This week I had the pleasure of reuniting with some old high school friends to record a new version the new year’s classic “Auld Lang Syne” at my parents’ house in Macon, Georgia.

Reading a translation of the ancient Scottish lyrics definitely brought on some bittersweet reflections of relationships come and gone. 

Katrina and I compiled some memories from the year into this video collage, and (MJM co-founder) Dan mixed the track from his fiancee’s dad’s house in Nashville. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported us this year! I hope this music gives you a chance to reflect on the beautiful and difficult moments from 2013 and look ahead to the blossoming new year. 

- Jon

 

Produced by Mason Jar Music

http://MasonJarMusic.com 

Recorded at the Seale family home in Macon, Georgia, December 2013. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Seale.

Hampton Vernon - Vocals and Drums

David Pope - Vocals, Piano, Guitars

Jonathan Seale - Vocals, Bass, Percussion

Jenni Seale, Joe Reiff, Josiah Seale, Angela Kilby - Group Vocals

Ryan Whitehead - Saxophone

Recorded by Jonathan Seale

Mixed by Dan Knobler

Filmed by Katrina Sorrentino and Sasha Arutyunova

Edited by Katrina Sorrentino and Jonathan Seale

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Mason Jar Music and Josh Garrels!

Produced by Mason Jar Music
http://MasonJarMusic.com

To watch the film, visit http://TheSeaInBetween.com

Recorded live at the Barracks Row Theater in Washington, D.C. on December 9th, 2012.

Josh Garrels - Vocals
Russell Durham - Violin
Char Prescott - Cello
Jon Seale - Vocals
Jenni Seale - Vocals
Gabriel Gall - Keys

Recorded by Jacob Blumberg
Mixed by Jonathan Seale

Video by Sasha Arutyunova and Katrina Sorrentino
Edited by Jonathan Seale and Katrina Sorrentino

New Relatives EP “The Signs That Mock Me As I Go” Produced by MJM

Sometimes things just work out nicely. About a year ago MJM composer/arranger Ian Davis was booking an acoustic European tour with singer Katie Vogel and their band Relatives. I had recently done a few gigs with some very fine Irish musicians who were accompanying Chelsea Crowell on her US tour. One of those fine gentlemen, Colm O Herlihy, is a very kind and talented guy who made a lot of connections for Ian and Katie in Ireland and a great time was had by all.

That relationship is continuing to bear fruit: Colm just launched a label, MDR Recordings and signed Relatives as one of their first acts. However, Ian and Katie were in the midst of production on a new EP which wouldn’t be finished in time for their Irish tour, so they approached me about recording a stripped down, acoustic duo album.

We set up shop for two days in Katie’s living room - just four mics, a gut string guitar, and two voices - and spent a few hours cutting four tunes. That EP, The Signs That Mock Me As I Go, was released this week on MDR Recordings and Ian and Katie are touring Ireland again this month.

- Dan

New EP from Mason Jar Music: Decoration Day, Volume 2

When on Memorial Day weekend, 2012, a long-standing recording session at Mason Jar Music was cancelled at the last minute, MJM co-founders Dan Knobler and Jon Seale decided to make the most of the lost time. Inviting a handful of artists & musicians from the burgeoning Brooklyn indie-folk community into the studio, they set out to pay tribute to some of their favorite American music. The result was Decoration Day, a six track EP of songs written over a 200 year span of American history.

Exactly one year later, the Mason Jar Music collective returns with Decoration Day, Volume 2 - featuring a new outfit of up-and-coming talent, this time giving a nod to 1960s- era soul. The six-track EP pairs Josh Garrels, Nick Hakim, Emily Elbert, Flearoy, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano with an impeccable MJM house band and a 4-piece horn section featuring members of The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, EMEFE, and The Westerlies. The album was recorded in three days, live-in-studio at Mason Jar Music on Memorial Day weekend, 2013.

CREDITS:

Produced by Mason Jar Music

Recorded by Dan Knobler, Jon Seale, and Jacob Blumberg at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY on Decoration Day Weekend, 2013
Mixed by Dan Knobler & Jon Seale
Mastered by Jacob Blumberg

The Mason Jar Music House Band:

Dan Knobler - Guitar
Zack Rosen - Bass
Jason Burger - Drums & Percussion
Jake Sherman - Organ, Wurlitzer, Piano

Jas Walton - Tenor Sax
Billy Aukstik - Trumpet
Freddy DeBoe - Baritone Sax
Willem de Koch - Trombone

Vocals on Don’t Let Me Down: Nick Hakim, Emily Elbert, Gabriel Garzon-Montano
Background Vocals on Don’t Let Me Down: Stefan Weiner, Cameron Scoggins, Fox Schwach, Hannah Read, Jon Seale
Additional Background Vocals: Jon Seale, Stefan Weiner, Emily Elbert
Vocals on Grandma’s Hands recorded by Josh Garrels in Portland, OR

Cover photo by Sasha Arutyunova
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New video + MJM Producing new acoustic Relatives EP

Below is a great little video of our friends Relatives (MJM arranger/composer Ian Davis and singer/songwriter Katie Vogel) performing “Widower.” The song will be released on a forthcoming acoustic EP produced by Mason Jar Music for MDR Recordings (a new Irish label started by our good friend Colm O’Herlihy), and the duo will be touring through Ireland in late July to support the release.

