Jeff Penfield http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/rss Hidden Genius Of Damon Albarn http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/hidden-genius-of-damon-albarn/ <p><strong>Damon Albarn</strong> is likely a name you know. If not, you almost certainly know his music. Although he consistently releases hit songs while navigating a number of musical styles, he seems to lack respect here in the states. <strong>Q Music</strong> in Great Britain named him the fourth greatest frontman of all time, but he is left out of the conversation here. Based on his discography, he certainly should be a part of the discussion.</p> <p><strong>Blur</strong> launched his career and he was a creative force with the band. They started as one of the top Britpop bands of the 90's, being constantly compared to <strong>Oasis</strong>, before evolving to match indie rock sounds coming out of the US. They dug even further into electronic music and sampling on albums like 2003's <strong><em>Think Tank</em></strong>, which included <strong>"Out Of Time"</strong>.</p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SRkX1Up1vnc?rel=0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>During Blur's later years, Albarn went on to imagine another influential band <strong>Gorillaz</strong>. A virtual band, he created a cast of animated characters instead of actual people. At the same time, he mixed sounds that rarely went together before. Certainly someone must have said he was out of his mind, that no one could follow a band that didn't exist in real life and take the music seriously. Then came the hit <strong>"Clint Eastwood"</strong>. Then <strong>"Feel Good Inc."</strong>. He even could explore and challenge musical styles by combining a legendary soul singer with a rapper like he did on <strong>"Stylo"</strong>, featuring <strong>Bobby Womack</strong> and <strong>Mos Def</strong>.</p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nhPaWIeULKk?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Now comes the latest installment of Albarn's career: <strong><em>Everyday Robots</em></strong>, his first solo album. He could have returned to his Blur roots or take a new look at electronic music, but that's not the way he thinks. <strong>"Mr Tembo"</strong>, the first single, is a melodic song featuring a ukele and a catchy hook, away from the trend of his most recent releases. The song has a great sense of fun and innocence with its lyrics inspired by an orphaned baby elephant Albarn saw in Tanzania.</p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AiI3smm6Y9M?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Now that Albarn is on his own, hopefully America will start recognizing his musical talent. Is he at the same level as a Bono, Sting, Bruce, or countless others you can mention with just one name? Not yet. If his track record to date is any indication, he could be.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:10:37 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/hidden-genius-of-damon-albarn/ Have A Fever For The Black Keys? http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/do-you-have-a-fever/ <p>You remember that classic <strong>SNL</strong> skit with <strong>Christopher Walken</strong> about more cowbell, right? In case you forgot...</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=dngrswdbdzm8gyarzmj3qg" width="512" height="288" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> <p>Well, we have a fever today...a fever for new <strong>The Black Keys</strong>. Of course it's the most obvious joke to use, but we're seriously excited for their follow up to <strong><em>El Camino</em></strong>. <strong><em>Turn Blue</em></strong> comes out May 13th, which is their first album in two and a half years. Check out the first single called <strong>"Fever"</strong>.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iZZUY32iCzU?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>Sounds like they're back to their old tricks! Since you had to read a horrible cow bell fever joke, how about we make up for it with Christopher Walken dancing?</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sNaau2uPFqI?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:32:08 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/do-you-have-a-fever/ February 25th New Music Update http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-25th-new-music-update/ <div align="center"><img title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage300300-beck-morning-phase.jpg" alt="beck morning phase" width="300" height="300"></div> <p><strong>Released Today:</strong></p> <ul><li>Beck <em>Morning Phase</em></li> <li>St. Vincent <em>St. Vincent</em></li> <li>Silversun Pickups <em>The Singles Collection</em></li> <li>Lo Fang <em>Blue Film</em></li> </ul><p><em><br></em><strong>Now Heard On KCSN</strong></p> <p><strong>Ray LaMontagne</strong> is returning after four years off with a little help from producer Dan Auerbach on his upbeat new song "Supernova".