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#60: Out There at Camp Fuzz with Dinosaur Jr.
In this episode, John chats with J Mascis, Murph, and Lou Barlow at Camp Fuzz, a rock and roll summer camp hosted by Dinosaur Jr. in upstate New York. Live in front of a group of camp attendees, John sits down with the band to discuss their reunion, touring and the recording of their early records.
|Aug 30, 2019|
#59: It's Not About Gear with Jeff Rosenstock
This week, John and Stewart are joined by singer, songwriter, producer and composer Jeff Rosenstock. Growing up on Long Island, NY, Jeff has been a purveyor of punk rock’s DIY ethic, founding the donation based record label Quote Unquote records, and with his bands The Arrogant Sons of Bitches and Bomb the Music Industry. Jeff has worked as a producer with artists such as Mikey Erg, Laura Stevenson and Dan Andriano. Jeff has also provided music for the shows Weeds and The Office, and is the composer for Cartoon Network’s “Craig of the Creek”.
|Aug 15, 2019|
#58: Tony Visconti: The Maestro, Up Close and Personal
This is a special up close and personal interview with one of audio’s true legends, Tony Visconti. We were honored to host a live event with Tony at last year's AES Convention which was released as Gear Club Episode 44. Just prior to the live event our hosts were fortunate to have an ‘off-the-cuff’ chat with Tony and he’s graciously agreed to allow us to share it with all of you.
In the second half of this week’s episode, John and Stewart dig into the Record of the Week, “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks.
|Jul 02, 2019|
#57: John O'Mahony & James Brown: Town and Country
In this final installment of our 3 part series recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios the guys sit down with James Brown & John O’Mahony in John’s mix room at Electric Lady. These 2 friends came to NYC from abroad looking to become part of the city’s vibrant studio & music scene. John initially found a home at Chung King Studios, & spent time working as a mix engineer for Andy Wallace. He maintains a keen focus on mixing, lending his talents to the likes of Coldplay, Sara Bareilles, & Metric. James has & continues to fill many roles in the studio, from mixing in 5.1 for Nine Inch Nails shorty after arriving in NY, to engineering & mixing the Foo Fighters in 8 different cities for the album & HBO television series, Sonic Highways. Taking different journeys through their careers, each found success with a passion & dedication to their art, and offer their own special insights into production, process, and the ever changing landscape of the music industry.
|Jun 05, 2019|
#56: Fostering Creativity with Lee Foster
This is part 2 of a 3 part series recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios. As Manager and co-owner of Electric Lady, Lee Foster juggles schedules, personalities, and a river running underneath studio A on a daily basis. Beginning his time at the studio as a general assistant, Lee worked his way up to become Studio Manager. With an eye for both preserving the history of the studio and maintaining a presence in modern music, Lee has cultivated a staff, atmosphere, and clientele that continues to make Electric Lady a go-to recording destination.
|May 24, 2019|
#55: Tom Elmhirst: The Midwife of Audio
This is part 1 of a 3 part series recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios. Tom Elmhirst was a 1 year old when Electric Lady first opened its doors in 1970. Today, Tom resides in Studio C as Electric Lady’s lead mix engineer. Tom began his career at SARM studios in London under the tutelage of Trevor Horn, and spent close to a decade in residence mixing at London’s Metropolis Studios. Needing a change Tom found his way to New York City, and has become an integral part of the community that makes Electric Lady what it is. He has received 13 Grammy awards for his mixing work, and holds the record for winning the most Grammy’s in one night, taking home 6 in 2017 for his work with Beck, Adele, David Bowie, and Cage the Elephant. Tom was kind enough to show us around his mix room, and share his insights and passion about the craft that he has mastered.
|May 14, 2019|
#54: From the Heartland with Jay Farrar
After spearheading the alt country movement with Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar pursued his vision with Son Volt, who recorded three landmark albums in the ’90s before the groundbreaking artist put the band on extended hiatus and cut three solo LPs. Missing the free exchange of ideas and the surprises that inevitably occur when a group of simpatico musicians lock together, Farrar assembled a new lineup of Son Volt in 2004 and has since released five albums. Along the way, Farrar has collaborated with Ben Gibbard, Jim James, Will Johnson and Anders Parker to produce odes to Jack Kerouac and Woody Guthrie. The latest Son Volt album, Union, out March 29, confronts our turbulent politics and articulates the clarity and comfort music can offer in the tumult.
Jay Farrar’s work often seeks out the ghosts of America's discordant or forgotten past, converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future.
|May 02, 2019|
#53: A Self-Haunting with Nick Tveitbakk
Nick Tveitbakk is a recording engineer, producer and currently runs Pachyderm Studios, a legendary recording studio that has hosted many great artists like Nirvana, Son Volt, PJ Harvey, Arcade Fire, and Motion City Soundtrack.
