Bringing the Music Back to the Basement

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It’s no secret that music has healing powers.

The violent, tragic acts of Friday on the SMC campus displaced KCRW from our studios and Anne Litt was the first DJ to return to the basement and broadcast a music show live. It was a daunting task I’m sure, but she did it so beautifully, I wanted to share the playlist with all of you.

I burst into tears at Regina Spektor’s “Real Love” – a song that would move me on a “normal” day.

A lot of us at KCRW were listening. Mourning and healing together over the senseless loss of life. I have never felt more connected to and appreciative of my KCRW family.

The last time I was in this building, I was escorted out by a heavily armed SWAT team. Today, there are lots of hugs, love and an air of defiance about taking back our home from this tragedy.

A huge shoutout to our news team who worked long hours throughout the entire weekend, as well as the Boxer Rebellion, who came to play MBE on Friday and ended up going through this with the rest of us. They had to reschedule shows because their gear was locked up in our studios. SIR ended up giving them free equipment to play their show in San Diego. A lovely show of support that is much appreciated by all of us.


(Bonus Feel Good: A beautiful article from the NY Times on why we value music.)

Anne Litt Playlist – Sunday, June 9

Stevie Wonder – “Love’s in Need of Love Today”
Los Lobos – “Sabor A Mi”
George Stanford – “Meet Me in L.A.”
Mia Doi Todd – “ Last Night of Winter”
The Kinks – “Days”
Ballake Sissoko – “Chamber Music ”
Beth Orton – “Don’t Wanna Know About Evil”
General Elektriks – “Gathering All the Lost Loves”
She & Him – “Baby”
Bobby Womack – “Fly Me To The Moon”
Woody Guthrie – “This Land is Your Land”
Grateful Dead – “Ripple”
The Boxer Rebellion – “Diamonds”
Radiohead – “Everything In Its Right Place”
George Harrison – “Give Me Love”
David Gray – “ My Oh My”
Bill Evans – “Peace Piece”
The Replacements – “Left of Dial”
Elvis Costello – “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”
Regina Specktor – “Real Love”
Weekend Players – “Jericho”
Classixx – “All You’re Waiting For”
Big Star – “The Ballad of El Goodo”
The Youngbloods – “Get Together”
Ray La Montagne – “Forever My Friend”
Seu Jorge & The Decoders – “Everybody Loves The Sunshine -Roy Ayers Cover” (Live At KCRW)
Massive Attack – “What Your Soul Sings”
Passengers – “Miss Sarajevo”
Joni Mitchell – “California”
Shelby Lynne – “I’ll Hold Your Head”
Sly & The Family Stone – “Stand!”
Stevie Wonder – “Having A Talk With God”
Irma Thomas – “It’s Raining”
Charlie Haden / Pat Metheny – “Spiritual”
Vanessa Da Mata Featuring Ben Harper – “Boa Sorte/Good Luck”
Nina Simone – “Here Comes The Sun”
The Beatles – “Sun King”
Build An Ark – “World Peace Now”