This week, and for the last 15 years, I love (imo) the best public radio station in America, Santa Monica’s KCRW. I’ll rave about their fascinating talk programs another day, because today it’s all about the music. KCRW is nationally renowned for their up to the moment, addictive musical programs and stellar dj’s. You may not have ever heard of dj’s like Anne Litt, Jason Bentley or Chris Douridas, but you have felt their influence. KCRW routinely breaks new artists (like Beck, Dido and Pete Yorn) and songs that months later turn up everywhere. If you’re enjoying a hip, new song in the background of a television show, movie or commercial, it was probably played on KCRW first. I’m going to make a prediction and state that the latest song of the moment on the station, Kasabian’s “Fire” will end up being heard all summer long. The song is officially released June 1st, but I bet we’ll hear it in the background of the latest action movie promo or an apple commercial first.
Luckily, you do not need to live in Los Angeles to to listen to the station. Everyone can listen to archived and current programming online by visiting KCRW.com. Sign up for emails and get the a free 20 song KCRW Mix. You can also download a free single every day by heading to Today’s Top Tune or browse the archives for their vast collection of amazing live sessions from their oft imitated morning program. Some of my favorite sessions include Wilco, Silversun Pickups and Rilo Kiley. Go type in your favorite, indie-ish type of band and see what pops up! Any other KCRW (and public radio) fans out there?