blog Hurray for the Riff Raff Live @ KCSN <p>Hurray for the Riff Raff hit up KCSN Studios to perform a pair of tracks off their new album The Navigator, with "Hungry Ghost" and "Living in the City".</p> <p><a href=";amp%3bguest_sort=date-DESC">Click here to listen to the Full Interview</a></p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:45:48 -0700 The Record Company Live @ KCSN <p>The Record Company rolled through KCSN Studios for a live recording of "Baby I'm Broken".</p> <p><a href=";amp%3bguest_sort=date-DESC">Click here to listen to the Full Interview</a></p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:41:07 -0700 Secret Sisters Live @ KCSN <p>Secret Sisters stopped by KCSN Studios for a live performance of "He's Fine".</p> <p><a href=";amp%3bguest_sort=date-DESC">Click here to listen to the Full Interview</a></p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:30:15 -0700 Sam Outlaw Live @ KCSN <p>Sam Outlaw stopped by KCSN Studios for a live session that included performances of his tracks "Ghost Town", "Trouble", and "Say it to Me".</p> <p><a href=";amp%3bguest_sort=date-DESC">Click here to listen to the Full Interview</a></p> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:06:37 -0700 Joseph Arthur Redemption's Son Reissue <p> </p> <h3>KCSN debuts Joseph Arthur's unreleased track "Forgive Your Heart"</h3> <div align="center"> <p><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="JosephArthur Redemptions" width="600" height="599"></p> </div> <p> </p> <div> <p><strong>Real world to release 15th anniversary edition of Redemption's Son with bonus material on June 23rd</strong></p> </div> <h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">Listen to "Forgive Your Heart" Here.</a></strong></span></h3> <p>Anyone who has followed the career of Joseph Arthur since he was personally discovered by Peter Gabriel back in 1997, knows Arthur has never been an artist to look back.</p> <p>Over the course of his career to date, he's released fourteen albums under his own name, eleven official EP's and has been involved with several high profile side projects including Fistful Of Mercy (with Ben Harper &amp; Dhani Harrison).</p> <p>However, when it was brought to Arthur's attention that 2017 marked the 15th Anniversary of one of his most beloved albums, Redemption's Son, he decided he wanted to do something to honor the occasion.</p> <h3><strong>Joseph Arthur will also be embarking on a limited run solo tour beginning on June 20th in Boston where he'll play the album from beginning to end.</strong></h3> <p><strong style="font-size: 1em;">The tour hits Los Angeles, CA on <a href=";clickid=UWvQhkV33RRD28xVOYTSrwqgUkhTbP0H2WDw100&amp;camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_219208&amp;impradid=219208&amp;REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat219208&amp;wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_219208&amp;utm_source=219208-Bandsintown&amp;impradname=Bandsintown&amp;utm_medium=affiliate">7/11 @ Teragram Ballroom</a></strong></p> <p>"I've never done this album from start to finish live," Arthur remarked. "But Redemption's Son was always a special record to me and my fans and this clearly seemed like the right time to do it. As I've been saying recently to my friends, listening to this album again after all of these years has re-inspired me which honestly was a complete surprise."</p> <p><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="RedemptionSon Album2" width="137" height="137"></p> <p><strong>On June 23rd, Real World Records, will re-issue the original album</strong><br> (with its original artwork) along with nine bonus tracks all of which have been previously unreleased. Redemption's Son 15th Anniversary Edition will be available on 180-gram double LP, double CD, and digitally. <br>It will be the first time the album is available on vinyl ever.  <br><strong>The Redemption's Son reissue can be pre-ordered <a href="">here.</a> </strong></p> <p>The nine previously unreleased songs now form a "lost album" which Arthur has named Morning Star. <br>Listen below to hear one of the lost tracks, <strong>"Pictures of a Life".</strong></p> <p> </p> <div align="center"> <div class="entry-content-asset"><iframe src=";;show_artwork=true&amp;maxwidth=600&amp;maxheight=500&amp;secret_token=s-ivH9G" width="600" height="400" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> </div> <p> </p> <p>"We decided to turn these tracks into their own album called 'Morning Star' rather than a collection of this that and the other thing," Arthur remarked. "It's a great feeling when the past burps up a gift. Things forgotten and submerged by the vortex of time which reveals its illusions thru a process such as this. First listens of old things are a lot like taking the wrapping paper off a gift. That excited smile comes over you (hopefully) and it's kinda wonderful. But soon you get transported back to the time these things were new and then they become fresh elements to work with. No more a gift but a responsibility. Like if you got a dog for Christmas. What they say about a work of art being never finished but abandoned is accurate. And I learned here that you can essentially un-abandon them. We took these old things and we set out to make something current."