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Sunny Vibes from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Bowl THIS Sunday!

Posted July 31, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,531 views]

This Sunday, I get to host Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros as they (all 13 or so of them!) grace the stage at The Hollywood Bowl for KCRW’s World Festival.
Their new self-titled album was just released on July 23 from Community Music.
I’ve been a fan of this band since I first heard about them circa ’07 and still adore the pleasant family feeling …

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Marie “Queenie” Lyons’ “See And Don’t See” Covered by The Afghan Whigs

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Greg Dulli and Van Hunt by Larry Hirshowitz

When Greg Dulli and The Afghan Whigs came by Morning Become Eclectic last year, they had been recently reunited for a tour and even recorded a new song.
Not a new Whigs song mind you, this one-off single was a cover of the 1970 song by Marie “Queenie” Lyons, “See And Don’t See”
At the time, it was their first recording in nearly five years and, …

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Sampha: Artist You Should Know

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South London producer Sampha Sisay has written and done vocals for SBTRKT, Jessie Ware and Drake, and although in all those instances he’s created something notable, each of those were in the service of someone else’s vision.
Earlier this week, Sampha released his “Dual” EP on Young Turks and it is a gorgeous work of minimalist RnB that (in my humble opinion) actually fully realizes …

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Sango: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 8,308 views]

This guy might be the future of music.
Sango has been getting lots of love on my show Monday nights for the past year. And, as I write this, on my third draft, I’m realizing it’s hard to put the Michigan-based producer’s sound into words.
Ambient, slow 808′s and chill mixed with heavy 808′s and heavy bass.
One minute Sango unofficially remixes The Weeknd or Ginuwine and …

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Download: The Decoders Take on Rare Disco Classic “Young, Willing & Able”

Posted July 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,525 views]

LA music collective The Decoders breathe new life into another classic on the second single off their forthcoming album Vol. 3. “Adventures From Paradise: A Tribute To Minnie Riperton”.
They’re offering the funk-filled disco track “Young, Willing & Able” as a free download in advance of their show at the Hammer Museum THIS Thursday as part of the Music for Better Living series.
 Stream “Young, Willing …

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A Tribute to J.J. Cale

Posted July 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,827 views]

Chris Douridas joined Jason Bentley during Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning to pay tribute to J.J. Cale, who passed away last week at the age of 74.
Cale is best known as the legendary songwriter of hits by Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
We played highlights from a classic interview and live performance recorded at KCRW almost exactly 19 years ago, in 1994.
As J.J. told …

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Moderat: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,178 views]

Moderat is a hybrid of two Berlin-based acts you likely ALREADY know – Modeselektor and Apparat.
Our DJs have hopped on their new album, out on Mute Records on August 6, particularly the track “Bad Kingdom”.
The track is intense, thumping, bassy electronica, with a pretty pop hook.

Apparat (real name: Sascha Ring) met bass brothers Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary 12 years ago and collaborated on …

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Franz Ferdinand, The Decoders, Daughn Gibson and More on KCRW This Week

Posted July 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,787 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, July 30, Franz Ferdinand are set to release a much anticipated new album at the end of August and will return to the radio station that gave them their first break to play their new songs live. Catch the Scottish four piece on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Wednesday, July 31, Some of …

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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums for the Week of 7/22/2013

Posted July 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,346 views]

KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums for the Week of 7/22/2013
1 HAWTHORNE, MAYER == Where Does This Door Go >> [Universal Republic]
2 FAT FREDDY’S DROP == Blackbird >> [Drop]
3 MARLEY, BOB & THE WAILERS – REMIX == Legend Remixed >> [Tuff Gong]
4 BECK == I Won’t Be Long >> [Fonograf]
5 VERVE REMIXED COMPILATION == Verve Remixed – The First Ladies >> [Verve]

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Franz Ferdinand & Todd Terje Join Forces for The North Sea

Posted July 26, 2013 by | 3 Comments | 2,412 views]
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In what I can safely say is this year’s most exciting and completely unexpected turn of events…clever, cheeky Scottish discopunks Franz Ferdinand have collaborated with clever, cheeky ScandoDisco king Todd Terje for a collaboration called The North Sea.
Franz will by playing live on Morning Becomes Eclectic on Tuesday morning and have a forthcoming full length called “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” on Domino Records due in …

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