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At the circus, July 2014. photo: Amy Hargreaves

Monday, March 23, 2015

Outrageous #OpenMic returns to @theTalkhouse ☀ THU APR 02 8pm

 (Amagansett, NY)

Featuring backing band THE HOUSEWRECKERS:
Klyph Black, Mike Mazzaraco, Sean Rafferty, Mick Hargreaves.

Every Thursday...  Drums, Amplifiers, Keyboards provided. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monster bass amp.

Last night, Joe Lauro and I combined gear and came up with this for the Hoodoo Loungers / Complete Unknowns show at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor NY. Bass Heaven!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Live at the Farm: Indoor House Concert 4/11/15 7p: BRYAN GALLO, ROB EUROPE

An intimate, indoor performance in the recording studio. RSVP IS A MUST.
Presented by The Lantern Sound Recording Rig and JTiL Productions.

SATURDAY APRIL 11th 2015 - 7pm.
From the upcoming "One Guitar" effort:

Bryan is a Long Island based singer-songwriter and former front man of the band Attic Space. His songs are inspired by late nights in bars, the backseats of cars, and the pressures and consequences of living life romantically. Intrigued by both the sounds of alternative country-rock and wistful pop music he embarked on a solo career and began to pen songs that would be deeply personal but still readily accessible. Steeped in reflective heartache, the lexicon of Gallo’s lyrics stands as a testament to his raw talent as a musician while weaving a flush and relatable narrative.

Rob is 22 years old, a current resident of Southold N.Y., Presently finishing up a Bachelors Degree in music business and performance at Five Towns College in Dix Hills NY. He began studying guitar and cello at age eight and has since earned a reputation as one of the youngest (and most talented) guitarists on the North Fork.

$15 Suggested Donation.
BYOB and, a dish to pass if you like.
Additional refreshments and snacks will be provided.

To attend, YOU *MUST* RSVP to receive location information and reserve a seat:
✉  mick_hargreaves@yahoo.com;
☏  516-312-1618.

This is an indoor event, and will be recorded for later webcast.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

☀ Unique Recording Studio Live-In Opportunity ☀

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig is now fully installed at our new location, and we're looking for working musicians or other creative-type housemates who want to live in one of two available bedrooms in this historical, and magical Long Island Pine Barrens three-story farmhouse, home to a full-blown recording studio. Housemates will be able to use the recording studio.

We sit right at the gateway to both the North and South Forks of Long Island.

Here are some distances:

Southampton  -  30 minutes
Long Island Wine Country  -  15 minutes
Long Island Expressway (Hampton Jitney Stop) - 1 mile
Ronkonkoma LIRR Station - 20 minutes
Queens Midtown Tunnel - 1 hour 15 minutes

For $600 per month, and an equal share of utilities, a housemate here at the farm would have their own second floor bedroom, access to the full recording facilities here, plus:

Office space on the first floor.
Second floor full bath, including tub.
Plenty of storage space.
Use of the third floor loft.
Two Requirements: References, and a $600 security deposit.

Scroll down... there's a lot of photos to check out.

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The House
The farmhouse is located on an old horse farm that's been fully refurbished, yet it has no horses. Hiking, ponds, hunting and all major services are nearby.

The Country Kitchen
There is a big country kitchen (gas stove/oven, dishwasher, plenty of cabinet space) with adjoining bathroom on the first floor, a front office with washer/dryer and slop sink, an open front porch, and a closed-in back porch that opens onto a deck. Heat is via municipal natural gas.

The Front Parlour
The farmhouse has plaster-and-lath walls, with original dark wood trim and vintage wall paper throughout. There is a winding stairwell leading up to the second and third floors.

Both available bedrooms have great views of open rural area.
The stairwell leads up to the second floor bedrooms, and...
The Third Floor Loft

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The Studio
Logic 8 • Intel Xeon Macintosh
Equator and KRK Monitors
12 channels of outboard mic preamps • Echo Audiofire 12 I/O
Full complement of microphones and instruments

The control room of the LSRR is located in what was originally designed as a first floor bedroom. The closet of this room has two different amplifier isolation chambers; guitars, bass, keyboards, and even vocals can be done in the control room if need be.

First Floor Control Room
The control room opens onto the main "live" room.
Adjacent to the main room, separated by French pocket doors, is a front parlor.

Amplifier Isolation Under the Stairs

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The Area

There is hiking, hunting, fishing, rivers, creeks, ponds, and much more - just walk out the door.
Shopping, golfing, paintball, farm stands and all major amenities are minutes away.

Just down the road...

Front porch at night
Backyard Sky
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    Vintage Gear

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    At The Diner With The Old-Timers and the Imperial Wing-Nut.