</p> <p>Upon it's original release in 2002, the album received rave reviews on both sides of the pond:</p> <p>"Joseph Arthur's brilliant third album proves he was worth the wait. 'Redemption's Son exhibits the sure sign of a classic album. The best songs are not nervously loaded at the front. Some of the real gems - the slow, creepy Permission, the unbearably beautiful Favorite Girl and the irresistibly poppy In The Night - emerge nearly an hour into the album.' - The Times (UK)</p> <p>"...added intimacy without sacrificing dreamy magnetism... _'2000's Come To Where I'm From was a near masterpiece. This time round, Grammy-bagging mixer Tchad Blake has replaced T-Bone Burnett as producer and brought added intimacy without sacrificing dreamy magnetism... Arthur's vocals [are] as much soothing balm as quiet venom. Blake's deft touch makes bedfellows of gentle acoustic guitar and gliding strings - I Would Rather Hide and Termite Song are stunning... If there's really a God, the Super Furries-goosing-up-Cockney Rebel wizardry of In The Night ought to be the FM smash of the summer.'" - Uncut (UK)</p> <p>"In the current pop singer-songwriter renaissance, Arthur's art stands out as the most emotionally naked and musically ambitious." - Entertainment Weekly (US)<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong style="font-size: 1em;">More information on the album re-issue and tour schedule can be found <a href="">here.</a></strong></p> <p> </p> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:44:41 -0700 Soft Swells New Album 'Be Young' <div align="center"> <p style="text-align: left;">Some lives have a theme. And sometimes that theme is present in everything that someone does. For <strong>Soft Swells</strong>' fearless leader <strong>Tim Williams</strong>, that theme is Youth. After having 2.5 heart surgeries before turning 30, and a baby girl shortly after, at every turn in life, he's reminded of what it means to him to <em><strong>Be Young</strong></em> - which, by no coincidence, is the name of the LA based indie-pop outfit's third full-length album. The songs on <em><strong>Be Young</strong></em> are a reflection of what it really means to be alive, considering all of the life changing events in Tim's past, and those yet to come. </p> <table style="width: 608px; height: 343px;" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img class="left" title="" src="" alt="SoftSwells PressPhoto" width="600" height="337"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> </div> <p>The creation of <em><strong>Be Young</strong></em> was truly a labor of love. It was recorded over a span of many months, with the first notes being recorded just after his daughter Lily Pepper was born. What started as a series of low key recording sessions in Tim's garage in Pasadena, sandwiched between long days and sleepless nights, quickly evolved into a larger scale, more collaborative effort. After working with bandmates <strong>Chris Pappas, Kyle Fredrickson</strong> and <strong>Jack Lawless</strong> on a handful of songs, Jack got called off to tour the world, drumming for <strong>DNCE</strong>, and Chris' schedule with his own project <strong>Elle Belle</strong> started to monopolize a lot of his time. This led Tim to finishing the record with some old friends that he had been eager to reconnect with. The end result is an album born in a garage, and fully realized during further collaboration with <strong>Alan Wilkis</strong> of <strong>Big Data, Jon Visger</strong> of <strong>Absofacto</strong> and Soft Swells' guitarist <strong>Kyle Fredrickson</strong>. To round it out, long time Soft Swells collaborator and producer <strong>Dave Lynch</strong> mixed it in England, at Echo Zoo Studios, and <strong>Joe LaPorta</strong> mastered it at Sterling Sound in New York City. The end result is Soft Swells' most rounded effort to date, combining simple songwriting, giant hooks, honest lyrics that come straight from Tim's resilient heart.</p> <div align="center"> <p><iframe src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="450" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Listen to 'Be Young' Here.</a><a class="bit-widget-initializer"></a></p> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:49:44 -0700 Middle Kids Live @ KCSN <p>Australian band Middle Kids visited KCSN to preview tracks from their new self-titled EP</p> <p><a href=";guest_sort=date-DESC">Click here to listen to the Full Interview</a></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:12:46 -0800 EXCLUSIVE: Interview W/ Sting <p>Sky Daniels had an exclusive opportunity to sit down with Sting before his two outstanding shows at The Hollywood Palladium as part of his 57th &amp; 9th tour.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:13:42 -0800 Turn Me On: St. Paul and the Broken Bones <p>If this was the early 1970s, Birmingham, Alabama’s <strong>St. Paul And The Broken Bones</strong> — with their stylish, horn-powered, Otis Redding-cum-Al Green-meets-early-Chicago, can’t-get-it-outta-your-head soul music — would own the airwaves and we’d all know their name.