Agnello and Lerman Bring the “Art & Science of Recording” to Digital Airwaves with Gear Club Podcasts

Critically acclaimed audio producers/engineers John Agnello and Stewart Lerman have brought together their collective 50 years of industry savvy to create Gear Club, an entertaining, insightful, and unexpurgated podcast for recording aficionados and connoisseurs of the fine art of iconoclastic babble. Sponsored by Eventide, each episode offers up an absorbing mix of in-the-trenches anecdotes, gear talk, practical recording advice, critical listening, and industry scuttlebutt. The language is firmly “in the red.”

The podcasts are typically an hour in length and appear as frequently as their guest’s schedules allow. Most installments open with a recap of the hosts’ most recent high-decibel exploits before deep-diving into the topic/guest of the hour. The episodes are by turns heady, irreverent, exuberant, fanatical, animated, earnest, passionate, and full of hard-earned, real-world recording tips and techniques. With insider’s savvy and golden ears, Agnello and Lerman cover a broad range of topics with a diverse roster of respected professionals in the music and recording industry, often deconstructing watershed recordings in the course of the show. Nuggets of hard-earned wisdom frequently appear side-by-side with engrossing and often-amusing anecdotes.

Describing the podcasts, Gear Club co-founder John Agnello said, “We created Gear Club for both aspiring and active professionals who want to hear the straight dope from their peers. It’s a colorful industry so we keep things interesting on both a professional and personal level with great stories and no-bullshit, practical advice. Plus, I just love jabbering with Stewart.”

Gear Club partner Stewart Lerman added, “Our guests are people who’ve had a significant role in shaping some of the most memorable music of our time. We’re humbled by some of the folks that we’ve interviewed and want to make their stories and expertise accessible to everyone. Plus, I just love jabbering with John.”

The Gear Club archives already contain a year’s worth of interviews including:

  • Legendary recording engineer Jay Messina (Miles Davis, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick)
  • Eventide founder Richard Factor
  • Mastering engineer Greg Calbi (Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes, Paul Simon’s Graceland, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks)
  • Recording engineer Susan Rogers (Prince, David Byrne, Robben Ford, Barenaked Ladies)
  • Musician/songwriter/engineer/producer Adam Granduciel (The War on Drugs)
  • Engineer/producer/musician Larry Crane (Jackpot! Studio, Tape Op Magazine)
  • Producer/engineer/mixer Erin Tonkin (David Bowie, Kristeen Young, Esperanza Spalding, Foo Fighters)
  • Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Wilco, Run-DMC, Weezer, Lou Reed, Sheryl Crow)
  • Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer Vance Powell (Jack White, Buddy Guy, Chris Stapleton, The Arctic Monkeys, Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Wynette)
  • Grammy-winning producer/engineer/songwriter William Whitman (Joan Osborne, The Hooters, The Outfield, Cindi Lauper)
  • Steve Rosenthal of Magic Shop Archive & Restoration (David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Erroll Garner, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley)
  • Drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, The Stooges, The Million Dollar Bashers)
  • Engineer Jacob Sciba (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Gary Clarke, Jr., Warren Haynes)
  • Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani
  • Licensing guru Lyle Hysen (Rough Trade Publishing, Bank Robber Music)

Gear Club is produced by Pete Bischoff. Listeners can find episodes at www.gear-club.net.

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