KCRW Music Announcement, Programming

KCRW’s Freeform Fridays feature Cut Chemist, Reggie Watts, TOKiMONSTA, Ceci Bastida, and more

KCRW announces new limited on-air series Freeform Fridays featuring special guests

Cut Chemist, Reggie Watts, TOKiMONSTA, Ceci Bastida, and a Surprise Guest TBA

KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd, Dan Wilcox, Novena Carmel, Mathieu Schreyer, and Jeremy Sole Back on Air for Opening Set

Anchored by Garth Trinidad and Travis Holcombe

Fridays starting May 15
8 – 11 PM PDT

Santa Monica (May 11, 2020) – KCRW has announced a new limited on-air series, “Freeform Fridays” featuring KCRW DJs and special guests Cut Chemist, Reggie Watts, TOKiMONSTA, Ceci Bastida, and a surprise guest TBA, starting on May 15, from 8PM – 11PM PDT, and continuing for five consecutive Fridays. Each evening opens with a set by one of the KCRW DJs – Aaron Byrd, Dan Wilcox, Novena Carmel, Mathieu Schreyer, or Jeremy Sole – back on-air for the first time since the safer-at-home order was implemented. Then, our special guest DJ takes over the airwaves with an hour of freeform radio, combining music, personal anecdotes, reflections on the current times, and plenty of surprises. Freeform Fridays will be anchored by KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad and Travis Holcombe who will close the evening with their own killer DJ set.

Freeform Fridays can be heard live on-air, at KCRW 89.9, online at KCRW.com, and via the KCRW app.

KCRW’s Freeform Fridays Schedule:

May 15
8pm Aaron Byrd
9pm Cut Chemist
10pm Garth Trinidad

May 22
8pm Dan Wilcox
9pm Reggie Watts
10pm Travis Holcombe

May 29
8pm Novena Carmel
9pm TOKiMONSTA
10pm Travis Holcombe

June 5
8pm Mathieu Schreyer
9pm Ceci Bastida
10pm Garth Trinidad

June 12
8pm Jeremy Sole
9pm SURPRISE GUEST TBA
10pm Garth Trinidad

More about Freeform Friday special guests:

As well as being one of the ablest solo turntablists on the globe, American DJ and producer Cut Chemist (born Lucas MacFadden) was also a member of two highly rated crews: underground rap kings Jurassic 5 and the Los Angeles Latin funk band Ozomatli. With J5, he contributed “Lesson 6” to the group’s eponymous EP and produced the entire record. In mid-1997 Cut Chemist recorded his album debut, Live at the Future Primitive Sound Session, with Shortkut of Invisibl Skratch Piklz. Two years later, he teamed up with DJ Shadow for Brainfreeze, and in 2001 the duo followed with Product Placement. In 2004 he issued Litmus Test, a remixed collection of his previous work. It was followed in 2006 by an album of his own productions, The Audience’s Listening (Warner Bros. Records). The next year, he released another collaboration with DJ Shadow, The Hard Sell, recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl. A more concise mix, The Hard Sell (Encore), arrived in 2008. In 2010 he released the mix album Sound of the Police, which featured Ethiopian and Afro-Brazilian recordings. He returned in 2017 with the singles “Work My Mind” (with Chali 2na and Hymnal) and “Madman.” His long awaited follow up artist album, DIE CUT, was released in March of 2019 and featured Tune Yards, Biz Markie, Deantoni Parks, Myka 9 and more!

Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned Musician/Comedian/Writer/Actor who currently stars as the bandleader on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Watts blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy, wowing audiences with performances that are 100% improvised. Watts’ first Netflix special Spatial released to massive critical acclaim, with the New York Times calling it “a giddy rush of escapist nonsense” and dubbing Watts “the most influential absurdist in comedy today.” As a solo performer, Watts brand of musical/comedy fusion has led to sold out headlining tours in the U.S. and Europe, including festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, Bumbershoot, Just For Laughs, Pemberton and more. This year, Watts released his own content app called “WattsApp,”  a techno-savvy look into his life, work, and techno junk drawer. WattsApp has all original content including a show called, Droneversations where he interviews guests while it’s filmed by drones along with other fun content.

