Articles from August 2013
This week, my radio show was devoted to music of unity, equality, race issues and liberation – as it marked exactly 50 years to the day that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the podium at the March On Washington and delivered what is now known as his “I Have A Dream” speech.
These music selections embody the sonic emotions brought on by …
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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Bands for the Week of 8/26/2013
1 BIG BLACK DELTA == Big Black Delta >> [Masters Of Bates]
2 FAT FREDDY’S DROP == Blackbird >> [Drop]
3 MODERAT == Ii >> [Mute]
4 LORDE == Love Club Ep >> [Lava/republic]
5 WHITE DENIM == Corsicana Lemonade – Sampler >> [Downtown]
6 TV ON THE RADIO == Mercy >> [Federal Prism]
7 CAVALLI, DON == Temperamental >> …
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(Editor’s Note: DJ Travis Holcombe can now be heard weeknights from 10pm to midnight. He’ll offer up some of his favorite free downloads on the KCRW Music Blog every Friday for your weekend listening in this new series.)
For as much credit as Pete Rock gets as a producer, he’s still terribly underrated. Soul Brother #1 has been keeping busy since his split with CL …
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The last thing I expected to see when I walked into Master Control to watch Washed Out was frontman Ernest Greene strumming a guitar. Not only that, but he had a full band with him, including a stand up bass player.
Washed Out was in the first wave of bands that made “chillwave” a genre and will always be linked to electro music on some …
NY-based artist Alan Wilkis has made a name for himself with a collection of impressive remixes over the last few years, taking on songs by Phoenix, Phantogram, Temper Trap, Chester French and more.
Now he’s impressing us on a whole other level with his latest project, a collaboration called Big Data. This is some sexy electro pop right here.
From KCRW DJ Jason Kramer:
“I have known …
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Poolside’s first LP “Pacific Standard Time” came out last summer and instantly became the perfect soundtrack for sunbathing and making pitchers of margaritas.
The crowned kings of daytime disco had put together a super vibe-y and lounged out record that seemed to make time go slower.
One track that drove this point home more than others, was a cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”.
When they …
A post millenial, (literal) rave-up of Throbbing Gristle’s industrial pop/noise experiments, London’s Factory Floor would indoubitably get props and their name etched in the annals of history simply for creating something original that still sits nicely somewhere between post-industial and techno in the timeline of popular music.
The fact that they’re actually REALLY freaking good is a total bonus and means they won’t just be a band for the …
There is so much good music right now, I thought I’d throw some of my favorites into one place!
Something to Dance To
RAC – “Let Go”
RAC is pretty much unstoppable at this point. He recruited Bloc Party vocalist Kele and MNDR (the voice on Tokimonsta’s excellent “Go With It”) for “Let Go”. This song has been on repeat for a week now. I can’t get …
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TV On The Radio have now given us two new tracks off their yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album. This is the first album on Producer Dave Sitek’s own label, Federal Prism and so far, so good.
Not too long ago, we were able to get our first peek at the new work with the track, “Mercy“. It’s upbeat New-wave backing was met with grinding guitars and …
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Neko Case rolled into the studio with fellow musicians (and humorists) Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann (yes, that Eric Bachmann, of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf) for a beautiful acoustic set.
Three voices, a guitar, and a piano is really all you need when THOSE are the three voices – and of course Neko’s songs.
You can’t overlook the fact that she is an incredible …