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Gear Club Podcast is hosted by engineer / producers John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and Stewart Lerman (Patti Smith, St. Vincent). Each episode of the podcast features an interview with a key player in the audio industry, and also offers tips and guidance to the next generation of engineers and artists. The podcast is an informative, yet irreverent, look at the art of recording by leading practitioners of the art.

Gear Club Podcast is hosted by engineer / producers John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and Stewart Lerman (Patti Smith, St. Vincent). Each episode of the podcast features an interview with a key player in the audio industry, and also offers tips and guidance to the next generation of engineers and artists. The podcast is an informative, yet irreverent, look at the art of recording by leading practitioners of the art.

Location:

United States

Description:

Gear Club Podcast is hosted by engineer / producers John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and Stewart Lerman (Patti Smith, St. Vincent). Each episode of the podcast features an interview with a key player in the audio industry, and also offers tips and guidance to the next generation of engineers and artists. The podcast is an informative, yet irreverent, look at the art of recording by leading practitioners of the art.

Language:

English

Contact:

201-970-8730


Episodes

#76: Brendan Benson: The Dear Life of a Raconteur

3/30/2021
Brendan Benson is a musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and founding member of The Raconteurs. As a solo artist, he’s released seven studio albums, most recently “Dear Life” released on Third Man Records in 2020. Brendan talks with John and Stewart about the recording of Dear Life, his writing process, The Raconteurs, and over 20 years of making music, from Detroit to Nashville. This interview was recorded at Sear Sound in January of 2020. For the full experience, watch this episode on...

Duration:01:07:18

#75: The Life of Dweezil Zappa (Part 2)

3/5/2021
In this episode, Dweezil Zappa and our hosts take a closer look at his father Frank Zappa’s vast music catalog, his gear, and some of his more unconventional instrumentation choices. All in an effort to explore Dweezil’s approach to tackling his father’s work in his show, Zappa Plays Zappa. They’ll also delve into more details of Dweezil’s multi-faceted online music platform, Reward Music. For the full experience, watch this full interview on our YouTube channel & check out Part 1 at...

Duration:01:43:44

#74: Dweezil Zappa on Navigating the Modern Music Industry (Part 1)

2/25/2021
This week, our hosts talk to Grammy award-winning guitarist and son of Frank, Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil recently launched Reward Music, an online platform for artists to host their website, engage with fans, sell music and merchandise, all while keeping 100% of sales. Dweezil talks through the features and benefits of reward music for artists and fans alike, showcasing the need for a paradigm shift away from traditional music revenue streams. Keep on the lookout for part 2, where we’ll go more...

Duration:00:49:40

#73: Fight the Dialog with Randy Poster

2/9/2021
As a renowned music supervisor for film and television, Randy Poster is known for his work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, and Sam Mendes, among many others. He has had his hand in a countless number of works including The Irishman, The Queen’s Gambit, Boardwalk Empire, The Hangover, Divergent, The Wolf of Wall Street, Lost, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tiger King, and Joker, just to name a few. With a career that spans over 2 decades, multiple genres, and several...

Duration:00:49:43

#72: Carrying the Torch with Chris Allen

9/10/2020
Chris Allen is a Grammy-nominated recording and mix engineer based in New York City. He’s been the chief engineer at Sear Sound for over a decade and was a protégé of the late Walter Sear. Chris has worked with an impressive and varied list of artists, including Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Fleet Foxes, Nels Cline, Andrew Bird, Ravi Coltrane, and Dr. John. Chris sat down with John and Stewart in studio A at Sear to discuss microphones, interns, crazy sessions, keeping things fresh after 16 years at...

Duration:00:49:12

#71: Nimble… As It Were with Roberta Findlay

8/27/2020
During the 2019 AES convention, Gear Club took over Studio A at Sear Sound for several days of interviews. While there, the guys had the opportunity to talk to the owner and studio manager, Roberta Findlay. Roberta has a long history in film, working as a director, writer, producer, composer, camera operator, and actress in scores of movies from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. For the past few decades, she has booked and managed Sear Sound, founded by her and her partner, the late Walter...

Duration:00:57:50

#70: Gear Club & Friends Live with Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan, Kevin Killen, Gerry Leonard & James Mastro

6/17/2020
In this live episode, we chat with Producer/Engineer Kevin Killen, Tony Shanahan & Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Band, James Mastro, owner of Hoboken's Guitar Bar & member of The Bongos, and Gerry Leonard, best known for his work with David Bowie. This episode originally aired on April 23 as a live stream in Eventide’s Quarantide series. Be sure to catch more live Gear Club episodes on Eventide’s Facebook or YouTube every Thursday at 4PM ET

Duration:01:12:48

Special Announcement: History of The Record Plant Live on 4/30

4/28/2020
Join us this Thursday at 4PM EDT live on the Eventide Facebook & YouTube as we interview producer/engineer Ed Stasium, along with Record Plant Studios alumni Shelly Yakus, Jack Douglas, Jay Messina, Greg Calbi, Rod O'Brien, & Steve Marcantonio. With combined credits including The Ramones, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Van Morrison, The Band, The Raspberries, & Tom Petty, to name a few, this is a live, interactive episode you won't want to miss!

Duration:00:00:29

Special Announcement: Gear Club Live Interview on 4/23

4/22/2020
Join us this & every Thursday at 4 PM on the Eventide Facebook page for a special live episode. This week, our hosts will be joined by producer/engineer Kevin Killen, Tony Shanahan & Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Band, James Mastro (owner of Hoboken's Guitar Bar & member of The Bongos), & Gerry Leonard, best known for his work with David Bowie. So tune in on the Eventide Facebook where our hosts will be taking listener questions.

