Vampire Weekend Named Rolling Stone’s #1 Album of 2013

Its official: Rolling Stone has named Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City the number one album of 2013!!  This is the third studio album for the NYC indie rock band, which was released in May via XL Recordings.    

The album, which was released on multiple mediums including vinyl, has earned massive amounts of praise throughout the year including near perfect reviews from media outlets such as MSN, Pitchfork,  (received Best New Music title) and was also named SPINMagazine’s Band of the Year.

Chief Mastering Engineer of The LodgeEmily Lazar, mastered Modern Vampires of the City alongside the album's artful producers, band member Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel ReichstaidLazar also joined forces with producer/mixer, Scott Jacoby to co-mix the track “Unbelievers,” the highest charting single from the album thus far. Rolling Stone also featured two tracks from Modern Vampires of the City on its 100 Best Songs of 2013 list: Unbelievers at #42 and Hannah Hunt at #4. 

There is no arguing that Vampire Weekend has had a truly amazing year; as Rolling Stone has recently declared: “Vampire Weekend is one of the most innovative artists of the last decade."  


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The Killers Celebrate Christmas in L.A. & Release Greatest Hits Album

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in L.A.!  For the past eight years, The Killers have released a Christmas single on World Aids Day in partnership with Product (RED).  The Lodge annually teams up with The Killers to help give back and support this great cause. All of the song’s proceeds are then donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

This year’s holiday track titled “Christmas in L.A.” was mastered at The Lodge by Emily Lazar and assisted by Rich Morales.  The Lodge has happily donated their mastering services to the band for all of their annual holiday singles since 2011.  Holiday tracks mastered at The Lodge include “Boots,” “Feel it My Bones,” and “Christmas in L.A.”

This year, The Killers enlisted the help of folk rockers Dawes, as well as Owen Wilson and Harry Dean Stanton for the music video.  The Killer’s front man, Brandon Flowers told the U.K.’s Metro, “The song is about a struggling actor in L.A. who misses the traditional Christmas.”

The Killers - Christmas in L.A. 

In addition to “Christmas in L.A.”, the band recently released their very first greatest hits compilation, Direct Hits.  The album is comprised of tracks from all four previous studio albums plus several new additions including “Shot At The Night,” which was produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzales and “Just Another Girl,” produced by Stuart Price, both of which were mastered at The Lodge.

The Killers - Shot At The Night  

The Killers - Just A Girl 

Help support The Killers’ charitable holiday tradition by purchasing “Christmas in L.A.” available via iTunes.
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