Recorded at The Village – The Smashing Pumpkins: “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”

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It was 18 years ago that recording wrapped for The Smashing Pumpkins third full length album, “Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness”, which just so happens to be regarded as a seminal album of the mid-nineties alternative movement.

Recorded here at The Village and produced by Flood and Alan Moulder, the album is an expansive double disc that draws parallels to the ambitions of the “White Album”.

In fact, Corgan named The Beatles “White Album” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” as direct inspirations for the record, with Corgan going so far as to refer to the album as “The Wall for Generation X”.

“Mellon Collie’s remarkable breadth is the best indication of Corgan’s ability to let loose. You could pick five songs at random and still end up with a diverse batch of singles that would make a case for Smashing Pumpkins being the most stylistically malleable multi-platinum act of the 90s.” – Excerpt from Ian Cohen’s Pitchfork Review

Speaking to Rolling Stone in November 1995, Corgan explained the intense pressure he was under during the recording sessions. “We literally worked 20-hour days, three days in a row, to try and make the deadline. It was totally ridiculous. I was out of my mind.” When you consider the incredible amount of material recorded during the sessions (a rumored 57 tracks!), it is no wonder Corgan was exhausted! In the end the 57 tracks were whittled down to the final 28 track double disc.

The immense efforts undertaken by Corgan and Co. were not in vain. The album was released to significant critical acclaim (and a Billboard Number 1 debut) in October 1995. Upon release, many critics and publications such as Time Magazine showered it with praise. The accolades would continue well past the albums release date as the band would score seven nominations (including both Album and Record of The Year) at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

The record was recently given the Deluxe Reissue treatment – featuring 64 bonus tracks and a live DVD as well. That being said – If you have never given the album a listen –  now is the perfect time to do it!

DJ Cassidy’s “Calling All Hearts” Single Released

DJ Cassidy is the DJ experience you have been longing for. Passionate, innovative and affable, this “superstar spinner” has performed for everyone from Oprah to President Obama. In anticipation of his debut artist album, Paradise Royale, due out this Spring via Columbia Records, DJ Cassidy has released the first single, “Calling All Hearts.” The title is no misnomer, featuring Robin Thicke, R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland together with members of Chic, Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang, the track incorporates super funk and stadium-worthy production that will have you on your feet before you know it. “I needed an anthem, a song that would call everyone to the dancefloor,” Cassidy tells Billboard, referring to the making of the track.

Recorded at the Village, DJ Cassidy has made some sweet soul music for Paradise Royale. Naturally, Cassidy has been the most pleasant of guests to have here.


Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies at 94

We last wrote about Pete Seeger in June 2013, revealing the “Story Behind” Seeger’s stirring rendition of “Forever Young”.

A pioneer of contemporary folk music, Seeger inspired many activist singer-songwriters. With a career spanning over 70 years, Seeger was an activist himself, promoted political views that landed him in direct confrontations with the government, galvanized the folk movement and influenced icons including Bob Dylan.

Seeger was a courageous, devoted man, full of spirit even to his final days. Garnering multiple Grammy wins, singing at President Barack Obama’s 2008 Inauguration, and named one of America’s Living Legends by the Library of Congress are just a couple honors that define Seeger’s career.

The Village Studios were fortunate to have been used in the recording process of Rod Stewart’s 1988 Album, “Out of Order” – highlighting the genius of Bob Dylan, inspired by Seeger’s “Forever Young”.

Pete, may you stay forever young.


KCAL 9 Reports on Grammy P&E Wing Event at The Village


The Recording Academy celebrated one of the most influential artists in music at The Village on Tuesday. The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing focuses on the Preservation of Sound and Sound Quality, recognizing Neil Young this year for a Lifetime of Achievement. Young was all smiles as he told KCAL 9, “I love sound, I love making records.”

The evening also featured a special surprise performance by Dave Matthews. His three-song acoustic set included, “Rye Whiskey,” “My My, Hey Hey,” and “The Needle and the Damage Done.”

Watch the full video here or below:


Matthew McConaughey and Robbie Robertson team up on The Wolf Of Wall Street’s ‘The Money Chant’.


Director, Martin Scorsese and music producer, Robbie Robertson (co-founder  of The Band) have collaborated  on multiple films over the past four decades including their recent project, The Wolf of Wall Street.

One of the favorite soundtracks from the film is “The Money Chant” – written and performed by Robbie Robertson featuring Matthew McConaughey.  Check out the trailor and an interview about the film.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Rob Reiner, P.J. Byrne

Robbie Robertson IMDB Credit: (performer: “The Money Chant”) / (producer: “The Money Chant”) / (writer: “The Money Chant”) 

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