Duration:00:00:34

Special Announcement: Gear Club Live on Facebook Series: #Quarantide

4/16/2020
Join us each Thursday at 4PM EDT Live on the Eventide Facebook Page for a special live stream episode! Tune in, ask questions & hang out with us in the comments as we chat with a bunch of our industry friends, both old & new! This Thursday, April 16 we talk with William Wittman, along Rob Hyman & Eric Bazilian of The Hooters

Duration:00:00:47

#69: Gearspace Joins the Club with Jules Standen

4/14/2020
Jules Standen is a producer, engineer, and founder of the audio website gearspace.com. Beginning in 2002 as a forum for engineers, Gearspace has grown into a Mecca for all things audio, from gear forums and classifieds to gear databases and reviews, Q&A sessions with famous producers and engineers, and a worldwide audio community. Jules began his career in music in the early ’80s at Matrix Studios in London, working with the likes of The Smiths and Siouxsie and the Banshees. He went on to a...

Duration:00:53:20

#68: Paul Lehrman and the Bad Boy Make Good

2/21/2020
In this episode, the guys chat with musician, composer, Professor, filmmaker, music technologist, and author, Paul Lehrman. Paul was in NYC for the 2019 AES convention and stopped by Sear Sound to talk with John & Stewart about his career in the music industry. Listen in as Paul shares his deep knowledge of MIDI, the history of early electronic instruments and music, playing the bassoon, orchestrating performances of the near lost 1924 electro-mechanical composition “Ballet Mecanique” and...

Duration:01:19:14

#67: Sylvia Massy: From Prince to Tool & So Much More

2/7/2020
Sylvia Massy is a producer, mixer, recording engineer, educator, and author who has worked with everyone from Tool to Johnny Cash. In addition to hosting a Mix with the Masters workshop at AES 2019, Sylvia was part of a panel discussion with other women on their experiences working with Prince, hosted by the Women’s Audio Mission. At AES, she made time to come sit down with us at Sear Sound to talk about her studio in Ashland, Oregon, current work, mentors, mixing, and of course, a few...

Duration:00:36:47

Record of the Week Revisit: Walk Away Renée by The Left Banke

1/31/2020
Everyone at Gear Club was saddened to hear of the passing of The Left Banke’s Steve Martin Caro, singer of Walk Away Renée. That song was the subject of a Gear Club song of the week, first appearing in episode 20. Eventide co-founder Steve Katz worked with The Left Banke back in the 60’s and recently related some details of Walk Away Renée’s recording to Gear Club. This episode is a reprint of that Song of the Week, followed by Steve Katz’s memories and insights into the recording.

Duration:00:18:18

#66.3: Where Does Gear Come From? The People Behind the Eventide H9000: Joe Bamberg & the Team

1/19/2020
This is the final installment of our 3-part series surrounding the Eventide H9000. In part three, the guys talk to the H9000 developers as a group and wrap up with Joe Bamberg, who wasn’t able to make the group interview.

Duration:01:16:27

#66.2: Where Does Gear Come From? The People Behind the H9000 with Pete Bischoff, Tim Sternfeld & Don Elwell

1/16/2020
This episode is the second in our three-part series surrounding the Eventide H9000. In this episode, John and Stewart talk with Pete Bischoff, Tim Sternfeld and Don Elwell about how they got to Eventide, the projects they've worked on at Eventide and their own backgrounds in music and technology.

Duration:01:08:47

#66.1: Where Does Gear Come From? The People Behind the Eventide H9000 with Greg Kellum, Jackson Firlik, Russell Wedelich

1/13/2020
In 2018 Eventide’s flagship multi-effects processor, the H9000, received a TEC Award in the category of Signal Processing Hardware. Being such a powerful and innovative tool, we wanted to find out more about the work that went into its development, and get to know the people behind it. The staff at Eventide were kind enough to sit down with Stewart and John to talk about the H9000, Eventide, and their own backgrounds in music and technology. This is a three-part series, with individual and...

Duration:00:57:31

#65: Damn the Torpedoes and the Rules with Shelly Yakus – Part 2

12/20/2019
This is part two of our interview with the incomparable engineer and mixer Shelly Yakus. In this episode, Shelly offers advice on how to be a good assistant and talks about his own training underneath the likes of Roy Cicala and Phil Ramone. He also discusses recording to digital vs. analog, mixing methods, and building recording studios.

Duration:01:22:15

#64: Imagine Because the Night, a Moondance at Big Pink went All the Way with Shelly Yakus - Part 1

11/27/2019
Shelly Yakus is a true living legend of music and recording. His mixing and engineering work has helped shape the sound of rock and pop music. With credits including Tom Petty, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Van Morrison, The Band, Lou Reed, Stevie Nicks, Meatloaf, Madonna, the list goes on and on, and on. Shelly has an unrivaled work ethic and deep understanding of the studio, knowledge that he has passed down to generations of engineers and producers who have had the pleasure of working...

Duration:01:27:39

#63: Wakin on a Pretty Daze with Kurt Vile

11/22/2019
At this year’s AES Convention, Gear Club camped out in Studio A at the venerated Sear Sound in New York City for two great days of interviews with visiting engineers, producers, and artists. During this time, Kurt Vile stopped by to talk with the guys about his writing and recording process, meeting some of his musical heroes, his current projects, and collaborating in the studio. A singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, Kurt has worked extensively with Gear...

Duration:01:14:00