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KCRW Music Librarian Picks of the Week! Wampires, Ex Hex, S

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 588 views]
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KCRW Music Librarian and DJ Eric J Lawrence shares three albums he added to the KCRW Music Library this week that should be on your radar.
Wampire – Bazaar (Polyvinyl) 
Portland, OR-based indie rockers Wampire live up to their creepy name, with the hint of a gothic flavor haunting their catchy tunes.  Touchstones include the Damned, the Horrors and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (whose Jacob Portrait produced …

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Beaty Heart: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 780 views]
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Many KCRW fans are gearing up to see buzz-worthy UK future-funk group Jungle at the Fonda this Friday, as well they should. But I also recommend getting there a little early, as fellow countrymen Beaty Heart make an appearance on these shores as the opening act for the show.
Fresh from the summertime festival circuit, including the acclaimed Bestival on the Isle of Wight, the …

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Maya Angelou and Music

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 728 views]
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Editor’s Note: When Jason Bentley played the Buckshot LeFonque song “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” earlier this week, it immediately reminded me of the passing of Maya Angelou earlier this spring.
Music librarian Eric J. Lawrence was reminded as well & wrote this remembrance of the great American poet and her presence in popular music.

American writer & professor Maya Angelou was probably the …

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Ty Segall Song Premiere: “Feel” (Album Version)

Posted August 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,638 views]
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In the short six or so years Ty Segall has been releasing music under his own name (not to mention the couple of years previous in the band Epsilons), he has been prolific enough to establish himself as a brand name.
And not merely a brand denoting a specific type of music, as his records all flirt around subtle but distinct garage rock varieties, from …

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Graphic Designer Chip Kidd is Our Guest DJ

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,282 views]
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I’ve always been particularly drawn to how, of any of the art forms, music has the ability to coexist and expand upon the other arts, from the visual to the literary to the cinematic.  And for me this is one of the great pleasures of our Guest DJ series. 
Getting to understand how music affects and influences non-music-based artists is always enlightening, whether their …

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Landlady: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,672 views]
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Landlady is the latest venture from Adam Schatz, who has been involved in so many musical projects it makes the head spin (member of Man Man, co-producer of Winter Jazzfest, session saxophonist for Vampire Weekend, etc.)
But as Landlady, he and his four Brooklyn bandmates churn out quirky rock tunes that satisfy one of my basic tenants of Great Songs: they rarely end up in …

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RIP: Legendary Jazz Pianist Horace Silver

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,268 views]
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Editor’s Note: Rhythm Planet’s Tom Schnabel shares his thoughts on the artist as well.
You look around the music landscape these days and, sad to say, there doesn’t seem to be as many iconic musicians around anymore.
And today we are down one more, as we learned of the passing of a true icon, jazz pianist Horace Silver. 
Basically serving as the definition of the term “hard …

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From Rude Boy to B-Boy to SHIELD agent: Clark Gregg’s Guest DJ Set

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,020 views]
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Described as the glue that holds the increasingly-diverse Marvel cinematic universe (i.e. Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, Agents of SHIELD) together, Clark Gregg’s role as Agent Phil Coulson has made him a favorite among fan-boys & fan-girls everywhere (including THIS fan-boy!)
But he’s also an actor of distinction and subtlety, having appeared in such films as State and Main, (500) Days of Summer and Much …

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The SF to LA Migration: Some of Our Favorite Bands From the Bay Now Call LA Home

Posted May 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,201 views]
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Los Angeles has always been a destination for music makers, a place where up & coming artists relocate in an effort to make a move towards the Big Time.
Heck, even Motown has been based in LA longer than they were in Detroit!
Surely the numerous record labels headquartered here is a big reason for that, as well as the availability of other local ancillary music …

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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,257 views]
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If you are truly taking SXSW at its best, you should be seeing at least a few bands that you’ve never (or just barely) heard of.
Austin makes this easy, as you can stumble from performance to performance in a matter of a few dozen steps.  So if you find yourself in the vicinity of a guy named Sweet Baboo, do yourself a favor and …

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