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Happy Birthday, Neil Young: Blitzen Trapper covers “Heart Of Gold”

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,064 views]
Blitzen Trapper

Neil Young turns 70 years young today, so at KCRW we figured we’d get Ol’ Neil a present.
Blitzen Trapper joined Morning Becomes Eclectic live in the studio today (Nov. 12) wielding tracks like KCRW favorite “All Across This Land,” “Lonesome Angel,” and “Let The Cards Fall,” but this mid-tempo classic perhaps turned on a few new fans to the Portland rock band.
Blitzen Trapper’s latest …

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Henry Rollins’ latest: Prepping “Gutterdämmerung” with Iggy Pop

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 571 views]

Fanatic! As I write this, I am in Antwerp Belgium, in an enormous production hall, where we have been rehearsing for the Gutterdämmerung rollout tomorrow night in London. We will run through everything here one more time and then get on the train and head to London. I won’t be there for long but it’s always great to be there.
The band powering the show …

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KCRW Radio Premiere: Bibio’s delicate new song “Petals”

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 895 views]
Bibio (Warp)

Any day is a good day to find blissful sounds from Bibio waiting in my mailbox. The U.K. producer released a new song called “Petals” with a promise that more new material is on the way in Spring 2016.
It’s as delicate and beautiful as it sounds like it would be and we were happy to host the radio premiere on MBE this week.

While new …

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Allen Toussaint, Songwriter & Producer: 4 Popular Songs You Should Know

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 519 views]
Allen Toussaint

The late Allen Toussaint’s songwriting and producer credits went farther and wider into pop culture than you maybe ever knew. But the artists below knew.
Check out Robert Palmer’s cover of Toussaint’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley,” Labelle’s Toussaint-produced “Lady Marmalade,” The Meters’ “Cissy Strut” (producer) and Aaron Neville’s “Hercules” (songwriter and producer).

Want more Toussaint? Watch BBC Four’s one-hour “Originals: The Allen Toussaint Touch” documentary …

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Pro Surfer John John Florence Plays DJ For KCRW

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 673 views]
DJ Anthony Valadez (r) shows John John Florence (l) how a real DJ does it.

John John Florence practically lived in the ocean while growing up on the North Shore in Hawaii, so it’s not surprising he made history as the youngest competitor to surf the Triple Crown of Surfing, at age 13.
He’s a young surfer who has made a big impression. Now, at 22, he’s focusing attention on capturing the visual experience of his surf life and international …

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Nico Yaryan’s heartbreaking ‘Old Gloria’

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,186 views]
Photo by Ben Rayner

The physical intimacy depicted on the album cover of Nico Yaryan‘s forthcoming debut What A Tease reminds me of Feist’s Let It Die: lips skimming a face, crippling want, a photo at a revealing angle that only the most privy parties would be allowed. It’s a visual cue that either invites the viewer into the lovers’ breath, or violates their moment by allowing witness …

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Grimes, BØRNS, Alessia Cara: Travis Holcombe’s November album picks

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 444 views]

KCRW DJ Picks is a monthly feature, where our tastemakers select new and recent albums that they recommend you hear.
Check out these picks from Travis Holcombe, who’s highlighted new efforts from Grimes, Alessia Cara, and BØRNS. Listen to sample songs from each below.
Grimes, Art Angels (4AD)
Release: Nov. 6, 2015

Alessia Cara, Know-It-All (EP Entertainment, LLC / Def Jam)
Release: Nov. 13, 2015

BØRNS, Dopamine (Interscope)
Release: Oct. 16, …

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Greet Lee Perry, meet Doug Hream Blunt: Highly recommended new albums

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 370 views]

KCRW DJ Picks are a monthly feature, where our tastemakers select new and recent albums that they recommend you hear.
Check out these picks from Mathieu Schreyer, who’s highlighted new efforts from Lee Perry, Jack Costanzo and Doug Hream Blunt. Listen to sample songs from each below.

Lee Perry & Various Artists, Mr Perry I Presume (Pressure Sounds)
Release: Oct. 16, 2015

Jack Costanzo, Mr. Bongo reissue (Jazzman)
Release: Nov. …

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Blitzen Trapper’s Heart Of Gold is on MBE this week

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 729 views]
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Welcome to your weekly Morning Becomes Eclectic update, for news and performances over Nov. 9-13, 2015 on KCRW and

THURSDAY, NOV. 12: Portland-based band Blitzen Trapper have explored folk, country, psychedelia, and more in previous releases. All Across This Land is the eighth studio album in the quintet’s 15-year career and it shows them leaning towards a sunnier rock sound.
Spoiler Alert: They promised to …

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Most played albums: Deerhunter traps No. 1, Fat Freddy’s Drop drops in

Posted November 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 531 views]

Deerhunter — “Fading Frontier”
Disclosure — “Caracal”
Fat Freddy’s Drop — “Bays”
Jr Jr — “Jr Jr”
El Vy — “Return To The Moon”

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