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Golden Dawn Arkestra, Spanish Gold, more May 30, 2014 Adrian

On the road with Spanish Gold a bit this summer, then with Brownout, but I’m rolling with a small portable recording rig, and Shawn Lee and I are halfway through our second Electric Peanut Butter Co. album and I’m hoping we’ll be done by the time my tours are over! I don’t play, kid. Spanish Gold’s debut record is out now! Pick it up at your favorite record store (the vinyl looks dope) or Itunes or Amazon! Brownout’s Brown Sabbath record coming this June, stay tuned for more info.

Packed up the studio for a rebuild over the summer so output will be sparse (still rolling with small setup as I pointed out) and will be hitting some friends’ studios whenever possible but for the most part, lights are out at LOS until early Fall. Stay tuned for an update on that, it will be bigger and badder when all is said and done. I’m super stoked about it.

Managed to sneak out the final mixes for Golden Dawn Arkestra’s debut record before the shutdown, check for it soon. They just released the first single for Afropocalypse, it’s fuzzy, funky, psyched out and heavy. Check it:

Also got a little time in to track 4 new jams with Como Las Movies at Lechehouse studios, more info soon. Have a good summer, I’ll be posting occasional updates from the road.

Spring 2014 part II April 22, 2014 Adrian

Noisey has premiered a song off Brownout’s upcoming Brown Sabbath album – “Hand of Doom” features Alex Maas from The Black Angels…stream it below! Single and digital release mid-May, full length record mid-June on Ubiquity Records.

Spanish Gold’s debut single came out for Record Store Day…peep the B side here, a cover of The Ghetto Brothers’ 1971 classic “There is Something in my Heart”:

And GQ recently premiered another Spanish Gold single, “Day Drinkin.” Dig! Our debut full length “South of Nowhere” is out May 27th. Info and tour dates here.

Recently had the pleasure of producing a Red Bull Soundclash studio session for a collaboration between Natalia Clavier and AJ Davila (of Puerto Rico’s Davila 666). We recorded a song from start to finish in a day at the Red Bull Studios in LA. It was a blast, I’ve worked with Natalia quite a bit now but had never worked with AJ and his band Terror/Amor…these dudes/dudettes were rad and the song will be out through the Red Bull network asap. Pics from the session below:


In other bits, Austin homegirl Gina Chavez is killin it with her new record…I played guitar on a couple of cuts, check it out! Did a remix for another Austin homie Ryan Camp, recorded at my friend Keith’s Karmakaze studio, featuring awesome cast of folks on it. Mixing the Golden Dawn Arkestra record and getting close to home with it and FINALLY…FINALLY…finishing Dan Dyer’s album I produced and engineered. Fresh for 2014….you suckaaaaaaaaaas.

Spring 2014 Update March 29, 2014 Adrian


Lots cooking around here lately…Brownout has wrapped up our BROWN SABBATH album, coming out early summer on Ubiquity Records. The album was recorded mainly at Cacophony Recorders by Erik Wofford, a few overdubs at Level One and Lechehouse studios and was mixed by Colin Dupuis at Easy Eye Sound. It’s vicious…watch out for a single and some teasers very soon!


Spanish Gold‘s debut 7″ single will be out for Record Store Day April 2014. It features our lead single “Out on the Street” and on the B Side is a cover of The Ghetto Brothers’ “There is Something in my Heart”…look out for it then and in the meantime stream “Out on the Street.”

Check out some other AQ/Level One production for old ATX bros Como Las Movies. Their Tex-Mex sonidero meets rock sound is finally out for the world via two videos they released. Check them out here..

Austin afro psych rock collective Golden Dawn Arkestra doubled their recent Kickstarter goal and are close to finishing their debut EP. I co-produced along with the band and the stuff is lush, rugged and very cosmic. They will be hitting your walkmans, jeeps and solar and lunar soundsystems later this spring. Stay tuned for more updates on this. Recently had the dudes from Leopold and His Fiction in the studio to cut a couple of new songs, good old fashioned rock and roll with a Motown influence. In other news, finally wrapping up (after a temporary shelving) Dan Dyer’s new album, mixes are in progress and very close to being done!

Spanish Gold – Out on the Street February 25, 2014 Adrian

Rolling Stone premiered our single “Out on the Street” yesterday. You can stream it here

…or get it on ITUNES.

