My “Morning” Ritual Playlist

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Morning Ritual: Get out of bed, turn on boom box in kitchen tuned to KCRW, listen to Morning Becomes Eclectic, make coffee, drink coffee.

Even people who hate LA love this radio music show. “So how are you liking Chicago?” I ask my friend who recently moved there from LA. “Oh I love it, the big trees, the lake, the taverns…. but I really miss Morning Becomes Eclectic“.

For those of you who feel “out of it” or like “an old geezer ” musically, you owe it to yourself to listen to this show and stay up on some new music. Commercial free and hosted by a warm, non- obnoxious DJ named Nic Harcourt the show has turned me on to some really cool stuff. And although I’m very picky, when I hear a song that I like, I immediately go to KCRW’s website, find out who it is, check out the artist’s MySpace page, buy the record on I-Tunes, and sometimes put it in my playlist for you all. This week’s YouTube selections are some bands that I’ve “discovered” there.The show has also been extremely influential on Madison Avenue and Hollywood music supervisors and directors:

David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” has said that it was while driving around L.A. listening to KCRW that he first heard “Woke Up This Morning” by little-known English band Alabama 3 and realized instantly that he’d found the perfect theme song to capture the sense of dark paranoia central to his depiction of modern mob life.

The show marks their 30th year anniversary with a nine hour marathon on Labor Day covering 1977- Present. If you’re not in Southern California, you can listen live or to the archived shows at

You can also find KCRW and Morning Becomes Eclectic as well as their other fine music and NPR news programs at I-Tunes Radio in the “Eclectic” listings.

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.