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DISCussion - Episode 19: Rahill Jamalifard

April 13, 2021 00:16 - 18 minutes - 41.9 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ singer Rahill Jamalifard about The Electric Prunes 1968 album, Release of an Oath. Enjoy!

Episode 52: Stu Mackenzie

April 09, 2021 07:00 - 41 minutes - 94.5 MB

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have released a staggering amount of music over the last decade. Two of those releases, 2017's Flying Microtonal Banana and 2020's KG are both heavily influenced by Turkish Psych-Rock. Geoff Stanfield caught up with the band's main producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Stu Mackenzie to chat about this direction and take a deeper look at some of their favorite tracks on the most recent of the two albums, KG. Enjoy! Sponsored by ATO Records https...

DISCussion - Episode 18: Andy Cabic

April 06, 2021 04:16 - 18 minutes - 43.2 MB

Welcome to *Tape Op*’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about *their* favorite records. This week we chat w/ singer, songwriter and Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic about The Flying Lizards 1980 release *Fourth Wall*. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 17: Jessica Thompson

March 30, 2021 05:33 - 19 minutes - 43.8 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ mastering engineer Jessica Thompson about Scott Walker’s 1969 release Scott 3.

DISCussion - Episode 16: Beau Sorenson

March 23, 2021 06:59 - 15 minutes - 34.7 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ producer/engineer Beau Sorenson about Talk Talk’s 1991 release Laughing Stock. Enjoy!

Episode 51: Robin Pecknold

March 22, 2021 19:49 - 35 minutes - 81.1 MB

Fleet Foxes recently released their 4th album Shore, a sprawling and at times cinematic work that began as a solo record for the band's singer and principal songwriter Robin Pecknold.  Written and recorded in several locations around the globe, Robin and engineer Beatriz Artola working with outside musicians and band members have created the band's most mature and engaging work to date. Geoff Stanfield caught up with Robin from their respective homes in Seattle and Los Angeles to talk about t...

Episode 51: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes

March 22, 2021 19:49 - 35 minutes - 81.1 MB

Fleet Foxes recently released their 4th album Shore, a sprawling and at times cinematic work that began as a solo record for the band's singer and principal songwriter Robin Pecknold.  Written and recorded in several locations around the globe, Robin and engineer Beatriz Artola working with outside musicians and band members have created the band's most mature and engaging work to date. Geoff Stanfield caught up with Robin from their respective homes in Seattle and Los Angeles to talk about t...

DISCussion - Episode 15: EMCH

March 16, 2021 02:05 - 26 minutes - 59.9 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ producer Emch from Subatomic Sound System about Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters 1976 release Super Ape. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 14: Erik Eldenius

March 09, 2021 08:00 - 16 minutes - 36.8 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ drummer Erik Eldenius about Miles Davis’ 1968 release Nefertiti. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 13: Joe Baressi

March 02, 2021 08:00 - 11 minutes - 20.3 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ engineer/producer Joe Baressi about Boston’s 1976 album "Boston". Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 13: Joe Barresi

March 02, 2021 08:00 - 11 minutes - 20.3 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ engineer/producer Joe Barresi about Boston’s 1976 album "Boston". Enjoy!

Episode 50: Geoff Swan

February 26, 2021 08:00 - 31 minutes - 72.9 MB

Engineer and mixer Geoff Swan has gone from university student to studio owner, to producer Spike Stent’s assistant, back to studio owner and is now a go to engineer and mixer for some of today’s most exciting artists and producers. He has had a hand in the music of Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Mahalia, Jonsí, 5 Seconds of Summer, Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, One Direction, Vance Joy, Liam Gallagher, Duran Duran, Charli XCX, and more. Geoff’s name kept showing up on record after record and in many con...

