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KCRW Exclusive: JD McPherson Shares His Precious With Us

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 4 Comments | 1,524 views]
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It’s hard to describe authenticity. It’s one of those ‘you know it when it comes around’ things.
From his first release, Signs and Signifiers, Oklahoma native JD McPherson always seemed to have it. It’s as if he emerged from a late ’50s time capsule, but with an sonic quality that allows us to appreciate every nuance of his thoroughly seasoned band as well.
I’ve never seen …

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Artist You Should Know: My Brothers and I

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 1,417 views]

While this Portland quintet has just finished tracking their debut studio release, they’ve apparently been playing together off and on since they were kids. That would explain why the band sounds so seasoned.
Solid songs throughout, Don’t Dream Alone (due out September 22, 2015 on Expunged Records) will be an easy listen, and lead singer David Wurgler’s rich voice will remind you of John Legend.
Get …

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DJ Chris Douridas’ Top 10 Albums of 2014

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 4,246 views]

1. Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol)
2. alt-j – This is All Yours (Atlantic/ Canvasback)
3. Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love (Atlantic)
4. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (Columbia)
5. Spoon – They Want My Soul (Loma Vista/ Republic)

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KCRW Exclusive: Michael Kiwanuka’s “It Always Comes Back Around” from House of Lies Season 3 Finale

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 5,456 views]

Rarely have I seen an artist grow in stature at KCRW faster than Michael Kiwanuka.
After only a couple of EPs releases, Michael was handpicked by Adele to open her US dates in 2011, that were subsequently cancelled due to her vocal chord issues.
Eventually, Michael made his way to the US in December of that year and made his U.S. radio performance debut at KCRW, …

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KCRW DJ Chris Douridas’ Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,573 views]

Check out Chris Douridas’ Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here. 
1. Midlake – Antiphon (ATO)
2. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird (The Drop)
3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Columbia)
4. M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
5. Agnes Obel – Aventine (PIAS)
6. Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse (Decca)
7. Yasmine Hamdan – Ya Nass (Crammed Discs)
8. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
9. White …

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RIP Lou Reed: Chris Douridas Pays Tribute

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 4 Comments | 2,725 views]
magic and loss

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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KCRW Exclusive: Agnes Obel – “The Curse”

Posted September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,798 views]
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Agnes Obel’s 2011 release “Philharmonics” was a stunning debut.
I heard the music before I ever saw a picture of her.
The album felt like a Fall day, crisp air and yellowing leaves – a welcome and exotic outing given our beautiful southern California environs. Her take on John Cale’s “I Keep a Close Watch” is superb, forever rescuing a deeply powerful song from utter obscurity.
Now …

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Goat Rodeo: A World Class Collaboration at the Bowl THIS Sunday

Posted August 23, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,772 views]

One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is the Hollywood Bowl.
If you’ve been, you know what I mean.
If you haven’t been, you owe it yourself and your loved ones to experience one of the greatest live performance venues ever constructed. Situated against the Hollywood Hills, comfortably distanced from its teaming city surroundings, the Bowl is arguably the beating heart of the …

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Grizfolk: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 12,049 views]

Seemingly every time I come across a new band I like these days, if they’re not from LA, they’re either Australian or Swedish.
This time it’s a bit of a hybrid. And hybrids – when they work – always find welcome ears at KCRW.
I dare say the station’s ethos can be attributed in large part to successful hybrids of the past, specifically Paul Simon’s “Graceland“ …

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Jacob Banks: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 3,309 views]
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It happened again.
A voice conquering the tiny laptop speakers in my office, filling the room with its magnitude, lodged itself into my consciousness. At this very moment, “Worthy“, the song I first heard some weeks ago is now in constant replay in my mind, specifically a certain passage of the verse and then the booming chorus.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing, the hold a great …

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