Wav at The Cutting Room!

Long time Cutting Room client WAV has been blowing up recently! Check out his new video for “Disco,” along with these photos from him and his crew in Studio A!


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@wavgotdrip at his home away from home 🏠 Check out the new video for his song “Disco,” mixed at The Cutting Room by @jecolmenero!

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Rob Stone in Studio A!

Check out these videos from some of Rob $tone’s sessions in Studio A!

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Kenny Beats in Studio B!

Mass Appeal came to The Cutting Room a couple of weeks back with Kenny Beats! Kenny has been everywhere recently, working with artists like Rico Nasty, 03 Greedo and Freddie Gibbs, to name a few. Watch him make a beat from scratch in Studio B, complete with a freestyle from Key!

Zayn Malik at The Cutting Room!

We welcomed Zayn Malik back to the studio last week! After working some great sessions with him last year, we knew that the One Direction star would blow us away once again.


Young M.A Shoots Video in Studio B!

New York’s own Young M.A booked out Studio B to record her remix of G Herbo’s “Who Run It.” They even shot an in-studio video, and it’s blowing up! 5 million plays and counting.

Fat Joe & Don Q in Studio A!

We had Don Q in the studio last month with A Boogie. Recently he was back in Studio A—this time with the legend Fat Joe! It’s great to see both old school and new school love.


The Struts in Studio B!

English Rock n’ Rollers The Struts came to The Cutting Room Studios earlier this month for a vocal session in Studio B! These guys have such a great energy, there’s no denying that Glam is alive and well!

T-Boz in Studio A!

Wise words from the legendary T-Boz during her podcast session in Studio A with James Altucher! Long time Cutting Room client Jay Wujun Yow has been working a lot with Altucher and bringing tons of great artists to the studio. Check out the full podcast here to hear her amazing story!


Fun Lovin’ Criminals in Studio A!

We had some great sessions earlier this month with Fun Lovin’ Criminals! The New York natives joined us with grammy award winning engineer Tim Latham to mix their latest album. 25 years down the line and these guys are still killing it!

Frontman Huey Morgan took to Instagram to share some photos from their time in the studio. Check them out!


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ADR for Bart Layton’s “American Animals”

American Animals hit theaters this month! Bart Layton’s gritty heist drama has been getting rave reviews since Sundance, so we were especially excited when we were asked to record ADR for the DVD release.

Young M.A Shoots Video for “Who Run It” in Studio B!

Remember that awesome freestyle Young MA dropped a few weeks ago? The full music video shot at The Cutting Room Studios is out now and it’s blowing up! Check it out below!

Helen Mirren & Christian McKay in Studio A!

We’ve been busy with a ton of film/TV sessions recently! One of the highlights of the last few months was having Helen Mirren & Christian McKay in Studio A recording ADR for their recent film ‘The Leisure Seeker!’ It’s always exciting to have different types of talent in the studio 🎬

Tiffany Haddish & James Altucher at The Cutting Room Studios!

Long time Cutting Room client Jay Wujun Yow is always hard at work on some awesome podcasts. Huffington Post recently covered a session that he recorded at The Cutting Room with host James Altucher and superstar comedian Tiffany Haddish. Check out the full episode here!

Arctic Monkeys at The Cutting Room!

We had a couple of Arctic Monkeys in the studio last week—Alex Turner & Matt Helders! Coming off of a new album with the band, the two stopped by to record some promo Studios A & B.

DJ Carnage in Studio A!

Mass Appeal stopped by the studio a few weeks ago to shoot another Rhythm Roulette!  The one and only DJ Carnage joined them to make a beat in Studio A, and even lay down some vocals in the live room!

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite at The Cutting Room Studios!

Well, we’ve been patiently waiting, and we’re happy to finally share the audio from Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite‘s session in Studio A! While touring their latest album “No Mercy in This Land,” the iconic blues duo came to The Cutting Room Studios to record an interview & studio performance forWorld Cafe on NPR. It was such a pleasure working with these two!

