SXSW Preview: Raphael Saadiq’s “Good Man”

Posted February 22, 2011 by | 5 Comments | 6,503 views]

A lot of songwriters don’t want to explain the meaning of their songs and claim they would prefer it be interpreted by the listener. It’s something that has frustrated me in the past. I always felt awkward attaching my own emotions and ideas to someone else’s art — embarrassed that I may be too off the mark and getting it entirely wrong. But I’m …

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Nite Jewel: Local Band We Love

Posted February 21, 2011 by | 3 Comments | 4,596 views]

From KCRW DJ Mario Cotto:
I’ve seen Nite Jewel perform in a variety of settings – from The Smell to The Music Box – and like ANY true artist worth their weight in salt, Nite Jewel is unmistakably true to her sound, vision, and ultimately herself.
She has a stunning ear for melodies and overdubs her vocals to the point of creating the sonic equivalent …

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Adele, Gang of Four, Grouplove and More on KCRW

Posted February 21, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 3,111 views]

Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, February 22, Gang of Four defined the early English post-punk era and have inspired countless bands to this day. After 15 long years, they’ve recorded a brand new album which they will perform, along with some of their classics, for Morning Becomes Eclectic listeners at 11:15am.
Thursday, February 24, The five globe-trotting members of …

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Local Natives Live with a String Quartet!

Posted February 18, 2011 by | 2 Comments | 4,716 views]

LA’s own Local Natives have barely spent any time in their hometown the last few years, touring constantly.
Today, we were able to grab them for a very special performance – the first time they’ve played with a string quartet on the radio, a fitting preview to their sold out show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on February 26. (so sold out, in fact, …

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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums

Posted February 18, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 2,834 views]

KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums for the Week of 02/14/2011
1 ADELE == 21 >> [Columbia]
2 JAMIROQUAI == Rock Dust Light Star >> [Mercury Uk]
3 DEERHOOF == Deerhoof Vs Evil >> [Polyvinyl]
4 MAYFIELD, JESSICA LEA == Tell Me >> [Nonesuch]
5 BLAKE, JAMES == James Blake >> [Universal]
6 HARVEY, PJ == Let England Shake >> [Vagrant]
7 DECEMBERISTS == King Is Dead >> [Capitol]

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Deerhoof: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 18, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 5,026 views]

I have to admit – I’m a new Deerhoof fan. While I’ve been hearing about the San Francisco-based band’s quirky, almost experimental, pop for years, I’ve never really dug deep into their recordings.  But when I heard that KCRW DJ and music maniac Henry Rollins (happy 50th birthday, Henry!) was the first to debut their new record Deerhoof vs Evil (their 11th album in …

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Restored Joni Mitchell Live Session Available in KCRW Archives

Posted February 18, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 8,355 views]

Joni Mitchell first performed on Morning Becomes Eclectic on October 25, 1994. She played an intimate, acoustic set and we’ve now restored it for all to hear! Below is the story behind this special session:
Joni first appeared at KCRW in 1991 with then Morning Becomes Eclectic host and Music Director, Chris Douridas (pictured above).  MBE producer Ariana Morgenstern recalls the visit: “It was an …

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A Visit With Kisses – New Songs, Tour Dates and More

Posted February 17, 2011 by | 4 Comments | 4,603 views]

From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
Stream Kisses’ “People Can do the Most Amazing Things”
I’ve been bopping around to the nine songs that comprise Kisses’ debut Heart of the Nightlife pretty much non-stop since well before I first wrote about them here eight months ago.  I was anxious to know when I’d have new songs from the local band to add to the rotation, so I …

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Oscar-Nominated Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Shares Her Workshop Playlist

Posted February 17, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,666 views]

I loved Colleen Atwood’s work long before I knew her name. The Academy-award winning costume designer has an incredible array of movies under her belt, from Little Women – a favorite of DJ Marion Hodges – to Big Fish, a favorite of mine.
But she is best known for being a frequent Tim Burton collaborator, having worked on Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sweeney …

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Beady Eye – The Roller

Posted February 17, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 2,614 views]

Oasis always claimed a gigantic influence from The Beatles, but the new song from Beady Eye –  the group formed by members of Oasis after the departure of guitarist Noel Gallagher – may be the closest yet. It’s hard to hear “The Roller” without thinking of the Beatles (and I mean that as the highest compliment possible) and then you see the video, where …

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