Friday, May 26, 2017

Listen to the single "Lost Faith" from Anthony Maragni's debut album "Obliteration City"

The full project premieres next Friday, June 2nd via Bandcamp. Featuring ten original songs, it will also be available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iTunes, etc. soon after.

Recorded at Lantern Sound Recording Rig
All songs written and composed by Anthony Maragni
Produced and arranged by Anthony Maragni with Mark Mancini and Mick Hargreaves
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Mick Hargreaves
Photography by Shannon Stiggins

Vocals - Anthony Maragni
Piano/Keyboards - Mark Mancini
Guitar/Bass - Mick Hargreaves
Drums - Tom Curiano

Friday, May 12, 2017

Snakes On a Floor

So. This is a seemingly boring image of "Snakes On A Floor"...

...but it's so much more than that. As you can see from the snake on the top, The Lantern Sound Recording Rig, which takes up nearly the entire first floor, has twelve inputs (through a variety of mic pre's into Logic), with two headphone mixes sent back to the floor.

The sixteen channel snake on the bottom is the new thing in this old three-story farmhouse. Those inputs run all the way up to the finished third floor loft, where George Howard (Sound of Music Studios, Richmond VA [where David Lowery/Cracker were mustering out of], Bay Burger's weekly "Jazz Jam" series, rebroadcast on 88.3 WPPB - FM 88.3FM) and his "Retro Sound" analog mixing room are now ensconced. That boasts a 24x8x2 Soundcraft mixing console (the one Beck used for "Odelay"), a Protools DAW, and a bunch of outboard hardware processing, EQ, and effects units that we want you shake a stick at! When we lay in an additional 8-channel snake, 24 inputs can go all the way upstairs from the first floor. (Pinch me).

Earlier this week, George did a drum tracking session on the first floor, recorded into ProTools on the third floor, right through the console. This maiden voyage of the studio link-up went swimmingly. We're pumped.

In a matter of days, I will be adding a Logic DAW deal up there, so analog mixes can be digitally sourced that way as well. Stereo mixes from either studio can be routed to any and all digital destinations, or to the Ampex 440 1/4" reel-to-reel that's located between the two rooms in the spacious stairwell.

We're ALL about the analog front end. It's critical, in our estimation. Then there's the incredible comfort that sets us apart. We're the closest thing around here to Big Pink, but with better gear. That said, we've even got the Big Pink "Basement Tapes" mic preamps that were used on every darn thing that made it to tape when Bob Dylan and the Band were hanging out doing their thing.
Read that paragraph again. We're the only ones around here fitting that description. More fun details on that soon. There's a lot of history to research there, and I want to get it right.

Why haven't you cut your basic tracks here yet, and then taken the sessions home to do overdubs? Why haven't you taken what you've already recorded to mix here? Well, you didn't know yet - but now you know.

We have tons of ways to save your budget bottom line. The workflow must necessarily evolve to let the artist accomplish things without breaking the bank, or breaking up the band. Let's talk.

Thanks, everyone. Let's make things, and most importantly, let's make a difference in your art.


Monday, May 8, 2017

"Live On The Farm" #Houseconcert SAT JUN 10 8p George Mann, Mick Hargreaves

It's Miller Place High School Alumni Music Night, as GEORGE MANN and MICK HARGREAVES perform in an intimate setting at the first Lantern Sound Recording Rig "Live On The Farm" Acoustic House Concert Series of 2017 on June 10th at 8pm. We are located in the Long Island Pine Barrens, near Exit 70 of the Long Island Expressway. DJ JTiL will entertain everyone after the live performances. Doors 7pm,  Music at 8pm.

Seating is limited.
To reserve a seat and get directions:

RSVP directly to Mick Hargreaves on Facebook, or call The Lantern Sound Recording Rig directly at 631-909-3432. Leave a message.
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GEORGE MANN hails from New York and has been producing labor and protest music for more than 20 years. He has worked with and produced albums featuring such folk music legends as Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton and produced national tours of the US and Australia in honor of the Almanac Singers (2013) and Joe Hill (2015). George brings his experience as a union organizer and educator to his concerts -- stories and songs about real events and the struggle for a better life. He has just released "For the Road and the Sky," his newest CD, and "Until You Come Home: Songs to Heal the Wounds of War," a compilation CD of songs about the effects of war on those who serve.

