Sia Unveils Powerful New Album: 1000 Forms of Fear

The incredibly talented Sia Furler has just released her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear. The Australian born singer/songwriter has written incredible chart-topping tracks for industry giants, such as Rihanna “Diamonds,” Beyonce “Pretty Hurts” and David Guetta “Titanium.”

1000 Forms of Fear, released July 8 on RCA Records, was written and produced by an all-star lineup including Sia herself, legendary hit-makers, Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, P!nk), Diplo (Major Lazer, Beyonce) and Jesse Shatkin (Katy Perry, Ke$ha). The album was mixed by Manny Marroquin. 1000 Forms of Fear was mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar (assisted by Rich Morales). Sia, a longtime client of The Lodge, mastered previous releases, Colour the Small One and Lady Croissant with Lazar.

The album cover, depicting her signature platinum blonde bob, sans visage, is significant, as she rarely shows her face during performances. But make no mistake; Sia’s skill level is insane – in both her creative songwriting, as well as her vocal abilities. 

Throughout the album, Sia explores her past struggles with alcohol/substance abuse, and no song hits quite as hard as pop-anthem, “Chandelier.”  The video, which received over 1,000,000 views within 24 hours on YouTube, features Maddie Ziegler (of Dance Moms) in a nude bodysuit and blonde “Sia wig” dancing her heart out in an old dilapidated apartment. Various artistic versions of the video have been performed live on national television shows such as Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers, featuring an unforgettable rendition including Lena Dunham lip-synching while Sia sang facedown on a mattress. 

The single "Elastic Heart" was also an instant hit when it debuted back in October 2013 on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (RCA Records, Republic Records, Lions Gate Entertainment) and was received as one of the best tracks on the album.

In her home country, 1000 Forms of Fear has already climbed to the top of the Australian iTunes Charts and the album is on its way to topping American iTunes Charts as well.


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SAE Institute's Alumni Awards Celebration Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow, July 2nd, the third annual SAE Institute's Alumni Awards Celebration will take place at The Cutting Room in NYC. 

Presenting this year's coveted Engineer of the Year award, will be The Lodge's own Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar. Also, The Lodge's project coordinator, Jacqueline Smiley, is nominated for the Rising Star award!

Complete with musical performances and guest judges, the show is sure to be an event you won't want to miss!


Emily Lazar Nominated for Pensado's Master of Mastering Award

Congratulations to The Lodge's Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar, on her recent Pensado Award nomination in the Master of Mastering category!  The award show, which is dedicated to "recognizing the faces behind the sound" will take place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California this Saturday, June 28.

Over the past four years, the renowned online video series Pensado's Place has become a haven for music professionals, engineers, and emerging artists. The producers of Pensado's Place have now created an official award show celebrating and acknowledging the great work of these individuals.  

"The Pensado Awards provide a new metric for judging & predicting talent in the music industry." -- Forbes Magazine

With a total of 16 categories, our very own Emily Lazar is the only female mastering engineer nominated for the Master of Mastering award. Emily's golden ears and deep passion for music is what has lead her to become one of the most well-know female mastering engineers in the industry.

Some of Emily's most recent mastering accomplishments include Linkin Park's The Hunting Party, Sia's 1000 Forms Of Fear, Haim's Days Are Gone, Christina Perri's Head or Heart, as well as the Grammy award winning Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, Foo Fighter's Wasting Light, and Dave Grohl's Sound City: Real to Reel.

The live award show, commencing on June 28, will air one week later via an online broadcast on the Pensado's Place website. You can follow the action live on Twitter at #PensadoAwards.


Linkin Park’s Sixth Album "The Hunting Party" Mastered at The Lodge

This past Tuesday, June 17 marked the release of Linkin Park’s highly-anticipated sixth and hardest hitting album to date. The Hunting Party is full of raw energy, and as Mike Shinoda described the album it is purely “a rock record.” He stated that he was inspired by 90’s Hardcore-Punk Thrash, which has lead to a much harder yet organic sound; one not as super produced as their records in the past.

