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KCRW DJ Chris Muckley’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted January 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,150 views]

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 | 1,384 views]
outfit by andrew ellis

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”
House On Fire by OUTFIT
“Performance” …

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Rediscovering College Bands

Posted June 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,233 views]

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 | 1,604 views]

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 | 1,721 views]
eli mardock

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 | 1,980 views]
freedom fry

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 | 2,733 views]

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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Holy Rolling With Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Posted November 28, 2012 by | 4 Comments | 5,372 views]
holy original

My attention is currently being held hostage by this new song by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
The first time I heard “Holy Roller“, the Eastern-flavored instrumentation and then the opening lyric (“I am a woman of leisure”) made me stop multitasking and just sit there and listen. Download it here and stream below.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – …

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James Curd: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 15, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 3,505 views]
james curd

I’m pretty sure Chicago’s James Curd doesn’t sleep.
Every time I check in with him, he’s got some new collaboration going on (including the music collective he created called Greenskeepers) or is kicking out some new catchy dance track of his own.
In fact, he’s been at it since he was 15 years old. And, since he was underage, they had to sneak him into the …

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Eskmo: Local Artist We Love

Posted October 4, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 8,109 views]

Do you ever have a hard time describing electronic music?  I do too.  There are so many genres and subgenres, and I think people make up new ones all the time to try to describe music that doesn’t fit neatly into a pre-existing box.
Let’s skip all that for Eskmo, an Los Angeles-based music producer whose real name is Brendan Angelides.  Instead I’ll tell you …

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