Born and raised in Tijuana and now living in Los Angeles, Ceci Bastida was just 15 when she joined the iconic Mexican ska-punk band Tijuana NO and became one of the first women to rise in the ranks of contemporary Latin rock. In 2000 she spent eight years as part of the touring band of acclaimed singer Julieta Venegas, including a featured role in her 2008 MTV Unplugged special. Bastida embarked on her solo career in 2006 with the ep Front BC, and in 2010 released Veo La Marea (I See the Tide), a mix of electronica, rock, and hip-hop that The Fader dubbed “bodacious, clicky, and gongy” and the Los Angeles Times described as “a marching-band traipsing through the Amazon rainforest.” The album, which included hot-button songs about immigration and the drug war, featured guest spots by Diplo, Rye Rye, and Tim Armstrong. It earned her a Latin Grammy nomination, appearances on NPR’s Weekend Edition and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and a spot on the 2011 Lollapalooza bill. Her solo album, La Edad de la Violencia (The Age of Violence) was produced by Luke Top (Fool’s Gold) & XXXChange (Spank Rock) and includes songs inspired by the rise of everyday violence in the US and Mexico—from the drug war to the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing—and by Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore. Her latest album, an EP featuring collaborations with Aloe Blacc, Mexican Institute of Sound, Spoek Mathambo, and Mariel Mariel “Sueño” is out with Nacional Records. Bastida is also a member of the all-star band Mexrrissey, a Mexican homage to the songs of Morrissey and The Smiths. She is currently finishing her fourth album.

Over the last decade, the Los Angeles producer and Young Art label boss, TOKiMONSTA has helped define the sound of modern dance and beat music. In the process, she has received the co-signs of the biggest names in electronic and repped for the West Coast underground at the Grammys — all without sacrificing the purity of her vision or relying on exploding glowstick bombast. The secret is that there is no secret, other than the compositional genius and futuristic melodies embedded into the gleaming, technicolor mandalas of hip-hop instrumentalism, pop, R&B-soul, house, and IDM that encompass the TOKiMONSTA sound.

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For more information about KCRW please contact:
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About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways—on the radio, digitally and in person—to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW + Henry Rollins Announce New Long-Form Online Radio Experience,”The Cool Quarantine”

KCRW + Henry Rollins Announce The Cool Quarantine

Long-form radio experience now available exclusively online at KCRW.com

SANTA MONICA (April 7, 2020) – Henry Rollins announced today a new long-form radio experience titled, The Cool Quarantine, offered as an aural respite from these stressful times. The first episode is now exclusively available online at KCRW.com, and features personal stories, deep cuts, rarities, bootlegs, full albums, EPs, and much more. It clocks in at more than four hours and features live bootlegs of the Cramps recorded by Ian MacKaye, a story about the time Henry and Ian saw Led Zeppelin in 1977 (plus a bootleg recording from that performance), audio from original Joy Division album pressings, stories about the early days of Black Flag and Dischord Records, and so much more.

Henry Rollins on The Cool Quarantine:

For many years, I’ve had this idea for a long-form show. I mean really long-form. Like hours. To do it terrestrially would be difficult because I would be crowding other shows out. But if it was online, hey. It’s as many songs as I want, language issues are not a factor, and if anyone gets bored, they can just turn it off or mark the time they checked out and resume later. The idea is that you’re in your room and Engineer X and I come over with a bunch of records. We play you songs, I tell you stories, and we do time together. Now that many of us are under some kind of confinement, we might as well get some good listening happening. Let’s go long! It’s kind of like the show we do on Sundays but without time constraints or worrying about FCC compliance. It’s an extra slice of pizza. It will be completely indulgent. Fanatic, of course, and hopefully, as Iggy Pop, the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Of Rock And Roll says, “a real cool time.” 

The first episode of The Cool Quarantine is available on-demand at kcrw.com, and via the KCRW app. Subsequent episodes will be released in the coming weeks.

For the most up-to-date information, visit: http://www.kcrw.com/henryrollinslongform

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For more information about KCRW please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

Henry Rollins is a last row of the classroom, no-count and a presenter on KCRW. He is the author of several books. He travels extensively and collects music from almost every location, which he faithfully brings to his listeners. He’s at that age where he often yells, “What the hell are you people talking about?! Do something!” He thinks he’s testifying before Congress. Too bad he’s alone at the grocery store, addressing the soup section. If you see him, call the number on his sleeve and someone from his office will come fetch him.

