Gear pics added 

For you gear heads in the audience: I've uploaded photos of some of the gear and setups we've used for recording & mixing Here We Are. More to come!

New Baal Shem Tones CD is shaping up 

The new Baal Shem Tones CD (working title: Here We Are) is shaping up beautifully. Two days of intense recording sessions last week with the basic band have yielded some fantastic tracks, this time with a new component: Latin percussionist Glen Caruba (Jimmy Buffet, Toby Keith and many more) contributed some amazing congas, shaker, djembe, bodhran and other hand drums with skill and taste that lifted the songs to new heights. Just incredible stuff We were very fortunate to also have on hand some of…

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Springtime in Nashville 

Trees a-poppin and labels droppin' Well, the music industry, as it was, enjoyed a terrific century of success and excess, and what the next century brings is anyone's guess. It's an era when any musician can record him or herself for a few dollars and be heard by anyone on the planet. Unfortunately, it's also when EVERY musician can be heard by anyone on the planet. This technology and its offspring will probably be with us forever (comet collisions, nuclear holocausts and the like…

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A disclaimer 

It pains me to do this, but this is a matter of public record and my rep A new children's CD called "The Mr. Shabbos Show" is out containing four tracks that, according to the printed credits, were mixed by me at Peradam Productions in Atlanta. While it's true that I had mixed these four songs originally, none of my mixes are on the CD. Apparently all four tracks had been remixed from the multi-track sessions. There are new voice overdubs, edits and sample replacements that were not in the originals. I…

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Bustin' my heiney... 

This month Helene and I are hard at work on the upcoming Helene & Michael Kates CD, which will also be the new Baal Shem Tones CD So far we have about 9 songs ready to track in Nashville and are polishing up the last few. This album will be very different from All Our Lives in some respects. It will have a lot more uptempo songs and a less layered, more beat-centered sound. But it will still have the awe-inspiring vocal arrangements and distinctive twists, turns and twiddly bits that keep a BST…

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Folk Alliance 

We just got back from Folk Alliance and need to catch up on sleep... but it was great! Names to listen for: Linda McRae Storyhill Kari Estrin's CD Authentic Voice Vol. 2 was disrtibuted to all attendees with two Helene & Michael songs: "Ocean Lullaby" and "Shalom Rav."