blog New Coldplay Teaser <p>Looks like Coldplay is getting ready to release a new album as they share teasers over the past couple of days! Will we hear our first full song soon?</p> <div align="center"> <blockquote class="twitter-video"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="">#AOAL</a> <a href="">#AHFOD</a> <a href=""></a></p> — Coldplay (@coldplay) <a href="">November 4, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> <p> </p> <p>The band's 7th, and <a href="" target="_blank">supposedly final</a>, album will be called A Head Full Of Dreams and is rumored to be coming out on December 4th.</p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:30:25 -0800 Preview Israel Nash's Silver Season <p>Israel Nash has been a traveler so far in his musical career. Born and raised in Missouri, he moved to New York to start a music career. Even with initial success in Europe, he moved from New York to a 25 acre ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, leaving the big city and delving deeper into analog recording technology.</p> <p>Using his nomadic experience, he crafted a deeply atmopheric and lush album<em> Israel Nash's Rain Plans</em> in 2013. He returns again with <em>Israel Nash's Silver Season</em>, out on Loose/Thirty Tigers on Friday, transporting the listener through space and time using his experience around the country as inspiration. The first single "LA Lately" exemplifies this spirit. Nash says, "'LA Lately' is a track that was written on the road while we were leaving LA after my first headline show. There is something magical about that city and the song is all about our experience. From getting there, to being there, and -as we do- moving along and leaving too. No shame, this is an LA song." Truly, with sounds that transport you to Laurel Canyon in the late 1960's, the song represents Los Angeles.</p> <p>Listen to the album in full before it hits stores!</p> <div align="center"><iframe src=";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="450" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:00:00 -0700 Jimmy Page Finishes Zeppelin Re-Masters <p>Jimmy Page released the final three re-mastered albums from Led Zeppelin on July and fans received one final look into the band’s recording sessions.</p> <p>On Presence, the band displayed their live prowess as they powered through recording seven songs in just eighteen days. Their most straightforward rock and roll release, the album featured no keyboards and only one rhythm acoustic guitar on “Candy Store Rock”. Due to the limited schedule, the companion disc does not offer as many nuggets as the previous re-masters, but it does include an early look at the next album with the piano track “10 Ribs &amp; All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)” and dirty vocals on “Royal Orleans”.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>In Through The Out Door was the final album from the band before John Bonham’s sudden death in 1980. It marked a very different direction as the album was filled with more processed sound and keyboards than any record before it. It still kicked off with the band’s standard explosive start on “In The Evening”. From there, they went into mellow tracks not guided by acoustic guitars like the early days. Instead, John Paul Jones led them into the upcoming decade with keyboards. Robert Plant’s voice shined through literally and figuratively as he headed the creative direction of “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love”.</p> <p>The final Led Zeppelin album came about from their record contract, which required them to record one more album even though Bonham had passed away. Jimmy looked through the band’s outtakes from their 11 year run and found enough to make a new album released in 1982 called Coda. For the re-masters, Jimmy may have chosen the best demo and rare cuts of any release. On the first companion disc, he included a few demos of tracks from Coda along with most of the other songs the band released as b-sides, including “Hey Hey What Can I Do?” The second disc starts off with an indian orchestra performing two Zeppelin songs. Robert and Jimmy sat out on “Four Sticks” but accompanied the orchestra on “Friends”. The rest of the disc includes a new instrumental jam “St. Tristan’s Sword” and a shorter, bluesier version of “Bring It On Home”.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>The final re-masters leave the impression that the last three albums left originally: what would become of Led Zeppelin in the 1980. We never found out as Robert, Jimmy, and John Paul Jones went their separate ways. We can still dream though, can’t we?</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:15:03 -0700 The Rebirth Of Jason Isbell <div align="center"><img class="center" title="" src="" alt="jasonisbell copy" width="600" height="375"></div> <p>One of the best new albums of the year comes out today from emerging singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. He's had a successful career to this point, but his re-birth over his last two albums has been nothing short of extraordinary.</p> <p>That's not to say his work in Drive-By Truckers or solo with the 400 Unit isn't as good. His latest efforts, though, show a man re-born with a fresh perspective on life. Much of his evolution tracks back to February 2012, when his manager, soon to be wife Amanda Shires, and Ryan Adams confronted him about an issue that has affected many great musicians: substance abuse. He went to rehab and returned with a new stable of songs for Southeastern, including "Stockholm".</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>Now comes "Something More Than Free" with subtle lyrics dealing with many of the emotions of being a progressive man from the south. He sings about concepts of freedom and identity, themes not only from his new life but also much of the discourse in the US over the last year. His music comes out as genre bending but unique. Not quite Americana, not quite rock, he melds a sound that connects directly to his lyrics. "24 Frames" is just one of the tracks that encapsulates this blend.</p> <div align="center"><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>With a new album, a new baby due in Septemeber, and a new look at life, we'll see how continues to grow as a musician and songwriter in the coming years.</p> <p>See Jason as he performs live when KCSN Presents him at The Wiltern on August 12th. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to purchase tickets.</a></p> <p> </p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:00:00 -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 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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