    The creeks started to flow, and the ponds began to exhibit water instead of only ice. The musician went into town to get plank wood to make additional speaker stands for the recording studio control room, a replacement for the Jeep gas cap that had been stolen, and wing-nut to fix one of his harp braces.

    First priority was breakfast at the local mom-and-pop luncheonette. He knew, before even leaving the house, that today was going to be a western omelette, home fries, and coffee; cream and sugar. As he sat at the counter (on a red-upholstered chrome metal spin-top stool, of course), marveling at the wizardry of an experienced short-order cook in action, an old-timer sat down next to him. They struck up a conversation.

    Joe had been a mess hall line cook in the Army Artillery; like the musician's father, he had been fortunate enough to have been drafted between the Korean and Vietnam wars. The lucky void. He had served mostly in-country: a place known as New Jersey.

    In no time at all, the topics of religion and politics were broached. The musician prepared for the worst.

    What came in rapid-fire succession was a surprise: Corporate money in politics was nauseating. How DARE any men tell women what to do with their bodies? Health care reform sure was weak, and probably corrupt, but heck, it was better than nothing, and, yes, insurance should be taken out of the equation. The Tea Party is just a different form of terrorism, albeit in minuteman's clothing. How can you take away food stamps from those who live in a ghetto of opportunity? Keeping the minimum wage stagnant was baloney. He was sick of the Ayn-Randian "screw you, I've got mine" mindset; the Bible says we are our brother's keepers. How convenient that so many of us have forgotten that part. Elizabeth Warren wants to throw out the money-changers - Why is no one listening to her?

    A phone call about a keyboard lured the musician outside. Upon returning, he came into a discussion that now involved several old-timers. It was a three-alarm fire, and the flames said that yeah, maybe Afghanistan was necessary, but we never should have gone into Iraq.

    The musician politely left when the topic turned to bombing the entirety of the Middle East, World War III, and a violent solution to the current Speaker of the House situation. He couldn't condone any of that, but at least he saw evidence of really old white guys who were not just spewing what the talking heads told them to. He felt good and left for the hardware store.

    The revelation there was that the German-made harmonica brace, to his surprise, was not metric in nature: It required an Imperial Wing-Nut.

    Weird Metaphor had been achieved.

    Friday, January 9, 2015

    RE: Dixie Bee-Liners "Through My Screen Door" release.

    The Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR)

    Sometimes bands break up in an amicable fashion. Sometimes they do not.

    The Dixie Bee-Liners folded up the tent for good in 2012, at the end of a two week tour from the east coast to Colorado and back (that I was hired to play bass on), with an unfinished full length record they recorded with me pretty much ready to mix.

    I subsequently made duplicate backups of the entire session files and rough mixes, got the artist copies of all session files and rough mixes - if I've been fully paid, and I have been in this case, I like to include the artist in the file-backup scheme. I archived the project, hoping that one day something would happen with it. I figured it would be years, if not longer, before that record properly saw the light of day. I held out hope that somehow, someway... that would happen. I even mentally prepped myself for reluctantly having to take the role of go-between. Sometimes someone in this seat my butt is in... has to be a peace-keeper too.

    On New Year's Day 2015, a release titled "Through My Screen Door: The Final Sessions of The Dixie Bee-Liners" appeared on the CD Baby website. It is a nine-song digital release, four (or so) songs short of what was actually recorded. Even though I am listed as a co-producer, and I engineered all sessions, this was a total surprise to me. I was not consulted on, nor was I notified of, any impending release.

    More importantly, one of the other listed co-producers my friend of many years, Buddy Woodward, who also happens to be one of the songwriters, and one of two founding members of this band, was apparently also not consulted.

    But... I guess that's how these things go sometimes.

    - m.h. -
    January 5th, 2015


    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    What Bryan Gallo Said

    Since October 1st 2014, the Lantern Sound Recording Rig has been in residence at a place we call "The Farm". Installation of the rig is complete, and we've already been hard at work.

    Prior to the current location, the LSRR did a lot of recording work at "The Groove Shack", a place that has a 20x40 room with a wood floor, and a single-pitch wood ceiling. We'll still go back there now and then to get certain sounds.

    Here, Bryan Gallo relates the story of how his record "The Party Guest", produced by Pete Mancini, and with Butchers Blind as the backing band, was made there.


    Produced by Pete Mancini with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.

    I was looking for some like-minded people to help me put my debut album together, and I reached out to Mick knowing that he had recorded the last Butchers Blind album [basic tracks for Destination Blues] at The Groove Shack. That album came out sounding great, so when he offered to take on my project and said that the same space was available, I was all in."

    The Groove Shack.

    For starters there's just a great natural sound in there for drums and other acoustic instruments, so everything came out sounding very organic. Also, we were able to hole up and live together for a few weekends while recording, so the music actually sounds like it was made by real people playing together and not like an air-tight cut and paste job.

