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No Cameras Allowed: See it This Week

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 586 views]
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As a fan of photography I’ve always been intrigued by the artistry captured in a single still.
For the past few years, I have noticed some exciting shots taken by an incredible photographer and filmmaker named James Marcus Haney. We first met at a Little Green Cars show at McCabe’s a few years back and since I have admired his work.
Marcus’ background is extremely interesting; …

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Osca: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 510 views]
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About a month ago, I heard this song “Blood” by London-based band OSCA that I instantly dug.
It’s one of the first songs the band worked on and has lyrical elements about vulnerability in relationships and in life. Musically, rather than a giant crescendo, it fades off.
Lead singer, Jack Kenworthy says, “like in jazz, the song is more like a feeling and it changes the mood …

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Clean Bandit: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,119 views]
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We’ve been playing British band Clean Bandit at KCRW for about a year and now their single “Rather Be” is a bonafide hit – it’s one of the most tagged songs on Shazam in recent history.
The video, which was shot entirely in Tokyo, has now received over 68 million views.  But this is only the beginning of something spectacular.

They granted me their first U.S. interview since I’ve …

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Little Daylight: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,145 views]
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Trio Little Daylight are on a roll.
Matt Lewkowicz and Eric Zeiler met each other as teenagers while stuck in detention at a school in New Jersey. The boys met Nikki Taylor though a friend years later and they instantly became friends and musical partners. Nikki was originally a keyboardist and singing is fairly new in her musical life.
They started doing remixes in 2012 before …

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KCRW’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 5,804 views]
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For the last 7 years, Record Store Day has been celebrated the third Saturday in April.
While digital formats serve their undeniable purpose, it’s the vinyl record that manages to fuse artifact with art.
The vinyl record was invented by Emile Berliner and first marketed in 1889 and is still collected 125 years later.And thus, Record Store Day carves out its niche on every calendar as …

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KCRW DJ Jason Kramer’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 870 views]
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Check out Jason Kramer’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
 1. Keaton Henson – Birthdays (Anti)
2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
3. Grouplove – Spreading Rumors (Atlantic)
4. John Newman – Tribute (Universal/ Island)
5. Rudimental – Home (Atlantic)
6. Tom Odell – Long Way Home (Sony)
7. The Neighborhood – I’m Sorry (Sony)
8. Fink – Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Ninja …

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The Falls: Artist You Should Know

Posted November 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,953 views]
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The government shutdown a few weeks ago impacted a wide range of people, including musicians hoping to tour the U.S.
The Falls, a band from Australia, was scheduled to perform on a tour with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, however the shutdown delayed the visa process.
A quick thinking management crew blasted phone calls to the consulate and eventually found an employee who was sympathetic …

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Rudimental: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,697 views]
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Rudimental is a collaboration between four producers that is taking the UK by storm thanks to electrifying live shows and the star-making guest spots on their debut LP, “Home”, out on Atlantic Records.
Fellow KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez and I got to sit down with Piers, Kesi, Amir and Leon (DJ Locksmith) recently to chat about their origins as a group.
Leon, Kesi and Piers have …

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Kieran Leonard: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 1,712 views]
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(Editor’s Note: Kieran Leonard plays a free show at the Bootleg Bar THIS Sunday, August 4 at 10pm)
A few weeks ago I got a phone call from Rachel Reynolds, KCRW’s Music Publicist and the editor of this very blog. She began by saying “I have this wonderful artist and I’d love to introduce him to you. I want to send you some tracks from his …

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Bands to Watch from KCRW DJ Jason Kramer

Posted February 21, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,511 views]
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It’s been a great ride on Saturday nights for over a year and as I embark on a new time slot on Sundays from midnight to 3am (technically on Monday morning) to make room for this, I wanted to share some of the bands I’m most excited about at the moment.
The show will remain the same with some added nuggets not heard before on …

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