Friday, March 14, 2008

DJ Jason Bentley first DJ in history of Motion Picture Academy Governor's Ball

He spun a set of music from and inspired by the movies of 2007. And you can hear it here:

The set list:

1. Jonny Greenwood - Open Spaces (edit) There Will Be Blood
2. Dario Marianelli - Briony Atonement
3. Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Falling Slowly Once
4. Anthony Hamilton - Do You Feel Me American Gangster
5. The Kinks - A Well Respected Man Juno
6. Marco Beltrami - The 3:10 to Yuma (edit) 3:10 to Yuma
7. Eddie Vedder - Society Into The Wild
8. Jay-Z - American Dreamin' (clean edit) American Gangster
9. IMPACT Repertory & Jamia Simone Nash - Raise It Up August Rush
10. Moby - Extreme Ways The Bourne Ultimatum
11. Edith Piaf - Rien De Rien La Vie En Rose
12. Forro In The Dark - Forrowest Surf's Up
13. Calexico & Charlotte Gainsbourg - Just Like A Woman I'm Not There
14. Bono - Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Across the Universe
15. Carter Burwell - Blood Trail No Country For Old Men
16. Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes Diving Bell and the Butterfly
17. Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes Juno
18. Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose La Vie En Rose
19. Craig Armstrong & A.R. Rahman - Immensities Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Urban Ecstasy

From "HELo" a blog by David Reese:

As I was driving home tonight, Jason Bentley (of KCRW’s Metropolis) was on the radio. I was having a nice time driving down the 10 freeway (no traffic, finally) back towards USC. Jason’s awesome voice filtered through the speakers as he listed off the tracks that had recently played, did a station promo, and let the song underneath continue on for the next few minutes. It sounded familiar — but I couldn’t put my finger on it. As LA came into view, the piece took a rather dramatic turn and opened up into a vast landscape of musical hills and canyons, and it hit me — Ulrich Schnauss. Brand new Ulrich Schnauss at that. The music was beautiful, with the same quality of liefelijk — the Dutch word for “child-like innocence” (imagine girls in dresses dancing in fields of daisies under a warm sun) — that Schnauss is so known for.

It made me smile. Really hard. Like, a lot. And then the weirdest thing happened. I started laughing, and then I was smiling and laughing and suddenly I was crying, too. I was entering the exit lane for Western/Normandie (one of LA’s finest merges) and I could barely see because there were tears in the way. It was beautiful, beautiful music, with such strong connections to my emotions; after all, the last time I heard a brand new Ulrich Schnauss song was back in 2005, when I was seeing him live at the Knitting Factory, and things changed a lot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Maybe he can spin for MC Rove...

Jason Bentley, the host of Metropolis, will DJ for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. on April 21st. Tommie Sunshine must’ve been booked.

Obligatory press gush from Jason: “I am honored to play music for the esteemed members of the press, the President, and Vice President at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner this year. It’s a testament to the influence of KCRW’s DJs at all levels of our society. So far this year, between Liza Richardson DJing the Oscars, and me playing the WHCD, I feel like we have put our stamp on some of the most influential events in the country. It’s truly remarkable.”

from BigShot

Saturday, January 27, 2007


The bit of GoodFellas is a nice touch. :-) Any takers on where this was shot?


Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Thinking Man's Jason Bentley

There's a Jason Bentley in North Carolina who goes by Shadowazrael on LiveJournal and describes himself as "college graduate (B.A. philosophy and religion), living with his father, taking EMT (emergency medical technician) courses. I work at an ambulance transport company (convalescence, not emergency), and I volunteer at Apex EMS."

He just wrote an interesting paper called "Foundation & Coherence" that defines "coherence theory is like conventional foundation theory, but prioritizing only simple logic (consistency), not sense experience." He goes on to ask, "we’ve already noted the advantage of prioritizing logic (avoiding intellectual chaos); but what are the advantages and disadvantages of prioritizing or not prioritizing sense experience?"

Day-um:-) I bet he'd get along with my friend Doron.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pike's Pink

Woohoo! There's another gay Jason Bentley, and in Pike County, Kentucky - which is where my paternal family is from. It's likely we share a bloodline. And interestingly enough, our birthdays are within a few days of each other, but six years apart. We definitely share big, brown eyes.

Check out his MySpace page. I especially dig his penchant for long, Morrissey-esque titles on his blog entries: "Jason Bentley will be leaving the show, the role of Jason will be picked at random", "I remembered you the moment I met you", " There will be no constillation [sic] prize..this time the bone is broken clean"

Since he's likely a distant cousin, is it weird to think he's hot? Or is that just a given?

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Abroad and Abroader

I signed up for a Bebo account today.

Bebo is Yet Another Social Network - in fact, it's the Kylie Minogue of social networks - hugely popular everywhere but the United States. Given it's high profile, I wasn't too shocked to find another Jason Bentley had beat me to the punch. With the name jasonbentley thus occupied, I settled on the slightly more cumbersome with the (futile) hope that everyone I know on MySpace will see the light and switch to the far more usable Bebo.

This bloke appears to be English but living abroad in Germany with his family, and it's rather nice to see someone so publicly devoted to his kids while maintaining a good taste in music and movies.

Jason was a popular name for boys in the late 60's-early 70's, so most of us Jasons Bentley are in our 30's. It's interesting how differently we all deal with the issue of coming-of-age and coming-of-aged. This guy knocks on the door of his 40's with the bemused humor of someone whose already ensured a legacy in the kids he dearly loves. At 32, I'm glad I'm old enough to appreciate that, and not yet old enough to regret not having had kids myself (and more important, I suppose - not yet old enough to change my decision if I so desire).