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BIG EGO Studios BIG EGO carries on the tradition of small town recording studios such as FAME in Muscle Shoals, Alab Located in Long Beach, California, BIG EGO carries on the tradition of small town recording studios such as FAME in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Royal in Memphis, and Teatro in Oxnard, California.

BIG EGO is a place for musicians to be creative and inspired. Where you can sit down at our Yamaha Grand Piano or behind our 48 channel Audient recording console, knock back a Topo Chico, and make the best record of your life. Welcome home.

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*VINYL PRE-ORDER IS LIVE*"Planet Caravan" might be my favorite Black Sabbath song. I've had periods of time where I just...
08/05/2022

*VINYL PRE-ORDER IS LIVE*

"Planet Caravan" might be my favorite Black Sabbath song. I've had periods of time where I just put the tune on repeat for hours and lost myself in its two chords and Leslie'd vocal melody. At some point during the pandemic I found myself itching to get back into the studio with everyone and cut a new, extended arrangement. On October 24th, 2021, we recorded our version of “Planet Caravan” as well as a new track I wrote called, "Essaouira". I have to express my gratitude for all the musicians on this record: Tabor Allen and Ben Lumsdaine on drums, Billy Mohler on double bass, Isaiah Morfin and Alex Sadnik on alto saxophones, Heather Sommerhauser on Prophet 10, and Jeff Parker (and myself) on electric guitars. Lars Gotrich provides the liner notes.

The other big news today is that Psychic Temple Plays Music For Airports is finally back in print for the first time in almost seven years. Featuring all new artwork by David J. Woodruff and additional color photos from the recording session, this new pressing should give everyone an affordable option to the $150 asking price on the used market for the original JNR188 edition. Vinyl ships in October. Bandcamp link in bio.

09/17/2021

The responsibilities of a producer change everyday. Sometimes you are a conductor and confidant. Sometimes an artist and abettor. Ultimately you are responsible for producing something; whether it’s a song or a spirit.

I’ve been working at this strange career for a while now and wanted to document what it meant to be a producer on Monday, September 13, 2021. By the way, if you’ve got a project that needs producing my schedule opens up in March 2022.

We are very proud to have two recent BIG EGO productions written up and featured by National Public Radio. Both Jeremiah...
04/10/2020

We are very proud to have two recent BIG EGO productions written up and featured by National Public Radio. Both Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon’s album “Namesake” and “Good Days” by Chicago Underground Quartet received enthusiastic write ups and are currently featured on NPR’s Viking’s Choice playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Vinyl and CD editions of both albums are available now through Bandcamp. Link in bio. @ NPR Music

03/22/2020

The great Iggy Pop played “Hospital Song” from Wall of Flowers on BBC 6 and had some very kind words about the album. We still have a few copies on vinyl and are shipping orders out as often as possible. Thanks Iggy. You made our day. Hope everyone is staying safe out there.

BIG EGO Records finally has a bandcamp page where you can pre-order our two newest releases, “Namesake” by Jeremiah Lloy...
02/29/2020

BIG EGO Records finally has a bandcamp page where you can pre-order our two newest releases, “Namesake” by Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon and “The Ogre” by David Tranchina Large-Ish Ensemble. We recorded both of these albums at the studio last July and the vinyl pressings look and sound fantastic. If you were a 2019 subscriber, your copies have already been shipped and pre-orders will start going out next week. Thank you for supporting a legitimate family business and independent record label. We couldn’t do it without you. Link in bio. @ BIG EGO Studios

05/12/2019

We are honored and humbled to be working on Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon’s new album at BIG EGO. The current season of American Idol only helped to shine a brighter light on an artist we’ve been championing for years. Over the last two weeks we’ve been cutting rhythm section tracks and can’t wait to see where the muse (and Moog Grandmother) will take us.

Alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger Alex Sadnik with Tina Raymond on drums and Anna Butterss on bass during a recen...
05/01/2019

Alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger Alex Sadnik with Tina Raymond on drums and Anna Butterss on bass during a recent video & recording session at the studio. Over the last couple years Alex has become an invaluable part of the BIG EGO sound contributing to albums from Guma, Psychic Temple, Eamon Fogarty, Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet, Dana Telsrow, Jazzy Ash, and many more. We just finished mixing his newest EP, Londelius, which is slated for release later this month and also features Jeff Parker on electric guitar and Carey Frank on Hammond Organ. Alex is an extraordinary talent with an original voice and his music deserves your attention. Engineering and photography by Devin O'Brien.

In January of this year keyboardist / composer R. Scott Dibble brought his ambitious jazz odyssey, “Ghosts of Merced” in...
03/23/2019

In January of this year keyboardist / composer R. Scott Dibble brought his ambitious jazz odyssey, “Ghosts of Merced” into the studio. The record features Scott on grand piano, Hammond organ, and Moog, drummers Danny Frankel and Garrit Tillman, mallet percussionist Slam Nobles, and bassist Anthony Shadduck in the rhythm section. We also brought in string and horn sections featuring Nic Chaffee (trumpet), Alex Sadnik (alto), and Charles Sharp (baritone and bass clarinet) and Jeff Schwartz (double bass), Chris McCarthy (cello), and Philip Glenn (violin, arrangements). The record was record and mixed in six days and was just released digitally on Bandcamp and is a must listen for fans of Herbie Hancock, 70’s CTI records, and adventurous, polyrhythmic music of any kind. Mastered by Matt Lynch at Mysterious Mammal. Photos by Devin O’Brien.

03/04/2019

This week on BIG EGO Tapes Hand Habits alter ego Meg Duffy on the demos becoming the record, not sanding off the rough edges of art, working on Placeholder in Wisconsin, music as religion, and the transition from bartending to touring with Kevin Morby to going solo.

BIG EGO is proud to be involved on our second charity project with Record Store Day. Two years ago we worked on the Leon...
02/28/2019

BIG EGO is proud to be involved on our second charity project with Record Store Day. Two years ago we worked on the Leonard Cohen tribute album “Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir” which raised over $10,000 for Pablove and children’s cancer research. This live WTF compilation, “In The Garage,” features J. Mascis, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Aimee Mann, and an incredible performance of “The Beast in Me” by Nick Lowe. The album will be released on April 13th, Record Store Day 2019, and portion of the proceeds go to the Musicians On Call charity foundation.

02/18/2019

This week on BIG EGO Tapes fiddle shredder Philip Glenn on quitting his teaching job to become a full time musician, making his bluegrass album "Outsider" with non-bluegrass players, Nickel Creek and the Ska Crypt, working hard to sound like yourself, and why limitations make art (and Star Wars) better.

02/12/2019

This week on BIG EGO Tapes The Dream Syndicate co-founder and prolific singer/songwriter Steve Wynn on hitting his artistic stride, writing songs to fill an emptiness, meeting Kendra Smith at UC Davis, looking for musicians in The Recycler, and only wanting to be successful enough to keep working on music.

Drum legend Jim Keltner recording at BIG EGO during a trio session with Mike Baggetta and Mike Watt. The resulting album...
02/08/2019

Drum legend Jim Keltner recording at BIG EGO during a trio session with Mike Baggetta and Mike Watt. The resulting album, “Wall of Flowers” is one of those records that has to be heard to be believed. “What could that possibly sound like?” We’re excited to share the answer to that question very soon.

Thanks to Andy Hermann for mentioning BIG EGO alongside some of the most talented and hardworking musicians and labels i...
12/21/2018

Thanks to Andy Hermann for mentioning BIG EGO alongside some of the most talented and hardworking musicians and labels in Los Angeles. Also, trip out on David Crosby retweeting the article. Think he knows the studio was named after what Atlantic Records A&R guys said about the first Crosby, Stills, Nash album? “They should call this one Music From Big Ego!”

