Sharp Notes June 03 2004

Making tracks in/to Atlanta: A pair of studios are a flutter with news of sessions and visits and taping and ProTooling.

Tree Sound Studios recently said goodbye to part-time Atlantan Elton John, who, along with his lyricist Bernie Taupin, recorded his first self-produced album in his 35-year recording career. Scheduled for release late this fall, the album resulting from the Tree Sound sessions will hit the soft spot of all loyal Atlantans with its title: Peachtree Road.

Tree Sound has played host to a number of other illustrious locals recently including El Pus — playing a Tuesday-night residency at the 10 High all month — who did some tracking for the group's debut EP for Virgin. Also kicking around the studio was Collective Soul, who were mixing new tracks for what could be the band's first album in four years. We wait with baited breath.

Also, thanks to Matt Sebastian, columnist for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo., a rumor has been started that Bruce Springsteen is headed into the studio — Southern Tracks, to be specific — with Atlanta-based super-producer Brendan O'Brien. However, a quick call revealed that no studio time had been booked for late summer, as reported. But, the Boss' 2002 album The Rising was recorded there and with O'Brien, so don't lose hope for some summer Springsteen sightings.

Local show(s) of the week: Either it's just me, or everybody loves the Earl. And if you are looking for a night to fall in love with the homey backroom of music, a night featuring Atlanta institutions the Woggles and the Subsonics is a good time to make it happen. You'll get the high-powered garage rock of the former, tempered by the Dylan-meets-Velvets (with a stand-up drummer) of the latter on Sat., June 5.

For the lovers in the readership, head to the Roxy on June 5 for a less-than-personal serenade from local troubadour Angie Aparo. He almost but not quite broke out of Atlanta a few years back on the strength of his LP The American, but by the looks of his devoted fans, you'll never guess that it didn't fully pan out.