A Succinct History to the Present:
2012 - The Brill Building (Tzadik 2012) Commissioned by John Zorn, an entire CD of cover songs written by songwriters in the Brill Building in the 50's & early 60's, including hits and obscurities by Carol King, Phil Spector, Phil Ramone, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, Doc Pomus, Lieber & Stoller and others... 10 songs chosen by Kramer, produced and recorded at Kramer's all-digital NOISE MIAMI in his South Florida home, performed and sung in his own inimitable style. This will be Kramer's very first full-length CD comprised solely of "covers"...available now, with guest artists Mike Jones, Jad Fair, R. Stevie Moore and Brother Danielson.
(For a selected listing of 2008-present activities, please visit MASTERED BY KRAMER)
2007 - Mixing/Producing/Mastering for LITTLE AIDA (debut Second-Shimmy CD "MAD COUNTRY" available NOW), SERENA MANEESH, CATNIP, GAYA, UFO GOES UFA (w/Sophie Galet), SAPPHO, FLAVOR CRYSTALS, AMY RUDE, CHAMPION KICKBOXER, 21 LOVE HOTEL, CARNIVAL, CLIPD BEAKS, DEADBUBBLES, ENVY & OTHER SINS, FRENCH KISS COMA, FUVKIN, GEMINIAC, COMITATUS, GG ALLIN, GIANT PAW, HANSLICK REBELLION, HARPER SIMON, HARPSWELL SOUND, HEADQUARTERS, HowardAmb, JUNE PANIC, THE KONKI DUET, LANDERIM, MARK O'CONNOR, MONOTONIX, MS.LED, MY FLAG IS ON FIRE, PANIC OPERA, POPPY & THE JEZEBELS, THE NIGHTJARS, SAN SERAC, SLEEPYARD, SOILED, SOLVENT SOLUTION, STAR BUG, STEFAN SCOTT, STEVE ADDY, SWEETYBOMB, THE DELUSIONS, THE FURTHURS, THE POLAROIDS, THE SUN BLINDNESS, THE UNPRESENTABLES, THE YEAR ZERO, VANILLA SWINGERS, WIZARD BOOTS, YAKUZA MANSIONS, and the one and only TINY TIM.
May-October 2006 - Producer - DOT ALLISON (London, U.K.)
October 2006 - THE RETURN OF SHIMMY-DISC (SECOND-SHIMMY) - the debut release will be a Various Artists Compilation of the songs of DANIEL JOHNSTON, entitled I KILLED THE MONSTER. Click HERE for details.
October 2006 - producer, SAETA
June 2006 - Remixing - SERENA MANEESH
April 2006 - Producer - PEOPLE OF SANTIAGO (Newcastle, U.K.)
Mixing & Mastering - SOMAZONE (Copenhagen, Denmark)
March 2006 - Mixing & Mastering the new CD for LEOPULDE for Daniel Smith's SOUNDS FAMILYRE label.
February 2006-present - Kramer returns to music/record producing/composing (and his new focus on CD MASTERING) on a full-time basis for the first time since 1998.
Ongoing work in progress - Kramer is presently hard at work on his forthcoming TZADIK release entitled, "THE BRILL BUILDING" his first full-length release of 'covers', commissioned by John Zorn as a celebration of the great songs (written in The Brill Building in NYC during its 50's-60's heydey) by songwriters as diverse as Neil Diamond, Carol King & Gerry Goffin, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weill & Barry Mann, Doc Pomus, and others.
February 2006 - DANIEL SMITH (Brother Danielson of the DANIELSON FAMILIE) and Kramer begin a long series of ongoing collaborations with the first in a series of 7" singles, now available on KILL ROCK STARS, perhaps the very best independent label on earth right now. Keep an eye on this website for timely updates on the evolution of these new and exciting Danielson-Kramer projects.
2004-2006 - Producer/Arranger for ROPE,INC. a new duo with Matt Menovcik of SAETA...debut CD entitled SONGS OF LOVE & WAR out soon on SECOND-SHIMMY.
2004-2006 - Worked beside the founder of the modern skeptical movement JAMES RANDI at the JREF, investigating allegedly paranormal claims and finding proof of absolutely nothing. Long Live JAMES RANDI!!!
Autumn 2005 - Producer/Arranger for "CITY & EASTERN SONGS" by JEFFREY LEWIS, now available on Rough Trade Records and featuring guest musician PETER STAMPFEL (ex-Holy Modal Rounders)...a stunningly original piece of work by a great, great artist.
Autumn 2005 - Work begins on the first collaborative CD by R. STEVIE MOORE & Kramer, presently untitled. Expect to see it in late 2006.
January 2005 - The ethereal NYC artist LINDA DRAPER signs with Planting Seeds Records and releases her most stunningly beautiful work, ONE TWO THREE FOUR...produced by Kramer. This concludes a 4 year/4cd artist-producer collaboration.
January 2005 - Kramer works the soundboard at James Randi's The Amazing Meeting 3 (TAM3) in Las Vegas and lives to read about it in the Las Vegas Weekly. You can read about it (and Kramer) here
2004 - Producer for LIZETH STRANGE, Danish singer-songwriter.
January 2004 - On the 16th and the 18th, Kramer performed in London with LINDA DRAPER. Friday, January 16th at SPICE OF LIFE, 6 Moore Street, Cambridge Circus, Soho, London, UK at 8:30pm. Sunday, January 18th at the 12 BAR CLUB, 22-23 Denmark Place, London, UK at 9:15pm.
August 2003 - Producer/Engineer for a 6-song EP for the New York band JOY ZIPPER for 13 AMPs Records (UK) at the astoundingly beautiful BROOKLYN RECORDING on a gorgeous NEVE with vintage tube mics everywhere you turn. Great band, great studio.
2003 - CLOSER TO TRUTH Music Consultant/Composer for new PBS science series produced by Linda Feferman.
2003 - Sound Supervisor for the MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
2002 - FORTUNE'S FOOL (Broadway) Original music for Arthur Penn's production of the Turgenev classic starring Alan Bates & Frank Langella... Limited Engagement: Opened March 8, 2002...Final Performance July 17, 2002. Read the NY Times article >>
2001 - NEW full-length CD by SAETA produced by Kramer in NYC... Completed 11-2001. For more details, visit their website >>
2001 - CARL THE SECOND (off-Broadway) Music and Sound Design for this new play by Marc Palmieri for WHATMANWHATCAR Productions. Performances at 29th St Rep in NYC Nov. 28 thru Dec. 23
1994 - bass guitarist for WEEN
1987-2000 Founder/Owner/Head of A&R... SHIMMY-DISC Records
1987 - Sound Consultant for PENN & TELLER on Broadway
1985-present Producer of over 500 recordings (jazz, pop, alt.rock)
(for more data, see Billboard's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RECORD PRODUCERS)
1985-1997 Owned and Operated Noise New York/Noise New Jersey Recording Studios, internationally notorious throughout the 80's & 90's for finding and developing alternative musicians and alternative music... Sold to KnitMedia in 1997. Duh. Click HERE for full listing of produced artists
1985 - BUTTHOLE SURFERS (bassist on some US gigs & the band's 1st European tour)
1983-1985 - SHOCKABILLY (w/Eugene Chadbourne & David Licht)
1980-1982 - THE CHADBOURNES (w/Chadbourne, David Licht, Tom Cora, John Zorn)
1979-1980 - NY GONG (w/Daevid Allen, Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn, Fred Maher, Bill Bacon & Stu Martin)
Selected Musician/Producer Activities:
producer DOT ALLISON
producer/mixer BROTHER DANIELSON
producer JEFF LEWIS
producer/collaborater ROPE, INC. II
producer LINDA DRAPER
producer PHIDEAUX XAVIER
SAETA "Structure in the Void"
producer DANIELSON FAMILIE
producer M. DOUGHTY (solo)
producer URGE OVERKILL
producer/co-founder (w/Penn Jillette) THE CAPTAIN HOWDY
bass guitarist for WEEN
PERVERTED BY DESIRE/PERVERTED
1987-1992 producer KING MISSILE
||As Perverted by Desire:
La sigla del sadico esperto (Shimmy Disc Europe/1991)
Kuvun Huuto (Shimmy-Disc/Manifesto Records/1993)
Poetic terrorism in an era of grief (GAP/1995)
For lonely men to jerk off to (GAP/1997)
Boatsman far (My first Sonny Weissmuller recordings/1998)
1989-1991 producer JON SPENSER/PUSSY GALORE
1987-1991 co-founder BONGWATER
1987-1990 producer DANIEL JOHNSTON
1987-1990 producer GALAXIE 500 (all recordings, world tours/LIVE sound)
1985-1990 bassist/producer HALF JAPANESE
1989 producer, WHITE ZOMBIE
1988 bassist GG ALLIN & The SUPERSCUM (one gig only)
1987-89 bassist/producer B.A.L.L.
