West Los Angeles, CA (May 9, 2007)–Over the last several years The Village Recording Studio has become a home away from home for KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” hosting live broadcasts and recording sessions for later airing on the morning music show.
KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Nic Harcourt (left) with Paul Weller at The Village.This year has been no exception, with show producer Ariana Morgenstern and on-air host Nic Harcourt from Southern California’s leading NPR affiliate bringing in a succession of guest artists, including The Shins, Of Montreal, and Peter Bjorn & John, to the facility.
Composer and musician Michael Brook was the first KCRW guest of the year to visit The Village, performing live-to-air with featured vocalist Lisa Germano and violinist Julie Rogers and previewing music from his May 2007 release, BellCurve. Ghian Wright engineered the session on the Neve VR console in Studio B with assistance from Noel Zancanella.
The Shins at The VillageNext up were The Shins, promoting their new album release, Wincing the Night Away, co-produced by The Shins frontman James Mercer and producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli, who also mixed the album. Additional production on Wincing was contributed by producer/engineer Phil Ek. The recording session for “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” archived for broadcast in March, was engineered by Jason Wormer with assistance from Ghian Wright on the classic Neve 8048 console in Studio A.
Wormer and Wright worked together again, on the AMS Neve 88R console in Studio D, when Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn & John came by The Village to record the synth-pop and whistling of their current release, Writer’s Block for later broadcast on KCRW.
KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Nic Harcourt (second left) with Of Montreal in Studio D at The Village.Indie rockers Of Montreal, visiting from Athens, Georgia, taped a session in Studio D, with engineer Jason Wormer assisted by Vanessa Parr. Wormer and Parr teamed up again when Australian 6-piece party band Cat Empire came by to record a session for “Morning,” also in Studio D.
The engineering pair was at work again shortly after when the UK’s Paul Weller, erstwhile frontman of The Jam and Style Council, visited Studio B with his band.
KCRW’s Ariana Morgenstern produced all of the sessions, which were also videotaped and are available for streaming on-demand from the KCRW online archives (www.kcrw.com).
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