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Stars Align: Secret Space and Will Yip on collaborative magic at Studio 4

Secret Space and Will Yip in Studio 4 | photo by Chance Duffy | courtesy of the artist
Secret Space and Will Yip in Studio 4 | photo by Chance Duffy | courtesy of the artist

Dean Tartaglia and Will Yip both agree: the song that kicked their collaboration into overdrive was “Stars.”

The singer-guitarist of Toledo punk outfit Secret Space was in Conshohocken’s Studio 4 with Yip for a recording stint; late one night, long after work for the day had wrapped, Tartaglia shot Yip a voice memo from his phone.

“It was just the chorus,” Yip remembers. “And I knew. ‘We have to record this tomorrow.'” Continue reading →

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Catching up with Will Yip, the Philadelphia music scene’s secret weapon

Will Yip and Anthony Green at Studio 4 | Photo via facebook.com/WillYipMusic
Will Yip and Anthony Green at Studio 4 | Photo via facebook.com/WillYipMusic

“Lauryn Hill is more punk than anyone I know, she doesn’t give a fuck more than anyone I know.”

Will Yip made this statement many of us have probably thought. But Will Yip, unlike us, knows it is true because Will Yip knows Lauryn Hill and we do not. When he was 22, and working alongside Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Nicolo, he helped Hill find a house in New Jersey to build a studio in, and then he helped her build the studio in that house, and then he helped her record in it. He toured the world with her, too. He played drums in her band — this college kid played Fugees songs onstage with Hill. So if anyone knows Hill’s true punk rock status, it is Will Yip. Continue reading →

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Pitchfork gazes into the future of Will Yip and Studio 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Pitchfork recently published a feature story about Will Yip, the celebrated and highly-regarded producer based in Conshohocken, and the studio and scene surrounding his work.

Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →

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Philly noisemakers Nothing will release their next album on Geoff Rickly’s Collect Records

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Nothing | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

After promising us big news late last night with an Instagram of frontman Nicky Palermo buried in guitars and cables, the word about Philly noisemakers Nothing is out. The band will release its second album on Collect Records – the boutique label curated by Geoff Rickly of Thursday and home of Creepoid’s awesome new Cemetery Highrise Slum– and is currently recording with Will Yip at Studio 4, Noisey reports. In a Q&A, Palermo told editor-in-chief Fred Passero about his studio process and the plans for the record. Continue reading →

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Listen to Tigers Jaw’s new Studio 4 Acoustic Session

Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook
Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook

Back at the beginning of June, we were stoked to announce Tigers Jaw’s acoustic album. Now, it’s finally available for streaming.

The album will be officially released next week on June 30th via Will Yip’s new label, Memory Music. The album is a live recording of an intimate Tigers Jaw performance held at Studio 4 a year and a half ago. At that show, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins debuted acoustic versions of Tigers Jaw favorites, a few Title Fight covers, and some rarities. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw and Will Yip talk new label and new live acoustic album

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It’s been a little over two years since three founding members of Tigers Jaw departed. But the remaining dynamic duo of Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh has soldiered on, touring extensively to support their 2014 record CharmerThere was a point when Walsh, guitarist and vocalist, and Collins, keyboardist and vocalist, weren’t sure about the future of the Scranton indie / emo outfit. But they’ve regained serious momentum, especially with news of a new release set for late June.

The release is a live collaborative acoustic album, Tigers Jaw Acoustic: Live at Studio 4. It was recorded and produced by Will Yip, who has made quite a name for himself in recent years producing luminaries of the pop-punk world like Circa Survive, Title Fight, Superheaven and the The Wonder Years.

The album was actually recorded in September of 2013, when Tigers Jaw and Anthony Green of Circa Survive played an intimate acoustic show at Studio 4. The show was one of the first acoustic shows Ben and Brianna did as Tigers Jaw mark two. It was also the first time an acoustic gig was performed at Studio 4.

