Beachweek with Jamey Haddad and Weedie Braimah

Jamey Haddad and Weedie Braimah in the Studio

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Had an amazing session recording percussion overdubs for Beachweek’s forthcoming single and EP with my friend Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma) and Weedie Braimah (Oteil Burbridge, Christian Scott, Trombone Shorty) last Friday at Somewhere Recording. It’s always a pleasure working with Jamey and Weedie’s positive energy and vibe STILL has me smiling 4 days later! ? These guys are true masters and it’s an honor to be a witness. 
Michael Seifert

Sir Lawrence Trupo

Sur Lawrence Trupo

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Sir Lawrence Trupo

Our friend Sur Lawrence Trupo passed away last December. Luckily, we got to spend quite a bit of time with him, and even record some of his quirky, uniquely humorous, wonderful songs. The core band for these tracks was:

  • Sur on vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Brent Kirby on drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Joe Botta on bass
  • Ray Flanagan on guitar and background vocals
  • Russell Flanagan on keys

With guests including Robert A. Latina, Michelle Gaw, Jen Poland…

Recorded and produced swiftly by David Alan Shaw

Immense thanks to the supporters of this project and Michael Seifert for the use of his great space Somewhere Recording.

Larry Trupo was a true creative spirit with true style. Give these songs a spin or so, and enjoy!

Ray Flanagan, via Facebook

Nightmare on Sesame Street

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I never thought I’d actually share this… but I guess I’m feeling brave after successfully “sneaking” a few of my earliest songs (some stretching back to 3rd grade) into the score for the new Care Bears: Unlock the Magic animated series this year. ?

This is about a parody song I recorded 31 years ago, in 1988, when I was 11 years old. If you just want to hear it, the link is below. If you’re interested in the backstory, read on!

The idea for this song came about after my father commented on a song he was working on for one of his clients. He didn’t particularly care for the song and referred to it as sounding “like a nightmare on Sesame Street.” My friend Will and I thought this was hilarious and immediately started working on this song when my dad’s session ended. It was also inspired by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Nightmare on My Street” which had just been released.

Will, who I believe was in his early 20’s at the time, wrote most of the lyrics and held down the lead vocals and some backing vocals. I programmed the drums and bass on a LinnDrum connected to an Akai S900 sampler via midi (nerd stuff), played all of the keyboards as live overdubs, sang some backing vocals and did a very poor impression of Freddie Krueger with the help of an Eventide H910 harmonizer. The song was tracked and mixed, by me, at my father’s studio (Great Tracks Recording) on a Sound Workshop model 34 console and MCI JH24 2” 24 track analog tape deck.

Hearing this song brings back a lot of vivid and incredibly happy memories of my friend Will and my early days in the studio. Will and I worked on a lot of songs together and he was always encouraging… Especially when it came to pushing me to get in FRONT of a mic (as he did on this song) instead of always hiding on the other side of the glass. I was embarrassed to have my voice recorded so I just kept recording instrumental music. Even though it’s a silly song, this was a defining moment in that Will was successfully able to push me beyond my comfort zone and get me out of my shell a little. I’ve carried that moment with me ever since and *know* that moment helped to inform my approach as a producer. I remember the moment and exactly what it felt like. I can feel it right now as I’m typing this.

The studio was the only place I ever really wanted to be and observing, experimenting, collaborating, and creating were the only things I *really* cared about. Some things never change…

I hope you get a chuckle out of the ridiculousness that is Nightmare on Sesame Street. I don’t know where the last 31 years went and can’t seem to locate Will despite hours spent searching the internet, but I remember recording this like it was yesterday.

Special thanks to the love of my life, Kim Henderson, for the artwork.
Michael Seifert

Michael Seifert

Somewhere Recording Open for Bookings

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For anyone looking to record in the near future, this might be of interest!

As some of you may know, I made arrangements to purchase a building in Euclid (15 minutes east of Cleveland for my non-local friends) a few years back. This has essentially served as my private recording studio/production space ever since. 