We are very proud to announce the release of the Christian Fellowship Chorale’s first single on BIG EGO Records. Recorde...
12/14/2018

We are very proud to announce the release of the Christian Fellowship Chorale’s first single on BIG EGO Records. Recorded live in the studio without overdubs the two song single was produced by Chris Schlarb and features the Andraé Crouch’s classic “Soon and Very Soon” with the great Donna Washington on lead vocals. The second song is a powerful a ca****la arrangement of Judee Sill’s “The Lamb Ran Away with the Crown” featuring Mildred Black and Philemon Hardy-Moore. The Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Timothy Williams will be performing at Knox Presbyterian Church (5840 La Tijera Blvd in Los Angeles) this Sunday at 5pm. We hope to see you there! Thanks to Aaron Lowell for his beautiful cover design and to Devin O'Brien for engineering and the cover photo. Spotify link below!

The BIG EGO live room looking beautiful during a recent session for the new Katie Jo & The Mijos full length album. Come...
11/13/2018

The BIG EGO live room looking beautiful during a recent session for the new Katie Jo & The Mijos full length album. Come in and make a record with us. Full and self service options available. Photo by Devin O’Brien.

We started cutting the new Guma album with an impressive double rhythm section back in April of this year. In the follow...
07/26/2018

We started cutting the new Guma album with an impressive double rhythm section back in April of this year. In the following months guitarist/songwriter T.J. Masters headed for New York to record his vocals. Now in just a couple weeks he’s traveling out from Austin to mix the album back where it all started. It’s a brilliant piece of work and one that we around proud to be working on. Photo by Devin O’Brien.

Maestro Timothy Williams and the Christian Fellowship Chorale are finishing up their debut album at BIG EGO. The album h...
07/19/2018

Maestro Timothy Williams and the Christian Fellowship Chorale are finishing up their debut album at BIG EGO. The album has a sound that has been harder to find in gospel music over the last 30 years and that’s because the band and choir have been tracking live together. The sonic centerpiece for us has been the AEA R88 stereo ribbon mic. This is an incredibly special project and one that we’re honored to be involved with. More news soon. Photo by Devin O'Brien.

Drummers Chad Taylor and Danny Frankel catching up between takes for bassist Anthony Shadduck’s wild double quartet sess...
06/15/2018

Drummers Chad Taylor and Danny Frankel catching up between takes for bassist Anthony Shadduck’s wild double quartet session in December of 2016. The double quartet consisted of two basses, two drum sets, two reeds, and two brass. We’re putting the final touches on the album and will be releasing it on BIG EGO Records this summer. Photograph by Devin O'Brien.

Aerial view of the new Guma album in production this weekend at BIG EGO. T.J. Masters travelled from Austin, Texas to re...
05/06/2018

Aerial view of the new Guma album in production this weekend at BIG EGO. T.J. Masters travelled from Austin, Texas to record his music with some of the finest musicians in Los Angeles including Tabor Allen and Ana Barreiro on drums, Anna Butterss and Steuart Liebig on bass, and Tony Rinaldi on keys. Devin O’Brien engineering with Jason Chavez assisting. Each drum kit got three mics (kick, snare, overhead) if you were wondering.

Sometimes you have to let the strings out of the iso room to have a little fun. Another great session last week doing ov...
04/30/2018

Sometimes you have to let the strings out of the iso room to have a little fun. Another great session last week doing overdubs for STARMOB and cutting a song live with Ellen Warkentine.

11/21/2017
Leeann Skoda - Call Me Back Home (Album Trailer)

What makes a place home? Leeann Skoda’s songs aren’t documents of place so much as they are documents of the scenery around her. Call Me Back Home was recorded live in studio with her band and captures a particular honesty. There's a feeling of presence in these songs.

It’s rare for records to be made this way anymore but the spontaneous approach taps into a certain kind of magic. The sound of Leeann's songs filling up a room, making a moment into home, something to be lived in.

