New Robyn Hitchcock Album Due in 2014

Robyn Hitchcock has recorded an album which may be called The Man Upstairs, with the great record producer Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Richard and Linda Thompson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Pink Floyd, and many more), to be released in 2014 on YepRoc Records. Charlie Francis (better known as a producer and engineer) plays piano on four tracks.

In his newsletter Boyd writes: “I am occasionally approached by managers or artists wondering if I’m still up for producing records. I say yes, in theory. Then I set forth the way I’d like to do it: live in the studio (mostly, anyway, a few overdubs allowed…), no more than 6 days recording, maximum 6 days for mixing. For singer-songwriters, I say we’d have to include other people’s songs mixed in with theirs. Not covers of well-known songs, just good songs that fit in. Most respond with, ‘we’ll think about that and get back to you’ and I never hear from them again.”

Ah, but when Boyd told Hitchcock the lay of the land…

“my pal and touring partner Robyn Hitchcock has agreed to all my conditions,” Boyd writes. “We recorded and mixed a cd in 7 days (with the invaluable assistance of the great engineer Jerry Boys) and we’re both delighted with it. It will emerge on YepRoc sometime in 2014 (provisional title “The Man Upstairs”) and you can judge for yourselves if the Boyd approach works or not.”

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Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael recently completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, and is currently writing a second novel.

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