NEW ALBUMS OUT THIS WEEK

Two records that I’m very proud of — Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow, and Guster, Look Alive, both came out yesterday.

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Thanks to John Congleton for inviting me out to play on Sharon Van Etten’s new album. It was one of the true highlights of my year and I am thankful to have been involved. Congleton and Sharon created an environment in the studio where we were all encouraged to stretch and embrace the unknown.

What a crew of inspiring and adventurous musicians on those sessions, and an unbelievable batch of songs written by SVE. I hope we make a lot more music together. She’s the best.

Hear Sharon break down every track from Remind Me Tomorrow on NPR All Songs Considered clicking here.

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The new Guster album Look Alive came out this week. Big thanks to our friends and collaborators Leo Abrahams (who produced 8/10 songs on the album), John Congleton (who produced three songs including “Mind Kontrol”) and Sam Cohen (who produced “When You Go Quiet”). Also thank you to engineer Graham Lessard, who recorded the bulk of the album, assistant engineers Will Maclellan, Shae Brossard, Sean Cook and Daniel Avila, Collin Dupuis who mixed 8/10 tracks on the album (except for “Summertime” and “Not For Nothing” both mixed by Leo), and Adam Ayan who mastered.

And last but not least — thanks to our families, our team and our crew. We’re a lucky bunch.

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RICHARD SWIFT

It fills me with sadness and frustration that our friend and collaborator Richard Swift has died.   My thoughts and condolences are with his family, especially his wife and three daughters whom he left behind. 

Richard was someone whom I deeply admired and meant so much to me.  

The last time I saw him in person, was at Electric Lady Studios in NYC after The Arcs played.  I'd brought with me a wild turkey feather and a chunk of quartz from the ground near the cabin to give to him.  I told him it was for good luck and to put it in his studio when he got back to Oregon.  He put it in the side pocket of his black trench coat, gave me a big hug and then I left to catch a subway home.  

To his family, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.  

I don't even know what to say.  I hope you know peace.  I love you so much Swift.    

Love, Luke