Ben Harper (Left) & Charlie Musselwhite in Studio A

(Left to Right) Ben Harper, The Cutting Room Studios Chief Engineer Anthony Spinnato & Charlie Musselwhite

Ben Harper in Studio A


Rich The Kid – The World is Yours Drops

Rich The Kid‘s new album has been on repeat at the studio recently. Rich had a session in Studio A with Cutting Room engineer Cameron Perry during the recording process. We’re proud to have been a part of it!

Just Blaze Returns to The Cutting Room!

Netflix & Mass Appeal have teamed up for a new hip-hop documentary series titled ‘Rapture,’ with episode 7 highlighting none other than former Cutting Room assistant studio manager Just Blaze! Blaze stopped by the studio to catch up with owner David Crafa and record a track with Westside Gunn & Conway in Studio A. Check out the highlights below!

ADR with Adrian Grenier

We recently had a great ADR session with Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s Entourage!

Marshmello & Team visit Studio A

Marshmello and his team were in Studio A earlier this month preparing for his appearance with Anne-Marie on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the performance below!

Cardi B visits Studio A following gold certified “Bartier Cardi”

We’re proud to have welcomed Cardi B to Studio A for several sessions last month. Check out her most recent gold single ‘Bartier Cardi‘ below!

American Authors track vocals in Studio B!

The American Authors boys have been hard at work! Our chief engineer Anthony Spinnato had a great session with them in Studio B this month. Check out their hit single “Best Day Of My Life” below.

Norwegian songwriter Jesper Borgen visits Studio B

Jesper Borgen, the mastermind behind Alan Walker‘s platinum selling “Faded” stopped by last month for an intimate session in Studio B with The Cutting Room owner David Crafa and engineer Cameron Perry.

Left to Right: Jesper Borgen, David Crafa, Cameron Perry

Check out “Faded” below!

Cam’Ron & Trouble Andrew visit Studio A with Reebok Classics

Back in November, the legendary Cam’Ron dropped by Studio A with Trouble Andrew. Check out this awesome video from their late night session courtesy of Reebok!

Cardo and Mass Appeal at The Cutting Room

We recently had the pleasure of having Cardo and Mass Appeal in as our guests working with Cutting Room’s Joe Colmenero in Studio A.


Rick Ross / Zayn / AlunaGeorge / Mark Hudson w/Corey Glover / Rich The Kid / DMC / Lil Pump / The Walking Dead / Steve Earle

We have been extremely busy lately at The Cutting Room with an incredible list of guests. Rick Ross was in tracking vocals with Cutting Room’s Joseph Colmenero. Joe Colmenero also had the pleasure of working with Producer Mark Hudson who was in tracking vocals with Living Colours Corey Glover. Zayn Malik stopped by to write and record with Rob Oleary. Cutting Rooms up and coming engineer Cameron Perry was busy working with Rich The Kid. Cutting Rooms Chief Engineer Anthony Spinnato was busy this month working on some great sessions with Steve Earle, Lil Pump and also did ADR for Season 8 of The Walking Dead while our own John Gratton was busy with both Aluna George and the King of Rock DMC in Studio A.

Congratulations 2017 Grammy Nominations

Congratulations to our Grammy nominated clients from 2017! Looking forward to what 2018 has in store for us at The Cutting Room Studios










Dave Navarro

It was an honor to have Dave Navarro in The Cutting Room recording the Star Spangled banner for an ad for his show Ink Master on Spike TV.




Michael Stipe (REM) and Boots (Beyonce, Run The Jewels, FKA Twigs) produced and recorded Fischerspooner’s first track since 2009 in Studio A at The Cutting Room Studios.

The Fischerspooner team has been working on their new project in Studio A since 2014 and we’re very proud to have them as a part of The Cutting Room family!

Check out the first single from their new album below!


Francis and the Lights ft Chance the Rapper | MASTERED AT THE CUTTING ROOM

Check out this cool and quirky video for Francis and the Lights featuring Chance the Rapper new song “May I Have This Dance.” The song was mastered by Tony Gillis at The Cutting Room Studios!

