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KCRW Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 370 views]
Don Was

Blue Note Records was founded back in 1939 and went on to become one of the greatest labels of jazz.
Rhythm Planet host Tom Schnabel shares the fascinating history of the label in one of his recent blog posts. He attributes Blue Note’s greatness to their championing of lesser-known players who were coming up on their own as jazz titans — Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard …

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is Our Guest DJ

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 340 views]

Like many people, I grew up watching Bill Nye, The Science Guy.
When he walked into KCRW’s basement studios wearing his signature bow-tie and cracking jokes, I was pleased to find out his “on air persona” is very much who he is in real life.
From explaining evolution with Emojis to how music impacts us (scientifically speaking, it’s similar to the high from drugs and gambling), …

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KCRW Premiere: Oceaan Remixed by Young & Sick

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,333 views]
Oceaan Promo for KCRW

Young & Sick aka Nick Van Hofwegen made a big impression on us at SXSW with his electronic soul and now he’s taken on one of our favorite tracks of the moment, “Veritas” by Manchester-via-Brussels producer Oceaan.
He strips back some of the original’s layers of sound for a more simple approach that somehow manages to give the song MORE impact. I love what he’s …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Mainland NYC, Alice Smith + Dave Sitek, Teammate, Nicole Willis + Bosq

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,588 views]

Mainland NYC – “Leave the Lights On”
I heard this song thanks to a Twitter exchange between KCRW DJ Jason Kramer and Twitter’s Head of Music Bob Moz.
Two minds I trust, so I had to take a listen and it was love at first note!
A driving pop-rock song that grabs you instantly. I’m willing to bet you find yourself singing “leave the lights on” in …

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RR’s Top 10 of 2014

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,156 views]

As the editor of this Music Blog and as the staff member who forced all the DJs to choose their favorite records of the year (which is pretty much the hardest thing they do all year), I force myself to do it as well.
My picks are always the albums I genuinely listened to the most. When I need some musical accompaniment in my life, …

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KCRW DJ’s Top Ranked Albums of 2014

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 5 Comments | 2,083 views]

We posted all of our DJ’s Top 10 Albums of 2014, but here is a quick rundown of the top ranked albums according to KCRW’s talented tastemakers.
After years of staying under the radar while releasing a series of excellent remixes and solid singles, Norwegian producer Todd Terje finally gave us a full length. Obviously it was worth the wait, as it made it on …

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RIP Ian McLagan

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,461 views]
ian smiles

I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Ian McLagan, keyboardist and founding member of the Small Faces, which evolved into supergroup The Faces, featuring fellow music luminaries Jeff Beck, Ronnie Lane, Ron Wood and frontman Rod Stewart.
With keys that cut straight to the heart, Ian McLagan is the entry point on one of my favorite songs, “Glad and Sorry”.

The Faces were a …

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RIP Bobby Keys

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 862 views]
Bobby Keys

If you’ve read Keith Richards’ biography “Life” (and if you haven’t, you should) you know what a major role Bobby Keys played in the band, especially on “Exile on Main Street”.
Recorded in the South of France (after the Rolling Stones fled the UK due to tax issues) in 1971, the double album is my all-time favorite record. It covers just about every genre imaginable …

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New Hiatus Kaiyote – “By Fire”

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,697 views]

There is a lot of great music out there, but very little of it REALLY stands out as unique and different. Enter Hiatus Kaiyote.
KCRW DJs have been championing the Australian band from the start and when they made their triumphant U.S. live radio debut on our airwaves about a year ago, I realized the possibilities for their soul-jazz-funk mashup were endless.
Frontwoman Nai Palm is …

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Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Daniel Lanois and More on KCRW This Week

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 775 views]

Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, December 2, Married banjo wizards Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform songs from their first album together on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Thursday, December 4, Iconic producer Daniel Lanois has an extraordinary musical palette, having worked with everyone from Brian Eno to U2. He unleashes his own sound in his solo work which …

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