Chicago's Finest Audio Engineering

Specializing in Recording, Mixing, and Mastering.


Headquartered in Chicago, Mystery Street Recording is a creative and professional studio for recording, mixing, and mastering. With our carefully selected collection of analog and digital recording gear, and an experienced engineering staff, you’ll walk away with the album you’ve been dreaming of.

We are musicians and performers, so we understand what it is like to be “on the other side of the glass”. We strive to provide a hassle free environment and ensure that your recording session suits your specific needs, giving you the freedom to pull off the performance of a lifetime and have a great time doing it!

Mystery Street offers the city’s best hourly band rehearsal spaces.  All of our rooms come stocked with a full back line so you can just plug in and play. Plus, you earn free recording time for every hour you rehearse! Use the space to practice, write, give lessons, or to simply crank up your amp and bang on some drums without bugging the neighbors!

Recommended by the Library of Congress, our state-of-the-art Audio Preservation Lab is your one-stop-shop for audio preservation, restoration and audio format transfer projects. There is almost no format that we cannot transfer, so bring in your old open reel tapes, DATS, cassettes, vinyl records or 78 records, CDs, wire recordings, and more. The time is now to have your audio cared for by the Midwest’s most trusted preservation facility!

Schedule an appointment to drop off your project, take advantage of our at-home pick up/delivery services or ship your project to us at our our new Audio/Video Preservation Lab location at 347 W Church St in Sandwich, IL!

We also offer many other audio services including studio rental for freelance engineers, voice over recording, audio book production, podcast recording, live sound engineering, gear rentals, in-studio or virtual audio lessons, and karaoke recording parties for kids or adults!


Joe Tessone

Company President
Lead Engineer / Audio Preservation Specialist / Consultant

  1. Americana/Folk Rock/Roots The Rust Belt Ramblers - Atonement 2:59
  2. Acoustic/Soul/Pop Owen Stevenson - Emily 5:09
  3. Hard Rock/Alternative/Female Vocalist Stone Cold Outlaw - Excess 3:31
  4. Psychobilly/Punk/Rock Thee Invaders - I Want To Eat Your Brain 2:50
  5. Indie Rock/Alternative/Pop Marla Croon - Madeline You Just Don't Have the Gall Master 4:48
  6. Punk/Hardcore The Kreutzer Sonata - Punks with Morals 2:30
  7. Classic Rock/Progressive Rock/Hard Rock The Snakeoil Salesmen - Silicon Age 4:32
  8. Americana/Folk Rock/Roots/Female Vocalist Blue Horse Blue - Since You Told Me Master 3:33
  9. Alternative/Indie Rock Shallow Diver - Cool It 2:44
  10. Jazz/Rock/Fusion/Swing The Freedonia Municipal Band - Holy Hell 2:22
  11. Polka/Rock/Punk The Polkaholics - Teacher 3:55
  12. Indie Rock/Alternative/Brit Rock Fletcher - More Than You Can Chew 3:44
  13. Funk/Soul What It Do! - Cooker 4:09
  14. Americana/Country/Roots/Folk Punk Al Scorch & The Country Soul Ensemble - Miss Rosie 2:32
  15. Roots/Americana/Ukulele Don Quixote - Black Patch Tobacco War 5:38
  16. Indie Rock/Alternative Missing Chums - How Come? 2:41
  17. Alternative/Punk/Hard Rock Gunner's Daughter - Redemption 2:21
  18. Electric Folk/Punk/Classic Rock Robert Tierney - Shipwreck 2:35
  19. Folk/Old Timey/Roots/Female Vocalist Glass Mountain - Crooked Road 2:51
  20. Funk/Soul What it Do! - Sundee Mornin' 2:38
  21. Indie Rock/Progressive Rock Paper People - Song 2 3:30
  22. Bluegrass/Roots/Acoustic Sometimes Mountain Boys - Back of the Van 4:36
  23. Acoustic/Roots/Male Vocalist Ben Porter - Used To Be Jacob 4:54
  24. Jazz/Cabaret/Female Vocalist Melodica Erotica- Tomorrow Comes 2:12
  25. Latin/World/Merengue Papo Sanchez - Cayendo en Silencio 5:25
  26. Punk/Thrash/Hardcore V.D.H. - Crucified 2:38
  27. Pop/R&B/Female Vocalist Vanessa Henderson - Pluto 3:46
  28. Punk Rock/Skate Punk The Positives - Becky's in Rehab 1:50
  29. World/Rock/Acoustic/Male Vocalist Bunga Khatulistiwa 3:28
  30. Rockabilly/Roots/Country/Male Vocalist Michael McDonald - Never Get Out of this World Alive 2:30
  31. Rockabilly/Roots/Country/Female Vocalist Pearls Mahone and the One-Eyed Jacks - Never Here 2:55
  32. Acoustic/Pop/Male Vocalist Sean Johnson - Okay with Time 3:42
  33. Jazz/Swing/Acoustic Pesky Kids 2:33
  34. Punk/Hard Rock Prime - Guts 3:19
  35. Hip-Hop Wally and Chris - Surfboy 2:45
  36. Hip-Hop OZ - What's Your Name 3:04
  37. Folk/Roots/Americana She's Folks - Truckstop Where I Hung Out In High School 5:55
  38. Alternative/Rock/Progressive Wait for Your Brother - Do The Normal 3:01
  39. Electronica/Punk/Instrumental Cherry Cherry Bomb - New Mood 1:41
  40. Pop/Cover/Classic/Female Vocalist Becky Gulsvig Ft. Abby Mueller - Watching the River Run 3:09
  41. Acoustic/Male Vocalist/Protest Ernesto Melchor Alonso - Liberation 4:22
  42. Rock/Hard Rock/Alternative/Female Vocalist Grain of Sand - Grain of Sand 3:52
  43. Hip-Hop Lin-Z - Rainbow Coalition 2:18
  44. Punk/Thrash/Hardcore Pylons - Corona Heights 1:06
  45. Rock/Blues Rock/Americana The Prairie Fires - Not With Me 3:04
  46. Country/Christmas Bonnie and the Barrows - Brighten Up The Year 3:47

