Rank #1: #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
Rank #2: #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”.
Jan 06 2017
Rank #3: #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
Rank #4: 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.comSubscribe
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 Regan Machine The Hern Heen 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 Tony's Clock Kenny, Richard and Steve DDL's mystify Jefferson Airplane Orville Greene Co-founder of Eventide Richard and Tony taking a leap of faithPlaylist of the Week:
Mar 10 2017
Rank #5: #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."
Jan 25 2017
Rank #6: #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
Rank #7: #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
Rank #8: #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.
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Dec 01 2017
Rank #9: #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
Rank #10: #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.
Jul 07 2017
Rank #11: #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. Jack went on to engineer and produce seminal records by artists including Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Miles Davis, Lou Reed, The James Gang, Alice Cooper and The New York Dolls. In 1980, Jack was awarded the Grammy for Record of the Year for his production of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy. Jack continues to work today charting music for TV and film as well as teaching a class in studio etiquette.
Mar 01 2018
Rank #12: #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.
Apr 11 2017
Rank #13: #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
Rank #14: #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
Rank #15: #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
Rank #16: #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
Rank #17: #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
Rank #18: #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
Rank #19: #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.
May 23 2017
Rank #20: #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?"
Feb 23 2017