Music Quarterly

Longing for Night

Meet the Producers

What Remains

Armstrong's Revenge

VENGEANCE IS SUBLIME!

Highway Ambition

Riding the Fader

The Past Takes It Back

Riding the Line

PRANKS!

Behind a Glowing Television

Forget the Producer

Allan Steed's Little Boom Box

When She Backs Up She Beeps

Nitedrive

Let's Get Ready to Rumble

The Two Together Couldn't Ruin It

TV Without Pictures

Prank #3: Fan vs. Band Vengeance

One Hundred Shades of Blue

Same Shade of Blue

Touch That Dial

Prank #4: Band vs. Audience Vengeance

Infrared

CD Review Revue

Among the Ghosts

Prank #5: Intra-Band Vengeance

Que venga la noche

Movie Review Revue

Fan Mail: An End to the Discussion

Ah yes... Mister Kearney Barton. He's a producer, a knob ninja who knows how to tape dance (didn't see THAT one comin', didja?)... and maybe could be even considered a... REVOLUTION! Well... okay, so he didn't invent birth control pills or galvanized steel, BUT in the '60s, his studio, Audio Recording, was where most every band that was a rock 'n' roll some-BODY from the Northwest got recorded (the Wailers, Don & the Goodtimes, the Frantics)! 'Course, he also did work for occasional outta towners like the Standells. Right, anyway, the "what it 'tis" that makes Barton's work so damn remarkable is the LOUDNESS he could get on tape. Effected "compression" never seems to apply. Barton's work is kinda like Phil Spector's in that he squeezes each sound, audibly, into his productions, but unlike Spector, Barton don't overlap to get "bigness," he just lets it ALL go, tape a-rollin'. The Sonics are obviously the best example of a "savage young Kearny Barton" production. Indeed, he's partly responsible for them.... I like to think it's what he didn't tell 'em that counts!!! Didn't nobody turn NOTHIN' down! You know what I mean, too, IF in this age of digital and "solid state," you've had the pleasure of hearin' a K.B.-produced 45 spun on a MONO (single speaker) tube hi-fi, with a ceramic mono cartridge. There's lots of rules for "proper" projection, I know... but HONESTLY... you'd almost mistake the band to be playing in the ROOM with you. It's stunning. Hell, even with all the woo-ha regarding the BANDS he recorded, turns out K.B. won't be about ONE band or style. Barton applied his practices to alla his work... fucking CHURCH groups were recorded for MAXIMUM overdrive as well. He's still recording too. However, if you pay him a visit, beware of his "unconventional" means of storage... evidently the studio is kinda confused. I understand the rooms are lined with old busted equipment, stacks of newspapers, and recording tape. But I hear he's very affordable.