Last week MGMT played a great set on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic in preparation for their show at The Hollywood Bowl the following evening. Much as with their performance at the Bowl, opening for Spoon and Beck, the songs translate very well live. I have to think this is because the majority of the instrumentation is
pre-recorded synthesized, but there is a whole lot of guitar-solo-ness going on here too. And even if the glam rock wanna-be solo on “Weekend Wars” had my fingers on the digital radio dial, it is worth sticking it out to hear “Electric Feel” and “The Handshake.” This is pretty much the selection of songs I remember from the Bowl, with the exception of the goof ball Laid Back cover in place of the crowd favorite, “Kids.” But then, nobody every accused them of being too prolific for their own good.
I don’t think I’m going to make a holiday mix this year. Sorry, Jesus.
In case anyone has noticed, I’ve always liked the idea of making the mixes more diverse in terms of period that other sites and on the radio, and usually have an unwritten rule of 1/3 new, 1/3 2000-2006, and 1/3 older stuff. While I appreciate the new music they throw at you, if there is one thing that really bothers me about KCRW/Morning Becomes Eclectic , its the way all of the music they play seems to be tied into its commercial availability. I prefer college radio that is more individual to the DJ’s taste and is simply a selection of good songs that you may or may not have ever heard. I love it when tracks from 20, 40, 60 years ago are thrown in, but on their merits rather than because they made it on to the most recent Wes Andersen soundtrack.