Often referred to as “The Rolling Stones of Russia”, Mumiy Troll is rapidly grabbing the attention of American audiences. The band is considered one of the most popular acts in their homeland and has been given credit for starting a whole new rock/pop sound, due in part to lead singer Ilya Lagutenko. He has been praised for his captivating stage presence and quirky lyrics, and even after taking a hiatus to serve in the Soviet Army, the band’s international popularity has never faltered. Mumiy Troll was in Studio F this month working with famed engineer Mike Clink, recording an album in English. Release date is yet to be announced.
Another popular TV show set up shop at The Village this January. The cast of “Glee” was hard at work in Studios B and F recording vocals with engineer Deyder Cintron. Nelson Lugo and Ghian Wright assisted. It takes a keen ear and a skilled hand to perfect the McKinley High Schoolers’ signature sound, but after seeing the latest episodes of “Glee” on Fox, it sounds like their hard work paid off.
Image: Glee tv series title card, from wikimedia commons 2012.
Every high school has its fair share of drama, but nobody can top the kids at West Beverly High. This fictional institution is where the main action takes place on the all-new and improved version of “90210”. Originally airing in 1990, “Beverly Hills, 90210” was created by Darren Star and helped shape the television trends of that time. Today its fan base holds just as strong, all in the taste of a new generation of youth. This month, The Village hosted the crew as they worked on music for the show in Studio A with Chris Owens engineering.
Image taken by Jim Henderson in 2008, from wikimedia commons 2012.
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.