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Y2DJwrdaec?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Conor Oberst</strong> also returns from an extended break with a new album <em>Upside Down Mountain</em>. Here's the first single "Hundreds Of Ways".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LpyNydatVwQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Local Spotlight</strong></p> <p>San Fernando Valley musician <strong>Jenny Lewis</strong> offered up this track, "Completely Not Me", for the TV series <strong>Girls</strong>. She also hopes to release a new album this spring.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XqPXjqAua-A?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Listen Tuesdays at 9pm for the News At 9 to hear the latest music out every week.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:14:38 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-25th-new-music-update/ February 18th New Music Update http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-18th-new-music-update/ <p><strong>Released Today:</strong></p> <div align="center"><strong><img class="center" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/Benmont-Tench-You-Should-Be-So-Lucky-580x580.jpg" alt="Benmont Tench You Should Be So Lucky 580x580" width="300" height="300"></strong></div> <ul><li>Benmont Tench (ft. Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and more) <em>You Should Be So Lucky</em></li> <li>Phantogram <em>Voices</em></li> <li>Suzanne Vega <em>Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles</em></li> <li>NO <em>El Prado</em></li> </ul><p><strong>Now heard on KCSN!</strong></p> <p><strong>Nickel Creek</strong> has reformed after an eight year break and will release their first album in nine years called <em>A Dotted Line</em> on April 1st. Here's the new song from Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, and Chris Thile called "Destination".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JawK7QcEGKU?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Moby's</strong> latest album <em>Innocents</em> is still making waves, including the new single "Almost Home" featuring <strong>Damien Jurado</strong>.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Dq_VkETFPzQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Local Spotlight</strong></p> <p>Los Angeles band <strong>Grizfolk</strong> mix California's folk and country heritage with a modern edge on their latest "The Struggle".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Evesz3tyrgM?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Listen Tuesdays at 9pm for the News At 9 to hear the latest music out every week.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-18th-new-music-update/ KCSN Presents Bonanza http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/kcsn-presents-bonanza/ <p>We love introducing you to new artists and letting you know about great shows happening around Los Angeles, including <em>NINE</em> concerts we're presenting in the next three weeks. Here's a rundown:</p> <p><strong>Tonight and Monday 2/24 - Kan Wakan's Monday Residency @ The Echoplex</strong><br>Only two weeks left to see this up and coming local band play free before they release their first full length album <em>Moving On</em>.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/78659516" width="500" height="209" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Friday 2/21 - John Butler Trio at The Fonda Theatre, Amos Lee at The Wiltern, Wildcat Wildcat! at the Echo<br></strong>The end of the week is busy as we present John Butler Trio, performing songs from their latest album <em>Flesh &amp; Blood</em>, Amos Lee and his Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song tour, and Los Angeles band Wildcat Wildcat! all on one night.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nEANuKC9mWg?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Thursday 2/27 - Kodaline with LP at El Rey Theatre</strong><br>Dublin's Kodaline brings their tour to Los Angeles and will feature LP, one of our local favorites favorites, to open the show.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IkAOasSJro0?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Wednesday 3/5 - The Wild Feathers, Jamestown Revival, and Saints Of Valory at Troubadour</strong><br>The first week of March features a trio of bands we featured here on KCSN playing a show at the Troubadour, including The Wild Feathers energetic live show.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tPkGcKckjao?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Friday 3/7 - Typhoon</strong><br>Following in the footsteps of The Polyphonic Spree and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Typhoon brings their eleven members to perform live at the El Rey Theatre</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Cg4c0RA2DJQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Find out about more great shows on our <a href="http://www.kcsn.org/[sitetree_link,id=16]">Events Calendar</a>!