The Transformations Suite mastered at The Lodge

Samora and Elena Pinderhughes are brother and sister who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area both are gifted musicians, he on the piano and she on the flute.

Samora, 20, while attending Juilliard wanted to “Paint a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States” while “making a statement through the music and really trying to create a fundamental transformation of the system through the arts” he did just that and composed the music for “The Transformations Suite”.

"The Transformations Suite" is a composition in five movements that combines jazz with poetry and spoken word from Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Tupac Shakur. It examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in order to discover how his vision can continue to live and breathe in the present day. “It’s for young people, by young people. It’s about creating a dialogue and using the power of the arts to create change” explains Samora.

To raise money for the recording Samora, Elena and a group of his classmates from Juilliard created a Kickstarter campaign and were successful. “The Transformation Suite” was produced by Greg KnowlesJames Fallon mixed by Elliot Scheiner and engineered by Chris Allen. It was then mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge.

The Transformations Suite” has been gaining acclaim across the country from New York City to California and even Brazil. "The Transformations Suite" shows how art can empower all people - especially youth - to make their voices heard.

SUPPORT THE SUITE !! See them perform live THIS Saturday, March 23 at Joe's Pub, NYC starting 7pm.
Samora Pinderhughes-Piano
Clovis Nicolas-Bass
Jimmy MacBride-Drums
Elena Pinderhughes- Flute, Vocals
Lucas Pino- Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet
Tony Lustig- Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet
Riley Mulherkar-Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jehbreal Jackson-Vocal
Jeremie Harris-Spoken Vocal


Vampire Weekend master new album at The Lodge and release HOT double A-side single!

Vampire Weekend released a new double A-side single fresh off their highly anticipated album "Modern Vampires of the City"!! The two new tracks Diane Young” and “Step” are already topping the charts: Pitchfork gave "Step" Best New Track and "Diane Young" made the top of USA TODAY's latest playlistMike Snider of USA Today writes "As for the new songs, the workmanship and wordplay remain top-notch". 

Previous Vampire Weekend albums mastered at The Lodge include the hugely successful "Contra" and their self-titled debut "Vampire Weekend" all mastered by Chief Engineer Emily Lazar and her team. The Lodge is very proud and excited for the band and can't wait for the release of "Modern Vampires of the City" out via XL Recordings on May 7th. Pre-order MVOTC from iTunes now and get "Diane Young" instantly here.

 Diane Young


The Vampire Weekend boys also showcased two new tracks at SXSW festival during their set on Saturday March 16,  Rolling Stone raves "Everyone in the band was grinning as the crowd sang along to every word".  If you couldn't make it to Austin, check them out at a theatre or festival near you live!

4/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
4/14 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/16 Davis, CA – Freeborn Hall at UC Davis 
4/17-18 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater 
4/21 Indio, CA – Coachella
5/8 London, UK – The Troxy
5/10 Paris, FR – Casino De Paris
5/15 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
5/16 Toronto, ONT – Sony Centre
5/17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
5/19 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater 
5/20 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (co-headline w/ Of Monsters and Men)
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
5/23 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
5/24 George, WA -- Sasquatch Music Festival
6/23 Dover, DE -- Firefly Festival
8/9 Squamish, BC -- Squamish Music Festival


In The Studio: A Woman's Point of View

Hey Washington, D.C.!

The Lodge’s Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar will be in the nation‘s capital for the Grammy365 Producers and Engineers Wing event,

 In The Studio: A Woman’s Point of View

Join us for a candid discussion with four dynamic women whose body of work comprises some of music’s most impactful recordings. Gain knowledge and insight about music production and a unique female point of view on the opportunities and challenges in the music industry today. Presented by The Recording Academy® Washington, D.C. Chapter, The Producers & Engineers Wing® and Smithsonian Folkways Recording with moderated by: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings' Richard James Burgess.


*GRAMMY- nominated mastering engineer and president of New York mastering house The Lodge Emily Lazar

*GRAMMY- winning engineer and Director of Music Recording & Scoring at Skywalker Sound Leslie Ann Jones

*GRAMMY- nominated producer Sylvia Massy

*Sr. Executive Director of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Maureen Droney

March 26, 2013

Rasmuson Theatre, National Museum of the American Indian
4th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20013

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sign up here!


Sound City: Real to Reel at THE LODGE!

Dave Grohl's debut film Sound City: Real to Reel has garnered major accolades and even Oscar whispers around the globe. The soundtrack for this amazing rockumentary, which includes the first ever reunion of the remaining members of Nirvana joined by Paul McCartney, was mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar, and her team at THE LODGE. 

The film conceived by Grohl features interviews and performances from famous musicians and producers who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums on the Neve 8028 and in the magical space of Sound City Studios located in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, California during its 42 year history from 1969- 2011.
Instead of reminiscing about yet another monumental studio biting the dust, Grohl in his usual upbeat Renaissance man fashion decided to celebrate the studio's amazing history and give the legendary Sound City Studios the proper credit it deserves. The iconic albums that were recorded at Sound City will make your head spin including Nirvana's "Nevermind", Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours", Neil Young’s "After The Gold Rush", Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Damn The Torpedoes", Rage Against The Machine's "Rage Against The Machine" and Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight" the list goes on and on.
Grohl tracked down and joined forces with the famous artists that walked through Sound City’s doors to discuss the studio's legacy and collaborate on an all-star studded compilation album. Released on Roswell Records Sound City: Real to Reel is a brand new collection of all-original songs, each one composed and recorded exclusively for the film soundtrack on the Neve 8028 after it was reinstalled in Grohl’s Studio 606. The new mega jam-packed compilation album—produced by Butch Vig, mixed by James Brown and Chris Lord-Alge features some serious heavy hitters and totally amazing collaborations between Grohl and Stevie NicksPaul McCartneyKrist NovoselicPat SmearTaylor HawkinsRami JaffeeRick SpringfieldJoshua HommeRick NielsenLee VingCorey TaylorBrad WilkTim CommerfordJessy GreeneJim KeltnerAlain JohannesChris GossRick NielsonScott ReederNate MendelPeter HayesRobert Levon Been and Trent Reznor. The story of Sound City will inspire generations to come as we move forward further into the era of digital recording. Good timeless music never dies though, you can purchase a vinyl copy of Sound City: Real to Reel at Amazon or download to-go at iTunes.

Here's a picture of the reel on The Lodge's ATR Tape Machine!


Go see Sound City on the big screen in all of its holy rockness!!

 Purchase tickets for you local Theatre or download here.