BT Returns to The Lodge and Masters 2 New Releases!

Grammy nominated composer, artist and innovator; BT returns to The Lodge for two new self-released albums: "If The Stars Are Eternal So Are You And I" and "Morceau Subrosa". Both albums were mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge. BT continues to top at #1 in Ambient, Electronica and EDM charts across Amazon and iTunes. The Lodge also teamed up with BT to master his previous three albums: "Emotional Technology", "This Binary Universe" and "These Hopeful Machines".

A pioneer in electronic dance music, BT is also known worldwide for his symphonic compositions in both music and film. Keep a look out for his upcoming Armada releases and expect greatness -- snippets are available at http://www.btmusic.com!


Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" Goes Double Platinum!

Neon Trees’ summer smash hit “Everybody Talks” from their sophomore studio album "Picture Show" has everybody talking about it!!! 

With over 8 million views on Youtube the single has been certified DOUBLE platinum selling over 2 million downloads!! Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, engineered/mixed by Billy Bush, and mastered at The Lodge, this single is sure to go down as a top song of 2012!


Diamond Rings brings "Free Dimensional" to The Lodge

Toronto electro artist and Youtube sensation Diamond Rings is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album "Free Dimensional" on October 22nd (via Astralwerks).  The album was mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge earlier this year.

John O'Reagan (also known as John O) got his start in the Toronto suburbs, playing music with his best friends in the acclaimed indie rock band The D'Ubervilles while majoring in art at the University of Guelph.  After getting a taste of the city life and delving further into expressionistic art projects with friends he decided to ditch the indie rocker life and partnered with his professional makeup artist/stylist cousin and choreographer roommate to come up with his gender-bending current alter ego as Diamond Rings.

Juxtaposing pop with hardcore electro and a little bit of glam, Diamond Rings recorded, produced & released his first album all by himself and received an overwhelming fan response to his over the top videos on Youtube.  This eventually led to a SXSW showcase as well as some incredible opening gigs for artists such as La Roux and Owen Pallett.  For his second album, Diamond Rings teamed up with producer Damian Taylor (Bjork, Prodigy, The Killers) and the result is an expansive & heavily thematic electro/pop record with a wide range of soundscapes that appeal to John O's influences growing up.

Watch the video for the first single “I’m Just Me”

And check out his 45 minute live performance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" where he debuts several tracks from the new album

(Pictured from left to right):  John O, Emily Lazar and Damian Taylor toasting the completion of the new album!


Dum Dum Girls Release New EP

Dum Dum Girls are on a streak outputting some of indie music's dreamiest 60's inspired pop music.  Their new EP "End of Daze" (considered some of lead singer Dee Dee's best song writing) was recently named Best New Music on Pitchfork!

"End of Daze" follows up the band's 2011 full length "Only in Dreams" and marks their fourth release mastered at The Lodge. The EP was recorded throughout 2011 and 2012 with Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes), Dum Dum Girls' longtime producer Richard Gottehrer and Alonzo Vargas on mixing duties. It includes the well received single "Lord Knows" as well as a cover of Strawberry Switchblade's "Trees and Flowers".

Check out the video for the haunting single "Lord Knows"


The Sea and Cake Release New Album "Runner" Mastered at The Lodge

Seminal 90's indie darlings The Sea & Cake have released their 10th album "Runner" this Tuesday, September 18th on Thrill Jockey Records.  The album was mastered by Heba Kadry at The Lodge. 

Receiving Pitchfork's Best New Track stamp of approval with upbeat/electronic tinged lead single "Harps", the new album brings the band's iconic sound back to a more refined direction reminiscent of their earlier albums. 
The album was engineered & mixed by The Sea & Cake drummer & highly demanded producer John McEntire (Stereolab, Broken Social Scene) at his studio in Chicago and of course features lead singer Sam Prekop's hushed airy vocals and summer inspired lyrics.  "Runner" also showcases Prekop's excellent modular synth programming, hot off the heels of their cinematic electronic 2011 album titled "The Moonlight Butterfly"

Head over to Drowned in Sound's website to stream the entire album! HERE


Stream The Killers "Battle Born" Mastered at The Lodge!

