2003 has been an amazing and exciting year for
Dubway Studios. The variety and volume of work that Dubway has
produced is astounding. The work keeps coming in month after
month with no signs of slowing. Over the last year Dubway has
had the pleasure of working with HBO Films, Angelo Badalamenti,
composer Evan Lurie, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, VH1/MTV
Networks, Amy Rigby, Sandra Bernhard, Patty Austin, Kyle Fischer,
Joseph Arthur, Will Lee, Richard Barone, Jason Miles, Anton
Fig, Nickelodeon, They Might Be Giants, Lach, Bonfire Films,
Plexi Films, Phoebe Snow, Rob Burger, Counting Crows, Puddle
Of Mudd, Melissa Etheridge, Barenaked Ladies, Anthony Hamilton,
Joss Stone, Leona Naess, Something Corporate, blues/Jazz
legend Odetta Gordon, The Drakes, Ben Arthur, Punk band
Stupid, The Sharp Things, and the extremely loud Zero
2 None. Whew! It's been a great year and we have enjoyed
working with all of you!
This week Dubway Studios went on location to
record live performances by Melissa Etheridge and Bare Naked
Ladies for VH1. Dubway engineers Jason Marcucci and Mike Presta
recorded the taping.
Bare Naked Ladies
The legendary Odetta Gordon graced Dubway Studios
this week. The Grammy winning Ms. Gordon just returned from
Washington DC where she a accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Library of Congress in honor of her outstanding singing
career. Ms. Gordon, who has an impressive back-catalogue of
work on Vanguard Records is working on a new project.
Dropping in for a picture: Bob Reid, Odetta Gordon, Dubway Studios
owner Al Houghton, John Berenzy, and Dubway Studios manager
Odetta Gordon with Dubway Studios
engineer Jason Marcucci
This week Dubway Studios sent engineers
Jason Marcucci and Mike Presta to record live performances by
Counting Crows, Puddle of Mudd, and Joss Stone for the next
two segments of VH1's new music show. The groups are currently
promoting their new albums. You can check them out at VH1.com.
Dubway is also still very busy doing post-production for
the Nick Jr. kids television show "The Backyardigans." In
the middle of all the activity, we are working on five different
album projects! Ben Arthur's debut on Bardic Records, being
mixed by Mike Shipley, Johnny Rodger's debut, being produced
by Richard Barone and mixed by Al Houghton, the new The Sharp
Things album is just underway and being recorded and mixed
by Al Houghton, The Deer Park is also just underway being
recorded and mixed by Mike Presta, and John Berenzy and Bob
Reid's project being recorded by Al Houghton.
The Counting Crows
Puddle of Mudd
This week has seen the return of jazz singer
Johnny Rodgers and producer Richard Barone who are working on
Rodger's debut album. This time they've brought in singers Lina
Koutrakos and Margaret Dorn to lay down some backing vocals.
Pictured from left to right: Lina Koutrakos,
Johnny Rodgers and Margaret Dorn.
In an ongoing project with VH1, Dubway engineers,
Jason Marcucci and Mike Presta went on location to record the
live taping of singer songwriter Anthony Hamilton and the band
Something Corporate both of whom are on tour promoting their
This month Dubway has seen the talented singer
songwriter Ben Arthur recording tracks with Mike Crehore, Al
Houghton and Jason Marcucci for his upcoming debut album to
be mixed by Mike Shippley and released on Bardic records.
Richard Barone is becoming a regular around Dubway these days.
Barone is currently producing jazz singer Johnny Rodgers' debut
album. Barone brought in the legendary Randy Brecker to add
his signature trumpet sound to the session.
Dubway engineers, Jason Marcucci and Mike Presta went on location
to VH1 to record singer songwriter Leona Naess for a VH1 internet
Dubway's Yellow Room saw multitalented singer/songwriter and
producer Tracy Stark recording songs for her upcoming album
with producer Richard Barone (Amy Rigby, The Bongos). Tracy
was joined by Clint De Ganon on drums, Peter Calo on guitar
and Wayne Pedzwater on bass guitar. Dubway owner Al Houghton
engineered the session. When not writing her own music Tracy
writes and produces music for various Broadway shows.
NYC based singer, actor and comedian Hector Coris worked in
Dubway's Yellow room recording songs from his latest all original
cabaret style revue entitled "Not Me". Pianist/musical director
Paul Johnson and singers Tripp Pettigrew and Mickey Toogood,
who perform and sing in the revue, accompanied Hector during
the recording and Dubway's Mike Presta engineered the session.
"Not Me" enjoyed a 2 month run with performances happening weekly
in September and October at Rose's Turn in lower New York City.