</p> <div align="center"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-59104" src="" width="475" height="297"></div> <p> </p> <p>Now two albums and two EPs into their career, St. Paul And The Broken Bones have hit the Top 60 on <em>Billboard</em>’s album chart (with their 2014 debut, <em>Half The City</em>), opened for The Rolling Stones (“He’s a cat who can do an Otis Redding — he’s very interesting to watch,” Keith Richards said of frontman Paul Janeway in <em>Rolling Stone</em> in 2015), and they’ve toured internationally. Sounds like a very nice beginning to a career.</p> <p>As with every good story there’s usually an ironic twist, and in this case if not for a pastor’s runaway comment and a last hurrah of a recording session, St. Paul And The Broken Bones never would have happened.</p> <p>Janeway — nicknamed “St. Paul” by his bandmates for his teetotaling, non-smoking ways — was going to become man of the cloth until his then-pastor made the mistake of telling him that Gandhi was probably burning in hell. Eyes thus opened, Janeway turned to accounting. As he studied tax codes and bottom lines, St. Paul sang in a mid-2000s blues-rock group in Birmingham that included bassist Jesse Phillips. When that band floundered, Janeway opted for the certainty of school while continuing his bank teller job.</p> <p><span> </span></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p> </p> <p>Then something happened that changed the course of history; Phillips and Janeway began to write around Janeway’s voice, and when they came up with the sound of a song called “Broken Bones And Pocket Change” they knew they were on to something.</p> <p>The puzzle was completed in 2012 when a friend invited Janeway and Phillips into his studio to record a song, a “last hurrah,” as it were, according to Janeway. Instead of the end of something, that song turned into the beginning of St. Paul And The Broken Bones.</p> <p><em>Sea Of Noise, </em>their fall 2016 sophomore CD that made my year-end Top-10 list, features several new St. Paul And The Broken Bones gems, including “Flow With It,” “All I Ever Wonder,” “Sanctify,” and “I’ll Be Your Woman.”</p> <p>Keep in tune with the band by <a href="" target="_blank">visiting their official site</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p><a href="" target="_blank">See more Turn Me On at Rock Cellar Magazine</a></p> </div> </div> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:49:56 -0800 Turn Me On: Mondo Cozmo <p>It’s always great to hear new music that shakes you, that sorta knocks you off center a little, and makes the hair stand up on your goosebumps.</p> <p>The first 63,000 times I listened to <strong>Mondo Cozmo</strong>’s “Shine” I didn’t notice the words. Rather, I was swept up in the flood of good tidings as the song soared and propelled me into the ionosphere. That may seem overly hyperbolic, but it accurately sums up the emotions swirling around in me as I listened to—make that <em>experienced</em>—“Shine.”</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p><span>And then I heard it. The call to Jesus for redemption, the reference to “let ’em get high, let ’em get stoned,” and the moment-of-Zen line, “Everything will be alright if you let it go.” Intriguing, dichotomic imagery, to be sure.</span></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p><span>The man behind this song, and other new Mondo Cozmo gems such as “Plastic Soul” and “Hold On To Me,” is Philadelphia-born, LA-based Josh Ostrander—aka Mondo Cozmo. The onetime frontman for Eastern Conference Champions’ three albums, Ostrander has also produced Voxhaul Broadcast and ex-Happy Mondays member Kavin Sandhu, and worked on various projects with noteworthy producers like Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve), and Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins).</span></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>If “Shine,” “Plastic Soul” and “Hold On To Me” are good examples of what to expect from Mondo Cozmo moving forward, we might all be well-advised to buckle up and hold on because this could be a helluva ride.</span></div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p> </p> </div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p> <a href="" target="_blank">See more Turn Me On at Rock Cellar Magazine</a></p> </div> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:34:01 -0800 Mike Doughty LIVE at Hotel Cafe <p>KCSN music director Marc "Mookie" Kaczor linked up with Mike Doughty for another KCSN VIP MEMBERSHIP SESSION. Here's the video from this exclusive night with one of our favorite musicians!</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:07:58 -0800 Turn Me On: Passenger <p>You know Mike Rosenberg gets asked every day. Every single day. <em>Todos los días</em>. <em>In die una</em>.</p> <p>Every day the affable singer/songwriter from Brighton, England, gets asked why he records under the name <strong>Passenger</strong>. And every day he cheerfully explains that he used to be the singer of a full-on band named Passenger, but when they broke up in 2009 he was left with the name so he kept it. Or, you know, words to that effect.