New York, NY (December 12, 2006)–With 2006’s days numbered and the Grammy nominations recently announced, the Magic Shop Recording Studio looks back at a successful year. The Klezmatics’ album Wonder Wheel–mixed by Magic Shop owner Steve Rosenthal–got a nomination for “Best Contemporary World Music Album.” Producer Danny Bloom and the band worked at the Magic Shop earlier this spring setting music to Woody Guthrie’s lyrics about New York. Two other artists, Keane and Pink, also worked at the Magic Shop on their Grammy-nominated releases.
Magic Shop owner Steve Rosenthal hanging out in Studio A, which is equipped with a custom Neve console, which is actually two vintage Neve 80 series consoles (a 32-input and 24-input) fused together to make a 56-input “wrap-around,” with Flying Faders.Keane’s been nominated for “Best Pop Vocal Performance” for the song “Is It Any Wonder?” off their new album Under The Iron Sea, recorded at the Magic Shop last year. Pink earned a nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for her song “Stupid Girls,” off the album, I’m Not Dead, which was partially recorded at The Magic Shop.
This year saw the release of a number of great albums that were brought to the Magic Shop for recording and/or mixing. The Hold Steady released their third full-length album Boys and Girls in America–their first on Vagrant Records–which was mixed by John Agnello and assisted by Ted Young at the Shop over the summer. And, Ben Kweller’s eponymously titled album, released on ATO Records/SonyBMG, features many great pictures inside the studio. Ben and producer Gil Norton spent five weeks at the Magic Shop during that album’s production.
Baryon Records released blues guitarist Michael Powers’ Prodigal Son in September, which Rosenthal produced and mixed. Rosenthal also remixed the John Phillips re-issue, John The Wolfking of L.A., this year, and recently mixed Adam Levy’s live album Loose Rhymes: Live on Ludlow Street.
And, this fall, producer Steve Jordan came to the Magic Shop to track the new Hubert Sumlin record, along with legends Levon Helm, and Dr. John, over an exciting nine days. Nico Bolas engineered with Brian Thorn as assistant. Argentinian guitarist, Charly Garcia, was also in with engineer Tim Latham and legendary producer Andrew Loog Oldham in late September.
Agnello spent some more time at the Magic Shop while mixing U.K.’s Nine Black Alps for Universal, assisted by Thorn, and later with Norway’s My Midnight Creeps. Thorn is a Magic Shop in-house engineer who’s been busy lately, engineering projects for David Scott, Jennifer Glass, Mike Clifford, Jesse Malin, and Australia’s The Waifs. Thorn also engineered John Wolfington’s project, with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, in September and October.
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