Philadelphia pop-rock band Dr. Dog came to Range Recording Studios in Ardmore in last January for a recording session with "In the MixLive."
The band, led by Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman, was about to release Be the Void, its seventh album overall, starting with Psychedelic Swamp, a set recorded in McMicken's flooded basement in West Chester, Pa., back in 2001.
In the decade since, Dr. Dog has moved up in the world, and now records for the esteemed California indie label Anti- records, also home to Tom Waits, Merle Haggard and Philadelphia's Man Man. Dr. Dog, will perform at the Electric Factory March 24 and 25.
Earlier this month, British folk-rock John Wesley Harding and his band The King Charles Trio came to Range Recording studios in Ardmore for an In The Mix Live session in support of the Philadelphia-based JWH's excellent new album The Sound Of His Own Voice. In this configuration, The King Charles Trio was a quintet, featuring Scott McCaughey plus Jenny Conlee-Drizos, John Moen, Chris Funk and Nate Query, all of Portland, Oregon's The Decemberists.
At Range, Harding - who also writes novels, the most recent of which is the high entertaining classical music thriller Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer, under his given name, Wesley Stace - also sat for an interview with me, and did a live video chat with fans on philly.com. A truncated version of the interview, which ran in Wednesday's Inquirer, is here. The archived chat with the witty Renaissance man (and Arsenal fan), who plays the New Hope Winery on Dec. 9, is here.
In a hurry up world, Adam Granduciel is a patient man. When the leader of The War On Drugs was writing and recording the music that would become the band's album Slave Ambient in his Fishtown house / recording studio, Granduciel took the time to do what needed to be done. Building up layer upon layer of guitar sounds, he worked on one song in particular, called "Your Love Is Calling My Name," over a period of 3 1/2 years.
Last month, Granduciel and his band mates Dave Hartley, Stephen Urgo and Robbie Bennett came to Range Recording studios in Ardmore, where the sat for an interview, and then did three songs live in the studio, including "Your Love Is Calling My Name."
For her new album Pennies In a Jar, Philadelphia singer Nikki Jean collaborated with a who's who of classic American pop songwriters, including such titans as Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, and Philly sound architect Thom Bell. This month, the Minnesota-born pianist and songwriter came to Grammy-winning producer Aaron Levinson's Range Recordings in Ardmore. There she sat down for an in-studio interview with Philadelphia Inquirer pop music critic Dan DeLuca, and - along with band members Joseph Secchiaroli, Daniel Pizarro and Steve Padin - performed Pennies' songs she co-wrote with Bell, Jimmy Webb, and Lamont Dozier, of the great Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland.