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Best of CMJ 2013
From KCRW Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh
Best in Show (Best Overall) – Public Service Broadcasting
The most pleasant surprise of the 50 some odd bands I saw at CMJ this year was undoubtedly the London-based pseudonymous musical duo known as Public Service Broadcasting.
PSB produce and perform live audio/visual transmissions, by weaving samples from old public information films, archived footage, and propaganda material …
From KCRW Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
The CMJ Music Marathon is turning 33 this year and like some of us, it’s celebrating throughout the week with different friends. But you won’t be hearing the traditional “Happy Birthday” tune here. It’s more likely to be a song you’ve never heard before on stage with a mosh pit of multiple drumkits, visual projections, backing tracks, and trumpet …
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From Producer Gemma Dempsey:
KCRW has put together a Glow Soundscape, an audio tour for the all night art event happening on Santa Monica Beach on Saturday, September 28.
As the producer, I loved finding music to compliment the artists talking about the incredible installations they will be revealing that night.
Each of the 15 Soundscapes feature exclusive tracks from composers or new artists, mixed with …
KCRW’s Raul Campos spun a set at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico last weekend. We hear about some event highlights from KCRW volunteer Jose Alejandro Castillo:
Oh man! After a bumpy 4 hours (ish) flight we got to the great Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City for the Anglo-Saxons). Weather wasn’t definitely the greatest, specially at 5am, but we are way to stoked too care. …
SXSW has come and gone and just like a sailor’s trip on the high seas – I’ve got a few stories to tell.
In total, I managed upwards 40 artists across the 4 day span but below are a few of ‘em that cut through the noise of it all and capitalized at the capitol.
Hanni El Khatib totally scorched the scene with some rippin’ licks …
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Let me start by saying, I love your guts. The music, food, bars, people, weather, Jo’s coffee. It’s some of the best out there…so in anticipation of SXSW – I’m writing to tell ya a few acts I hope you’ll let me see.
Lines, busted feet, a couple extra Shiner’s and, even one year, an arctic blast of cold – have prevented me from …
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From Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
There’s a reason they call it the CMJ music marathon. I was close to cramping several times, covering over 26 miles and 50 live shows, walking/running/biking between boroughs from venue to venue all over NY. I felt privileged but also extremely fatigued. Here’s my own little wrap-up of the best showcased from all over the world.
Best Rising Star – Nai …
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From KCRW blog contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
The great thing about music conferences like CMJ is that you start to notice the competing geographic music scenes on a national (and even international) level. There’s no doubt that Brooklyn, Austin, and the Seattle/Portland constituencies have always had great indie success. But there’s always been something unique about the diverse musical landscape of Los Angeles and it seems to …
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From KCRW Blog Contributor Kevin Ponthier:
I remember being in school and wishing The Jam – the band led by the King of the Mods Paul Weller — would take a swing through the Southern US…but it was not to be.
It wasn’t until moving to California in the early 90′s that I had my first chance to see Weller. He did a 5-night stand at …
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From blog contributor Laryl Garcia:
The xx recently visited Morning Becomes Eclectic with a sampling from their sophomore effort, “Coexist”.
Giving us more of the minimalist, sultry, R&B-influenced sound that fans embraced on their 2009 self-titled debut, the trio continues to delve into the personal and subtle lyric. Yet as Romy Madley Croft tells Jason Bentley, their ways of working had changed. They take inspiration from …