Here are some of the records we've helped engineer:
(click on the album covers to go to
the artist's site)
Coming soon: Silver
Sunshine, The Shut-Ups new album, The Late BP Helium's
full-length and more.
Happy Happy Birthday to Me Volume
Thirty songs by artists like The
Orchid Pool, 63 Crayons, The Love Letter Band, Elekibass, Poison Control
Center, and, like, twenty-five more. One of the best twee/psych
compilations I've ever heard. Includes Casper & the Cookies'
cover of the Phoebe Snow song "Harpo's Blues". Mastered
at Bel*Air, three tracks recorded here, too.
The first Visitations record was a
concept record that sounded like it was recorded on the moon (in a
really good way). This one is POLITICAL and rockin'. Perfect
for your next ABB party. Recorded at Bel*Air and
Men in Fur
Mastered at Bel*Air. Folky new
wave songs about animals. If you dig the synth-heavy side of
Magnetic Fields, you'll love this.
Tomorrow is Today
Atlanta four piece showcasing the
songwriting talents of Mary O. This record should be called Charm
School 2: The Rockening because they figured out how to be their
left-of-center selves in the context of crunchy guitars, melodic bass
and heavy drums. Recorded completely at Bel*Air.
Casper & the Cookies
My band. We slaved over this one
for more than two years. See our website
for more information.
Roanoke ex-pat's do good. Their
worst review began with the analogy 'toybox on cocaine'.
Yes. But drugs are not enough to describe the complex psychedelic
spazz-rock that these Crayons are putting down. These guys were so
much fun to record that I convinced them to move to Athens!
At last! The pride of Athens has
finally released their second album. Power-trio rock music that
doesn't play by the rules. Recorded at the old facility and Chase
The sessions for this record were so
relaxing, the arrangements among the most well-developed I've recorded,
and yet it was recorded very quickly. Sara's flute is a
welcome addition to the MC sound. Andy's fantastic guitar playing
and hypnotically beautiful songwriting deserve more attention!
Maybe now that he's not a member of The Music Tapes or Of Montreal,
media folks will hear the fresh, original style that's been their all
These guys came in and recorded over
an hour of material in two days. This release features the
guitar-based tracks they recorded here. (There were a couple of
interesting keyboard-based tracks that they're still holding
onto.) They closest comparison for the sound of this record is the
Hampton Grease Band minus Col. Bruce. They don't fit neatly
into a genre, but take disparate influences and crunch them into
their own sound.
Top-notch punk rock from another one
of Alex Gural's great bands that records an EP and breaks up. You
damn kids stop sabotaging the scene! Another marathon session, the
basic and guitar and vocal overdubs were completed in one day.
Alex took the tracks home, overdubed more stuff and mixed
Cyndi Harvell Band
Muses (independent release)
Cyndi is a singer/songwriter in the
vein of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks and early Jewel. She is
accompanied by Bronkar on drums, Anja on violin and ocasionally Carl on
upright bass. The trio/quartet lays down a tightly syncopated
accompaniment to her tuneful, intimate songwriting.
The Dirty Projectors Slaves'
Graves & Ballads (Western
Recorded in a variety of environments,
including K Records' incredible facility, and mastered at Bel*Air.
Beautiful off-kilter ballads like Ron Sexsmith with a side of Mayo
Thompson. The first half of the album is a gorgeous orchestral
suite. There are precious few records to
to be Seen (Imperial Fuzz)
Don Condescending's newest salvo of
love on an uncaring, unworthy public. This record was hard to make
and worth every minute. Recording began at Magic Foot, but the
bulk was done at Bel*Air. From the Shut-Ups website: "The album is full of exuberant pop
anthems about sad stuff sung by people you can't trust."
The Monkey Power Trio Almost
Clear (independent release)
The MPT is a
group of five guys that have pledged to get together one day every year
and record a record until they're all dead, and the last one will put
out a solo record. This is their eighth day/year as a band and
their eighth record. This was also the first session at Bel*Air's
new facility, and why not.