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways—on the radio, digitally and in person—to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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CAP UCLA and KCRW present Ladysmith Black Mambazo

CAP UCLA and KCRW present Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Exclusive Concert – On-Air and Online
Thursday, March 26, at 9PM PDT

WHAT:
Last week, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was able to perform a concert in an empty Royce Hall before safely returning to South Africa. UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) recorded their performance with three camera operators, a few staff, and a modest yet passionately committed crew, just before increased public health measures came into place. KCRW, in collaboration with CAP UCLA, is proud to present this exclusive concert on-air and online.

WHO:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

WHEN:
Thursday, March 26, at 9 PM PDT

WHERE:
View on Facebook Live and YouTube Live
Hear on 89.9 FM KCRW

For more information on how the concert came to be, please visit:
https://cap.ucla.edu/pressreleases/

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Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways—on the radio, digitally and in person—to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Announces Music Programming Updates

KCRW Announces Music Programming Updates


Santa Monica (March 23, 2020) – KCRW has announced changes to its line-up of music DJs to ensure the safety of all KCRW staff, and to continue to provide Southern California, and listeners worldwide, with the unique blend of music, news, and community engagement, for which the station is well-known.

“This is our commitment to you,” stated News Director, Evan George. “We are a vital service bringing local news, public health information, and engagement to people who don’t want the panic inebriation of some other news sources. And who need their music more than ever. We will continue to strike that balance. We will remember to look for moments of joy. To provide context and a sense of community.”

Anne Litt, Program Director of Music added, “As always, we are committed not only to keeping our audience informed, but also to giving you a much-needed musical respite. The KCRW team has been doing incredible work. We’ve assigned essential crew to one of two teams, rotating biweekly between home and studio. Changes to our schedule are temporary, while we ramp up our ability to broadcast more shows from home, and create new shows responding to the present moment.”

The DJs who are not currently on-air will be contributing regularly to KCRW.COM/Music. KCRW will also be utilizing Eclectic 24 to fill in during this time. Curated by former Music Director Chris Douridas, Eclectic 24 is KCRW’s online music channel that features the best of KCRW music, available 24/7. “E24 will play a central role in our commitment to bring you the quality music programming you’ve come to rely on from KCRW,” says Douridas.

KCRW Temporary DJ Line-up

March 23 – April 3:

Monday – Friday
9AM – Noon Anne Litt / Morning Becomes Eclectic
8PM – 11PM Travis Holcombe
11PM – 3AM Eclectic 24

Saturday
Noon – 3PM Raul Campos
3PM – 6AM Eclectic 24

Sunday
Noon – 3PM Raul Campos
3PM – 8PM Eclectic 24
8PM – 10PM Henry Rollins
10PM – 3AM Eclectic 24

April 4 – April 17:

Monday – Friday
9AM – Noon Anne Litt / Morning Becomes Eclectic
8PM – 11PM Garth Trinidad
11PM – 3AM Eclectic 24

Saturday
Noon – 3PM Anthony Valadez
3PM – 6AM Eclectic 24

Sunday
Noon – 3PM Anthony Valadez
3PM – 8PM Eclectic 24
8PM – 10PM Henry Rollins
10PM – 3AM Eclectic 24

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For more information about KCRW please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways—on the radio, digitally and in person—to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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Line-up Announced for 2020 KCRW’S World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 KCRW’S WORLD FESTIVAL AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Santa Monica, CA (February 18, 2020) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced the line-up for the 2020 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The successful collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, now in its 21st year, launches Sunday, June 28, at 7PM.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl embodies the eclectic musical spirit of both organizations by featuring artists from a wide array of genres. Hundreds of artists have performed at the iconic venue since the inaugural season including, A.R. Rahman, Adele, Arcade Fire, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, Café Tacvba, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, Gary Clark Jr. Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Hugh Masekela, Janelle Monae, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, M83, Massive Attack, Miriam Makeba, Natalia Lafourcade, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Os Mutantes, Ray LaMontagne, Robyn, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sade, Santigold, Solange, Spoon, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Toro y Moi, Underworld, Willie Nelson, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma, Yola, Yoko Ono, Zero 7 with Sia, Ziggy Marley, and many more. 

2020 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, June 28, at 7PM
Andrew Bird with Calexico and Iron & Wine
Mandolin Orange

Singer, songwriter, and violinist Andrew Bird brings his literary touch to classically informed folk music, leading to a nomination at the 2020 Grammy® Awards for his new album My Finest Work Yet. Grammy®-nominated Calexico and Iron & Wine bring dusky Southwestern textures to their stunning live show. Chapel Hill folk duo Mandolin Orange sets the mood at the top of the evening.

