Don Rickles’ Audio Book in the Making

Don Rickles audio book

Don Rickles at the Tropicana in New Jersey

You may know him as “Mr. Warmth” or “The Merchant of Venom”, but whatever you call him, we all know that Don Rickles is the king of crushing comedy. Since the late 1940’s, Rickles has been harassing his hecklers, and they can’t get enough. Frank Sinatra enjoyed the jabs so much that he created audiences for this budding star that eventually lead to a headlining spot in Las Vegas. The Village had the honor of hosting Don Rickles in Studio F while he was recording an audio book set to release sometime next year. During the session, we were all reminded, once again, that nobody escapes the biting wit of Mr. Rickles when he called Jared Nugent, his engineer, “Jerry” and said “Good luck to you. I’ve never worked with a guy that’s deaf.” Better luck next time Jerry…I mean, Jared.

Image from wikimedia commons: originally posted to Flickr as Mr. Warmth” himself, the legendary Don Rickles, performs live on stage at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 01/12/08

Congratulations to our friend Ben Lear on his Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in a feature length film

“Ben Lear’s, “Imaginary Friends,” is on the shortlist for the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in a feature length film. The song appears in “Olive,” the first feature shot entirely on a cell phone and the only film without distribution or festival appearances to be considered for an Oscar this year. A real underdog story, you might say. Ben Lear is an unsigned, self-distributing artist up against the likes of Mary J Blige, Elvis Costello, Chris Cornell, Elton John, and Lady Gaga (among many others). Listen to his song.

Here’s a fragment from “Olive”.

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The Chieftains: Éirinn Go Brách

For 50 years, The Chieftains have been making traditional Irish music together. The group has received 6 Grammy Awards and an Academy award in addition to countless collaborations with some of the most respected musicians of our time. They have worked with artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Sting and most recently, T Bone Burnett. Founder Paddy Maloney and the rest of the band were in Studio D as part of an epic, new project that is being kept secret for the time being. T Bone produced while Mike Piersante engineered and Chris Owens assisted.

Go ahead and listen to it.

Talented Melody Gardot Makes Music at The Village

Melody Gardot at the village

Melody Gardot, Berlin 2010

Melody Gardot is truly unique. Known for her accomplishments as a singer/songwriter, she also happens to be a Macrobiotic cook, a Buddhist, a fashionista and an advocate for the benefits of music therapy. Melody began writing her own music after a severe accident in 2003 left her hospitalized for a year, but after recovering and playing a gig in Philadelphia in 2005, she was discovered and her career as a singer took off. Ms. Gardot was hard at work in Studio D for several weeks with producer Heitor Pereira, engineer Moogie Canazio, and assistant Scott Smith.

Image from wikimedia commons: Melody Gardot live at the Admiralspalast in Berlin September 2010. Pic taken by Stefanie Meynberg.

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