Gear Club Podcast is hosted by engineer / producers 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.
Memphis Music Magic & More with Terry Manning
With a career spanning over 5 decades, Terry Manning is an accomplished audio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer, and photographer. He has worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Shakira, Joe Walsh, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, and Bryan Adams - not to mention his quintessential role in Big Star’s debut album, #1 Record.
For the full experience, watch this interview on our YouTube or at gearclubpodcast.com
Brendan Benson: The Dear Life of a Raconteur
Brendan Benson is a musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and founding member of The Raconteurs. As a solo artist, he’s released seven studio albums, most recently “Dear Life” released on Third Man Records in 2020. Brendan talks with John and Stewart about the recording of Dear Life, his writing process, The Raconteurs, and over 20 years of making music, from Detroit to Nashville. This interview was recorded at Sear Sound in January of 2020.
The Life of Dweezil Zappa (Part 2)
In this episode, Dweezil Zappa and our hosts take a closer look at his father Frank Zappa’s vast music catalog, his gear, and some of his more unconventional instrumentation choices. All in an effort to explore Dweezil’s approach to tackling his father’s work in his show, Zappa Plays Zappa. They’ll also delve into more details of Dweezil’s multi-faceted online music platform, Reward Music.
For the full experience, watch this full interview on our YouTube channel & check out Part 1 at gearclubp
Dweezil Zappa on Navigating the Modern Music Industry (Part 1)
In this episode, our hosts talk to Grammy award-winning guitarist & son of Frank, Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil recently launched Reward Music, an online platform for artists to host their website, engage with fans, sell music/merchandise, all while keeping 100% of sales.
Stay tuned for part 2, where we’ll go more in-depth with Dweezil on his career & his father’s music & legacy.
Fight the Dialog with Randy Poster
As a renowned music supervisor for film and television, Randy Poster is known for his work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, and Sam Mendes, among many others. He has had his hand in a countless number of works including The Irishman, The Queen’s Gambit, Boardwalk Empire, The Hangover, Divergent, The Wolf of Wall Street, Lost, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tiger King, and Joker, just to name a few.
Carrying the Torch with Chris Allen
Chris Allen is a Grammy-nominated recording & mix engineer based in NYC. He’s been the chief engineer at Sear Sound for over a decade & was a protégé of the late Walter Sear. Chris has worked with an impressive & varied list of artists, including Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Fleet Foxes, Nels Cline, Andrew Bird & Dr. John. Chris sat down with our hosts to discuss microphones, interns, sessions, keeping things fresh after 16 years at Sear Sound, and carrying on Walter’s legacy of excellence in recording.
My favorite podcast
Covers just the right grounds to keep novices and experts of recording engaged at once. The hosts aren’t obsessed with hearing themselves talk like other music podcasters. Interview choices are impeccable. They’re actual veterans of the trade, and having come from the east coast rock scene, everything they say feels so near and dear.
The best audio podcast period
The stories, techniques, and gear knowledge shared in this podcast are invaluable. Thank you so much guys for doing this!
Can’t wait for next episode!
These guys are so great—great for stories, history, gear... and laughs. They’ve pushed me to love different music and hear everything differently.