Rolling Stone: Williams grapples with mortality on a stark, emotionally raw alt-country masterpiece

With blowsy, parched vocals, languorous tempos, straggly melodies and flyaway guitar lines, Lucinda Williams' 12th album feels a little like an alt-country picture of Dorian Gray. You could also call it a portrait of the artist as an older woman: time-scarred, unapologetic, but still potent. Yeah, it's literary; yeah, it's the polar opposite of cosmetic-surgery pop. As such, it's not for everyone. But its jazzy rawness represents a high point of emotional craft in a career defined by it. Read More...

Rolling Stone: Ghost's Big Day at the Grammys, a Behind-the-Scenes Look

"I am remarkably thirsty today, which is a little bit odd considering how much I drank last night," one of the anonymous Nameless Ghouls who plays with Ghost tells Rolling Stone the day after the Grammys. The night before is still a blur. The band had seemed like underdogs when they were nominated in the Best Metal Performance category alongside genre giants like Slipknot and Lamb of God. Ultimately, though, they ended up taking home a trophy honoring their doomy, dramatic single "Cirice," a track off their most recent LP, last year's Meliora. Read More...

ProSoundNetwork: Lucinda Williams Enters Magic Garden

On her new double CD/LP, The Ghosts of Highway 20, recently released on Thirty Tigers, Lucinda Williams and manager/husband Tom Overby decided to record ‘live’ in the studio with members of her touring band. After the sessions and mixing were complete, tracking/mixing engineer, David Bianco recommended Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering to provide the final touch. Read More...

SonicScoop's Mastering Analysis: “Aviation” by The Last Shadow Puppets – Brian Lucey, Magic Garden Mastering

One supergroup deserves another. On the artist side, you’ve got The Last Shadow Puppets. Made up of the Arctic Monkeys’ lead vocalist/guitarist/principal songwriter Alex Turner, and singer/guitarist Miles Kane, together with Simian composer/producer/drummer/keyboardist, James Ford. On the audio side, Everything You've Come To Expect was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-la in Malibu, and mixed by the famed Tchad Blake. From there, the audio supergroup was completed by Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles, who had collaborated with Blake on The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and The Arcs. . Read More...

Mix Online: Lucinda William's "Ghosts Of Highway 20" Entrusted to Brian Lucey

On the new double CD/LP, recently released on Thirty Tigers, Williams and manager/ husband Tom Overby decided to record ‘live’ in the studio with members of her touring band. After the sessions and mixing were complete, tracking/mixing engineer, David Bianco recommended Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering to provide the final touch. Read More...

Mix Online: Magic Garden Mastering Pushes Sonic Boundries of All-Star Salute to Ringo Star

When mastering engineer Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering got the call to work on a new live album featuring Ringo Starr to benefit the The David Lynch Foundation, it was exactly the kind of challenge he relishes. Released last month on Communion Records, Ringo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert captures a January 20th, 2014 performance at LA’s El Rey Theater honoring Starr along with a host of guest stars. Read More...

Prosound Network: Ringo’s the Star in Lucey’s Garden

On Ringo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert, Lucey knew there would be sonic constraints that he needed to work within. “There’s an expectation of realistic frequency balance on a live record that you have to respect,” he observes. Read More...

Fast And Wide: Brian Lucey, Mastering the Live Experience

All recorded music has elements of live performance – at the very least a vocal with an in- the-box production of beats and textures or a rhythm section in the live room, all the way up to a fully live on-stage concert. Magic Garden Mastering’s Brian Lucey is a go-to mastering engineer for enhancing and furthering the live human elements of a recording, bringing a wide skill set, eclectic musical tastes and deep sensitivity to every project. Read More...

That's My Gig: Spotlight Interview

But who are these acoustically blessed geniouses and how does one chart a course for a mastering engineer career? ThatsMyGig.com was stoked to catch up with Brian Lucey, Grammy Award winning mastering engineer. He has worked with esteemed artists like The Black Keys, Lucinda Williams, Dr. John, Cage the Elephant, Ringo Starr, Marilyn Manson, Arctic Monkeys, and more. Brian was cool enough to share about his journey to success, what life is like as an in demand M.E., and how to know if you're ready for a career as a mastering engineer. Read More...