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LAist CD Review: KCRW's Sounds Eclectic

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Stoking the flames of independence, KCRW released its latest compilation album from live Morning Becomes Eclectic performances cut from twelve different in-studio acts. Crowd pleasers like The Shins and The Swell Season imbibe the album with not so new takes on their even older songs while Spoon and Indie Brits, The Orange Lights dig deep into their live repertoire to deliver interesting versions of their already strong songs.

It is an album awash in such bifurcation and a study on MBE, what it has become and the trajectory of its annual compilation CD's.

Perhaps the biggest knock against the show is that it is not actually eclectic. For three hours each weekday morning, host Nic Harcourt spins some of the latest tracks from the indie world. He does deserve credit for rewriting the zeitgeist on multiple occasions and introducing the world to Franz Ferdinand, Jem and Coldplay (take of them of what you will, but they have soared to great new heights with the aid of MBE.)