It’s always an adventure when I venture into MALCOLM, KCRW’s digital submission system, as you never know exactly what you’re going to hear.
The diversity of sounds from the music we get sent is exciting, from the variety of genres represented to the degrees of production (or lack thereof) utilized.
Recent listening sessions revealed a number of terrific new artists worth celebrating in another edition of …
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Check out Eric J Lawrence’s top picks of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
2. Andrew Wyatt – Descender (Downtown)
3. Public Service Broadcasting – Inform-Educate-Entertain (Test Card)
4. Pretty & Nice – Golden Rules for Golden People (Equal Vision)
5. Cayucas – Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian)
6. Kelley Stoltz – Double Exposure (Third …
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My concept of the Best LA Albums of 2013 may be a little more open ended than some purists demand – I’ve included albums from artists who have either recently moved here or at least cohabitate in LA & environs.
But regardless, careful listening of these records betrays a decidedly local bent to some of their tunes, so in my book they count!
1) Foxygen – …
Having attended most years of the first decade of the Coachella festival, I now feel like I can skip a year every now and again. 2013 was maybe going to be one of those years, as I had seen most of the bands that I cared to see already.
The exception was Lou Reed, who I had never seen before, and his presence alone was …
A couple of years ago, I attended KCRW’s Masquerade dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, complete with a fake raven.
Since the party features, in addition to all the great live music & DJ sets, a spooky storytelling room coordinated by the experts from The Moth, I thought it might be fun to participate by reading Poe’s classic poem, “The Raven,” in character.
The Moth folks graciously …
Any rock & roll biopic is bound to be compromised in some fashion.
Mainly because the true spirit of rock involves a sort of spontaneity that the highly-calculated world of feature films can never fully capture.
Such is the case with the new film, “CBGB”, which tells the story of club owner Hilly Kristal and his legendary Bowery venue.
Nonetheless, the movie is worth checking out as …
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When one thinks of the superstars of trip-hop, the mind inevitably calls up artists such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky. But Morcheeba are up there amongst the greats, notable for their longevity and their often pop-leaning tendencies.
“Make Believer” comes from their forth-coming eighth full-length album, “Head Up High“ (and their second since vocalist Skye Edwards’ return after a few years’ absence).
Emphasizing the dubby …
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Like many Americans, I first discovered Matt Berry through his television work, on such hilarious cult favorite Brit-coms as “The Mighty Boosh”, “The IT Crowd” and “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”. But when I learned he made music as well, I immediately tracked his records down.
Both 2008’s “Opium” and 2011’s “Witchazel” quickly became favorites of mine, with their grand pop structures & unusual, progressive rock-inspired touches.
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Coachella weekend (or should I say “weekends”) is a virtual local holiday for the serious live music fan, drawing thousands of excited concert-goers to the sunny polo fields of Indio.
This year, cheers of “The Stone Roses!” “Phoenix!” “Jurassic 5!” and “The Postal Service!!” could be heard across the internet once the lineup was announced, and you’d have to be a musical Scrooge not to …
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Don & Phil Everly, despite being Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, probably aren’t at the top of your Spotify playlists. If you have any of their songs in your iTunes library, it’s likely one of the half-dozen songs that have reached the upper echelon of our cultural literacy through daily spins on oldies radio stations. But through the 60s and early 70s, they …