Sunday, July 5, at 7PM
Flying Lotus with Orchestra
Kamasi Washington with Orchestra
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor

NME calls producer Flying Lotus “a master at shifting tone [who] knows how to take listeners on an exhilarating journey.” Saxophone virtuoso Kamasi Washington introduced hip-hop audiences to the lineage of spiritual jazz and hard bop. Both artists team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for a big night at the Bowl.

Sunday, July 19, at 7PM
Maxwell with Orchestra
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins

Three-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Maxwell hooks his supple and soulful R&B to the elegant backing of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and his veteran touring band, with new arrangements of songs from throughout his three-decade career.

Sunday, August 2, at 7PM
Reggae Night XIX
Rebelution
Toots & The Maytals
Jah 9
DJ Mackle

Our annual reggae celebration returns for its nineteenth edition, with Southern California reggae-rockers Rebelution leading the way alongside the legendary Toots & The Maytals, Jah9 and DJ Mackle.

Sunday, August 9, at 7PM
Polo & Pan
Parcels
Poolside
Lido Pimienta

Hailed by The New Yorker as “funky but suave, uniquely fun…a blend the invites both surprise and enchantment,” Polo & Pan join us for one breezy, starry summer night with Parcels, Poolside, and Lido Pimienta.

Sunday, August 16, at 7PM
Brittany Howard
Thundercat
Georgia Anne Muldrow

The Alabama Shakes singer paints a soulful portrait of life in 21st-century America in all its complexities, while Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow expand the horizons of jazz, soul, and R&B with their experimental visions.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • Subscriptions currently on sale.
  • “Five or More” packages will be available March 17, 2020.
  • The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales May 3, 2020.

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Welcomes Jenny Lewis for Special Valentine’s Day DJ Set on Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW Welcomes Jenny Lewis for Special Valentine’s Day 

DJ Set on Morning Becomes Eclectic

Friday, February 14, at 10:00 AM

Santa Monica, CA (February 13, 2020) – KCRW welcomes Jenny Lewis into the studio for a special Valentine’s Day guest DJ set tomorrow, Friday, February 14, at 10:00 AM, airing on the station’s flagship music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Lewis’ method for choosing this particular set of songs was “to find unironic, beautiful love songs – some of them heartbreaking, but all of them true.” Lewis’ guest DJ set features artists such as Neil Young, JJ Cale, Joni Mitchell, Cass McCombs, Emmylou Harris, Johnnie Frierson, and Don Williams. She also imparts some pro tips on how to keep a romance alive, and the wisdom to try and remember to love yourself. Tune in live to KCRW 89.9 at 10:00 AM, stream anytime for your loved one at kcrw.com, or check out her extended Valentine’s Day playlist on Spotify.

Jenny Lewis recently announced a nationwide tour in support of Harry Styles including three Los Angeles performances at The Forum on September 2, 3, & 6. She released her fourth and most critically acclaimed solo album to date, On The Line (Warner Records), on March 22, 2019. Recorded at the distinguished Capitol Studios, the album features a who’s who of supporting players including Beck, Don Was, Benmont Tench, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr, Beck sidemen Jason Falkner and Smokey Hormel among others. On The Line continues to generate rave reviews, with Vulture declaring it her “best work to date,” and top spots on Best of 2019 lists including Rolling Stone, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and AV Club. A culmination of Lewis’ prolific 20+ year career, On The Line follows her three previous solo albums—2014’s The Voyager (Warner Records), 2008’s Acid Tongue (Warner Records) and her 2006 solo debut Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)—as well as her universally-loved work in Rilo Kiley and side projects Nice As Fuck, Jenny & Johnny, and the Postal Service.

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.
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KCRW Announces Anne Litt as Next Program Director of Music

KCRW Announces Anne Litt as Next
Program Director of Music 

Search for Host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Intensifies

Santa Monica, CA (January 23, 2020) – KCRW announces today Anne Litt as Program Director of Music – the fifth for the station – with past Music Directors being Jason Bentley, Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas, and Tom Schnabel. 

Litt joins two additional, key executive hires at the influential NPR affiliate with Paul Bennun recently tapped as Chief Content Officer, and Drew Tewksbury as Director of Digital Content.

