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Jabberjaw Revisited

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,011 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 | 1,873 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 | 1,034 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 | 1,684 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 | 1,215 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 | 1,361 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 | 4,014 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 | 2,323 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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Shelf Life: Jim Noir, Soft Hearted Scientists, Paul Smith & Peter Brewis

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 1,768 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 | 1,528 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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