</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:09:24 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/kcsn-presents-bonanza/ February 11th New Music Update http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/feb-11th-new-music-update/ <p><strong>Released Today:</strong></p> <div align="center"><img class="center" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage150150-temples-sun-structures.jpg" alt="temples sun structures" width="150" height="150"></div> <ul><li>Temples <em>Sun Structures</em></li> <li>Neil Finn<em> Dizzy Heights</em></li> <li>Lake Street Dive <em>Bad Self Portraits</em></li> <li>Jamestown Revival<em> Utah</em></li> <li>Sam Roberts Band <em>Lo-Fantasy</em></li> <li>Greg Laswell <em>I Was Going To Be An Astronaut</em></li> </ul><p><strong>Now heard on KCSN!</strong></p> <p>Singer-songwriter <strong>Aimee Mann</strong> has joined forces with <strong>Ted Leo</strong>, known for leading his band The Pharmacists, to create <strong>The Both</strong>. Here they describe their self-titled album coming out April 15th.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oObYxyp5zbE?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Ingrid Michaelson</strong> returns for her new album <em>Lights Out</em> on April 15th. The video for her first single "Girls Chase Boys" is an homage to <strong>Robert Palmer's</strong> "Simply Irresistable".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5GBT37_yyzY?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Local Spotlight</strong></p> <p>Los Angeles based <strong>Warpaint</strong> released their self titled album January 17th. Here's the latest single "Love Is To Die".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OnuFYYJHaY0?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Listen Tuesdays at 9pm for the <strong>News At 9</strong> to hear the latest music out every week.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/feb-11th-new-music-update/ Beatlemania In America Turns 50 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/beatlemania-turns-50/ <p>Friday marked the 50th anniversary of <strong>The Beatles</strong> first trip to the United States, just a few weeks after releasing Meet The Beatles. John, Paul, George, and Ringo arrived to pandamonium as screaming crowds welcomed them exiting the plane. Even their first news conference got off to a rough start as you can see below.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EbsYZd8auhU?rel=0" width="520" height="390" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>From that day on, The Bealtes took the states by storm. To date, they have sold 177 million albums in America, over 40 million more than the next best selling artist Elvis Preseley. Radio stations clamored to be <em><strong>THE</strong></em> Beatles station, including WABC in New York calling themselves "W-A-Beatles-C!" Murray The K at WINS dubbed himself on-air as "The Fifth Beatle", a name he claimed to receive from either George or Ringo.</p> <p>Their impact continues today and top musicians celebrated the 50th anniversary all last week. Dave Letterman, who broadcasts in the Ed Sullivan Theater where the Beatles made their American television debut February 9th, 1964, welcomed <strong>Broken Bells</strong>, <strong>Sting</strong>, <strong>Lenny Kravitz</strong>, <strong>The Flaming Lips </strong>with John's son <strong>Sean Lennon</strong>, and<strong> India Arie</strong> throughout the week to cover Beatle classics. Take a look!</p> <p><strong>Broken Bells "And I Love Her"</strong></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K2tPkSbcvhQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Sting "Drive My Car"</strong></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GFWfu-Is8Pc?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lenny Kravitz "Get Back"</strong></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0jTW6ZXdCkM?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Flaming Lips ft. Sean Lennon "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"</strong></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eUkm78l9xoI?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lauryn Hill "Something" </strong></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j819FVqgcmI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Need a weekly Beatles fix? Check out <a href="http://www.kcsn.org/programs/saturday-with-the-beatles/">Saturday With The Beatles</a>, hosted by Les Perry every Saturday at 10am.