Stay tuned for SXSW dates..the band will be official and in full effect.

Cover of The Temptations’ “I Need You” February 13, 2014 Adrian

Had the pleasure of recording a cover of one of my favorite, most slept on Temptations songs ever – “I Need You” off of the “1990″ (saying 1990 sounds hilarious) album. Produced and recorded by yours truly, featuring the Grupo Fantasma/Brownout horns, John Speice on drums, myself on errything else. Vocals were handled by the the lovely Tameca Jones and my country soul brother, Dan Dyer.

It was recorded as promo for the upcoming fundraiser for Austin’s amazing SIMS Foundation. The night is called “Heart of the City: A Celebration of Soul”..I’m MD’ing the concert…I try to keep updates here studio related so read more about it here.

And dig the jam…stream it or for $1 know that your money went to a great cause.


AQ + Shawn Lee = Electric Peanut Butter Co. October 10, 2013 Adrian

Three years ago at SXSW in Austin I finally got the chance to meet one of my heroes from across the pond, Mr. Shawn Lee. We were both artists on Ubiquity Records at the time and the idea was quickly kicked around for a collaboration record. We flirted with the idea for a couple of years but having our schedules line up was close to impossible, prolific doesn’t even begin to describe he of the Tiger Mask. Fall of 2012 the planets aligned and we began trading ideas via email. About a month later we had a record in the can. It was to be “soft psych”, “folky” but as funky and psychedelic as ever….it was made in the true spirit of modern collaboration, by emailing parts back and forth in “real time”….so we present to you our debut album TRANS-ATLANTIC PSYCH CLASSICS VOL. 1, out Tuesday Oct. 29th on Ubiquity! Shawn and I played every instrument on this and Shawn handled the vocal duties. Stream the entire record here:

End of Summer Jams September 23, 2013 Adrian

Feeling the first cool breeze in Austin this morning while gearing up for the Fall. In between a busy month as guitarist for hire and Brownout’s wildly ambitious residency at Frank in Austin, TX, been hammering away at some really cool music.

In what could be a dream collaboration, we recorded a few new Ocote Soul Sounds songs with mutli-instrumentalist/producer Quantic (Will Holland) at LOS and a few more are on the way soon. Expect a 7″ single by year’s end if not a whole EP as well…..sheeeit, we might mess around a crank out a full length.

I’m 75% done mixing a record for legendary Dallas, TX soul singer/radio DJ Bobby Patterson featuring Austin’s The Disciples, produced by Zach Ernst. Great timeless soul music featuring some good friends and a living legend – yes, seguro que hell yes.

Also wrapping up co-producing/mixing for DC transplants Bone, Fur and Feathers. Some of my favorite stuff I’ve worked on in a minute. An EP should be done this month and ready to hit your eardrums this fall. Random LOS tidbits: recorded the Grupo Fantasma horns for John McCauley and the awesome Deer Tick for their new record “Negativity” (out 9/24/13) produced by Steve Berlin.


Introducing Spanish Gold August 24, 2013 Adrian

A little over a year ago, old Laredo homie Dante Schwebel (ex-Hacienda, City and Colour) and I cut some demos at my studio for some songs he was writing. Fast forward to fall 2012 and Dante, myself and Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) bring the songs to life at Easy Eye Studios in Nashville. Three cities and four studios later (Lalaland Louisville, Public Hi Fi and Big Orange in Austin), we have a full length record and a killer band. Introducing SPANISH GOLD…..stay tuned….

David Garza – Human Tattoo July 29, 2013 Adrian

My man David Garza’s “Human Tattoo” is out NOW…you can grab it on Itunes or Amazon or preferrably directly from him on his site, at a show or at your local independent record store. David was one of the first people I saw play in Austin when I moved here from Laredo, TX in 1995. DG was a true individual- an amazing songwriter, performer and all around musician who was not afraid to embrace his South Texas roots yet not be boxed in by them, at a time when the latino music presence was limited at bets. He kicked down doors for myself and many of my contemporaries and continues now as well-respected and relevant as ever. Fast forward 18 years and DG and I are holed up in my studio sorting through demos and what felt like just days later, he’s rockin every instrument Prince style and we’re laying down his new record. Our palette was simply what was within my four walls (we bent the rules here and there, but not much) and I think this is a more than worthy addition to his already overwhelming discography if I might say so myself. It was a daunting task to “produce” David but I’m honored I had the opportunity and am blown away at the end result…p.s. one recent rainy afternoon we sat around and talked about this being the first of a musical trilogy, it’s some Lord of the Rings shit to try and tell his musical story!