Over the next few months, I will be focusing on a few special projects and these projects won’t always require the use of my studio. With this in mind, I’m happy to announce that we’ve decided to open the studio up for outside bookings. Sessions will include access to the space (including a massive 2,500 square foot tracking room with 24’ ceilings), use of our collection of vintage microphones, outboard gear, analog tape machines, amps and instruments, and an engineer. 

Please check out our new website if you get a chance and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

Thanks!
Michael Seifert

Michael Seifert

The Society “You Girl Lonely”

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Prior to forming Damnation of Adam Blessing, Bill Constable and Jim Quinn made music together as The Society.

Recorded by legendary engineer Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording back in 1967, the original 1″ 8 track analog master tapes for two previously unreleased songs, “You Girl” and “Lonely”, were recently discovered in the archives at Suma Recording Studios in Painesville, Ohio. Michael Seifert and Dave Shaw restored the original tapes and completed new analog mixes of both songs in Somewhere Recording’s Studio A earlier this year. The new mixes will be released on a limited edition 45!


The Society 45
The Society Credits
Chuck Mosley Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food

Memories of Chuck Mosley

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10 years ago yesterday, we released Chuck Mosley’s Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food LP. It would take a novel to explain what it took to make this record but beyond saying it was a labor of love, I’ll leave it at this… Chuck really was a unique soul. I’ve never met anyone quite like him. This shows in his writing… There’s a level of honesty in Chuck’s songs that’s, IMO, beyond what most artists will ever achieve. That’s what always drew me to Chuck and his music and it’s also what kept me going when the process became so frustrating that I wanted to throw in the towel.

Over a million people downloaded this album (without paying for it) within weeks of its release back in 2009. If half of those people had bought it, Chuck’s family would still be living off of the royalties today. I stand by this record. It’s a fun ride and I’m glad we made it.

RIP Chuck…. It’s still hard to believe you’re gone.
– Michael Seifert

Chuck Mosley Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food
Sad Planets

Sad Planets “Just Landed”

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Nice article about the Sad Planets video for “Just Landed” over at stereogum.

Sad Planets is John Cobra Verde Petkovic’s (Cobra Verde, Sweet Apple, Death of Samantha) project with Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). This particular song also features J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) on lead guitar. I was honored to do some engineering and play bass on this track.
Michael Seifert

Sad Planets
Photo Credit: Stereogum
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Sad Planets Release Debut Single

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I had a great time working on this Sad Planets record, the new project from John Petkovic (Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, Sweet Apple) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). They’ve just released the first single “Not of this World.” I played bass on this track in addition to recording John’s vocals and doing some additional engineering and editing. Happy to see this released!

Michael Seifert


Sad Planets
Sad Planets, photo by Laura DeMarco
Unlock the Magic

Care Bears – Unlock the Magic

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I’m excited to announce that the first 10 episodes of the new Care Bears animated series Unlock the Magic (Cartoon Network/Boomerang Network) are being released today!

In addition to co-producing, singing backing vocals, playing some additional keyboards, and mixing the theme song for the series (which features lead vocals by Cleveland’s own Chayla Hope), it was my honor and privilege to compose and perform the original music and score for 3 of the 10 episodes that were just released. Additional episodes featuring my original music and score will be released in the next batch.

I want to give a big shout out to Dave Shaw who contributed some killer guitar tracks for some of the cues and to Chayla Hope for crushing the vocals on the theme song like I knew she would! Extra special thanks to my longtime friend, collaborator, and uber-talented composer Dave Padrutt for inviting me to be a part of this amazing project. Dave has written some really great music for this series and, as always, it’s been a pleasure to work and collaborate with him. I also want to congratulate Ryan Wiesbrock on a job well done! Seriously man… I have no idea how you do what you do!

I have to say, looking up at the screen and seeing a Care Bear staring back at me has been nothing short of surreal. It’s some of the most fun and rewarding work I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute. If you have kids (or if you grew up watching the original Care Bears series) I hope you’ll check it out!

P.S. So far, I’ve managed to sneak three pieces of music that I wrote, performed, and recorded between ages 8 and 13 into the score for this new Care Bears series (all transfered from old 2” multitrack tapes). It’s a gift to my younger self for spending a childhood in the studio instead of going outside and playing like the normal kids. 

Michael Seifert

Unlock the Magic