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