KCRW Unveils Episodes of New Online Video Program “The Cue” on Youtube

KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) has released a collection of new playlists in its online video series The Cue on YouTube. Each episode features a selection of music and culture videos from across the web, curated and hosted by the station’s talented family of DJs. This week Music Director and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley returns to The Cue to share his new music video hot sheet, featuring music videos from artists that got their start at KCRW and then went on to significantly impact pop culture, including Jack White, The Shins, M. Ward, Nada Surf, and Ane Brun. Watch it here.

The Cue launched in February with an introduction by Jason Bentley, who shared under-the-radar online ephemera and his favorite Morning Becomes Eclectic performances. The series continues with a selection of criminally overlooked gems from DJ Eric J Lawrence, a dip into LA’s club scene with DJ Valida, quintessential California songs from DJ Anne Litt, visually inspiring sounds from Anthony Valadez.  Next, Raul Campos tipped viewers off to music videos young celebrities – before they were famous, and Marion Hodges presented some ”not-so-obvious” 80s videos.

In upcoming episodes of The Cue, Eric J. Lawrence asks viewers to regress into childhood with a survey of classic videos from his musical youth, Gary Calamar stops by to share a selection of memorable music moments in film history, and Jason Bentley goes behind-the-scenes at KCRW’s Santa Monica studios.
Viewers can subscribe to The Cue Youtube channel and tune into each episode on The Cue website: kcrw.com/thecue.

About KCRW:
KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com.  KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

POSTED ON 03/30/2012

Lucy Schwartz Featured on Upcoming Twilight Soundtrack; New EP Out Now

Los Angeles-based indie pop artist LUCY SCHWARTZ has released the six-song KEEP ME EP today, whetting appetites for her forthcoming third album, due in 2012. The release of Keep Me follows the announcement that her track “Cold” — co-written and performed with Aqualung — will appear on the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Soundtrack, due November 8th. The Keep Me EP is available for download from iTunes and the Lucy Schwartz website, and it is currently featured as new and noteworthy on iTunes.

Lucy Schwartz will perform at two stops on the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 red carpet event and concert tour, which will also feature performances from Aqualung, Sleeping At Last and appearances by cast members Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone. Schwartz joins the tour on November 10th at The Filmore in San Francisco, and on November 11th at The Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Soundtrack, which also features singles from Bruno Mars and Christina Perri, will be released on November 8th. On November 14th, Lucy Schwartz and Aqualung will appear on the red carpet at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Soundtrack is the latest in a long succession of major film and television placements for 21-year-old Schwartz that have acquainted the world with her wise-beyond-years lyrics and rich, sweeping vocals. Prior to …Breaking Dawn, Schwartz’s film music writing credits have included the Shrek Forever After love theme and songs for Mother & Child, Post Grad, Adam, and The Women. Her songs have also been featured in more than a dozen hit television shows, from Grey’s Anatomy to Make it Or Break It; ER to Brothers and Sisters, and she penned the international theme song for Parenthood.

The Keep Me EP is a marked lyrical and musical evolution from last year’s full length Life in Letters, an album that established Schwartz as a unique musical force, whose voice will continue to resonate for years to come. With its haunting melodies, melancholy romantic perspective, Keep Me provides a taste of what’s to come on Lucy Schwartz’s forthcoming full length, due next year.
Domino (Keep Me EP) by Lucy Schwartz Music

Check out what critics have been saying about LUCY SCHWARTZ:

Billboard: “20 year old singer songwriter has already built an impressive musical resume.”

LA Weekly: “Arrangements are smart and brave.”

San Diego Union: “Impeccably crafted pop-rock songs.”

Chris Douridas, KCRW: “I saw a tremendously mature talent in Lucy, occurring very early on in her career, which is rare. And the things she is coming up with are consistently of a quality that is also very rare.”

Keep Me EP Track Listing
1. Porcelain
2. I Know You
3. You Are You Are
4. Domino
5. Feeling of Being
6. Keep Me

POSTED ON 11/02/2011

Radical Face Releases Sophomore Album ‘The Family Tree: The Roots’, Confirms Carson Daly Appearance, Offers Free Download via iTunes Indie Spotlight

Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, indie pop-folk artist RADICAL FACE–aka BEN COOPER–returns with his sophomore album THE FAMILY TREE: THE ROOTS, out today (October 4) on Bear Machine. Hauntingly beautiful, RADICAL FACE’s new album glimmers with folk, pop and Ben’s wide-open vocals.