“I’ve always wanted to do it, just because the room’s so cool to have a sit-down show in,” Yip says. “And at that point, it was to help generate some press and awareness of what was going on at Studio 4.” Continue reading →

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Listen to an acoustic song from Tigers Jaw, hear them on WXPN tonight

Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook
Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook

Scranton pop punk duo Tigers Jaw just announced the release of a new album titled Live at Studio 4 via Memory Music, a new boutique label curated by Conshohocken producer Will Yip of Studio 4. Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh of the band, along with Yip, will be on the WXPN Philly Local Show tonight to discuss the release, the label and their plans for the year – which includes an acoustic show at the First Unitarain Church on Thursday, June 25th (tickets and more information can be found here). Tune in to the show tonight at 5 p.m. on 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or stream it at XPN.org if you’re outside of Philadelphia. Below, check out a version of “Teenage Rocket” from Live at Studio 4. Continue reading →

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Watch the making of Balance and Composure’s The Things We Think We’re Missing at Studio 4

Balance and Composure | Photo by John Vettese
Balance and Composure | Photo by John Vettese

Doylestown rock outfit Balance and Composure recently released a half hour documentary on the making of The Things We Think We’re Missing. Featuring interviews with all the band members and Studio 4‘s Will Yip, the video takes you through every aspect of the album creation process. From writing the songs in a remote Pennsylvania cabin to recording them in Conshohocken, Balance and Composure fills us in on how the album was formed alongside their goofing around. According to the doc, guitarist Andrew Slaymaker almost lost his mind, and Bailey Van Ellis couldn’t stand drumming in the morning, but the result was more than worth it. Check out the documentary below, and keep an eye out for an upcoming Doylestown area show. Pick up The Things We Think We’re Missing via No Sleep Records here or stream it below.

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La Dispute’s Will Yip-produced new Rooms of the House will be released in March (playing Union Transfer 4/11)

La Dispute recently announced their next full length album, Rooms of the House due out March 18th via Better Living. Sure to be another heavy dose of experimental hardcore story telling, we should be expecting something that will “blow people’s minds away,” at least according to album producer Will Yip who posted a picture with La Dispute to Instagram the other day. A

After the countless hit albums Will Yip has produced at Studio 4 over the last year (The Wonder Years’ The Greatest Generation, Balance and Composure’s The Things We Think We’re Missing and Anthony Green’s Young Legs to name a few), it speaks volumes when he says “(this album is) unlike anything I’ve ever done.” Get caught up on La Dispute’s signature style of experimental hardcore with their 2011 release Wildlife below.

Keep an eye out on their website for tracks and pre order info. Also make sure to catch them on their North American tour, where they play Union Transfer on April 11th with Pianos Become the Teeth and Mansions. Tickets are available here.

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Modern Baseball will release the new You’re Gonna Miss It All LP on 2/11, tour with The Wonder Years in the spring

Modern Baseball | photo via band's Facebook
Modern Baseball | photo facebook.com/modernbaseball

After releasing Sports last year, Modern Baseball kept the ball rolling in 2013 by signing to Run For Cover Records, touring all this past summer, and releasing a split with The Hundred Acre Woods. Now, Modern Baseball has announced their next album You’re Gonna Miss It All, which is due out February 11 via Run For Cover Records.

Truly a Philadelphia production, the album was produced by Modern Baseball’s own Ian Farmer and Jake Ewald, mixed by Philadelphia’s Jon Low, and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4. Listen to “Your Graduation,” the first single off the album, below. Like most Modern Baseball material, it is instantly catchy and has a great chorus. Unlike Sports, however, the song is less polished, adding a sense of grittiness that and even a bit of yelling. Keep an eye out for the album, and catch up on Sports below while you wait for the new record.

Catch Modern Baseball at the TLA on 12/30 with Man Overboard, Real Friends, Young Statues, and Fireworks or at The Electric Factory on 4/12 with The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, and Real Friends.