Artists who engineer their own records.

May 15, 2015  |  No. 107

Temples: UK Psyche Pop

by Alex Maiolo

Psych Pop has been enjoying a healthy resurgence. The loudest shots from the latest wave were fired by Tame Impala when they released Innerspeaker in 2010, soon becoming one of the biggest...

March 15, 2012  |  No. 88

Merrill Garbus: of tUnE-yArDs

by Eli Crews

Merrill Garbus is the founder and central figure of tUnE-yArDs, an extraordinary band that I have had the honor of traveling with over the past year in support of their fantastic album w h o k i l...

Sept. 15, 2006  |  No. 55


by Brad Breeck, Jeff Byron, Tim Byron

"This is a good story to start a Tape Op interview," Chris Cohen of Deerhoof tells us as we press record on the tape recorder. "I just learned yesterday that you can use inserts in Pro Tools...

Nov. 15, 2005  |  No. 50

Les Paul: "The Kid's At It Again!"

by Mark Rubel

Any one of Les Paul's amazing careers would make him remarkable. His wide-ranging excellence (and longevity) make him a legend and a living treasure. He is in the hall of fame for songwriting,...

May 15, 2000  |  No. 17

Ween: Recording vocals in car trunks

by Curtis Settino

Ween gets away with murder. It is one of the few bands that writes, records, and releases exactly what it wants. The group's songs can be daring, funny, offensive, and tender. Composed of Mickey...

March 15, 1997  |  No. 4

Elliott Smith: on the joy of recording

by Larry Crane

It was, strangely, a sunny day in the middle of a Portland winter when I came by to pry Elliott out of a studio/office space (actually, it's a room off the side of the Undercover Inc. office) where...