August 12, 2009
There is no music scene in Los Angeles, says Stone Heavy Sound co-owner and musician Juan Suarez. To that end, Stone Heavy Sound recording studio, at 517 S. Victory Blvd. in Burbank, recently opened with the goal of not only providing a place where bands can record and post-produce their material, but also creating a place where those bands can become “part of a scene and kind of tie it together,” Suarez said. “Even in Hollywood, it’s a small community of artists, but there’s no real scene.
October 13, 2004
Mark R. Madler Arson investigators continue to seek a cause for an explosive fire that recently gutted a recording studio. Investigators initially estimate that the two-story International Recording Corp. studio at Santa Anita Avenue and First Street suffered $2 million in damage to the building and $5 million in damage to the equipment. The explosion early Sunday morning sent debris a block away in the light industrial area just outside of downtown.
April 24, 2002
Ryan Carter MAGNOLIA PARK -- Three men were being held on $1 million bail each after they allegedly planned to shoot a security guard at a local recording studio. Damon Byers, 25, from Van Nuys, and two Huntington Beach men, Brandon Kennedy, 26, and Laurence Smith, 25, were arrested early Monday after police found guns connected to them, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. A security guard asked Byers to leave a rap artist's 3 a.m. recording session at Encore Studios Inc. at 721 Glenwood Place, and Byers allegedly threatened him. Byers allegedly returned shortly after 5 a.m. and approached a gate.
December 13, 2008
?Cadillac Records? is a musical drama about rock ?n? roll before Elvis Presley and is based on a true story. However, screenwriter, director and relative newcomer Darnell Martin fails in her attempt to write a cohesive script, covering too much with too little exposition. Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) opens a club in a black neighborhood in Chicago, building his success with the talents of 17-year-old Little Walter (Columbus Short), a harmonica genius, and electric guitarist and blues singer Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright)
January 25, 2013
Two brothers who own two Burbank-based recording studios have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit loan fraud after reportedly scamming three banks out of $1.7 million in loans to fund their music business, officials announced Friday. The Salazar brothers - Matt, 29, and Jason, 28, of Valley Village and Grover Beach, respectively - admitted to providing false documents to Bank of America, Greystone Bank and Huntington National Bank to secure $1.7 million in loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
October 13, 2004
Studio announces contest winner AIRPORT DISTRICT -- A Los Angeles singer and songwriter was the winner in a contest sponsored by Burbank recording studio SoundMoves. A panel of judges chose David Thiele from among 14 finalists in the studio's first "Unsigned Artist Contest." As the grand prize winner, Thiele will record and mix one song at the studio and have it distributed on 1,000 compact discs. The session will be documented on video. Mark R. Madler Celebrate teen month Teens are invited to vote for their favorite book on special ballot forms available at all Burbank Public Libraries or at their school library.
July 1, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Magnolia Park residents spoke. The City Council listened. After determined district residents showed up at Tuesday's meeting to oppose a voice-recording studio's planned expansion, the council voted the business' request down. The 4-0 vote, with Mayor Bill Wiggins absent, ended the studio's more-than-six-month drive to add additional recording space. In siding with Magnolia Park residents, Councilman Dave Golonski said the enlarged studio would cause too many traffic snarls and increase the parking crisis near its 3021 W. Magnolia Blvd.
April 13, 2005
The following information was taken from police reports: MEDIA DISTRICT WEST 300 block of California Street: A 71-year-old Burbank woman reported to police Thursday that she had $30,000 taken from her in a phone scam. MAGNOLIA PARK 4600 block of Magnolia Boulevard: Employees of a recording studio reported to police Sunday that the business was entered through an unlocked window and $12,300 worth of recording equipment, speaker and computer were taken.
May 20, 2006
BURBANK ? A 19-month investigation into an October 2004 explosion at the International Recording Corp. in Burbank resulted in the arrest of two men on Monday on suspicion of arson and fraud, authorities said. William Schlegel, 59, of Thousand Oaks, and Daniel Medina, 29, of Los Angeles, are charged with sparking a fire that obliterated their recording studio at 75 E. Santa Anita Ave. and showered debris that caused minor damage to vehicles and surrounding properties as far as three blocks away, said Capt.
April 9, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday approved plans for a six-story, 210-room hotel to be built in downtown Burbank. A Hilton Garden Inn - proposed by a Florida-based developer - is expected to take over the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue, replacing an existing auto sales lot, car repair shop and restaurant. Proposed hotel amenities include a restaurant, lounge, pool and fitness center, according to a city report. At the meeting on Monday, residents and business owners supporting the project cited the economic benefits of a new hotel, while opponents fear impacts to parking and traffic congestion.