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RIP Bobby Womack

Posted June 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,658 views]
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Admittedly, I’m experiencing quiet emotional turmoil each time a “great” musician passes.
The generation of musicians born circa WWll are undoubtedly some of the greatest that will ever live.
Every facet of post world war America in the 1940′s through the 60′s, from the celebratory consensus of victory to the tenor of hope and rebellion that sparked radical political, social, and art movements, changed the world …

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Electric Lady Janelle Monae Kicks Off the World Festival This Weekend

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,153 views]
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KCRW couldn’t have picked a better line up to kick off this year’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Words like explosive and intoxicating best describe the intense output of all the artists set to hit the stage.
Janelle Monae has been lauded by press and peers as one of this generation’s most impressive live performers.
Her progressive approach to R&B, Funk, and soul is equal parts …

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KCRW Premiere: Ana Tijoux’s “Los Peces Gordos No Pueden Volar”

Posted March 6, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 4,696 views]
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Santiago-based MC Ana Tijoux has heart.
Since hearing her on mixtapes and demos, when I first admired her sexy rasp and slick intellectual rhymes in spanish and french, I could only make out a few words but felt she was coming from a deeper place – a deeply rooted place.
Similar feelings were evoked by Lauryn Hill during the golden era of North American hip hop …

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Zara McFarlane: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,432 views]
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Young, fresh, well accomplished British new-comer Zara McFarlane approaches jazz with a special reverence to tradition and standards, while deftly tapping personal inspiration from deep spiritual jazz (think Pharaoh Sanders) and the dub and reggae of her Jamaican family roots.

It’s no surprise that Gilles Peterson took an interest in 2010 and began releasing her exquisite brand of jazz on his Brownswood label.
On her sophomore …

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KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,637 views]
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Check out Garth Trinidad’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here. 
1. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree / Interscope)
2. Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return (Carpark)
3. Rhye – Woman (Republic)
4. The Stepkids – Troubadour (Stones Throw)
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Il (Jagjaguwar)
6. José James – No Beginning No End (Blue Note)
7. Superhumanoids – Exhibitionists (Innovative Leisure)
8. Jessy Lanza – Pull …

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Blues and Soul at the Bowl This Sunday with Headliner Ben Harper

Posted June 28, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 1,976 views]
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Summer is here again, knocking on our door, urging us to come out and play. What a pleasure it is to oblige in a place like Southern California. How fortunate an advantage that KCRW tends to its roots in such a magical place. And how fortunate for me to participate, invite family and friends, and enjoy music and fellowship under the stars as KCRW’s …

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Y La Bamba – Artist You Should Know

Posted April 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 2,353 views]
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From KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad:
Portland-based Y La Bamba’s new album “Court The Storm” (2012, Tender Loving Empire) features a song that has fast become one of my favorites of the year.
“Bendito” is the album’s stand out track – an amplified folk groover that conjures up ancient rhythmic spirits of Spain and Mexico, with an undeniable rock tinged bounce and sublime vocal performance by Luz …

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Garth Trindad Hosts Mizell Bros + Todd Simon at Red Bull Music Academy

Posted March 11, 2011 by | 2 Comments | 2,937 views]

From KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad:
Last week, as part of a private session for Red Bull Music Academy, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of moderating a discussion with old school mega producers, the Mizell Bros, and new school funk luminary, Todd Simon.
The Mizell’s are known and respected for their work with Motown greats like the Jackson 5, jazz giants like Donald Byrd, …

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Superhumanoids: Local Band We Love

Posted January 3, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 5,004 views]

From KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad:
I love it when people turn me on to music. It’s a huge help when fans, listeners, and friends present me with something they themselves really dig. It’s a kind and very personal gesture that I truly appreciate.
A few months ago, the editor of this blog, RR, turned me on to local band Superhumanoids. I found a CD with a …

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CFCF: Artist You Should Know

Posted November 17, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 3,530 views]

From KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad:
Montreal’s CFCF is forging a new kind of baby making music. With a production style slightly akin to German colleagues like Boozoo Bajou, CFCF’s sound is easing down the road of post modern international, instrumental soul-dance-hip hop. His sound is part classic CTI, part dawn after an all night intimate encounter, and part score for the next underwater Imax adventure. …

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