Musings of music producers in NYC...

Monday, March 31, 2008

Is Jim Breuer Funny?

Is Jim Breuer funny? No one can know for sure. Ponder that question while you watch Alec Gross performing "All The Pretty Women" live on Jim's Sirius Satellite Radio Show.

If you still aren't sure if Jim Breuer is, in fact, funny...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Perry Farrell added to Road Recovery 10th Anniversary


We're thrilled to let you know that Perry Farrell has signed on for Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary concert and celebration at the Nokia Theater. Farrell is the latest to join an already star-studded cast including Slash, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jimmy Gnecco of OURS Denis Leary. Also performing will be Road Recovery's own Crazy James.

Visit for more information. For ticket sales, click right HERE.

Paula Valstein @ Joe's Pub 9PM

We're pumped for this. Paula Valstein, armed with her recently completed EP, will be performing at the wonderful Joe's Pub tonight at 9 PM. Tonight will be a good night. I can feel it...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

ATOMICTOM +LC = Getting What You Want

Congrats to ATOMICTOM on another great placement!

"You Always Get What You Want" was on MTV last night, featured on the season premier of "The Hills."

Way to go.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mocean Worker, Siobhan O'Brien, Daniel Hope

I'm listening to Adam Dorn's heartfelt homage to his recently deceased father, Joel Dorn on NPR. Joel was one of the most legendary and prolific record producers that ever lived. I certainly have a great many of his recordings in my collection.

Adam, like his dad, is incredibly talented. A musician, songwriter, producer, mixer and all around great musical presence, he hovers a tiny bit under the radar but is loved by his devoted fans and friends. Adam and his band Mocean Worker are playing at the High Line Ballroom on Friday. It's worth checking out. I had the pleasure of working with Adam at the Lincoln Center Festival back in 2000. Adam participated in the legendary performance of Terry Riley's 'In C'.

Irish songstress Siobhan O'Brien came into Major Who (on St. Patty's Day!) to sing harmonies on Alec Gross' 'Sleep No More' yesterday. Currently on tour with The Chieftains, she took a moment out of her busy schedule to sing some gorgeous backgrounds and harmonies on Alec's new song. Thanks Siobhan!

To wrap up SXSW, we had an incredible time. Met some really cool people, saw some amazing musicians, went to some awesome parties, etc. Of particular note were The Wombats, We Are Standard (WOW!), and Colourmusic.

Now we're back and thrown right into the thick with Yael Naim and Mark Bryan in the studio today. I'll try to snap some pics.

Tonight, we're off to record the British violinist Daniel Hope at Joe's Pub for WQXR. The guy is truly amazing.

The whirlwind never stops. Thanks to all that are paying attention. Cheers!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Yael Naim & Mark Bryan @ Major Who

Another Blue Room session gets under way at Major Who on Tuesday with Yael Naim and Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish). Check out Yael here on Youtube. She's playing the Bowery Ballroom on the 19th. We're totally psyched to work with her. We'll upload pictures from the session next week.

Still at SXSW - having a blast. We absolutely loved the Little Jackie (S-Curve) show last night as well as The Wombats (Bright Antenna). Radically different - both awesome. I'll blog more and upload some pics later. Cheers!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Kathleen Supové at Other Minds Festival, San Francisco

Major Who has had the great fortune to work closely with pianist Kathleen Supové for many years in both live and studio settings. This proximity has given us the chance to gain an inspiringly close view of Kathy's mastery. After many years I am still amazed by her grace, power and technique, so often playing works of astounding difficulty that only Ms. Supové can pull off with style and ease. It's hard to describe her solo performances, often mixed with elements of theater, wild rants and performance art.

Which is why it comes as no surprise that she was reviewed so favorably yesterday in the Financial Times by Allan Ulrich. The review was for performances of Morton Subotnick's 'For The Piano' and Dan Becker's 'Revolution' at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco.

Supové keeps popping up in all the right places. It's a thrill to see her get the recognition that she deserves. Contemporary and experimental music has often been a lonely path with only a few devoted fans showing up at the gigs. Now however, new technology is allowing this contemporary music community to come together and to grow rapidly in ways that weren't possible even a few short years ago. Artists and audiences are interacting in ways they never have before. Groups such as Ethel and artists like Corey Dargel and Stephen Merritt are changing the musical landscape and selling out concert venues without much outside assistance. This in many ways mirrors what's happening in the rock and pop world. The very same trends that are pushing independent art music are also driving the current revolution in popular music. And the lines between these genres continue to blur. I have a sense we'll see greater things happening in the next year musically and artistically.

Exciting musical and technological times!

Download Kathleen Supove's 'Infusion' Album from iTunes.
And while you're at it, download Molly Thompson's 'Ash' from iTunes. You'll like that one too. If you are who I think you are.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary Concert and Celebration at the Nokia Theater

MajorWho is proud to invite you to Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary concert and celebration at the Nokia Theater on April 17th at 7:00 Pm. The star-studded cast includes Slash, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jimmy Gnecco of OURS, Perry Farrell, and Denis Leary. Also performing will be Road Recovery's own Crazy James.

Visit for more information. For ticket sales, click right HERE.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Shayna Zaid floors them at Rockwood: leaves for the Mosaic Music Festival ...

Shayna Zaid played to a packed house at Rockwood on Tuesday night. It was truly awesome. The crowd was really into it. She'll be back to play again there soon. Tomorrow Shayna's off to Malaysia and Singapore to do a bunch of gigs and to play the Mosaic Festival!

Mosiac Music Festival Shanya Zaid Page
8 Mar 08, Sat, 8pm - 8.45pm

Mosaic Music Festival

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Road Recovery 10th Anniversary Concert and Celebration

Road Recovery is hosting a fantastic concert at the Nokia Theater on April 17th to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. A lot of big names will be out to show their support including Slash, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Denis Leary. Having a chance to do something with Road Recovery has been one of our great joys at MajorWho. We'll be there and hope you can make it out too to see a great show and support a great cause.

For ticket information, click HERE