West Coast Sound has had the great fortune of witnessing the rise of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes from nearly the beginning. We saw their raucous first Troubadour gig in the summer of 2007 when Edward Sharpe (aka Alex Ebert) and Jade Castrinos were exuding the joy and thrill of new love — onstage. For a while, Ebert lived at this crazy Laurel Canyon compound once owned by Frank Zappa, and the band worked some of their early ideas on a makeshift stage below.
We rode to Marfa, Texas with the band in the spring of 2008 for the Marfa Film Festival, where the band played a few astounding shows, and apparently helped a lot of people find God at 3 a.m. on a Saturday night (regrettably, we missed that show).
So the arrival of their debut, Up from Below, has been pretty anticipated around the West Coast Sound offices. So is their radio debut, which will arrive in a little more than an hour from now when the band performs on Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. DJ Anne Litt is filling in for Jason Bentley.
Listen and believe. (And if you miss it, don't worry, it'll be archived at KCRW.)