1987 bassist/producer HALF JAPANESE
1987 musiciain/producer, ALLEN GINSBERG (see shimmy-001 THE 20th Anniversary of the Summer of Love)
1985 bassist BUTTHOLE SURFERS (late '85 european debut & food poisoning debacle)
1984 bassist THE FUGS (quit in zurich)
1982-1985 cheap organ/bassist/producer SHOCKABILLY (quit in ohio)
1980 keyboard/synth/trombone NY GONG (fired by daevid allen)
1994 PULP FICTION directed by Quentin Tarantino
(producer/engineer/arranger: for Urge Overkill's "Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon")
1994 THE LAST PARTY (documentary) music producer (fired during post-production)
Live Sound Producer:
1989 SONIC YOUTH
1988-1991 GALAXIE 500
1983 SUN RA (thrice)
1980-1982 THE WAITRESSES
1991 WEEN…3 short 16mm b&w films, reissued as videos, one banned by Dean & Gene
1992 The Guilt Trip (a 16mm film work in progress)
1988-1990 BONGWATER…two 16mm color "animated" shorts
2001 "SHYLOCK" based upon Shakespeare's MERCHANT OF VENICE
(16mm b&w film ...in progress)
Writing Credits & Liner Notes:
2001 "Our Band Could Be Your Life" - Notes on the American Underground
(Notes on the 1985 Butthole Surfers tours)
2000 Book Preface; THE DANIEL JOHNSTON HANDBOOK (soft skull press)
1990 GALAXIE 500 "ON FIRE" liner notes (rough trade; reissued on Rykodisc)
Artists Kramer has Worked with:
SQUARE ROOT OF MARGARET, TOENUT, URCHINS, VIOLET LIES, JUNE, PANDORA'S LUNCHBOX, COAL, JENNYANYKIND, NERDY GIRL, EIGHT RIVERS, KRACKHOUSE, ETHER, GERRYMANDER BOB, CROATAN, , SHARKY'S MACHINE, SHAVED PIGS, MOLD, MEN & VOLTS, ARTLESS, ART, VELVET MONKEYS, THERMOS, WHEN PEOPLE WERE SHORTER & LIVED NEAR THE WATER, MISSING FOUNDATION, ROLLS, SPONGEHEAD, SQUIRRELS FROM HELL, SHERMAN, PORCUPINE 9, VELVET CACTUS SOCIETY, FIREPROOF WOMEN, MEAT, DEEP JIMI & THE ZEP CREAMS, WALKEN, A.T.S., NICOLE BLACKMAN, PUSHING UP DAISIES, GUTTER POETS, THE NIAGARAS, LIQUID FACE, RANCID POLECATS, BARBARA BROUSSALL, EYES & EARS, 12:01, WELD, JAHUMBA, PARIS SCREAM, BROTHER ALTERNATIVE, THE TADPOLES, THE BODY HAS A HEAD, CARLOS, SOFIA RUN, YELLOW PLASTIC BUCKET, THE DIFFERENTS, RAVEN, PUR, SUB-ROSA, THE DELUSIONS, ROTATER CUFF, NOVA OVENS, ELIXIR, JEHOVA WAITRESSES, SKELS, U.V. SKIN, BLUEBERRY SPY, ERNIE, TROUSER, PINEAPPLES, ROCK GODS, SLACKBONE, CITIZEN PAIN, DIRT SEARCH HEADLIGHT, WIERD HAROLD, NEW REPUBLIC, MILLENIUM, THE ROLLS, THE NUTLEY BRASS, THE CLANDESTINES, BATH, F.S. CAMELS, JUMP THE GUN, GRITHER, A HALO CALLED FRED, BISCUIT, STILL-MOTION, I-SHARKO, FRED