As always, KCRW brings some of today’s best artists into our studio to perform live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. This month we had the pleasure of working with White Lies, Cold War Kids, and Iron & Wine. Formerly called Fear of Flying, White Lies had a quick ascent to notoriety. The band had written new songs that didn’t fit their previous sound, so the “new band” was reborn with an all new name in 2007. The UK natives let the media buzz do the work for them, and 5 months later, they burst onstage to be met with several “ones to watch” articles and multiple tour and TV appearance offers. Cold War Kids originated just across town in Fullerton, CA in 2004 and since then have spent most of their time writing and touring. Band member Nathan Willet is quoted saying, “We don’t love being in a studio; we focus more on the writing”, and that comes across loud and clear if you listen to any of their albums. Samuel Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, has a broad range of talents including a Bachelor’s Degree in painting, an MFA in film, and a musical intelligence and skill that has taken him all over the world. His fourth full length album was released this month, and all the while, Samuel still finds time to be a husband and father of 5.
What is “The Wrecking Crew?”
This is a documentary film about an elite group of studio session musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960’s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, 5th Dimension, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers and Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound and that’s just a few! The amount of work in which they were involved was tremendous. These musicians have since become known as “The Wrecking Crew“.
The Village recently had a cameo in the new Nataly Dawn music video, “Leslie”. Nataly, is a California-based songwriter you can find more of her music here.
Colbie Caillat performed the National Anthem at World Series 2013 Saturday, October the 26th.Colbie is producer engineer Ken Caillat’s daughter. Ken has been a private client of The Village since the 70’s. He is best known for producing numerous Fleetwood Mac albums like ‘Tusk’ which was recorded here in Studio D. Congratulations Colbie and Ken!
The incredibly talented Rufus Wainwright stopped by The Village this month to serenade the KCRW listeners with old favorites and a few new tunes. With an extensive catalogue of hauntingly distinctive originals, Rufus kept us all captivated during this live broadcast. For an added bonus, Wainwright’s sister Martha was in attendance lending her crystal-clear, folk style voice to several harmony parts, including a beautiful French piece taught to them by their late mother. Ghian Wright engineered with Ravel Boynton assisting.