Late Listening: Lord Huron

I am pretty enamored with Lord Huron. I missed seeing them at the Echo earlier this month—only because the show sold out much faster than I’d anticipated. But their latest album, Lonesome Dreams, is on heavy rotation in my car and in the studio. Their shambling, energetic folk-pop isn’t at all new (My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and Iron & Wine, among myriad others, have trod these floorboards), but there’s something haunting and stirring in Ben Schneider’s songs—and the overall production—that I find compelling. A couple standout tracks from Lonesome...

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Pensado’s Place

Pensado’s Place – Learn how to produce, record, mix, and master music and audio I realize I’m a bit behind the curve on this one, since Dave Pensado’s been putting out his Pensado’s Place shows for over a year now, but I wanted to provide a link to his site, nonetheless. Pensado, for those who don’t know, is an A-list mixing engineer and producer, a guy who’s worked with superstars in nearly every genre and whose mix-craft is behind a glut of mega-hits over the past decade. Late last year Pensado began posting production-tips videos on YouTube under the heading “Into The Lair.” Shortly thereafter, he and manager Herb Trawick conceived of a more broadly-construed program involving interviews with industry heavies, gear-talk, and live Q&A alongside Dave’s engineering and mixing tips. The resulting show seems only to be growing in popularity, and a quick perusal of its nearly 100 episodes reveals lengthy conversations with a raft of influential producers, engineers, gear manufacturers, and other production gurus. My favorites, so far, are the episodes starring Ryan Hewitt and Greg...

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Brian Eno Interviewed On KPFA’s Ode to Gravity, February 1980, via Aquarium Drunkard

Aquarium Drunkard » Brian Eno Interviewed On KPFA’s Ode to Gravity, February 1980. The folks over at Aquarium Drunkard (a great audio blog based here in Los Angeles) have put up this gem from the archive: a full two-hour interview of Brian Eno recorded at Berkeley radio station KPFA in 1980 as part of Charles Amirkhanian’s “Ode to Gravity” series. The interview coincides with the period of Eno’s seminal collaborations with David Byrne. Great...

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Tift Merritt, Live at The Mint, Los Angeles, CA. Friday, October, 19th

I had the chance to catch alt-country, roots-rock songstress Tift Merritt a few weeks back at The Mint, here in Los Angeles. The Mint is a intimate, dimly-lit venue, somewhat reminiscent, for me, of the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. The crowd was pretty docile, and the show was marred by intermittent technical glitches. (Merritt’s acoustic kept dropping out of the mix, and despite several interventions by the F.O.H. engineer to swap cables and D.I. boxes, the problem persisted.) Still, it was a great time. The band, particularly pedal-steel and guitar guru Eric Haywood, were in fine form, and the set included a range of material from Merritt’s back catalog and her new album, Traveling...

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