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KCRW DJ Marion Hodges’ Top 10 Albums of 2013

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Check out Marion Hodges’ Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium (ATO)
2. Myron & E – Broadway (Stones Throw)
3. Haiku Salut – Tricolore (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?)
4. The Pastels – Slow Summits (Domino)
5. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon (RCA)
6. Ducktails – The Flower Lane (Domino)
7. Toro Y …

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FYF Fest 2013 Preview: Boys Vs. Girls Edition Part 2

Posted August 21, 2013 by | 3 Comments | 3,462 views]
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For our annual FYF Fest preview post, Mario Cotto tells us the Boys to look out for at the 2-day event happening downtown this weekend, while Marion Hodges let’s us in on the ladies we need to see.
See PART 1 of this post here!
From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
Something something, feminism.
That’s how my intros to this post have tended to go throughout the years, so …

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Nine Songs I Might Not Have Heard Without KCRW by Marion Hodges

Posted February 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,082 views]
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Even though we don’t “pitch” during the late night music shows during pledge drive time, I always try to include some songs that will hopefully remind people why we come to them asking for support.
In the past, I’ve done favorite MBE performances, and/or songs that are big station wide favorites at the time. This year though, I decided to get a little personal and …

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Top 5 LA Albums of 2012 by Marion Hodges

Posted December 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 2,308 views]

When RR approached me to put together a list of my favorite local albums, I was really excited. Then when I began working on it, I was surprised by how much I had to rack my brain to come up with local albums that really made an impact on me.
That’s when I realized that my relationship to local music has changed so much in …

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KCRW Exclusive: Stream GRMLN’s Debut EP

Posted October 15, 2012 by | 5 Comments | 4,674 views]
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GRMLN is the alias of 19-year-old UC Santa Cruz student Yoodoo Park, who splits his time between his university, his native Japan and where he grew up, right here in Southern California.
All three locations feel present in the songs of his debut EP “Explore”.
Melancholic references to beaches, a couple fighting on their wedding day, “Depressions“, and “Summer Nights“, are all delivered with the dreamy …

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KCRW Premiere: New Generationals Song Sale City

Posted October 5, 2012 by | 5 Comments | 3,639 views]
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New Orleans-based duo Generationals really knocked me out with the punchy, Wall of Sound indebted single “When They Fight, They Fight” from their 2009 debut “Con Law”.
Since then, they’ve shown up at least once a year with a new album or EP that manages to shake up their sound just enough to keep things interesting without compromising the excellent knack for song craft that …

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RIP Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control/Elephant 6 Collective)

Posted July 31, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 5,942 views]
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My day was meant to start with a couple of hours of work on my new website, continue with the usual routine of dog walks and errands, then end around 8 P.M. in an entirely unspectacular fashion.
Instead, I’m still sitting in my office, writing this.
I saw first saw the tweet from Stereogum: “Bill Doss of the Olivia Tremor Control Has Passed Away.”
I’m still having …

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From the Wall of Sound to the Wall of Feedback

Posted June 26, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 1,745 views]
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From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
When I realized that the Glen Campbell farewell tour show I’d been so anticipating was falling on the same night as the Part Time Punks Shoegaze Festival I’d been so anticipating, my heart sank.
I spent the better part of an evening agonizing over which to attend until it occurred to me that it was actually kind of perfect that both …

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New White Arrows – Download “I Can Go”

Posted June 12, 2012 by | 12 Comments | 5,527 views]
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LA’s own White Arrows are set to release their very first full length record, “Dry Land is Not a Myth”, on Tuesday July 19.
To tide you over until then, check out a brand new track “I Can Go.” Stream it below

I love the maturity I’m hearing in this newest single; the rocking and bittersweet melody takes the charming psychedelic electro-pop style that White Arrows …

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Julia Holter: Local Artist We Love

Posted June 7, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 4,115 views]
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From KCRW DJ Marion Hodges:
Creating an atmosphere of genuine emotion with little to no sentimentality would seem to be an impossible task. Yet this is exactly what the classically trained, Echo Park-based artist Julia Holter has done with her latest album “Ekstasis”.
Venturing into “Ekstasis” is venturing into an icy sonic landscape, but one that is also populated with great warmth. The parts of herself …

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