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5 Reasons To See The First Episode Of “Crate Diggers”

Posted November 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 833 views]
Jason Bentley and Anthony Valadez (Photo: FM.TV)

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Tonight — Monday (Nov. 16) — marks the premiere of “Crate Diggers” on Fuse’s FM.TV website. KCRW’s Monday midnight marauder Anthony Valadez hosts an “introspective look at the vinyl records that inspire artists and writers,” so naturally he went straight to Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis host Jason Bentley for this first episode, …

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An Ode to Paris: A Playlist

Posted November 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,272 views]
Artist: Jean Jullien

It was with a heavy heart that I hosted my show this weekend, after a week of horrible events in Bagdad and Beirut, a 7.0 earthquake in Japan on Friday and then this new act of extreme terrorism for the second time in a year in Paris (after the Charlie Hebdo shooting).
I thought I might air a minute of silence on the air and …

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Most Played Albums: Deerhunter Claims No. 1 Two Weeks In A Row

Posted November 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 624 views]
Deerhunter's Bradford Cox

Deerhunter — Fading Frontier
El Vy — Return To The Moon
Fat Freddy’s Drop — Bays
Disclosure — Caracal
Martin Courtney — Many Moons

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Karrin Allyson, Erroll Garner lead Bo Leibowitz’ November album picks

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 437 views]
Karrin Allyson

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 Bo Leibowtiz, who’s highlighted new efforts from Karrin Allyson, Adam Niewood, and Erroll Garner. Listen to sample songs from each below.
Karrin Allyson, Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motema Music)
Release: Sept. 18, 2015

Erroll Garner, The Complete Concert …

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KCRW Presents will lure you to Hollywood with Hermitude, Café Tacuba

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 396 views]
Hermitude (KCRW)

It’s been a slow week in the Presents world. No new show confirmations to share with you, but there are a handful of shows (listed below) happening tonight and next week that you need to have on your social calendar.
I definitely recommend Hermitude for a fun Friday night out. I know Hollywood can be a test of patience when it comes to parking, but …

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

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,129 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 …

Fanatics »

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

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 596 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 …

KCRW Exclusive, Morning Becomes Eclectic »

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

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 961 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 | 1 Comment | 573 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 | 726 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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