Pictured from left to right: Dubway engineer
Mike Presta, Tripp Pettigrew, Mickey Toogood, Paul Johnson and
Pictured from left to right: Ben Arthur,
Al Houghton and DJ Big Wizz
Pictured from left to right: Richard Barone,
Johnny Rodgers and Randy Brecker.
Pictured from left to right: Peter Calo,
Clint De Ganon, Wayne Pedzwater, Richard Barone, Dubway owner
Al Houghton, and Tracy Stark seated at the piano.
The folks from Nickelodeon are back at Dubway
once again with music Producer Evan Lurie. Lurie wrote and is
producing all of the music for The Backyardigans, a Nick Jr.
television show for kids, which will air later this year. Dubway's
own Mike Crehore is engineering the project and Jason Marcucci
is handling the voice over portion of the work.
Evan Lurie conducting The Backyardigans Orchestra.
Richard Barone finished producing the new
album by Lach this Saturday. The album is on it's way to the
mastering lab and Lach plans to release it later this year.
Barones next project is singer-songwriter Tracy Stark, followed
by Randy Brecker of The Brecker Brothers. Both projects will
be done here at Dubway.
They Might Be Giants reunited with Dubway Studios
Owner Al Houghton to do audio post for the DVD version of the
documentary film Gigantic, A Tale Of Two Johns on Bonfire Films
which follows the bands lively career. Houghton first worked
with the band back in the 1980's when he recorded their first
Pictured from left to right: Pictured from
left to right:, John Flansburh of TMBG, Dubway Studio's manager
Steven Alvarado, Dubway Studio's owner Al Houghton, John Linnel
of TMBG, AJ Schnack Gigantic director, Sarah Vowell, Matt Grady
and an intern of Plexifilms.
Pictured from left to right: Sarah Vowell,
John Flansburg, John Linnel and AJ Schnack.
Recording star Phoebe Snow was in Dubway's Yellow
Room with producer Rick Chudacoff recording a song for a new
tribute album to honor the career of Japanese recording artist
Mayo Okamoto. Mike Crehore engineered the project.
The very loud, Zero 2 None recorded several new songs at Dubway
recently. The group, well known in the New York City club scene
came back to the studio for a second time to add new music to
their demo project. This time around Dubway's Jason Marcucci
engineered the session.
Singer songwriter Vered recorded basic tracks for an upcoming
release with producer Mike Davis at Dubway. Dubway's own Andy
Anti Folk artist Lach continued work on his new album with producer
Richard Barone. The two were in Dubway's Yellow Room adding
overdubs with Al Houghton engineering. The album is due out
in late summer.
Pictured from left to right: Richard Barone
Pictured from left to right: Mike Crehore,
Phoebe Snow, Rick Chudacoff and Shoko Watanbe.
Pictured from left to right: Vered Ronen,
Mike Davis, Andy Gerard and Tim Vaill
Anit-Folk artist Lach is currently recording
his latest album with the highly acclaimed Richard Barone producing.
Lach owns and runs the well known indie label Fortified and
is credited for starting the Anti-Folk scene. This is his third
album with Richard Barone.
Dubways Green Room saw San Francisco based recording artist
Peter Scott recently. Scott came to New York to work with famed
antiquated keyboardist Rob Burger. Burger, known for his work
with his band Tin Hat Trio, John Zorn and Norah Jones, played
his vintage Orchestron organ on Scott's forthcoming album.
Pictured from left to right: Al
Houghton, Lach, Richard Barone.
Pictured from left to right: Mike
Presta, Rob Burger and Peter Scott.
Michale Locatelli was recently in recording drum
tracks with Tommaso Cappellato, enigineers Juan Pablo and Mike
Presta for his record label Oblique Sound.
Pictured from left to right: Tommaso
Locatelli, Jaun Pablo and Dubway Engineer Mike Presta.
A jazz ensemble featuring Marya Zimmet, Mike
Esterowitz, Bill Pearlstein and Paul Pricer were in the yellow
room laying down tracks with Dubway engineer Jason Marcucci
for their demo of jazz standards.
Pictured from left to right: Paul
Pricer, Marya Zimmet, Jason Marcucci, Bill Pearlstein and Mike
The Warrior Poetes who've been touring relentlessly
have been recording lots of new songs in Dubway's Green Room
with engineer Mike Presta.
Pictured from left to right: Allicia,
Arianna and Marissa Ill and Dubway Engineer Mike Presta.
Legendary singer Melba Joyce who's worked with
such names as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Olu Dara, Cat Stevens
and Tower of Power was in our green room editing tracks for
her upcoming release.
Pictured from left to right: Dubway
Engineer Mike Presta, Melba Joyce, and studio manager Steven
The past two weeks have seen the
continuation of tracking, mixing and editing for the upcoming
Nickelodeon kids show, "Whoopi's Littleberg" starring Whoopi
Goldberg. This time around producers John Platania and Michael
Pillot brought in Dr. John to play piano and record voice narration
as his character in the show.
