blog https://www.kcsn.org/blog/rss Hidden Genius Of Damon Albarn https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/hidden-genius-of-damon-albarn/ Have A Fever For The Black Keys? https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/do-you-have-a-fever/ February 25th New Music Update https://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-25th-new-music-update/ <div align="center"><img title="" src="https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-25th-new-music-update/ February 18th New Music Update https://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="https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/jeff-penfield/february-18th-new-music-update/ CALIFORNIA CONVERGENCE https://www.kcsn.org/blog/sky-daniels/california-convergence/ <div align="center"><img class="center" title="" src="https://www.kcsn.org/assets/Uploads/The-FabForum.jpg" 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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/sky-daniels/california-convergence/ "Christmas in LA" with Owen Wilson & Harry Dean Stanton & The Killers https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/christmasinla/ Nightmare AIr, The Foreign Resort, Light FM https://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="https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/nightmare-air-the-foreign-resort-light-fm/ Lots of In-studio performances happening https://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="https://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="https://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="https://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="https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/lots-of-in-studio-performances-happening/ News of the Edward Sharpe Big Top!!! https://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="https://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="https://www.kcsn.org/[sitetree_link,id=]">Ticketmaster.com</a>.</h4> <h3> </h3> <h3><a href="https://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 https://www.kcsn.org/blog/mark-shovel/step-right-this-way-for-the-news-of-the-edward-sharpe-big-top/