From September 7th
Record curation by Jonathan Rado
“Rado” to just about everyone — has grown from an improbable West Valley rock star into one of the most in-demand producers in indie rock. One half of Foxygen, whose tape saturated productions lovingly play with the tasteful palette of 1970s rock n roll, Rado’s recordings for Father John Misty, The Lemon Twigs, Whitney, and Weyes Blood all devour the canon and return something distinctly modern.
A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Rado plays the studio best of all. You can hear the 16-track in his Woodland Hills garage on Whitney’s Light Upon The Lake and the studio shimmer of Hollywood’s Electro-Vox on Houndmouth’s Golden Age and Foxygen’s Hang. But don’t mistake the analogue approach for vintage fetishism — Rado’s as likely to reference a kick drum on The Life of Pablo as he is the piano tone on a Warren Zevon deep cut.
Mentored by the late Richard Swift, Rado’s approach turns slight imperfections into an indelible sonic imprint. His tape machines and avant garde experimentation — including a reel-to-reel delay system dubbed ‘Radotronics’ in a nod to the ‘Frippertronics’ rig developed by King Crimson’s Robert Fripp — give each of his recordings an unmistakable vibe. If you hear the sound of a 24- track firing up at the beginning of a recording, a collage of discarded takes churning into motion before the song begins, you know it’s a Rado.
BOB DYLAN - Blonde On Blonde (Columbia) LP
RICHARD SWIFT - The Hex (Secretly Canadian) LP
BRIAN ENO - Another Green World (Astralwerks) LP
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - There’s A Riot Going On (Epic) LP
BEASTIE BOYS - Ill Communication (Capitol) LP
VELVET UNDERGROUND - White Light/White Heat (Verve Records) LP
NEW ORDER - Technique (London Records) LP
KATE BUSH - Hounds Of Love (Fish People) LP
CAN - Tago Mago (Mute) LP
WILCO - Yankee Hotel Foxtrout (Nonesuch) LP
BIG STAR - Third (Craft) LP
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER - Replica (Software) LP
BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BRYNE - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Sire) LP
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Born To Run (Columbia) LP
SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia) LP
FLAMING LIPS - Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros.) LP
JOHN CALE - Fear (Wax Cathedral) LP
BEACH BOYS - Pet Sounds (Capitol) LP