Nick has worked in the industry for over 20 years making records and running studios. For the past five years he has worked to integrate that experience and the amazing history of Pachyderm Studios to make an extraordinary place to make records
|Apr 10, 2019|
#52: Mixing Under the Radar with Toby Scott
Toby Scott got his start at LA’s legendary Clover Recording working with artists such as Bob Dylan, Booker T. and the M.G's, Robert Palmer, and Tommy Tutone, to name a few. There he also worked with producers Steve Cropper, Tom Dowd, Ron Nevison and Bruce Springsteen’s producer, Chuck Plotkin. Chuck had Toby mix 'The River' which led to three and a half decades of working hand-in-hand with Springsteen. Listen in as he recalls his sessions with Bruce and what it’s like to work in the studio with Bob Dylan.
|Mar 27, 2019|
#51: Truckin' with David Hewitt
David Hewitt was the first to put a world-class recording studio on wheels as the director of remote services for New York’s legendary Record Plant studios. Over his career Dave has recorded and broadcast thousands of live events from 1973’s Watkins Glen Summer Jam to Live Aid, and has earned multiple awards including Grammys, Emmys and TEC Awards. He has recorded shows by nearly every major act that toured the US for 40 years - the Stones, Springsteen, Neil Young, and the Eagles to name a few.
|Mar 12, 2019|
#50: Tea & Biscuits with Paul White
Since 2004, Paul White has served as Editor in Chief of Sound on Sound magazine. But, you may have been reading his articles & reviews since 1984 when he was writing for Home Recording Magazine. Over the decades, his articles have introduced us to new products & ideas, and have taught us not only what gear to use but why, where, when and how to use it. In this episode, you’ll meet the man behind the glossy pages of the magazine and discover why Sound of Sound has been so good for so long.
|Feb 21, 2019|
#49: Joe Chiccarelli: The Architect
Joe Chiccarelli is a producer and engineer whose career spans almost 4 decades. Refusing to be tied down in any one genre, Joe’s skill, versatility, and eclectic taste has put him in rooms with Frank Zappa, Tori Amos, Oingo Boingo, The Bangles, The Strokes, Morrissey, Dwight Yoakam, The Bee Gees, The White Stripes and many, many more.
|Feb 05, 2019|
#48: Alex Case: Palindromes, Timbre and Echoes...Oh My
Alex U. Case is an Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and, as you’ll discover in this episode, the audio world’s foremost sleuth - the Sherlock Holmes of audio techniques.
Professor Case’s research and professional activities focus on the technical foundations, creative motivations, and aesthetic merits of recording and signal processing techniques used. Alex is a Fellow of both the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America and served as President of the AES from 2017-2018.
|Jan 17, 2019|
#47: And So On with Kevin Killen - Part 2
In this episode, John & Stewart continue their chat with Kevin Killen. Kevin’s extensive discography includes projects with U2, Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Tori Amos and so many more.
This is part 2 of our interview with Kevin. Make sure to listen to part 1 at bit.ly/46KevinKillen
|Dec 14, 2018|
#46: So, and So Much More with Kevin Killen
Eight time Grammy award winner Kevin Killen's extensive discography includes projects with U2, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Tori Amos and so many others. Join our hosts as they learn how Kevin, born and bred in Dublin Ireland, came to be the man at the controls for some of the world's most iconic artists. In part 1 of our chat with Kevin his talent, his musical aesthetic, his technical expertise and above all his basic decency come through loud and clear.
|Dec 05, 2018|
#45: Mixing This & That with Bob Clearmountain (Live Episode)
In this special live episode, John and Stewart talk with Bob Clearmountain. An award-winning music engineer, mixer and producer, Bob has worked with many prominent names including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Toto, Bon Jovi, and many more. Watch the full episode at bit.ly/GCBClearmountain
|Nov 20, 2018|
#44: Tony Visconti: The Maestro (Live Episode)
In this special live episode of Gear Club, John and Stewart chat with Tony Visconti. Tony is a renowned, GRAMMY® winning record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers including David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, and Iggy Pop. Watch the full live interview at http://bit.ly/GCTViscontiLive
|Nov 02, 2018|
#43: Roy Hendrickson: The Avatar of Power Station
Our guest this week is Roy Hendrickson, a veteran of the New York music scene for over 3 decades. Roy got his start working at Power Station recording studio in the mid 80’s. After going freelance and working at first class studios from coast to coast, Roy returned to New York and became instrumental in the Power Station’s successful metamorphosis to Avatar, and continues making records there as its legacy moves forward, now Power Station at BerkleeNYC.
Roy has worked with a wide variety of artists in many different genres including Mick Jagger, Empire of the Sun, B.B. King, Billy Ocean, Missy Elliott, Blondie, Cheap Trick, Stanaj, P.O.D., Gavin DeGraw, Miles Davis, Peter Paul & Mary, Paul McCartney, James McCartney, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Gato Barbieri, Pat Metheny, Al di Meola, Kirk Whalum, Philippe Saisse, Roberta Flack, Zedd, Aloe Blacc, Wilco/Feist Fleming, La India, Prince Royce, and Ben E. King.
|Oct 12, 2018|
#42: Drivin' the Train with Paul Wolff
Paul Wolff has been designing professional audio equipment since the 70s. Any fans of API audio products know him as the man who brought that company back from the brink of extinction. While at API, Paul designed the 550B EQ, 512 and 3124 mic preamps, Legacy console, and 2500 compressor. But that’s just the beginning — His legendary Lunchbox and 500-series format, which ushered in a new industry, led him be inducted in the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Since then he’s gone on to create Tonelux, and has designed products for Slate Audio and Sunset sound, to name a few. Currently he’s back in the console business with his own Fix Audio Designs as well as being the Engineering Project Manager for the Steven Slate companies.
|Sep 14, 2018|
#41: Not Intentionally
In this episode, John & Stewart talk about their latest projects which inevitably leads to a discussion on how our hosts perceive the evolution of the recording industry.
