Yesterday I called up Melanie Rock, who organizes the Sound Bites music series at Riverspace, to shoot the breeze, and learned that her husband, Greg Talenfeld, is planning to open up a recording studio in Nyack this spring. Talenfeld is a producer who worked with Pavement, The Jon Spenser Blues Explosion, The Walkmen, and a bunch of other indie rockers in the 90s, and beyond. Around the turn of the millennium though, the affordable Meatpacking District studio space that he had been renting suspiciously burnt down (coughentrification…), and, faced with high rents across the city, he decided to work without a studio for a while.
Now he’s hoping to open a new space in Nyack this spring, where he’ll be able to do a mix of local recording and recording for bigger, national bands. If things go according to plans, they’ll even be an apartment at the studio, where bands can hole up while they’re recording their opus, enjoying Nyack by night (can’t wait ’til I see Anthony Kiedis out at OD’s, or Lil Wayne at Didier Dumas).
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Anyway, the studio sounds like a great idea, and we’ll try to keep you posted. Although Melanie and Greg are spending more time parenting than music-ing these days (they have a couple of little ones runnin’ around the homestead), they have some songs up on MySpace from a few years ago, if you’d like to take a listen. As they write on The Space: Post-punk parents making kinder, gentler music even their kids like. The tunes are from an EP they did as The Caterpillars.