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Gear Club is hosted by producers / recording engineers, 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 is hosted by producers / recording engineers, 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.
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Gear Club is hosted by producers / recording engineers, 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.

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English

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201-970-8730


Episodes

#56: Fostering Creativity with Lee Foster

5/23/2019
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This is part 2 of a 3 part series recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios. As Manager and co-owner of Electric Lady, Lee Foster juggles schedules, personalities, and a river running underneath studio A on a daily basis. Beginning his time at the studio as a general assistant, Lee worked his way up to become Studio Manager. With an eye for both preserving the history of the studio and maintaining a presence in modern music, Lee has cultivated a staff, atmosphere, and clientele that...

Duration:00:59:19

#55: Tom Elmhirst: The Midwife of Audio

5/14/2019
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This is part 1 of a 3 part series recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios. Tom Elmhirst was a 1 year old when Electric Lady first opened its doors in 1970. Today, Tom resides in Studio C as Electric Lady’s lead mix engineer. Tom began his career at SARM studios in London under the tutelage of Trevor Horn, and spent close to a decade in residence mixing at London’s Metropolis Studios. Needing a change Tom found his way to New York City, and has become an integral part of the community...

Duration:01:30:10

#54: From the Heartland with Jay Farrar

5/2/2019
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After spearheading the alt country movement with Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar pursued his vision with Son Volt, who recorded three landmark albums in the ’90s before the groundbreaking artist put the band on extended hiatus and cut three solo LPs. Missing the free exchange of ideas and the surprises that inevitably occur when a group of simpatico musicians lock together, Farrar assembled a new lineup of Son Volt in 2004 and has since released five albums. Along the way, Farrar has collaborated...

Duration:01:14:20

#53: A Self-Haunting with Nick Tveitbakk

4/10/2019
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Nick Tveitbakk is a recording engineer, producer and currently runs Pachyderm Studios, a legendary recording studio that has hosted many great artists like Nirvana, Son Volt, PJ Harvey, Arcade Fire, and Motion City Soundtrack. Nick has worked in the industry for over 20 years making records and running studios. For the past five years he has worked to integrate that experience and the amazing history of Pachyderm Studios to make an extraordinary place to make records

Duration:00:53:16

#52: Mixing Under the Radar with Toby Scott

3/27/2019
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Toby Scott got his start at LA’s legendary Clover Recording working with artists such as Bob Dylan, Booker T. and the M.G's, Robert Palmer, and Tommy Tutone, to name a few. There he also worked with producers Steve Cropper, Tom Dowd, Ron Nevison and Bruce Springsteen’s producer, Chuck Plotkin. Chuck had Toby mix 'The River' which led to three and a half decades of working hand-in-hand with Springsteen. Listen in as he recalls his sessions with Bruce and what it’s like to work in the studio...

Duration:01:10:51

#51: Truckin' with David Hewitt

3/12/2019
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David Hewitt was the first to put a world-class recording studio on wheels as the director of remote services for New York’s legendary Record Plant studios. Over his career Dave has recorded and broadcast thousands of live events from 1973’s Watkins Glen Summer Jam to Live Aid, and has earned multiple awards including Grammys, Emmys and TEC Awards. He has recorded shows by nearly every major act that toured the US for 40 years - the Stones, Springsteen, Neil Young, and the Eagles to name a...

Duration:01:08:06

#50: Tea & Biscuits with Paul White

2/21/2019
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Since 2004, Paul White has served as Editor in Chief of Sound on Sound magazine. But, you may have been reading his articles & reviews since 1984 when he was writing for Home Recording Magazine. Over the decades, his articles have introduced us to new products & ideas, and have taught us not only what gear to use but why, where, when and how to use it. In this episode, you’ll meet the man behind the glossy pages of the magazine and discover why Sound of Sound has been so good for so long.

Duration:00:59:57

#49: Joe Chiccarelli: The Architect

2/5/2019
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Joe Chiccarelli is a producer and engineer whose career spans almost 4 decades. Refusing to be tied down in any one genre, Joe’s skill, versatility, and eclectic taste has put him in rooms with Frank Zappa, Tori Amos, Oingo Boingo, The Bangles, The Strokes, Morrissey, Dwight Yoakam, The Bee Gees, The White Stripes and many, many more.

Duration:01:33:12

#48: Alex Case: Palindromes, Timbre and Echoes...Oh My

1/17/2019
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Alex U. Case is an Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and, as you’ll discover in this episode, the audio world’s foremost sleuth - the Sherlock Holmes of audio techniques. Professor Case’s research and professional activities focus on the technical foundations, creative motivations, and aesthetic merits of recording and signal processing techniques used. Alex is a Fellow of both the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society...