The Late BP Helium Kumquat
Mae (Orange Twin/ Hype City)
Bryan Helium's first official solo
outing is a five song ep that takes gigantic steps in establishing his
identity away from Elf Power. Intricate, bombastic, tuneful, loud,
quiet... significant mood shifts that never feel forced, and songwriting
that will make you wonder why he took so long to step out on his
own. Hype City
Freak Out Hard on You (hhbtm)
The looooooong-awaited sophomore lp
has arrived! Thirteen pop songs from the most brilliant and
twisted minds in America today. (or was it yesterday?) You
owe it to yourself to take a day off work and put this record on
Nothing's Going to Happen
A straight-up/ still slanted rockin'
covers record! Not in the liner notes, but the
version of "Listening to the Higsons" was overdubbed, mixed
and psychedelicized by Jason NeSmith and Bryan Helium at Magic Foot
studio in 2001. Buy it from Orange
Won't Rock You (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
The mighty Fablefactory's odds 'n'
sods compilation includes a few songs recorded by Jason at Bel Air for
the following record, Freak Out Hard On You. Check out the Fablefactory
site and buy it for only $6 from the Happy
Happy Birthday label.
Kenny Howes & the Yeah! (Imperial
Fuzz/ rereleased on Tall Boy Records))
The first and last record for this Atlanta, GA power pop sensation.
Recorded by myself and David Barbe at Chase Park Transduction
and Summerhouse Sound. It's good, folks. Find out how to get
your copy at Imperial
And of course, at Kenny's
The Yum Yum Tree Reverse
Engines (independent release)
Lead by Andy Gish, this Atlanta band has been attracting attention
with hard-edged pop that plays with dark and light imagery like
a kid in a candy store. This is their debut album available in stores
now and at www.theyumyumtree.homestead.com
Charm School Career
Day ep (independent release)
They've long since outgrown their folk
origins, and even this ep doesn't represent them well anymore.
Still, there are plenty of great songs to be found here. They're
in the process of recording their full-length debut, which promises to
be a more complete statement AND more fun!
The Shut-Ups (Lookit
Don Condescending's debut LP under the Shut-Ups moniker. Released
in Jan '01, it's full of great pop music and twisted lyrics.
We expect the rest of the world to catch on in about 20 years.
Get a head start and order it today.
Elf Power "The Winter Is Coming"
(Sugar Free Records)
I engineered the track "The Naughty Villain". This
record rocks! Go get it at amazon.com
Love In Song: An Atlanta Tribute to Sir
Paul McCartney (Demagogue Records)
Learn more about the record at www.demagogue.net.
Tracks by Orange Hat ("Temporary Secretary"), Kenny
Howes & the Yeah! ("Venus & Mars/ Rock Show")
& the Indicators ("Junior's Farm") recorded by
Jason at Magic Foot.
Ceiling Fan "Trick Music" (Big
The 1999 full-length from these Athens
rock wizards was recorded and mixed (mostly) here at Magic Foot. "Por
Ejemplo" appeared on the AthFest 2000 compilation disk from
Ghostmeat Records. Purchase Trick Music from www.ceilingfan.org
Purchase AthFest 2000 from www.ghostmeat.com
Orange Hat "On the 13th Floor"
b/w "Temporary Secretary" (Cringe
The summer 2000 single from the Atlanta rock wizards was recorded,
mixed and mastered at Magic Foot. Additional recording done at
Purple Camel Lot. Not for sale, but I might give you one if you
Orange Hat "Pufferfish"
The 2000 full-length was partially recorded and mixed at MF.
Mastered by Glen Schick. Additional recording done at Purple
Camel Lot, Sonic Emporium & Rambo's Dungeon. Buy it at www.notlame.com
Presupposes a Peculiar Spatial Machine" (Shoeleg
This underrated album from Decatur-based philosopher rock
group led by David Dault (and including Kay Stanton and Jason
from the Cookies) is still available by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll even tell you how to correctly pronounce the name of the