    Mick has a wide range of knowledge of microphones, compressors, and other studio tricks and is almost fanatical in figuring out the newest way to capture a new sound. Because of that, the recordings come out sounding great but more importantly he's not staring at a watch counting down studio time. He's truly dedicated to making sure he captures all he can to create a great sounding record.

    Mick has a few tricks up his sleeve, and as I mentioned before he really knew how to use the Groove Shack to his advantage. One thing that worked out very well was that he always used several mics while recording vocals and drums, so we had a wide range of colors to blend if need be.

    At first I was in disbelief knowing such great sounds could come from a compact unit and not from a fancy high-end fancy studio. That's 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's even less limitations than you'd have with a conventional studio and there's a refreshing "back to basics" style of recording.

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    This Thursday NOV 20, Butchers Blind celebrate their new seven-inch release "Thursday Girl", also recorded with Mick & The Lantern Sound Recording Rig, with a show at Cameo in Brooklyn.

    On New Year's Eve DEC 31 2014, Bryan, Pete, and Mick will do an acoustic singer-songwriter throw-down at Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue NY to celebrate a great year of work and enjoyment.

    For a full Bryan Gallo show schedule, visit his official site at
    bryangallo.com .

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    PEEK: The Lantern Sound Recording Rig's New Location

    It's been almost two months of moving, installation, and testing, and now we're ready to give everyone a glimpse into what we've been up to here all this time. The move to this location was challenging, but darn fun. It feels great to be here, and we're already at work with a variety of things. Scroll down for pretty pictures. But first let us relate the standard description.

     - "Route of the Relaxed Recording Artist" -

    The Lantern Sound Recording Rig is located in a remote, historical, three-story, eleven-room farmhouse, where artists can live, eat, and breath their record to completion. 

    Accommodations and full use of facilities are included in a surprisingly low daily rate, that, when you crunch the numbers, will beat any other area recording rates by a country mile. There are no distractions and we are even willing to work strange hours.

    We feature a full variety of microphones and preamps, Apple Logic® recording software, simple & clean signal paths, quick setups, nice comforts, pleasant people, and fantastic vibes. 24-bit / 192 kHz.

    We are conveniently located five minutes from the Long Island Expressway, The Long Island Railroad, and the Hampton Jitney.

    Please contact:
    mick_hargreaves@yahoo.com • 516.312.1618 

    We are a WiFi hotspot for visiting artists.

    We're in the middle of nowhere... but we'll get you directions.
    Come right on in.
    The main live room has wood floor and ceilings.
    The entire house has nine foot ceilings. There are three floors.
    Most of the recording rig is on the first floor. Second floor: sleeping.
    The third floor is one big room, a loft, if you will, and is sonically dead.
    Recording can take place anywhere. The roof is the limit.
    The front parlor can be used as its own isolation room,
    or the pocket doors can be opened to combine it with the main live room.
    Control Room: Equator D5 Monitors, Apple Cinema Display.
    Echo Audiofire 12 A/D/A I/O, Focusrite, Ampex, ART, DBX, FMR,
    Digitech, Symetrix, Presonus Processing.
    The Intel Xeon Macintosh (2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core) is not visible.
    View from the live room. Control room on the right... Stairwell on the left.
    Yes, drummers, we know what you're thinking... and you are right.
    Always put microphones away after each use.

    KRK reference monitors, out in the live room for playback.
    That daddy-cool thing in the middle... hey, ya got an extra 6 inch speaker?

    8-Way Headphone Amplifer-Upon-Plenth. One of two.

    Twelve recordable channels are fed into the control room.
    Two separate headphone mixes are fed back out to... you.

    Guitar amp isolation cabinet number one, in a closet off the control room.
    Guitar amp isolation cabinet number two, same closet off the control room.
    Guitar amp isolation cabinet number three, under the stairs.
    Photo taken pre-sound treatment. Cedar walls and ceiling, pine floor.
    We've got quite a few guitars for you to use.
    Some are quite conventional. Some of them are slightly weird.
    Immediate environs. Take a short break if you need to.

    The Hollies are right outside... and they never lose their leaves.

    Happy AND "warm", with a lot of irons in the fire.

    We have insanely fair, and competitive day rates...
    instead of hourly rates that have everybody constantly watching the clock.

    Meow Meow, Kitty Kitty.
    Well, to us, it's "Big Muddy"... across the street.
    Which room should we record you in? There's eleven.
    The large country kitchen has fresh herbs for cooking. Use them.
    Are you comfortable?

    Smoking area.

    Yes, Virginia, that is vintage wallpaper over plaster-and-lath.

    Plenty of parking, and places for hikes... short or long.

    Super-awesome food truck nearby? CHECK.

    We'll leave a Lantern (Sound Recording Rig) on for ya...


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