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When Val Kilmer Made Bob Dylan a Mix Tape

The latest name to grace KCRW’s “Guest DJ” project is actor Val Kilmer. If you’ve never heard of this series from one of LA’s two public radio flagships, it’s essentially Desert Island Discs re-imagined.

Among Kilmer’s song picks is Bob Dylan‘s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” He took the opportunity to tell a great story about the singer, who it turns out is a huge fan of the actor’s 1993 Western Tombstone. Thanks to a mutual friend, Kilmer was able to welcome the singer to his NYC apartment:

“He shows up and sits down and he wants to talk about Tombstone, but I just can’t, you know, nor can I talk about any of his stuff. Eventually he says, ‘Ain’t you going to say anything about that movie?’ and I said, “Do some “Blowing in the Wind” and I’ll…”

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Nick Cave and the Barcaloungers

FishbowlLA’s perch for last night’s sublime KCRW private event at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica was about as far removed from the hot beating sun and whipping winds of Coachella as you can imagine. And… given the smooth, melancholy, 45-year-old Scotch-like flow of the set by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – who played Coachella last weekend and will do so again this Sunday – that perch could not have been more perfect.

There were two leather Barcaloungers in the small, second floor balcony space nestled under the wood-beamed, curved hangar roof of Berkeley Street Studio. That’s the ludicrously comfortable vantage point from which we enjoyed the private concert performance, which will be broadcast May 20 on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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The Year in Review: Ten LA Journo Feel-Good Stories

In the space of a few days this time last year, film critic Alonso Duralde went from tweeting about the vile acts of an LA arsonist, to revealing he had become a victim of carport incineration, to thanking the public at large for donations to cover the purchase of a new vehicle. As such, his experiences stand as one of the more unconventionally heartwarming news stories of 2012 involving an LA journalist.

But there were others. Here are nine more such items from this reporter’s FishbowlLA docket:

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt
The ditty sounds as good today as it did when we first heard it.

Beverly Hills High Student Cracks Obama Press Corps
Look for this guy in the White House press conference room circa Hillary Clinton‘s second term.

KTLA Reporter Uses Old iPad to Report About New iPad
A wonderful example of field reporting iNGENUITY.

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KCRW Hosts Private Patti Smith Concert

Rock star, punk poet and bestselling author Patti Smith played a private show Wednesday night as part of KCRW’s Berkeley Street Sessions, and FishbowlLA was lucky enough to score an invite. We rocked out with a crowd of approximately 175 public radio supporters including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Ellen Page, Tim Robbins, Amy Madigan and Jason Bentley‘s mom. We sat next to Bookworm‘s Michael Silverblatt, who was getting his groove on, and watched Ed Harris bark like a dog during Smith’s performance of “Banga.” Magical.

Halfway through the show the music stopped and Smith was joined onstage by KCRW DJ Anne Litt for an interview that touched on a number of topics, including music, motherhood and Smith’s award-winning book, Just Kids. When Litt mentioned how much she’d been enjoying the audiobook version, narrated by Smith, the author revealed that publishers had so disliked her South Jersey accent that they told her to re-record parts of the book speaking “normally.” Thankfully, Smith declined, and her drawl remains on the audio version.

The event was recorded for Morning Becomes Eclectic and will air on November 14. The full recording of the event will become available in the station’s archives that same day.

Photo by Larry Hirshowitz

KCRW Debuts New System to Get Local Artists Airplay

KCRW announced the debut of what seems like a pretty good way to discover unsigned artists. Instead of blindly sending CDs in the mail, local bands looking to get airplay can simply upload their music onto a new music submission system on KCRW’s website. Called Malcolm, the new system will make it easier to share music with KCRW listeners and will save interns and DJs from having to dig through crates of sample CDs.

“Independent artists are more important than ever and we want to champion as many as we can, yet the volume of submissions we receive has grown exponentially. We were asking ourselves how we can better serve these musicians and we came up with Malcolm,” KCRW program director Anne Litt says in the release.  “It’s fast, easy, and allows KCRW to do what we do best – support and share artist’s work.”

The name Malcolm, incidentally, comes from the station’s old analog music filing system. We’re glad to hear it’s not some convoluted acronym. We’re not sure why that would bother us, but it would. So there.

Anne Litt & Josh Groban, Part Deux

Earlier this year, we told you about the instant-classic jingle sent in the direction of KCRW DJ Anne Litt by singer Josh Groban. Based on today’s Instagram share, it looks like the relationship is still going strong.

Groban quickly re-tweeted the above photo of Litt shared @kcrw and assured that he still stands by Litt’s side:

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt

KCRW Launches Music Channel ‘The Cue’ on YouTube

KCRW has launched a new YouTube channel it’s calling “The Cue.” The channel will feature various KCRW DJs curating playlists of their choosing. Looks like they plan to start with two shows per week.

According to the release, shows will include “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 and music that makes you want to dance – and cry – from DJ Mario Cotto.”

KCRW has already posted four shows on its YouTube page. Looks like a mixture of live music recorded in-house at KCRW, and music videos culled from YouTube. Plus, lots of Jason Bentley wearing sweaters.

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt

Wow! That’s all we can say after listening to singer Josh Groban‘s tuneful jingle about KCRW DJ Anne Litt.

In his playful intro to the instant-mega bragging rights ditty, Groban jokes that as a longtime listener, he noticed that a recent, similar tribute to KCRW on-air personalities by rapper Shane Eli passed over the silky voiced Ms. Litt. So, presto, we now have Groban’s first love song for an LA airwaves lady.

An early Valentine’s Day assist goes out to KCRW music director Jason Bentley, who reached out personally to LA native Groban.

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