The guys also dive deep into the song of the week: “Fat Old Sun” by Pink Floyd. John & Stewart hone in on production techniques used to create the piece, and dissect the wacky, experimental nature of Atom Heart Mother in comparison to later Pink Floyd albums.
|Aug 27, 2018|
Wimbish on WimBash
Doug Wimbish is a bass player with an extraordinary resume. A key member of Living Colour and Tackhead, Doug has toured with Sugarhill Gang, Mick Jagger, Annie Lenox, Depeche Mode and many others. But Doug is much more than just a talented musician, he is a mentor, organizer, fund raiser and honorary uncle to dozens of up and coming performers.
Doug has organized community-based charity events around the world putting young bands on stage and raising money for music education. Doug calls the event the WimBash and thinks of it as a handshake with the next generation. Doug honors HIS elders by being the best elder that he can be.
|Aug 10, 2018|
#40: Capturing Lightning in a Bottle with Josh Cheuse - Part 2
In our last episode, our hosts spoke with the Verve Music Groups’ Creative Director, Josh Cheuse. Part 2 of the interview brings us up to date with his career and also covers the ‘nerd notes’ that Josh created in preparing to geek out at our club.
Josh’s interview inspired our hosts to go back and listen to early Clash recordings, so our song of the episode is inspired by one of the largest drug busts of all time - 'Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad'.
|Aug 03, 2018|
#39: Down the Rabbit Hole with Josh Cheuse
Josh Cheuse (aka “Funky Ishmael”) has played a key role as a photographer, creative director, tour manager, rapper and collaborator at the heart of the punk and rap scene in NY and London spending his days in the studio and on the road with iconic bands like The Clash, The Beastie Boys, RUNDMC, Big Audio Dynamite.
Josh went on to become an art director at Sony Music for 20 years. Today Josh is Creative Director of the Verve Label Group working on projects for jazz and pop artists across the musical spectrum.
|Jul 27, 2018|
#38: What's Goin' On
In this episode, our hosts get schooled in studio monitors and power amps by checking in with Zwickipedia.
In our song of the episode, Patterson Hood talks about the making of “What It Means” and how Drive-By Truckers’s album American Band was faced with politically charged criticism.
|Jul 05, 2018|
#37: Chuck Zwicky on Everything Audio
Chuck Zwicky has been described as equal part audio expert and scientist. He’s built studios, designed plug-ins and recorded, mixed and mastered hit records. His credits include Prince, The Rembrandts, Reggie Watts, Soul Asylum, Nine Inch Nails, the Jonas Brothers and more.
Listen as Chuck shares his unique approach to every aspect of recording. His experiences working one-on-one with Prince, his analysis of analog and digital recording tools and his move to NY to set up his private mix room with the best outboard gear on the planet and over 50 channels of outboard compression, 24 channels of outboard EQ and more.
|Jun 01, 2018|
#36: George Massenburg: A Peerless Legend
During the last AES convention our hosts were honored to have a chance to speak with four time Grammy-award winning, George Massenburg. Simply put, George has no peer. He is an inventor, a recording engineer, a producer, a studio designer, a product developer, a professor of the recording arts AND, in 1998, became the youngest recipient of a special Grammy, the prestigious Grammy for lifetime technical achievement. As a consequence of receiving a lifetime award so early on and, given his accomplishments over the last 20 years, Gear Club suggests it would be appropriate to grant him a 2nd lifetime achievement award.
We could fill an entire podcast describing George’s accomplishments so we’ll just mention a few and let the guy speak for himself. As a young man, George built a recording studio in Baltimore with Steve Boone of the Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1972, he presented a seminal technical paper describing the parametric EQ. By 1980 he had designed the first truly useable ‘moving fader’ system. He’s contributed to the design of some of the world’s most prized studios including George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound.
He’s recorded and produced over 450 records with artists ranging from Little Feat to Earth, Wind and Fire to Linda Ronstadt, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, James Taylor, The Dixie Chicks and many more. In 1982, he founded George Massenburg Labs where he has created a wide range of innovative technologies. In 2008 he was awarded the AES Gold Medal.
Today he serves on the board of the preservation society of the Library of Congress and as Chief Technology Officer of META and teaches at McGill University and Berklee College of Music.
So that’s who George is. Now, here he is.
|May 17, 2018|
#35: Drive-By Podcast with Patterson Hood
This week, John and Stewart are joined by singer/songwriter and co-founder of Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood. Patterson grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His father, David, was the bass player in the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Through osmosis and a deep love of music, Patterson became an artist to be reckoned in his own right. Whether with the Drive-By Truckers, or as a solo artist, or as a producer, he has established a wonderful legacy all his own.
|May 03, 2018|
#34: All Access with Bill Burrs
Bill Burrs is a music fan. As a young man, Bill was a late night DJ on a top 40 radio station in his native Minneapolis before moving into record promotion. Bill has spent his career helping bands get on the radio and noticed. He’s worked first at Geffen records and then as a Senior VP at RCA. Today, Bill is at 300 Entertainment doing what he loves doing - helping records get heard.
