KCSN is happy to Present... http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/rss A Visit to Hitsville USA - Motown Museum in Detroit http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/a-visit-to-hitsville-usa-motown-museum-in-detroit/ <table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/photo2-768x1024.jpg?r" data-url="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/photo2-768x1024.jpg" data-width="400" data-height="533" data-class="left" data-thumbnail="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/photo2-768x1024.jpg?r" data-cssclass="left" height="519" width="390"></td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <p>Hoping you had a decent Thanksgiving. I was very fortunate to make a rare late November trip back to the Motor City to spend the holiday with my family. During my brief visit I made a stop at Hitsville USA, the original headquarters of Motown records on West Grand Blvd in Detroit. The building was a house that Berry Gordy Jr. converted into a recording studio and office facility. There is also an upper floor apartment that Gordy lived in, which looks like it could be the creation of a set designer from Mad Men – But it’s the real deal, even the orange sofa that Marvin Gaye used to crash on.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-3301" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/MotownReception.jpg" alt="MotownReception" height="276" width="388"></td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <p>The building is now operated as a museum and it is literally a time capsule into the 1960’s. Everything has been left exactly as it was, from the rolodexes which sit on the lobby desk next to the three black phones that Mary Wells and Diana Ross once answered as receptionists, down to the candy machine, still stocked with the Baby Ruth bars in slot number 4 for the 11 year old Little Stevie Wonder.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/MotownControlRoom.jpg" alt="MotownControlRoom" height="265" width="391"></td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <p>The Studio A control room still houses the board and tape machines that all of the great Motown music we know and love once passed through. The floor under the console where the producers and engineers sat has holes where the tile and wood beneath have been worn through from the stomping of feet and tapping of toes.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <img class="alignright wp-image-3326 size-medium" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Stevie-Wonder-in-session-with-the-Funk-Brothers-inside-Motowns-Snakepit-in-1967-300x235.jpg" alt="Stevie-Wonder-in-session-with-the-Funk-Brothers-inside-Motowns-Snakepit-in-1967" height="303" width="387"></td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <p>Stepping down into the main studio room, I was overcome with a deep reverence for the enormous spirits who had created such timeless, universal magic in that small space.</p> <p>Everything was exactly as it was, including the mic cables hanging down from the ceiling, the headphones the artists had worn, and the hook where they had hung their coat in the winter.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3325" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.mrshovel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/bilde-150x150.jpg" alt="bilde" height="208" width="208"></td> </tr><tr><td valign="top" width="396"> <p> </p> <p>The 1877 Steinway concert grand piano had recently been restored thanks to a generous donation from Paul McCartney after he had visited the studio and taken the same tour.</p> <p>Brian Ray, long time guitarist for McCartney saw this picture I had posted on Facebook and he offered this tid-bit about the restoration,</p> <p>“…nice touch, huh? I was standing next to Paul when he asked if he could play the piano and they said, “no it needs restoration and is unplayable” w plexiglass over the keys. Paul got a gleam in his eye and later asked what we thought of gifting them with true restoration in NYC.. I hope it is played and enjoyed. B”</p> <p>I am so extremely grateful for having the opportunity to visit this mecca of American music. These rooms, small, basic and simple would be nothing without the creative expression of the songwriters, musicians, producers and performers who poured themselves into the records that will stand forever as a testament to their greatness.</p> <p>If you're ever in the Motor City, do yourself a favor and visit this hallowed ground.</p> <p> -Mr. Shovel</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:00:20 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/a-visit-to-hitsville-usa-motown-museum-in-detroit/ "Christmas in LA" with Owen Wilson & Harry Dean Stanton & The Killers http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/christmasinla/ <p>For those of us who know the joy of experiencing Christmas in Los Angeles, this video will hit home.</p> <p>This collaboration between The Killers and Dawes is an instant LA Holiday classic!</p> <p>To top it off, this video stars Harry Dean Stanton and Owen Wilson, epitomising the holidays in Hollywood.</p> <p>Enjoy this worthwhile LA Christmas gem.</p> <p> </p> <p>Happy Holidays!</p> <p>Shovel</p> <p> </p> <p><object bgcolor="#000000" data="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USUV71302719&amp;playlist=false&amp;autoplay=0&amp;playerId=null&amp;playerType=embedded&amp;env=0&amp;cultureName=en_us&amp;cultureIsRTL=False" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="575" height="324"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="src" value="http://videoplayer.vevo.com/embed/Embedded?videoId=USUV71302719&amp;playlist=false&amp;autoplay=0&amp;playerId=null&amp;playerType=embedded&amp;env=0&amp;cultureName=en_us&amp;cultureIsRTL=False"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></object></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:46:31 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/christmasinla/ Nightmare AIr, The Foreign Resort, Light FM http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/nightmare-air-the-foreign-resort-light-fm/ <p style="text-align: justify;">KCSN is happy to be presenting this line-up on Nov. 20 at Loaded in Hollywood. On the bill are two of our local faves and a great band from Denmark.