Rob Schnapf has been making critically-acclaimed records for the past two decades. He first gained recognition by producing (with his then-partner Tom Rothrock) Beck's debut album, "Mellow Gold," including the breakthrough single, "Loser." Rob and Tom produced three albums for Elliot Smith, including "XO" and "Figure 8."
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Cass McCombs 'Mangy Love'
Rob produced, recorded and mixed this acclaimed album:
"4 stars... his finest album" - MOJO
"Best New Track" (Opposite House) - Pitchfork
"One of the Best Rock Albums of 2016" - Pitchfork
4 stars - Rolling Stone
"His richest ever recording" - NME
Kurt Vile 'B'lieve I'm Goin Down'
Rob produced, recorded and mixed 3 songs from this critically acclaimed album, including "Pretty Pimpin" - Vile's first #1 single. It's ranked as one of "The Best 50 Albums of 2015" by NME, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and The AV Club, and one of "The Top 20 Albums of 2015" by Rolling Stone.
#6 Independent Album
#8 Top Rock/Alt Album
#10 Top Rock Album
#40 Billboard Top 200
Elliott Smith 'XO'
Rob co-produced and recorded this album, which became the best-selling release of Elliot's career. As with his two previous albums, also produced by Rob, 'XO' earned a place on many's "Best Album" lists - Spin magazined ranked it #90 on its list of "The 125 Best Albums" in the magazine's lifetime, while Pitchfork included it on their list of "The Greatest Albums of the 1990's."
Rob mixed all but 2 songs on this debut album. TIME named it one of the most anticipated album releases of 2013.
#5 Heatseeker Album
Beck 'Mellow Gold'
Rob and his partners started Bong Load Custom Records, which recorded and released Beck's breakthrough single "Loser." The album itself, co-produced and mixed by Rob, was later released through Geffen Records. Guitar World magazine named it #4 on their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums that Defined 1994" list.
2x Platinum in US
Gold in CAN
Ducktails 'St. Catherine'
Rob co-produced and mixed this album. Ducktails is the solo project of Real Estate's Matt Mondanile. Amazon.com calls it "by far his most accomplished album to date. The album is filled with his baroque pop flourishes and layered with his soothing, but sharp vocals... St. Catherine is a complex, moody work filled with yearning and lots of the gorgeous melodic fretwork..."
The Garden 'Haha'
Rob produced and mixed this album. NME says "their music perfectly captures modern California, where Twitter-damaged 20-somethings with minds like 70-channel televisions drink and drug their way through over-stimulated drudgery. For that alone, 'Ha Ha' is a worthwhile listen."
The Vines 'Highly Evolved'
Rob produced and mixed this debut album, and played guitars on several tracks. The album won an ARIA Award, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies. NME magazine voted it the "2nd Best Album of the Year." It is also included in the book "100 Best Australian Albums."
#3 UK Album
#5 ARIA Album
#11 US Album
Booker T. Jones 'The Road From Memphis'
Rob co-produced and mixed this album, which once again won the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Instrumental Album." It was also included on Mojo's list of "Top 50 Albums of 2011."
Saves The Day 'Stay What You Are'
Rob produced and mixed this album, which NME calls "One of 20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time."
Starsailor 'On The Outside'
The band's third album was produced and mixed by Rob. It has been certified Silver in the UK.
Foo Fighters 'Foo Fighters'
Rob co-mixed this debut album, including the single "I'll Stick Around." Kerrang! named it the "Best Album of the Year." It received a Grammy Nomination for "Best Alternative Music Album," has been certified Platinum in the US and Canada, and certified Gold in UK.
#23 Billboard Top 200
#3 Album in UK
#3 Album in AUS
#5 Album in CAN
Rob produced and mixed one track from this Grammy winning album. Rolling Stone named it "Album of the Year," along with NME and The Village Voice Pazz & Jop who named it "Best Album of the Year." It was also named "One of the Greatest Albums of All Time" by Q, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media, and Spin.
4x Platinum in US
3x Platinum in UK
2x Platinum in CAN
Guided By Voices 'Isolation Drills'
This album was produced and mixed by Rob. It debuted on Billboard's Top 200 and was ranked on PopMatters' list of "Best Albums of the '00s." AllMusic writes: "With Rob Schnapf behind the controls, Isolation Drills sounds like the real rock album GBV have always wanted to make."
#6 Independent Album
#8 Heatseeker Album
Powderfinger 'Dream Days at the Hotel Existence'
Rob produced and mixed this album, including the single "Lost and Running." It was certified Platinum within the first week of release, and became the fastest selling album of the year in Australia.
#1 ARIA Album debut
3x Platinum in AUS
Moby "South Side"
Rob mixed this track, which appears on the album 'Play.' It is one of Moby's most successful singles, winning the BMI Pop Song Award for "Best Pop Song" and being his only single to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
#3 Modern Rock Track
#8 Adult Top 40
#14 Billboard Hot 100
#16 US Dance Club Song
The Vines 'Winning Days'
Rob produced this album, including the single "Ride," which was ranked as one of Triple J's "Hottest 100 of 2004."
#7 ARIA Album
#29 UK Album
Elliott Smith 'Figure 8'
Rob co-produced, recorded and mixed this album. It was placed at #42 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums of the Decade." The album was also placed on Pitchfork's list of "200 Greatest Albums of the 2000's." The album charted in the Top 100 in the US, UK, and AUS.
Booker T. Jones 'Potato Hole'
Rob produced this album with Booker T. It won the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Instrumental Album."
Saves The Day 'In Reverie'
This album was produced by Rob, and is the band's highest charting album to date.
#4 Independent Album
#27 Billboard Top 200
Mavis Staples 'Live: Hope At The Hideout'
This live album was mixed by Rob. It earned a Grammy Nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."