</p> <p>Okay, that’s out of the way so let’s pull the curtain back a little on this Rosenberg guy, this Passenger. First off, if your ear tends to gravitate to the sound made by folks like Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, David Gray, and/or Bruce Cockburn, then you’d wanna be all over Passenger. And if you’re the type who enjoys being surprised by yet another layer of delicious lyrics on your 37th time listening to a particular song, then you’d wanna be all over Passenger.</p> <p><span> </span></p> <div align="center"> <p><iframe src="" width="300" height="380" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> </div> <p> </p> <p>Rosenberg knew back in school that music was his calling, and he sorta called his shot by avoiding good grades like anathema before he ultimately dropped out at age 16 to busk across England and Australia. It was on those streets in the UK and Down Under, strumming and singing his songs for whoever stopped to listen, where, as a solo artist named Passenger, he learned how to truly connect with an audience.</p> <p>And that might be his finest trait.</p> <div align="center"> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-58152" src="" alt="passenger-young-as-the-morning-album-art" width="400" height="400"></p> </div> <p> </p> <p>Never mind that among his revealing acoustic pop, his tunes laced with humor and hope, demonstrating a keen eye for observation and an ease of vulnerability, there are no fillers, no songs that reek of Passenger giving any less than precisely 100% to every detail. The elegance he brings to songs like “Let Her Go,” “Somebody’s Love,” and “Riding to New York,” the naked honesty of “27,” the sociopolitical bent of “Scare Away the Dark,” and crowd faves “I Hate” and “Holes,” all exhibit a master’s skill at song crafting, but even more impressive in Passenger’s arsenal is the way he can walk out in front of 1,800 theatergoers armed with only his guitar, his wit, his confidence, and his songs, and spend the next hour and a half having a one-on-one connection with each and every person there.</p> <p><span> </span></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p><span> </span></p> <p><em>As Young as the Morning as Old as the Sea</em>, Passenger’s eighth album since 2007, arrived in September 2016 and brought with it great promise. Promise that a young singer/songwriter who’s been #1 in 20 difference countries and received 1 billion YouTube views (both with “Let Her Go”), who is writing one standout song after another (including the latest CD’s “Somebody’s Love,” “Anywhere,” “Fool’s Gold,” “Home,” and “The Long Road”), who owns crowds the way Springsteen and Bono own crowds, will finally become a household name.</p> <p>That name is Passenger. Or Mike Rosenberg, he’s good with it either way.</p> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p><a href="" target="_blank">See more Turn Me On at Rock Cellar Magazine</a></p> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:20:42 -0800 Turn Me On: Dawes <p>We’re all gonna die. Deal with it.</p> <p>It’s easy enough to infer a certain harshness from the title of <a href=";x=0&amp;y=0" target="_blank"><strong>Dawes</strong></a>’ fifth and latest CD, <em>We’re All Gonna Die</em>. But frontman/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith has said of this CD, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all going to die.”</p> <p>Read between the lines of what Goldsmith is saying there, and now it seems like the album title is much softer, more optimistic: “We’re all going to die, so why not make the best of it while we’re here.”</p> <div align="center"> <p><img class="alignleft wp-image-57348 size-medium" src="" alt="dawes we're all gonna die" width="300" height="300"></p> </div> <p>Dawes has been consistently upping their fan base since their 2009 debut album, <em>North Hills</em>.</p> <p>Rising from the ashes of Malibu, California-based Simon Dawes, a band that had issued one album and toured with The Walkmen, Maroon 5, Band of Horses, Phantom Planet, and others, Dawes hit the scene armed with some of that Simon Dawes equity and the masterful storytelling of Taylor Goldsmith.</p> <p>Studying at the storytelling altar of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and John Lennon, Goldsmith has proven to be an apt student. His character studies of everyday folks facing everyday challenges have frequently ventured into <em>epic</em> territory (“A Little Bit of Everything,” from their 2011 <em>Nothing is Wrong </em>CD, and “Just Beneath the Surface,” from 2013’s <em>Stories Don’t End</em>, are excellent examples).</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p>Through their first four releases, which also includes 2015’s <em>All Your Favorite Bands</em>, Dawes—rounded out by Taylor’s brother Griffin on drums, Wylie Gelber on bass, and Lee Pardini on keys—supported Goldsmith’s stories with a sound that generally subscribed to the ’70s California Sound.</p> <p>On <em>We’re All Gonna Die</em>, they blew that model to smithereens.