Bill doesn’t make records, he helps records ‘make it’. For over twenty years his mission has been to help bands get their songs heard. Many of the hit songs that we know from bands like Guns and Roses,
Join our hosts in exploring the world of music promotion and distribution with Bill Burrs. The biz side of the record biz.
|Apr 27, 2018|
#33: Gearpalooza - Geoff Daking & Friends
During the AES convention, Gear Club was honored to have some of the industry’s leading provocateurs. While we were talking to pal Geoff Daking, our party got crashed by William Wittman, Steve Rosenthal, Rod O’Brien, Greg Calbi and Joe Warda.
|Apr 10, 2018|
#32: Jack Douglas, A Danger to Audio (Live Episode)
Jack talks about how that experience inspired him to study the art of recording. Jack was a member of the first graduating class of the Institute of Audio Research landing him the position of janitor at The Record Plant. Jack’s story of moving up through the ranks of that legendary studio (and getting fired and rehired along the way) is inspirational. Record Plant’s owner Roy Cicala gave Jack an opportunity to hone his craft by giving him projects from ads to jazz to full orchestras.
|Mar 01, 2018|
#31: Making Music, Records & Gear w/Geoff Daking
Welcome to another Gear Club episode from AES NY. Our guest is an old friend of John and Stewart, the great Geoff Daking. From playing drums in the Blues Magoos to engineering and running Messina Sound to developing gear and making the amazing line of Daking Audio gear, Geoff has done it all.
|Jan 22, 2018|
#30: From Hell's Kitchen to LA with Rod O’Brien
In this episode we continue with our AES series and are delighted to have another Record Plant alum, Rod O’Brien with us. Rod grew up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen back when that name meant something. Starting hired on as a ‘general’ at Record Plant, Rod was teamed with Jack Douglas working on legendary records by the likes of John & Yoko, Aerosmith, The New York Dolls, Cheap Trick and many more. Today, Rod works in LA as lead sound designer for film and TV including shows like Eastbound & Down and Grace & Frankie. Listen in as Rod tells tales of making great records and his transition to audio post production. Rod’s first meeting with John Lennon is certainly worth a listen but more than that you’ll also learn about Jay Messina’s crabs, the Wilhelm scream and the fishcrow.
|Jan 08, 2018|
#29: In Tubes We Trust - EveAnna Manley
In January 30, 1989, a 20 year old EveAnna, on sabbatical from her music studies at Columbia University, met the original Manley crew and was hired on to the production team. She quickly learned to solder and assemble vacuum tube amplifiers, and after only three years with Manley Laboratories, co-founder David Manley abruptly left the company and the country in 1996. With EveAnna now at the helm, the modern form of Manley Labs began to take shape. Studios worldwide cherish Manley’s tube-based microphones, pre amps, compressors and EQs. We were lucky to have had a chance to talk with EveAnna and learn a thing or three about tubes, bikes and why Chino is not China.
|Dec 13, 2017|
#28: On a Mission with Terri Winston
We continue our AES series with Terri Winston, the founder and director of Women's Audio Mission (WAM). An industry veteran, Terri has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer. She has toured with P.J. Harvey, The Pixies, and The Flaming Lips just to name a few.
Located in a world-class facility in downtown San Francisco, WAM is the only all-female built and run professional recording studio in the world. It provides training for women and girls in 127 different countries through their various programs.
|Dec 08, 2017|
#27: The Means of Production with Andrew Scheps
This week, we continue our series recorded at the NY AES Show. Sit back and listen to John and Stewart learn a thing or two from three-time Grammy® award-winning producer/engineer, Andrew Scheps. From making house calls at Frank Zappa’s Utility Muffin Research Kitchen to life on the road as Stevie Wonder’s keyboard tech to mixing Michael Jackson’s live shows, Andrew has seen, heard and done it all. In a career that spans nearly 30 years, Andrew has made hit records for Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ziggy Marley, Linkin Park, Weezer, Green Day, Iggy Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Metallica and many more.
For photos and more information visit www.gear-club.net/episodes
|Dec 01, 2017|
#26: Larry Crane: The Musician, Engineer, Producer, Studio Owner behind Tape Op
Welcome to the 2nd episode of Gear Club recorded at the recent New York AES.
When it comes to microphones, monitors, outboard gear and consoles no two studios are exactly alike but you’ll find that the one thing that they all have in common is the latest edition of Tape Op – a magazine that owes its existence to its creator and editor Larry Crane. Larry runs his recording studio, Jackpot!, produces and engineers records and still somehow finds time to crank out a magazine that we all read from cover to cover.
Back in the day, the tape op, the tape operator, was the low man or woman on the totem pole in the recording studio hierarchy. The job was to hit play when the engineer gave the signal. By listening and watching, a tape op would gradually learn the tricks of the recording trade.
