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‘POSTERITY’ BY MECHANICAL RIVER OUT NOW

“…A prodigy in every sense.” – Billboard

 

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Joel Hamilton, aka Mechanical River, puts his dynamic production skills and vocal virtuosity on full display with his new offering, ‘Posterity’ – out today on Electric Lady Records. The Charleston, South Carolina native bends soaring vocals, brittle cigar-box guitar, and pawnshop drum machines into songs far greater than the sum of their parts. 

Hamilton has toured the world, shared stages with the likes of Daniel Johnston and Rufus Wainwright, backpacked across continents, and on one occasion survived a wild animal attack (it was a bear) – all the while writing and recording music whereby he plays every instrument himself. ‘Posterity’ is a culmination of his dedication to song-craft and sonic exploration, honed through the crucible of living – and questioning – life to it’s fullest.  

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FLEET FOXES ‘THE ELECTRIC LADY SESSION’ OUT ON BLACK FRIDAY

We are proud to announce the release of Fleet Foxes new live 10″ vinyl EP called ‘The Electric Lady Session,’ out on Black Friday, November 24 at selected independent record stores. The EP contains four songs recorded live during their WFUV session here in Studio A. To find a participating independent record store near you, visit recordstoreday.com. Thanks to Nonesuch and WFUV for making this happen.

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ROLLING STONE PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO BY HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

Electric Lady Artist Management: This week Rolling Stone premiered a new music video for “Living in the City,” a song from Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album ‘The Navigator.’

From Rolling Stone:

“Hurray for the Riff Raff’s sixth studio album, The Navigator, almost exists beyond the need for videos. Telling the story of Navita, a young woman growing up in a world that undervalues all that makes her unique, it comprises 12 evocative tales that examine indemnity, politics and survival in myopic times, as imagined by Alynda Segarra. One such song is “Living in the City,” about survival and salvation beneath the skyscrapers, the video for which debuted today. Like many of the tracks on The Navigator, it’s a seamless blend between acoustic, socially conscious folk and percussive rock and roll.”

 

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ST. VINCENT IN THE NEW YORKER

Annie Clark talks about her upcoming St. Vincent album, recorded in part here at Electric Lady Studios, with The New Yorker:

“Most days, she got up at sunrise, took a Pilates class, and then headed to Electric Lady, to work past sundown. She had dinner in the studio, or else alone at a nearby restaurant, or in her room. A book or an episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and then early to bed.”

Go here for the rest of the article.

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Fleet Foxes Announces New Album “Crack-Up”

Fleet Foxes has announced the release of their new album “Crack-Up”, produced by Robin Pecknold and bandmate Skyler Skjelset, which is out June 16th via Nonesuch Records. Much of the album was recorded here in Studio A and D. Read more about the upcoming release here or enjoy their brand new lyric video below:

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Ryan Adams Records in the Newly Refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph

Ryan Adams announced in an Instagram video that he will be hiding “golden ticket”-style vinyl recordings in box sets of his new album “Prisoner”, available for purchase February 17th. According to his website, “12 randomly selected box sets will contain a one-of-a-kind solo acoustic 7″ of one of Prisoner’s 12 tracks recorded direct-to-vinyl in the vintage Voice-O-Graph booth at Electric Lady Studios. Only one single of each song exists and only one run of the Prisoner: End of World Edition [box set] will ever be pressed.”

Read more about this and see the video here.

 

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HONORING JIMI HENDRIX POSTHUMOUS ALBUM, “THE CRY OF LOVE” 45 YEARS LATER

“Cry of Love,” (Track Records) was released 45 years ago, March 1971: a posthumous release composed mostly of songs he recorded in 1970 with Eddie Kramer at his new studio, Electric Lady, as sketches for what was to be his follow up to “Electric Ladyland.”

The Cry of Love gathers the final essential recordings of one of rock’s true giants and reflects his legend at the same time it faithfully expands it” – Ultimate Classic Rock. Read full article here.

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HBO’s “VINYL”

HBO’s “Vinyl,” created and produced by legends Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, and starring Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde, shoots and records original music at Electric Lady Studios. Newsweek says:

“Scorsese set the tone in Vinyl’s quest for authenticity. Location manager Kip Myers used many historic buildings, shooting at the Brill Building (a renowned home to music industry), the Chelsea Hotel and Electric Lady Studios, which guitar shaman Jimi Hendrix built. Vinyl also recorded its original music there.”

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Catch the premiere of Vinyl on HBO February 14 at 9pm EST.

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DAVID BOWIE

David Bowie’s first ever no. 1 single in the US, “Fame”, was written and recorded at Electric Lady in 1975. Today, Bowie’s Blackstar has become his first ever no. 1 album (US) on the Billboard 200 chart and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst at Electric Lady in 2015. Congratulations, David, and thank you for bringing your genius to our door for both achievements.

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ADELE’S 25 MIXED BY TOM ELMHIRST AT ELECTRIC LADY

Adele’s historic “25” sells 3.8 million copies in its first week, destroying the previous record for first week album sales and representing 41% of total albums sold in the U.S. last week.  Nine songs, including the hit single “Hello” were mixed by Tom Elmhirst in Electric Lady’s Studio “C”.