11/17/2017
Philip Glenn - Outsider (Album Trailer)

There’s something evident about a good song — something that ties square dance music to punk rock anthems. A good interpreter knows how to look below the surface and see through to the core. On his solo debut Outsider, fiddle player Philip Glenn focuses on the center of ten songs, drawing threads that connect Appalachian music to the Ramones and Monk. A good song makes itself known, but it takes a good player to notice.

Glenn’s something of an anomaly, a self-described “Filipino kid from Los Angeles playing mountain music.” He began studying piano at four, and picked up the violin at 10, but specifically got into neo-bluegrass in college. From there, he began tracing the origins of the music back in time, discovering Bill Monroe and then going even deeper into the vast American folk tradition. He studied intently, attending the prestigious Mark O’Connor String Camp in Johnson City, Tennessee, where the rhythmic drive of old-time music grabbed him and never let go. His versatility landed him recording session and live work and in 2013 he became a founding member of The Show Ponies.

Folk music is centered on the idea of tradition, and while Glenn often approaches these songs with an archivist’s ear, he’s unafraid to interject his own idiosyncrasies and stylistic moves. In this way, he honors the foundational idea of bluegrass, itself an amalgamation of blues and English ballads that mutated and evolved as they took on new character in the Kentucky and Tennessee mountains. The moment a tradition stagnates, it begins the process of dying — with his adventurous playing, Philip Glenn finds his way into new territory.
Recorded in a whirlwind session — the album was tracked over a feverish day and a half — Glenn and his collaborators leaned on their years of playing, with no second guessing. First thought, best thought. The result puts you into the middle of a jam, offering a chance to lose yourself in a collective musical consciousness, as is Glenn’s preferred state of being. The outsider, totally inside. — Jason P. Woodbury, Phoenix, Arizona

What a thrill it was to record the Christian Fellowship Chorale under the direction of Timothy Williams. We've been in p...
04/30/2017

What a thrill it was to record the Christian Fellowship Chorale under the direction of Timothy Williams. We've been in pre-production on this album for months and today was life affirming in every possible way. We recorded the full band (grand piano, drums, percussion, bass, acoustic guitar) with a smaller version of the choir. Then we overdubbed the full chorale and blended all the tracks together. We used the AEA R88 as our main choral microphone with Neuman KM184s on the sides. What a day!

04/21/2017
Leeann Skoda - Bird on the Wire (Leonard Cohen Cover)

Recorded & filmed live in a single take at BIG EGO. No overdubs.

From the Album: "Like a Drunk In A Midnight Choir -- Record Store Day Celebrates the Music of Leonard Cohen"
In stores April 22nd, 2017

Credits
Danny Frankel - drums
Joel Martin - pedal steel guitar
Jessie Payo - backing vocals
Anthony Shadduck - double bass
Leeann Skoda - vocals, guitar

Produced by Chris Schlarb
Engineered by Devin O’Brien
Mixed by Chris Schlarb & Devin O'Brien @ BIG EGO, Long Beach, CA.
Filmed and Edited by White Sitar

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3/2/22 Digital release of "Now at Last" an album of jazz standards and an original produced by Chris Schlarb at BIG EGO Studios. Featuring songs by theatre composers Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, among others. Accompanied by a virtuoso ensemble of musicians I am humbled and elated to know. Excited to share this offering and to continue growing as a musician forevermore.

* Studio photography by Devin O'Brien
* Design by Michael Wysong
Santa’s come early this year!
TWO brand new Jazzy Ash Holiday tunes OUT TODAY!