“I’m thrilled to have Anne Litt as the new Program Director of Music. Anne has been finding and cultivating talent inside and outside KCRW for years. She’s primed to move KCRW and our signature music programming into the next era,” says KCRW President, Jennifer Ferro. “Anne joins Paul and Drew to round out KCRW’s new content leadership team. Along with our incredible staff, we are positioned to focus squarely on the station’s future and deliver excellence across all of our platforms – in music and talk programming – through a wide range of personalities that have made KCRW such a beloved institution.”

“After 20 years on the air at KCRW, having the opportunity to map out our future in this leadership role, at the station I’ve known, respected and valued above all others, is the honor of a lifetime,” stated Litt. “This is a pivotal moment for KCRW to redefine the meaning of ‘radio’ in the 21st century.”

The search for the next host of the station’s flagship music show, Morning Becomes Eclectic will now intensify. Details of the MBE host position will be posted here in the coming days. Litt will host MBE until the position is filled.

ANNE LITT
Growing up in Richmond, VA, Anne Litt became a lifelong radio fan. Her first on-air experience was in 1986, at the forefront of the alt-rock revolution, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s award-winning radio station, WXYC. After graduating from UNC in 1988, she joined the pioneering independent label, Mammoth Records, and was instrumental in guiding the careers of such seminal alternative stars as Juliana Hatfield, the Blake Babies, and The Sidewinders. In 1991, Litt moved to Los Angeles to explore her obsession with the SoCal music scene, and continue her career in – and be at the epicenter of – the music industry. In 1996, she started her dream job as a DJ for KCRW working various shifts until 2000 when she was tapped to host the weekend afternoon show. Litt’s signature mix of progressive pop, global rhythms and modern sounds fit right into the KCRW aesthetic, which was nationally recognized as one of the most eclectic, adventurous radio stations in the country. During her KCRW tenure, Litt has hosted countless music events including KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, First Fridays at the Museum of Natural History and KCRW’s Summer Nights. She has emceed showcases at SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals and interviewed dozens (if not hundreds) of musicians including: Beck, Yola, Nick Waterhouse, Gary Clark Jr., Patti Smith, Ty Segall, The National, Margo Price, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Trombone Shorty, and Spoon, to name a few. In addition to helping launch the careers of countless developing artists, Litt has also been instrumental in ushering in the next generation of stellar DJs. Litt is also an accomplished music supervisor with credits that include the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film “Little Miss Sunshine,” and campaigns for Apple, Volkswagen, and Acura. Notably, Litt placed the music in all six spots of the NBA’s legendary “There’s Only One” split-screen campaign featuring ahead-of-the-curve artists, and the unprecedented commercial use of a song by Radiohead. Litt lives in Hollywood with her husband and son. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Pablove Foundation, an organization that helps kids with cancer live a love-filled life today, and a cancer-free life tomorrow. She knows of no activity more satisfying, in this world, than discovering and sharing new music — unless it’s sailing or skiing with her son… or perhaps that time Josh Groban wrote a song about her

PAUL BENNUN
Paul Bennun is an executive with several decades experience working creatively and strategically at the junction of content and technology. Throughout his professional life, he has been a leading practitioner and thinker in radio, audio, and interactive entertainment. Co-founder of the UK’s largest radio production company, Somethin’ Else, as Chief Creative Officer he led the organization to become the BBC’s primary supplier of independently-made radio, including many of the Corporation’s most important properties across spoken word and music. Somethin’ Else was also the leading provider of outsourced social media, interactive content and video games to the BBC. In 2013 and 2015, Somethin’ Else received BAFTA’s “Production Company of the Year” award for its work across radio, TV and games. Paul started working in radio at the age of 13 in his hometown of Exeter, eventually presenting shows, and acting as the weekend traffic reporter at age 15 on Devonair, the local independent radio station. He then became a producer on various London radio stations while completing his undergraduate degree. On founding Somethin’ Else, Paul immediately started exploring the junction of sound and interactive media, directing the UK version of a legendary game called You Don’t Know Jack, which received two BAFTA nominations in 1998, the same year he received a Sony Radio Academy Award for his first series for the BBC (a two-part show about the history of funk music). During this period he co-authored a UK government report on the future of music and podcasting, became a board advisor to the BBC and the UK’s advertising industry, and presented radio shows for the BBC. On moving to the U.S.A. in 2016, Paul founded a data-driven social storytelling company, Storyblaster. He is also on the board of the Metabrainz Foundation, the music industry’s leading provider of open-sourced music metadata, powering Spotify, Amazon and most other major streaming music providers. Paul lives in Los Feliz, is a bread baker, loves to cook and owns two Shiba Inus.