Pretty sure The Killers don't need any introductions...possibly the biggest band in the world? I'm sure Bono might not be too happy about that statement but we certainly think they are.  Even if you haven't followed their entire repertoire, there is no doubt that these guys have written some of the best pop/anthemic songs over the last decade.

"Battle Born" (Island/Vertigo) was mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge earlier this summer and it's been incredible to be part of such an amazing release.  Produced and mixed by some of the world's biggest names in audio, the team includes Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Brenden O'Brien, Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois and Alan Moulder.

The album is due to be released on September 17th but in the mean time, kick back and wrap your ears around their full album stream on iTunes right HERE.



Imagine Dragons' Debut Album Tops Charts!

Las Vegas' finest musical export is synth rockers Imagine Dragons and they are making quite the impact with their debut album "Night Visions" (Interscope/KIDinaKORNER).  The band returned to The Lodge this summer to work on their full length album.  The Lodge has previously worked with the band on their hugely popular "Continued Silence EP" earlier this year. 

Mixed by Grammy-winning engineers Manny Marroquin & Mark Needham, the album was produced by the band and mega pop producer Alex Da Kid (Rihanna, Eminem). "Night Visions" topped the charts debuting at #1 on iTunes and #2 on Amazon in less then 24 hours after it's release; we couldn't be more proud of these guys!! Imagine Dragons are all about achieving a huge sound nuanced with thrashing driving drums, and dense layers of distorted synths; this album is all killer, no filler!  Be sure not to miss this smash hit fall release!

Check out their video for the single "It's Time"


Alanis Morissette Album is OUT this week!

Multiple Grammy winner Alanis Morissette makes a triumphant return this week with brand new album "Havoc and Bright Lights" mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge! The album was produced & mixed by the very talented Guy Sigsworth and Joe Chiccarelli.

In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Morissette explains how the birth of her son Ever Imre inspired her to write "Havoc and Bright Lights" as well as her views on parenting.  Morissette makes motherhood cool in our book!

You can buy her album in the US right here 

And check out her hilarious E! interview with straight talker  Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately.


The Return of Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff; New Album Mastered at The Lodge!

Grammy-winning reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff, has released his first studio album in 8 years.  Titled “Rebirth,” the album, which earned 4 stars in Rolling Stone, was produced by Punk Legend Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame, and was mastered at The Lodge.

Jimmy Cliff needs no introductions; a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the man that single handed-ly brought reggae music to the masses, Cliff has made a legendary career for himself as a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, activist and actor. His first hit was at the ripe age of 14 with the song “Hurricane Hattie” which was produced by the Influential Leslie Kong. His success as an artist continued with albums like “The Harder They Come” and “Breakout” as well as his crucial acting role in Ivanhoe Martin's movie "The Harder They Come"; contributing iconic tracks such as "Many Rivers To Cross" and "You Can Get It If You Really Want".

On this album Cliff explores his rebirth as an artist and as a man, it is driven by socially conscious lyrics and was inspired by a tour of African countries. He was quoted saying “Africa is like an injection for me. Being there gave me that high feeling- the songs just poured out.”

Head over to Rolling Stone and stream "Rebirth" in it's entirety right HERE


Alanis Morissette Masters New Album at The Lodge!

Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge recently wrapped up mastering Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette’s new release “Havoc and Bright Lights”! The album is scheduled to hit stores in late August 2012 and was mastered right here at The Lodge earlier this year.

Produced and mixed by Grammy nominated producer & frequent Lodge client Joe Chiccarelli & Guy Sigsworth, "Havoc and Bright Lights" is Morissette's eighth studio album! She wrote the 12 track album following the birth of her son Ever Imre and was recently quoted about the album "It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song."

To promote her new album Morissette kicked off a European summer tour in late-June, starting in the United Kingdom.  The albums first single “Guardian” premiered on the radio and Internet in early May 2012. 

