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by Larry Crane

May 24, 2020  |  No. 137

Emily Wells: Just Use Your Ears

by Larry Crane

I met Emily Wells years ago and we immediately hit it off, talking about gear and careers. She's released a number of albums of her unique compositions and excellent musicianship (her violin playing...

May 24, 2020  |  No. 137

Pea Hicks: Optigan Life

by Larry Crane

For years Pea Hicks has carried a torch for the Optigan, a unique optical disc-powered keyboard from the '70s. His band with Rob Crow, Optiganally Yours, has released three albums. He's produced and...

April 28, 2020

Ken Scott: Tape Op Podcast Interview

by Larry Crane

Ken Scott is an undisputed legend. We interviewed him way back in Tape Op issue #52. His work with The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, George Harrison, Supertramp, and countless others, has him...

March 22, 2020  |  No. 136

Patrick Carney of The Black Keys

by Larry Crane

As one half of The Black Keys with Dan Auerbach [Tape Op #127], Patrick Carney has witnessed their band achieve the sort of commercial success they would have once considered impossible. But more than...

March 22, 2020  |  No. 136

Adrian Sherwood: Pay It All Back

by Larry Crane

I remember the first time I heard the Dub Syndicate album, Tunesfrom the Missing Channel, in 1984. I was used to reggae being somethingearthy and warm, but here was a record that sizzled and popped...

Nov. 21, 2019  |  No. 134

Jim Heath is Reverend Horton Heat

by Larry Crane

Reverend Horton Heat has been pushing the rockabilly envelope since 1985. Lead singer and guitarist Jim Heath is certainly the focal point, but his pal, Jimbo Wallace, has been slapping the upright...

Sept. 19, 2019  |  No. 133

The Ocean Blue's David Schelzel

by Larry Crane

The Ocean Blue have been making dreamy pop albums since the late ‘80s. Their new release, Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves, is a perfect example of a self-recorded album that works in the...

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