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KCRW Premiere: New Single from Anthony Valadez – Under Water

Posted April 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 3,473 views]
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(Editor’s Note: Many of KCRW’s DJs are artists and remixers in their own right. We asked Anthony to share his brand new single with KCRW listeners on the day before its release.)
“Under Water” is the first single from my forthcoming album entitled “Just Visiting“, which will be out June 5 on Plug Research.
The song started as a jam session with San Francisco-based band The …

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Chromatics: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 30, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 3,616 views]
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Violently pretty. It’s a jarring oxymoron that calls to mind a beauty so fierce and fully realized that it’s a bit frightening.
The music of Chromatics is violently pretty.
This was not always the case. When Chromatics formed initially in the early 2000’s their music could probably be better described as pretty violent.  Jarring guitar sounds clashed against abrasive vocals, and any percussion tended to be …

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Bear in Heaven, The Shins, Father John Misty and More on KCRW

Posted April 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 1,967 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, May 1, Brooklyn trio Bear In Heaven veer from mega-catchy, dreamy dance songs to more experimental synth rock when they join Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Thursday, May 3, The Shins are back! To celebrate their return, we captured a set of songs in front of a live audience at Berkeley St. Studios on …

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Beck Covers The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes for You

Posted April 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 3,495 views]

Lately, Jason Bentley has been throwing this track into his sets every now and then and no matter how many times I hear it, it always stops me in my tracks.
Every inch of the hopeless romantic in me wants to stop everything I’m doing, close my eyes, sway back and forth and BELIEVE.
That is the beautiful thing about soul music — it allows you to …

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The “Voice of the Clippers” Ralph Lawler is Our Guest DJ

Posted April 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 4,630 views]
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From KCRW Blog Contributor Rob Kadivar:
As a fan of basketball, I recognize Ralph Lawler’s knowledge of and impact on the game. As a fan of music, I recognize the value of rhythm, melody, and a beat. Never did I expect these two to fuse into one of the most poetic radio pieces ever to grace my ears.
Enter: Ralph Lawler’s Guest DJ Project set for …

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What I Got at the Post Office Today with Chuck P

Posted April 27, 2012 by | 12 Comments | 4,700 views]

All of our DJs receive hundreds of CDs a month to consider for airplay. In this regular feature, KCRW DJ Chuck P catalogues his musical bounty from the Post Office each week.
What a crazy week of weather. It was raining yesterday, and it’s supposed to be close to 90 this weekend. Wowsers. I planted some jalapeños last weekend and I’m hoping it wasn’t too late. I’ve …

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Analog Players Society Gives 80′s Classics a Funky Makeover

Posted April 27, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 4,846 views]
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It’s Friday and my way of celebrating is sharing two of my favorite covers of the moment — both from Analog Players Society, a collective and community of musicians rooted at The Hook Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
The group is led by producer, engineer and percussionist Amon (who has worked with KCRW’s own Jeremy Sole!) and their bio on Facebook is simply this: “state of …

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Henry Rollins Premieres New J Mascis Project This Saturday

Posted April 27, 2012 by | 9 Comments | 3,353 views]
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A week after airing a birthday tribute to his friend Iggy Pop, KCRW DJ Henry Rollins has another special show in store. THIS Saturday at around 9pm, he will premiere a J Mascis side project called Heavy Blanket, before the release of their self-titled album.
From Henry:
“In our first hour, we will be rocking some serious guitar heavy hitters. If you look down the list, …

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Posted April 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 4,970 views]

Extra! Extra! We are one step closer to “The Singularity*”!
Yesterday afternoon, via their Facebook page Fleet Foxes linked to a Kickstarter page to raise funds to complete a film project being directed by frontman Robin Pecknold’s brother (and sometime Fleet Foxes video director) Sean Pecknold. Still with me?
Alright hold on.
The film project (which will feature a score by the Fleet Foxes frontman) is called, …

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Outer Limitz: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 26, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 3,626 views]

Like many of the artists on the veritable Hippos in Tanks label, Outer Limitz (1/3 of short-lived dance punk outift Test Icicles, which also included Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes) traffics in super-catchy leftfield electropop.
Borrowing heavily from early 90s R&B, Outer Limitz’s first single “I Kontact” sounds like a bunch of your favorite cassingles melted and fused into a single brilliant pop confection.
A hot chuggy …

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