This month, The Village had the pleasure of hosting over 6 sessions with “The Live Buzz” (now “Pure Volume”), a newly launched music video site through Buzz Media. Nic Harcourt, formerly of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, joined forces with Buzz to breathe new life into the way music lovers watch internet videos. When asked how Live Buzz is different than similar sites, Harcourt says, “we’re getting up close in personal in the way we’re shooting sessions. You’re feeling like you’re closer to the music, and I haven’t felt that in anything that I’ve seen before.” In November alone, Buzz recorded and documented performances by Darker My Love, Starz, Banda De Touristas, Sean Lennon, Bear Hands and Black Angels in various studios around The Village. We are looking forward to many more.
This month, KCRW produced Duffy and Damon Gough, also known as Badly Drawn Boy, in Studio’s B and D. With a vocal style all his own and a fashion sense to match, Duffy has achieved great success since debuting his first album, Rockferry in 2008. He has won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, several Brit awards and appeared in the film Patagonia. Badly Drawn Boy, a singer/songwriter from the UK, has also captured the attention of music lovers everywhere. He was not only included in the 2002 list of “50 Bands To See Before You Die”, but has made great strides in the world of philanthropy as well; the profits from his UK tour in 2006 went to a music based charity called Oxfam.
Image: Duffy picture taken by José Goulão from Lisbon, Portugal, in 2009 from wikimedia commons, 2012.
After taking a small break in 2002, The Greenhornes are back and better than ever. Buzz Media brought the guys in for a live session on December 6th to highlight Four Stars, the newest album from this Cincinnati based band. But the boys have been busy since their hiatus. Collaborating with friends Jack White and Brendan Benson, Lawrence and Keeler formed The Raconteurs who have been selling out venues all across America.
In addition to The Greenhornes, The Dandy Warhols joined The Buzz Media roster later in the week, and don’t be fooled into thinking that a clever name is all that sets these musicians apart from the crowd. This group of Portland natives has plenty of pizzazz to stand out amongst a sea of wannabes. Founded in the early 90’s, The Warhols first gained momentum in Europe and after a brilliant video directed by David LaChapelle, the band gained the favor of the American listener. Nic Harcourt produced while Ghian Wright engineered and Scott Smith and Nelson Lugo assisted.