KSPC’S FAVORITES: Listener & Staff Poll Results!

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Last week I posted a poll asking you KSPC listeners/blog readers about some of your musical favorites of the year, and since then I’ve been pulling in results via the comments here, email, and personal interview. Overall, the consensus has been that 2011 was a great year for music. Find out about the most-loved song, album, new artist, KSPC in-studio, concert, and more after the jump!

Love, your Fall 2011 KSPC Executive Staff

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SHOW REVIEW: Jon Brion at the Largo

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Photo by Lincoln Andrew Defer/The Largo LA.

The Largo at the Coronet is a venerable LA-nightlife institution, as evidenced by the photos of star comedians like Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman in the lobby and, of course, by the great Jon Brion�s status as an essential artist-in-residence there. He has played the Largo monthly since 1996, often bringing friends and surprise famous guests. As an independent musician, producer for artists including but not limited to Aimee Mann, Elliot Smith, Fiona Apple, and Kanye West, and composer of the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I Heart Huckabees, and Boogie Nights, Jon Brion has connections and talent enough to be distributed equitably between at least five or six people. Though his set a couple weeks ago on November 18 was more acoustic and mellow than I had been led to expect, I still came away satisfied and impressed by Brion and a certain special surprise guest.

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SHOW REVIEW: Blind Pilot at El Rey

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Saturday November 19, 2011 1:30 AM

I just got back from one of the most amazing concerts of my life: Blind Pilot, with Point Juncture, WA, at the El Rey Theatre in LA on Friday, Nov. 19.

First up was �Point Juncture, WA from Portland, OR.� When asked after the show about the origin of their name, they said they were obsessed with the TV show �Twin Peaks,� and wanted to create their own imaginary town. This puzzled me, because I actually am from Washington, and was wondering where the heck Point Juncture was. Apparently, the band has had several people from Washington come up to them and claim they go to �Point Juncture� all the time� false. Not a real place.

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SHOW REVIEW: GROUPLOVE at El Rey

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Photo by Rachel Fidler.
It�s rather funny that I spent most of October 26 debating on whether or not to go to this show. However, as I was working diligently on my Anthropology midterm, I mused to myself about the purpose of life.

Okay… maybe not something quite that deep.

But I did decide that I had a great opportunity at hand, and so at that moment, I closed my computer, got in my car, and jetted to LA to try and make it for GROUPLOVE at the El Rey.

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