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!

Foster The People Live At The Village on Spotify

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Foster The People recorded a live Spotify Session here at the Village in our Moroccan Ballroom last month. You can stream the live album on Spotify here:

As a follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut album, TorchesSupermodel is the second studio album by American indie rock band Foster the People. The album was co-produced by their frontman Mark Foster and British musician Paul Epworth, and was released by Columbia Records on March 14, 2014.

Foster revealed in an interview with Billboard, that he’s been writing songs on the road and that the Los Angeles band’s next album will have “more grit” than their debut. 

He said of the record:

“I think it’s going to take a lot of left turns. It’s going to be really celebratory – a lot like our first record is, but in a different way. I think there’s going to be more grit, and I think it’s gonna be extremely percussive. I’ve been listening to a lot of the Clash lately, and a lot of ’60s, the Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily.”


Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/foster-the-people/64283#oJUv0UWwlihxpu6C.99

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