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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now

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Booka Shade – “Love Inc”
Berlin-based beatmaking duo Booka Shade has a new album called “Eve” out this week. Jason Bentley says it is “atmospheric and cinematic”, a perfect nighttime album. They’ve been making music together for 25 years and continue to push forward. “Love Inc” is a great example.

Warpaint –”Love is to Die”
One of my favorite LA bands is the all-female quartet Warpaint and …

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Hiatus Kaiyote U.S. Live Radio Debut on KCRW – Nakamarra and Breathing Underwater

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Sometimes it takes seeing a band live to “get it”. Case in point: Hiatus Kaiyote.
Various KCRW DJs have been championing this Australian band for some time now, so much so that other musicians who listen to the station have become fans themselves and are carrying the torch – a member of Dirty Projectors turned on someone in Animal Collective, who then sent it to …

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Connan Mockasin: Artist You Should Know

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Like a wild-eyed, messy haired kid in the back of a kindergarten classrom happy to play at cooking a stew of Play-Doh and stirring it with a horse, Parisian Kiwi Connan Mockasin has been playing at making sexy funk but using the heaviest psychedelic sedatives to stir it.
From  2010′s “It’s Choade My Dear” to 2011′s “Forever Dolphin Love” to his latest, “I’m The Man, That Will Find You“, off of the phenomenal …

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Johnathan Rice Covers Jonathan Richman Live on KCRW

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,822 views]
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Brain Eno is largely credited for saying that, even though The Velvet Underground’s debut album only sold about 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band”
Case in point Jonathan Rice—or more directly—Jonathan Richman.
In 1969, Richman moved to New York after becoming inspired by The Velvet Underground and their co-founder Lou Reed to become a musician. He even lived with their …

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Ski Lodge: Artist You Should Know

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Brooklyn’s Ski Lodge have been getting steady spins on KCRW for the last few months thanks to their jangly pop. It’s pretty infectious.

An easy comparison is The Smiths, so it seemed fitting to write about them the week Johnny Marr is coming to town! Interestingly enough, Ski Lodge’s lead singer is named Andrew MARR. Hmmmmmm.
They also pair up well with newer bands like Tennis, …

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Lou Doillon Live U.S. Radio Debut on KCRW

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Lou Doillon comes from French pop royalty, as the daughter of iconic singer-actress Jane Birkin and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The actress/model/singer talked to Jason about how she’s spent her life drifting with nowhere to call home and no clear career path.
She spent most of her life “dressed up in other people’s clothes” as an actress, but it was with a guitar in her hand …

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RIP Lou Reed — A Tribute from KCRW

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 10,325 views]

All of the KCRW DJs were devastated to hear about the loss of Lou Reed and we communicate our grief in the best way we know how — through the music itself.
The above photo hangs in Master Control, a daily reminder of Lou’s powerful impact on music and a major moment in the history of the station.
Chris Douridas was the first DJ on the …

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RIP Lou Reed: Chris Douridas Pays Tribute

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 4 Comments | 2,927 views]
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Seems simple, but look at the real meaning: ‘showing an unwillingness to make concessions to others, esp. by changing one’s ways or opinions’.
Lou was uncompromising.
He stopped by KCRW several times during the years I hosted MBE.
The first time we met was in 1992, on the occasion of his latest album, “Magic and Loss“, a powerful portrait of loss, chronicling the death of two …

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White Denim, Hiatus Kiayote, and More on KCRW This Week

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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, October 29, Austin-based band White Denim delivers an incredible rock experience at every live show and we’re thrilled to welcome them back to KCRW studios for a performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Wednesday, October 30, KCRW DJ’s have been championing the soulful mix from Melbourne’s Hiatus Kiayote for some time and we …

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Photos: Masquerade 2013

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Revelers who walked into the legendary Park Plaza for KCRW’s 5th Annual Masquerade, a costume ball and dance party to benefit the station, were greeted by the 16-piece Angel City All-Star Brass Band, the outrageous, otherworldly characters of circus troupe Lucent Dossier, as well as the lovely ladies of burlesque crew the Bella Donnas, in all their feathered glory, lining the grand staircase leading …

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