Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows Masters Timeless Album with Joe LaPorta

Counting Crows' guitarist & back up vocalist Dan Vickrey has just released an amazing new album that took 20 years to complete! Prior to joining Adam Duritz and company, Vickrey was the singer and songwriter for his own band Tender Mercies.  Naturally, after joining Counting Crows as lead guitarist, working on his own band's debut album took a detour.

However, after two decades of artistic honing, Dan Vickrey has finally released Tender Mercies debut self titled album on Collective Sounds last month.  Mixed by Counting Crows' bandmate/engineer David Bryson, Vickery teamed up with his old pals and stopped at no expense to give these songs that mean so much to him the treatment they deserve.  The album was mastered by Joe LaPorta over the summer right here at The Lodge and we are all so excited to be part of Vickrey's incredible 20 year journey!

Tender Mercies is comprised of Dan Vickrey, Patrick Winningham, Kurt Stevenson and recent addition Jim Bogios.  The group assembled in San Francisco, writing music 20 years ago that would make up the album that was released last month. The timelessness of the album is a testament to Vickery's passion to his craft and candidly admits “What you’ll hear is the complete history of Tender Mercies all on one disc. The songs may be older than you are, but we stuck with them because of their timelessness.”   

If you have yet to purchase a copy of the self titled album make sure you preview and purchase it on iTunes or Amazon!  To get a first look and listen check out their bandcamp page for free downloads off the album! http://tendermercies.bandcamp.com/


Foo Fighters win the AMA for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist!

Congratulations to Foo Fighters for winning Favorite Alternative Rock Artist at The American Music Awards! Their most recent album "Wasting Light" was mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta!

After an enormous 24 song sellout show at Madison Square Garden (they played well past the venue's 11pm curfew), Foo Fighters have just been announced as the headliners for the Lalapalooza shows in Brazil and Chile!

In case you missed it, here is Foo Fighters' awesome performance on The Late Show with David Letterman with rock icon Joan Jett.


Thievery Corporation Release New Album Mastered By Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta

Electronic music pioneers Thievery Corporation are redefining the way artists interact with their fans.   The Washington DC based duo consisting of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton recently launched the world's first CHNL site on the legs of their recently released album "Culture of Fear", mastered right here at The Lodge by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta!

CHNL is a website that provides a direct & undiluted channel for artists to interact with their fans.  CHNL gives content owners a unified medium to sell their work, as well as stream videos and connect with fans through social networking.  "CHNL enables us to have a much closer and constant relationship with our fans," states Thievery Corporation co-founder Rob Garza. "Through the tour and into the fall, we're going to be revealing exciting new content and our CHNL will be the place to experience it."

With more than 1.2 million albums sold in the US over the past 15 years, the genre-smashing, establishment-thrashing Thievery Corporation continue to refine their craft. "Culture of Fear" their latest release is a self described, "cinematic-sounding inquiry into space rock that straddles the sweet spot between funk and soul, with a bit of dub and reggae thrown in for good measure."  Along with raving reviews, "Culture of Fear"spent 2 months on the CMJ Electronic Charts!

Check out world's first CHNL featuring Thievery Corporation below!


And check out the video for their first single featuring Mr. Lif!


Emily Lazar Moderates Rostam Batmanglij's Presentation at Apple Store SoHo

Rostam Batmanglij and Emily Lazar at Apple Store SoHo's "Meet The Musician" Presentation

Earlier this year, Emily Lazar, The Lodge's Chief Mastering Engineer and President, was handpicked to moderate Rostam Batmanglij's (of Vampire Weekend) presentation at the Apple Store SoHo, as part of their "Meet The Musician" Series.
The series features prominent artists, producers and music taste makers offering a deliciously in-depth glimpse into each artist's creative world and has hosted luminaries such as The Miles Davis Quintet, Anthrax and Hip Hop producer 9th Wonder.

Batmanglij is a man of many talents: a multi-instrumentalist, a producer and one of the main creative forces behind Vampire Weekend's infectious world-music bending pop gems.
Rostam's relationship with The Lodge started in 2007 when both Vampire Weekend albums "Vampire Weekend" and "Contra" were mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta. A world-wide success, Vampire Weekend's second album debuted at number one on Billboard 200 chart with 124,000 copies sold in just the first week! A milestone for an indie band in this decade! Emily and Joe have also mastered several side projects for Rostam including his R&B synth pop collaboration with Wes Miles (of Ra Ra Riot) named Discovery.

With Emily as his moderator, the duo geeked out on everything from the recording process, the evolution of a Vampire Weekend demo, how the four-piece writes their songs to his production techniques. He even offered a sneak peak into his newest venture in film scoring! Rostam recounted his experience scoring his brother Zal Batmanglij’s psychological thriller "Sound Of My Voice" (which premiered at Sundance) and offered before and after sound clips to the audience. Check out a clip from the movie, featuring Rostam's first official feature film score!

In the upcoming months Apple will be posting a recorded podcast of Emily and Rostam's entire discussion on their website- stay tuned!


Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta Master Morgan Page's New Album

Two-time Grammy Award nominated artist Morgan Page released his new single titled, “In The Air” via Nettwerk featuring Sultan + Ned Sheppard, Angela McClusky, and BT.  Guaranteed to get your blood flowing, the new track is straight off his forthcoming LP mastered here at The Lodge.

The Los Angeles based DJ/producer's latest full length album titled “In The Air” was mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta!

Since its release, “In The Air" hit the Top 10 (#9) on the Billboard Dance Radio Chart and iTunes and was considered the highest rated record on AOL Radio!  Currently on tour, Morgan Page is well known amongst house fanatics for his original productions and remixes for top charting artists such as: Madonna, Regina Specktor, Katy Perry, The B-52’s, Coldplay, Korn, Norah Jones and many others.

Check out the link below to listen to the new single.  Enjoy!


Large Professor's New Single "Key To The City" Mastered at The Lodge by Joe LaPorta!

Large Professor has resurrected an old school flavor with his recent single "Key To The City"! The limited edition 12" released via Fat Beats Records was printed on translucent vinyl and features an exclusive Large Professor remix of the track on the B Side.  There is also a bonus digital download for anyone who purchases the 12".  The single was mastered by Joe LaPorta, right here at The Lodge.
The Harlem born, Queens raised producer and emcee has been the force behind some of Hip-Hop's biggest names.  He's responsible for launching the careers of legends like Nas and A Tribe Called Quest as well as producing for a heavyweight roster including Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, Diamond D, Common, AZ, Styles P and many others.  As an original member of the popular and highly respected group Main Source, Large Professor pursued a solo career in 1996 and hasn't looked back.  "Key To The City" is the first single from his upcoming album titled "Professor At Large" due out on Fat Beats Records early next year.

Click the link below to order a copy while supplies last!