Browsing: Turn Me On

For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson spotlights LA-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist trio The Rescues…. What started many years ago as one man inviting three of his favorite local singer/songwriters to join each other onstage at his Hollywood Hills house party soon turned into The Rescues, a working band that has, since 2008, recorded four full-length CDs of dynamic pop rock music that soars on the strength of its songs and its airtight harmonies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkpZCMi68c4 Adrianne “AG” Gonzalez (vocals, guitar, percussion, bass), Gabriel Mann (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), and Kyler England (vocals, guitar, ukulele, bass)…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson writes some words about LA artist Mondo Cozmo…. It’s always great to hear new music that shakes you, that sorta knocks you off center a little, and makes the hair stand up on your goosebumps. The first 63,000 times I listened to Mondo Cozmo’s “Shine” I didn’t notice the words. Rather, I was swept up in the flood of good tidings as the song soared and propelled me into the ionosphere. That may seem overly hyperbolic, but it accurately sums up the emotions swirling around in…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson explores the music of Passenger…. You know Mike Rosenberg gets asked every day. Every single day. Todos los días. In die una. Every day the affable singer/songwriter from Brighton, England, gets asked why he records under the name Passenger. And every day he cheerfully explains that he used to be the singer of a full-on band named Passenger, but when they broke up in 2009 he was left with the name so he kept it. Or, you know, words to that effect. Okay, that’s out…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson shines a light on Los Angeles’ own Dawes… We’re all gonna die. Deal with it. It’s easy enough to infer a certain harshness from the title of Dawes’ fifth and latest CD, We’re All Gonna Die. But frontman/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith has said of this CD, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is,…

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The next time you’re at one of those parties where a trivia game breaks out and the question gets asked, “Who was the last person to open a show for the late, great B.B. King,” you can go ahead and smirk knowingly as you boldly and confidently answer that it was Hamish Anderson, a then-23-year-old from Melbourne, Australia. Anderson left his home Down Under in the spring of 2014 in favor of America; the music that he connects with—blues and rock—is from here. By year’s end he’d opened for King, one of Anderson’s own heroes, and he’d been heralded by…

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As I sit here listening to and writing about this intriguing new band from Long Island, New York, The Lemon Twigs, I’m not really sure how to describe what I hear. Others in my position have used words like pop/rock, soft rock, baroque rock, melodic, harmony-rich, underground cool, theatrical, lo-fi, lush, modern-day, retro-leaning, divine, startlingly sophisticated, ornate and complex, and they’ve referenced The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, and The 5th Dimension. When he first heard The Lemon Twigs, NPR’s Bob Boilen felt like he was listening to “music from a time that never was.” To all those…

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KCSN 88.5 FM’s Jim Nelson returns with another Turn Me On profile, this time highlighting Blind Pilot… ______________________________ What’s that old Yiddish proverb? Man plans, God laughs? Or as Woody Allen put it, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Life certainly does have a way of letting us know that our own plans pale compared with the bigger picture, as Blind Pilot songwriter Israel Nebeker rudely discovered in 2013. Just when he was beginning to write for what would become the Portland, Oregon, folk-pop band’s third full-length CD, his own footing crumbled from the onslaught of rapid-fire losses of…

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88.5 KCSN-FM’s Jim Nelson is back with another entry in our Turn Me On category, this time shining his light on Shane Alexander… “Do you think of me once in a while?” That’s it. That’s the line where Shane Alexander reels you in on the lead single from his sixth and latest CD, Bliss. Rendered, as it is, at the climax of another of Alexander’s seemingly endless parade of hooks, you hear it several times during Something Real Never Dies. In those nine words, Alexander nails songwriting nirvana—relatability; universality—that sweet spot where a phrase can connect with absolutely everyone who…

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Jim Nelson, KCSN 88.5 FM DJ and Rock Cellar Magazine scribe, is back with another band profile for Turn Me On…this time focusing on the Shelters!  Can you imagine? You’re a young band, playing a hometown gig and you look out from the stage to see seven, maybe eight faces looking back at you. There’s your girlfriend, your girlfriend’s mom, your girlfriend’s little brother, your next door neighbor, Tom Petty, your next door neighbor’s mom, the drummer’s girlfriend…. Wait. What? Back up a sec. Seriously, your girlfriend brought her mom? And what’s Tom Petty doing here? No one’s saying…

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This month, KCSN 88.5’s Jim Nelson spotlights Catfish and the Bottlemen for our Turn Me On category… Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, there’s a busker who directly impacted the name of a rock band from a small Welsh seaside resort town. Years after the fact. This busker from Down Under, dubbed Catfish the Bottleman for the liquid-filled bottles that he used as an instrument, was pretty much the first musical memory of a very young Ryan Evan “Van” McCann, whose family had briefly traveled to Australia. Back home in Llandudno, Wales, in 2007, a teenage McCann started playing guitar with Billy…

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