The Postmarks like to go "By The Numbers"

The Postmarks make beautiful, lush music and for all those eagerly awaiting something new from the band, wait no more! The moody Miami pop trio have just released a collection of 12 covers ranging from Jesus and Mary Chain to Antonio Carlos Jobim on their newest album "By The Numbers" (Unfiltered Records).

Mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar & Assistant Joe LaPorta in late summer 2008, the new album will not disappoint. Each cover was deconstructed, re-arranged and given the Postmarks treatment.

So kick back and check out their latest video "11:59"


Frances bring "All The While" to the world...

Frances are one of New York's best kept secrets. Think lonesome indie rock meets Phillip Glass. Fronted by Paul Hogan's awesome vocals, the band has finally released their first full length album on Gigantic Music. The album was mastered by The Lodge's very own, Joe LaPorta.

You can buy the album here on iTunes. Be sure check out their album release party on November 21st at The Mercury Lounge.


A month of remixes...

Here at The Lodge, we've been experiencing what we call a remix avalanche this month. Mastering Engineers Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta have been knee deep mastering remixes by a multitude of artists. Here are the highlights; we begin with larger than life DJ Tiësto remixing Maroon 5's "Not Falling Apart".

Not to be out shined, preppy indie rockers Vampire Weekend have had their popular track "The Kids Don't Stand A Chance" remixed by Chromeo into thumping oblivion.

Pop songstress Alex Young, has remixed her song "COLD" which features a nice little cameo by Chicago rapper Yung Berg.


Matt & Kim unveil NEW VIDEO!!!!!

Matt & Kim debuted a spanking new video on MTV for the first single "Daylight" off their soon to be released 2nd album "Grand". The album was mastered by Joe LaPorta at The Lodge.

Goldfrapp Release Exclusive Live Session on iTunes!

Pop/Electronic Dance duo Goldfrapp have been making lush, beautiful music since 1999 and have amassed legions of fans since the release of their first album "Felt Mountain". Mastering Engineers Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta recently mastered their exclusive Live iTunes session at The Lodge, which you can now buy from the iTunes store.

Goldfrapp fans and will not be disappointed; the session includes live recordings of much loved songs such as "Black Cherry", "Oh La La", "Road To Somewhere" and "Strict Machine". The session also includes fun interview clips where the band dispells quirky recording anecdotes and insights into their song writing process.


Tom Gabel of Against Me! Gets Political...

Lead singer and guitarist Tom Gabel of awesome punk rock band Against Me! will be releasing a solo EP titled "Heart Burns" on October 28th, 2008 (Sire Records).
Gabel re-teamed with Butch Vig & Billy Bush in late summer 2008 to track and mix the politically charged album. It is currently being mastered by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta at The Lodge.

Be sure to check out Tom's extremely insightful blog "I Feel Sick To My Stomach" about band tour life mayhem and interesting view points on the world around him.


Death Cab For Cutie Live- Exclusively on iTunes

Seminal indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie released their Live from Las Vegas EP in August 2008, and can be downloaded exclusively on iTunes.

The EP was mastered by Mastering Engineers Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta at The Lodge, and features 5 live tracks recorded at the ultra swanky Palms Hotel. Whether you're a long time DCFC fanatic or a newly signed on listener, these tracks will be a true treat for everyone.


Matt and Kim give fans a "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare"

Lo-fi Brooklyn indie duo Matt and Kim have come back with a new album "Grand", currently being mastered by Joe LaPorta at The Lodge.

Matt and Kim are giving their hungry fans a peek into their eagerly awaited album and have posted a free mp3 of the new track "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare" on RCRD LBL.

Click here to stream or download it. Enjoy!


Be Your Own Pet really hate "Becky"!

Check out Be Your Own Pet's new video for the song "Becky". The song is taken off the album "Get Awkward". The album was mastered in late 2007 by Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and Assistant Joe LaPorta at The Lodge.