Radical Face’s new song “Ghost Towns” is the iTunes Indie Spotlight feature all week long. Download the full song for free this week only HERE. The Family Tree: The Roots is now on iTunes home page twice and is currently #96 in the overall iTunes charts, #3 on Amazon MP3 Folk chart and #30 on the pop charts.

After four years of developing the album’s concept, a depiction of the life of a 19th century family, Ben Cooper aka Radical Face, recorded The Family Tree: The Roots alone in a tool shed in his native Jacksonville, FL. Ben limited the songwriting to instruments that would have been accessible in the 1800’s–piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices. This fall Radical Face–who has generally shied away from traditional live performances–will give U.S. fans a rare concert experience featuring a full choir in each city, beginning this week in San Francisco. US dates will be followed by a European tour in 2012.

Wednesday, October 5 Radical Face will perform live in-studio at KALX, 3:00 PM PST (Univ. of California-Berkeley) to preview his Thursday, October 6 show in San Francisco at Brick and Mortar with the Albatross Choir. On Monday, October 10 he’ll make a special appearance for an in-store performance and signing at Origami Vinyl at 7:00pm (1816 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA) and a live appearance on Moheak Radio at 4:00pm (Moheak.com), and a live performance for BronsonIsland.com at 9 pm. On Tuesday, October 11, Radical Face will tape an appearance for NBC TV’s “Last Call With Carson Daly” (air date TBA) at his Los Angeles show at the Bootleg Theater with the Easterly Singers Choir. Later in the week on Friday, October 14, Radical Face will perform and be interviewed live on Los Angeles tastemaker station KXLU (Loyola Marymount University). To listen live, go here. Next spring, Radical Face will head overseas for his first European trek visiting six countries.

After four years of honing the album concept, which depicts the life and tribulations of a family from the 1800’s, Ben recorded The Family Tree: The Roots alone in a tool shed and limited the songwriting to instruments that would have been accessible in the 1800’s. Incorporating piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices, he only brought in additional instruments of the era during tracking when needed. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,”to eerily dark pieces like “Black Eyes” and “Kin,” to warm, enlightening gems like “Always Gold” and “Mountains,” the songs flow together with mindful artistic clarity, allowing the listener to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.

The video for “A Pound of Flesh” debuted exclusively online last week via American Songwriter magazine. The video was shot in the Florida wilderness with a budget of just $165 by directors Ben Cooper aka Radical Face and longtime friend Mark Hubbard. The clip further develops the song’s meanings and explores the album’s dark themes. Watch the “Pound of Flesh” video here:

10/6 San Francisco, CA Brick and Mortar Music Hall (full show w/Albatross Choir)
10/10 Los Angeles, CA Origami Vinyl (in store performance)
10/11 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater (w/Easterly Singers)
10/22 Arlington, VA Rock Spring Church (w/Yorktown Vocal Ensemble)
10/25 New York, NY Webster Hall Studio (w/Cloud Family Singers)

1/24 London, UK Lexington
1/26 Paris, France Point Emphemere
1/27 Vannes, France Echonova
1/28 Cognac, France West Rock
1/29 La Roche Sur Yon, France Fuzz Yon
1/31 Brussels, Belgium AB Club
2/1 Amsterdam, Netherlands Bitterzoet
2/2 Groningen, Netherlands Vera
2/3 Hamburg, Germany Prinzenbar
2/4 Berlin, Germany Roter Salon
2/5 Cologne, Germany Studio 67
2/7 Munich, Germany Atomic Café
2/8 Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland Amalgame Club
2/9 Baden, Switzerland One Of A Million Festival

Early praise for RADICAL FACE:

“As one-half of the Morr Music duo Electric President, Ben Cooper traded in the kind of electro-pop melancholy that made the spines of Postal Service fans tingle. But his diet is more organic when he works alone as Radical Face, whose rapturous folk music is as stirring as it is conceptual. His 2007 album Ghost was based on the idea that houses are inhabited by the events that have taken place in them, and the songs on his forthcoming second record “The Family Tree: the Roots” (out Oct. 4 on his own Bear Machine Records) — recorded in a toolshed behind his mother’s house in Jacksonville, Fla.–revolve around a strange, fictitious family from the 1800s. Guitar, piano, simple percussion–and ideas…”
–Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.LA

