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Public Service Broadcasting: SXSW Preview + Go! Remix Premiere

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,173 views]

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.

Their …

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Shelf Life: Boxed In, H. Hawkline, Native America

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,981 views]
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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 …

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Jabberjaw Revisited

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,787 views]

(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 …

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Shelf Life: Sam Prekop, Emmy the Great, Wax Stag

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,503 views]
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Sam Prekop – The Republic (Thrill Jockey)
Fans of Sam’s work in the band The Sea and Cake or even his first two solo records might be surprised to learn that he has a parallel career as a superior synthesist.
The Republic is his second collection of instrumental electronica that burbles & percolates in an abstract, yet pleasing sort of way.

Emmy the Great – Sep (Bella …

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Drunken Prayer – “Satin Sheets” Video Premiere

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,143 views]
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I traveled to Portland, Oregon a couple of time over the holiday season, which is always a fun trip.
The city seems to me to comfortably combine the best elements of the Midwest (friendliness, lack of pretension) and the Pacific coast (sophistication, supportive of the arts).
So it is no surprise that many independent-minded artists, such as Stephen Malkmus, Elliott Smith, James Mercer of the Shins, …

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Shelf Life: Liam Hayes, BC Camplight, Andy Shauf

Posted January 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,027 views]

Liam Hayes – “Slurrup” (Fat Possum)
Chicagoan Hayes has been hanging around the periphery of rock stardom for over 20 years, with critically-acclaimed, but under-heard recordings under his own name, as well as Plush (he can even be spotted in the film “High Fidelity“).
But his latest album may be his most focused, with short, sharp, 60s-inspired tunes that could very well break though.

BC Camplight – …

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Shelf Life: Clap! Clap! , Sloan, Jaga Jazzist

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,294 views]

Happy 2015! Here in the KCRW Music Library we are excited about all of the new records that just beginning to trickle into our hands this year. But the holiday break gave me a chance to catch up with some records from the end of last year.
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba (Black Acre)
Italian producer Cristiano Crisci aka Digi G’Alessio offered up his debut album …

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DJ Eric J. Lawrence’s Top Albums of 2014

Posted December 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,456 views]

1 Ty Segall — Manipulator
2 Owen Pallet — In Conflict
3 Ray LaMontagne — Supernova
4 Mac Demarco — Salad Days

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KCRW’s Most Played Artists of 2014

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,143 views]

KCRW’s Most Played Artists of 2014

1) Little Dragon
2) Spoon
3) Jungle
4) Ray LaMontagne
5) Beck


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EJL’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,456 views]

I know, I know…we just finished getting all excited about our favorite records of this past year and now I’m trying to ram a bunch of forthcoming releases down your earhole?!?!

Hey man, the carousel of killer new music doesn’t stop for slowpokes! There are too many things to look forward to – no time to dawdle!!!

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