Andre 3000 | Divine Council | Helen Mirren

We’ve been busy at The Cutting Room Studios with a variety of incredible projects at the beginning of 2017. André 3000 came through to mentor Divine Council while they spent a week recording in Studio B. A couple of weeks later Andre came back to work on some of his own music.
Studio A was graced by the presence of two phenomenal actresses, Dame Helen Mirren and Julianna Margulies, who were recording ADR for feature films that are due out this year.
Be sure to check out both of Future’s new records, since he spent time recording vocals for the albums at The Cutting Room Studios!

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Future / Young Thug / Jennifer Nettles, Prodigy / Jon Bellion

We’ve been busy at The Cutting Room! A mixed bag of talent have been recording, mixing, and mastering with us in Studio A and Studio B. Future came through with Young Thug. Jennifer Nettles recorded a Christmas album with Big Machine. Prodigy mastered two records with Tony Gillis, and Jon Bellion was recording vocals last night with chief engineer Joseph Colmenero.

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Check out this recording of Charly Bliss live from Studio A at The Cutting Room

Below are some photos and audio of Charly Bliss recording 4 songs and an interview live via ISDN on KEXP radio in Seatle from Studio A at The Cutting Room in New York City. The band set up and recorded 4 songs in 4 hours! Listen to the live mix by staff engineer John Gratton.

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Photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller


Photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller

Photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller

Joey Bada$$ – “DEVASTATED”

Check out the newest single by one of our resident artists, Joey Bada$$. Recorded and mixed in Studio A and Studio B at The Cutting Room Studios by one of our original engineers, DJ Nastee, with the help of our house engineer, John Gratton!


Beirut Records at The Cutting Room Studios

Just last week Beirut came to The Cutting Room Studios to record over half an hour of music with KEXP. Check out some photos from the session below, and check back later for over half an hour of exclusive music videos!

Left to right: Paul Collins, Nick Petree, Zach Condon, Ben Lanz, Kyle Resnick, Perrin Cloutier

Paul Collins records bass in Studio A.

Paul Collins and Nick Petree record bass and drum in Studio A.

Ben Lanz(right) and Kyle Resnick(left) return to The Cutting Room Studios with Beirut after recording with The National.

Perrin Cloutier switches from piano to keyboard during the set in Studio A.

Will Butler at The Cutting Room Studios

Will Butler of Arcade Fire recently came to The Cutting Room Studios to record live on KEXP. Scroll down to check out pictures from the session, and listen to the full performance here!

Will Butler and his touring band at The Cutting Room Studios.

Will Butler on guitar in Studio A.

Will Butler on piano in Studio A.

Mates of State Record Live at The Cutting Room

Mates of State came to The Cutting Room Studios in the midst of their summer tour to record live and broadcast on KEXP. Check out some pictures of the session from Studio A below and click here for audio of the full performance!

Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel sit outside The Cutting Room Studios after their session.

Mates of State record live in Studio A.

View of Studio A from inside the Control Room.

Titus Andronicus Record Live at The Cutting Room Studios

Brooklyn-based band Titus Andronicus recently played a live session at The Cutting Room Studios for KEXP. Check out photos from the session below and listen to their full performance and interview here!

(Left to Right) Patrick Stickles, Elio DeLuca, Jonah Maurer, Adam Reich, Julian Veronesi, and Eric Harm in the Studio A Control Room.

Patrick Stickles in Studio A.

Eric Harm on drums in Studio A.

Julian Veronesi in Studio A.

Jonah Maurer plays guitar in Studio A.

Adam Reich in Studio A.

The Cutting Room Studios Host Little Racer for a Live Broadcast With KEXP

Little Racer didn’t have to travel far to get to the Cutting Room Studios to record a live performance on KEXP. These New York natives formed in 2011 and call themselves “garage rockers without garages”. Click here for exclusive audio and scroll down to see photos from the session!

