Jeff Penfield http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/rss Songs Of Summer 2014 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/songs-of-summer-2014/ <p>Every summer a song comes along that seems to fit right in for the season. Of course a number of songs declaired "song of summer" lean a little poppy to outright catchy before getting old fast. Here are some songs destined to stick around, especially for this summer.</p> <p><strong>First Aid Kit's</strong> new album <strong><em>Stay Gold</em></strong> just looks and feels like summer. The warmth and optimisim of <strong>"Cedar Lane"</strong> fits perfectly with the season. This is a song to put on while relaxing on the porch watching the sun set on a cool summer night.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zKmit_uQrSQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>The Shins</strong> had their big break when <strong>Zach Braff</strong> decided to include them on the <strong>Garden State</strong> soundtrack ten years ago. Now that a decade has passed, they come together again with <strong>"So What Now"</strong> on the soundtrack for <em><strong>Wish I Was Here</strong></em>. This song seems perfect for lounging on the beach or on a cruise with the top down.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R7-DjDF1MRM?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>  </p> <p><strong>Ryan Adams</strong> has a late entry, and although the full album doesn't come until the fall, <strong>"Gimme Something Good"</strong> should be considered a summertime song. Straightforward and hopeful, this is another one to enjoy during your vacation.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156147140&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p>So what songs jump out to you this summer?</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/songs-of-summer-2014/ Way Over Yonder Festival 9/26 and 9/27 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/way-over-yonder-festival-926-and-927/ <p>Way Over Yonder, the west coast’s version of Newport Folk Fesitival, returns for it’s second year at the Santa Monica Pier September 26th and 27th and KCSN is proud to announce we will be the official radio sponsor. Good friend of KCSN Jackson Browne will headline with Local Natives, Lucinda Williams, Heartless Bastards, Houndmouth and more. Jackson is sure to bring some of his new tunes from his album out this fall along with his classics.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WYq2iXXxOKY?rel=0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>Newport Folk Festival®, one of the longest running and most historic music festivals in the U.S.A, first went west last year with the debut of Way Over Yonder. Newport Folk® producer Jay Sweet says: "We can't wait to return to the Pier. We made so many new friends on the West Coast last year who made us feel right at home, we're looking forward to re-connecting and meeting a whole bunch more."</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The festival was met with open arms, spurring this year’s edition.  Martin Fleischmann of Way Over Yonder partner Rum &amp; Humble says “We’re thrilled to keep the Newport Folk tradition going, with a California spin to it.  This year is going to build upon the foundation we’ve laid for a truly spectacular boutique festival.”  In addition to the musical programming, and the many charms of the Santa Monica Pier, a carefully curated assortment of food and beverage vendors will be present to fortify the audience.   Additionally a sod seating area will increase audience comfort. </span></p> <p>Tickets are on sale now at ticketfly.com. Single day passes will cost as low as $35. Two-day passes start at $74 and will include almost 13 hours of music. Way Over Yonder will run from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm on September 26 and 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm on September 27. Premium ticket packages are also available.</p> <p>For more information on Way Over Yonder, visit <a href="http://www.wayoveryonder.net">wayoveryonder.net</a>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/way-over-yonder-festival-926-and-927/ Best Of What's Next In 2014 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/best-of-whats-next-in-2014/ <p>The dog days of summer are upon us, but right around the corner will be a busy fall release schedule. Artists like Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Delta Spirit, and more have new albums on the way, but here are some to keep an eye on.</p> <p><strong>Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers <em>Hypnotic Eye</em> - Out July 29th</strong></p> <p>Petty and co. have been quiet since 2010's <strong><em>Mojo</em></strong>, but they look to make a spash with their new album at the end of the month. The band is rocking again on tracks like <strong>"Red River"</strong>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156006078&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Tweedy <em>Sukierae</em> - Out September 16th</strong></p> <p>First rumors swirled that <strong>Jeff Tweedy</strong> of <strong>Wilco</strong> fame would release his first solo record this fall. Then, a few weeks later, came the first track <strong>"I'll Sing It"</strong> and the announcement that his son <strong>Spencer</strong> would be joining him on the drums and the group would simply go by Tweedy. Out on the road now, father and son already have lots of experience together when Spencer drums on <strong>Mavis Staple's</strong> album <strong>One True Vine</strong>, produced by Jeff.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152676334&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Jenny Lewis <em>The Voyager</em> - Out July 29th</strong></p> <p>Bringing it back home to Los Angeles, Jenny Lewis made a name for herself first as a child actress then as the lead singer of <strong>Rilo Kiley</strong>. Now on her second solo album she's just trying to be one of the guys, at least according to the first song we heard from the new album. Here's the video for <strong>"Just One Of The Guys"</strong> starring <strong>Anne Hathaway</strong>, <strong>Kristen Stewart</strong>, and <strong>Brie Larson.</strong></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Irvcf6dCk-k?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>What are you excited for?