DREW TEWKSBURY
Drew Tewksbury is a L.A.-based journalist, editor, and multimedia producer. As an editor at the Los Angeles Times, Tewksbury helmed coverage in the arts and books sections, where he spearheaded literary criticism and steered coverage of L.A.’s diverse creative communities. In 2018, Tewksbury was the contributing editor at GOOD Media, where he built a team of international freelancers to highlight innovators, report on global culture, and showcase inspiring people who are working to improve the world. Previously, Tewksbury was the managing editor of LA Weekly before the publication’s sale in 2017, where he oversaw the section editors, edited long-form cover stories, developed special issues, and spearheaded video production, which earned him and his team an Association of Alternative Newsmedia award for Documentary Profiles. From 2012-2016, Tewksbury was the managing editor/producer for KCETLink’s Artbound, an online arts journalism publication and Emmy-winning television show providing in-depth arts & culture coverage across Southern California. He also assisted in the development of article-based documentary videos, as part of Artbound’s Emmy-winning TV show which aired on KCETLink public media. In addition, he helped produce the live music performance show Artbound Presents: Studio A. An accomplished journalist, Tewksbury has written and reported feature articles or radio pieces for: National Public Radio (NPR), Time, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A Weekly, KPCC, NME (U.K), Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Flaunt, and SWINDLE Magazine, among other publications. Tewksbury wrote and voiced regular on-air music review segments, “New Music Tuesday,” for Southern California Public Radio’s Take Two and the Madeleine Brand Show. As an educator, Tewksbury has taught Entertainment Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he went to graduate school. He has also taught Cultural Journalism at Loyola Marymount University. Tewksbury lives in the foothills of Echo Park — where ghostly coyotes roam at dusk and fireworks light up the summer sky — and spends too much time at the Cactus Store. He is a Gemini.

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About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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John Legend Takes Over KCRW Airwaves for Special Christmas Guest DJ Set

John Legend Takes Over KCRW Airwaves for Special Christmas Guest DJ Set

Tuesday, December 24, at 10AM on Morning Becomes Eclectic

Santa Monica, CA (December 19, 2019) – Superstar John Legend dropped by the KCRW studios to talk with KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence about his love for Christmas music. Legend’s conversation and guest DJ set, during which he shares some of his favorite holiday tunes, airs Tuesday, December 24, at 10AM, on the station’s flagship music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic

“I love Christmas music. l’ve loved it since I was a kid.  It’s always been a huge part of our celebration, as a family,” explains Legend. He recalls Christmas Day at his grandmother’s house. After opening gifts and playing football in the yard, the celebration always ended with a gathering around the piano to sing Christmas tunes. To carry on this tradition, Legend released his own Christmas album in 2018 titled, A Legendary Christmas. Recorded with Raphael Saadiq at his studio in North Hollywood A Legendary Christmas includes new, original holiday tunes, and beloved covers of traditional Christmas songs.  “It put me in a good mood all last year and made me realize how much of a mood-enhancer Christmas music is.” The album was recently re-released as a deluxe edition featuring four additional tracks. 

Legend kicks-off his KCRW mood-enhancing set off with his version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” also featuring Esperanza Spalding.  Other songs included in his guest DJ set are Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas,” and Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes.” 

To hear the full set, be sure to tune in to KCRW on Tuesday, December 24, at 10AM, or stream on demand at your own family celebrations, at kcrw.com.

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About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Reveals Best of 2019

KCRW Reveals Best of 2019; Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs, and Best New Artist plus Top Ten Albums of the Decade

Santa Monica, CA (December 5, 2019) – KCRW has revealed its Best of 2019, the coveted list of the year’s Top Ten Albums, Top Ten Songs, and Best New Artist. The annual Best Of recognizes the music and performances that caught KCRW DJs’ attention throughout the year. These artists continually innovate and inspire, while pushing culture forward.

KCRW has also revealed its picks for the Top Ten Albums of the Decade.  

Check it all out at the interactive and immersive KCRW Best of 2019 website, including personal picks for the Top Ten Albums of 2019 from each individual KCRW DJ. 