Little Racer on the front steps of the Cutting Room Studios.

Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Elliot Michaud in Studio A.

Vocalist/Guitarist Wade Michael.

Ish Nazmi on the bass in Studio A.

Talk in Tongues Pay A Visit To The Cutting Room Studios

This foursome from Los Angeles recently made their way out to New York City to record live at The Cutting Room Studios with KEXP. Scroll down to see photos from the session, and be sure to check out their debut album, Alone With a Friend! Audio of Talk in Tongues’ full performance can be found here.

Talk in Tongues stand outside The Cutting Room Studios after their performance.

(Right to Left) Garrett Ziele, Liam Kevany, and Bryan De Leon record in Studio A.

(Right to Left) Garrett Ziele, Liam Kevany, and Bryan De Leon record in Studio A.

Ice T, Lana Del Rey, Fischerspooner, Joey Bada$$, Jaden Smith, Father John Misty, Wu-Tang and Chromeo at The Cutting Room Recording Studios

The past few months have been busy at The Cutting Room with a lot of new and familiar faces stoping by to work with us. Studio A and Studio B were both booked with music and commercial projects. Keep an eye out for releases!

Chromeo – White Women – Recording at The Cutting Room Studios

Last year Chromeo was locked out in The Cutting Room Studios for almost 6 months recording their new album White Women.  Check out this article in Vice about their process! The photos are in Studio A, which is where they did all of their tracking work.  The album is available now! Check it out below!

Wu Tang – Keep Watch – Recording at The Cutting Room Studios

The Wu Tang Clan spent a majority of time in March recording at The Cutting Room Studios with house engineers, Joseph Colmenero and John Gratton.  Click on the link for a Pitchfork review and listen to the new single, “Keep Watch,” that they recorded at The Cutting Room Studios.


Mix Magazine spotlights recent major artists recording at The Cutting Room Studios!


The National recording at The Cutting Room Studios

Check out the audio and photos of The National recording a live set at The Cutting Room Studios!  The bands performance and live interviews aired on KEXP, WFUV and World Cafe.

The National and The Cutting Room team in Studio A.

The National tracking together in Studio A live room

Matt Berninger singing lead vocals in the Studio A iso booth

Producers and guitarists for The National, Bryce and Aaron Dessner preparing in the lobby

Photo Credit: Dominick Mastrangelo

Haerts recording live at The Cutting Room Studios

Check out the photos and audio from Haerts recording a live set at The Cutting Room!

Photo Credits Matthew Ismael Ruiz

SXSW award winner CHVRCHES recording live at The Cutting Room Studios

After an award winning week at SXSW 2013, Scottish Electropop band CHVRCHES made the trip to The Cutting Room studios to record a  live performance and interview with KEXP radio.  The group was  recently recognized at SXSW with the new Grulke Prize for Developing Non-US act.

“This band from Glasgow, Scotland made their US and SXSW debut this year. Formed in 2011, they were on the list for this year’s BBC’s Sound of 2013. Their catchy synthpop sound and alluring (and highly educated) vocalist, Lauren Mayberry, made them one of the bands to see at this year’s festival.”

Check out the live performance audio and pictures from the session below!


Photo Credit: Dominick Mastrangelo


Photo gallery: ICEAGE recording at The Cutting Room Studios

Check out these photos from last week when Copenhagen punk band Iceage recorded a live set and interview for KEXP radio. The set was engineered by Tom Gardner and assisted by Jake Subin and Anthony Spinnato.

Photo Credit: Dominick Mastrangelo

The Cutting Room on Good Morning America

The Cutting Room Studios Chief Engineer, Tom Gardner, appeared on Good Morning America today! The clip that aired this morning showed Tom recording anchor Bianna Golodryga in studio A at The Cutting Room Studios to demonstrate and explain performance/backing tracks. Check out the segment at the link below!


Django Django recording at The Cutting Room Studios

Check out these three videos of UK band Django Django recording live in Studio A with engineer Tom Gardner assisted by Matt Craig.  