</p> <p>Reconvening with ex-Simon Dawes guitarist Blake Mills, now a Grammy-nominated producer (Alabama Shakes, Sara Watkins, Conor Oberst, Fiona Apple), Dawes used the studio to create an unfamiliar musical bed for Goldsmith’s familiar stories and melodies. The result is a collection of songs that sound exactly like—and nothing like—Dawes. In the lead single, “When the Tequila Runs Out,” for instance, the instrument credits say they used guitars and bass and drums, per usual, but the main sound you hear sounds nothing like any of those instruments.</p> </div> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p><em>We’re All Gonna Die</em> is riddled with examples like this, where you can’t really tell for sure what instrument is making the sound that you’re hearing, making for an intriguing, discordant combination of familiar and unfamiliar from one of the finest rock bands on the scene the past few years.</p> <p>And why not? If we’re all gonna die there’s every reason to feel good about pushing the envelope into places we’ve never been before.</p> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"> <p><a href="" target="_blank">See more Turn Me On at Rock Cellar Magazine</a></p> </div> </div> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:56:13 -0700 Sting VIP Live Session <p>On August 31st, Sting performed live for KCSN in front of a small audience in the Valley Performing Arts Center to help introduce his new album 57th &amp; 9th. He spoke about the new music with Sky Daniels before performing old favorites like "Every Breath You Take" and "All This Time" along with his latest single "I Can't Stop Thinking About You". See the full performance below!</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0700 Chrissie Hynde on KCSN <p><span>Chrissie Hynde called KCSN on 9/7/16 (her birthday) to discuss her brand new record called "Alone". The new LP from The Pretenders will be available to the public on October 21st and is produced by Dan from The Black Keys. Chrissie talk about linking up with Dan Auerbach, she gave some advice to up-and-coming musicians and of course... she talked about her birthday plans. Here's the audio.</span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p><iframe style="width: 100%; height: 131px;" src=";autoplay=false" width="320" height="240" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:30:53 -0700 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="" data-url="" data-width="400" data-height="533" data-class="left" data-thumbnail="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 My Dream Concert for 2014 <p>One frequent question during my 35 years as pop critic at the Los Angeles Times was, "What's your favorite concert ever?"</p> <p>And I always had a hard time answering it because I saw an average of 100 concerts a year during that time, and there were so many magical moments each year.</p> <p>The shows that usually came to mind landmark performances by such varied figures as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2 and the White Stripes.</p> <p>Yet I was never able to boil it down to a single favorite show.</p> <p>It’s much easier answering this question: “What concert are you most looking forward to seeing this year?"</p> <p>My choice, by far, is the Oct. 5 pairing at the Greek Theater of two of my favorite singer-songwriters ever: John Prine and Conor Oberst.</p> <hr><p>John’s self-titled debut album was a classic the moment it hit the shelves in the early 1970s—songs filled with convincing portraits of people caught in various stages of joy, acceptance and despair. I was so hooked that I went around for months quoting the lyrics—lines like these from “Sam Stone,” a song about a child’s horror at seeing his father return home from Vietnam combat with a heroin habit:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>There’s a hole in daddy’s arm, where all the money goes.</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Jesus Christ died for nothin, I suppose.</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>In a sweeping change of pace, John, 24, wrote with equal empathy about the way old people are often shunned aside in a youth-obsessed culture. In “Hello in There,” he wrote:</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>You know that old trees just grow stronger,</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>And old rivers grow wilder every day.</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>But old people just grow lonesome,</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello."</em></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div> <p>More than 30 years later, Conor’s “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” album—which he released under the group name Bright Eyes--hit with similar force. Conor, who had been making records in his native Omaha since his teens, was also 24 and his best songs conveyed an innocence and intelligence that enabled him to see the world with fresh and fearless eyes. He weaved his findings into intimate songs whose melodies are as timeless as a hymnal and whose images are hauntingly poetic.</p> <p>In “Lua,” one of my favorites Conor spoke about a night in New York with a girl who was moving close to the edge—a gripping reflection on the sometimes recklessness of youth:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>I got a flask inside my pocket</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>We can share it on the train</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>And if you promise to stay conscious</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>I will try and do the same.