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SPIN Magazine lists 6 Sonic Iguana Recordings in the Top 20 of the history of Lookout! Records

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In an article published today by SPIN Magazine, there appears a listing of the Top 20 songs of the history of Lookout! Records. Singer/Author Frank Portman (aka Dr. Frank), who also fronted the Mr. T. Experience (chosen as number one on the list, although not by Frank), was asked to compile a list of his own choosing and accompany it with liner-note-style commentaries. Among the 20 appear 6 songs either produced or mastered by Mass Giorgini at Sonic Iguana Studios.

The Sonic Iguana-related tracks are:

The Lillingtons “You’re the Only One” from the Death by Television album.

Lillingtons

Screeching Weasel “Peter Brady” from the Anthem for a New Tomorrow album.

Screeching Weasel

The Groovie Ghoulies “The Highwayman” from the Travels with My Amp album.

Groovie Ghoulies

The Smugglers “She Ain’t No Egyptian” from the Selling the Sizzle! album.

Smugglers

Cub “Way to Go” from the Box of Hair album.

Cub "Box of Hair"

The Queers “Love Love Love” from the Grow Up album.

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The complete listing with liner notes can be seen at http://www.spin.com/articles/20-essential-songs-late-lookout-records?page=0.

The Thing that Ate Larry Livermore

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The past month has been a productive one at Sonic Iguana! The newly redesigned site has brought increased traffic – so much so that April 2012 saw more visitors to soniciguana.com than for the entire preceding year!

On the Mastering front, Mass Giorgini completed and shipped two separate projects for Adeline Records. The first of these is the compilation album The Thing that Ate Larry Livermore, due for release on May 29, 2012 and featuring tracks hand-chosen by the digested individual of the title from some of the top up-and-coming pop-punk bands of today. Larry was asked personally by Adeline Records founder and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to put together the collection of today’s most promising melodic punks.

Of course the relationship between Larry and Sonic Iguana founder Mass Giorgini is also a very long one – Mass first became involved with Lookout Records (founded by Larry) in 1988 when he helped book shows for the only Operation Ivy tour. A few years later, Mass produced both Screeching Weasel and Queers records for Lookout Records. Soon after that, Mass’ own band Squirtgun signed to the label. In 1994, when Larry’s band the Potatomen toured the Pacific Northwest, Mass filled in on bass guitar. Over the course of the following years, several dozen Lookout releases were eventually produced at Sonic Iguana.

To share with you some of this recent project, we are exclusively streaming a sneak preview of the opening track of The Thing that Ate Larry Livermore, a song titled “Walking Distance” by the band Dear Landlord. Enjoy!

Audio watermarked by request of Adeline Records.

The Thing that Ate Larry Livermore

Welcome to the new Sonic Iguana web site

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Welcome to the new Sonic Iguana web site! After several years of the same tired old page, we are introducing an updated look. Interestingly, the logo which is the centerpiece of the new site is actually the original logo designed for Sonic Iguana by Aldo Giorgini – renowned artist with several pieces in the Smithsonian Collection – and also father of Sonic Iguana founder Mass Giorgini. In a similar way, the rest of the site is meant to share what is new and fresh about the studio while still proudly celebrating the notable albums which have been produced at Sonic Iguana over the past 22 years.

While the studio has a long and significant history (as celebrated by the partial list of albums produced here on the Credits tab), the current projects being completed at the studio  are just as exciting – from the releases completed in just the last few weeks, such as Mass Giorgini’s work on the latest Anti-Flag album The General Strike and master of the upcoming The Thing that Ate Larry compilation for Adeline Records to the current projects in the mastering studio (the upcoming release by San Francisco’s One Man Army on Adeline Records being mastered by Mass Giorgini), in the recording studio (Lady and the Monsters from California, PA being produced by Philip Zumbrun) and also at the mix desk (New Castle, Australia’s Excite Bike being mixed by Philip Zumbrun and mastered by Mass Giorgini).

Finally, in order to celebrate our history in a way that truly has a significant effect on the present, we have decided to stick to the same rates we have had since January 1, 2000 – despite the several thousands of dollars of additional investment in improved and expanded studio equipment in the studio since that time.

Thank you to Punk Rock Geek at TPU Design for designing and putting this site together. We hope you all enjoy the new site, whether you are just visiting, or plan to record with us or master a new release here in the future!

To inaugurate the new site, here is a link to the recently released video sponsored by Amnesty International for “This the New Sound” from Anti-Flag’s latest album The General Strike.

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