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Erol Alkan’s Rework of Manic Street Preachers

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 433 views]

Baroque Welsh glampoppers Manic Street Preachers are one of the most resilient acts to come out of the 90′s.
Perpetual miserablists with unrelentingly bleak lyrics, album art and gnarly history, the Manics make Radiohead’s navel gazing discography seem almost poppy.
In the service of authenticity, their somewhat damaged guitarist (and lyricist) Richey Edwards carved  “4REAL” into his arm with a razor in the middle of an NME interview with Steve Lamacq.
In …

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Psychedelic Bubblegum

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 973 views]

Even at it’s most mindblowingly bubblegummy and catchy, American pop tends to rely heavily on the notion of transgressively overt sexuality. Although admittedly, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani have indelible pop earworms, their singles and videos are always unquestionably married to imagery that is designed to titillate as if there weren’t potentially other means of getting one’s attention.
Thank you Japan …

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Prins Thomas III: The Return of the Prins

Posted July 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,040 views]

I’m not a fan of fantasy as a genre, per se. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example, is a crushing bore. Why anyone would want to watch 9 hours of tracking shots of people walking over snowy peaks is beyond me. But I suppose the take away is that these movies are about the journey, not the destination.
On the cover of his latest …

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Who is Waldemar Schwartz?

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,574 views]

Last week in San Francisco I came across this funny looking new 12″ with art that looked like it was by Philly/NY graffiti legend ESPO Steve Powers.
Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a brand new release on the always flawless Golf Channel label.
Waldemar Schwartz in balloony/sausage letters and 2 wonky track names “La Taza de Oro” and “Krav Maga Girls” with a …

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Light in the Attic’s Latest Discovery: Lewis

Posted June 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 727 views]

Years back LA’s extraordinary crate digging label Light in the Attic released the first legitimate reisssue of Rodriguez’s undeniably excellent “Cold Fact”.
The strange and captivating narrative of that album and it’s seemingly lost/dead creator turned into the heartbeat of one of the best, most moving music documentaries ever made, the Oscar award winning Searching for Sugar Man.
In what now seems a modus operandi for …

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The Story of International Feel – Stream this Mix!

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,037 views]

In celebration of his own “Sketches from an Island” LP release, International Feel label boss Mark Barrott has shared with KCRW an exquisite mix that digs into the bona fide  label’s rich, sunburned discography.
This label is based on The White Island of Ibiza, the fertile crescent of rave and Balearica.  It has been blessed by the Godfather of Balearica, Jose Padilla, who has stated …

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Can’t Do Without Caribou

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 778 views]

For the last few years Caribou’s Dan Snaith has been heavily invested in his more overtly dance music oriented project Daphni and label Jiaolong.
Jiaolong and his Daphni project have been a means for Snaith to experiment with sounds that build on the charming melodic quality of Caribou taken (and bent and stretched) to it’s extreme.
Jiaolong and Daphni have also created a platform for other artists to explore that in …

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Jose Padilla: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,345 views]

Before “Ibiza,” “Balearic,” “Chill-out,” and before even “DJ” meant anything even remotely representative of what they mean now, a young Spaniard named Jose Padilla gained a reputation on the White Island for playing eclectic, relaxed sets long after the sun had gone down, sometimes even as the sun was rising.
In the process, he created the template for music for revelers in need of cool, pleasant …

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Tom Vek’s Indelible Return to Form

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 867 views]

Back in 2005, baby faced poppy dance-punk dude Tom Vek dropped one of the most infectious and undeniably groovy albums of the genre and decade.
“We Have Sound “remains one of the strongest debut albums I’ve ever heard.
Like it was yesterday, I remember him taking the Troubadour stage behind a drum kit and absolutely melting faces with shimmering, jagged nu-New Wavey dance jam after jam.
There …

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Gui Boratto: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 865 views]

Back in 2007, Brazilian producer Gui Boratto released a veritable KCRW favorite LP called “Chromophobia“ that featured an absolutely, indelible single called, “Beautiful Life“.
Occupying a blissful space between Techno and House, “Beautiful Life” was (and is) one of those extraordinary tracks that are so emotive you remember where you were the first time you heard it.
In early 2007, I was KCRW Music Director Jason …

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