Cheap Trick 1979 Live in Studio A

Cheaptrick live 1978

Cheaptrick live 1978

Whether or not you hail from Rockford, Illinois, Cheap Trick is sure to have captured your attention at one point or another. You may be the, “I Want You To Want Me” type who appreciates a good pop/rock anthem or perhaps you get down to the more metal influenced, “Gonna Raise Hell”, but either way, you are a Cheap Trick fan. With Howard Willing engineering and Scott Smith assisting, the band members played some old favorites and some new tunes for a live DVD in Studio A.

Image: Cheaptrick live 1978 from Wikimedia commons (2012)

The White Stripes: Live at Village Studios – Hosted by KCRW

Meg and Jack#Throwback Thursday

There isn’t much to be said about The White Stripes that hasn’t already been discussed, speculated and feverishly dissected. The Detroit duo has managed to cement their status in Rock and Roll history over the course of six phenomenal studio albums (2007’s “Icky Thump” has been labeled as the groups final LP). No stranger to success – the band has managed to draw both critical acclaim and consumer praise over the course of their career.

In addition to the bands celebrated studio records – The White Stripes eclectic performances have also become stuff of legend. Known for ditching set lists and changing arrangements on a whim – the bands dynamic performances would contain a fascinating “can’t look away ” tension.

Though it is sadly no longer possible to catch the group live – The Village is proud to present a Classic KCRW session featuring the dynamic duo in all their glory.


Saving Mr. Banks music composed by Thomas Newman



Thomas Newman
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Saving Mr. Banks music was composed by Thomas Newman earlier this year. Thomas held sessions in Studios D and also in his private room, studio N.

We recently discovered an interview with Thomas and his work on Saving My. Banks and life living in Hollywood:

Thomas Newman is one of Hollywood’s most respected and sought-after composers. In soundtracks ranging from The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Erin Brockovich (1999),American Beauty (1999) and Skyfall (2012), toLittle Women (1994), Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL-E (2008), his distinctive style often mixes bold instrumentation, striking rhythms, electronic sounds, intimate piano and lush orchestral sweep. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and winner of two BAFTAs, for American Beauty and Skyfall, he hails from a family of celebrated film musicians, such as his father Alfred (who wrote the Twentieth Century-Fox fanfare), uncles Lionel and Emil, brother David and cousin Randy.

His latest score is for Saving Mr. Banks, which was the Closing Night Gala film of this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The behind-the-scenes story of Mary Poppins (1964), it charts the uneasy collaboration between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in bringing her book to the screen.”

Visit his full interview here

Artcile by: Patrick Fahy 

December 2013


Behind The Scenes:

Also take a look at a behind the scenes with Judd Apatow, Thomas Newman and crew who surprised Mel Brooks with a performance of Blazing Saddles.





















Happy Holidays!

ChristmasFinalVillageHappy Holidays everyone! Our holiday card this year features our mural, “Isle of California” (1972).

Listed as one of the most famous of all Los Angeles murals, the work of Victor Henderson, Terry Schoonhoven, Jim Frazin of the L.A. Fine Arts Squad still lives on the south side of the studio.

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