The videos were shot by Louis Sparre and Electric Tweed Productions.

Chromeo recording at The Cutting Room Studios

The band Chromeo spent a couple weeks recording in Studio A with engineer Tom Gardner at  The Cutting Room Studios in November. The Canadian electronic funk duo, P-Thugg and Dave 1 were  busy recording vocals, guitars, bass and synth. We are excited to hear what new releases they will put out from these sessions!


The Lonely Island was recording at The Cutting Room Studios starting in 2008! We just received a new RIAA certified plaque commemorating Platinum Digital Singles sales.


Estelle ‘American Boy’ record – RIAA Certified GOLD

The Cutting Room Studios just received a new RIAA certified plaque for working on Estelle’s ‘American Boy’ record. Estelle has been recording at The Cutting Room since 2005 with many of our talented staff including Tom Gardner.

Outasight – Nights Like These – Recording at The Cutting Room

Warner Brothers artist Outasight just released his first studio album entitled “Nights Like These”.   Outasight has been recording at The Cutting Room since late September.  He worked with engineers Tom Gardner, Anthony Spinnato, and Matt Craig. Listen to the album on Spotify!

Ice Cube recording with Tom Gardner for E-40 Track

Check out this track!  Ice Cube recorded with chief engineer Tom Gardner in Studio B.

Gavin DeGraw and Ice Cube among many recording at The Cutting Room Studios

With the summer drawing to a close, September has been a busy month at The Cutting Room Studios.  Engineers Tom Gardner and Matt Craig had recording sessions with Gavin DeGraw, OwlCity, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Kevin Rudolf in Studio A and Ice Cube, OutaSight, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Studio B!

Alt-J Live Video at The Cutting Room Studios

Check out this great video filmed by Bable Music during our live recording session with Alt-J in Studio A with Engineer Tom Gardner and Assistant Matt Craig.

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen at The Cutting Room

Yesterday morning The Cutting Room Studios recorded a live performance and interview for BBC Radio 1 with Fearne Cotton! Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen recorded a live acoustic version of their hit “Good Time” with Adam Young here with us in NYC and Carly in London. We connected to Radio 1’s Live Lounge studio to Studio A via ISDN for the live broadcast!

Ms Mr Live In-Studio Session for KEXP

Ms Mr – the elusive homme/femme chill-wave duo fresh from Brooklyn – stopped in the studio last week for a live in-studio session for KEXP radio. The duo played four tracks straight through, including their hit single Hurricane, followed by an exclusive interview for The Morning Show. Stream the full live set at kexp.org! In-house photographer Lauren Slusher snapped some great photos from the session – below!

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Live from New York City for KEXP radio

Mr and Ms with Studio Owner David Crafa (center)

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Posting up – Ms Mr live from NYC

Dig it? Catch the rest of the photos here!

 Copyright © 2012 Lauren Slusher Photography

Alt-J Records Live Set from TCR for KEXP

Cambridgeshire-based basement-born experimental folk quartet Alt-J stopped by The Cutting Room Studios last week to record a live set for broadcast over KEXP radio. Think Radiohead gone acoustic, with a trip-hop flare, the crew played four tracks off their debut album An Awesome Wave, including KEXP Song of the Day Fitzpleasure. Released in the UK in May of this year via Infectious Music, the album is set to drop state-side with Canvasback Music this fall so be sure to look out for the enigmatic ‘folk-step’ LP when it hits shelves September 18. In the meantime, check out some photos from the live sessions below!

Missed the live broadcast? No sweat – stream the full live set at kexp.org!

The Set list

 Alt-J Live from Studio A at The Cutting Room

Gus Unger-Hamilton on keys and backing vocals

Thom Green on the kit

 Joe Newman on the guitar and vocals

Gwil Sainsbury on guitar

 The boys of Alt-J – getting toned (not tuned, get it?) on Lafayette St, outside of The Cutting Room in New York City

Want more? You can catch the rest of the photos from the session here!

