Friday, December 31, 2010

Examiner's Top 10 Indie Rock albums in Chicago Chicago

King Sparrow, King Sparrow: If I had to pick the one album by a Chicago band that blew me away this year, it was beautifully mastered self-titled full-length from Chicago rock trio King Sparrow. Being very familiar with the band (and all the songs present on the album) prior to its release, I was not expecting any surprises, but my jaw still dropped the first time I heard the finished product. It's that good. The band's sound runs the gamut from gritty and nasty to surfy and poppy, and listening to the finished album, you can tell it was an intense labor of love for all the parties who had a hand in its creation. It is absolutely spot-on, in terms of songcraft, performance, and production. (Unsigned; available in CD and digital formats here).

produced by Brian Zieske at Gallery of Carpet Recording Inc

Secret Colours, Secret Colours: This full-length debut from Chicago psych-pop revivalists Secret Colours is thoroughly enjoyable, from start to finish (read a full review here). The album blends foggy psychedelic flavoring with a sweet naivete that wears very well indeed. The band members definitely wear their influences on their sleeves on this record, but there isn't a bad track in the bunch.

recorded at Gallery of Carpet Recording Inc

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

10 Great Chicago Releases of 2010

King Sparrow makes Windy City Rock's Top 10 albums of 2010 CLICK HERE TO READ

King Sparrow - self-titled LP
I've been doing my best to spread the word about power-trio King Sparrow ever since I first heard their debut EP and saw one of their seriously rocking live gigs, and this year's debut LP has made me even more determined to champion the band. In fact, it's probably the record that I've played most this year (which is saying a lot since it didn't come out until October). The songs are tight, compact and hard-hitting, but also have a keen sense of melody that quickly pulls you in and keeps you coming back for more.

produced by Brian Zieske @ Gallery of Carpet Recording Inc

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

"I like this record because of it's sound..." -Richard Milne 93.1 XRT Chicago

Audio: King Sparrow on XRT's Local Anesthetic

Listen to this and more as King Sparrow is interviewed on XRT's Local Anesthetic here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

King Sparrow LP

Check out the new King Sparrow LP HERE. CDs will be available Oct 15 at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago.

We tracked the core instruments live at Gallery of Carpet to 2" analog tape. This helped to capture the raw synergy between the 3 members of King Sparrow. We continued to overdub
sparsely to enhance the dynamic response and accent the structure of these well crafted songs. We kept the arrangements on the elegant side in order to preserve what King Sparrow does live and to emphasize the band's unique three piece feel.

It was great working with King Sparrow and helping them achieve their unique artistic vision.
If you like music that is authentic you will enjoy King Sparrow.

Produced by Brian Zieske and King Sparrow
Magnetically Documented at the Gallery of Carpet Recording Studio

You can read more about the making of the LP here

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chew Heart "Messy Snarls" Review on The Deli

Chew Heart

I've spent the weekend digesting the debut album, Messy Snarls, from Laura Granlund and Curt Swank (aka Chew Heart). The duo has been performing together for the last six years, and finally entered the studio, with the talented Brian Zieske (Gallery of Carpet), to capture some of that live energy. Messy Snarls finds the duo wearing their influences on their sleeves and pouring everything out through their instruments. The album was recorded live and you can tell in the sound, but I feel that adds to the nostalgic feel of the album.

What sets Chew Heart apart is that they do give a subtle nod to their love of '60's pop, but they don't drown in it like many bands today. In fact I would say they are more influenced by '90's indie rock than anything else. In fact I would say this band is a combination of Saturday Looks Good to Me and Frente. There is a raw edge, but sweet innocence that ultimately prevails.

Chew Heart celebrates the release of Messy Snarls on Sept. 12th at The Whistler, but you can purchase it from their etsy page for just $5.

Published on August 09, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Windy City Rock Interview

'Nasty, poppy, '60s, weird': In the studio with Chicago's King Sparrow

Windy City Rock interviews King Sparrow and producer Brian Zieske in the studio during one of the mixing sessions. Check it out

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pet Lions on ABC's "The Gates"!

Pet Lions on ABC's "The Gates"!!!

"Girls of Athens'" is going to be featured on Sunday's episode of the new ABC show "The Gates" at 10/9c.

"Girls of Athens" can be found on Pet Lion's Soft Right EP and downloaded for FREE HERE.

Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Brian Zieske and Recorded at The Gallery of Carpet

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Trident Mod Weekend

Its complete! The Gallery of Carpet Trident analog console has been modified and upgraded. Danny of Rushtone Audio Labs Nashville TN designed and installed a new custom master section using API transformers and John Hardy Op-Amps. The new master section has more head room before distortion, extended frequency response and sounds more dimensional. Danny also added a new solid copper ground buss. Better grounding = less noise and hum = tighter low end + increased dynamic range.

So what does this all mean to you? Better sounding recordings.

Check out some of the pictures we took that weekend:

The new master section and ground buss.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Beyer M260

On the never ending quest for unique and rich tone, Gallery of Carpet has added the Beyer M260 to its mic closet. The M260 is a ribbon mic designed for use on vocals and instruments.

I recently used the 260 to track all of the lead vocals on Chew Heart's upcoming EP. The mic has a large proximity effect that gave Laura's vocals an "in your ear" feel. Being a ribbon mic it sounded smooth on her bright sibilance. The M260 has a very low output and needs plenty of gain, but hey class A preamps sound good cranked up anyway!

I found the directionality of the microphone to be tight, and movement on the mic sounds very exaggerated. I like it because it sounds vintage (late 50's or early 60's) when used with a tube prepamp.

I used the M260 a few days ago as a close mono room mic tracking drums for Soft Speaker's new LP and really liked how it handled the harshness of the cymbals. I aimed it towards the shell of the snare to capture its resonance and character. I cant wait to slam it during mix!