Morning Becomes Eclectic (MBE) is a adult album alternative (triple-A) radio program first aired in 1977 and broadcast live every weekday from KCRW in Santa Monica, California. The show’s name is a play on the Eugene O’Neill trilogy of plays, Mourning Becomes Electra.
The Morning Becomes Eclectic(MBE) radio program has spawned 5+ albums; with every album filled with various up-and-coming musical artist from every viable genre. The show is repeated twice on KCRW’s music webcast(here), and live performances are also sometimes available as audio and video podcasts. Typically, the show features two or three live performances each week during the last hour of the day’s broadcast.
Every city should have a radio show as fresh and intelligent as Morning Becomes Eclectic from KCRW in Santa Monica. Unencumbered by narrow genre classifications, the show has built up an audience for left-of-center singer-songwriters, art-pop bands, world beatniks, jazz fusionists, and hip-hoppers. All are featured on this compilation of live, on-air performances. While the previous four-volume KCRW series, Rare on the Air, may have featured more legends (including Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell), and hence more consistent material, the sense of discovery and adventure of this latest sampling is seductive. The strongest cuts tend to be the most stripped down: Afro-pop chanteuse Angelique Kidjo‘s a cappella “Blewu,” Beth Orton‘s tingling voice and guitar performance on “Sugar Boy,” Mercury Rev‘s Velvet Underground-meets-the-Band “Opus 40,” and P.J. Harvey‘s eerie dirge “Is This Desire?” –Roy Kasten
Morning Becomes Eclectic is committed to a music experience that celebrates innovation, creativity and diversity by combining progressive pop, rock, world beat, jazz, funk, and the best new music from all genres. KCRW Music Director and host of ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic, Jason Bentley presents live performances by new talent and established favorites for a dynamic musical adventure that cannot be found anywhere else.
(OMG… Check these KCRW podcast out.):
- Soundcheck: Local Natives @ KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic,’ 3/31/10 (laist.com)
- KCRW- Your one stop shop for finding great music online (clearcastdigitalmedia.com)
- Spoon: Something to Look Forward To (live for KCRW) (somuchsilence.com)
- Nas & Damian Marley, Apogee Berkeley Street Studios, May 27, 2010 (Private KCRW Event) (losanjealous.com)
- Quadron Release Self-Titled Debut ‘Tomorrow’ – Now Streaming On Spinner.com (hangout.altsounds.com)
- Tonight In Rock: Corinne Bailey Rae, Busdriver, Signals, Ja Prawn (laist.com)
- Frightened Rabbit on Morning Becomes Eclectic (somuchsilence.com)
- Japandroids on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic (somuchsilence.com)
- Chic: Le Freak (Z-Trip Golden Remix) (somuchsilence.com)
- DJ Z-Trip on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
- Jennifer Ferro: The Manager (atomiurl.com)
- Murs on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic(somuchsilence.com)