 Copyright © 2012 Lauren Slusher Photography 

Live Set with Ms Mr for KEXP Radio (8/9)

Although a crotch shot snapped at the end of a long night might be endearing, there’s just nothing sexier than a little mystery. Throw on some soulful female vocals to a shadowy persona, with a dash of trip-hop and some retro-pop flare, and it’s no wonder that we’re smitten with Ms Mr – a secretive boy/girl chill wave pop duo that might just be the sexiest sound to come out of Brooklyn this year.

The pair, Ms (vocals) and Mr (instrumentals), began their project in New York City in early 2011 – writing demos in Brooklyn and establishing a (cryptic) identity in the ever influential blogosphere. Ms Mr released their debut EP Ghost City USA in June of last year. With sounds likened to those of Florence and the Machine and Zola Jesus, the nearly-anonymous duo quickly spurred international interest in their industrial brand of nostalgic chill wave. And that interest remains – their latest single Hurricane, released in May of this year with ChessClub Records (UK) and iamsound, claimed the number one spot on Hype-Machine with over 5.2K hits.

Ms Mr will be at The Cutting Room tomorrow (8/9) to record a live set for KEXP radio! Don’t miss it – tune into 90.3FM or stream the session from kexp.org tomorrow at 12N EST to listen.

Click here for tickets to see Ms Mr perform with Marina and Diamonds on August 16 at Webster Hall in NYC!

Alt-J to Record LIVE from TCR (8/7)

Of all the things that go on in basements, very few come to mind as being particularly positive. Landing a spot on this short list is Alt-J (or ∆ if you’re feeling literal) – the basement-brewed “folk-step” foursome based out of Cambridgeshire, UK.

The crew, composed of Joe Newman (guitar, vocals), Gwil Sainsbury (bass), Thom Green (drums) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keys, backing vocals) met while studying at Leeds University in 2007. Like all good things, the project started in a dorm room – inspired by “his guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens,” Joe played while Gwil produced the tracks on Garageband. Captivated by the raw poignancy of the sound, Gus and Thom joined on to complete the band. Formerly known as both ‘Daljit Dhaliwal’ and then ‘Films,’ Alt-J released their debut album An Awesome Wave in May of this year with Infectious Music. Compared to a non-electronic Radiohead, or John Peel post 1978, Alt-J boasts an idiosyncratic perspective on folk rock. Subtle and syncopated, and loaded with more literary devices than a Robert Frost poem, the albums takes “an approach to rhythm and arrangement that suggests an old worlde take on dusted, trip-hop.” (The Guardian)

Alt-J will be at The Cutting Room Studios tomorrow (8/7) to record a live set for broadcast over KEXP radio. Don’t forget to tune in to 90.3FM at 12N EST, or to stream the live session from kexp.org!

Can’t wait? Catch Alt-J with ILLUMNTR at Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight (8/6)!

National Geographic Records for Upcoming Series

National Geographic returned to The Cutting Room Studios today to track vocals for their upcoming series, Brain Games. Scheduled to air this October, the three part mini-series examines the neurological basis of memory, sensory perception, and attention, and the way in which these elements interact to weave together the illusion of reality. You can read more about the show (and play some interactive brain games) here!

Ana Tijoux Records Acoustic Set and Exclusive Interview with Chilly for KEXP

French-Chilean hip hop artist Ana Tijoux hit up The Cutting Room Studios this week to record a session and interview with Chilly for broadcast over KEXP radio. Tijoux, in town for the 13th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference, recorded four acoustic tracks (some of which have never been performed unplugged before!) and an exclusive interview with radio DJ Chilly for his KEXP program El Sonido – a weekly three hour showcase of the freshest sounds from the Latin alternative scene, every Monday at 9pm EST on 90.3 FM. Check out some photos from the session below!

Missed Ana Tijoux last night at SOB’s? No worries – you can catch her TONIGHT (7/13) at the Bandshell in Prospect Park at 6pm! Did we mention it’s free? Don’t forget to check out LAMC for more info on this years conference!

