Articles from 2014
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Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free. (Lefse)
Canadian trio Absolutely Free offer up their self-titled debut (well, technically there is a period in the album name).
It’s often tough to make a modern record with extensive electronic elements sound genuinely psychedelic, but they manage quite nicely, touching on just about every kind of music on the spectrum in mind-blowing fashion.
Castanets – Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)
Portland, OR-based artist …
Friday Free for All, mp3 Stream »
Run The Jewels – RTJ2
Late last night, El-P surprised everyone and dropped the new Run The Jewels album – entitled “RTJ2“- ahead of its originally scheduled October 27th release date and made it available as a free download.
RUN THE JEWELS 2 DROPS NOW!!!! #runthejewels killermikegto http://t.co/8u29pLI11O http://t.co/O1iAr7mUR4
— el-p (@therealelp) October 24, 2014
DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM HERE
Let’s back things up for a second for the uninitiated; …
Apogee Sessions »
While Jenny Lewis’ new album “The Voyager” was born out of many tales of woe (gnarly bouts of insomnia, the death of her father, and the end of her band Rilo Kiley), she has never looked more comfortable or happier on stage than how she did at Apogee Studio for a live KCRW session taped last night.
In her slick black pantsuit, rockin’ a rainbow …
For the last 14 years, Red Bull Music Academy has played a significant role in the maintenance of an aware and educated global music culture.
By hosting events and lectures with music legends like Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Todd Rundgren, DJ legends Frankie Knuckles and Larry Heard and newer artists like Caribou and Dam Funk, RBMA has defined and cast itself as a champion of savvy music culture.
Earlier this year, the …
Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”
On my first listen to this track, I had to go back and check whether it was brand new or very old.
It taps into some serious Sam Cooke-style soul and I wasn’t sure! I found it via Gorilla vs Bear, where I learned that that it’s from an artist named Leon Bridges, a singer/songwriter from Fort Worth who brought in …
Artists You Should Know, Metropolis, mp3 Stream »
Polish DJ/production duo Ptaki (which means birds in Polish) flew into discerning listeners radars like a full on flock sometimes registers on an air traffic controllers screen awhile back with a ripping 7″ on the Very Polish Cut-Outs label a few years back. “Krystina” is a laid back groover that by edit standards stands out as a shimmering example of what a savvy editor can do …
From KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe:
They don’t call Big Freedia the Queen of Bounce for nothing.
Her LA debut back in 2010 is the stuff of legend, and ever since that performance I’ve been on a mad tear to track down anything I could find by Freedia.
She is far and away the biggest name in New Orleans Bounce music today, so when I found out she …
Top 50 Playlists »
Caribou – “Our Love”
Our Love is the sixth studio album by the Canadian musician.
“Wonder Where We Land”
Wonder Where We Land is the upcoming second studio album from the British producer.
You’re Dead is the fifth studio album by the American electronic producer.
“Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes isthe second solo album by Thom Yorke, singer of the English alt rock band Radiohead.
Desiderium is …
Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, October 20, Indie rock legend, iconic fashion figure, tireless songwriter, and frontwoman for Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O just released her first official solo record. She brought two other station favorites — Moses Sumney and Holly Miranda – to round out her sound in a live performance from the Village Studios. Hear it …
In honor of KCRW’s Halloween Ball coming up on October 25, I wanted to share four new songs from bands on the bill.
Tickets are almost gone, but we’ll have a few available at the door as well. See the full lineup and find out more about our annual bash here.
Les Sins – Why Ft. Nate Salman
Bonobo – “Flashlight”
Hollie Cooke – “Postman”
Tokimonsta – “Steal …