Pictured from left to right:
Dubway Owner/Engineer Mike Crehore,
John Platania, Dr. John and Michael Pillot.
Shoko Watanabe and Dr.
Producer Elie Massias brought in Patrick Goraguer
and Nicolas Thys to record tracks with Dubway engineer Mike
Presta for an upcoming release.
Producer Thor Madsen was in with Singer/Songwriter
Roger Smith recording horn parts for his upcoming album.
Pictured from left to right: Sherman
Irby, Roger Smith,
Vincent Gardner, Thor Madsen and Shawn Edmonds.
-VH1 came in with Michael Leviton, well known
for his Ukulele based love songs about the sea, to record his
latest hit, You're my VH1 and only. The 30 second VH1
promo taped live in our Yellow room will be running all summer
From left to right: Scott Pittinsky
& John Eaton from Compound Productions, Singer Michael Leviton,
Kaori Bohma and Noah Weiss from VH1, and Steven Alvarado &
Jason Marcucci from Dubway Studios.
Benny Landa brought in Anton Fig and John Regan to record
the final tracks for his new CD.
Left to right: Anton Fig, Benny
Landa and John Regan.
Producer Giovanni Fusco brought
in his latest project Sky Train to record three songs for
their upcoming release.
Left to right: Producer, Giovanni
Fusco. Skytrain: B, Darren, Dave, Phil and Engineer Mike Presta.
Jason Miles had Will Lee, Dean Brown and Gene
Lake in for some improvisational magic, recorded by engineer
Steven Addabbo and assisted by Dubway's Mike Presta.
Bassist Will Lee, Guitarist Dean
Brown, Keyboardist/Producer Jason Miles, Drummer Gene Lake
and Engineer Steven Addabbo.
folk singer Eric Andersen was in our yellow room, recording
an interview for televison and radio to promote his concert
tour and newest album release.
At Dubway this past Saturday, New York singer/songwriter/studio
session ace Kati Mac, worked on a her latest recording project.
Helping her out were her old friends, Jack Bashkow, Tim Ouimette,
Dale Kleps and Mike Crehore.
Katie Mac with Tim Ouimette,
Mike Crehore, Jack Bashkow
and Dale Kleps.
weekend, well known country music artist JW Lance was
here recording overdubs for "Too Soon," a song he co-wrote with
Marvin Conan, and which is slated to be the first single on
his upcoming album release. JW is a member of the Country
Music Association, and has been inducted into the New
York State Country Music Hall of Fame. The session was engineered
by our own Mike Presta.
Industry buzz-heavy Coptic Light was here recording
and mixing some tracks with Emery Dobyns. The band
has been hard at work writing and recording and trying to
decide which record label they would like to release their
project on. Dubway's Andy Gerard assisted.
From left to right: assistant
engineer Andy Gerard, bassist Jeff Winterberg, drummer Kevin
Shea, engineer Emery Dobyns, and guitarist Jon Fine.
We like it busy around here and last week was no exception.
Composer/Producer Angelo Badalamenti of David Lynch
fame (he scored every Lynch film after Eraser Head), was here
recording his latest film score for HBO Films. The film, titled
Undefeated, stars John Leguizamo as an up-and-coming
boxer. Leguizamo was here along with composer Andrew Barrett,
music editor Tass Filipos, engineer Phil Mann,
and our own Jason Marcucci, working to capture that
signature Badalamenti sound. Juging from the clips we got
to see, the film's going to be a hot one!
From left to right: Phil Mann, Bill Pankow, Scott McAully,
Tracy McKnight, John Leguizamo, Tass Filipos, Angelo Badalamenti,
-Irish recording artist Susan McKeown was here recording
with Ensemble Tartite, a group of Taureg musicians
from the African nation of Mali. It was a wonderful experience
recording this international group--we learned quite a bit
about African instruments and had a good opportunity to brush
up on our French.
Ensemble Tartite with
Susan McKeown and engineer Jason Marcucci.
-Spring has sprung and the clocks have moved ahead! Speaking
of moving ahead... that's exactly what we're doing at Dubway!
In the past week we've done sessions with Kyle Fischer, Toybox
Theatre, and Wendy Wall.
-Acclaimed recording artist Wendy
Wall came in to record a song for Nola, a new
film from Talking Pictures starring Emmy Rossum, Mary
McDonnell, Steven Bauer and James Badge Dale.
The film was directed by Alan Hruska and Produced by
Jill Footlick and Rachel Peters. The film studio
told Ms. Wall that they wanted to record the song themselves
at their studio, but she wouldn't have it. Wall insisted on
recording at Dubway Studios with engineer/owner Mike Crehore.