 And check out this great behind the scenes video on the making of "Havoc and Bright Lights"


The Tallest Man On Earth Master New Album

Kristian Matsson, a singer/songwriter from Sweden, began to receive recognition for his musical conceptualism and craftsmanship as a writer in 2006 while performing and recording under the alias The Tallest Man on Earth. He has released three full length albums, the most recent entitled "There's No Leaving Now" (Dead Oceans/Gravitation) is the first to feature a full band and was recently mastered at The Lodge.

With influences that range from Bob Dylan to Nick Drake, Matsson produced and recorded "There's no Leaving Now" himself, at his home studio in Dalarna, Sweden. 

Listen to the beautiful single "1904" from "There's No Leaving Now" right HERE


The Killers Release New Single Mastered at The Lodge!

It's been 4 years since The Killers have released a studio album and the wait is ALMOST over folks! Anthemic synth-pop wizards have returned with a catchy lead single "Runaways" from forthcoming album "Battle Born"(due to be released September, 2012).

Mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge- take a sneak peak into The Killers' fourth studio album! Watch the official video below.


Neon Trees Go PLATINUM!

Holy smokes! Our fave synth-rockers Neon Trees just went platinum with their infectious single "Everybody Talks"! Couldn't be more excited for these guys.

"Everybody Talks" is the lead single from the band's second album "Picture Show" produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, mixed by Billy Bush and mastered at The Lodge"Everybody Talks" is the band's second platinum selling single!


Emily Lazar interviewed by Adam Gonsalves for Square Cad Podcast

Adam Gonsalves is a mastering engineer based in Portland, Oregan.  He runs a wonderful (subscribe free!) podcast on iTunes called Square Cad purely dedicated to the world of mastering. On each episode, Adam spotlights a top mastering engineer or a particular pro-audio company.  He has interviewed top mastering engineers in addition to discussing very particular mastering topics such as DDPi's, sample rate conversion and general studio etiquette.

For his most recent episode, Adam sat down and spoke with Emily about her career; starting out as an engineer at Shelter Island Sound, the beginnings of The Lodge, and her views on how records are mastered today. A really insightful interview, please be sure to check it out right HERE.  You can also get a sweet discount from Sweetwater after listening to the episode!

For more information about Square Cad podcast, please visit their website http://squarecad.net/


Yuna Masters Debut Album at The Lodge

Dreamy singer/songwriter Yuna is a rare talent with incredible song writing skills.  Born and raised in Malaysia, Yuna blends 60's AM guitar melodies, soft vocals. poignant straight-from-the-heart lyrics and wonderful pop sensibilities.  A law school student, Yuna was writing songs since the age of 14 and was already a sensation in her native country before getting signed to cool indie-pop group FADER label.

With her debut album in English, Yuna teamed up with Grammy award winning producer Pharrell Williams and mix engineer Manny Marroquin (Lana Del Rey, Alicia Keys, Kanye West) and the result is an album of non stop luscious pop jams.  The album was mastered at The Lodge earlier this year.

Attracting a lot of buzz, her the dreamy, downtempo lead single "Live Your Life" charted at #1 on We Are Hunted's Spotify app and the album debuted at #86 on the Top 100 Albums on iTunes as well as #23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart! She also performed her single on CONAN and Last Call with Carson Daly.

Watch Yuna's video for lead single "Live Your Life"


Carlos Santana Masters New Album at The Lodge!

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana just released his 36th album “Shape Shifter” this last May, 2012.  The album was mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge earlier this year.

Santana has made an incredible career for himself also as a producer, songwriter, vocalist, and percussionist.  Ranking in at #20 on Rolling Stones "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time"  Carlos Santana emerged out of the late sixties, taking part in the pioneering of jazz fusion, rock, and world music as one of the most successful creators of music.

Having won a whopping 10 Grammy Awards including "Album of The Year" and "Best Rock Album" in 2000 for "Supernatural" this new release sees Santana departing from his trademark rock infused/vocal collaboration style.  An almost completely instrumental album, "Shape Shifter" is the first album to appear on Starfaith Records, Carlos Santana's brand new label.