</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>We might die from medication</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>But we sure kill all the pain.</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>What was normal in the evening</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>By the morning seems insane.</em></p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div> <p>Conor’s latest album, “Upside Down Mountain,” released this spring under his own name, is his finest collection since “I’m Wide Awake,” which makes his Greek appearance doubly appealing.</p> <hr><p>Being a fan of both artists, I was delighted during Conor’s show in 2007 the El Rey Theatre when he sang a song that was blessed with so many of the same warm, human touches that made his work so compelling that most people in the theater figured it was one of his new songs. It was in fact “Crazy as a Loon,” a Prine song, about a man who keeps blaming the rest of the world for his problems. It was thrilling to have these two generations of songwriters joined however briefly.</p> <p>By sharing the bill for the first time ever in Los Angeles, the link between Prine and Oberst will be more notable at the Greek, and the results should be more thrilling.</p> <hr><p>Tickets on sale now at <a href="">Greek Theatre's website</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:20:38 -0700 CALIFORNIA CONVERGENCE <div align="center"><img class="center" title="" src="" alt="The FabForum" width="300" height="182"></div> <p class="p1">It may seem fitting, or perhaps, ironic, that Beck has released “Blue Moon”, the first track from his self-proclaimed  new album of "California music…the songs are coming out of a California tradition. I'm hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young – the bigger idea of what that sound is to me." During the heralded launch of the renovated Forum with a six night stand by The Eagles. </p> <p>Beck has held province as cutting-edge stalwart since his first release. As he examines the history of ‘California rock’ in his forthcoming record “Morning Phase”, The Eagles are documenting it in their concerts at The Forum. </p> <p>Industry pundit, Bob Lefsetz, in one of his more sincere proclamations, reveled, “Take the 405 to Manchester. Or La Cienega from downtown. Southward as you go. Because five more times this month the biggest band in Southern California history, in American history, is demonstrating what it was once like. When we were addicted to the radio, when going to the record store was a pilgrimage as important as a trip to Mecca or Jerusalem. When we couldn't wait to get home and break the shrinkwrap and hear what our favorites had to say.” </p> <p>When it was announced that The Forum would re-open, it was destiny that The Eagles would be the choice to revive this great Los Angeles institution. Irving Azoff, their manager and long-time Svengali, has a considerable financial interest in the building.  But, after witnessing one of their opening nights concerts, only a cynic would focus on finance, rather than the romance of the event. </p> <p>Everything you may have heard about the renovated facility seemed accurate to me. The sound was impeccable, the gigantic 4K screens were dynamic, the seats plush, and, yeah, the beers still cost a car payment.  The Forum’s walls are covered with celebratory photos of all the legendary acts that played the hallowed hall. </p> <p>The Eagles understood that history, and how it is entwined with their own, in their performance. Starting out with just Glenn Frey and Don Henley sitting on amps, they reminisced about their own ‘long road to Eden’.  Subsequently, each member of the band gradually made their way to the stage. At times, augmented by long-standing sidemen, they delivered stunning eight-part harmonies on a list of their most memorable compositions.  The Forum’s new sound system was integral to hearing those amazing vocals. </p> <p>The Eagles, like Beck,  paid homage to their own heroes, citing Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Beach Boys, Jackson Browne, and, yes, The Byrds, as they took us all back to a time when  ‘the California sound’ was being birthed.   My own memories of those days seemed to have been perfectly stored, not only in my mind, but in that “Fabulous’ hall…</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:40:46 -0800 "Christmas in LA" with Owen Wilson & Harry Dean Stanton & The Killers <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=";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=";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 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=][/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=";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=][/embed]</div> <p> </p> <div align="center"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="1146654 10152011304824769 641095200 n" height="706" width="458"></div> <p> </p> <p> </p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:49:44 -0800