Duration:01:33:59

#47: And So On with Kevin Killen - Part 2

12/14/2018
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In this episode, John & Stewart continue their chat with Kevin Killen. Kevin’s extensive discography includes projects with U2, Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Tori Amos and so many more. This is part 2 of our interview with Kevin. Make sure to listen to part 1 at bit.ly/46KevinKillen

Duration:01:01:07

#46: So, and So Much More with Kevin Killen

12/5/2018
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Eight time Grammy award winner Kevin Killen's extensive discography includes projects with U2, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Tori Amos and so many others. Join our hosts as they learn how Kevin, born and bred in Dublin Ireland, came to be the man at the controls for some of the world's most iconic artists. In part 1 of our chat with Kevin his talent, his musical aesthetic, his technical expertise and above all his basic decency come through loud...

Duration:01:07:33

#45: Mixing This & That with Bob Clearmountain (Live Episode)

11/20/2018
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In this special live episode, John and Stewart talk with Bob Clearmountain. An award-winning music engineer, mixer and producer, Bob has worked with many prominent names including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Toto, Bon Jovi, and many more. Watch the full episode at bit.ly/GCBClearmountain

Duration:00:49:18

#44: Tony Visconti: The Maestro (Live Episode)

11/2/2018
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In this special live episode of Gear Club, John and Stewart chat with Tony Visconti. Tony is a renowned, GRAMMY® winning record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers including David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, and Iggy Pop. Watch the full live interview at http://bit.ly/GCTViscontiLive

Duration:01:15:20

#43: Roy Hendrickson: The Avatar of Power Station

10/12/2018
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Our guest this week is Roy Hendrickson, a veteran of the New York music scene for over 3 decades. Roy got his start working at Power Station recording studio in the mid 80’s. After going freelance and working at first class studios from coast to coast, Roy returned to New York and became instrumental in the Power Station’s successful metamorphosis to Avatar, and continues making records there as its legacy moves forward, now Power Station at BerkleeNYC. Roy has worked with a wide variety of...

Duration:00:52:28

#42: Drivin' the Train with Paul Wolff

9/14/2018
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Paul Wolff has been designing professional audio equipment since the 70s. Any fans of API audio products know him as the man who brought that company back from the brink of extinction. While at API, Paul designed the 550B EQ, 512 and 3124 mic preamps, Legacy console, and 2500 compressor. But that’s just the beginning — His legendary Lunchbox and 500-series format, which ushered in a new industry, led him be inducted in the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Since then he’s gone on to create Tonelux, and...

Duration:00:54:55

#41: Not Intentionally

8/27/2018
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In this episode, John & Stewart talk about their latest projects which inevitably leads to a discussion on how our hosts perceive the evolution of the recording industry. The guys also dive deep into the song of the week: “Fat Old Sun” by Pink Floyd. John & Stewart hone in on production techniques used to create the piece, and dissect the wacky, experimental nature of Atom Heart Mother in comparison to later Pink Floyd albums.

Duration:00:39:18

Wimbish on WimBash

8/10/2018
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Doug Wimbish is a bass player with an extraordinary resume. A key member of Living Colour and Tackhead, Doug has toured with Sugarhill Gang, Mick Jagger, Annie Lenox, Depeche Mode and many others. But Doug is much more than just a talented musician, he is a mentor, organizer, fund raiser and honorary uncle to dozens of up and coming performers. Doug has organized community-based charity events around the world putting young bands on stage and raising money for music education. Doug calls...

Duration:00:21:43

#40: Capturing Lightning in a Bottle with Josh Cheuse - Part 2

8/3/2018
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In our last episode, our hosts spoke with the Verve Music Groups’ Creative Director, Josh Cheuse. Part 2 of the interview brings us up to date with his career and also covers the ‘nerd notes’ that Josh created in preparing to geek out at our club. Josh’s interview inspired our hosts to go back and listen to early Clash recordings, so our song of the episode is inspired by one of the largest drug busts of all time - 'Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad'.

Duration:00:54:18

#39: Down the Rabbit Hole with Josh Cheuse

7/27/2018
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Josh Cheuse (aka “Funky Ishmael”) has played a key role as a photographer, creative director, tour manager, rapper and collaborator at the heart of the punk and rap scene in NY and London spending his days in the studio and on the road with iconic bands like The Clash, The Beastie Boys, RUNDMC, Big Audio Dynamite. Josh went on to become an art director at Sony Music for 20 years. Today Josh is Creative Director of the Verve Label Group working on projects for jazz and pop artists across the...

Duration:00:52:02

#38: What's Goin' On

7/5/2018
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In this episode, our hosts get schooled in studio monitors and power amps by checking in with Zwickipedia. In our song of the episode, Patterson Hood talks about the making of “What It Means” and how Drive-By Truckers’s album American Band was faced with politically charged criticism.

Duration:00:26:14