DISCussion - Episode 12: Sadie Dupuis

February 23, 2021 21:31 - 15 minutes - 36.5 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ song-writer Sadie Dupuis about Aimiee Mann’s 2002 release "Lost in Space". Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 11: Mark Guliana

February 16, 2021 08:00 - 16 minutes - 38.4 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ drummer Mark Guliana about LCD Soundsystem’s 2017 release American Dream. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 11: Mark Guiliana

February 16, 2021 08:00 - 16 minutes - 38.4 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ drummer Mark Guiliana about LCD Soundsystem’s 2017 release American Dream. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 10: Sarah Jarosz

February 09, 2021 08:00 - 15 minutes - 36.5 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ Sarah Jarosz about James McMurtry’s 1989 release Too Long in the Wasteland. Enjoy!

Episode 49: Robbie Lackritz

February 05, 2021 08:00 - 44 minutes - 102 MB

We first interviewed producer/engineer Robbie Lackritz back in 2013 and since then he has continued his work with Feist, Bahamas and Jack Johnson as well as made a move to California. Online Publisher Geoff Stanfield caught up with Robbie to get up to speed on Robbie's latest work, talk drum sounds and how parenting makes you a better producer. Enjoy! Sponsored by Cloud Microphones http://cloudmicrophones.com

DISCussion - Episode 9: Thom Monahan

February 02, 2021 19:34 - 17 minutes - 40 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ producer Thom Monahan about Charli XCX’s 2020 release How I’m Feeling Now. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 7: M. Ward

January 19, 2021 08:00 - 17 minutes - 38.9 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ M.Ward about Lee Hazelwood’s 1970 release Cowboy in Sweden. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 8: Maryam Qudus

January 19, 2021 08:00 - 12 minutes - 29.6 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ producer Maryam Qudus about Stereolab’s 2001 release Sound-Dust. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 6: Danny Barnes

January 12, 2021 08:00 - 17 minutes - 40.8 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ Danny Barnes about Joseph Spence's album Happy All The Time. Enjoy!

Episode 48: Michael Kiwanuka

January 08, 2021 19:00 - 29 minutes - 66.6 MB

Michael Kiwanuka’s music has made it around the world, showcasing his passionate voice and guitar playing. His debut album, Home Again, was produced by Paul Butler of The Bees, and his second album, Love & Hate – produced with Danger Mouse, Inflo, and Paul – featured the track "Cold Little Heart," which gave his career a major boost when it was picked as the theme song for HBO’s Big Little Lies. The follow-up, last-year’s Kiwanuka, carried on with some powerful themes and arrangements. It was...

DISCussion - Episode 5: Suzanne Ciani

January 05, 2021 08:00 - 14 minutes - 33.6 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. Synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani discusses Glenn Gould's The Goldberg Variations. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 4: King Britt

December 29, 2020 08:00 - 24 minutes - 55.5 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. Electronic music master King Britt discusses Speaker Music's Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry. Enjoy! www.kingbritt.com https://speakermusic.bandcamp.com

DISCussion - Episode 3: Joey Burns of Calexico

December 15, 2020 08:00 - 24 minutes - 57 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ Joey Burns about Gaby Moreno's 2014 release, Posada and Calexico’s new collection of holiday songs, Seasonal Shift. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 2: Heba Kadry

December 15, 2020 08:00 - 11 minutes - 26.6 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ mastering engineer Heba Kadry about Manuel Göttsching's 1984 release, E2-E4. Enjoy!

DISCussion - Episode 1: Bill Frisell

December 09, 2020 00:11 - 15 minutes - 34.8 MB

Welcome to Tape Op’s DISCussion, where we call our friends and music community notables to talk about their favorite records. This week we chat w/ Bill Frisell about Wes Montgomery's 1966 release, Tequila. Enjoy!

Episode 47: Sarah Jarosz

December 07, 2020 20:14 - 48 minutes - 110 MB

Signed to her first record deal at age 16, Sarah Jarosz has been continuously putting out critically acclaimed records and touring ever since, nevermind she did a large part of that while attending college at the New England Conservatory. Over a decade since her first release and numerous Grammy and Americana awards nominations and wins Sarah's latest record World on the Ground is yet another document of her prodigious songwriting, playing and singing. Online publisher Geoff Stanfield caught ...

