenes footage, special merchandise, and for the very generous patron we will include you in the credits of upcoming episodes. Podcasts have been made but not released yet, and there are several excellent interviews we've shot over the years that could be made available in their complete form, without edits, for our Patreon subscribers. If you are a substantial patron we'll even allow you the option of choosing which videos you'd like to see made available. 

We hope you'll consider helping us continue to make the series.  Each year we've improved, our guests have come from even more varied places and the show has gained in its professionalism and style.  With your help we can continue to grow and bring you more artists and music to explore and discover. 

Thanks for reading, and hope you can give us a bit of support! Cheers
Mark Henning

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Superorganism on Records In My Life

The musical collective Superorganism recently performed in Vancouver and we had the opportunity to chat with drummer Tucan and guitarist Harry about the music the band members share in common as well as them revealing Elton John is a fan!

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Districts on Records In My LIfe from Treefort Music fest

We caught up with Connor and Pat of the band The Districts while we were down in Boise for Treefort Music Fest. The 1/2 of the band told us about opening for The Rolling Stones, how they made their latest album Popular Manipulations as well as making some excellent music recommendations for us all to check out!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Starcrawler on Records In My Life

Starcrawler from Los Angeles joined us just after waking up in Boise, Idaho for a quick chat about music, touring, their new album and safe travel tips!  Brilliant band, great live show and very nice people!  Check it out.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Isabelle Dunlop Spring 2018

We are pleased to present our Spring 2018 video for the Isabelle Dunlop Clothing Store.  Starring actress Carmel Amit, the video follows her walking on Main Street, discovering the shop and finding a unique piece to add to her wardrobe.

Actress Carmel Amit
Videography and editing by Kale Beaudry
Produced by M R Henning for Boutique Empire
Final edit by M R Henning
Music By Combine the Victorious (Good Vibes/Shooting Stars)

Filmed on location at the Isabelle Dunlop Clothing Store
4158 Main Street
Vancouver, BC Canada

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Monday, February 19, 2018

RIML: Tennyson on Records In My Life

We thought we'd lost the hard drive that had this interview on it, but luckily it was only mislabled.  Originally filmed in Oct 2016, here is our interview with the very young but erudite Tennyson.

Monday, February 12, 2018

RIML: Diet Cig

Diet Cig on Records In My Life.  We caught up with Alex and Noah of the band Diet Cig when they performed in Vancouver this past weekend.  The duo is touring in support of their new album Swear I'm Good at This and let us in  on a few of the records that inspired them in its creation as well as a couple long time favorites that have shaped their sound. 

Interview filmed at
The American
928 Main Street,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Monday, January 29, 2018

RIML: Lights

We had such a  good time filming this interview with Lights.  This artist is  talented, motivated, and hard working - putting out a six part graphic novel, which she wrote and drew, as well as a full length album which accompanies the artwork, correlating the story between the music and artwork.

Filmed at the Isabelle Dunlop Clothing Store, 4158 Main Street Vancouver, BC, Canada last week just on the brink of Lights beginning a world tour.

Lights on Records In My Life is produced and hosted by Charles Brownstein
Co-producer: Jordan Acomba
Director, editor, audio: Mark R Henning
Videography: Kale Beaudry and M R Henning
RIML intro Animation created by Robert Edmonds and Dave Savard
RIML Theme music by Combine the Victorious