One of the things we take great pride here in the KCRW Music Department is having introduced a lot of our listenership to captivating music from around the globe.
From Tom Schnabel’s role as one of the definers of the World Beat genre, to Raul Campos’ frequent hosting of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), to various other of our DJs remixing tracks from artists …
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After an absence of four years, it’s nice to have a new Go! Team album to mess around with.
“The Scene Between” is chock full of the kinds of sounds we’ve grown accustomed to hearing from the Brighton-based outfit, with a few surprises for good measure.
Take “Her Last Wave” for instance; it’s probably the most My Bloody Valentine-like song they’ve done, with blissful, blurred-out tones …
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We here at KCRW pride ourselves on bringing you some new, cutting-edge artists at the very beginning of their careers.
But we also like to celebrate longevity and prolific artistry.
LA-based singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell has been releasing records at the rate of nearly an album a year since 1998, both as a solo artist as well as with band projects like the Grabs or the Living …
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Superfood – “Don’t Say That” (Infectious)
I was working as Music Director at KLA, UCLA’s student-run radio station in the early ’90s, so I have a particular affection for the alternative music of that time. One popular style coming out of the UK was so-called “baggy” music, popularized the likes of Happy Mondays, the Charlatans & EMF.
British newcomers Superfood bring that sound into the 21st …
Bands like to be mysterious these days.
Like “we don’t have a bio” kind of mysterious.
Your 33 Black Angels are kind of like that.
They’ve been around for a while – I still break out their 2008 album, “Tales of My Pop-Rock Love Life“, every so often.
They are based out of Brooklyn and are non-infrequent performers at East Coast venues.
Their line-up seems fluid.
They play a fairly …
Jackson Phillips is one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel, but like many talented musical types, he’s got other irons in the fire.
His new solo project, Day Wave, has been, ahem, making waves on the internet with a handful of tracks that have excited much of the taste-making community with their easy-going, uber-catchy vibe.
We’re excited to premiere Day Wave’s latest offering: a sun-drenched, …
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Susanne Sundfor – “Ten Love Songs” (Sonnet Sound)
Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve probably heard Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfor before.
She has appeared on songs by Royksopp, Maps, Nils Petter Molvaer and M83 (on the soundtrack to the film, “Oblivion“), not to mention her own numerous solo albums.
“Delirious“, from her new album, has been my jam for the past couple of months, perfectly …
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British duo Public Service Broadcasting return to Austin, TX for another sure-to-be-exhausting series of performances for the hordes of music fans descending on the SXSW festival.
They are back promoting their nifty new album, “The Race for Space“, which is themed around the history of the American & Soviet space programs, using archival audio footage in lieu of lyrics over their crafty instrumental electro-rock tunes.
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Boxed In – “Boxed In” (Nettwerk)
A favorite of KCRW DJ Chris Muckley, this one-man (Oli Bayston, by name) band’s self-titled debut finally sees a domestic release at the end of March, and for fans of catchy 80s electro-pop anchored by a classic Motorik beat, the wait is worth it!
H. Hawkline – “In the Pink of Condition“(PIAS)
Welsh artist Cate Le Bon has produced the new …
(Editor’s Note: A book on LA’s famed coffeehouse art gallery/ punk venue called “It All Dies Anyway: L.A., Jabberjaw, and the End of an Era” will be out this April and our own EJL shares his personal reflections on the venue in anticipation of the release.
From KCRW DJ Eric J Lawrence:
When Mia Doi Todd spoke of the 90s-era Los Angeles club Jabberjaw as an …