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I started listening to reggae music on my local college radio station when I was in high school without really knowing what it was.
For me, it was exotic, a place I wanted to find out about, welcoming but it felt out of reach, particularly since college radio DJ’s have a way of playing amazing music but not ever telling you much about it.
It was …
Sometimes the internet really works.
I met artist Steve Nalepa through Twitter. He sent me some music that I loved and I began to play it on the radio. A month or so ago, he sent me his new project, The Acid.
The first song I heard, which you can hear below, is “Fame.”
What I heard is a baseline of electronics, with sweet melodies performed with …
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Editor’s Note: Over the long holiday weekend, DJ Anne Litt reflected on her favorite LA songs
Stream a Spotify playlist below as well as thoughts from Anne!
I love holiday weekends in Los Angeles. It’s the closest we ever get to tumbleweeds blowing down any LA thoroughfare. Over the July 4 weekend, I found myself taking different ways to and from KCRW – staying off the …
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Editor’s Note: If you have time over the holiday weekend to catch up on some jams, here is where you should start!
These are in no particular order.
Curtis Harding – “Soul Power”
The first time I heard the funky soul of “Keep On Shining” my eyes and ears widened. As I dug deeper into the “Soul Power”, the sounds of rock, surf and psychedelics …
I’m exhausted. I didn’t “train” enough this year for Coachella.
Seriously, the LA Marathon has nothing on 3 days of dust, heat, walking, music and art in the desert. I know. Poor me.
That said, I’m home safe and with a head full of sounds. Coachella is a feast for my senses every year and, for the past four, I’ve headed out for the annual SoCal …
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Check out Anne Litt’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Jagwar Ma – Howlin’ (Mom + Pop)
2. Atoms For Peace – Amok (XL)
3. James Blake – Overgrown (Universal)
4. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
5. Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon (RCA)
6. Iron and Wine – Ghost on Ghost (Nonesuch)
7. Lorde – Pure Heroine (Universal)
8. La Femme …
I’m listening to Chris Douridas as he fills in for me on KCRW while I am back east.
Lou Reed has just died, Chris is playing a thoughtful and moving tribute to Lou, and the day is a little greyer. What a strange day to not be with you on the air, but I can’t think of a better host to pay tribute to Lou …
Listening to Norwegian artist, Alexander Von Mehren’s debut, “Aeropop“, conjures up thoughts of Stereolab, The Beatles and The High Llamas – the harmonies, the orchestration, and the homage to all of the great library music from France and Italy that has clearly inspired him so much.
So it’s not surprising that when I read the credits and a little bit about the album, I discovered …
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I will never forget the first time I saw Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I had heard a couple of albums and was intrigued by their love for heavy metal, their instrumental guitar pieces, and the fact that this duo from Mexico really got their start on the streets of Dublin.
That night at the Gibson, as part of a benefit show for KCRW, the electricity and …
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I discovered Big Star in 1985. If you’ve listened to me on the air talk about the band, you’ve heard me say that Big Star is the reason I do what I do today.
Of course there was The Who, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones – even Glen Campbell and Herb Alpert, but when I discovered Big Star, I felt like I had discovered MY …