Danny reisch (Photo by Letitia Smith)
On his last trip in 2020 before the pandemic, Danny reisch traveled to Its Skywalker studios on Star wars Creator Georges lucas‘ popular Skywalker Ranch.
He was finishing the final mix of A24 movie The green knight with the composer Daniel hart, a longtime companion of Reisch in the indie rock project Other lives. Reisch has mixed scores for many major films in recent years, but in Austin’s music world he is best known as an acclaimed record producer and engineer. The Austin Music Prize-the winner is hoping that a recent move to Los Angeles will allow him to continue doing both.
âMuch of the film music business is on the West Coast, and I would love to do more,â he says. âAt the same time, a lot of the artists I’ve worked with are based on the West Coast. Over the past six months I’ve made three different records for artists from LA that I’ve just felt.â
Reisch assures that his Lockhart studio, Good Danny, will remain open and occupied – also used by a group of independent engineers. His expertise just south of Austin helped stand out in 2021 as Sun June‘s Somewhere and Heartless Bastards‘ A beautiful life. He plans to go back and forth frequently for follow-up sessions and lists upcoming commitments to prove it.
âGood Danny’s remains as is,â he says. “We have to finish the new one Novella TV record and the new Star Parks. Bayonnethe disc is almost finished. We have something new for Sun June. Lord Buffalo in December. I’ve been making records in Austin for 20 years, so a big part of me is there and always will be. “
On the cinema side, Reisch will mix the next Terrence Malick film with an Austin-based composer Hanan Townshend. The two collaborated on a nature documentary Breaststroke, where the mixer shaped the communications of otherworldly whales in surround sound. Reisch says he was brought up in the visual world by a photographer father who teaches cinema history.
âFor something under the ocean, I can pan all around your head and really wrap the listener,â he adds. Breaststroke, now on Apple TV +. “It’s really creative, and a new way of engaging emotions and engaging people, which we try to do with music anyway. So just a different format of storytelling.”
Earlier this month, Reisch and his wife moved after finding an overly perfect house that previously belonged to a film mixer, with a studio already built in the backyard. After customizing a bit, the producer also plans to welcome musicians, including Austin Acts. Hollywood-focused studio add-ons can also help.
âThe studio won’t be 100% for movies or for music – I’ll do both, all the time,â he says. “So I will have a very big cinema screen for the music of the film. I don’t know, maybe we will put like Koyaanisqatsi while we’re mixing records, just to get in the zone. “
Groover’s Paradise record store, souvenir
Greg Ellis at Groover’s Paradise (Courtesy of Greg Ellis)
Groover’s paradise Record store, a quaint, poster-lined store nestled in Lake Travis’ Oasis shopping complex for six years, closed permanently on August 1. I wanted to catch up with the owner Greg Ellis, a wealth of musical knowledge so nice, since. Speaking last week, the vinyl veteran said the store has never been able to catch up after about three months of the pandemic with virtually no income.
âThe lockdown was tough on us and then the February frost was just the icing on the cake,â Ellis said. “We got by every year, but there wasn’t much room for error. Having two events like this back to back was just more than we could take.”
He also mentions the national interruptions in the distribution chain for new vinyls, made worse by COVID-19. Opened in 2015, Ellis says he set up the store “like a living room” with chairs to encourage conversation about his mostly used music treasure. Listen to the bearded guru discuss his recommendations on Groovin ‘at the record store Youtube series.
âThe main thing I sold at the store was me and the experience of entering,â he adds. “That was my motto, and what I miss the most – just having a wide variety of people coming in to talk about records. It’s what I love to do, and what I’ve always done.”
Ellis landed his first vinyl gig, at age 15, in a Budget tapes and discs to Jackson, Miss. After completing his studies at State of texas, the owners Nancy and Bobby barnard Hired him as the first employee at the legendary San Marcos Sundance Records. He worked on the label side of the company in Houston before opening his store in Austin, with an honoring title Doug Sahmthe 1974 album.
âI’ve been able to do what I love for almost 50 years, and very few people can tell,â says Ellis. “Growing up in Jackson, the idea that I could make a living [in the music business] – I might as well have been an astronaut, you know? “
With the stock Groover’s Paradise inherited by a business partner, Ellis is looking for a gig outside of music. For now, he works weekends at Antone record store. You can also find him browsing the new Sundance Records location, reborn after Bobby Barnard passed away in 2020.
He recommends: “It’s a restaurant in San Marcos called Herbert’s taco shack. It’s a great day trip, go over there and grab a big plate of sloppy Tex-Mex, then go to the record store. “
Other outgoing music companies
La GRANGE on Brodie Lane closed its doors on October 1 with a performance of Ernie Durawa Group. The owners Anita and Dennis dunn never planned to run a concert hall in South Austin, but instead faced licensing issues while trying to open a Olympic curling facility on 1.7 acre property. Opened in 2015, the space has hosted food trucks and regular live music. Oye Taquito, Winston’s Kitchen, and mobile hairdressing salon FlAir style living room stay in place.
Dry Creek CafÃ© and Boat Dock hosts a final shindig on October 31, schedule to be confirmed. Long-time owner Jay “Buddy” Reynolds, who inherited the business from his mother / original owner Sarah ransom, recently sold the Lake Austin Dive Bar to an unknown buyer. Fans gathered with a Instagram account (@savedrycreekcafe) honoring the 68-year-old establishment, known for a 45-rpm jukebox and sunset views from the rooftop terrace. Bar manager Elly barksdale reported that the building is not at risk of demolition, but will be used “to create a sort of day camp type situation for orphan children”.
Tanya Tucker at Nutty Brown Cafe in 2013 (Photo by Jana Birchum)
Hazelnut amphitheaterthe last weekend of ‘s lands on November 26 and 27, with headlining Pat green and Randy Rogers Group. The Hill Country venue opened in 2000 on the site of Hazelnut Mills, a 1950s flour and candy store. Owners HEB plans to open a store on the 20-acre lot, but has allowed the amphitheater years to find a new location. In 2015, the town of Round Rock sold McNeil Park to the owner of Nutty Brown Mike Farr. After long delays, the company announced that its new location will open in 2022 because “a brand new concept will have more capacity [with] shows across a wide variety of genres. “
ACL sorry for unplugging Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe bridgers tweeted “lol damn acl“after the sound has been muted ending it Zilker Park performance last Saturday. Festival organizers said the incident was due to “a lack of communication on stage” with the staff, adding, “We wish this hadn’t happened and apologize to Phoebe. After positive conversations between the festival organizers and artist on the situation, ACL Party donated to Texas Abortion Fund to show our support for Phoebe and an organization close to her heart. “