Produced by band members, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson, The Hunting Party was released through Warner Brothers Records. The group spent most of their time recording at Larrabee Sound Studios in Hollywood. They also worked on the album at EastWest Studios, focusing mostly on drums and percussion at that location. Grammy Award-winning music studio engineer, Andy Wallace, was called upon to mix the album, as he also mixed the band’s certified-diamond debut album Hybrid Theory. The Hunting Party was then mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar and assisted by Rich Morales, at The Lodge.

The album features guest appearances from Page Hamilton of HelmetRakimDaron Malakian of System of a Down, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the MachineThe Hunting Party’s cover art was designed by Brandon Parvini and was based off of an original drawing by James Jean.

The Lodge also mastered The Hunting Party: Live from Mexico DVD, which is available as a bonus to The Hunting Party album. Recorded on September 12, 2012 at Arena Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico, the band won the MTV award for the best World Stage in 2013 for this concert. 

Link Park goes on tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI in a 25-city Carnivores Tour of North America, which kicks off August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The first week of the release of The Hunting Party has included an induction into the Guitar Center RockWalk and a three-song performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and catch Mike Shinoda on Real Time with Bill Maher tonight on HBO at 10:00 PM EST!

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Hamilton Leithauser Revisits The Lodge for Solo Debut

The Walkmen’s front man, Hamilton Leithauser, has officially released his solo debut album Black Hours, via Ribbon Music, and critics are calling it “lively, confidant, and charming.” It’s sound is reminiscent of an old classic New York, when late nights were filled with jazz and good bourbon. The album, vinyl and special release Record Store Day Alexandra 7” vinyl were all mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar, and assisted by Rich Morales. The Lodge also mastered the very well known You & Me album by The Walkmen

 Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij in Alexandra.” 

Shortly after The Walkmen announced that they would be taking an “extreme hiatus” Leithauser took to the studio to embark on a solo career.  Even though Leithauser is now solo, his album contains a slew of big-name collabs, including Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Fleet Foxes’ Morgan Henderson, The Shins’ Richard Swift and longtime Lodge friend, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. The Lodge has worked with Swift and Batmanglij, mastering Chutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, and Port of Morrow for The Shins, and Vampire Weekend, Contra, and Modern Vampires of the City for Vampire Weekend.

 Hamilton Leithauser's "I Retired" official lyric video.

The album was produced by Hamilton Leithauser, Rostam Batmanglij and fellow Walkmen guitarist, Paul Maroon.  Leithauser worked alongside Batmanglij, as he also co-wrote the two singles “I Retired” and “Alexandra”. Additional mixing of the tracks by Scott Jacoby and Emily Lazar; both were mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar.

Over the past several months, the album has been receiving a lot of recognition: “What’s most impressive about Black Hours is how Leithauser can bounce from one style to another without disrupting the flow of the album.” His recent two-day debut solo performance at Joe’s Pub in NYC was impeccable. The intimate 190 seat sit-down venue on Lafayette Street felt lush and elegant, and seemed to elevate Leithauser’s big-band sound. The album translated to the stage beautifully, as the show sold out both nights. 

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Lodge Artists Debut Limited Edition Vinyl for Record Store Day!!

Today is officially Record Store Day and we are psyched!! Over the past several months, The Lodge has been gearing up for April 19, working with artists Garbage, Sky Ferreira, and Hamilton Leithauser in pursuit of releasing the most amazing limited edition vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2014.

Conceived in 2007 by a group of record storeowners and staff, they wanted to spread the word about their indie shops and vibey culture. Now every third Saturday in April, local record stores all over the world participate in special events that celebrate local and independent record stores!

