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Michael Rosas: Local Artist We Love

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 896 views]
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Michael Rosas became known to me as the frontman of the Costa Mesa band SMILE.
I was a huge fan, and their album “Girl Crushes Boy” was one of my top indie-rock albums of the 1990s. I would check them out live every chance I got.
SMILE seemed to disappear for a long time, but then all of a sudden they reunited for a few live …

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Fire Chief Charlie: Local Band We Love

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,387 views]
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Folk collective Fire Chief Charlie first came to my attention around 2011. At that time, they were based in Chicago, and had recently self released an album called “Town”, from which I’ve spun the song “Animals”.
As is the case with most groups that refer to themselves as a “collective,” the line­up of this one has changed quite a bit over the last few years. …

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OY: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 30, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,276 views]
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Today we visit Berlin to introduce you to “No Problem Saloon”, the sophomore album from OY, a multi-cultural experience created by Swiss-Ghanian vocalist/musician Joy Frempong, and drummer/producer Lleluja-Ha.
This is a versatile album that weaves African rhythms and experimental beats into worldly pop songs based in stories and parables learned during Frempong’s travels throughout Africa.
It was also during these stops in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana …

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KCRW DJ Chris Muckley’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted January 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,560 views]
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Check out Chris Muckley’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Mom + Pop)
2. Alexander Von Mehren – Aéropop (Aéropop)
3. Rhye – Woman (Republic)
4. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
5. Palma Violets – 180 (Rough Trade)
6. Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion (Frenchkiss)
7. Born Ruffians – Birthmarks (Yep …

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Outfit: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,561 views]
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Today the spotlight shines on new music from the UK band Outfit.  This five-piece formed in Liverpool in 2011 and quickly relocated to London.
They have put out a single and an EP through Double Denim Records, the label that will release their debut LP “Performance” worldwide on August 12, 2013.
Check out the album’s first single, “House On Fire”
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“Performance” goes …

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Rediscovering College Bands

Posted June 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,395 views]
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You probably never thought I’d say this, but it’s time to get the band back together!
Ok, maybe that’s taking it a step too far, but it’s at least time to dig out that record that you and your college band made, which has been lingering in obscurity for all these years.
There now exists an organization whose purpose is to unearth music created by college …

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Caged Animals: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,748 views]
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Just thought I’d drop by the ol’ KCRW Music Blog to play my latest song-of-the-minute for you. “Cindy + Me” is a new single from Brooklyn’s Caged Animals.
Built around a sample from Raymond Scott’s “Cindy Electronium” (1959), this track is just the right combination of catchy, novelty and creepy.
On Caged Animals‘ Facebook page, Vincent Caccione says, “It’s a song I wrote about stealing cars …

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Eli Mardock: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,870 views]
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I love this DIY world where musicians don’t necessarily need to be signed to a traditional record label to get their music out there.
That being said, it is true that self-released projects often take longer to make their way to us.  This is the case for an EP that I’ve been listening to a great deal lately, “NE Sorrow Is Born” from Lincoln, Nebraska …

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Freedom Fry: Local Band We Love

Posted January 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,173 views]
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Teasing the music that is coming up on the radio is just part of the job when you’re a DJ.  It sets the stage for the listeners, letting them know what to expect in the next stretch of programming, and hopefully offers them encouragement to stick around longer.  Now that we have tools such as Twitter, we can also throw these teases out online, …

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Melanoid: Local Band We Love

Posted December 4, 2012 by | 6 Comments | 2,937 views]
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Oh, boy, time travel is going to be great.  “The new (insert band here) album doesn’t come out for six weeks?!?!  To the time machine!”  No sweat.
Sometimes being a KCRW DJ gives you the same benefit of time travel, but right in the comfort of your own space-time continuum.
For example, I received a digital submission from the band Melanoid promoting their upcoming “Jamais Vu” …

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