The video was filmed by MJM photographer Sasha Arutyunova and was recorded around one mic: a vintage Gefell m70 courtesy of our friend Arno at Sacred Sound Studios in Dresden, Germany. Relatives’ new press photos above were also taken by Sasha. Enjoy!

- Dan

Watch the video below:

Photo © Katrina Sorrentino 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Katrina Sorrentino 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013

Here’s a belated selection of photos from The Sea in Between Documentary Release Tour: Southeast, Feb ‘12.

Virginia Beach, VA
Garner, NC
Atlanta, GA
Birmingham, AL
Nashville, TN

Photos © Sasha Aleksandra Arutyunova & Katrina Sorrentino 2013

Much more from this tour on our Facebook page! Check back next week for photos from our final film tour through the Midwest.

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013 Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2013

MJM Produces Letters from an Old Trunk by the Whiskey Collection

After a joyous release show at Rockwood last weekend, we are very happy to share the first first full length from our friends The Whiskey Collection. Letters from an Old Trunk was produced and recorded by Mason Jar Music last summer.

Drawing on inspirations ranging from Bill Monroe to Thom Yorke, The Whiskey Collection crafts sound like an artisan moonshiner.

Stream the album below:

A few years back, Jon and I were playing at the Knitting Factory with our band Flearoy and had the great privilege of sharing a bill with The Whiskey Collection. The group of 5 classically-trained Juilliard students playing energetic, thoughtful folk and bluegrass blew us away. Since that night all the members of the Whiskey Collection have become integral parts of the MJM community and the band has expanded to include myself and Matt Porter.

The band is in the running for The Deli’s NYC Artist of the Month, so if you dig the music, please take a second to vote and show your support.

- Dan

Photos © Sasha Arutyunova 2013

John Medeski — Gaveau Performance & EPK

As a creative individual, I have always found John Medeski to be a uniquely inspiring figure.  Although my primary contribution to Mason Jar Music and to the universe is as a filmmaker, I also contribute as a piano player and organist.  I actually began collaborating with MJM co-founder Dan Knobler not as a director or editor, but rather as a supporting member of his high school funk band.  During those years, John Medeski became my musical idol — not only as one third of the jazz/fusion band Medeski Martin & Wood, but also as a philosopher of unfiltered creativity.

Underneath all his classical and theoretical training, Mr. Medeski first and foremost celebrates the visceral chaotic beautiful mystery that is music.  He made me realize that the reason I hardly ever practiced in high school was not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t like the way my piano sounded in the room it was in.  He taught me to fall in love with the sound of my instrument again, and find a quirky personality in every dissonant interval.

When Mason Jar Music was given the opportunity to create some videos for John Medeski’s first solo piano album, I leaped at the opportunity to direct that content.  And so, after many months in the making, we are pleased to share those videos with you.

We strongly encourage you to pick up John Medeski’s solo album as well, as soon as it is released.

- Matt Porter

Watch a solo performance imbedded above or here: https://vimeo.com/63033205
Watch the short EPK video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYnI7CGe07w

Director & Editor: Matt Porter
Cameras: Ryan Nethery & Sasha Arutyunova
Sound: Dan Knobler & Jacob Blumberg

Jas Walton backstage before our NYC premiere. 

© Sasha Arutyunova 2012 NYC Premiere concert.

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 Screening for over 500 people in Philly.

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 Excited fans at the Philly show. 

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 Philly Premiere concert.  

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 The crowd at the Philly premiere. 

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 Philly Premiere concert.  

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 Josh before our DC show. 

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 Russell Durham and Char Prescott playing during the DC Premiere concert.  

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012 DC Premiere concert. 

Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012

We’ll be hitting the road again today with our 8-piece ensemble backing Josh Garrels Music for another run of The Sea In Between premiere shows. If you’re in the Southeast, come out and say hi.

Above is a selection of photos from our Northeast tour, taken by Sasha Arutyunova.

Check out our Facebook page for more.

Tour dates:

February 20th - Virginia Beach, VA
The Jewish Mother
600 Nevan Beach Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Doors 5 PM - Show 6 PM
Tickets - $20
Pre-order tickets here:
http://jewishmother.inticketing.com/events/282131

February 21st - Raleigh, NC
The Garner Performing Arts Center
742 W Garner Rd.
Garner, NC 27529
Doors 6 PM - Show 7 PM
Tickets - $20
Pre-order tickets here:
http://tsibraleigh.brownpapertickets.com/

February 22nd - Atlanta, GA
Center Stage
1374 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Doors 6 PM - Show 7 PM
Tickets - $20
Pre-order tickets here:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E004A3CB3AECB8D?artistid=1826770&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2

February 23rd - Birmingham, AL
Carver Theatre
1631 Fourth Ave. North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Doors 6 PM - Show 7 PM
Tickets - $20
Pre-order tickets here:
http://tsibbirmingham.brownpapertickets.com/

February 24th - Nashville, TN
The Loveless Barn
8400 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221
Doors 6 PM - Show 7 PM
Tickets - $20
Pre-order tickets here:
http://tsibnashville.brownpapertickets.com/

 

NE Tour Poster