That vibe is what Tape Op is all about. John and Stewart, ardent readers of the magazine, were eager to hear about Larry’s inspiration and motivation for its creation. Listen as Larry talks about starting out as a musician touring with the early indie band, Vomit Launch, and going on to build Portland’s Jackpot! Studio, and you’ll understand why Tape Op is the real deal.
Playlist of the Week
|Nov 20, 2017|
#25: "Shure Sounds Great" with Michael Pettersen
Fascinated by music, sound and audio technology since building a crystal radio set as a lad, Michael Pettersen is the Director of Corporate History at Shure Incorporated. Employed by Shure since 1976, he is a contributing author to the 1,550 page reference tome "Handbook for Sound Engineers" as well as the sole author of numerous pro audio technical papers. In his personal life, Michael is a professional musician, published composer of choral arrangements, co-author of a biography about jazz guitarist Freddie Green and a notorious raconteur.
Playlist of the Week
|Nov 09, 2017|
#24: This Magic Moment with Steve Rosenthal
In this episode of Gear Club we catch up with the latest exploits of our hosts and learn about MARS' Steve Rosenthal's restoration work on some Elvis Presley live shows from the 1970's. The song of the episode is "Red Eyes" from War on Drugs’ Lost in a Dream.
|Oct 27, 2017|
#23: Do You Hear What I Hear? Susan Rogers Pt. 2
This week John and Stewart continue their chat with Susan. In Part 1, “A Tour of Duty”, Susan described her life in the studio working with artists including Prince, The Jacksons and Barenaked Ladies. In this episode, Susan describes how and why she left the studio for the laboratory to pursue a doctorate in audio psychoacoustics. Listen and learn as Susan describes how we hear, how and why our hearing changes as we age and why we perceive music the way we do. You’ll likely come away with a new perspective on this thing that we call ‘music’ and have a glimpse into current research aimed at discovering what we don’t as yet understand.
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|Sep 27, 2017|
#22: Tour of Duty, Susan Rogers Pt. 1
Professor Susan Rogers grew up in the "Shadow of the Mouse" listening to soul, funk and rhythm and blues. After a few years of work as one of the few woman studio techs in LA, Susan's dream came true when she landed the gig as Prince's recording engineer and found herself 'in the seat' for the recording of Prince's seminal Purple Rain.
In part 1 of our interview, our hosts listen in wonder as Susan recollects her early years and muses on her life as a studio pro and especially in her role as the right hand woman to one of the most prolific artists of all time.
Playlist of the Week:
|Sep 15, 2017|
#21: A Deeper Understanding with Adam Granduciel
This week John and Stewart are joined by The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel. Adam is the perfect gear club guest because he brings it all - he writes, sings, plays, engineers and produces his records. In this episode, the guys dig deep into Adam’s creative process with a special focus on the year leading up to the release of The War on Drugs critically acclaimed new album, A Deeper Understanding. You can check out the new album here.
|Sep 01, 2017|
#20: MARS - Baking Tapes with Steve Rosenthal
This week, John and Stewart are joined by Steve Rosenthal, owner of the iconic (but defunct) Magic Shop Studios. (Check out Episodes 3 & 4) Currently, Steve owns MARS (MagicShop Archive & Restoration Studios), which provides restoration, mastering, mixing, producing, preservation and development of historic and archival audio recordings. Some of the artists that MARS has restored include Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Erroll Garner, Sam Cooke, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Elvis Presley and many more.
Grammy® winning recordings include:
To learn more about MARS visit www.themagicshop.com
Playlist of the Week:
Record of the week:
"Walk Away Renee" by The Left Banke, also performed by The Four Tops
|Aug 17, 2017|
#19: The Rising Protégé, Erin Tonkon
This week, John and Stewart are joined by Erin Tonkon, a true twenty first century producer, engineer and mixer, who creates sounds that have all the visceral rawness of classic rock, only with a twist — expertise and immersion in new technology. Erin’s vast experience includes working as assistant to legendary rock producer Tony Visconti. She's worked with such artists as David Bowie, Kristeen Young, Esperanza Spalding, Daphne Guinness, The Foo Fighters, Fiona Silver and many more.
Visit www.erintonkon.com to learn more.
Playlist of the Week
|Aug 08, 2017|
Record of the Week: Goin' Out West by Tom Waits
In this special Record of the Week, John and Stewart chat with engineer, producer and mixer Erin Tonkon, to discuss one of her favorite records "Goin' Out West" by Tom Waits.
Stay tuned for our interview with Erin, where we talk about her career in the New York City music scene. Artists she's worked with include David Bowie, Esperanza Spalding and Fiona Silver. You don't want to miss it.
|Jul 31, 2017|
#18: Steve Shelley, The Drummer's Drummer
This week, John and Stewart catch up with Steve Shelley, drummer extraordinaire from the alternative rock band, Sonic Youth. His extensive catalog includes drumming for the likes of The Million Dollar Bashers, Ron Asheton from the Stooges, Sun Kil Moon, and Sonic Youth's own, Thurston Moore, just to pick a few.
But Steve's musical exploits, don't stop behind the drum kit. Steve has also founded multiple record labels including Smells Like Records where he produced and fostered the careers of notable acts such as Blonde Redhead and Cat Power.