Episode 46: Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Tucker Martine

November 06, 2020 20:56 - 23 minutes - 53.5 MB

After working on My Morning Jacket's Circuital and Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God, Tucker Martine once again joined the band to helm sessions that would become 2005's The Waterfall and 2020's The Waterfall II. Geoff Stanfield caught up with Jim and Tucker on a pandemic appropriate three-way call from Seattle, Louisville and Portland to talk about their history, the influence of a location and the recording of this epic collection of songs. Enjoy! Sponsored by Overstayer http://...

Episode 45: Ryan Lott of Son Lux

October 06, 2020 07:00 - 44 minutes - 103 MB

What started as a solo endeavor from band founder and frontman Ryan Lott, Son Lux has blossomed into a collaborative effort with the addition of band members Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia. Their new release Tomorrows seeks to defy the confines of the traditional album release, instead choosing to put out the music in three collections over a span of time. Ryan caught up with online publisher Geoff Stanfield to discuss his process, collaboration, film scoring and making music during a global pand...

Episode 44: Purity Ring

September 10, 2020 06:15 - 31 minutes - 71 MB

Hailing from Edmonton, Canadian Electronic Pop Duo Purity Ring made a splash with their debut album Shrines. The release was a document of Corin Roddick and singer Megan James’ long distance collaboration and Corin’s electronic music experimentation and exploration. Made entirely at home, the band’s latest and third release, Womb, debuted at number one on the electronic music charts. We sat down with Corin to discuss the making of both Shrines and Womb, distance recording and happy accidents....

Episode 43: Tony Visconti & Chris Kimsey

August 06, 2020 07:00 - 32 minutes - 75 MB

For this episode, we have something different for you. This is a round table discussion with Tony Visconti, Chris Kimsey, Martin Terefe, George Murphy, and Andy Cook recorded in England at Kingston University's Visconti Studios. They discuss the recording and production practices that shaped the iconic records of the past, the abuse of tape, and the slow process of recording and editing analog media. Talking us through some of their experiences in the studio with David Bowie and The Rolling S...

Episode 42: Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest

July 03, 2020 00:00 - 54 minutes - 125 MB

What began as the solo project of frontman Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest initially released a series of lo-fi and experimental albums on Bandcamp. The band's name is a reference to Toledo's necessity of recording vocals in his car while still living at his parents’ home at the time. In 2015 Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador Records, and recently released Making a Door Less Open, a stylistically divergent record containing elements of Hip Hop, EDM and even Doo Wop. I caught up with Will to ...

Episode 41: Heba Kadry

June 06, 2020 05:51 - 39 minutes - 89.2 MB

What do Björk, Beach House, Slowdive, Liturgy, !!!, The Mars Volta, Deerhunter, Explosions in the Sky, serpentwithfeet, and Ryuichi Sakamoto all have in common? Mastering Engineer Heba Kadry. Born and raised in Egypt and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Heba has become a cornerstone of the mastering community. Online publisher Geoff Stanfield caught up with Heba from her home to get her thoughts on mastering, working with Björk and building a new mastering studio. Enjoy! Interview by Geof...

Episode 40: Tennis

May 06, 2020 22:03 - 33 minutes - 31.1 MB

The husband and wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley formed their band Tennis after a sailing trip down the eastern seaboard, an experience that made for the subject matter on their first album, Cape Dory. After several albums and a home studio build, the band has released Swimmer, a collection that documents personal loss and growth. Online Publisher Geoff Stanfield recently chatted with Tennis from their home in Denver, Colorado. Enjoy! Sponsored by Retro Instruments [https://www.re...

