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“The Silver Gymnasium sessions were the easiest and fastest record sessions I’d ever been involved with. Everything felt natural and right and intuitive. John was a tireless worker, a perfect cheerleader, and an inspiring partner. We’d work hard all day, go out for some drinks, and then repeat the process the next day.“ – Will Sheff, Okkervil River.

John Agnello is the guy people want to work with because he is able to put on so many different hats: Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Song Arranger …whatever is necessary to make a great sounding record.

2013 was an amazing year for John. Kurt Vile’s Walkin on a Pretty Daze, Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium and Phosphorescents Muchacho made crucial Top 50 of the year lists in Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Magnet, Paste, and The New York Times. The highly anticipated Manchester Orchestra album, mixed by Agnello, comes out in April 2014!
John’s career began at the age of 19 at Manhattan’s legendary Record Plant. Through hard work and perseverance, he moved quickly up the ranks from tape librarian to assistant to engineer . Throughout the 80’s, Agnello worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music including Dylan, Springsteen, The Hooters, John Mellencamp, Aerosmith, Twisted Sister and Cyndi Lauper.

In the 90’s, John gained a reputation as a multifaceted producer whose goal was to work with artists in helping them create a unique vision and achieve long term success. His long association with Dinosaur Jr. and J. Mascis continues to this day. He also worked with seminal bands of the time: The Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan, The Breeders, Jawbox, Chavez, Buffalo Tom, Chainsaw Kittens, Norway’s Madrugada, Son Volt and many others.

Into the 2000’s Agnello was increasingly in demand. He worked with Indie Rock progenitors Sonic Youth on The Eternal and Rather Ripped. The Hold Steady was put on the map after he helmed both Boys And Girls In America and Stay Positive . John worked with The Kills on the critically acclaimed No Wow,The Walkman, Andrew WK, indie punkers The Thermals, Drive by Truckers, stoner rockers Nebula, Turbonegro, Burning Airlines, Thurston Moore, Lee Renaldo as well as singer songwriters Jemina Pearl and Jennifer O’Connor among many others. 2011 brought the beginning of his association with Kurt Vile, producing Smoke Rings for My Halo to great critical acclaim.

Select Tracks

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    Manchester Orchestra
    "Top Notch", Cope
    Released 2014 (Favorite Gentleman)

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    Kurt Vile
    "Wakin On a Pretty Day", Wakin on a Pretty Daze
    Released 2013 (Matador)

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    Phosphorescent
    "Song for Zula", Muchacho
    Released 2013 (Dead Oceans)

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    Okkervil River
    "Down Down the Deep River", The Silver Gymnasium
    Released 2013 (ATO)

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    The Thermals
    "Born to Kill", Desperate Ground
    Released 2013 (Saddle Creek)

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    Son Volt
    "Hearts and Minds", Honky Tonk
    Released 2013 (Rounder)

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Selected Discography

Alice Cooper | The Last Temptation | Epic | R
Alvvays | Alvvays | Polyvinyl | M
Andrew WK | Close Calls With Brick Walls | M
Blood Red Shoes | Blood Red Shoes | PIAS  M
Bob Dylan | Series Of Dreams (S) | Columbia | M
Breeders | Saints (S) | Elektra | R/M
Breeders | Head To Toe | Elektra | R/M
Buffalo Tom | Sleepy Eyed  | Begggars Banquet | CP/R/M
Burning Airlines | Identikit | Desoto | Some R/M
Burning Airlines | Mission:Control! | DeSoto | M
Chavez | Ride The Fader | Matador | CP/R/M
Chavez | Gone Glimmering | Matador | CP/R/M
Cymbals Eat Guitars | Lose | Barsuk | P/R/M
Cymbals Eat Guitars | Lenses Alien | Barsuk | P/R/M
Dinosaur Jr | Turnip Farm (s) Eplc R/M
Dinosaur Jr & Del the Funky HS | The Missing Link (s) Epic | CP/R/M
Dinosaur Jr | Farm | Jagjaguar | M
Dinosaur Jr | Hand It Over | Sire | M
Dinosaur Jr | Without A Sound | Sire | R/M
Dinosaur Jr | Goin Blind | Polygram | R/M
Dinosaur Jr | Misunderstood (S) | Capitol | M
Dinosaur Jr | Where You Been? | Sire | R/M
Dinosaur Jr | Beyond | Fat Possum | R/M
Dinosaur Jr | I Bet On Sky | Jagjaguar | M
Dinosaur Jr | Give Me a Glimpse of What Yer Not | M
Drive by Truckers | The Dirty South | New West | M
Drive by Truckers | A Blessing and a Curse | New West | M
Early Man | Closing In | Matador | M
Earth, Wind & Fire | Heritage | Columbia | Addl R
Five for Fighting | The Battle For Everything | Aware/Columbia | R
Free Energy | Love Sign | Free Energy | P/R/M
Holy Sons | In the Garden | Partisan Records | M
Hop Along | Painted Shut | Saddle Creek | P/M
J Mascis | Several Shades Of Why | Sub Pop | M
J Mascis and The Fog | More Light | Ultimatum | M
Jawbox | Jawbox | Atlantic/TAG | CP/R/M
Jay Farrar | Sebastopol | Artemis Records | CP/M
Jeffrey Lewis | Manhattan | Rough Trade | M
Jimmy Eat World | New Religion | Capitol | CP/R/M
Kurt Vile | Smoke Ring For My Halo | Matador | P/R/M
Kurt Vile | Walin On A Pretty Daze | Matador | P/R/M
Kurt Vile | So Outta Reach EP | Matador | P/R/M
Lee Ranaldo | Between Time And Tides | Matador | M/Co P
Lemonheads | Big Gay Heart (S) | Atlantic | Addl R
Madrugada | Nightly Disease | Virgin | CP/R/M
Madrugada | Industrial Silence | Virgin | M
Madrugada | Madrugada | EMI/Norway | CP/R/M