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:58:11 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/beatlemania-turns-50/ History Of The Eagles Blog Contest http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/history-of-the-eagles-blog-contest/ <div align="center"><img title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/History-of-the-Eagles.jpg" alt="History of the Eagles" width="300" height="300"></div> <p class="p1">The History Of The Eagles Tour comes to the LA Forum in just a couple of weeks so it’s time to announce the winner of our blog contest.</p> <p class="p2">Congratulations to A. Jasmine Teran, who included 37 Eagles song titles in her blog post about the band. She will see the band live in concert on January 25th. Check out her post here: <a href="http://ajt-rex.tumblr.com/post/72052438361/history-of-the-eagles-blog-contest" target="_blank">http://ajt-rex.tumblr.com/post/72052438361/history-of-the-eagles-blog-contest</a></p> <p class="p2">Still want tickets to see Eagles in concert? Sign up at the KCSN Ticket Window to the right.</p> <p>For more information on KCSN contest rules and eligibility, please visit <a href="http://www.kcsn.org/legal/contest-rules/">http://www.kcsn.org/legal/contest-rules</a></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/history-of-the-eagles-blog-contest/ Ramping Up For KCSN Benefit Concert http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/ramping-up-for-kcsn-benefit-concert/ <p>The <strong><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/kcsn-benefit-concert-2013-northridge-california-11-03-2013/event/0B004B499E5C5B2A?brand=vpac&amp;camefrom=CFC_Valley_PAC_KCSNHP">KCSN Benefit Concert</a></strong> is almost here! We're so excited to bring you another great lineup on Sunday evening that includes a Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, a contemporary great, and a Los Angeles based artist you'll be hearing about soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/kcsn-benefit-concert-2013-northridge-california-11-03-2013/event/0B004B499E5C5B2A?brand=vpac&amp;camefrom=CFC_Valley_PAC_KCSNHP"><img class="center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage420239-The-Rides-slide3.jpg" alt="The Rides slide3" width="420" height="239"></a></p> <p><strong>Stephen Stills</strong> has a distinguished music career, both as a member of groups like <strong>Buffalo Springfield</strong> and <strong>Crosby, Stills, Nash, and (sometimes) Young</strong> and as a solo musician. Earlier this year he teamed up with blues rock guitarist <strong>Kenny Wayne Shepherd</strong> and <strong>Barry Goldberg</strong> to create <strong>The Rides</strong>. This is a band that rocks out live, bringing not only tracks from their self-titled release, but also playing blues classics and songs from their individual catalogues. They've been known to play Stills' cuts like <strong>"For What It's Worth"</strong>, <strong>"Treetop Flyer"</strong>, and more!</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/opBe5z0qwRE?rel=0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lucinda Williams</strong> has made a name for herself for over 30 years. She broke out into the national spotlight with 1998's <strong>Grammy</strong> winning <strong><em>Car Wheels On A Gravel Road</em></strong>. She later won another Grammy for her vocals on <strong>"Get Right With God"</strong> and was recognized earlier for writing <strong>Mary Chapin Carpenter</strong>'s hit <strong>"Passionate Kisses"</strong>. <strong>TIME magazine</strong> named her the best songwriter in America in 2002 and she continues to receive award nominations for her music. Her unique mix of folk, rock, and blues continues to attract new followers to her national fan base.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3QN7VSOklKI?rel=0" width="420" height="236" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>LP</strong> made a name for herself in the music industry primarily as a songwriter to pop stars like <strong>Rhianna</strong> and <strong>Christina Agulera</strong>. After one unforgettable <strong>South By Southwest</strong> performance, however, she caught the attention of a number of labels as a singer as well. Enter <strong>Warner Brothers Records</strong>, who has signed LP and expect big things from this Los Angeles based musician. Her rich melodies and attention grabbing vocals will make her performance hard to forget.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/By1EbHetjAs" width="420" height="236" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Tickets are still available for the concert. Head to <strong><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/kcsn-benefit-concert-2013-northridge-california-11-03-2013/event/0B004B499E5C5B2A?brand=vpac&amp;camefrom=CFC_Valley_PAC_KCSNHP">Ticketmaster</a></strong> and enter the code <strong>TMN241</strong> to get 2 for 1 tickets to the show. Remember that proceeds will go back to KCSN so we can keep providing you with the best music you can find in Los Angeles.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:20:37 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/ramping-up-for-kcsn-benefit-concert/