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> If you listen to City of Night (Sat. 7-10pm)  you probably have heard Nightmare Air (featuring Dave Dupuis of Film School), who were one of our headliners at Tarfest this past September. Their latest album "High in the Lasers" is one of my favorites of the year.</p> <div align="center">[embed width=480 height=270 class=left thumbnail=http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/HKwpsb1kH8A/hqdefault.jpg?r]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKwpsb1kH8A[/embed]</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also on the bill is long time Shovel faves Light FM, who've just released their new album "Voices in My Head".  Below is a fun video we made together a couple of years ago for their song "Mercy". </p> <p><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/26972941?byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" height="339" width="460"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nightmare Air is putting on this show in order to play with their past European tourmates The Foreign Resort, from Denmark. Enjoy the video below and then join us at the show November 20th. Det bliver rasende hyggeligt!!!</p> <div align="center">[embed width=459 height=344 class=left thumbnail=http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/p01g13IasAQ/hqdefault.jpg?r]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p01g13IasAQ[/embed]</div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage458706-1146654-10152011304824769-641095200-n.jpg" alt="1146654 10152011304824769 641095200 n" height="706" width="458"></div> <p> </p> <p> </p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:49:44 -0800 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/nightmare-air-the-foreign-resort-light-fm/ Lots of In-studio performances happening http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/lots-of-in-studio-performances-happening/ <table style="width: 392px; height: 66px;" border="0"><tbody><tr><td>Taking a look at our calandar this week, we have a bunch of really great in-studio performances scheduled so I want to make sure we give you a heads up so you can tune in and hear them live. Here's a quick rundown:</td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <table style="float: left; width: 345px; height: 98px;" align="center" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img class="left" style="float: left;" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage383282-37278a.jpg" alt="37278a" height="282" width="383"></td> </tr><tr><td>Tomorrow (Tuesday 10/8) <strong>Tom Odell</strong> joins Nic Harcourt in the 10am hour. I had a chance to see Tom play at our radio convention in Boulder in August. Wow, what a great performance. Looking forward to that one.</td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <table style="width: 463px; height: 288px;" align="right" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage455258-03.jpg" alt="03" height="258" width="455"></td> </tr><tr><td>In the afternoon tomorrow, <strong>Lissie</strong> will be chatting and performing live with Sky Daniels in the 3:00pm hour. Lissie was one of our headliners for the 88.5 KCSN SXSW Official Radio Day Stage Showcae this past March. She'll be here to play songs from her new album "Back To Forever".</td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <table style="width: 138px; height: 83px;" align="left" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage384288-Gogol-Bordello-at-the-Aggie-Theatre-Fort-Collins-Colorado-1.jpg" alt="Gogol Bordello at the Aggie Theatre Fort Collins Colorado 1" height="288" width="384"></td> </tr><tr><td>We're very excited that Wednesday morning 10/9, Nic Harcourt will play host to <strong>Gogol Bordello</strong> in studio in the 10am hour. It's always a fun time with Eugene and the gang, with great music and entertaining anectdotes.</td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <table style="width: 485px; height: 56px;" align="center" border="0"><tbody><tr><td>Wednesday afternoon <strong>Vance Joy</strong> will vist Sky Daniels for an in-studio performance, and Thursday Sky will be joined by <strong>Unlikely Candidates</strong>.</td> </tr></tbody></table><table style="float: right; width: 392px; height: 38px;" border="0"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: left;"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/Alex+Ebert+Qwsk2CNMN5Bm2.jpg" alt="Alex+Ebert+Qwsk2CNMN5Bm2" height="329" width="494"></td> </tr><tr><td style="text-align: left;">Next week we have <strong>The Head &amp; The Heart</strong>, and <strong>Alex Ebert</strong> from <strong>Edward Sharpe</strong> will stop by</td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align: left;"> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <table style="width: 454px; height: 36px;" border="0"><tbody><tr><td> </td> </tr><tr><td><br><p>d!</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:35:53 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/lots-of-in-studio-performances-happening/ News of the Edward Sharpe Big Top!!! http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/step-right-this-way-for-the-news-of-the-edward-sharpe-big-top/ <h3>Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Children of all ages!!! May we direct your attention this way!</h3> <p><img class="right" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage366366-bigtop.jpg" alt="bigtop" width="366" height="366"></p> <h4>After a triumphant performance at the world famous Hollywood Bowl last night, Los Angeles' Edward Sharpe &amp; The Magnetic Zeros topped off the night by announcing the Edward Sharpe Big Top event!!!</h4> <p> </p> <h4>There will be not ONE, not TWO, not even THREE or FOUR~ but yes, FIVE SHOWS taking place<strong><em> in the round </em></strong>under a traditional big top at Los Angeles State Historic Park October 17, 18, 19, 20. What is that you say? That's only four days, and we said FIVE shows? Precisely! Do not blink, for it will be more than meets the eye as Edward Sharpe &amp; The Magnetic Zeros attempt feats of entertainment hither to unheard of in these parts!!!</h4> <h4>Every man, woman and child will be amazed before 'tis even halfway through! Having been some days in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all! But don't take our word for it!  