Elton John Releases 30th Solo LP – “The Diving Board”

Elton WebSir Elton John released his newest LP “The Diving Board” this Tuesday, September 24th! Recorded here at The Village and produced by the phenomenal T Bone Burnett – it should come as no surprise that critics have been lining up in support of the record. With an initial debut at Number 3 on the UK charts – the album is poised for similar success on the US charts! Congratulations to Elton on the release of this phenomenal record (his 30th solo album!). You can read more on the new release in the September issue of Rolling Stone.

Keith Urban Edges the Weeknd for No. 1 Debut on Billboard


Keith Urban landed at No. 1 on Billboard charts with his new LP “Fuse”. Sessions for the album were held earlier this year in studio A and engineered by one of our Village favorites – Eric Liljestrand. Fuse is Keith’s fifth top 10 album and his second No. 1! Congratulations to Keith from all of us at The Village! Be sure to go and give the record a listen if you haven’t!


Iron & Wine: Live at Village Studios – Hosted by KCRW

IWWith a name that stems from a dietary supplement by the name of “Beef Iron & Wine” – one may not know what to expect sonically from the act. The band – comprised only of singer-songwriter Sam Beam (and occasionally a few touring musicians) – represent a unique blend of folk and indie rock. Since releasing debut LP The Creek Drank The Cradle in 2002 – Iron & Wine has achieved great critical and commercial success. We had the honor of having both Sam and his backing band in studio for a KCRW session. We present the classic performance in its entirety below:

Recorded at The Village – Almost Famous: Soundtrack

AHThe intersection of rock n’ roll culture and Hollywood can make for a particularly dynamic pairing (and occasionally leave us with a killer soundtrack!) Cult favorite “Almost Famous” is one such film. The story – centering around a teenage writer for Rolling Stone – provided the perfect backdrop for an eclectic mix of songs. In fact – the Grammy award winning soundtrack has held up remarkably well in the almost (13!?) years since the films debut.

So how does The Village factor into the Cameron Crowe helmed film? Several of the songs featured on the award winning soundtrack were recorded right here at The Village! Specifically – America, Sparks, It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference, Feel Flows and Fever Dog were all recorded right here in the studios. Making the release even more special to us – Village staple Nancy Wilson (Heart) worked extensively on the films music (including the films main theme)!

If you have never seen the film – get your hands on a copy and check it out over the weekend! At the very least – crank the soundtrack to create the perfect nostalgic vibe!