You can scope out the rest of the photos here!

Copyright © 2012 Lauren Slusher Photography

Ritmo Machine with DJ Chilly for KEXP Radio (7/12)

In New York City for the 2012 Latin Alternative Music Conference, Chilean hip hop pioneers Ritmo Machine will be stopping in at The Cutting Room tomorrow (7/12) to record tracks and interviews with DJ Chilly for broadcast on KEXP radio. A collaborative project between Eric Bobo and Latin Bitman, Ritmo Machine has created what LA Times called “its own new strain of soul music,” weaving together elements of afrobeat and cumbia with those of hip hop, jazz, funk and electronica.

Given the dynamic musical range achieved in the collaboration of Bobo and Bitman, the progressive blend that results should come as no surprise. Eric Bobo spent the early 90’s touring with the Beastie Boys, before joining Cypress Hill after meeting at Woodstock in 1994. A career percussionist, Bobo has recorded and performed with artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others.

Before releasing his debut self-titled album in 2008, DJ Latin Bitman represented Chile as an Olympic surfer. The blend of beach-inspired influences with that of hip hop and funk from nearby Santiago quickly caught the attention of listeners worldwide, landing tracks from his second album (released 2010) a spot on the FIFA soundtrack, as well as TV shows including Dexter and 90210. Bobo and Bitman hooked up at Lollapalooza, where Bobo was performing with Cypress Hill, and the Ritmo Machine was born. The duo recently released their debut album Welcome to Ritmo Machine with Nacional Records. The album, recorded in Argentina and dedicated to the 2012 Chilean student rebellion, boasts tracks featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), Ana Tijoux, P-Nut (of 311), Sen Dog (of Cypress Hill), Sick Jacket (of Psycho Realm) and Money Mark & Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys). You can check it out here.

Be sure to check out Ritmo Machine perform live (and for free) this Friday at the Bandshell in Prospect Park at 6pm! Don’t forget to check back for more updates on tomorrow’s session!



Ana Tijoux to Record with DJ Chilly for KEXP Radio (7/11)

Somewhere in between accepting chronic urban black foot from trekking down Broadway in sandals everyday and secretly enjoying the momentary relief of being dripped on by window air conditioners, we start to forget why it is we stick around in New York City for the summer. And then the Latin Alternative Music Conference comes to town, and we remember. Bringing you the freshest sounds from below the border for the past 13 years, LAMC has lined up seven acts to play in New York this year, from July 11 to July 14.

Before kicking off her showcase at SOB’s in Manhattan’s West Village on Thursday, French-Chilean hip hop dynamo Ana Tijoux is stopping by The Cutting Room tomorrow (7/11) to record tunes and interviews for KEXP with radio DJ Chilly. Former MC of Chilean hip hop group Makiza, Tijoux released her debut solo album Koas in 2007 with independent label Oveja Negra, scoring her nominations for Best New Artist and Best Urban Artist at the 2007 Premios MTV Latinoamérica (the Latin American version of the MTV Video Music Awards). After the 2009 Latin American release of her second album, 1977  (named for the year she was born), Nacional Records released the LP in the US in 2010 (you may have heard its first single (also named 1977) on the 2011 FIFA soundtrack, or featured in AMC television series Breaking Bad). In conjunction with Nacional Records,Tijoux released her US album in January of this year entitled La Bala – which you can check out here. Don’t miss this – think orchestral strings and horns backed with rumbling bass and accented with reggaeton gunshots, on which Tijoux lays down some serious Spanish flow.

Don’t forget to check out Ana Tijoux live at SOB’s on July 12 at 6:30pm or her (free) performance at the Bandshell in Prospect Park on July 13 at 6pm. Be sure to check back for updates on tomorrow’s session!

