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No matter how anxious that Monday alarm clock makes us feel, there's one beacon of light that can yank us out of bed with gusto (coupled with a macchiato): KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Those live jams get us bright-eyed despite the occasional malaise of morning. The man pulling off that massive feat is hunky host and 89.9FM music director Jason Bentley, who first served as a volunteer for the non-profit in '88, and has since thrown Adele, Miike Snow, Florence + The Machine, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros into the A&R zeitgeist. He's DJ'ed Oscar parties, scored films like TRON: Legacy with Daft Punk, and will even set sail spinning on the S.S. Coachella, later this year.
So, we asked the music guru to drum up the best tunes themed to three hallmark SoCal functions: the blowout bash, the mellow dinner party, and the backyard BBQ-slash-poolside affair. Spotify 'em up, folks! Trust us, your guests will be floating on-air in no time.