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Grace McLean Debut EP “Make Me Breakfast” Released Today

Grace McLean & Them Apples’ very first record Make Me Breakfast is available now!

I’ve been working to produce this record with Grace for almost 2 years and the music’s come a long way. You can download it from the link above and hear what we’ve been cookin’ up. (Hint: it’s breakfast).

Catch us playing live tonight at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 in New York @ 9pm!
Props and thank yous to everyone involved: (and here’s where I paste the credits):

Music & Lyrics by Grace McLean
Produced by Justin Goldner for Funky Butter Productions
Mixed by Chris Abell
Mastered by Larry Lachmann
Recorded at The Butter Lounge, additional recording by Anthony “Rocky” Gallo and Tom Gardiner at Virtue & Vice Studios, Chris Camilleri at Dubway Studios, Sam K. Shaw at The Buddy Project
Grace McLean – vocals, piano, ukulele (Cabbie Landlord), pump organ (Cabbie Landlord)
Liana Stampur, Kate Ferber – background vocals
Hiroyuki Matsuura – drums and percussion
Idrissa Kone – talking drum (Samuel)
Justin Goldner – bass, keyboards, guitars, drum programming, banjo

Ryan Amador’s “Symptoms of a Wide Eyed Being” available today

Funky Butter Productions’ newest release, Ryan Amador‘s Symptoms of a Wide Eyed Being is officially released today and available on iTunes.

Symptoms, produced by Justin Goldner and Shaina Taub, features 5 tunes showcasing Ryan’s range from driving rock choruses to indie-dance anthems.

You can grab the record on iTunes and can stream the lead-off track, “Apology” right here:

Also featured on the record: “Define Me“, an infectious ode to self expression; “Tidal Wave“, an epic tune with soulful vocals; “Rolling Over“, an R&B tune mixing Imogen Heap’s pointed electronica with St. Vincent’s orchestral touch; and “In A Little Room“, where the Smashing Pumpkins meet Taylor Swift (featuring Kate Ferber on vocals).

Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the record, including Jordan Perlson on drums, Dana Leong, for laying down a tapestry of cello parts on “Rolling Over”, Chris Zembower for mixing and mastering, and David Baloche, Amanda Shechtman, Shaina Taub and Kate Ferber for lending their vocal talents.

Ryan makes his live NYC debut this Thursday at Caffe Vivaldi in the village.

What’s new at Funky Butter Productions?

This spring’s a busy time, with a number of cool projects on the various burners, to be served for your listening pleasure soon enough:

Grace McLean has been wowing audiences with her unique, quirky and catchy songwriting and performance, and it’s about bloody time she had a record… so we’ve been in the studio working on her EP! Grace started a fundraising campaign to make this a reality that has so far raised 95% of her $5000 goal, with only 12 days left. She also made a (hilarious) video outlining the challenges she faces as an artist, and there are some videos here from the tracking we’ve done so far.


Abby Bernstein released her first album last year, made with Adam Blackstone (known for his work with Jill Scott, Maroon 5, Usher and The Roots). Along with Chris Camilleri, I’m producing a track that Abby and I co-wrote called “Just Know”. In addition, next Wednesday, we’re heading to California to open for Barenaked Ladies at Humphrey’s in San Diego! There’s a funny story about the etymology of the name “San Diego”, by the way…

Shaina Taub and I co-produced an album by Ryan Amador that is now in its mixing phases. Ryan has a huge range– both vocally and stylistically– and his album (tentatively titled the Early Symptoms EP) jumps seamlessly from introspective piano-rock to throbbing pop and R&B.

Shaina and I are also putting the finishing touches now on her own debut record, which has been in the works on and off now for almost 2 years.  Shaina’s album will feature the thick vocal arrangements that are her trademark, as well as the contributions of several horn and string players and arrangers. We’ve spent the last week laying down the final 2 tracks, including crowd favorites from her live shows, “Make A Mess” and “The Tale of Bear & Otter”. We’ll be playing some of her music at Rockwood Music Hall on May 31 and are looking forward to a mid- to late-summer release.

Sara Colb, formerly of Boston band The Jody Grind, has a huge voice with a bluesy grit to it, and we’ve been working on an album of her original material as well. In addition to her soulful singing, yesterday we had some excellent players come in to lay down fiddle, pedal and lap steel and percussion. Her songs lie somewhere between jangly radio rock and Alison Krauss and we’re very excited at how the record is turning out.

Some other things that have turned my head lately:

An article by Isabelle Peretz and Krysta L. Hyde, “What Is Specific to Music Processing?“. Studies of people with handicaps in their ability to perceive pitch distinction can tell us incredible things about how we as humans perceive and process music.

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Stephen Pinker “probes the mystery of human nature by examining how we use words”. Thanks to Dave Sandoval of Delexilio for this one.

Funky Butter’s “Made of You” comes out August 4

Hey all–

For the past year I’ve been working hard on a record with my old band, Funky Butter. The record, Made of You finally comes out in 10 days on August 4, and you can currently stream the entire record at funkybutter.com (where you can also read more and order it). There’s 10 tunes from FB’s repertoire (plus 2 bonus tracks for pre-orders) and the record features some great guest appearances– all of which you can find out at funkybutter.com.

Currently, I’m playing music on board a ship in the Mediterranean– getting to see some great places and working on music for some new projects. And if you haven’t already, check out my live world-jazz record Una Passeggiata on YouTube and imeem and right here.

Upcoming Funky Butter Album

Lately, I’ve been putting a lot of work into finishing up Funky Butter’s upcoming album Made of You. You can check out some unfinished rough mixes at Funky Butter’s myspace, and if you want, you can preorder the album and reserve your physical copy of the CD plus some exclusive bonus tracks. I can’t tell you when the album will be done, but stay tuned for emails/bulletins from the Funky Butter page and it should be goddamned soon!

peace

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