#17 Top Gospel Album
The Vines 'Melodia'
Rob produced and mixed this album.
#12 ARIA album
Rob produced, recorded and mixed this album.
#1 Heatseeker Album
including the single "Possum Kingdom":
#4 Modern Rock Song
#9 Mainstream Rock Song
The Redwalls 'De Nova'
Rob produced and mixed this album, including the track "It's Alright," which was featured on HBO's Original Series Entourage.
#3 Heatseeker Album
Elliott Smith 'Either/Or'
This critically acclaimed album was co-produced and mixed by Rob. NME calls it one of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." Blender deemed it one of the "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Ever."
___"One of the finest rock albums you'll hear all year" - Spin
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love (Anti) (P-E-M)
___"4 stars... his finest album" - MOJO
___"Best New Track" (Opposite House) - Pitchfork
___"One of the Best Rock Albums of 2016" - Pitchfork
St. Tropez - self-titled debut album, including the single "Order" (St. Tropez) (M) Barrie James O'Neill - Cold Coffee (Acid Bird) (P-M) Tokyo Police Club - Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Part 1 (Dine Alone Records) (M) Islands - Should I Remain Here At Sea (Islands Records)(M) The Garden - forthcoming EP (Burger/Epitaph) (P-E-M) Margot & the Nuclear So & So's - The Bride on the Boxcar (Joyful Noise) (P-E-M) Kurt Vile - 3 tracks from 'B'lieve I'm Goin Down' (Matador) (P-E-M)
___"One of the Best 50 Albums of 2015" - NME, Pitchfork, Stereogum, The AV Club
___"One of the Top 20 Albums of 2015" - Rolling Stone
___#6 Independent Album
___#8 Top Rock/Alternative Album
___#10 Top Rock Album
___#40 Billboard Top 200
Dilly Dally - Sore (Partison Records) (M)
___Rolling Stone "Band To Watch"
Ducktails - St. Catherine (Domino) (CP-M) The Garden - Haha (Epitaph) (P-M) Surfer Blood - 1000 Palms (Universal Ireland) (M) Matt Skiba and The Sekrets - Kuts (Superball Music) (P-M) Andy Shauf - "Jenny Come Home" and "My Brother Jeremy" (Anti) (M) Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx III (self-released) (M) Jenny Lewis & Jonathan Rice - 'Song One' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Lakeshore) (M) Lost in the Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs (Anti) (M)
___#9 Billboard Heatseeker's Album
Fidlar - Fidlar (Mom + Pop Music) (M) Islands - A Sleep & A Forgetting (Anti) (M) Everest - Ownerless (ATO) (CP-M) Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame (Anti) (P) Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis (Epitaph) (CP-M)
___Grammy Winner "Best Pop Instrumental Album"
A.A. Bondy - Believers (Fat Possum) (P-E) Tokyo Police Club - Champ (Mom + Pop) (P-M) Everest - On Approach (WB) (M) Kevin Devine - Between the Concrete and Clouds (Razor & Tie) (M) Rickie Lee Jones - Balm in Gilead (Fantasy) (M) Kisschasy - Seizures (Below Par) (P-M) The Vines - Melodia (Ivy League) (P-M)
___#12 ARIA Album
Islands - Arm's Way - (Anti) (M) The Whigs - Mission Control (ATO) (P-M) Mavis Staples - Live: Hope At The Hideout (Anti) (M)
___Grammy Nominee "Best Contemporary Album"
Joshua Radin - Simple Times (Mom + Pop) (P-CM) Rickie Lee Jones - The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard (New West) (CP-M) The Honorary Title - Untouched and Intact EP (WB) (P-M) The Honorary Title - Scream and Light Up the Sky (WB) (P-M) Powderfinger - Dream Days at the Hotel Existence (Universal) (P-M)
___#1 ARIA Album
___3x Platinum in AUS
Kevin Devine - Put Your Ghost to Rest (Capitol) (P-M) Eisley - Room Noises (Reprise) (CP) Starsailor - On The Outside (EMI) (P-M)
___Silver in the UK
Nine Black Alps - Everything Is (Island) (P-M) The Redwalls - De Nova (Capitol) (P-M)
___#3 Billboard Heatseeker's Album
The Vines - Winning Days (Capitol) (P-M)
___#7 ARIA Album
___#29 UK Album
Elliott Smith - From A Basement On The Hill (Anti) (CP-M)
___#1 Billboard Independent Album
___#19 Billboard Top 200
Saves The Day - In Reverie (DreamWorks) (P-M) The Vines - Highly Evolved (Capitol) (P-M)
___"2nd Best Album of the Year" - NME (2002)
___"100 Best Australian Albums" (2010 Hardie Grant book)
Saves The Day - Stay What You Are (Vagrant) (P-M)
___named one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time" (NME)
Guided By Voices - Isolation Drills (TVT) (P-M)
___named one of "The Best Albums of the '00s" (2014 PopMatters)
Moby - South Side (V2) (M)
___#14 Billboard Hot 100
___One of Moby's most successful singles, appearing on the album 'Play.'
Elliott Smith - Figure 8 (DreamWorks) (CP-M) Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor (Capitol) (P-E-M) Elliott Smith - XO (DreamWorks) (CP-E-M)
___"One of the 125 best albums in Spin's lifetime" (Spin, 2010)
___"One of the greatest albums of the 1990's" (Pitchfork Media)
Mary Lou Lord - Got No Shadow (Work) (P-M) Toadies - Feeler (Interscope) (P-M) Elliott Smith - Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars) (CP-M)
___"One of the 100 greatest albums of the 1990's" (Pitchfork Media)
___"One of the best albums from 1987 to 2012" (Spin)
___"One of the 100 greatest indie rock albums ever" (Blender)