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JOSE CUERVO CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF NEW EXCLUSIVE TEQUILA

On November 23, Jose Cuervo celebrated the launch of their new tequila, “Reserva de la Familia’s The Rolling Stones Tour Pick Collector’s Edition” in our Studio A. The limited edition bottle honors the pivotal role Jose Cuervo played in fueling The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1972 North American tour, which was dubbed the ‘Tequila Sunrise Tour’. Legendary photographer Bob Gruen took the stage to reminisce and offer an inside look at what it was like to be on one of the most publicized tour’s of all time. To read more about the night head on over to The Examiner.

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THE SOULQUARIANS @ ELECTRIC LADY: AN ORAL HISTORY

“D’Angelo said, ‘We’re going to Electric Lady…it has the blessings of the spirits. We have to go there. It’s only right.'”

From 1996-2002, the Soulquarians, also known as Questlove, D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, James Poyster, J. Dilla, Bilal, Q-Tip, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, took up residence in our studios for what would prove to be a defining period in music. Read more about that magical time @ Red Bull Music Academy.

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Ryan Adams Rules

Ryan Adams brought down the house in Studio A Live Tuesday night in celebration of the release of  his new self-titled record “Ryan Adams”. His interview, like the man himself, is one we’re not likely to forget. Catch the intimate discourse on pinball and record-making today, September 12th, or look for it on the archives at WFUV.org.

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Interpol || El Pintor

El Pintor is the fifth studio album by American rock band Interpol. It was released on September 8, 2014 internationally and on September 9, 2014 in North America, through Matador Records. Self-produced by the band and recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the album was engineered by James Brown, who is known for his work for Foo Fighters, and mixed by Alan Moulder, who is known for his production and mixing work for My Bloody ValentineThe Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s sophomore album, ‘Ultraviolence’, features tracks “Cruel World,” “Pretty When You Cry,” and “Guns and Roses,” co-produced by Lee Foster for Electric Lady Studios; Recorded in Studio “A” with Electric Lady Chief Engineer, Phil Joly, and Assistant Engineer, Vira Byramji.  

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “She uses the word to sing about physical aggression, but the ultimate violence seems like it would be erasure, silencing, negation, the stuff you don’t hear about because it’s an absence by nature…. That negative space is its own kind of violence. Lana Del Rey steps into the shadows it leaves. She has power there, whispering old secrets, giving voice to characters who never got to speak for themselves… She is exactly the villain our history needs.”

Read more here.

 

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Coldplay || Ghost Stories

 

Electric Lady is proud to have participated in the making of Coldplay’s sixth studio album, ‘Ghost Stories.’ Produced by Paul Epworth, tracking for portions of the album took place in Studio A and our API tracking suite during July of 2013. 

 

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Read more about Coldplay’s fourth-in-a-row # 1 album here.

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John Mayer Trio with Chick Corea & Wallace Roney

Singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan teamed up with legends Chick Corea and Miles Davis prodigy, Wallace Roney, in Electric Lady’s Studio “A”.

To listen to track “Little Sur”::: click here.
To listen to John and Chick talk about jamming, the nature of improvisation, and what happens when you throw the rules out the door::: click here.

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Arcade Fire

Electric Lady hosted overdub and mix sessions for Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album, Reflektor — produced by James Murphy and released today. Mixed entirely in Studio “C” by resident friend and client, Tom Elmhirst (with additional engineering by Ben Baptie), the album marked our first-ever sessions with the band and re-introduced David Bowie to our facility for his feature on the title track.

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RIP Lou Reed

“The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, why not the music.”

— Lou Reed

Lou Reed Posed In AmsterdamReed recorded the albums Sally Can’t Dance (1974) and Coney Island Baby (1975) at Electric Lady. In 2012, he returned to Electric Lady for what we now know was his last recording, as featured on Metric’s “Wanderlust” from their 2012 release Synthetica.

Thank you, Lou.  You are forever in our hearts.  You are forever in our ears.

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Funny or Die Presents The Clash: The Last Gang In Town (with rare footage)

The Clash recorded two consecutive albums at Electric Lady, one of which was their 1982 release, Combat Rock.  It was the band’s best-selling album of all time.  We recently found rare footage of the band recording at Electric Lady with engineer, Joe Blaney.  Watch below:

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This week, surviving members, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, joined Portlandia’s Fred Armisen to discuss and compare the rivaling histories of The Clash and Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros (Armisen’s well-loved SNL character) in a spoof documentary short for one of our favorite websites, Funny Or Die:

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U2 in Studio “A”

This summer U2 recorded their version of “This Is” for Aslan singer, Christy Dignam in the intimate setting of our Studio “A.”  The filmed performance was later premiered for a live audience at “A Night for Christy” – a fundraiser event to assist Dignam with the medical treatment needed to fight his rare form of blood cancer.

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PRINCE

Electric Lady is no stranger to musical greatness, but when the elusive genius we all know as Prince showed up unannounced, we nearly lost composure.  There have been many invitations over the years to draw the man to the studio, but, true to form, Prince appeared on our doorstep on a random Saturday afternoon, plugged in, and gave us an unforgettable two days in Studio “A”.  Prince, if you’re reading this…please come back often.

 

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Rebuilding “A” & 3rd Floor Studios

Words can’t describe the unbelievable transformation our Studio “A” and third floor have undergone since new ownership arrived in late 2010.  So, we made two videos to document the overhaul.

Watch below as we race through hundreds of hours and show you the results:

“MIX Suite” and Studio “A” Construction || Renovation

 

“API Room” and Studio “C” Construction || Renovation

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