</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/best-of-whats-next-in-2014/ Art Or Advertisment? http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/art-or-advertisment/ <p>Just before the weekend, the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-foster-the-people-mural-supermodel-remove-20140711-story.html" target="_blank">LA Times posted a story</a> about <strong>Foster The People's</strong> giant mural on the side of a downtown building at 539 S. Los Angeles St. The mural was painted in anticipation of their latest album <strong>Supermodel</strong> and it mirrors the artwork for the album. They received permits from the city to paint it, however the permits were recinded last week. Why? The city claimed that is was an advertisement for the album, which is against city regulation. Late last night, thanks to a petition started after Friday's announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has saved it from being removed.</p> <div align="center"><img title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage500500-Supermodel-Mural.jpg" alt="Supermodel Mural" width="500" height="500"></div> <p>This came a week after a mural in Philadelphia that was used as artwork for <strong>Kurt Vile's</strong> album <strong>Walkin On A Pretty Daze</strong> was painted over. The perpitrator who painted over the mural there said the it was attracting graffiti in the neighborhood.</p> <p>So that leads to this question: murals by musicians, artwork or advertisement?</p> <p>Looking at Foster The People's mural here in Los Angeles, there was no specific mention of the album on the mural. Although the painting of it was used in a promotional video and the band performed a special concert there, there was no further use to promote the release. Mark Foster, lead singer of the band, said he simply wanted to make a lasting impact on Los Angeles.</p> <p>The other way of looking at this is the mural was used to promote the album. Whether or not it mentions the album or the band, they used it for promotional purposes and it is, at the end of the day, the album cover. It implicitly is connected to Supermodel and could be considered an advertisement.</p> <p>So do you think this is art? Does a mural have to be specific to be considered an advertisement? Or does promotional use and implicit connections make it an oversized billboard?</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:20:33 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/art-or-advertisment/ Get Ready To Rock With Benjamin Booker http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/get-ready-to-rock-with-benjamin-booker/ <p>One day rock may actually die. We hear the proclamation "Rock Is Dead" time and time again, but it never seems to go away. Rock will never die as long as artists like Benjamin Booker are still around.</p> <p>The first thing you notice about Booker is energy. "Violent Shiver" kicks off with a blistering guitar rift and Booker's gritty voice takes a hold of your ears immediately.</p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143695850&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Digging into the music deeper, you hear more slick guitar work. He seamessly blends rock, punk, and New Orleans blues into one sound. Heck, he even throws in a little psychedelia close to the end of "Have You Seen My Son?"</p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156731367&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>For years, the burden fell on Jack White, who seems to singlehandedly perform every kind of rock imaginable. Lately we've seen more bands willing to give rock a chance. Benjamin Booker is one of those artists making a name for himself and rock will certainly never go away with him around. His self titled album on ATO Records comes out August 19th.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:35:10 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/get-ready-to-rock-with-benjamin-booker/ Best From The First Half Of 2014 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/best-from-the-first-half-of-2014/ <p>2014 has been another great year in music. We've seen legends release another terrific album while up and comers surprised us with new classics. Here's a few of the best (in no particular order) since January.</p> <p><strong>Beck <em>Morning Phase</em></strong></p> <p>When Beck first released "Blue Moon", the first taste of his latest effort, we could tell it would have a California folk sound. It hearkens back to the days of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Jackson Browne, and the many other Laurel Canyon musicians of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Deep and retrospective, this album will certainly end up at the top of many best of lists come December.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WIWbgR4vYiw?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>St. Vincent <em>St. Vincent</em></strong></p> <p>Ms. Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent, has been slowly training over the years. From her time in Polyphonic Spree to touring with Sufjan Stevens, she cultivated an eccentric sound when she went out on her own. Her first two albums turned a number of heads, but her third solo album brought her to the forefront of music today. She learned a number of lessons from her time with David Byrne and she made eccentric mainstream much like he did with Talking Heads. She can rock out with the best and proves she is one of the more skilled guitarists with songs like "Regret" and "Digital Witness".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mVAxUMuhz98?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p><strong>War On Drugs <em>Lost In The Dream</em></strong></p> <p>After touring in support of <em>Slave Ambient</em>, Adam Granduciel, founder and bandleader, went into a deep depression. The songs that come out of the loneliness he felt went on to form the album. He recorded it across the country and created a number of different versions along the way. All the work and second guessing lead to another top notch effort that sounds like Dire Straits meets Bruce Springsteen. </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1LmX5c7HoUw?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>What do you feel deserves recognition so far in 2014? What upcoming releases are you excited for?</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:04:45 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/best-from-the-first-half-of-2014/ Let The Genesis Rumors Commence! http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/let-the-genesis-rumors-commence/ <p>For a few months, whispers of a <strong>Genesis</strong> reunion have been floating around. Considering <strong>Peter Gabriel</strong> hasn't played with the band since 1982 and <strong>Phil Collins</strong>' "retirement" since 2011, they seemed to be nothing more than just rumors.