Watch Carlos Santana discuss the making of "Shape Shifter" here:



Neon Trees Strike Gold!

Neon Trees are a band on a roll.  Right after the release of their eagerly awaited sophomore album "Picture Show" the band already hit gold with their super catchy single "Everybody Talks" and we couldn't be more excited. Mastered at The Lodge, "Picture Show" was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83) and was mixed by Billy Bush (The Naked & Famous, The Subways, Garbage,) at Red Razor Studios in Glendale, CA.

Neon Trees formed in Utah in 2005 by lead vocalist Tyler Glenn and guitarist Chris Allen. They were first noticed by Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers (side note: Vannucci recently mastered his solo album at The Lodge titled Big Talk) and helped them get signed to Mercury Records in 2008.  They eventually released their debut full length album "Habits" in 2010 and the album's lead single "Animal" went double platinum, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and an instant radio hit.

With "Picture Show" the band has managed to create an album loaded with the catchiest foot tapping synth hooks pop music could possibly ask for (featuring collaborations Kaskade).  The album debuted at #17 on Billboard Top 200 Albums and "Everybody Talks" is currently #9 on Billboard's Alternative Top 20 Songs. Amazing!


Albums Mastered at The Lodge Scorching up Billboard Album Charts!

We are very excited to see several albums mastered at The Lodge on Billboard's top 200 album charts, those include:  

Beach House "Bloom" debuting at #7
Santana "Shape Shifter" debuting at #16
Garbage "Not Your Kind Of People" debuting at #17

Check out the full Billboard Top 200 Album Chart right here

Beach House, Santana and Garbage are all also taking over the top 3 spots on Billboard Independent Album Chart!
Other notable albums mastered at The Lodge recently scorching up the Billboard charts include Foo Fighters "Wasting Light", Imagine Dragons "Continued Silence EP", Neon Trees "Picture Show" and The Mars Volta "Noctourniquet".


Tiësto Remixes Kanye West Track Mastered by Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta

Mega Dutch Dance DJ Tiësto remixed Kanye West’s "Lost In This World"; closing track from West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" album. After a year of getting clearance rights sorted, the track was finally posted on Tiësto iTunes podcast.  Mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge-listen to the podcast rip of the track below!


Bear in Heaven Return to The Lodge to Master New Album!

Brooklyn synth wizards, Bear in Heaven, returned to The Lodge late 2011 to master their new album "I Love You, It's Cool" (Dead Oceans/Home Tapes) .  A happy studio reunion for the boys since LaPorta mastered their break through/ critically adored album "Beast Rest Forth Mouth" in 2009.

Meshing prog, 90's shoe gaze with layers and layers of dark synths “I Love You, It’s Cool” is their biggest sounding record to date. With producer/engineer David Wrench (Caribou, Bat For Lashes) on board "I Love You, It's Cool" extends the band's homage to 80's synth wave with pulsating dance jams and Jon Philpot's effortless love forlorn vocals.

Leading up to the release, the band made a bold move and slowed down their entire album by 400,000% and then streamed it for a straight 2700 hours! The result was syrupy never-ending drone version reminiscent of a Sigur Ros song and quite the listen!

Don't miss this band on tour because they put on one amazing live show. Check out their tour dates here Also peep their video for their second single "Sinful Nature" below.



Garbage New Album Mastered by The Lodge

It's been 7 years since Garbage released their last studio album and the wait is finally over! Our favorite 90's alt rockers have finally released their first album since 2005 yesterday, and it's already scorching up the charts. The album just hit the #1 spot on iTunes' Alternative Rock Albums as well as the #5 spot on  the UK charts!!

"Not Your Kind Of People" was produced by Garbage drummer/legendary Grammy nominated producer Butch Vig (Foo Fighters, Green Day, Nirvana) and mixed by Billy Bush.  The album was mastered by our very own Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge.

Head over to http://www.garbage.com to buy the album and watch their first video for the single "Blood For Poppies" below.


Beach House Release New Album "Bloom" Mastered at The Lodge!

