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Sierra Sound, NYC

Sierra Sound, NYC Sierra Sound is a project recording studio located in Hell's Kitchen, NYC. It's the home base of guitarist/producer/engineer Freddie Katz. For the greater part of his life, whether he's been playing guitar, producing, or engineering (sometimes all three at once), Freddie Katz has been living rock-n-roll 24/7.

He's produced, engineered and performed on records by artists major and indie, he's mixed front of house sound at several major venues, and he's also toured extensively as a guitarist. He currently lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City where he runs his project recording studio, Sierra Sound. Combining the classic with the modern; beautiful vintage analog front and back end, combined with all tha

He's produced, engineered and performed on records by artists major and indie, he's mixed front of house sound at several major venues, and he's also toured extensively as a guitarist. He currently lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City where he runs his project recording studio, Sierra Sound. Combining the classic with the modern; beautiful vintage analog front and back end, combined with all tha

Operating as usual

Spent yesterday at Love-Electric Studios in London, producing a new EP for The Priscillas! Basic tracking, and some over...
03/06/2022

Spent yesterday at Love-Electric Studios in London, producing a new EP for The Priscillas! Basic tracking, and some overdubs in London, final overdubs and mixing at my place in New York, Sierra Sound.

Stay tuned kids! This one’s gonna rock🎸🎸🎸‼️

In the continuing evolution of Manhattan, my old audio engineering pal Mark Dann has announced that after twenty odd yea...
11/23/2021

In the continuing evolution of Manhattan, my old audio engineering pal Mark Dann has announced that after twenty odd years of being a staple of the New York recording scene, he’s finally closing the doors of his Tribeca studio. It seems that the landlord has decided to completely modernize and renovate the building and all the tenants have to go. I can’t even guess how many hours I logged in at Mark’s place, working on various album and demo projects over the years. I’ll be sad to see it go. The good news is, Mark is selling off much of his groovy vintage gear, and as a result, as soon as I can rack them up, Sierrasound will have in its arsenal this beautiful Demeter mic-pre, along with this pair of very sweet sounding Urei LA-5 compressors. Also thrown into this sweet deal are this lovely stereo pair of AKG C-460 condenser mics, sure to add sparkle to all manner of acoustic instruments, strings, percussion, etc.

So, at least there’s a silver lining. Glass half full, always😎

Hey you glitter kids!The Carvels live album has been given a makeover, reissued with new liner notes, artwork and a bonu...
10/16/2021
The Carvels NYC

Hey you glitter kids!

The Carvels live album has been given a makeover, reissued with new liner notes, artwork and a bonus track.

Lovingly produced and engineered my me, mixed by the inimitable Jim Diamond.
❤️🎸‼️

Info below:

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It's here, come and get it! Free download of our lovely live LP includes brand new bonus track, liner notes booklet and poster! Just type thecarvelsnyc.com into your browser and get our music FREE! See you on October 23rd at Parkside Lounge NYC! NEW single out soon! #nycrocknroll #nycpunk #freedownloads #livelp

“The Carvels NYC sound like a band from a different era but are urgently needed now.” (Rich Quinlan, Jersey Beat) Celebrating NYC rocknroll Lynne Von Pang - vocals Brian Morgan - guitar RB Korbet - bass, vocals Steve Pang - drums

The Readymades compilation that I mixed and mastered has just been reissued by Liberation Hall, and it's getting some ni...
03/03/2021
The Readymades: More Live Than Not – San Francisco 1978 « Hyperbolium

The Readymades compilation that I mixed and mastered has just been reissued by Liberation Hall, and it's getting some nice press-love. San Francisco's The Readymades were of course the brainchild of Jonathan Postal (also known for his amazing punk era photography) and amongst other things features some tracks that were produced by none other than the late Sandy Pearlman, which I've had the great honor of remixing. I've always loved Pearlman's work, especially with The Dream Syndicate (h/t Steve Wynn), not to mention Shakin' Street/Ross Friedman, who I wound up touring with as a guitar player years later, in 2019. So working on this was pretty special.

