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Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival

Just in time for Earth Day, Brushfire Records will release Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival on April 17th. The album features a 13-track compilation of live performances from Jack Johnson’s benefit concert for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. It includes two tracks with Ben Harper, including a duet of Bob Marley’s “High Tide or Low Tide” and a performance of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

Culled from six years of his eco-minded music festival, Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival highlights onstage collaborations with Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dave Mathews, Ziggy and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and more.

Proceeds from Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival and the tour will benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

Ben Harper & Jack Johnson @ Hyde Park 2008



Ben Harper & Jack Johnson @ Hyde Park 2008
Jack Johnson plays his own headline show at Hyde Park, London on Wednesday 2nd July.

Support is from G. Love & Special Sauce, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and Mason Jennings, with further acts still to be announced.

Gates open at 2pm, with the entertainment starting at 4pm.

Tickets are on sale, priced at £40. To buy, click here.

Label: Everloving records


Everloving Records was founded in 2003, having been Enjoy Records from 2000. With the success of Jack Johnson‘s debut Brushfire Fairytales the original, though defunct, Enjoy Records phoned up to reclaim their moniker. Everloving began with Jack’s album, which was produced by co-founder J. P. Plunier. The company began when A&R veteran Andy Factor and Plunier partnered, after having worked together for Ben Harper. Plunier is Harper’s manager and Factor was his A&R man.

Shortly after “Brushfire Fairytales”, Everloving had a hit with Mad World from the film Donnie Darko. That was composed by Michael Andrews and featured the vocals of Gary Jules. It went #1 in the UK at Christmas 2003, two years after the film had come out.

Additional forays into film brought the soundtrack to “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and the score to “Me and You and Everyone We Know

Canadian avant-pop band Metric debuted on Everloving, as did Lowell George‘s daughter Inara George. Both were produced by Michael Andrews, from the studio that Mad World built him. He continues to produce and score films for Elgonix Labs.

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Early in 2007, Jack Johnson began remodeling an old L.A. mansion that also houses a recording studio and offices for his record label, Brushfire Records. Eco-friendly building renovations were made, and last June he began tracking his new album, Sleep Through the Static, out this month. The album was produced by J.P. Plunier, with recording and mixing by engineer Robert Carranza, and features Johnson’s band: Merlo Podlewski on bass, Adam Topol on drums and Zach Gill on keyboards. In contrast to the Pro Tools production on Johnson’s recent albums, the group went analog this time, tracking to Studer 24-track. “I liked not looking at the music on a computer screen — just hearing it,” says Johnson. “If it had a good feel, you moved on, living with your little mistakes. Those little mistakes become part of the character of the song.

“I am not a real audiophile; I leave that stuff to Robert,” Johnson continues. “The guys in the band can hear the difference between tape and digital. I have always been more into the songwriting and putting the song together. But it feels really warm, and we aren’t using a click. We just go sit in the room together and track the songs.”

Jack Johnson with his guitar on the steps of his new recording studio, Solar Plastic Power Plant. “We found this old building in Los Angeles with a room in the back with high ceilings — perfect for a studio,” says Johnson. “We wanted to make it as eco-friendly as possible: We put the solar panels on the roof. We are using bamboo for the floors, which is a replaceable resource, and we used the old wood to put in floors and ceilings in the house. We have toilets with the low-flush option, and the insulation in the walls is all recycled blue jeans. When you have the chance to do it this way, why not do it?”

“We used a variety of microphones for the drums,” says Carranza. “For the overheads, we used Audio-Technica 4050s. They have a nice top-end brilliance and warmth. You can get them really close to the cymbals and they sound really good. For the toms, we used standard 451s. Snare was a 57 with a 451 tied to it, bottom snare was a 451. Hi-hat was a 451. On the kick drum, we had an [AKG] D 12, which has a nice ‘pump’ to it. Adam [Topol’s, above] sound is very much how he plays, and he tunes them a certain way that works for him. We put up a stereo room mic about three feet back, an AKG, which gives an overall sound for everything.”

Engineer Robert Carranza positions a Telefunken | USA U 47AE. “He is our sound now,” says Johnson of his longtime engineer. “In a certain way, he is in the band.”

“Jack has kind of a velvet voice, and this is the first time I really got the sound I have been trying to get all along,” says Carranza. On the guitar is an Audio-Technica 4050.

Zach Gill’s keyboards include Celeste, Clavinet, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Moog and piano. “He did most of the piano live,” explains Carrana. “It was blocked off, with the soundboard faced away from the drums with a little gobo, some 451s and that was our tracking style. Sometimes he played through a little Fender Deluxe amp miked with a [Shure] 57.” Pianos went through two Neve 1073s miked L/C/R using less of the center to create space.

Carranza miked Johnson’s acoustic guitar with an AKG. “Jack is such a mellow player. He would sometimes play acoustic, sometimes electric, all done live in the room,” Carranza says. “One of the best things about making this record is that we used the Avion headphone system. You can discretely send tracks to each player and everyone can make and store their own mixes.”

Analog treats (top-bottom): Summit Audio DCL-200 Dual compressor/limiter, Empirical Labs EL-7 Fatso Jr., Ridge Farm Boiler ultra compressor. (“Serial number 35,” says Carranza. “When you want something to go crazy, put it through that box.”), Tube-Tech-Dual Compressor CL 2A. Lindcraft Denmark tube stereo compressor, TLA-100A Summit tube leveling amplifier, and a Teletronix LA2A original limiter. (“When used with an amplifier, it zooms in on sound and brings out all the little characteristics that are in there.”)

Many amps on the project were borrowed from producer J.P. Plunier’s collection. “The one on the left is a Bell stereo amplifier that has two inputs so you can create a stereo effect; we used that one quite a bit,” says Carranza. “The little orange one is an old Gibson. We also used the little combo on the bottom with the tweed design. Standard miking [included] an SM7 or a 57; sometimes, I put the 251 on the amp farther back.”

Overall, signal chains were simple. “All the drums went through APIs,” says Carranza. “Room mics went through Neves. API straight in, straight to tape, with just a little bit of API EQ. Adam has his drums dialed in, and they sound good the way they are. Jack’s acoustic went through a Neve, bass went through the UA 610s with those great tube electronics.” Vocals went through an API mic pre from the Telefunken | USA U-47 re-issue into the API 512, into an LA-2A and straight into tape. “We used the 1176 every once in a while, not too much; this is more of an LA-2A kind of record. No aggressive stuff.” Acoustic guitars went through APIs with graphic EQ to add high end

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L’artiste a enregistré son prochain opus d’une manière originale, en respectant l’environnement.


Le prochain album de Jack Johnson, “Sleep Through The Static”, est attendu pour le 4 février prochain. Le premier single, “If I Had Eyes”, est disponible sur les plateformes de téléchargement depuis le 13 décembre. La particularité de ce disque est qu’il a été enregistré dans des studios d’Hawaï fonctionnant entièrement à l’énergie solaire ! L’esprit écologiste du chanteur se répercutera sur les thèmes des chansons. “Certains titres traitent du monde dans lequel nos enfants vont grandir, à la fois rempli de guerre et d’amour, de pessimisme et d’espoir”, a précisé l’artiste au magazine américain Billboard.


Le dernier album studio de Jack Johnson, “In Between Dreams”, date de 2005. Cet ancien champion de surf, reconverti en chanteur, y livrait avec sa guitare acoustique quelques ballades et mélodies simples, agrémentées de son grain de voix profond. En 2006, l’artiste est retourné en studio pour élaborer la bande son du film d’animation “Curious George”. (source: musicactu.com)