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Today's Top Tune is a free song a day, from KCRW's all Music Channel, that represents a cross section of KCRW's eclectic music format. Tracks selected are chosen from recent and upcoming releases as well as songs performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Today's Top Tune is a free song a day, from KCRW's all Music Channel, that represents a cross section of KCRW's eclectic music format. Tracks selected are chosen from recent and upcoming releases as well as songs performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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Today's Top Tune is a free song a day, from KCRW's all Music Channel, that represents a cross section of KCRW's eclectic music format. Tracks selected are chosen from recent and upcoming releases as well as songs performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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@kcrw

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English

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1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Hatchie: “Sugar & Spice” Live on MBE

9/21/2018
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Dubbed the "the dream pop idol of tomorrow" by Pitchfork, Aussie singer Hatchie recently made her Morning Becomes Eclectic debut, and gifted "Sugar & Spice" to us to share with you.

Duration:00:03:34

Phosphorescent “New Birth in New England”

9/20/2018
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October brings a much-anticipated full-length recording from Phosphorescent, their first in five years. It's also the story of what took place for the band's founder Matthew Houck during that time; he fell in love, started a family, moved across country, and built a studio from the ground up. Blending the earthy with the incandescent, here's a characteristic snapshot from the record, "New Birth in New England."

Duration:00:03:39

The Watson Twins: “Hustle and Shake”

9/19/2018
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It's a fact that sibling harmonies are as tight as you can get. Case in point: The Watson Twins - identical sisters who co-wrote and sang all the parts together for the first time on their forthcoming album, "Duo." Inspired by their Nashville backdrop, "Hustle and Shake" is an original twangy folk tune.

Duration:00:03:02

Guster: “Hard Times”

9/18/2018
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Every few years, with the release of new music from them, we are reminded of Guster's greatness. Seductively steady, "Hard Times" gives us a hint of an album on the horizon and showcases their unique charm via new sonic pathways.

Duration:00:03:50

The Beta Band: “Dr. Baker”

9/17/2018
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Innovative and avant-garde, The Beta Band didn't yield many recordings during their short time together, but what they did release still sounds fresh. Marking the 20th anniversary of their compilation, The Three EPs, a newly re-mastered vinyl pressing has been issued, proving that tracks like today's selection, "Dr. Baker," sounds just as good today as they did in 1998!

Duration:00:04:09

Blitzen Trapper: “Furr” Live on MBE

9/14/2018
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Blitzen Trapper performed a gorgeous session back in 2009 when they first visited MBE. They left behind a stand-out and timeless batch of songs, so we asked them to fill us in on one particular track that we loved, "Furr," and to tell us how it came about.

Duration:00:04:45

Helena Hauff: “No Qualms”

9/13/2018
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Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Helena Hauff is a well-known DJ specializing in stripped-down techno that's strictly analog. Her new album fulfills the task at hand, as she jams on her machines to create a powerful sound. Give a listen to "No Qualms."

Duration:00:03:21

Mitski: “Nobody”

9/12/2018
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Mitski songs flow with confessional lyrics. Mitski says: "It's not like I'm a vessel. For this new record, I experimented in narrative and fiction." So even though it sounds like she's pouring her own heart out, her themes are easy to relate to, as you hear in "Nobody."

Duration:00:03:12

Interpol: “Number 10”

9/11/2018
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From the newly-minted full-length album by seminal NYC band Interpol we offer "Number 10," an expansive song that sounds like it was built for stadiums!

Duration:00:03:13

Marissa Nadler: “Blue Vapor”

9/10/2018
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You've heard of "slow cooking." Well, singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler has been refining her "slow music" for years. "Blue Vapors" focuses on her elegant brand of folk music, balanced by Dum Dum Girls' founding member Kristen Kontrol's strumming & harmonies, as well as the steady beats by Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

Duration:00:03:25

Brett Dennen "Home Away From Home" Live on MBE

9/7/2018
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KCRW favorite Brett Dennen is known for his breezy pop songs, but his newest batch of tunes mines the LA-based singer's personal life for inspiration. On a recent visit to MBE with his band, Dennen performed "Home Away from Home," and let us in on how the song came about.

Duration:00:04:44

serpentwithfeet “invoice”

9/6/2018
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Avant-garde vocalist and performance artist, Josiah Wise, AKA serpentwithfeet, put out a stunning debut album earlier this summer. On "invoice," Wise evokes the wide-eyed curiosity of his childhood.

Duration:00:04:00

Ross From Friends “Project Cybersyn”

9/5/2018
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British producer Ross From Friends, AKA Felix Clary Weatherall, hands over the release of his debut album to Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus' label, offering up an intricately-layered sonic palette. Careful with each & every sound, Weatherall taps into the influence his dad has had on his musical upbringing. We've been enjoying "Project Cybersyn," which has only just started its ascent up KCRW's Music Top 30 list.

Duration:00:05:08

Andrew Bayer: “Your Eyes” featuring Ane Brun

9/4/2018
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It took D.C. native Andrew Bayer five years to make his third album, but it may be his most defining work to date. Relying less on traditional dance floor beats, Bayer turns to Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun to pay tribute to artists like Kate Bush and Sade on the energetic gem, "Your Eyes."

Duration:00:04:00

RÜFÜS DU SOL: “Underwater”

9/3/2018
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"Solace" takes many forms, but in this case we're talking about the forthcoming album that live-electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL took a year to write and record in Venice, CA. Due this fall, their album occupies the intersection between dynamic indie music and emotive House. "Underwater" is influenced by the austere desert landscapes and beauty of the California coastline.

Duration:00:04:40

Laura Veirs: "Seven Falls" Live on MBE

8/31/2018
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Prolific songwriter Laura Veirs came to KCRW with a full band to celebrate the release of her 10th solo album. She left us with an exclusive version of "Seven Falls," and shared how she works her songs.

Duration:00:04:49

Matthew Dear: “Bunny's Dream”

8/30/2018
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This shape-shifting DJ and dance-music producer can straddle multiple worlds, yet belongs to none. After six long years and plenty of tinkering, Matthew Dear is back with a shadowy sound on "Bunny's Dream."

Duration:00:07:05

Thomas Dybdahl: “Look at What We've Done”

8/29/2018
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Thomas Dybdahl offers one of the most beautiful songs in his new opus, "Look At What We've Done," a slinky gem made for late night romance.

Duration:00:04:06

Santigold: “Run the Road”

8/28/2018
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Santigold's latest comes in the form of a summer-inspired, sponteaneous mixtape-style project. In collaboration with Dre Skull, they tapped into their shared passion for reggae and Afro-Caribbean music. Check out "Run the Road."

Duration:00:04:21

Allen Stone: “Brown Eyed Lover”

8/27/2018
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Let's let Allen Stone tell you about his song "Brown Eyed Lover": "I am a slave to the road; constantly in a different city, always on the other side of town, never in the same bed for more than a night. It seemed as though I chose a lifestyle that wasn’t lending itself to be shared with a partner. That was until I met my soon-to-be wife. “Brown Eyed Lover” depicts the internal struggle of being in a relationship while also being on the road. The struggle of having to leave constantly for...

Duration:00:03:58