And if that's not cool enough, check this out:

This Readymades reissue has been getting enough attention that the label has now decided to put out a compilation of Postal's "post" Readymades material, which I'm currently working on remixing, mastering, and even adding some additional guitars to. These tracks come from several of Jonathan's later bands, and include contributions from Johnny Rao, Kenny Aaronson, Lee Crystal (RIP), The B-Girls (h/t Cynthia Ross), Smashed Gladys' Bart Lewis, and also Ian North, who sadly just passed away a few days ago.

Anyway, it's nice to have some cool music to work on, especially now, and it's an honor to be in such esteemed company.

As Alan Merrill (❤) used to say, "more soon...always more".

At the dawn of punk rock and the new wave, San Francisco’s Readymades sparked both fanship and controversy. Fanship for what New York Rocker described as a blend that leaned “towards the power and simplicity of punk and the accessibility of pop.” Controversy for much the same thing. Readymades...

Got a nice shoutout from rock writer extraordinaire David Fricke, on his "Writer's Block" radio show for my involvement ...
12/15/2020
David Fricke's "The Writer's Block" Excerpt - ALT Live At Tramps

Got a nice shoutout from rock writer extraordinaire David Fricke, on his "Writer's Block" radio show for my involvement in this new live album from ALT (Split Enz/Crowded House's Tim Finn, Andy White, and Hothouse Flowers' Liam Ó Maonlai). In this excerpt he talks about the band and plays a couple of tracks. Thanks guys, it's truly been an honor:
https://soundcloud.com/freddie-katz/david-frickes-the-writers-block-excerpt-alt-live-at-tramps

You can stream or buy the album here:
altandyliamtim.bandcamp.com/releases?fb…NKwBy_fFDgE

Here's the story:

"Very happy to announce that as of November 30th a magnificent 1995 Tramps concert will be released for free worldwide on the exact 25th anniversary of its original show. On that date 25 years ago ALT, comprised of singer-songwriter Andy White, Liam Ó Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) and Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House) landed at our humble club and delivered a primarily acoustic-based gem of a show to a wildly appreciative audience very familiar with their individual careers. The crowd was excited to see what they could come up with together on that brief U.S. tour and they delivered spectacularly. Fortunately the tape was problem-free after all these years. After having it mastered (thank you Freddie Katz) the guys decided to share this special show with their fans and it will be available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music/iTunes and other platforms. Also, there is a new page for ALT - Live at Tramps NYC ,1995. Please share this terrific news! And enjoy the concert."

Got a nice shoutout from rock writer extraordinaire David Fricke, on his "Writer's Block" radio show for my involvement in this new live album from ALT (Split Enz/Crowded House's Tim Finn, Andy White,

Today I'm pleased to share my latest entry into the world of recorded music, this very special release from Andy White, ...
12/01/2020
Live at Tramps NYC 1995, by ALT

Today I'm pleased to share my latest entry into the world of recorded music, this very special release from Andy White, Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers) and Tim Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz), otherwise known as ALT. It's a live album recorded at New York's legendary Tramps on this day exactly twenty-five years ago. I was asked by legendary Tramp's booker Steve Weitzman and the band to warm up the original DAT recording and master it for this release. It's truly been an honor to be involved! Slainte!

