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The legendary Paul Anka has recorded “Songs of December,” his first Christmas record in decades. Produced by Anka, with a 50-piece orchestra and vocals recorded in Studio A by the most Grammy-honored engineer Al Schmitt, the album includes lush romantic versions of popular Christmas songs sung by a master croonsmith.

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Banjoist Noam Pikelny invited comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to make a guest appearance on his second solo album, recording in Studio A. Pikelny, a member of the Bluegrass band Punch Brothers, was the recipient of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

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British actor/musician Hugh Laurie is recording an album of New Orleans Blues in Studio A. The star of the TV series “House,” is teaming up with producer Joe Henry, known for his fine work with artists such as Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco and Loudon Wainwright III. Audio engineer Ryan Freeland is tracking the album.

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Semi Precious Weapons have recorded their new self-titled EP in Studio B with producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig. The EP was released January 19th on iTunes, including the first three songs from their highly anticipated Interscope debut “You Love You” album, out this Spring.

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Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson is recording the music of George Gershwin in Studio B. Wilson has been authorized by Gershwin’s estate to complete unfinished songs Gershwin left incomplete when he died in 1937. Initially, two songs are being recorded for a proposed album due out in 2010.

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Pictured (L-R) in the renowned Studio B are Zack de la Rocha, recording engineer Robert Carranza, drummer Jon Theodore (seated) and assistant engineer Scott Gutierrez.

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Popular indie band Darker My Love, explorers of the 60s-style psychedelic rock frontier, have mixed their sophomore album, “2”, in the Neve 88R equipped Studio D. Producer Dave Cooley helmed the project with Tony Hoffer at the mixing desk.

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Herbie Hancock has completed tracks at United Recording for his forthcoming album, “River: The Joni Letters.” Working with producer Larry Klein, the album features Wayne Shorter on sax, Dave Holland on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Lionel Loueke on guitar, and a variety of vocalists.

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The Mars Volta are recording their fourth album, “The Bedlam in Goliath,” in Studio B with engineer Robert Carranza. Set for a fall release, bandmember Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is producing the record, as he did the last two Mars Volta albums. Engineer and mixer Robert Carranza is widely known and respected for his work with such artists as Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Beck, Eels, Molotov, and Supergrass.

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Immensely successful Canadian power trio Rush has completed its 18th studio album and first new collection of original material in nearly five years. “Snakes & Arrows” was recorded with Grammy Award®-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and Rush co-producing, and mixed by engineer Rich Chycki in Studio D on the Neve 88R console, where the band took full advantage of one of the world’s largest collection of vintage outboard gear. The new Anthem/Atlantic album debuts on May 1, featuring the single “Far Cry,” followed by a major North American tour this summer.

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