</p> <p>After the past month, however, new revelations have fueled the fire and more signs emerge of an impending Genesis reunion. First, Collins <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/29/4145426/phil-collins-returns-to-the-stage.html" target="_blank">performed live for the first time since 2010 at Miami Country Day School</a> during its band recital after his sons asked him to join them on stage. He performed his classic <strong>"In The Air Tonight"</strong> along with Genesis tune <strong>"Land Of Confusion"</strong>.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Jmc6TZ5Guw?rel=0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>Now <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/peter-gabriel-and-genesis-reunite-for-bbc-documentary-20140616" target="_blank">a new documentary is in production</a> called <strong>Genesis: Together And Apart</strong>. The biggest piece of news is Gabriel's involvement with the BBC produced project. Past reunions have come close to fruition, however Gabriel's busy schedule prevented a 30th anniversary tour for Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, the closest the band came to hitting the road again. Unlike other bands rumored to reunite (*cough**cough* Led Zeppelin *cough**cough*), no one in Genesis has ever completely ruled out a tour. Only time will tell if more comes from this.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:55:20 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/let-the-genesis-rumors-commence/ Led Zeppelin Remasters Out Tuesday http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/led-zeppelin-remasters/ <p>Remember when bands just rocked out on stage? Before the frills? Of course they've always had to be entertainers, but every band starts with the basics. Led Zeppelin, who became showmen of the 1970s, started with nothing more than the four band mates on a stage.</p> <p>With the new Deluxe edition sets of their first three albums, we get a better look at their early, raw beginnings. Thus far, a large majority of the live releases from Robert, Jimmy, Bonzo, and Jonesy have been after 1970, when the double neck guitar, smoke machines, and 4 hour marathon shows became their staples. 2004's Led Zeppelin DVD caught a glimpse of the band at Royal Albert Hall right as they started transitioning to arenas. Raw in many respects, the performance showed how they could captivate an audience on their own. Although the bonus features also had early glimpses of the band, they were awkward TV performances that didn't seem to suit them, which led to no live TV appearances after 1969.</p> <p>With the bonus tracks included for the new release, we now get a better look at the band from their early days. Led Zeppelin I features live tracks from a show in France, the first live concert before 1970 released by the band. “Communication Breakdown” is blistering with dirty guitar licks from Jimmy Page and the powerful wails of a young Robert Plant.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v12inxfdSeQ?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>Led Zeppelin II offers a look into their recording process. Whole Lotta Love always seemed destined to be a rich track with layering unlike many bands before, but their demo shows how the band made changes along the way. Originally recorded without the now trademark chorus, they later change the chorus from the original Willie Dixon penned “You Need Love” to “Whole Lotta Love”, likely to avoid copyright issues that still came when the band settled with the bluesman in 1985. Also included is “La La”, an experimental track that foreshadows what was to come in 1970.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F6q4PpfcPnY?rel=0" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>The final installment of this set of re-releases is Led Zeppelin III, the album where the band showed their lighter side. The bonus disc here includes another inside look at the album’s roots. The alternate mix of “Immigrant Song” leaves out the reverb that made the song iconic.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1H0ebCdnSKM?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>A number of versions of deluxe editions go on sale Tuesday, June 3rd, including a 2-CD set and more multiple CD, Vinyl, and Digital formats available along with limited edition super deluxe boxed sets.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:57:24 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/led-zeppelin-remasters/ The Evolution Of Great Musicians http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/evolution-of-great-musicians/ <p class="p1">When you hear The Beatles, you know it's The Beatles. Same with David Bowie. Same with Pearl Jam. Oddly enough, the unique quality of these bands were their ability to evolve and change over their career. Many bands fail trying taking next step or finding a new direction. So what's the key to great musicians and their long term success? It's a complicated answer to say the least, but two artists just showed how do it: Ray LaMontagne and The Black Keys.</p> <p class="p2">LaMontagne has been a staple for folk rock over the past decade and every album seems to have a new ear catcher on it. With his new album, however, he explored new sounds by incorporating a 1960s vibe. "Supernova" seemed outside of his normal range with a catchy hook and slick production, but within the context of the album it makes perfect sense. He took on a psychedelic sound on "Lavender" while going a little country on "Ojai". His signature vocals obviously keep the songs his, but beyond that the music is still rooted in what he's created before. His outstanding lyrics are still there along with the folk sound that has always been his base.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X294h3dl2_I?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2">The Black Keys are following up from a blues rock album filled almost entirely with with catchy lyrics and straightforward songwriting.  This time, they delved into a more diverse song structure with a more exploratory sound, however their vocals and blues rock base remains. Yet again, a band found a way to expand their music while remaining true to their core sound.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/trk7P-9QDyc?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2">What musician do you think has successfully walked the line between exploration and staying true to their sound?</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:40:44 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/evolution-of-great-musicians/ 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/