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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 893 views]

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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SXSW Preview: Vertical Scratchers

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 751 views]

Guitarist John Schmersal has lived a few different musical lives over the past twenty years.
As a member of Ohio-based indie rock legends Brainiac during the 90′s, he helped establish a synthpunk sound that would later influence bands like Muse and Nine Inch Nails.
After the tragic death of their vocalist Tim Taylor, Schmersal headed to the East Coast and formed the band Enon, who became …

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SXSW Preview: Ezra Furman

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 838 views]

For some reason I’ve spent the last five years overlooking Ezra Furman.
Don’t really know why – he’s a perfectly solid singer/songwriter, with a number of well-received records both with his band the Harpoons & as a solo artist, on recognized labels such as Minty Fresh, Red Parlor and now Bar None.
Perhaps it is the Midwestern vibe of his brand of rock – slightly loose, …

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KCRW Premiere: Vince Clarke Remixes Polly Scattergood’s “Subsequently Lost”

Posted February 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,987 views]

Sometimes I feel that UK songstress Polly Scattergood gets a raw deal.
She doesn’t get as much press as St. Vincent, she doesn’t have as many Grammy Awards as La Roux, and she hasn’t built up as revered a body of work as Kate Bush – yet!
But to my ears her songs are like a tasteful blend of these artists, and clearly I’m not alone, …

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KCRW Exclusive: One of Massive Attack’s Sonic Gurus Goes Solo with “Sleepwalking”

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 2,369 views]

Producer Neil Davidge is on a hot streak.
One of Massive Attack’s sonic architects since their 1998 breakthrough, “Mezzanine”, he has branched out to work on film and video game soundtracks, including the score to Halo 4, which set the record for the highest-charting video game soundtrack ever.
Now he has made his first solo album: “Slo Light”, due February 25 via The End / 7Hz …

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases of 2014 by Eric J Lawrence

Posted January 16, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 1,647 views]
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Now that the dust has settled from the holidays and we’ve all collectively picked over 2013’s music offerings in search of our Top 10 Favorite Records of the Year, etc., we can all take a big breath and survey the field for our next new favorite records. But the list-making urge is strong, so to help feed the beast one final time, here are …

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MALCOLM: The Podcast – Episode 3

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,394 views]

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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KCRW DJ Eric J Lawrence’s Favorite Albums of 2013

Posted December 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,110 views]

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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Top 10 Albums by LA Artists in 2013

Posted December 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,219 views]

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 – …

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RIP Lou Reed: Eric J Lawrence Pays Tribute

Posted October 27, 2013 by | 3 Comments | 2,136 views]

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 …

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