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Jóhann Jóhannsson Grabs the Globe!

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,471 views]
Johann Johannsson by Bil Zelman

I was thrilled when Icelandic pianist Jóhann Jóhannsson picked up the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for “The Theory of Everything” last night.
It was a similar feeling to when Swell Season took home an Oscar years back – the indie underdogs triumphing on Hollywood’s biggest stage against the odds.
Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat do consistently fantastic work and Trent Reznor has made an …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Tropics, Twerps, Guards, Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,102 views]

Tropics – “Rapture”
“Rapture” is a seductive song by producer Chris Ward, aka Tropics.
It’s the title track from his forthcoming album, set for release February 17 on local label Innovative Leisure.
What I really dig about this dreamy song song are it’s many layers. It locks into a steady groove for the first half and then at exactly two minutes, another beat kicks in on top …

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Panda Bear, Budos Band and More on KCRW This Week

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 688 views]

Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Thursday, January 15, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear released his highly anticipated fifth solo album of psychedelic-inspired pop this week and we’ll hear it live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15 am.
Friday, January 16, Instrumental Jazz/Funk collective Budos Band returns to our studios in support of their latest record “Burnt Offering”. Their Afro-Soul sound is …

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Villagers Cover David Bowie Live on KCRW

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,352 views]

In honor of David Bowie’s birthday this week, I wanted to share this rendition of “Where Are We Now”, the first single from his most recent album “The Next Day”.
The lush ballad is beautifully simple and spare in the hands of Conor O’Brien, known as Villagers. The Irish singer performed it during his 2013 appearance on KCRW and it’s always stuck with me.
He’s been …

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Temples, Restructured Beyond (the Wizard’s Sleeve)

Posted January 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,571 views]

Erol Alkan and Richard Norris’ Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve project presaged the modern psych-rock explosion with their EPs of fuzzy, warm edits of glammy psych-outs.
Their time warp excursions felt (and still feel) like loopy trips to a Carnaby Street club that never switched formats just got weirder and weirder over time.
Temples , out of Kettering, UK, are cut from this cloth.
Their debut album “Sun Structures“ came out …

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Shaun White is Our Guest DJ!

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,593 views]
DJ Anthony Valadez and Shaun White

Professional snowboarder, skateboarder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has been on my wish list for the Guest DJ Project since the show started.
I’m always curious about the tunes that drive athletes to success and, on top of that, he’s a musician himself, playing guitar in a band called Bad Things.
Shaun secretly taught himself how to play guitar after winning one as a …

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Lapsley: Artist You Should Know

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,503 views]

Music Director Jason Bentley did a little digging for new music on Soundcloud over the holiday break and a track by Liverpool artist Lapsley emerged as his favorite.
He says the track “Falling Short” is already “on fire” in the UK and on the BBC’s hot list. The track leads her 4-song “Understudy” EP released this week.
Fans of James Blake should love this minimalist electronica …

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Baba Stiltz: Artist You Should Know

Posted January 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,330 views]

Given my life experience there are like 3 or 4 notions I’ve come to accept as undeniable axioms.
For example, Pizza is the Dog of foods, the snooze button doesn’t work if you only hit it once and, most importantly in relation to this post, Swedes have pop melodies in their DNA.
20 year old Baba Stiltz has been releasing music since 2009, as dreamy-folkypop Bethlehem Beard Corporation and as producer for …

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Laura Marling Covers Simon and Garfunkel’s “Kathy’s Song”

Posted January 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 3,125 views]

Laura Marling’s debut appearance on MBE in 2010 was a session I will never forget. We were all struck by this young (20 years old), blond-haired girl seated solo in the middle of the room armed with nothing but a guitar and her voice.
She was so powerful that all of us were silent and in awe.
That album catapulted her into the public eye as …

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KCRW Music 2014: By the Numbers

Posted January 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,185 views]
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KCRW Music 2014: By the Numbers
We crunched the numbers to bring you the most popular MBE sessions and more, as chosen by our listeners.
Most Watched Morning Becomes Eclectic Sessions: (On Demand, not including live streaming!)
1. Pixies
2. Tune-Yards
3. Rodrigo y Gabriela (Apogee Studio Session)
4. Caribou
5. Crystal Method
Most Listened-To Morning Becomes Eclectic Sessions:
(On Demand)
1. Spoon
2. Trentemoller
3. M Ward
4. Daniel Lanois
5. Mariachi El Bronx
We had nearly …

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