Everyone can agree, the most exciting part of Record Store Day is the limited edition titles which are released exclusively to RSD participating indie stores around the world. Some vinyls are released region specific and some super limited edition.  Garbage will be releasing an ‘RSD First’ 10” vinyl debut of tracks “Girls Talk Shit” (featuring Brody Dalle) and “Time Will Tell.” Hamilton Leithauser, of The Walkmen, will also be releasing new music, an ‘RSD Exclusive’ 7” vinyl of his hit single “Alexandra.” Sky Ferreira will be immortalized on 12” as she re-releases a picture disc of her debut album Night Time My Time.

So get up early and catch an in-store performance, find a free beer and satisfy your vinyl craving all while supporting your favorite local record store!

Girls Talk
Format: 10” Vinyl
Label: STUNvolume
Release Type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Hamilton Leithauser
Alexandra b/w in the Shallows
Format: 7” Vinyl
Label: Ribbon Music
Release Type: ‘RSD Exclusive’ Release

Sky Ferreira
Night Time My time
Format: 12’ Picture Disc
Label: Capitol
Release Type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release


Christina Perri’s `Head or Heart’ Debuts at #2 on iTunes!

Singer/songwriter, Christina Perri’s sophomore album, Head or Heart, is already a smash on iTunes! Released on Atlantic Records, Head or Heart was expertly made by a team of well seasoned producers: Martin Johnson (Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction)John Hill (P!NK, Sanitgold), and Butch Walker (Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy). The final touches for mastering were done by Emily Lazar, Chief Mastering Engineer at The Lodge in NYC (assisted by Rich Morales).

After 18 months of recording in a small town in the UK, Perri released her second album, Head or Heart, to rave reviews. The album’s debut single, “Human,” written by Perri and Johnson, rose to #14 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and has become a favorite on the iTunes Top 20 list. The song is so popular that several artists began remixing the pop-power ballad, including a mind-blowing remix by Passion Pit, (also mastered by Lazar at The Lodge). Check out the beautifully robotic music video for “Human” directed by Elliott Sellers, below.

 “Burning Gold”, the instantly memorable second single, has been described by Perri as        representative of her emotional struggle regarding her decision to move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles to further her music career. The track “I Don’t Wanna Break” was featured in a recent episode of HBO’s hit comedy-drama series and was showcased on their second soundtrack, “Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…” which was also released via Atlantic Records

Perri collaborated with her close friend Ed Sheeran on the amazingly playful duet, “Be My Forever.” In a recent interview, Perri admits she had never intended to use this track for herself because it sounded too “happy,” however, she fell in love with the lyrics and knew immediately that the male portion had to be sung by Ed Sheeran. Be sure to check this one out - this gem is an absolutely infectious pop track that is sure to please!
A majority of the album was mixed by mix engineer, Manny Marroquin (Kanye WestJohn LegandAlicia Keys) while Michael Brauer (John Mayer, Coldplay) also contributed two mixes. 
To celebrate the release of “Head or Heart” Perri will be kicking-off her highly anticipated North American, Head or Heart Tour!  The tour begins Friday, April 4th in Denver, Colorado. Be sure to check out her upcoming live TV performances as Perri will be visiting ABC’s The View on April 16th and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on April 21st
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Kendall Schmidt and Band, Heffron Drive, Bring Debut Single “Parallel” to Emily Lazar at The Lodge!

Big Time Rush heartthrob, Kendall Schmidt, has just released his debut single titled “Parallel” from his band, Heffron Drive, which is available now on iTunes. The song was written by Schmidt and producer, Toby Gad, and was released through Schmidt’s new label, TOLbooth Records.

The single was mixed by Scott Jacoby and our very own, Emily Lazar, at Eusonia Studios. The pair has worked together as a mixing team most recently on select tracks from Vampire Weekend’s Grammy-winning Modern Vampires of the City and Hamilton Leithauser’s (of The Walkmen) debut album, BlackHours, among others. The track was also mastered by Emily Lazar, Chief Mastering Engineer at The Lodge, and assisted by Rich Morales.