Beach House's hugely anticipated new album "Bloom" (Subpop Records) comes out TODAY and we are extremely excited to be part of this release. Mastered at The Lodge late 2011, "Bloom" is already getting the kind of momentum and attention indie bands would dream about these days.

From the band's origination, masters of composition, Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, have been utilizing their impressive technical ability to bring swathes of layered emotion through very simple instrumentation. Things have slightly changed since the release of their 3rd album "Teen Dream" exalting the band to a more confident sound while keeping their minimalist signature vibrato synths, arpeggiated guitars and Legrand's reverb-ed vocals in check. 

With the immediate success of 2010's "Teen Dream", the band recently revealed to Pitchfork their steadfast decision to not change their sound as most bands do when faced with that kind of pressure/attention. "I hate it when bands change between records," Scally said "That's not the way we work."

Teaming up with producer/engineer Chris Coady again (Blonde Redhead, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear) "Bloom" has captured what is considered the band's most emotive and tightest effort.  The critics are raving and Pitchfork has reviewed the album with a whopping 9.1 rating!  You can read the review here.

Already a contender for 2012's top albums of the year lists, "Bloom" is not to be missed!   Head over to NPR and stream the entire album here or buy the album on iTunes.


The Raveonettes "Into The Night" EP Mastered by The Lodge

Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes at Sunset Sound Studios
Shoegaze rockers The Raveonettes just released a dreamy new EP titled "Into The Night" last week on The Orchard. The 4 song EP was mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge and will serve as a pre-release to a full length that the duo is currently recording at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in LA with engineer, Alonzo Vargas.

This EP will be the sixth Raveonettes release mastered at The Lodge! Yup, SIXTH! The Raveonettes have mastered previous albums with us including "Whip It On", "Lust Lust Lust", "In And Out Of Control", "Raven in The Grave" and most recently "B Sides and Rarities"

Stream the gorgeous guitar drone-y title track from "Into The Night" here


Delta Spirit Release Expansive New Album at The Lodge

San Diego's Delta Spirit, a five-piece band fronted by Matt Vasquez, have been well known around the indie-rock circuit since touring with Dr. Dog in 2006. Fast forward to 2012, Delta Spirit released their self-titled third studio album (Rounder Records) on March 13th, 2012.

Produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Blonde Redhead), the album was recorded in an old church turned recording studio in Woodstock NY, mixed by legendary engineer Tchad Blake and mastered at The Lodge.

In a press release, Vasquez said of the new album:

“We found the sound that we’ve been looking for, that we’ve been growing into, and as soon as we hit on it, we ran with it. That’s why it’s a self-titled record, so we could connect our identity with what we think Delta Spirit is.”

Rolling Stone has written about Delta Spirit numerous times leading up to their self-titled album's release, including a glowing review and listed them in their "25 Can't Miss Acts of South by Southwest 2012". In support of their new album, the band has embarked on a nationwide tour, including a sold out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Check out the video for their stunning single, "California" below:


Misstress Barbara Reunites with The Lodge

Misstress Barbara, known as Italian-born/Montreal raised international DJ/pop artist has recently released her sophomore album "Many Shades Of Grey" (MapleMusic Records) on April 12th, 2012. The new album was mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge and follows up 2009's Juno nominated album "I'm No Human" (also mastered by The Lodge).  

Barbara Bonfiglio started out on drums at the age of 12 and by the time she was 20 she was working as a DJ in the Montreal club circuit, in addition to sharing engineering duties. Her interest and talent in production and DJ-ing eventually led to an incredible career as an internationally renowned DJ selling out shows all over the globe alongside some of the top DJ's of the last decade.

By 2009, Misstress Barbara decided to step away from the turntables and release her first solo album titled “I’m No Human" featuring much loved musicians like Sam Roberts and collaborations with Bjorn Yttling (of Peter, Bjorn & John) & Brazillian Girls.  The album was nominated for a Juno in 2010 for Best Dance Recording Of The year and launched Bonfiglio's solo career as a dance/electronic artist.