Dirty Projectors Live KEXP In Studio Broadcast

Domino Records Brooklyn-based experimental rock crew, Dirty Projectors, hit up Studio A at The Cutting Room last week to record a live in studio broadcast for KEXP radio. Gearing up to release their seventh LP Swing Lo Magellan this summer, the band premiered two news songs between familiar favorites during the live session! You can check out the never before heard tracks, along with the rest of the live recording – engineered by TCR’s Tom Gardner and Matt Craig – here or stream from iTunes under Eclectic. Photographer Lauren Slusher grabbed a few photos for you to check out below – and don’t forget to pick up the new Dirty Projectors album when it drops on July 10!

Dirty Projectors in our Studio A Control Room

Get serious… – Dirty Projectors with Studio Manager David Crafa and Chief Engineer Tom Gardner

…now smile! Another great live in studio session with KEXP radio and the Dirty Projectors

Copyright © 2012 Lauren Slusher Photography

Animal Collective to Record In-Studio Sessions with KEXP, WXPN and KCRW radio!

Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised on the streets right outside of our studio in downtown Manhattan, Animal Collective has been marching to the beat of their own, um, synthesizer long before the release of their debut album Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished in 2000. The once horror movie-inspired high school cover band has brought psychedelic ambient pop into the 21st century, and boy does the 21st century dig it. Their seventh album Strawberry Jam (2007), recorded intentionally in a desert environment, hit #72 on US Billboards Their 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavillion ranked #13 on the US Billboard, and was named Album of the Year by Pitchfork Media. The crew – composed of members Avery Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb) and Geologist (Brian Weitz) – is gearing up to release their 10th album Centipede Hz with Domino Records in September of this year, before kicking off their nearly three month international tour across Canada, Europe and the US. But first? Stopping by the studio tomorrow (6/29) for an in studio recording session for broadcast over KEXP, WXPN and KCRW radio.

The album is separate from the event venue (Merriweather Post Pavilion), http://mppavilion.com/

Diamond Rugs Record Live In Studio Session with KEXP

Capping off our week long run of live broadcasts with KEXP radio, rock and roll motley crew Diamond Rugs stopped by for a live in-studio recording session – complete with harmonica riffs and destroyed denim. The boys – composed of members from Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate, Black Lips and Six Finger Satellite – played jams off of their self-titled debut album, released in April of this year with Partisan Records, before playing Central Park’s Summerstage and The Late Show with David Letterman over the weekend. Check out some photos of the sessions below, courtesy of in-house photographer Lauren Slusher, and be sure to visit kexp.org to find a recording of the live in studio session, or stream the recording from iTunes, under Eclectic!

Diamond Rugs live from Studio A at The Cutting Room

Good old-fashioned harmonica flow

Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate on vocals and guitar

Frontman John McCauley

Loungin in our Studio A Control Room

F Trains and aviator shades

Diamonds Rugs kick back outside of The Cutting Room Studios on Lafayette Street in New York City

Want to see more? You can check out the rest of the photos from the session here!

Copyright © 2012 Lauren Slusher Photography


Diamond Rugs to Record Live for KEXP 6/22

What do you get when you mix John McCauley and Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick with Ian St. Pe of Black Lips, Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobo and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite? Diamond Rugs – the latest rock-and-roll collaboration, putting out the kind of timeless anthems that you might find yourself singing along to, between shots of whiskey, as it plays from the jukebox in a Nashville pub. In conjunction with Partisan Records, the band released their debut album in April of this year. The self-titled album boasts a rebellious rock-and-roll attitude – relentless punk rock instrumentation under raw vocal melodies. Check it out here.

Diamond Rugs will be at the studio to record a live in-studio session to be broadcast over KEXP radio on Friday, June 22 at 12N EST, before heading over to Brooklyn to perform with Roomrunner and Richard Buckner. The band is sticking around in New York City for the weekend – playing at Central Park’s Summerstage on June 24th, as well as The Late Show with David Letterman on June 25th.

Make sure to tune into 90.3FM, or visit kexp.org, tomorrow at noon to catch the live in-studio session from The Cutting Room!

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