MICK HARGREAVES' latest digital single "(I've Got) A Guy For That" dropped on the eve of the 2016 US presidential election. It is available as a free download for a limited time at Since the end of 2014, Mick's Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) has operated in a sprawling 1920's farmhouse in the pine barrens of Long Island NY, where he records, rehearses, and holds house concerts. Mick has hosted "The Lantern Sound Rig Stage" at the Montauk Music Festival, Cabin Fever Music Festival, along with the Alive After Five Arts Stage (Patchogue NY), with the Alive on 25 Arts Stage (Riverhead) being added to the busy summer schedule in 2017. 2016 saw the appearance of the song "Rinse and Repeat", a co-write with Rich Arfin and Klyph Black, in the Netflix Judd Apatow series "Love".

THE LANTERN SOUND RECORDING RIG is in a bucolic, historical, three-story, eleven-room farmhouse, where artists can live, eat, and breathe their recording to completion. We are located less than five minutes from the Hampton Jitney, the Long Island Railroad, and the Long Island Expressway in the Eastern Pine Barrens of LI, NY.

We feature a full variety of microphones and mic preamps, Apple Logic® recording software, simple & clean signal paths, a full compliment of drums/amps/instruments. Quick setups, nice comforts, pleasant people, and fantastic vibes are our trademarks.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


By Michael Block

A recording studio is more than the acoustic and inspirational aspects of its physical space. It is more than the quality of its equipment. It is defined by the abilities of the engineers and producers who work there. While much of this flies under the radar of the average music fan, musical artists understand that in choosing a recording studio they are also selecting a collaborator that can make or break a project. Pulse took a look at five such Long Island collaborations ...

... Mick Hargreaves, the vet roots rocker and leader of The King Guys, likes to record musicians in their natural habitat. It might be their favorite venue to gig, their homes or a cool space that was found through happenstance. The engineer, producer and musician has transported his numerous equipment-filled cases to all of the above. Many top-level studio folks believe a professional recording requires the silently throbbing nexus of technology that only a studio can offer. But Hargreaves prefers to exploit the acoustic and psychic potential of the particular space he’s working in. Local artist Bryan Gallo chose the Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) to capture his soon-to-be-released album, The Party Guest. The session was set in an East End cottage with Butchers Blind serving as backing band.

Hargreaves on the LSRR:
“Cowboy” Jack Clement once said that a recording studio is the worst place you can pick to make a record. So I go on location to make records—and that could be some interesting places. A lot of it is about comfort and putting the artist at ease. Overdubbing can be done anywhere.

Hargreaves on making The Party Guest:
The way the Bryan Gallo record happened was that Butchers Blind did extensive pre-production rehearsals with Bryan. When then they came in to record with me they played everything down as a band. They were literally sleeping in front of their amplifiers at night.

Gallo on recording The Party Guest and the LSRR:
I reached out to Mick knowing that he recorded the last Butchers Blind album (Destination Blues) at the cottage. There’s just a great natural sound in there for drums and other acoustic instruments, so everything came out sounding organic. At first I was in disbelief knowing such great sounds could come from a compact unit and not from a fancy high-end studio. That’s a testament to Mick knowing the ins and outs of his equipment and also how to treat a physical space as part of the character of the recording. Essentially, with the LSRR there are even fewer limitations than you’d have with a conventional studio.

Bryan Gallo on iTunes

Cassandra House Interviews Mick Hargreaves about the LSRR

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Confidence Men release new song "Trumpy The Con Man" on #Bandcamp FRI FEB 03 to benefit #ACLU

They came, they recorded a song, they left: THE CONFIDENCE MEN have just dropped a new song called "TRUMPY THE CON MAN" on Bandcamp tonight. The band got SUPER lucky on the timing of this release, as it coincides with Bandcamp's announced donation to the American Civil Liberties Union of one full day's worth of their revenues on Friday Feb 3 2016. Here is an official statement from the band:

"We got this together as a spur of the moment thing. It was fun, but most importantly, The Confidence Men are forwarding revenues from the sales of this performance to the ACLU. It's a "Pay What You Want" download at Bandcamp (including FREE - just enter "0" when prompted), but try to be generous. The ACLU is a great cause and we need them now more than ever. Thanks, everyone."


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mark Mancini, Anthony Maragni, Don Bracken @ LSRR

Busy here yesterday. Co-producer Mark Mancini (L) spent the afternoon getting the Anthony Maragni (C) recordings into mix mode with us, then Mark tracked evening piano parts on the  Hazelton Brothers baby grand for a Don (R) and Rachel Bracken song.