Nola will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival
on May 8, 10 and 11th. Tickets are available at tribecafilmfestival.org.
-Singer songwriter Kyle
Fischer came in to record his upcoming solo album
with visiting engineer Mark Haines of Butch Vig's
Smart Studios, assisted by Dubway's own Michael Presta.
Fischer chose to work entirely in the analog realm, on Dubway's
2" Studer. The album features Jenni Fischer on piano,
Stuart Gunter on drums, Kevin Shea (drums on The Love of Everything),
Jason and Kori from Mates of State on drums/piano/organ/female
vox, and Pascal on vox.
From left to right: Assistant
Engineer Michael Presta, Kyle Fischer, and Engineer Mark Haines.
Theatre is a recently founded performing arts group.
The group aspires to provide the audience with a personal
and thought provoking theatrical experience that examines
the fundamentals of humankind. They were here creating all
of the pre-recorded music for their upcoming May shows at
the Pantheon Theatre here in New York City. Composer
Joe Brent thanked us for being "the best studio
in New York," and told us that he "can honestly
say that [he has] never worked with a better staff of engineers
anywhere in the world." The musicians included artistic
director John Barsness, violinists Phil Payton and Max Moston,
Lev Zhubrin on Viola, and Cellist Catherine Bent.
-Howdy, and welcome to DubNews. As March comes to a close,
Dubway Studios continues to be the hotbed of musical activity
on 26th Street. Shaun Cruz has finished his new album, titled
The Moment Versus the Future. The album, recorded and
mixed at Dubway by engineer Emery Dobyns, is available on
Shaun's website, www.cruzonerecords.com,
and will be in stores soon!
-Engineer Michael Ungerer, who began his career at Dubway
over a decade ago, has returned to us from Germany for a short
stay, and we're thrilled to have him back with us!
Engineer Michael Ungerer.
-One of the projects Michael is working on is Songs of
Love by William Norman. Songs of Love is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to creating personalized songs for chronically and
terminally ill children. More information is available at
-Comin' at ya from Dubway!! Continuing our tradition of working
with some of the finest talent in the world, pianist/producer
Blenzig, recording star Patti
Austin, bassist Will
Lee of the David Letterman Show, and drummer Buddy
Williams were here recording some tracks for a tribute
album honoring the career of Japanese recording star Yumi
Matsutouya released by Sony Music Japan.
Will Lee, Charles Blenzig,
Patti Austin, and Buddy Williams.
Studio owner Mike Crehore,
Will Lee, Charles Blenzig, Austin's manager Barry Orms, Patti
Austin, Buddy Williams, studio owner Al Houghton, studio manager
Steven Alvarado, Amy Brazelton from Pipeline Productions,
Assistant Engineer Shoko Watanabe.
Greetings from Dubway! Last week was a productive one for
clients Shaun Cruz, The Drakes, and Bering Strait. The Drakes
just finished a whirlwind session with owner/engineer Al Houghton
in which they recorded and mixed 3 songs in two days (all
while reliving joyous memories from a Kung-Pao movie). Shaun
Cruz continues working diligently on his new record with engineer
Emery Dobyns, and Bering Strait worked towards perfection
on their new release with engineer Jason Marcucci.
The Drakes: Laura Ponce,
Wes Little, Joe Quigley, and Drew Lavyne.
Hey Folks. The past couple months have seen Dubway Studios
operating at full-throttle. Both Rosie Perez and Sandra Bernhard
were here, singing some tracks for Whoopi Goldberg's "Littleburg,"
a project we are recording and mixing for Nickelodeon.
From left to right: studio
owner Mike Crehore, Robert Scull, Rosie Perez, John
Platania, Michael Pillot, and studio manager Steven Alvarado.
-New at Dubway: Studio Manager Steven Alvarado took over
for Liz Bustamante in February. He comes to us from Dreamworks
Records, and we're very happy to have him here!
Studio Manager Steven
-Did you know:
We've also got two brand new Dual Processor Titanium G4 Macs
gracing our Yellow and Green Rooms. Firewire capable, dual
monitors, and plenty of RAM. Integrated machine control with
either Beta SP or 3/4" video decks in-house.
Happy New Year! It has been a busy one right out of the gate.
Last week we saw Amy
Rigby ('Diary of A Mod Housewife') in the Yellow Room
recording a track for her upcoming album. Richard
Barone (ex-Bongos leader) Produced and Al Houghton was
Al, Amy and Richard in
the control room.
-International recording artist Ishtar (formerly the lead
singer for Alabina) was also in the Yellow Room recording
tracks with both Al Houghton and Jason Marcucci on Engineering