Blockhouses has recorded basic tracks to 16 new songs at Kawari Sound in Philadelphia, then mixed and mastered at Westmont Station, with Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, NRBQ, Soul Asylum, Shelby Lynne) at the controls. Press release
The new album will be released on STOMPER (The Figgs, Mike Gent and The Rapid Shave ... ).
Fall tour dates are being added.
In the meantime ... Chris has teamed up for a supergroup side project, with Askold Buk (Lord Calverts, Guitar World mag); Jed Becker (Lord Calverts, Nickelodeon composer); Steven Williams (Vanilla Ice, Sade ... ); and our not-so-secret weapon, Kevin Brennan!
Benighted Fools will see you again in 2018!
The short documentary, "Harv", for which we did audio post and sound design, is WINNER, Greenwich Village Portraits category, 2017 Greenwich Village Film Festival. WINNER, Best Documentary, 2018 Inwood Film Festival.
Chris completed his 3rd annual Bike MS campaign, a fundraising effort benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our victory lap 'round Manhattan was Sunday, 10/22/17. Donations were collected through Nov. 17. Chris raised $2k, and the team, nearly $20k. Thank you for your support!
The 2018 Bike MS Ride is Sunday, 10/15, the campaign is active, and can be accessed here:
New Orleans’ The Luxurious Faux Furs have laid down some serious mojo to tape at Garageland, got dunked in our rockin’ reverb tank, and released three vinyl records: Two 45rpm 7-inchers on Hexbeat, and their smokin’ LP, “Let Me Ride” on Beast Records, France (2014). Our work together also appears on Beast Records’ Sampler, Volume 2: “Only the Best”.
The studio is in post-production with Lex Loser, on their sweaty “What Rough Beast” EP, which we live-tracked in Brooklyn.
Congrats to Josh Diamond & The Brooklyn Soul, whose music was produced at Garageland (Chris played bass and organ), and subsequently placed in an episode of “Happy Endings” (ABC)!
Clients have included Another Saturday Night: vinyl LP on Slow Gold Zebra; The Brought Low: demo, in anticipation of their “Third Record” on Small Stone; Tony Award winner, John Gallagher, Jr., who laid down tracks in our first (downtown) studio; New York Botanical Gardens, for which we produced their self-guided audio tour app; NYC House Concerts, showcasing some of NYC’s top classical soloists and ensembles.
Chris currently plays bass (and vocals, occasionally guitar and organ) with Pig Iron, and Blockhouses (with Guy Lyons of The Figgs). A variety of studio projects is continually emerging.
Gorgeous Machines is our music licensing arm, music and soundscape for film, t.v. and commercial.
Christopher was songwriter, music director, sound designer and musician for “Dark Hollow”, at Theatre 80, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
Sound Design this season takes Chris to Shakespeare and Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, and George Street Playhouse. Special thanks to Liz Chaney and Scott Killian.
Chris has appeared on camera, playing guitar, in the Amazon Studios series “Mozart in the Jungle”, directed by Jason Schwartzman.
Patrick Kauffman kept the tubes glowing, and Richie Baxt kept the axes sharp.