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KCRW’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 4,771 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 | 757 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 | 1,821 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 | 1,493 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 | 1,606 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 | 2,394 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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Youngblood Hawke: Local Band We Love

Posted November 26, 2012 by | 4 Comments | 4,780 views]
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Back in 2009 I heard this great catchy track called “In this City” and immediately I was hooked. Turns out, it was from a band called Iglu and Harley from right here in Los Angeles. I got to see them once at The Roxy in 2010 and, shortly after, they broke up.
I kept in touch with singer Sam Martin and guitarist Simon Katz and …

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Review: Ben Howard at the Troubadour

Posted June 7, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 2,827 views]
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For the last two sold out nights at the Troubadour, UK singer Ben Howard had the audience in musical awe. Born in West London, Ben Howard has this cool singer songwriter vibe that fits perfectly here on the West Coast. Ben is an avid surfer and mentioned to me last night how he took to the waves in Hermosa Beach on this trip.
Last night’s …

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The Neighbourhood: Local Band We Love

Posted May 30, 2012 by | 19 Comments | 22,368 views]
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When I first encountered the video to The Neighbourhood’s super-catchy track “Sweater Weather”, I wondered exactly which neighborhood they might be from.  It turns out they live not that far from KCRW’s studios, a mere 45 minutes away in Thousand Oaks.
This young quintet has sparked something that is making them an instant favorite among all those who hear them, with KCRW DJ Anne Litt …

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 16, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 2,496 views]
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From KCRW DJ Jason Kramer:
About a year ago, I was browsing the web and came across an amazing video called “Atlas Hands”. The singer had a soft and inviting voice and style of writing that grabbed my attention.
Fast forward to today – and a million hits later — UK singer Benjamin Francis Leftwich is packing houses on his new world tour. He signed a …

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