Heffron Drive is comprised of Kendall Schmidt and guitarist Dustin Belt, and together they are currently working on a debut album, which is set for release this summer.  Earlier this month, the duo were well received as they performed some of their new music for their adoring fans during the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Plans are set to tour throughout North America this summer, as well as Europe and Asia in the fall.

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Damian Taylor Mixes & Two of March’s Hottest New Releases

Damian Taylor,  (Bjork, The Killers, The Prodigy, Austra, Diamond Rings) is in like a lion... and out like a lion this month! The music industry powerhouse recently worked on two innovative electronica albums, Trust’s Joyland and Roman Remains' Zeal, both of which were simultaneously released on March 4, 2014
Toronto artist, Robert Alfons, most commonly known as Trust, returns to The Lodge to master his hugely anticipated sophomore album Joyland. The album was produced and sonically crafted by Alfons, while Damian Taylor lent his hand to the mixing. Joyland, mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar at The Lodge in NYC and assisted by Rich Morales, was released via Arts & Crafts and the album is already a favorite among admiring fans.  
It has also received high praise from PitchforkStereogum,  and FaderPretty Much Amazing boldly states, “Joyland takes the house – and trance – indebted elements of TRST at it’s most danceable and blows them up from basement to stadium size.” 
See Trust perform live on April 10, 2014 at Le Poisson Rouge.  Listen to Trust’s first single “Rescue, Mister” off of Joyland below. 

London/LA duo Roman Remains’ debut LP, Zeal, was released through HOT Records LtdRoman Remains is comprised of Liela Moss and Toby Butler of the band, The Duke Spirit. Originally a side project, the pair wrote and recorded their entire debut album amid breaks in the band’s touring schedule. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Toby Butler and co-produced by Simon Byrt, the pair reached out to Damian Taylor to mix the highly anticipated debut album, and to help the band transition from their familiar rock sound into a much darker infectious electronic harmony. Prior to Zeal, the band released a stirring four-song EP titled, Energy You, which was also expertly mixed by Damian Taylor, mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge.
Watch Roman Remains’ “The Stone Is Starting To Bleed” video below. 

Roman Remains will be performing at South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW) in Austin, TX on March 13, 2014.

Taylor and Lazar take a short break in the studio to pose for a "selfie."
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The Lodge Masters Tracks For Girls Soundtrack Volume 2

Over the past two seasons, HBO’s critically acclaimed series Girls has exploded in popularity and is a weekly “must see.” Lena Dunham, the show’s writer, producer, and director, has truly created the voice of a generation. 

For it’s third season and accompanying soundtrack, Girlsmusic supervisor, Manish Raval, stayed true to the show’s current relevance and vibe by featuring some amazingly talented artists. The soundtrack, Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do… was released on Atlantic Records on February 11, 2014, features new music from artists VampireWeekend, Beck, Postal Service siren turned solo artist Jenny Lewis, and pop chart singer/songwriter, Christina Perri. 

Tracks by Jenny Lewis, “Completely Not Me” and Christina Perri, “I Don’t Wanna Break,” were both mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge. Long time client of The Lodge, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, produced and mixed Jenny Lewis’s “Completely Not Me” which was showcased in the season’s premier episode. Christina Perri’s love-sick “I Don’t Wanna Break” produced by John Hill and Jack Antonoff and mixed by Micheal Brauer, also made it’s debut on the Girls soundtrack and is included in Perri’s full length album titled, Head or Heart (also mastered by Emily Lazar) and will be released on April 1, 2014, on Atlantic Records.

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NPR's Weekend Edition Features Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar

Checkout this cool profile on Emily that was released last Sunday on NPR's Weekend Edition!!  Click HERE to see the full article or click to here to LISTEN to the interview.