"Get Awkward" was mixed by long time Lodge-ian and Grammy Award winning producer Joe Chiccarelli.


Vampire Weekend- A Force to be reckoned with!

Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings) are a band that went from relative obscurity to becoming one of the top indie bands of the year.
The album was mastered by The Lodge’s Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar and Assistant Joe LaPorta prior to the band’s fall 2007 European/North American tour.

Vampire Weekend formed in early 2006 while attending Columbia University, debuting a blend of unusual African based rhythms, infectious hooks and self-proclaimed “Upper West Side Soweto” style for campus literary societies and parties.
The album was recorded, mixed and produced by the band’s keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij in a variety of locations including a radio station.

Their debut album was released in early 2008 and soon enough the song, "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", was ranked 67th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of the year. They also landed a tour with fellow Lodge-ians The Shins and were declared "The Year's Best New Band" by Spin magazine in the March 2008 issue. (Pictured above Vampire Weekend with Emily, Joe and XL Recording's Kris Chen)

Check out their latest video for the highly infectious track "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa".


The Stills Return To The Lodge for Third Album

Canadian four-piece The Stills were back at The Lodge this summer to master their 3rd full-length album “Oceans Will Rise” with Mastering Engineers Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta.

The Stills formed in their hometown Montreal, Quebec while attending art school. They are Tim Fletcher (Vocals), Dave Hamelin (Drums), Greg Paquet (Guitars) and Oliver Crowe (Bass). Their debut album “Logic Will Break Your Heart” was widely received placing The Stills at the forefront of the Canadian indie rock scene.

In 2007 The Stills signed to indie label Arts and Crafts, which houses fellow Canadian luminaries such as Feist, Stars. Broken Social Scene and The Dears. “Oceans Will Rise” is due to be released worldwide on August 19th, 2008. The album was produced and mixed by Gus Van Go & Werner F. (Emily & Werner pictured above)

Check out the new video for their first single "Being Here"


Reggae Icon Lee “Scratch” Perry Collaborates with Andrew W.K. at The Lodge

Mastering Engineer, Sarah Register was busy this summer working with artist/producer Andrew W.K. on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s new album, “Repentence”. The album is due to be released this summer.

Lee “Scratch” Perry is a Grammy award winning reggae icon; also known as “The Upsetter”. His 40-year career span in music has shown his pioneering talents as both an artist and as a producer in Reggae music.
Perry made his debut in the late 50's ska movement after becoming recognized for his innovation of the dub, reggae and the “scratch” turntable effect used by DJ’s everywhere. Perry’s quickly became a highly sought after producer collaborating with such icons as The Clash, Junior Murvin and The Beastie Boys.

A chance encounter between Perry and hyper-energetic artist/producer Andrew W.K. at SXSW in 2006 spawned the musical collaboration that would result in Lee “Scratch” Perry’s long awaited 54th studio album “Repentance”.

“It was great working on this project with Andrew WK; Andrew & LSP had a vision from the start that was a joy to help refine & unfold into the final album.” commented Mastering Engineer Sarah Register.

Guest artists on the album include Moby, producer Don Fleming, bassist Josh Werner of Matisyahu, drummer Brian Chippendale of staccato noise duo Lightning Bolt! and adult entertainer Sasha Grey.


Misstress Barbara makes a splash!

International DJ and all round beat master Misstress Barbara was at The Lodge working on her upcoming full length album with Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and Assistant Joe LaPorta.

Misstress Barbara made her start in music when she picked up the drums at the age of 12. She then traded the drumsticks for a mixer and some turntables, and the rest is history!

Over the years, Misstress Barbara has worked with several internationally acclaimed musicians, DJ’s, and record labels. She has created her own label “ITURNEM”, and has licensed her music to the videogame and film industries. In 2001 Barbara received the SODEC prize at the annual MIMI’s (International Initiative Montreal's Music); as well as ‘Best Breakthrough Underground DJ’ at 2003’s UK Underground Music Awards.