Mickey Cushing

Senior Staff Engineer
Studio Systems Manager

  1. Hip-Hop/Rap 10 Series 1:37
  2. Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter The Inn Keepers - My New Home 4:30
  3. Punk/Rock No Names 1:57
  4. Rock/Alternative Come on Down 3:59
  5. Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Breathe a Little 3:27
  6. Country/Roots/Americana Sink Down 5:38
  7. Punk/Rock Conversations 1:25
  8. Rock/Americana/Singer-Songwriter Johnny Chastain - Now Here, No Where 3:35
  9. Roots/Holiday/Country Christmas, Brand New 3:52
  10. Pop/Rock Girl's What I Want 3:52

Nick Novak

Live and Studio Recording Engineer

  1. Aries Marquis Carrol 7:53
  2. Que Sera, Sera Jazzsquatch 4:00
  3. Bloom Lagoon (Live) Kainalu 7:43
  4. I Fall Apart (Live) Rain City Drive 2:57
  5. Thrasher Mag Rottweiler 3:31
  6. Viaduct Removal (Live) TAR 4:33
  7. I Don't Wanna Go Out The Motions 2:08
  8. Love and Happiness Trayce Eileen 4:18

Isabel Abu-Absi

Studio Recording Engineer

  1. Olive Green - Cycles 5:25
  2. Tardive - Lila Engel 5:21
  3. Olive Green - Pusher 4:12

Rylan Martins

Live and Studio Recording Engineer

Kristen Tessone

Audio Preservation Engineer


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Mystery Street Recording Company is more than just another business, its a community. We see it like this… if you are making and recording music, our industry will progress and we will all do well; engineers, producers, musicians, venues, labels, and record stores alike. By working together and sharing our talents and resources, we can keep the music industry alive and kicking. What this means for you is that we will do everything we can to help you become successful in the industry and for us, well, we just hope you’ll stay with us along the way.

In the greater community, Mystery Street has partnered with a number of non-profit groups by donating our time, providing raffle prizes, and lending out equipment when needed.

Mystery Meadows– Operated by Mystery Street’s Joe and Kristen Tessone, Mystery Meadows is a non-profit organization building solidarity with nature and animal life through sanctuary, compassion, and outreach. Located in LaSalle County, IL the sanctuary rescues farm animals from a life of exploitation while restoring habitat for birds and wildlife.

Brave Space Alliance– The first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. Brave Space Alliance strives to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. 

The Night Ministry– The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. The Night Ministry accepts individuals as they are and offers support as they seek to improve their lives. 

Indie Lab– A grassroots, community based, science lab which seeks to re-imagine scientific development through direct participation and free distribution of scientific knowledge.

Warehouse Workers for Justice  A worker center fighting for stable, living-wage jobs in warehouses and distribution centers

Make-A-Wish: Illinois Every year, nearly 1,200 children in Illinois are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish® believes that wishes are an important part of the overall care and treatment of these children. Each wish offers the opportunity for a joyous, life-changing experience.

Metropolitan Tenants Organization – Educate, organize and empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of safe, decent and accessible housing.

Iraq Veterans Against the War – Dedicated to the mobilization of the military community to withdraw its support for the war and occupation in Iraq.  IVAW is leading the movement of veterans and GIs who are working to bring the troops home now.

Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago –  DIY, fund-raising event that benefits small, independent community groups.

Jail Guitar Doors Founded by M5C’s Wayne Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors is a non-profit organization that provides musical instruments and mentorship to help rehabilitate, through the transformative power of music, people in prison and youth on track to the prison system.

Bear Necessities– A non-profit organization dedicated to helping provide for the immediate needs of families with kids battling pediatric cancer and organizing customized experiences to brighten the lives of children going through cancer.

Industrial Workers of the World  – A member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.