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Shelf Life: Jim Noir, Soft Hearted Scientists, Paul Smith & Peter Brewis

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 768 views]
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Jim Noir – Finnish Line (self release)
Jim has been making music for a decade now & getting new songs from him is always a treat.
His latest album doesn’t travel very far from his previous work, but being able to find ways to make catchy Beatles-esque pop continually sound fresh is truly his superpower.

Soft Hearted Scientists – The Slow Cyclone (The Hip Replacement)
Cardiff, Wales is …

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From a Small Face to a Rolling Stone: Rock and Roll Legend Ian McLagan Passes

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,163 views]

There are those artists who have made their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions as a member of one groundbreaking band.
And then there are those who get there by having dabbled in a number of note-worthy projects throughout their career.
That is the case of keyboardist Ian McLagan, who, we learned today, has died at the age of …

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KCRW Exclusive: Ben Watt’s “Hendra” – Live from London

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,341 views]
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Sneakily Ben Watt has become one of the great Renaissance men of the new millennium.
Best known for his long-time collaboration with spouse Tracey Thorn in Everything But the Girl, Watt has also worked as a solo artist, a club and radio DJ, the head of a record label (Buzzin’ Fly, whose latest release is a new remix EP of tracks from his 2014 album, …

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Shelf Life: Dutch Uncles, Reigning Sound, The History of Apple Pie

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,178 views]
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Dutch Uncles – “In N Out” (Memphis Industries)
UK quintet Dutch Uncles have quickly become a favorite of mine with their dynamic sound which recalls both the best of 70s progressive rock and 80s new wave.
Their latest single (from a forthcoming album due in Feb ’15) might have an extra unintended meaning for fans of a certain West Coast burger chain…

Reigning Sound – Shattered (Merge)
Garage …

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Shelf Life: Simple Minds, Denitia & Sene, Twerps

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,123 views]

Denitia & Sene – “Side FX” (single)
Keeping in an 80′s vein, this duo return with a super-catchy, sexy throb of a song, making me excited to hear more from their forthcoming EP.

Bonus: Download here!
Simple Minds – “Big Music” (Caroline)
This legendary 80s band’s “Sparkle in the Rain” album is one of my top 10 all-time favorites, so I was eager to hear their new one, …

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Shelf Life: P.P. Roy, The Primitives, Imelda May

Posted November 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,036 views]
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P.P. Roy – Watch the Dough Nut Not the Hole (Upitup Records)
Breakbeat artist P.P. Roy returns after 14 years with a new record of wacky beats and snappy samples.
And his label is offering it up all for free, which certainly make it easy to add to our station’s music library & yours as well!

The Primitives – Spin-O-Rama (Elefant)
This UK garage-rock pop group, led by …

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Spooky Grooves from Eric J Lawrence

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 786 views]

While Christmas gets the major love for holiday-related tunes (and beware, the stations that switch to 24-hour Christmas song formats are bound to start up in the next week or two…), Halloween and related spooky themes have been a common source of subject matter for songs since time immemorial.
This year, I shared some of my favorite songs for the spooky season with Madeleine Brand …

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KCRW Music Librarian Picks of the Week: Castanets, twain, Absolutely Free

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 837 views]
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Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free. (Lefse)
Canadian trio Absolutely Free offer up their self-titled debut (well, technically there is a period in the album name).
It’s often tough to make a modern record with extensive electronic elements sound genuinely psychedelic, but they manage quite nicely, touching on just about every kind of music on the spectrum in mind-blowing fashion.

Castanets – Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)
Portland, OR-based artist …

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

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,288 views]

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 | 1,306 views]

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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