The Woman Behind The Curtain, Making Good Songs Sound Great

Mastering engineer Emily Lazar poses with producer Scott Jacoby (top right) and members of the band School Is Cool at her Manhattan studio, The Lodge.

Mastering engineer Emily Lazar listens back to a section of the

song "Envelop Me" by the baroque pop band School is Cool.

She's trying to make the main vocals stand out more.

"We pick certain frequencies that we want to hear either more

or less of, and those kind of translate into colors for the listener,"

she explains. "Right now in the raw mix, the lower frequencies,

or the low mids of the drums, are kind of clouding up some of the

other areas we'd like to hear a little more of — specifically these

acoustic instruments that are playing, and the lead vocal.

"We'd like to have a little bit more presence and intimacy," she

says, "so that when you're listening on your headphones or in

your own space, you feel like Johannes, the lead singer, is right

there singing to you."

In the early years of audio recording, musicians performed live in

the studio and their songs were captured directly onto a master disc.

Today, the process tends to include a few more steps — the last of

which involves mastering engineers like Lazar. School is Cool

singer Johannes Genard says these final adjustments help

emphasize thethings he really wants the music to express.

"When trying to convey a story," Genard says, "mastering can

bring to the foreground frequencies that we associate with certain

emotions or certain atmospheres. Certain frequencies convey more

aggression or energy, and certain frequencies evoke depth. It's

more, like, psychological than technical."

Genard and his bandmate Toon Van Baelen flew in from Belgium

to work with Lazar because they admired her work on

Vampire Weekend's album Modern Vampires of the City, which

is up for a Grammy this year.

"When the time came to look at people we wanted to work with,

I just put down the list of everybody who worked on that record!",

Genard says. "I saw that Emily Lazar worked on mastering and

mixing as well. We love the fact that we can just be here while

she's actually doing it and thinking of the tweaks."

Mastering engineers often work alone, polishing several albums

at once without the artists' involvement. But at The Lodge, Lazar's

studio in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, that's not the case.

"For me," Lazar says, "the best approach has to be a dialogue.

It's the essential part of what I do."

Lazar points to a collaboration with Lou Reed on the mastering

of a best-of collection. "We really had a wonderful time listening

back to a lot of the music," Lazar says. "Lou hadn't initially planned

to include the track 'NYC Man,' and when we were going through

the original analog masters, I heard the track come off the tape

machine and it was just amazing. I looked at Lou and I said, 'Lou!

How come this isn't on this? You are the NYC Man!' We both

laughed, and it actually became the title track."

Her collaboration with Vampire Weekend went a step further.

The band sent the first single from its 2008 debut to several

mastering engineers as a way of determining the best match.

As guitarist and keyboard player Rostam Batmanglij explains,

"Emily was the only one who sent back multiple versions of the

song. She sent back six different versions, and there was one

that I thought sounded better than all the rest, including the ones

that were mastered by other people, and from there we made

a decision."

Vampire Weekend's next two albums were also mastered by Lazar.

Batmanglij says that while full-length records are often mastered

within a day, Contra and Modern Vampires of the City both took

several months, with him and Lazar sometimes working directly

on his laptop. He says their process feels a little like filmmaking.

"If someone is in a shot and they're further away from you or they're

closer to you, or they're more to the right or to the left, all of those

things are going to affect how you perceive their performance,"

Batmanglij says. "I think, with the way we've worked on records with

Emily, we've gotten to that point where we have that control."

In the end, its Lazar's job to make sure listeners hear what the

musicians are after — not only sonically, but conceptually.

"Mastering engineers have a unique opportunity to help an artist

tell their story, or even findtheir story," Lazar says. "I have these

three huge windows in my mastering studio that look out over

Astor Place, and sometimes when I'm working I look out the

window. I see people walking around downtown with their head-

phones on and I like to imagine that maybe they'll be listening to

the stuff that I'm working on. I get so excited and tickled to be a

part of it."

So, the next time you listen to a song, think about the woman

who might be behind the curtain.