Articles from June 2013
Morning Becomes Eclectic »
I walked onto the SMC Campus on Thursday morning only to stumble upon a slightly confused Gruff Rhys looking for our basement studios.
It’s not easy for most musicians to function in the morning, let alone find a studio in the middle of a college essay campus maze.
I walked him down and we talked about the weather because what ELSE could I talk to the …
Song For Your Weekend »
Happy heatwave weekend! Yes, it’s going to be very HOT in LA for the next few days so I wanted to post a musical treat – Wilco covering the Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun”.
Ever since I heard this earlier this week, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head!
Wilco performed 29 covers at the Solid Sound Festival last weekend. It …
Pyramids of Mars is a new imprint associated with the Rekids label. What their M.O. will be is as yet to be determined, however, if their first release is any indication…we can seemingly expect a series of certifiable left-of-center chuggers. Their first release “Witches” is the handiwork of new artist Rouge Mécanique.
In Berlin by way of Paris, Italian producer Roman Azzaro (Rouge Mécanique) is crafting a menacing hybrid of Italo …
Live Performances, Uncategorized »
by Saidah Blount/ NPR Music
At first, the inconspicuous facade of the El Segundo-based South Bay Customs motorcycle shop doesn’t seem like the most compelling setting for one of our Field Recordings. But once we walked past the front doors, we quickly realized that this wasn’t your everyday L.A. bike shop. South Bay’s walls are lined with eccentric oddities, and the facility also houses an …
World Festival »
The days are longer and the weather is hotter, people it’s Reggae time once again in Los Angeles!
It’s an honor being the annual host of Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl as part of KCRW’s World Festival, and this Sunday’s line-up is legendary.
Son of Robert Nesta Marley, DAMIAN “JR GONG” is the real deal. Everyone remembers the ubiquitously massive “Welcome To Jamrock“, but every …
mp3 Stream, We've Got It Covered »
In 1982, Joe Jackson released his billboard charting hit “Steppin’ Out”. After that point, the young men and women of the 80′s had a soundtrack for crimping their hair and pulling up the sleeves on that dinner jacket.
It became the seminal “gettin’ ready” song. (I think mine was Biggie or something–but that’s pop music for you.)
In a retrospective piece, Allmusic’s Chris True wrote that …
Guest Dj Project »
Val Kilmer still has that sly smile and a voice that is instantly recognizable.
We were all pretty excited that the Iceman would be visiting our studios to talk music for the Guest DJ Project, but little did we know he also had one of the best Bob Dylan stories of all time.
Val said when he was asked to choose five songs that inspired him, …
Morning Becomes Eclectic »
Josh Rouse is a pop song pro and he’s one of those musicians that always lets you into his life.
I feel like I’ve been through all of his relationships – including his current “happily married with kids living in Valencia, Spain”.
Our favorite song of his set was “Simple Pleasure” off his new album “The Happiness Waltz”, which pretty much says everything about how he’s …
Best New Music, Metropolis, mp3 Stream, Uncategorized »
From minute one, Brooklyn ambient dance duo Blondes has pleasantly been doing things their own way.
Crafting an ambient tribal techno that borrows from early house as much as 70s synth-cosmische, Blondes’ Sam Haar and Zach Steinman’s soundscapes are blissed out journeys where the edges of consciousness meet the reflected beams of light off slowly turning disco balls.
Their debut LP was a stunner composed of a year’s worth …
KCRW Presents, mp3 Stream, Uncategorized »
AM & Shawn Lee describe their music as “sun-filled, space funk”.
It is the perfect soundtrack to summertime so what better place to take a dive into their disco-soul than the Hammer Museum courtyard, where they will perform live as part of the “Music for Better Living” series this Thursday night as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights.
It’s free, all ages, and KCRW DJs Jason Bentley …