The new album finds her stepping out from behind the turntables and in front of a microphone as she sings a majority of all the vocals, with collaborations from the likes of Brazilian Girls, and many others.


The Lodge stays busy this summer

The Lodge had a teeming schedule to start off the year. Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and Mastering Engineer Joe LaPorta were busy working with various artists in preparation of their spring/summer releases. Those artists include Kane (Universal), Tiësto (Black Hole Recordings), Raphaël (EMI France), Monica Naranjo (Al Hambra BV) and Fields (Warner UK).

French Singer/songwriter and music phenom Raphaël , collaborated with legendary producer Tony Visconti on his 3rd release. “Je sais que la terre est plate”, which was mastered in March of this year (Pictured from left to right: Tony Visconti, Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta).

Dutch Rock band Kane followed suit, bringing in their 7th album “Everythingyouwant”, debuting at #1 on the Dutch album charts.

Spanish popstar Monica Naranjo unveiled her long awaited album “TARANTULA” at The Lodge after a 7-year hiatus. Debut-single "Europa", reached #1 on the Spanish Singles Chart for 6 consecutive weeks.

Internationally acclaimed and top selling trance DJ, Tiësto, has come back with another installment of his very popular "In Search Of Sunrise" compilations, titled "In Search Of Sunrise 7- Asia". He also offered his hungry fans an album of remixes for his popular studio album "Elements of Life", titled "Elements Of Life Remixed".

Anglo-Icelandic electronic/indie band Fields rounds the list, as they continue placing the final touches on their sophomore release at The Lodge. The release date is still not confirmed.
(Pictured Fields, Chris Zane, Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta)


The Walkmen at The Lodge

The Walkmen (Gigantic Music) brought their awesome selves to The Lodge to work on their upcoming album You and Me.

Pictured here from left to right are Mastering Engineer Joe LaPorta, Producer extra-ordinare Chris Zane, Lead singer/Guitarist Hamilton Leithauser and Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar.

Dwarfed by Hamilton's towering physique, Emily had to stand on the piano bench to make it in the picture :)

The Lodge and Friends of P

The lodge is co-sponsoring "Friends of P"; an incredible website dedicated to the fight against Lupus, as part of the Lupus Foundation of America. Lupus is an autoimmune illness that causes the body to fight against it's own organs, instead of foreign substances.

"Friends of P" offers a free stream of Tokyo Police Club's cover of The Rentals song "Friends of P". The cover was exclusively recorded for the site. Not only that, but for a mere $15 donation, you will receive a sweet tote illustrated above. Please go to www.friendsofp.org for more information.

The Subways bring “All Or Nothing” to The Lodge

Acclaimed British rock trio, The Subways (Warner Music) are due to release their highly anticipated second album All Or Nothing in June 2008. The album was mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and Mastering Engineer Joe LaPorta.

Hailing from Wewlyn Garden City, The Subways are Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper and Josh Morgan. The band started out in their teens covering Nirvana songs and sound found themselves rusing to sudden fame after winning a Glastonbury talent contest in 2004. The following year, the young group released their debut Young For Eternity, which climbed to #32 in the UK charts.

The band worked with legendary producer Butch Vig, and are planning a major US tour in the spring of 2008

Check out their latest video of the first single "Alright" off the album.


Be Your Own Pet 'Gets Awkward' With The Lodge!

Nashville's popular garage punk band Be Your Own Pet are releasing their sophomore full length album on the 18th of this month! The album, titled "Get Awkward" (Universal Records) was mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar with Joe LaPorta assisting.

The band, composed of Jemina Pearl, Nathan Vasquez, Jonas Stein and John Eatherly, quickly met international success with their quirky self-titled debut album in 2006. Just a few years out of high school and the foursome have already had 4 singles in the UK Top 40!

Produced by Steve McDonald (The Format) and mixed by frequent Lodge client Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, The Shins),  the upcoming "Get Awkward" is sure to be another artful chart-topper. Keep your ears tuned!