Produced and mixed entirely by Misstress Barbara, "Many Shades Of Grey" showcases Bonfiglio's intricate production style.  In a recent statement, Bonfiglio said, "I'm proud of the evolution in the writing, I really think every song has a strong hook, which was something I wanted to make happen. I very much enjoy performing a song where you see the audience singing along, especially after 16 years as an underground DJ."
Stream the first single "The Right Time" right here!


Australian Popstar Delta Goodrem Masters New Single at The Lodge!

Multi platinum selling Aussie popstar Delta Goodrem recently premiered her a brand new single "Sitting On Top Of The World" mastered at The Lodge!

Produced by John Shanks (Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis) and mixed by Manny Marroquin, the summery feel good track features the gorgeous Goodrem dancing and having a great time.  It's got summer time hit written all over it! Check out the video right here:


Garbage Master First Release In 7 Years With The Lodge

After a 7 year hiatus, 90's alt rockers Garbage are set to release their first studio album since 2005 titled "Not Your Kind of People" on May 15th, 2012. Garbage drummer/legendary Grammy nominated producer Butch Vig (Foo Fighters, Green Day, Nirvana) produced the album with the band and mixed it with Billy Bush.  The album was mastered by Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge!

In an interview with Rolling Stone in October, Butch Vig explained, "We got together with no agenda other than to just jam a little bit, f--- around and see what we came up with, and it was inspiring. I think you can hear some energy and a vibe in the tracks that sounds refreshing, a little bit more to me like the first two records."

Garbage launched their own record label STUNVOLUME in anticipation of the release and plan on a massive tour featuring dates across North America and Europe. The band just released a video for their first single "Blood for Poppies" which you can watch below. Enjoy!

You can also watch a great video of the band discussing their long awaited return to the music scene featuring some great album snippets!


Emily Lazar in Rolling Stone Article!

Check out Emily quoted in this Rolling Stone mag feature on Foo Fighters' 5 time Grammy winning album "Wasting Light". Emily discusses the merits of going all analog and being the first female mastering engineer nominated for the Album of the Year category.

The 5 time Grammy winning album was mastered by our very own Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge!

To view the article follow this link. 

Imagine Dragons' Release EP Mastered at The Lodge

Imagine Dragons are a 5 piece that hail from Las Vegas with a pretty incredible EP wrapped up under their belt ready to blast your ears and tickle your senses.  After winning a series of battle of the bands, the band got a dream deal at Interscope Records with multi-platinum producer Alex Da Kid taking them under his wing and signing them on his KIDinaKORNER imprint.

Notorious for his incredible hip hop production work with artists such as Eminem, Rihanna and Skylar Grey, Alex Da Kid got the guys in a studio along with Grammy award winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin (Usher, Mariah Carey, Kanye West) at the helm as well as mixer Rich Costey (Foster The People,The Shins, Muse).  The result is the "Continued Silence EP" released on Valentine's Day and mastered at The Lodge.

The EP is a super charged amalgam of rock, pop, larger than life vocals and blazing synth hooks.  Peep some of the tracks on the band's Soundcloud or buy their new album on iTunes. Imagine Dragons will be performing in a few upcoming live events, including SXSW this coming March! They are not to be missed!


Trust Master Debut Album with Emily Lazar & Heba Kadry

Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski of the band Trust recently dropped a video for their single “Bulbform” off of their upcoming debut album "TRST" (Arts & Crafts).  The album is slated to hit stores on February 28th, 2012. Postepski is known as the drummer/programmer for popular electronic group Austra and is currently focusing her production/writing skills on her new band with Alfons.  Mixed by long time friend to The Lodge, Damian Taylor (Bjork, Prodigy, UNKLE) the album was then mastered by Emily Lazar & Heba Kadry.

"TRST" is a gorgeous album blending in a mixture of rich jarring synths, blazing beats, a little bit of new wave complimented by Alfons' strikingly dark vocals.  Check out the video for “Bulbform” below and their recently BNM'd track "Sulk" on Pitchfork.


Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta at Grammy nominee reception in NY

Last night Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta were at the Grammy nominee reception hosted at the beautiful Hudson Terrace in New York. Emily and Joe are nominated for mastering Foo Fighters' critically acclaimed album "Wasting Light".  The album is up for 6 nominations include Album of the Year! Woop!

Managed to squeeze through the zillion photographers and snap a picture using my iPhone, will post some better pics soon...so proud of these guys!


Legendary artist Dion masters "Tank Full Of Blues" with Joe LaPorta at The Lodge!

Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer Dion is hitting off the New Year with the release of his album “Tank Full Of Blues” today!  The album comes out via legendary producer Richard Gottehrer's relaunched blues label Blue Horizon and will mark the third in a trilogy of blues projects Dion has created.

Mastered at The Lodge by Joe LaPorta, “Tank Full Of Blues” features 11 guitar driven tracks and a constant beating rhythm bound to keep you craving for more old school blues goodness.

If you don't know much about Dion, then you need to get your music history a good brush up.  Dion boasts a career in recording spanning 55 years and over 30 studio albums released.  He started out as lead singer of Bronx based band The Belmonts in the late 50's and was one of the top singers during the 50's doo-wop era.  Dion was the voice behind mega hits such as "I Wonder Why" and "A Teenager in Love".  After splitting with The Belmonts in the 60's, Dion embarked on a solo career that took a more R&B/pop flavor and continued to enjoy great success with classics like "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue".

This is Dion's second album mastered at The Lodge"Son of Skip James" was mastered by Emily Lazar & Joe LaPorta in 2007 and we are very excited about being part of Dion's incredible repertoire once again. 

Here's an exclusive listen to first single "I Read It In The Rolling Stone"


Emily Lazar, Panelist for Women's Initiative Network at Sony Music

Recently, The Lodge's Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar was invited to speak on a panel organized by the Women’s Initiative Network at Sony Music and moderated by Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R for J Records).  Along with Lazar, the panel included leading ladies in the music industry: audio engineer/producer Ann Minicelli (Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey) and Battery Mastering's General Manager Donna Kloepfer.  Emily’s passion for music has been the driving force behind her success, enabling her to create some of the most distinctive sounding albums released in recent years (Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode, The Shins, Armin van Buuren and David Bowie).  Most recently, Emily and co-mastering engineer Joe LaPorta received an Album Of The Year Grammy nomination for mastering Foo Fighters' critically acclaimed album "Wasting Light"

Here is a great picture of the panel.  Picture from left to right: Ann Minicielli, Emily Lazar & Donna Kloepfer.


Porcelain Raft set to release "Strange Weekend" mastered at The Lodge!

27 years and "3 musical lifetimes" in the making, "Strange Weekend" the eagerly anticipated debut LP from Porcelain Raft will be released through Secretly Canadian on January 24th, 2012! As a teaser, first single "Put Me To Sleep" is now available to stream and as a free download!

Mixed by Chris Coady (TV On The Radio, Beach House, Blonde Redhead), the album was mastered late 2011 at The Lodge.

Mauro Remiddi, the Italian dream-pop maestro behind Porcelain Raft uses a unique approach to making music. Instead of writing about the past or future, the journeyman songwriter captures the constantly moving present in small snapshots. A musically expressed sample rate of life if you will. Remiddi's visceral vocal delivery combined with atmospheric synths, guitars and simple backbeats create Porcelain Raft's electronically tinged pop.

Porcelain Raft will be supporting M83 on their UK/EU tour in early 2012.  You can check out tour dates and download the opening single "Put Me To Sleep" for free HERE and take a peek at the dreamy video below.

Put Me To Sleep from Porcelain Raft on Vimeo.


Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone lists EMA as top album of 2011!

EMA's explosive "Past Life Martyred Saints" got some serious accolades this year. Mastered earlier this year by Sarah Register, the album was listed on so many year end lists we couldn't keep count.  Most recently, Rolling Stone mag's contributing editor Rob Sheffield listed her as his top album of the year.

Check out the article here