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Now Digging / Marian Hill

Marian Hill
It is very rare that a particular song sticks in my brain.

Normally when listening to music, I forget what I listened to almost immediately. Even if it is a great song. I listen, file, and move on. If I were to hear the same song a day or two later chances are I would know I’d heard it, but not be able to identify the artist or song title in a million years.

Not so with Marian Hill. I vividly remember hearing “Got It” for the first time on KCRW. I was in my car and think I may have actually said, “Ooh!” out loud, to no one. The same reaction as when I first encountered the intro to “Settle Down” by Kimbra.
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Neat Tracks / Milo Greene “1957”

By Amanda DK

It’s been my sincere pleasure to hear the buzz about this local band get louder and louder over the past few months.  From my perspective at least, it began with the word spreading about their fantastic live performances.  Then came write-ups in blogs across the country from Sunset in the Rearview to the LA times.  Just a few short months later Milo Greene was featured as part of the “I Also Like To Rock” series, presented by KCRW and curated by Buzz Bands LA.  Most recently they were on the bill to play at Sunset Junction, and due to the festival’s cancellation, played a packed day party at Dangerbird Records.
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Guest Mixtape / KCRW Music Publicity Director, Rachel Reynolds

By Amanda DK

Photo Courtesy of KCRW

If you’re a Los Angeles music nerd, you’re quite familiar with the names Jason Bentley, Chris Douridas, Anne Litt, Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez. You know them as just a handful of the stellar DJs on public radio station KCRW (89.9 on the radio dial in Los Angeles, KCRW.com everywhere else). You may have also heard of Evan Kleiman, the host of Good Food, or Matt Holzman, the man who puts the “Matt” in Matt’s Movies. One name you may not know, however, is someone who I believe to be the one person every listener needs to say thanks to the most. The busiest person on staff: Music Publicity Director, Rachel Reynolds.
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Film + TV / Your Music in Media Guide to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Often times with all the Rihannas, Biebers, Gagas and Taylor Swifts running around on Grammy night, it’s easy for the indie artists to get lost in the shuffle.  Fortunately with the help of Stephen Colbert, the Best Alternative Music Album category got some love on mainstream television (though let’s face it, as indie artists go Vampire Weekend, The Black Keys, and Arcade Fire are pretty well known).

Where is the love, though for the soundtracks, scores and songs written for films or television?  Right here, my friends, right here….
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Film / 5 Things You May Not Know about the TRON: Legacy Score

Last Saturday November 20, I was privileged enough to attend a conversation between TRON: Legacy director, Joseph Kosinski, and music supervisor, Jason Bentley, hosted by Los Angeles public radio station, KCRW, at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica.  Bentley, also the KCRW Music Director, and Kosinski discussed key role of music in the film, what it was like to work with with legendary electronic artists (and robots) Daft Punk on the score, and even shared FIVE previously unheard tracks.

Now you can stream the entire event (tunes included) on the KCRW website.  I’ll be honest, I was definitely surprised by much of what I heard – both about the process and the actual score cues.  Here are some tidbits you may not have known about the TRON: Legacy score….

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