Episode 39: Steve Fisk

March 21, 2020 08:26 - 54 minutes - 125 MB

I first interviewed producer, musician, and engineer Steve Fisk for Tape Op issue #3 in 1996. Steve has made a name for himself, recording iconic tracks for groups like Beat Happening, Nirvana, The Screaming Trees, Low, and Car Seat Headrest. He's also been a prolific solo musician and member of the fine groups, Pell Mell and Pigeonhed. I met up with Steve as he prepared to move from Seattle to Tacoma. Enjoy! Sponsored by Steinberg http://steinberg.net

Episode 38: Tony Visconti

March 06, 2020 08:00 - 56 minutes - 129 MB

Tony Visconti needs no introduction. His name is synonymous with the long career of David Bowie and his work with other important artists like T-Rex, Gentle Giant, The Moody Blues, Thin Lizzy, Adam Ant, Morrissey, The Alarm, Angelique Kido, Iggy Pop, The Damned and countless others. We interviewed Tony in 2002 for Tape Op issue #29, but it seemed like a great time to reconnect and that's exactly what Online Publisher Geoff Stanfield did at Tony's New York City studio in October of 2019. Enjo...

Episode 37: Annie Clark

February 06, 2020 08:00 - 37 minutes - 33.9 MB

From the early days of touring with indie luminaries The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, to releasing six albums as St. Vincent and recently wrapping up production on a record for Sleater-Kinney, Annie Clark is much more than a modern-day guitar hero. Her left-of-center approach to songcraft joined with a unique sonic aesthetic, has made her a reckoning figure in contemporary music. Cian Riordan met Annie last year while engineering Sleater-Kinney’s album The Center Won’t Hold, while Cla...

Episode 36: Black Pumas' Adrian Quesada

January 07, 2020 20:24 - 32 minutes - 73.2 MB

Adrian Quesada first made a name for himself as a founding member and producer of the Grammy winning latin-rock bigband, Grupo Fantasma. Since then, he's been writing and working on several projects. Most recently, he partnered with songwriter Eric Burton and formed Black Pumas, an Austin Texas based band that has just released their debut album on ATO Records. It's a collection of classic soul-flavored tracks in great songwriting, but is not simply a retro retread. Taking queues from hip-hop...

Episode 35: Jonathan Schenke

December 06, 2019 21:07 - 46 minutes - 105 MB

We interviewed producer/engineer Jonathan Schenke in November of 2017 for Tape Op issue #122, but since that time he has moved studios, formed new recording and performance projects and been part of a bunch of new records. Online publisher Geoff Stanfield caught up with Jonathan recently at his new Brooklyn based Studio Windows. Enjoy! Sponsored by Cloud Microphones www.cloudmicrophones.com

Episode 34: Tycho

November 07, 2019 08:59 - 31 minutes - 71.3 MB

We interviewed Tycho's Scott Hansen after the release of his Epoch album for Tape Op #123. With the addition of vocalist Hannah Cottrell, aka Saint Sinner, his new release Weather introduces a new chapter in Tycho's music and gave online publisher Geoff Stanfield an opportunity to sit down with Scott in Seattle and have a song by song chat about the making of this fantastic record. Enjoy! Disclaimer: This audio recording was not originally tracked with the intent of using for a podcast. It w...

Episode 33: Marcella Aracia

October 06, 2019 20:26 - 43 minutes - 99.3 MB

A young intern fresh out of Full Sail University gets a big break (and a nickname) from Missy Elliott, works alongside producers and engineers like Timbaland, Jimmy Douglass [Tape Op #130], Demacio Castellon, and Polow da Don, and ends up mixing hits for Keri Hilson, Britney Spears, Keyshia Cole, Meek Mill, M.I.A., Usher, Wiz Khalifa, and Madonna. There must be a story behind this path! In 2014, she and producer Nate "Danja" Hills opened Dream Asylum Studios and N.A.R.S. Records in the Miami...

Episode 33: Marcella Araica

October 06, 2019 20:26 - 43 minutes - 99.3 MB

A young intern fresh out of Full Sail University gets a big break (and a nickname) from Missy Elliott, works alongside producers and engineers like Timbaland, Jimmy Douglass [Tape Op #130], Demacio Castellon, and Polow da Don, and ends up mixing hits for Keri Hilson, Britney Spears, Keyshia Cole, Meek Mill, M.I.A., Usher, Wiz Khalifa, and Madonna. There must be a story behind this path! In 2014, she and producer Nate "Danja" Hills opened Dream Asylum Studios and N.A.R.S. Records in the Miami...

