Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush Releases Heffron Drive's Debut Album Happy Mistakes

Heffron Drive’s debut album, Happy Mistakes has officially been released! Kansas-native heartthrobs, Kendall Schmidt (lead vocals, guitar) and Dustin Belt (vocals, guitar) joined forces and named their group after the street they had both been living on in Burbank, California… Heffron Drive!

Kendall Schmidt rose to stardom after he was cast as one of the members of the record breaking Nickelodeon boy-band series, Big Time Rush. As Kendall’s career took-off he still found time to work on his solo side project and in 2013 he decided it was time to create a full-length album.
The first single titled “Parallel” debuted this past spring at SXSW, in Austin, Texas. "Parallel" was written by Schmidt and producer, Toby Gad, and was mixed by The Lodge’s Chief Engineer, Emily Lazar and Scott Jacoby, at Eusonia StudiosLazar and Jacoby also mixed tracks “Could You Be Home,” “That’s What Makes You Mine,” “One Track Mind,” and “Love Defined” for the album. The official “Parallel” remix exploded across social media and drove anticipation for Happy Mistakes’ release.  
Parallel” was so well received, that the group was invited to perform at the 2014 “A Capital Fourth” concert celebration on July 4th at the West Lawn of the United States Capitol with hundreds of thousands in attendance and millions watching on PBS. The duo performed a beautiful rendition of “Parallel” along side The National Symphony Orchestra. Less than two months later, the electro-pop album was ready for release through Kendall Schmidt’s new independent record label, TOLbooth Records.
Happy Mistakes was mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar, and was assisted by Rich Morales and Chris Allgood.  Producers included Kendall Schmidt and Michael Cammarata. Engineers Emily Lazar, Scott Jacoby, Mark Needham, Ben O’Neil, and Steve Soloman all contributed stellar mixes to the album.

Heffron Drive kicked off their promotional North American Happy Mistakes Tour on August 30 in Atlanta, GA. They then traveled up to New York on September 6 and put on a powerhouse performance at the Madison Theatre in Rockville Center. The Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour will continue through September 29, click HERE for tickets.
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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