Thing of the week two weeks ago: Yann Tiersen Live @ KCRW

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Two weeks ago my favorite radio station (and really, the only radio station I listen to) KCRW invited me to come down to the studio to see one of my favorite artists, Yann Tiersen perform. Rachel Reynolds (master of all things KCRWPR) had seen my recent Yann Tiersen posting (I've blogged about him twice, actually) and asked if I wanted to be her guest to the live in-studio set that was happening the following week. I shit my pants, had them dry cleaned, then accepted.

ED: If it wasn't for KCRW, 90% of the music I post here on GGC would be unknown to me. KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic has (pretty much singlehandedly) been my musical education for the last thirteen years.

Upon arrival (which in itself was an adventure - KCRW is located in the basement of Santa Monica City College) I was given the grand tour that included one of the most expansive collections of records (and CDs) in the universe:
IMG_3484 photo-1 the lovely Rachel who is as awesome as she looks
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The room was staggering. At one point I forgot to swallow and drooled on myself.
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Some photos I snapped in the KCRW hall of fame:
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Eric J. Lawrence: Music Librarian
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KCRW's Alyssa King
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I wandered and perused, marveled and gasped until at last the music swelled from the engineering studio down the hall. Rachel and I scurried toward the sound booth where for thirty minutes we watched Yann Tiersen and his band perform:
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my view from the sound suite
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Jason Bentley's reflection in the glass of the studio. 

...And I got teary-eyed and pretended like I was yawning but I was actually Yann-ing. That wasn't meant to be a pun either. The man moves things in me. Unspeakable things. I'm also one of those people who cry at live performances. I cried at a Kool Keith concert once because it was just so honest. So seeing Yann Tiersen perform up close and personal? It took everything in me not to fall on my knees in fetal position. And in 'Til the End? When the harmonies swelled at 3:16? I'm still picking up my broken pieces


Same went for The Trial, which is my favorite song on new record "Skyline" (and one I posted the video for here). 


It was a pretty incredible experience and one I'll treasure always. Thank you Rachel and everyone at KCRW for making my day/week/month. Thank you for putting in the (crazylongdemanding) hours you do in order to bring the best of the best music to Los Angeles and beyond. 

If you're not an LA resident you can stream Morning Becomes Eclectic here, watch pre-recorded in-studio sessions here + peruse KCRW's music blog here. And if you're local to the LA area, check out KCRW's (free!) Summer Nights concert seriesLong live listener supported public radio! 

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.... And Yann Tiersen, of course.

GGC

26 comments:

Sarah | 10:51 AM

What an awesome experience! I listen to Morning Becomes Eclectic most every day - but I am a musical weenie and sometimes it becomes too eclectic, too jarring to switch genres so quickly, and then I have to switch to KPCC. Indeed long live listener supported public radio!

Christina | 11:15 AM

Still. Jealous.

xo.

Jess | 11:52 AM

MBE inspired the birth of the long-running, now dead, Sunday Morning Service at the station I programmed here in AZ. I cannot tell you how much of The Good Stuff I was introduced to, how many of these core-rocking experiences I had, and how many life-long friendships have come from all of it. I wouldn't trade those moments where you're three feet from a deeply talented soul, joking about Motorhead as inspiration during the interview and, not a few seconds later, pulling the dusty-in-here card when they have stripped every shred of the minuscule production from their record to bare every square inch of their being through a mic and a guitar. And then getting to do that day after day. Ho. Lee. Geez.

Is it dusty in here?

GIRL'S GONE CHILD | 11:55 AM

@Jess WHOA.

Michelle | 11:58 AM

How lucky are you?! I'm also a listener/supporter of KCRW. Morning Becomes Eclectic accounts for 98% of my music...I can't tell you how many amazing artists I would not have been exposed to if it weren't for KCRW. I thanked Jason Bentley via Twitter that he brought me back to music after years of not liking anything. I *almost* feel like I'm in high school again...

Wanda Lynn | 6:21 PM

This station seems so amazing! I really wish we had something similar near where I am. I am going to have to check back to their website every day and listen to some shows. Have a lot of catching up to do, thank you so much for sharing this!

Cambria | 5:49 AM

One of the BIGGEST thing I miss about living in Southern California is KCRW. I'll stream it at home, but I want it in my car, too. When I was working in Southern California I always tried to do my work errands during Morning Becomes Eclectic.

I am super jealous!! :)

tracy | 4:45 PM

I'm feeling like much less of a dork knowing I'm not the only one who regularly cries at live musical performances....and tries to play it off ;)

Also, hell yes, long live public radio. I live in a small town...actually, a capital city with a population of 30k... and a few years ago, our one public radio station (KTOO) leveraged their resources, & were able to add two additional stations. You can imagine what that did to their programming....very cool stuff. Although, would you believe Alaska doesn't draw in the musicians for live performances like slugs to my garden vegetables? Geesh!

BonJoey | 7:21 PM

Yann is so amazing, I've been a HUGE fan ever since Amelie. (I'm sure that's how most Americans discovered him, right? His mindblowing soundtrack to that movie!) Anyway, what an incredible experience. So glad you could do that. Sooo wish I could've been there too!

BonJoey | 7:22 PM

Yann is so amazing, I've been a HUGE fan ever since Amelie. (I'm sure that's how most Americans discovered him, right? His mindblowing soundtrack to that movie!) Anyway, what an incredible experience. So glad you could do that. Sooo wish I could've been there too!

Lissa | 11:40 PM

Love KCRW! Thanks for sharing.

Jesse | 8:21 AM

ok i love the library of tapes and recordings. somehow just looking at the kind of organized chaos calms me and makes me smile at the same time.

Kristen Mae | 7:46 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:46 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:46 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:46 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:46 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:47 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:47 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:47 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:47 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:47 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:48 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:48 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Kristen Mae | 7:48 PM

I'm sorry, "forgot to swallow and drooled on myself"?? That might be the best thing I've ever read. *love this*

Anonymous | 6:23 PM

A friend of mine in Seattle told me about your post. I'm a huge KCRW fan up in Portland and I could totally feel your enthusiasm--a total dream come true. Great photos, too!

I recently spent three weeks on Denali in Alaska and listened to MBE pretty much nonstop, even though I was wayyyyyyyy offline. How? You and the other die hard KCRW listeners/members might appreciate this. If you paste this URL into a web-based email (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) message:
http://kcrw.vo.llnwd.net/d1/mobile/mp3_audio/programs/music/mb/mb120315.mp3
. . .send the email to yourself, and then right click (or, if you're on a Mac, do a CTRL + click) on the URL and choose "Save Link As", you can pretty easily download the whole three-hour show and save it to your computer. The link above is for the entire March 15, 2012 broadcast from SXSW (instead of simply a portion of the show that features a special guest). This link, with the revised six digits, should work sometime tomorrow afternoon, June 13:
http://kcrw.vo.llnwd.net/d1/mobile/mp3_audio/programs/music/mb/mb120613.mp3
Here's a similar link for Anne Litt's show:
http://kcrw.vo.llnwd.net/d1/mobile/mp3_audio/programs/music/wb/wb120610.mp3
. . .and that should work for any Saturday or Sunday date, which you probably already guessed. It's pretty easy once you've done it a few times. And, actually, it looks like you can do the right click (or CTRL + click) trick on the URLs here in this text. Let me know if you have any questions--I'll check this post a few days from now.

Goooooooo KCRW fanaticos and fanaticas! :)