NEBULA, SR. CHINNARO, MY FAVORITE, VEGETERIAN MEAT, PIVOT FOOTS, BABY LEMONADE, THE DEVILS, THE DUSTDEVILS, SKYE, FLUFFER, THE HONEYMOON KILLERS, BIG DIPPER, THE EXPLODING KIND, FRIENDS, THE REVELLERS, BOWERY ELECTRIC, BOOGIEMAN SMASH, SALIVA, OCTOBER PROJECT, PENN & TELLER, HYPNOLOVEWHEEL, JOHN ZORN, RANDOLPH'S GRIN, BIG MONKEY BIRD, CHRIS GANSKY, BILLY WEST, SLUDGE, WEAVING KATRINA, KING TAMMY, HEPCAT'S DILEMMA, CRINGE, FIBERFLY, TRANS-LOVE AIRWAYS, TEABAG, MOST SORDID PIES, BONE OF CONTENTION, RICK SANFORD, NANOFROG, TAMMY LANG, CRACK BABIES, THUNDERING LIZARDS, SONIC RABBITFISTS, SERA CULT, CURIOUS RITUAL, DAVEY JONES LOCKER, PAPERHOUSE, NOODLE MUFFIN & THE PIG SQUINTS, BEEF, ALMOST BLUE, HEMLOCK 13, THE ZIMMERMANS, PSYCHLONE RANGERS, BRENDA KAHN, MARC RIBOT, WON LUMP SOME, MELBA, RESOLVE, NO SANER, GRASS DRAGS, WALKEN, THE GHOST SHIRTS, FLYING CARPET PEOPLE, THE PUNDITS, RED TOMATO, BOILED IN LEAD, CRANK, PURPLE MOON GIANTS, TED CAN SWIM, PUR, DROPKICK, MELTING HOPEFULLS, GIZZARD, SEMICOLON, THE FRYDADDY'S, THE HAIRY PAT BAND, SANITY ASSASSINS, SALLY MALADROITE, DRIZZLE, SLACK SABBATH, WISEACRE, REBBY SHARP, ZEENA PARKINS, WORKDOGS, KENWARD ELSMLIE, FLOUR, TOM CORA, BURST, GEORGE CARTWRIGHT, SAMM BENNETT, FRANK LONDON, PEACH OF IMMORTALITY, LIVE SKULL, DANDELION FIRE, EUGENE CHADBOURNE, PRONG, JELLO BIAFRA, TINEAR, THURSTON MOORE, OF CABBAGES & KINGS, SYD STRAW, THE TINKLERS, THREE CAR GARAGE, NO SAFETY, SLEEPYHEAD, SPORTSGUITAR, CHIA PET, PENELOPE TRIP, WALKINGSEEDS, SEMIBEINGS, TRAINS & BOATS & PLANES, TINY LIGHTS, PUSSYWILLOWS, RAYMOND LISTEN, PERVERTED BY DESIRE, PANDA, MUTTONGUN, TULI KUPFERBERG, THE MABUSES, LUMINOUS, THE ASSASSINS, JELLYFISH KISS, FLY ASHTRAY, EGOMANIACS, WEEN, FALSE FRONT, AENONE, BULKHEAD, E-TRANCE, EDSEL AUCTIONEER, ROGER MANNING, BONGOS BASS & BOB, the ANNIE VOLK BAND, FINGERS, YO LA TENGO, BARNYARD SLUT, BINSEY POPLARS, BANK OF SODOM, LICORICE ROOTS, DEBORAH HARRY, LOU REED, CEYLON WAR MACHINE, SAETA, SWOLLEN MONKEYS, R. STEVIE MOORE, HAL WILLNER, JAD FAIR, LINDA DRAPER, MATT MENOCVIK, TAMMY FAYE STARLIGHT, JEFFREY LEWIS, BROTHER DANIELSON, MIKE WATT, I AM STEREO, BARRY STOCK, DANIEL SMITH, PETER STAMPFEL, MINDY MISTY, SOMA ALLPASS, TOXIC KISS, TRANS LOVE AIRWAYS, HOWARDAMB, THE ELECTRIC GHOSTS, CAUCUS, MONSIEUR CLAUDE, DESTROY NATE ALLEN, PEOPLE OF SANTIAGO, ROAD, SERENA MANEESH, DOT ALLISON, etc..
*special note: if you should be on the list, but aren't,
please contact Kramer for inclusion.