Here's the story:

"Very happy to announce that as of November 30th a magnificent 1995 Tramps concert will be released for free worldwide on the exact 25th anniversary of its original show. On that date 25 years ago ALT, comprised of singer-songwriter Andy White, Liam Ó Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) and Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House) landed at our humble club and delivered a primarily acoustic-based gem of a show to a wildly appreciative audience very familiar with their individual careers. The crowd was excited to see what they could come up with together on that brief U.S. tour and they delivered spectacularly. Fortunately the tape was problem-free after all these years. After having it mastered (thank you Freddie Katz) the guys decided to share this special show with their fans and it will be available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music/iTunes and other platforms. Also, there is a new page for ALT - Live at Tramps NYC ,1995. Please share this terrific news! And enjoy the concert."

https://altandyliamtim.bandcamp.com/releases?fbclid=IwAR0zv-nU4yNQJIHpfsNBixhUdUScgeAvsN_6AITxPfG_dkughdnPG_YOhi8

Photo by Ebet Roberts

9 track album

I had the honor of spending the day yesterday with drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley, recording drum tracks for a coup...
11/25/2020

I had the honor of spending the day yesterday with drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley, recording drum tracks for a couple of things I’m producing, an EP for Donna Destri, as well as a single I’m working on with Jonathan Spottiswoode, a song we co-wrote the last time I was in London. Steve is a musician’s musician, having worked with Paul McCartney, Ian Hunter (he was part of the Mott The Hoople reunion tour last year), Joe Cocker, and many others too numerous to mention. It’s always a pleasure and a privilege to be able to work with him, and I’m honored to be included amongst those to whom he contributes his drum stylings.

Masking up is gradually becoming something we do pro forma. We’re getting used to it now, and after months and months of dormancy it feels great to be in the studio working again.🎸🎸🎸‼️

A track I engineered from Warren Cuccurullo’s live solo album. How cool is that?
10/13/2020
Whatever You Say, Mac

A track I engineered from Warren Cuccurullo’s live solo album. How cool is that?

Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Whatever You Say, Mac · Warren Cuccurullo Roadrage ℗ 2002 Warren Cuccurullo Released on: 2002-01-01 Auto-generated by YouTube.

A legend...and yours truly:-)Nice🎸🎸🎸‼️“Influenced by original New York punk, 60s girl groups and Lou Reed and the Velvet...
10/01/2020
WHAT A CARVE(L) UP! | Vive Le Rock Magazine

A legend...and yours truly:-)

Nice🎸🎸🎸‼️

“Influenced by original New York punk, 60s girl groups and Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, the band tore through a set of originals by frontwoman Lynne Von Pang, bolstered by covers of the Ramones ‘I Wanna Be Well’ and the Velvets’ ‘Candy Says’. Live At The Cutting Room was produced by Freddie Katz and mixed and mastered by Detroit garage legend Jim Diamond.”

New York bar band THE CARVELS NYC have just released their long-awaited debut album and it's a live one! Well, in a manner of speaking. The band had always planned to make a live album for their ...

Here's some press love for the new Carvels album "Live At The Cutting Room".produced and engineered by yours truly🎸🎸🎸‼️D...
10/01/2020
THE CARVELS NYC RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'LIVE AT THE CUTTING ROOM' | Punktuation! Magazine

Here's some press love for the new Carvels album "Live At The Cutting Room".produced and engineered by yours truly🎸🎸🎸‼️

Dig it:

“New York punk/rock/garage band THE CARVELS NYC have just released their debut album and it’s live… well kinda! The band had always planned on making a live album for their debut because they wanted to capture their brilliantly powerful and explosive vibe. But… thanks to a little thing called COVID, their gig at NYC’s legendary Cutting Room club got canned.

However in May, the band ‘snuck’ back into the Cutting Room with producer Freddie Katz and played (socially distanced and masked up of course) to an empty venue. Amazingly, despite the lack of a heaving, sweaty and enthusiastic crowd, the band have managed to deliver a blisteringly powerful album with that all-important ‘live vibe.’

Influenced by NYC original punk (Blondie, Ramones, Heartbreakers), 60s girl groups (The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las), with a drop of Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground’s deadpan cool – The Carvels NYC first full-length album is out now via Die Laughing Records and certainly one to ‘get yer lug ‘oles around’
Available on most streaming services and you can also check it out at the link below."

https://www.punktuationmag.com/new-releases/the-carvels-nyc-release-new-album-live-at-the-cutting-room/?fbclid=IwAR1bvmqly48PenjKHa6ichUEl2ItkbjBZVjQStPlbgTRjKk-LR56mCAi3r4

http://www.dielaughingrecords.com/?mc_cid=238075a4f7&mc_eid=d2ce9341b0

New York band THE CARVELS NYC have just released their debut album and it’s live... well kinda!

