Articles from January 2014
Duck Sauce –”Quack” EP
Duck Sauce, the dance duo comprised of house music legend Armand Van Helden and legend-in-the-making, A-Trak, had an unlikely worldwide pop hit in 2010 with their song “Barbra Streisand” (here it is if you need a refresher).
The song was fun, catchy and brimming with unbridled bombast, which is a pretty apt description of most every song in Duck Sauce’s (small-ish) discography.
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Whether they know it or not, most everyone knows Harry Nilsson thanks to his pop hits “Everybody’s Talkin’” (1969), “Without You” (1971) and the quirky “Coconut” OR his friendship/wild antics with John Lennon.
(Both explored in a documentary well worth watching called “Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?”)
But I really became acquainted with the wonder of Harry Nilsson thanks to …
Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver had the sort of meteoric rise from the under belly of indie-folk to mainstream popularity that makes it nearly impossible to keep fans on both sides. In one respect or another, fans of his (or former fans) have an opinion about him and that can produce hilarious results.
The catalyst for all the hype comes from his most popular song, …
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Give The People What They Want”
Give the People What They Want is the fifth album by the American funk/soul band signed to Daptone Records.
Holly is the fourthcoming Ep from the Los Angeles singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Cupid Deluxe is the second album by British singer, songwriter and composer Dev Hynes as Blood Orange, and is the follow up to …
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Mayer Hawthorne and his band — dubbed the Brunch Bunch for this Morning Becomes Eclectic live session from the Village Studios — played their set in pajamas.
Proving that comfort is more important than style, especially when you’re playing at 11am!
The now LA-based musician (he grew up in Ann Arbor, MI) was in good spirits and was pleased that Jason sensed the Steely Dan influence …
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John Wizards have followed their stunning debut record with the release of a new single off said record.
“Muizenberg” comes with a pair of excellent remixes by Seiji and The 2 Bears, the latter of which is the without question the loveliest, most lush thing I’ve heard in this still young year.
The track patiently builds for 4:00 minutes, a mesmerizing blippy but fairly straightforward rework of the original tracks traditional afropop groove.
The result …
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Producer Neil Davidge is on a hot streak.
One of Massive Attack’s sonic architects since their 1998 breakthrough, “Mezzanine”, he has branched out to work on film and video game soundtracks, including the score to Halo 4, which set the record for the highest-charting video game soundtrack ever.
Now he has made his first solo album: “Slo Light”, due February 25 via The End / 7Hz …
Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Sleepy Sun, Jack Johnson remix, Stephen Malkmus, Angel Olsen
Sleepy Sun – “Galaxy Punk”
“Galaxy Punk” is the first single from NorCal band Sleepy Sun’s new record “Maui Tears” – a blast of psych-rock that is the sonic equivalent of taking a shot of tequila the minute you walk into a bar – no hesitation whatsoever.
It’s got a lot of punch, with some shimmery sections sprinkled throughout so you really appreciate when they go …
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In the process of working on her as yet untitled debut full length album, talented LA-based vocalist BANKS has been releasing individual tracks here and there over the last year.
The chanteuse has worked with a grip of awesome producers ranging from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to Sohn and now LA Producer Shlohmo.
On new single “Brain“, Shlohmo’s minimalistic, slow-burn production allows BANKS to find a real sweet spot …
Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, January 27, Power trio the Augustines visit Morning Becomes Eclectic to preview songs from their forthcoming album at 11:15am
Tuesday, January 28, Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne was one of the most played artists on KCRW last year. He’ll bring a full band for his live performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Monday, February 3, …