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Sacred Music in the Holy Land

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,437 views]
Jerusalem skyline

Earlier this month, the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival presented a week-long program of musicians from around the world exploring the spiritual power of music both ancient and contemporary.
Staged at historically significant venues throughout the city, highlights included Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead premiering his world music project Junoon with a Sufi ensemble from India, as well as a super group of masters of the Maqam, a traditional genre …

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Jason Bentley’s Five Metropolis Tracks You Need to Hear

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 4,791 views]
Pleasure State

Editor’s Note: KCRW Music Director and Metropolis host Jason Bentley will be spinning Mix Mag’s Lab LA party this Friday,  February 27 and he shares his favorite Metropolis tracks of the moment to get us prepped for the weekend ahead.
Attend by RSVPing to guestlist@mixmag.net (He spins at 8:30pm but suggests arriving early!)
“Cheerleader” – Omi
This track is already a breakout hit. It’s the sweetness of …

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Music Director Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 7 Comments | 20,253 views]

1. Ray Lamontagne – “Supernova “
2. The War On Drugs – “Lost In The Dream”
3. Hozier – “Hozier”
4. Spoon – “They Want My Soul”
5. alt-J – “This Is All Yours”

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Jason Bentley on Jon Hassell

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,986 views]
jon Hassell

When I was in college, exploring new genres of music with a voracious mind, albums by Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and Brian Eno led me to this Trumpeter and Composer named Jon Hassell.
Hassell’s compositions were sprawling atmospheres, sampling his trumpet through effects and synthesizers (long before sampling techniques were commonplace), and incorporating world music influences to create a hybrid sound he called Fourth World …

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KCRW Exclusive: Jason Bentley Remixes Kimbra’s “90′s Music”

Posted May 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 3,964 views]

Best known as the female lead on Gotye’s Grammy-winning anthem for broken hearts “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Kimbra refused to let one hit define her by following up with the dynamic album “Vows”.
Showing a keen appreciation of KCRW as a tastemaker community (her early KCRW studio performance with Gotye has been viewed more than 17 million times on YouTube), Kimbra played our SXSW …

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Metropolis Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 28, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 1,688 views]

Check out Metropolis’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree / Interscope)
2. Hot Natured – Different Sides of the Sun (Warner Bros.)
3. Andy Cato – Times and Places (Apollo)
4. James Blake – Overgrown (Universal)
5. Maya Jane Coles – Comfort (I/AM/ME)
6. Djrum – Seven Lies (2nd Drop)
7. Empire Of The Sun – Ice On The …

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Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 3,920 views]

Check out Jason Bentley’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s top 10 lists here. 
1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
2. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon (RCA)
3. Phoenix – Bankrupt! (Glassnote)
4. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God (ATO)
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Live From KCRW (Bad Seed Ltd)
6. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return …

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Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Favorite MBE Performances of 2012

Posted December 13, 2012 by | 3 Comments | 5,695 views]
Jason and The Shins

(Watch highlights from all of Jason’s favorite sessions right here)

A lot of times in the studio you have this revelation. You appreciate an artist, but when you see them perform and see the talent pouring out of them, its really magical. And that’s what makes Morning Becomes Eclectic so special — knowing you’re broadcasting live to a large audience creates an environment where people …

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KCRW DJ Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

Posted November 24, 2011 by | 14 Comments | 10,333 views]
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KCRW DJ Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Albums of 2011
1. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light (Interscope)
2. Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys (Co-Op/Fiction)
3. My Morning Jacket – Circuital (ATO)
4. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
5. Adele – 21 (XL/Columbia)
6. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee part 2 (Capitol)
7. Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain, In the Cloud (Atlantic)
8. PJ …

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Jason Bentley’s Coachella Picks

Posted April 13, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 3,948 views]

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Considering home court advantage and a steady surge in popularity, this neo-hippie collective is poised to cap off a banner year with a stellar Coachella performance.
Fever Ray – I still regret skipping Fever Ray’s shows in LA a few months back, but you can be sure I won’t miss their sinister sci-fi musings under the desert stars …

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