Check out this free download from David’s record, featuring Nina Diaz from Girl in a Coma…

Recently started working with a band of Washington, DC transplants called Bone, Fur and Feathers. I’m co-producing their debut EP and am also handling mix duties. Stay tuned for more on this as it is in the early stages but as you can always expect from my articulate self, the stuff is SOOO dope – psyched out 50 bpm desert rock, can’t go wrong.

Tons of other stuff in the works – Shawn Lee and I’s record (called Electric Peanut Butter Co.) out in a couple of months, Money Chicha mixing progress, an EP with Jazz Mills and songs with Gemini Pisces (Cowboy and Indian, Leopold and his Fiction), new Echocentrics demos coming together, dusting off the MPC 2000 for some hip hop (!) with Texas OG Bavu Blakes, tracking some songs for Echocentrics guitarist and homie John Branch, etc etc etc. Stay tuned!

Natalia Clavier – LUMEN May 21, 2013 Adrian

Natalia Clavier’s LUMEN is out digitally today Tuesday May 21st! Check it out on Itunes now, where it debuted at #1 on Alternative and Rock Latino chart! You can download the free single “Adios”(featuring The Echocentrics), a jammin reintrepretation of Turkish singer Selda’s “Yaylalar”, you can stream the record at KCRW’s site, but most importantly you can buy the damn thing and support good music. It will be in stores next Tuesday May 28th and you can get it there as well.

This record was a freakin blast to make, somewhat overwhelming in the scope of work but just an amazing musical experience, especially working with a talent like Nat. This record has quite the history, with a year or two of false starts and a few minor bumps in the road, but the fact that it sounds as fresh now as it did when we started a couple of years ago means it’s the real deal. Despite the obvious that this is a special record musically, it means a lot to me because Nat was the first artist (a few years back now) to ask me to produce their record, so it goes down in my books as a sentimental one. I was honored to be a part of it.

Before I  pontificate any further I have  a long list of folks who “took their talents to South Austin” to make this the special record it is. The usual LOS suspects came through as always, my main man John Speice held down the drumseat for the majority of tracks, the rest of the Echocentrics crew rounded out “Adios” – Eddie Torres, John Branch (Juanillo also lent his slide guitar talents to “This Love” and Gerardo Larios, my brother from another mother Shawn Lee hooked up the mucho macho drums on “Trouble”, fellow Echocentric Mike Longoria killed the drums on unreleased (future b-side!) track “A Sign”, Nat’s husband and Argentinian renaissance man Federico Aubele was sending me lovely synth freak out tracks with 5 minutes notice, neighbor and frequent collaborator Peter Stopschinski rocked an amazing string arrangement on “Ready Now”, longtime homie from the Antibalas camp Ticklah helped me with co-production when I hit a wall on “Nada” with keys and general loveliness, piano on “This Love” was laid down in DC by the awesome Will Rast, super longtime homie Jeremy Bruch did his half man/half amazing bit on “Lumen” drums, Dj/producer extraordinaire Urusala 1000 got “Cantata” started in a direction beyond my ears, Mark “Speedy” Gonzales killed the horn arrangement and trombone on “Trouble” along with Brownout/GF brosef Josh Levy on baritone sax, Nat’s brother Pablo Anglade lent his ears and perfect constructive criticism, Mike Dillon came through with ultra last minute vibraphone on “Into the Day”, Tomas Cookman and all Nacional Records let her vision shine through and Jeff Antebi and Waxploitation Records believed in Nat on little more than some demos we made. I filled in the blanks and produced, engineered and mixed over the course of two years while all the vocal tracking were left to the big dogs at Public Hi-Fi Studio – Jim Eno and Brad Bell. Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders mastered it to perfection and was oh so patient with my last minute freakouts. Hope I didn’t leave anyone out..gonna keep thinking on this..

As you can see it took quite the team and it’s quite the record. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. And thanks for the opportunity Natalia, let’s start the next one already….

UPDATE:…still remembering folks who were left out: Utah Hamrick on upright bass on “Trouble”!