In all of my years of producing and recording, this project was one of the most challenging and rewarding. Faithfully re...
09/16/2020
A Tribute to Led Zeppelin from Hell's Kitchen

In all of my years of producing and recording, this project was one of the most challenging and rewarding. Faithfully recreating the sounds created by Page and co. using vintage gear, large recording spaces, etc. in the seventies, and doing it in a smaller space on modern equipment was no easy task, but hopefully when you listen you'll agree that Thor Fields and I were up to the task!

Don't let the hilarious name fool you. These 9 tracks are performed with true reverence and painstaking attention to detail. An homage to the brilliance of Zeppelin's original recordings; performed with all the passion evident of true fans.

My latest handiwork, Just Jill's new record. Jill's a really fun singer/songwriter of catchy, quirky pop tunes with some...
09/09/2020
Okcupid, by Jill Gewirtz /the just jills

My latest handiwork, Just Jill's new record. Jill's a really fun singer/songwriter of catchy, quirky pop tunes with sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always heartfelt lyrics. Lovingly produced and engineered by me at Sierra Sound NYC.
http://www.sierrasoundnyc.com/
Jill sang and played acoustic guitar, and I did the other instrumentation, with the exception of the violin.
Dig it🎸🎸🎸😉
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Jill Gewirtz: "Ok Cupid"
https://thejustjills.bandcamp.com/track/okcupid
Produced, Engineered and mixed by Freddie Katz.
Jill Gewirtz - AC Guitar, Vocals
Freddie Katz - All Electric Guitars, Bass, Slide Guitar, Drum Programming, Percussion
Andrew Singer (Soce the Elemental Wizard) - Violin

track by Jill Gewirtz /the just jills

The new masked and socially distanced video for the rockin’ new single from The Carvels,  “Bitter Pill”, lovingly produc...
05/17/2020
Bitter Pill - The Carvels NYC

The new masked and socially distanced video for the rockin’ new single from The Carvels, “Bitter Pill”, lovingly produced, engineered, and mixed by me at Shelter Island Sound and Sierra Sound, NYC.

Shot on location in the currently deserted Chinatown, NYC.

Shot in the dark, empty streets of NYC in April 2020 "Swinging, punk-inspired rock n’ roll. With their focus on rollicking guitar, wailing saxophone, and Lyn...

10/19/2019

New Carvels single out now!!! Video premiere on YouTube tonight.

The song’s called “Late Night Heart”, lovingly produced and engineered by me at Sierra Sound and Shelter Island Sound.

Here’s the YouTube link:

https://youtu.be/134llF34hf0

Dig it🎸🎸🎸‼️

08/10/2019

Artwork for the new single from The Carvels, lovingly produced and engineered at Sierra Sound and Shelter Island Sound, by yours truly...

08/03/2019

Just finished mixing The Carvels new record....and it rocks🎸🎸🎸‼️

Another great review for The Carvels "Everything With You Is A Travesty", produced/engineered by yours truly:-)https://w...
03/28/2019
Album review: The Carvels NYC – Everything With You Is A Travesty EP

Another great review for The Carvels "Everything With You Is A Travesty", produced/engineered by yours truly:-)

https://www.scenepointblank.com/reviews/carvels-nyc/everything-you-travesty-ep/?fbclid=IwAR3mZpDzeSB2HhdF-t1reZtgeH-gCycoYq2KGHMBsIiy_D4i1ASEVdpuyv4

Let me tell you something about reviewing and how it is decided what will get a review on here. Sometimes it is very straight forward: our dark overlord gives a ...

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