"Zat You Santa Claus?"
https://open.spotify.com/track/1NvQMBfxCnY3ZczLph5W73?si=491723d301934b39

"Fly Through the Sky"
https://open.spotify.com/track/4YwRhlcBjoFQIcknN6DS8i?si=0a751172a6da4618

Big Thanks to all the musicians🥰
Alex Sadnik - Arranger, Alto Sax
Ramsey Hampton - Trombone
Steve Lorentzen- Guitar
Danny Frankel - Drums, Percussion
Philip Glenn - Organ, Fiddle
Anthony Shadduck - Bass
Carey Frank - Piano
Chris Schlarb - Producer
Recorded at BIG EGO Studios

Happy Holidays!!
honored to have my artwork on the cover of this BIG EGO Records release, Byways of the Moon
by Dave Easley
pre-order now
NEW MUSIC 🎵 🤖 💕
I’m SO proud of this intimate little record I made with my friends Doug Carter and Davin Givhan at BIG EGO Studios

It’s a collection of tunes created by Black girls on America’s playgrounds during the 20th century, jazzed up by me - exclusively for Yoto!

Special thanks to for helping me dig through a mountain of folk music to create this collection! ✨
: Chris Schlarb & (Astral Spirits, BIG EGO Studios, Chad Edward Taylor, Psychic Temple). “They hit the bullseye on ‘Time No Changes.’” Read our review: https://magnetmagazine.com/2021/05/06/essential-new-music-chris-schlarb-chad-taylors-time-no-changes/
Here's a music video all about the friendly neighbors we have in Long Beach with footage from the Singing Trolley I did with We Love Long Beach and the recording session at BIG EGO Studios and even a miniature trolley and a tiny Queen Mary, hand stitched out of felt. Enjoy!
Why are so many songs about rainbows? An homage to keeping the spirit alive in Long Beach, California with a singing trolley, friendly neighbors, and a miniature Queen Mary. Recorded at BIG EGO Studios.
- NEW ALBUM RELEASE -
Hey Jive Turkeys! 😎🦃🎵
Today is the day! It’s been three years since our last studio release, and this time we kicked it up a notch!

Our new EP, GOOD FOOT, pays homage to the sounds of Black American music in the 50's and 60's - rhythm and blues, motown, doo-wop, rock and roll, it’s all here!

And we could all use a little dance party, wouldn’t ya say? So, slip on your dancin’ shoes and let’s boogie!

Find GOOD FOOT right now, wherever you buy or stream music.

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It was an (ahem!) interesting challenge to produce an album during these wild times, and it would NOT have happened without an incredible team: Vocalists Amelia Robinson/Mil's Trills, Pam Rocker, musicians Alex Sadnik, Anthony Shadduck, Ramsey Hampton, Steve Lorentzen, Philip Glenn, Danny Frankel, and Doug Carter; my producer and pal Chris Schlarb at BIG EGO Studios, and the team at EastWest Studios.
Big THANKS to Guitar Moderne for the very recent interview with yours truly. Its an hour long video situation (link below...) that covers a lot of ground including the recent mssv album, what we're up to now, a bunch of my guitars in detail and the effects setup I was using for the recent mssv Big Ears Festival livestream performance... Hey, I can think of worse ways to spend an hour!

FULL VID: https://youtu.be/TgGyqEUky9I

w. Koll Guitar Company, Fryette Amplification, BIG EGO Studios
Production photos from Big Ears Festival's shoot at Ijams Nature Center / 'Keystone' Quarry for our forthcoming stream featuring the post-genre power trio mssv (Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges, mike watt).

The mssv livestream shows on Fri, Oct. 16 at 8p (edt) — with replays through Sun, Oct. 18 at 12 midnight — & celebrates the release of the band's new album, 'Main Steam Stop Valve' on BIG EGO Studios

Tix & info:
www.bigearsfestival.org/mssv
The brand new full-length mssv album "Main Steam Stop Valve" is coming out on BIG EGO Studios Records October 16th in limited edition vinyl and digital formats! Pre-order TODAY at our Bandcamp and download our single "The Mystery Of":
https://mikebaggetta.bandcamp.com/

We even have a video for it made by Los Angeles-based 16mm outsider filmmaker, Allen D. Glass II, shot on the last 16mm Kodachrome ever to be processed. View the whole thing at the YouTube link below. Plug in the speakers, full screen it in HD, dim the lights, then order the record:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTeCpmpuYwY&t
Coming next week...

Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges, mike watt, BIG EGO Studios
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