Episode 32: Nick Raskulinecz

September 06, 2019 22:07 - 46 minutes - 105 MB

Heavy music wouldn't sound like it does today without the help of producer and engineer Nick Raskulinecz. We interviewed Nick back in 2005 for Tape Op #50 and so it seemed like a good time to check back in with him to chat about his move to Nashville, his new studio and his work with bands like Rush, Alice in Chains, Mastadon, Foo Fighters and more. Enjoy! Disclaimer: This audio recording was not originally tracked with the intent of using for a podcast. It was recorded solely for transcript...

Episode 31: Jeff Tweedy

August 08, 2019 18:36 - 1 hour - 114 MB

I’ve been in studios and rooms all over the world. I’ve seen where The Beatles spent hours creating masterpieces. I’ve been in the room where Buddy Holly’s hits were made. I’ve stood at the mics that Al Green used on so many songs. Many of these places have something special going on – maybe those creative vibes soaked into the walls – but almost all of them require the musicians to cart their instruments and gear in, as well as to spend some time sorting out and setting it up. And, by virtue...

Episode 30: Dan Auerbach

July 06, 2019 01:46 - 43 minutes - 99.5 MB

Dan Auerbach, along with drummer Patrick Carney, started The Black Keys in 2001 as a writing and recording project, releasing their first album in 2002. Dan also began recording and producing other artists along the way, initially with musicians like Jessica Lea Mayfield, Patrick Sweany, and others. Big changes arrived for The Black Keys in 2010, when the album Brothers and the single "Tighten Up" sold millions of copies and garnered three Grammy Awards. Dan moved to Nashville around then and...

Episode 29: Michael Brauer

June 06, 2019 23:54 - 1 hour - 155 MB

We first met esteemed mix engineer Michael Brauer in Tape Op #37 in 2003, when Mike Caffrey interviewed him about his multi-bus mixing technique. Some 16 years later Michael and Larry Crane sat down at his new space, BrauerSound Studios, to discuss his career path and unique mixing techniques. He's crossed genres frequently, working as a mixer on projects by artists as varied as Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Tony Bennett, Coldplay, John Mayer, Calle 13, Angelique Kidjo...

Episode 28: Neko Case

May 07, 2019 22:26 - 44 minutes - 103 MB

Neko Case released her first album The Virginian in 1997 and since has released six records, documents of her growth as a singer, songwriter and producer. Her latest release, Hell On, still has whispers of her Americana past, but leans more towards an art rock record, with theatrical arrangements that highlight her vivid and evocative lyrics. Neko's recent interview in Tape Op was fantastic but there is just so much to talk about, so Online Publisher Geoff Stanfield caught up with her at a re...

Episode 27: Ryan Bingham

April 05, 2019 18:53 - 28 minutes - 64.4 MB

New Mexico and a childhood spent moving from oilfield to oilfield for his father's jobs, Ryan Bingham rode bulls and eventually learned to play a guitar given to him by his mother for his 16th birthday. From a first gig at a biker party, to every roadhouse in the nowhere South, he honed his songwriting and playing eventually landing a deal with Lost Highway records. His big break came appearing in the film Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges and his song from the film, "The Weary Kind" earned...

Episode 26: Blake Mills

March 07, 2019 01:48 - 39 minutes - 90.1 MB

Perfume Genius, Laura Marling, Alabama Shakes, John Legend, Vulfpeck, Randy Newman, Jesca Hoop, Norah Jones, Andrew Bird, Jim James, and a long list of others all have a common thread, Blake Mills. Originally the leader of the band Simon Dawes, Blake caught the studio bug and never looked back. His songwriting, inventive guitar playing and production are all unmistakeable. His third solo release "Look" was born out of his exploring of vintage Roland guitar synthesizers. Online Publisher Geoff...

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