Learn more at www.sonicyouth.com
Recording the episode at SXSW
Steve with John & Stew @ SXSW
Watch Sonic Youth Live
Playlist of the Week
|Jul 07, 2017|
#17: Talking Shop with Jacob Sciba
Photo #repost @luciusmarcus
This week we're joined by Jacob Sciba, head engineer at the iconic Arlyn Studios in Austin, TX. Jacob has worked with great artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and many more. Arlyn Studios has been a fixture and recording hub for Austin’s vibrant music community since 1984.
Learn more at: http://arlynstudios.com/
Stew, Jacob and John at SXSW
Live at SXSW
Jacob with Freddy & Lisa Fletcher
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Gary Clark Jr., The story of Sonny Boy Slim
Gov't Mule Shout!
Warren Haynes Ashes & Dust
Arlyn Studio B
Arlyn Studio A
Playlist of the Week
|Jun 28, 2017|
#16: Capture the Moment with William Wittman, Part 2
This week we conclude our interview with William Wittman — a Grammy Award winning independent Producer/Engineer/Musician/Songwriter whose credits include Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, the Hooters, and The Outfield.
Learn more at http://www.weedywet.com/
|Jun 21, 2017|
#15: Capture the Moment with William Wittman, Part 1
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2016
This week, we're back in New York City with William Wittman — a Grammy Award winning independent Producer & Engineer whose credits include the multi–platinum debuts from Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, the Hooters, and The Outfield. As a musician, he has appeared on nationally televised shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, the Rosie O’Donnell Show, CBS Late Late Show, Ellen Degeneres, the NBC Christmas Tree Lighting Special, and New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
William has also played and sang with many of the artists he has recorded and was a member of alternative rock band Too Much Joy (Giant/Discovery/Sire Records). He now plays bass guitar in the Cyndi Lauper Band, recording and touring internationally while also working as the Musical Director.
Learn more at http://www.weedywet.com/
William back in 1974
William playing bass with Cyndi Lauper
William and John Agnello
William and Cyndi on stage
Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unsual
John Osborne Relish
Mick Jagger's "Hard Woman"
Pat Benatar "Invincible"
Playlist of the Week
|Jun 13, 2017|
#14: Putting Artists First with Maggie Vail
This week, our guest is Maggie Vail, Executive Director of CASH Music, a nonprofit organization focused on educating & empowering artists (and their fans) to foster a viable & sustainable future for music. Maggie has over 20 years of experience within the music industry both as a musician and an independent label executive. She was integral at preeminent indie label Kill Rock Stars, currently runs Bikini Kill Records and plays bass in Hurry Up.
CASH Music's innovative tools give musicians no-commission stores, email for download widgets, better tour listings, and more — all free, open, customizable, and available to anyone. Artists currently involved include: Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Bikini Kill, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), JD Samson (Le Tigre), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), Skrillex and many more.
Maggie with John & Stewart @ SXSW
Maggie Vail & Jesse von Doom
Maggie with Deanie Parker of Stax
Maggie Playing Bass with Hurry Up
Screenshot of the CASH Music platform
Screenshot of the CASH Music platform
Screenshot of the CASH Music platform Jesse von Doom and Maggie Vail are the Executive Directors of CASH Music, an open-source toolkit helping independent musicians support themselves. Recorded in September 2012 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love.
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|Jun 05, 2017|
#13: Licensing Guru Lyle Hysen
John and Stewart are joined by Lyle Hysen, president of Rough Trade Publishing and founder of Bank Robber Music — a licensing company that helps indie bands get placed in film, TV, video games, commercials and more. Some of the current bands Lyle is working with include: The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Grizzly Bear, Black Lips, Juliana Hatfield, Land Of Talk, M83 and countless others
Featured placements include, Durand Jones & The Indications - "Groovy Babe" used for the new Google assistant, and Mike Kroll's "La La La" featured in the Levi's 505™c Commercial.
Also, check out Lyle's band at https://theroyalarcticinstitute.bandcamp.com/releases
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|May 23, 2017|
#12: Martha Mooke, No Ordinary Artist
This week, John and Stewart are joined by Martha Mooke - an electro-acoustic violist, composer, producer and educator. She is a leading clinician on electric and progressive string playing, and has toured with Barbra Streisand, Peter Gabriel, Andrea Bocelli and Star Wars in Concert. Martha has also performed with Elton John, Trey Anastasio, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Patti Smith, David Bowie and many more. She is currently collaborating with beatboxing legend Rahzel (formerly of The Roots) at Symphony Space in New York City. Their live performance titled "Beats per Revolution," is on May 19th. For tickets, go to: https://goo.gl/hWq0Ts
To learn more about Martha, visit: http://www.marthamooke.com/
Live @ Joe's Pub
Recording with David Bowie
On stage with Iggy Pop
In concert with Trey Anastasio
At Bonaroo 2014
Martha + Laurie Anderson
Jean Luc Ponty
Richard Factor & Tony Agnello from Eventide
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|May 12, 2017|
Record of the Week Revisit: The Beach Boys Surfs Up
This week, we take a look at the acclaimed Surf's Up by The Beach Boys. In 2004, the album was included in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and ranked 61 on Pitchfork Media's "The Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s".
