Don Zientara is best known as the owner of Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA. Don has worked on most of Dischord’s releases, including all but one of the Fugazi records. He has engineered hundreds of other sessions and has been instrumental in helping new producers, including J.Robbins (of Jawbox) and Chad Clark (of Beauty Pill and Silver Sonya Studios) get their start. Inner Ear is a 24-track full service studio, but Zientara decided to record his own music on a one-track reel to reel tapedeck, using no overdubs or effects. The songs are the songs.
Northern Liberties is a new label started by Ian MacKaye of Fugazi and co-owner of Dischord Records. The label is dedicated to the release of work that may seem obscure, but in MacKaye’s opinion speaks clearly to the point of music and expression.