See for yourself at <a href="http://edwardsharpebigtop.com/">EdwardSharpeBigTop.com.</a> Tickets go on sale this Friday August 9th at 10am at <a href="http://www.kcsn.org/[sitetree_link,id=]">Ticketmaster.com</a>.</h4> <h3> </h3> <h3><a href="http://www.kcsn.org/[sitetree_link,id=]">88.5 KCSN </a>will have a veritable bonanza of tickets for our members, so be listening for details on how you can win.</h3> <p> </p> <p> </p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:13:04 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/step-right-this-way-for-the-news-of-the-edward-sharpe-big-top/ Elvis Costello and The Roots "Walk Us Uptown" http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/elvis-costello-and-the-roots-walk-us-uptown-/ <p> <img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage475317-d236a22bc75c4661a0c039119ca65c21-d236a22bc75c4661a0c039119ca65c21-0.r2.jpg" alt="d236a22bc75c4661a0c039119ca65c21 d236a22bc75c4661a0c039119ca65c21 0.r2" height="317" width="475"><span style="mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">As soon as I heard that Elvis Costello was collaborating on a new album with The Roots I’ve been chompin’ at the bit to get my ears on it.</span></p> <p>The project was worked on in the dark of night and in complete secrecy. In fact their record labels were not even aware they were working on something together until the album was finished. </p> <p>Finally today we all get to hear one of the fruits of the partnership with the release of the song (and video) Walk Us Uptown.   The album Wise Up Ghost comes out September 17 on the legendary Blue Note label. We can only hope that they’ll see fit to present some live performances together. Until then, enjoy this video from <em>Elvis Costello &amp; The Roots</em>.</p> <p>[embed width=480 height=270 class=left thumbnail=http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/9lfhafgiONU/hqdefault.jpg?r]http://youtu.be/9lfhafgiONU[/embed]</p> <p> </p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:06:11 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/elvis-costello-and-the-roots-walk-us-uptown-/ Bongos http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/bongos/ <p>Occasionally I'm asked about the music that I use for a 'bed' during my show (That means the music that plays while I'm talking). This music comes from a special stack of vinyl albums that I hijacked from under my parents stereophonic hi-fi console. Yes, my folks came of age in an episode of Madmen and being the swinging 60’s they collected the latest in "Living Stereo!"  "Visual Sound" purcussion records.</p> <p>The artwork alone is worthy of a gallery, but the tonal quality of these original hipster stereophonic records is like, crazy man.  Little did they know that I'd be spinning them every Saturday night on City of Night. Here's one of my favorite, "A Bunch of Bongos" (1960) featuring Willie Rodriguez and the International Stars. The back sleeve declares "a remarkable new development in stereophonic recording. It is called Spectacular Stereophonic Sound which includes a key element that is not found in other two channel recording systems - the newly developed 'Phase X' process which creates a complete panarama of sound".</p> <p>Well sh#t, no wonder it sounds so good, they dropped the Phase X bomb on us!</p> <p><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage600600-Bongos.png" alt="Bongos" height="600" width="600"></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:05:00 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/bongos/ New 88.5 KCSN Billboards http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/new-88.5-kcsn-billboards/ <p>You may have seen our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151567209083392&amp;set=a.465053233391.250813.153001228391&amp;type=1&amp;theater">recent Facebook post</a> of the photo of the new 88.5 KCSN billboard near the Capitol building in Hollywood. We now have several billboards across the greater Los Angeles area. I came across another one yesterday on Melrose.  Have you seen any? Maybe we should have a contest for posting your pics of our Big Red Monster. Hmmm &lt;checking the prize closet&gt;.</p> <p><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage600537-Billboard-photo.png" alt="Billboard photo" width="600" height="537"></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:20:00 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/new-88.5-kcsn-billboards/ Just Another Lost Angel ... http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/city-of-night/ <h3>July 3, 2013 - On this date in 1971 Jim Morrison died in Paris.</h3> <p>It's no secret that the inspiration for the name of my program 'City of Night' came howling from the throat of Jim Morrison in the song 'L.A. Woman'.</p> <p align="center">"Are you a lucky little lady in The City of Light<br>or just another lost angel...City of Night"</p> <p>I was fortunate to be able to tour Europe recently by hitching a ride with the LA band Gliss and the last stop was in the 'City of Light', Paris France. As fate would have it we were staying just down the street from Père Lachaise Cemetery, the resting place of dozens of historical luminaries including Chopin, Maria Callas, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Balzac, Modigliani and our own Jim Morrison. I had to pay a visit.</p> <p><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage600450-Cemetary2.jpg" alt="Cemetary2" width="600" height="450"></p> <p>As I stood at the foot of his grave paying homage I reflected on the life of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek who we had just recently lost. So much of their music was about 'the other side' and now they were there. It was a somber and humbling reflection which was only broken when the dark clouds let loose with a low rolling thunder. As if on cue, the sound of approaching rainfall found me without an umbrella. Standing soaking wet under the thunder and among the smell of wet dirt and concrete, in my head I could hear Ray's first keyboard notes from "Riders on the Storm". An unforgettable moment that could not have been scripted better.</p> <p>Bless you Jim and Ray. Thanks for the soundtrack.</p> <p>Shovel</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0700 http://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/city-of-night/