“With storytelling at the core of this beautifully crafted and sonically haunting collection, this record has all the makings of an indie classic, in the best way. Think Band Of Horses meets The Shins circa Garden State, with the depth and imagination of a talented raconteur.”
–Hits Magazine

“With both buzzy feedback in ‘All is Well (It’s Only Blood)’ and simple, un-experimental, folky harmonies in the final track, ‘We’re on Our Way’, Cooper illustrates his evolution as a musician and grasp on quite a few genres as well. A surprising and exciting change, in fact, as it is one of the first times a more folk-inspired, almost back-country Cooper has peeked from behind a curtain of distortion. Awesome.”
–Abby Ross, Knox Road

“The songs are moody, piano laden and instantly catchy…in a good way.”
–Sam Smith, Slow Coustic

“…filled with acoustic guitar, keys, strings, layers of voice, and very human percussion, giving the songs a delicate theatrical depth.”
–Pigeons & Planes

“Its depth and emotional delivery make it an album you want to put on repeat.”
–Nancy Hoang, Hopeless Thunder

“Radical Face creates timeless indie rock music that is at once incredibly calming, can be fitting for a rainy day spent inside, but also great on a sunny day with the windows down. Simply put, Radical Face creates beautiful music.”
–Lydia Simmons, Sunset in the Rearview


POSTED ON 10/05/2011

Radical Face Announces New Album and Tour Dates

On October 4, indie, pop-folk artist RADICAL FACE will return with his sophomore album The Family Tree: The Roots on Bear Machine. After four years of honing the concept, artist BEN COOPER, aka RADICAL FACE, recorded the album–depicting a family from the 1800’s–alone in a tool shed in his native Jacksonville, FL, only using instruments of the era. Hauntingly beautiful, The Family Tree: The Roots glimmers with folk, pop and Ben’s wide-open spacious vocals. RADICAL FACE–who has generally shied away from traditional live performances–will give U.S. fans a rare concert experience this fall with a unique live show encompassing a full choir backing him. On October 11, he will perform live with the Easterly Singers at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles.

Listen to “We’re On Our Way”:
We’re on Our Way by Radical Face

Don’t be fooled by Ben’s uniquely understated voice and the simple beginnings. The new album is the follow-up to his 2007 debut indie triumph Ghost, and the first installment of three stand-alone records all tied to the theme of a Family Tree: each song on The Family Tree: The Roots builds in layers much like the depth of its characters. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,” eerily dark pieces like “Black Eyes” and “Kin” to warm, enlightening gems like “Always Gold” and “Mountains,” the songs flow together with mindful artistic clarity, allowing you to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.

Ben limited the songwriting to instruments that would have been accessible in the 1800’s–piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices–only bringing in additional instruments during tracking when needed. He says: “I’m a storyteller, and wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied American history for a frame of reference and put it all together.” Such concepts and stories come naturally to Ben, whom wrote fiction before turning to music. He switched to music after a hard drive crash where he lost two novels.

Chances are you’re already familiar with Ben’s music; he is one half of the band Electric President among other side projects. Meanwhile, the RADICAL FACE song “Welcome Home”  has garnered over 5.5 million Youtube views. It appeared as the soundtrack for the I AM NIKON campaign and in such movies as Humboldt County, The Vicious Kind and the Reel Rock Documentary. Watch the video for “Welcome Home”:

Further RADICAL FACE television support has come from shows like “Private Practice,” “Skins,” “Eddie Izzard” and “Weeds,” as well as Current TV which nationally aired a documentary piece on RADICAL FACE in 2008.  Most recently, Ben lent his music to support the “It Gets Better” Google Chrome Campaign against bullying and the “Ride 4 Water” charity raising funds for clean drinking water in Africa.

Thu 10/6     San Francisco, CA BRICK AND MORTAR (with Albatross Choir)
Tue 10/11   Los Angeles, CA BOOTLEG THEATER (with Easterly Singers)
Tue 10/25   New York, NY WEBSTER HALL (Studio with Special Guests)

Radical Face Website
Radical Face on Facebook
Radical Face Soundcloud

POSTED ON 08/11/2011

Little Dragon’s Ritual Union Out Now

Little Dragon’s new album is out now! The album, currently #1 on iTunes’ Electronic chart, features the tracks “Ritual Union” and “Nightlight”. Click here to download Ritual Union from iTunes, and head to the Little Dragon site for upcoming tour dates and the latest news.

POSTED ON 07/27/2011