Male Bonding | Endless Now | Sub Pop | P/R/M
Mark Lanegan | Field Songs | Sub Pop | CP/R/M
Mark Lanegan | Scraps At Midnight | UpSub Pop | M
Mark Lanegan | Whiskey For The Holy Ghost | Sub Pop | M
Manchester Orchestra | Cope | Loma Vista | M/Add'l E/Add'l P
Mick Jagger | Hard Woman (Video) | Columbia | R/M
Motion City Soundtrack | Panic Stations | Epitaph | P/M
Movie Soundtrack | I'm Not There | Sony | CP/R/M
Murder City Devils | In Name And Blood | Sub Pop | P/R/M
Nada Surf | If I Had A Hifi | Barsuk | M (3 Songs)
Nada Surf | The Weight Is A Gift | Barsuk | M (1 Song)
Nada Surf | You Know Who You Are | M | (6 Songs)
Nebula | Charged | Sub Pop | CP/R/M
Night Moves | Pennied Days | Domino Records | P/M/E
Okkervil River | The Silver Gymnasium | ATO Records | P/M/E
Pamela Hute | Bandit | Tot Au Tard | M
Patti Smith | Gone Again | Arista | Add'l R/M
Phosphorescent | Muchacho | Dead Oceans | M
Phosphorescent | Live at Music Hall | Dead Oceans | M
Redd Kross | Phaseshifter | Mercury | R/M
Robert Ellis | Robert Ellis | NewWest Records | P/M/E
Roger Waters | The Wall Live In Berlin | Mercury | AddI R
Screaming Trees | Darkness, Darkness | Sony | R/M
Screaming Trees | Sweet Oblivion | Epic | R
Social Distortion | Death Or Glory | Time Bomb | Co P/R/M
Son Volt | Wide Swing Tremolo | Warner Bros | M
Son Volt | Okemah and the Melody of Riot | Transmit Sound/Legacy | R/M
Son Volt | The Search | Transmit Sound/TBD | R/M
Son Volt | Honky Tonk | Rounder | M
Sonic Youth | Rather Ripped | Geffen | Co-P, M
Sonic Youth | The Eternal | Matador | P/M/R
The Amps | Pacer | Elektra | Addl R/M
The Hold Steady | Boys and Girls in America | Vagrant | Co-P/R/M
The Hold Steady | Stay Positive | Vagrant | P/R/M
The Hold Steady | A Positive Rage | Vagrant | M
The Hooters | Zig Zag | Columbia
The Hooters | Nervous Night | Columbia | R
The Kills | No Wow | RCA | R/M
The Living End | White Noise | Dew Process | P/R
The Outfield | Bangin | Columbia | R/M
The Outfield | PIay Deep | Columbia | M
The Thermals | Desperate Ground | Saddle Creek | P/R/M
The Walkmen | You and Me | Gigantic | Co Engineer
The Whigs | Enjoy The Company | New West | P/R/M
Thurston Moore | Thurston | Ecstatic Peace | CP/R/M
Turbonegro | Retox | Cooking Vinyl | M
Twin Peaks | Down in Heaven | M
Violent Femmes | We Can Do Anything | PIAS | M
Witch | Witch | Tee Pee Records | Co-P/R/M