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Fandom: Ty Segall on Wand

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 645 views]

Ty Segall made one of our favorite records of the year so we asked him to share HIS favorite record of the year for our Fandom series!
Ty on Wand’s “Ganglion Reef”

“I am definitely biased when it comes to Wand, but I don’t care.
This is the best record of 2014.
It’s as if they wrote these songs for me – combining Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Gary …

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Fandom: The Mountain Goats on Christine Fellows

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 962 views]

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle stopped by KCRW to record an episode of Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt around his acclaimed book Wolf In White Van: A Novel.
I asked him to recommend an artist he loves that people might not know as part of our FANDOM series and he immediately mentioned Cristine Fellows.
She happens to be the wife of The Weakerthans’ lead singer John K. …

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Best of CMJ 2014

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 709 views]

Top 5 CMJ takeaways from KCRW Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
Amason — Favorite Band
I love everything about this band.
The music always puts me in a good mood, reminding me of some of my favorite bands including Cat Power, Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens and more.
Aurora – Rising Star
It was a joy to watch the comfort, charm and authenticity of this 17-yr-old Norwegian star.
There were some …

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Big Freedia’s Guide to New Orleans Bounce: A Primer

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,364 views]

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 …

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Bands to Watch at CMJ 2014

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,050 views]

From KCRW Blog Contributor Nassir Nassirzadeh:
There’s an indescribable charm about experiencing the early engagements of a band or artist from different parts of the world with a motley crew of young college music program directors and their grown up and somewhat jaded adult versions in the music industry congregating in one small and smelly NYC bar or basement in the middle of daylight.
As a …

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Fandom: Hozier on Tinariwen

Posted October 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,666 views]

After a breakthrough performance on Saturday Night Live, Hozier shared the music that has been inspiring him with KCRW as part of our Fandom series. He made his US radio debut on KCRW earlier this year!
I’ve been listening quite a bit to music from Mali over the past few months…Ali Fake Touré and Tinariwen, rediscovering their beautiful style of desert folk-blues.
Tinariwen’s album ‘Tassili‘ is very …

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Fandom: Fitz and the Tantrums on Sia

Posted September 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,130 views]

LA’s Fitz and the Tantrums seem unstoppable right now. Their songs are ubiquitous on pop radio and they’re in the midst of a national tour that lands at the ACL Music Festival the next two weekends.
To honor the occasion, we asked the band to offer up a song from an artist they love as part of KCRW’s Fandom series.
From Noelle Scaggs -
Artist: Sia
Song: …

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Fandom: Local Natives on Damon Albarn

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 3,012 views]
Kelcey is the daring one in the middle!

(Local Natives have been an hugely important part of the LA music scene over the last few years. They’re hard at work on their 3rd album and will headline the first night of the Way Over Yonder festival THIS  Friday at the Santa Monica Pier.)
From vocalist/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer:
“Damon Albarn is one of those people who makes you feel that, as hard as you’re working, …

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Fandom: Dan Wilson on Jeremy Messersmith

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,320 views]
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(Dan Wilson has won Grammys for his work with Adele and the Dixie Chicks, and has co-written songs with John Legend, Jim James, Carole King, Spoon, among others. He released a new album in Spring and took a moment to share his favorite artist right now.)
Lately, whenever someone asks me what new artist I love, I tell them about Jeremy Messersmith.
I first met Jeremy …

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Fandom: Best Coast on Nothing

Posted August 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,082 views]
Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast

L.A. duo Best Coast are quintessential garage rock raised in Southern California.
Their debut album “Crazy For You” in 2010 catapulted the group into the mainstream where they found themselves climbing into national charts and late night television circuits.
Four years and two albums later, Best Coast is a Steady-Eddie of the lo-fi scene and have found fans all over the world.
Here’s their take on a …

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