In a special word from our sponsor, we're visited by Martha Mooke, a renowned viola virtuoso who's played at the highest level, everywhere, with everyone - David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed. Get a sneak peek into her upcoming episode and hear about a chance meeting with Eventide owner, Richard Factor, who was recently featured in episodes 6 & 7 of the podcast.
|May 05, 2017|
#11: Live from SXSW with Chris Shaw
John and Stewart are joined by Chris Shaw, a four-time Grammy winning producer, engineer, mixer, and musician. Artists who have worked with Chris include: Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Wilco, A Tribe Called Quest, Run-DMC, Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab For Cutie, Lou Reed, Nada Surf, Dashboard Confessional, and Allman Brothers Band.
Fun fact, Chris has worked on six of Rolling Stones "500 greatest Records of All Time" check out the list below:
Learn more about Chris Shaw by visiting: http://www.chrisshawmix.com/bio/
Chris with John and Stewart
A Tribe Called Quest
Deathcab for Cutie
Leonard Cohen Live
Allman Brothers Band
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|Apr 19, 2017|
#10: Vance Powell, Live from SXSW Podcast Festival
From his early beginnings working with Tammy Wynette, to Jack White, to Chris Stapleton, Vance Powell has been in the center of the Nashville music scene for decades. The four-time Grammy winning engineer, mixer, and producer, Vance joined us as our special guest at this year's SXSW Podcast Festival. Hear about the making of "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton and how a minor mistake made it's way to a multi-platinum hit.
The Arctic Monkeys
The White Stripes
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|Apr 11, 2017|
#9: Live from SXSW with Suzanne Ciani - Electronic Music Pioneer
John and Stewart had the pleasure of meeting the influential electronic music composer & pianist, Suzanne Ciani. A five-time Grammy award nominated artist, Suzanne’s work has been featured in commercials, movies and video games. The documentary, A Life in Waves, based on Suzanne’s life premiered at this year’s SXSW. She also performed at the festival as part of Moogfest.
A pioneer in electronic music, Suzanne is an avid user of Eventide gear. From their early products like the H910 Harmonizer, the H949 and the Band Delays effect found in the SP2016. Today she performs with 2 H9 Harmonizer stompboxes.
Fun fact, Did you know that the "pop fizz" sound from Coca Cola commercials was created by Suzanne?
Visit Suzanne Ciani's Website http://sevwave.com/ for tour dates and performances.
Check out the Fluid Technology & Wave's blog about Suzanne.
Suzanne with John and Stewart
Suzanne Ciani at the Red Bull Music Academy
Suzanne Ciani - Electronic Music Pioneer in 1977
Suzanne Ciani & Eventide SP2016
Suzanne Ciani and her Buchla synth at Red Bull Music Academy
Suzanne Ciani in her Soho Studio
Suzanne Ciani at Red Bull Music Academy
Suzanne Ciani with her Buchla modular synthesizer
Album cover of "The Velocity of Love"
Suzanne Ciani checks out the Eventide H9000
|Apr 06, 2017|
#8: Live from SXSW with Arlyn Studio's Freddy Fletcher
On our recent trip to SXSW, John and Stew sat down with, Freddy Fletcher - owner of the iconic Arlyn Studios. From Willie Nelson to Austin City Limits, Freddy Fletcher has been at the center of Austin's cultural explosion over the last three decades.
Check out Willie Nelson & Merl Haggard recording at Arlyn Studios:
Arlyn Studios Artist Gallery
Gary Clark Jr.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
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|Mar 31, 2017|
Episode 7: The Early Years of Eventide - Richard Factor pt. 2
John and Stewart continue their chat with the prolific inventor and founder of Eventide, Richard Factor. Learn about iconic studio gear like the 1745 DDL (one of the first Digital Delay lines), the Instant Phaser, Omnipressor®, and the H910 Harmonizer®.
Richard, Jeff Sasmor and Tony Agnello
1745 DDL & Instant Phaser
Eventide Instant Phaser
Jackie O with a DDL 1745
Joanie Decola & Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren with the Instant Phaser
Instant Phaser & 1745 DDL
Eventide DDL's at Watkins Glen Festival
Jon Paul - Omnipressor® re-designer
Eventide Omnipressor protoypes
Flower pot clock project
Richard is a big fan of classic rock, and this week's playlist reflects some of his favorite songs. Check out his blog for a neat Grace Slick flashback: http://priups.com/riklblog/mar17/170324-defenestration.htm
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|Mar 25, 2017|
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Richard Factor
This week, John and Stewart are joined by prolific inventor, visionary and founder of Eventide, Richard Factor. Part one of the interview features Richard’s formative years - from his pre-teen experiments in ham radio, which interfered with the neighbor’s TV reception to his ‘phone freak’ adventure that earned him a free ride ‘downtown’ to an inspirational meeting with Bob Moog (before for he was ‘Bob Moog’), and on to his first job in the ‘60s as NYC top forty radio station WABC’s “Evil Ox”.
You'll also hear about how Eventide got its name and the development of revolutionary studio products like the Instant Phaser, the Omnipressor® and the early Digital Delay lines.
