That’s the word of the day. It means, “pleasing to the ear”. It’s exactly what today’s guest strives to achieve each minute of his professional life. On this episode of the podcast, Martini and I hold a trifecta guinea sit-down with a gentleman by the name of John Agnello, the music producer, of course, not to be confused with the likes of John Gotti Agnello, the reality TV “star” of Growing Up Gotti. No, our Agnello is actually talented, although he openly admits to being the opposite during the interview. But regardless of his modesty, Agnello’s been involved with many great musicians in recent years, such as Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Thurston Moore and Jemina Pearl, to name just a few. However, I feel that it is most important to highlight the fact that John Co-Produced/Recorded/Mixed the Social Distortion song “Death or Glory”, of which I am a huge fan. I love Social D and I love that song. I just saw them over the summer at The Warsaw in Greenpoint. In fact, I wish Mr. Agnello had been there to bitchslap the sound guy because they definitely did not sound euphonious. I don’t know if it’s the acoustics in that place or what. But I couldn’t even hear the vocals to “Death and Glory” when they played it. In any case, we recorded our dialogue with John at a place, which does have great acoustics, Fluxivity Studios, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – only a hop, skip and a jump from the venue I just trashed. We sat in the control room, right next to the classic Neve analogue mixing consol, the historic soundboard John uses to generate euphonious gold, and we discussed a range of topics, from audio editing, to being “the best”, and what it means to be the oldest hipster. Unfortunately, to my chagrin, we openly discuss, again, what I refer to as, “the incident”, which was my Halloween party pants shitting experience. We spoke of this before very briefly, but during the following conversation we get into it in further detail. We also manage to actually talk about John, his discography and some of his war stories. He’s a hell of a guy despite the fact he lives in Jersey City. Anyway, here’s our conversation with New York City record producer, John Agnello. But first, just to illustrate the fact that yours truly also has the capacity to record a somewhat euphonious track, here’s Martini’s rendition of “The Cape” by Guy Clark. To be completely humble, it’s gold, in the face of recording in mono on my Marantz portable field recorder, and my obvious musician handicap.
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