KCRW’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

  1. Brittany Howard – Jaime
  2. SAULT – 5
  3. Thom Yorke – ANIMA
  4. Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz 
  5. Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee 
  6. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  7. Automatic  – Signal 
  8. Moon Boots – Bimini Road 
  9. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors 
  10. Helado Negro – This Is How You Smile 

KCRW’s Top 10 Songs of 2019

  1. Yola – “Faraway Look”
  2. Lizzo – “Juice”
  3. Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Turn The Light”
  4. Tame Impala – “Patience”
  5. Sudan Archives – “Confessions”  
  6. Amber Mark – “What If” 
  7. Hot Chip – “Hungry Child” 
  8. Jidenna – “Sufi Woman” 
  9. Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
  10. Anderson .Paak – “Twilight” 

2019 Best New Artist – Black Pumas

“From their incredible performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, to headlining our Summer Nights series at KCRW HQ (along with sold-out and jam-packed houses all over LA), it’s obvious that Black Pumas’ infectious mix of funk, soul and bluesy-influenced rock has emerged as a crowd favorite,” stated KCRW DJ Raul Campos. “Their self-titled gem of an album flawlessly blends raw and uninhibited grooves with heartfelt, and even at times, gut-wrenching vocals. The powerful journey bobs and weaves through themes of the struggles, and tribulations of life, to an uplifting vision of what humanity can be.” 

As KCRW’s 2019 pick for Best New Artist, Black Pumas join Rosalía, Anderson .Paak, and Tom Misch, who have also received this distinguished KCRW endorsement in recent years.

ALBUMS OF THE DECADE (in alphabetical order)

  • Adele – 21 
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color 
  • Anderson .Paak – Malibu 
  • Frank Ocean – Blonde 
  • Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly 
  • LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening 
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table 
  • Tame Impala – Currents 
  • The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

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About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW to Release Limited-Edition, Double-Vinyl Compilation, Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement

KCRW to Release Limited-Edition, Double-Vinyl Compilation Featuring Live Recordings from Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Grizzly Bear, Natalia Lafourcade, and Many More

Release commemorating Jason Bentley’s Tenure as Music Director and Host of Morning Becomes Eclectic

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Santa Monica, CA (August 19, 2019) – KCRW releases today a limited-edition double-vinyl compilation of curated live performances from Jason Bentley’s tenure as Music Director and host of the station’s flagship music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Live session recordings include performances by Cold War Kids, Little Dragon, Beach House, Los Lobos, and many more. The vinyl also features art designed by award-winning graphic designer Lawrence Azzerad from LAD Design.

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement is a collection of live sessions recorded during my tenure as host,” says Bentley. “At the close of KCRW’s basement era, this compilation – limited to 1000 pressings – is a tribute to all the links in the chain who helped cast radio magic into the ether, and the audience who leaned-in to their radios for incredible moments like these.”

Those that purchase the vinyl will also receive a download card, with all available tracks, separately mastered for optimal digital listening. The release is available to anyone who donates $240 or $20 per month to the member-supported public radio station, and will also include KCRW membership for those that don’t already belong.

To peruse the track list, see live session photography, listen to clips of each recording, and, most importantly to purchase this collectible vinyl, please visit www.kcrw.com/vinyl.

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Live from the Basement
Limited-Edition, Double-Vinyl Compilation

Track List:

DISC ONE, SIDE 1:
1 – Father John Misty: “Real Love Baby”
2 – Ben Gibbard: “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)”
3 – Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: “Continental Breakfast”
4 – Cold War Kids: “First”
5 – Vampire Weekend: “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”

DISC ONE, SIDE 2:
1 – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: “Stranger to My Happiness”
2 – BADBADNOTGOOD: “Lavender”
3 – Toro y Moi: “Mirage”
4 – Little Dragon: “Pretty Girls”
5 – The xx: “Islands”

DISC TWO, SIDE 1
1 – Iron & Wine: “Thomas County Law”
2 – Agnes Obel: “Mary”
3 – Grizzly Bear: “While You Wait for the Others”
4 – Beach House: “Other People”
5 – Jóhann Jóhannsson: “Odi et Amo”

DISC TWO, SIDE 2:
1 – Khruangbin: “Mr. White”
2 – Los Lobos: “Kiko And The Lavender Moon”
3 – Quantic: “Águas de Sorongo (feat. Thalma De Freitas)”
4 – Natalia Lafourcade: “Tú Si Sabes Quererme”


About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
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