Read Richard’s blog entry about his Beatles close encounter here: http://www.priups.com/riklblog/aug15/150815-a-missing-memorabile.htm
For sound clips of the Heen and Hern here: http://www.priups.com/riklblog/mar10/100323-heen-hern.htm
To learn more about Eventide their innovative products, check out eventideaudio.com
HAM Radio Tower in Sedona
From Dan Ingram to the "Evil Ox"
Richard sitting at Dan Ingram's Mic at WABC
Cousin Brucie's eyepatch shipmate
Richard & Keith Emerson's Moog
Richard at the original Eventide HQ in NYC
Richard's Office Wall
Eventide's DDL 1745 Digital Delay Lines
David Peel and the Lower East Side
Kenny, Richard and Steve
DDL's mystify Jefferson Airplane
Orville Greene Co-founder of Eventide
Richard and Tony taking a leap of faith
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|Mar 10, 2017|
Record of the Week Revisit / Queen's "Ogre Battle"
Just what is being reversed at the beginning of "Ogre Battle"? Take a closer look at Queen's epic song with John and Stewart. With aggressive guitars and vocal harmonies - and an over-the-top premise - the song is classic Queen. "Ogre Battle" further captions a moment when Queen entered a new level in their recordings, thanks to producer Roy Thomas Baker.
|Mar 06, 2017|
#5: The Gear Whisperer - Ken McKim
John and Stewart are joined by Ken McKim, who has over 40 years under his belt as an engineer, and is also the founder of Retrospec audio and Trouble Report (which specializes in tech support for the recording industry). Ken discusses his time with legendary studios like RPM, Sigma Sound, and Allaire and shares the inspiration behind The Juice Box and The Squeeze Box. Ken's credits include The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Phil Ramone, Patti Smith, and many more.
Plus, David Bowie's theatrical "Life on Mars?" is the Record of the Week - did you know that that was Rick Wakeman on the piano?"
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|Feb 23, 2017|
Record of the Week / David Bowie's "Life on Mars"
David Bowie's "Life on Mars?" stands as perhaps the pinnacle of his theatrical ambitions - and it's this week's Record of the Week. Join John and Stewart and learn about the impressive band behind the recording - Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Woody Woodmansey plus Yes's Rick Wakeman on piano! If you've seen “The Life Aquatic” with Steve Zissou, then you're in for a treat as Stewart reminisces about remixing "Life on Mars?" for the film.
Next week, we will feature a brand new full episode of Gear Club with another great guest. Stay tuned!
|Feb 17, 2017|
Record of the week Revisit / Rod Stewart's "Every Picture Tells a Story"
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It's not always about perfection, as illustrated by Rod Stewart's mandolin-laced hit, "Every Picture Tells A Story". The title track from Stewart's classic album of same name, it's rocking without being loud, and everyone seems to be playing a little loose. A classic with charm and imperfection.
|Feb 10, 2017|
#4: The Road to The Magic Shop with Steve Rosenthal Pt. 2
Photo: Molly Stromoski for Observer
In part two of our interview with Steve Rosenthal, he continues his musical journey with John and Stewart, focusing on the memorable recordings from The Magic Shop studio, which closed in 2016 after 28 years. Featured artists include Lou Reed, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Suzanne Vega and many more.
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|Feb 01, 2017|
#3: The Road to The Magic Shop with Steve Rosenthal Pt. 1
Steve Rosenthal joins John and Stewart for a lighthearted journey through the past - starting with early mentor Herb Abramson, his ‘gigs’ at CBGB's, and building his first studio, Dreamland. All leading up to the opening of The Magic Shop - New York’s legendary studio which was home to hundreds of recording artists like David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Ramones, Blondie, Coldplay, Arcade Fire and many more.
Plus, the track of the week takes a close look at the many versions of The Beach Boys' postmodern masterpiece, "Surf's Up."
David Bowie Recording at The Magic Shop
Tony Visconti and David Bowie
John Congleton, Debbie Harry, and Joan Jett
Steve Rosenthal and his Father.
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Steve, Rupert Neve and Rob Santos
Archive: 10th Anniversary Flyer of the Magic Shop
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|Jan 25, 2017|
#2: Mastering Mastering with Greg Calbi
John and Stewart sit down with Greg Calbi, a mastering engineer with more than 7,500 albums to his name! Reviewing career highlights including Tom Petty’s Damn The Torpedoes, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. The Trio also talks about Calbi’s introduction to mastering, and some of his favorite gear over the years. Plus, the track of the episode finds our hosts dissecting Queen’s mighty “Ogre Battle”.
To learn more about Greg Visit Sterling Sound
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|Jan 06, 2017|
Episode 1: The Other Side of the Glass with Jay Messina
Photo by Drew Gurian
In our very first episode, John and Stewart chat with legendary recording engineer, Jay Messina, whose credits include Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Cheap Trick and countless others. We also have an in-depth look at our favorite studio microphones.
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|Dec 19, 2016|
Trailer: Welcome to Gear Club - Pants Optional
Welcome to Gear Club, a podcast about "two guys talking about s*#t they know nothing about." Not really. Get a sneak peek of our podcast, which features an informative, yet irreverent, look at the art of recording with stories told by the pros in the industry.
|Dec 16, 2016|