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KCRW DJ Valida’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted January 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,101 views]
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Check out Valida’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Rhye  - Woman (Republic)
2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
3. Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare (Downtown)
4. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree / Interscope)
5. Classixx – Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure)
6. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God (ATO)
7. Treetop Flyers – The Mountain Moves (Partisan)
8. Duologue …

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Valida’s “Old Enough To Drink: Folk With a Touch of Rock” Songs of 2013

Posted December 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 1,618 views]
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Valida’s “Old Enough To Drink: Folk With a Touch of Rock” Songs of 2013
1. Night Beds – “Ramona” – Country Sleep (Dead Oceans)

2. Escondido – “Black Roses” – The Ghost Of Escondido (Kill Canyon)
3. Eagles – “One Of These Nights (Righteous Trash ‘Random Access Memories’ Disco Edit) 

4. The Jayhawks – “She Walks In So Many Ways” – Single (Rounder Records)
5. Justine Bennett …

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“Runaway Dreams” Mix by KCRW DJ Valida

Posted December 6, 2012 by | 7 Comments | 3,410 views]
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One of my favorite things about deejaying is coming across songs that sound good when they are played together. Looking back, I think it’s what got me into deejaying in the first place.
The moment I was able to lock the beats of two different songs and make them sound like one –that contained the elements of both– is when I fell in love with …

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A Triple Threat of Sonic Innovators at the Hollywood Bowl THIS Sunday

Posted September 17, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 2,070 views]
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This Sunday, August 23rd get ready for the triple threat sonic innovators as Animal Collective, Flying Lotus and the Huun Huur Tu all make appearances as part of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
I have really been looking forward to this show with much anticipation. Not only is the Hollywood Bowl the perfect venue to hear these three acts but, given the size …

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Husky: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 4, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 5,006 views]
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By KCRW DJ Valida:
Husky’s debut album on Sub Pop Records, “Forever So” was released in July, but I was lucky to get a copy when I visited the label’s offices on my way to Sasquatch Music Festival in early May. My favorite song is ”Animals and Freaks”, a track so intensely beautiful I had to listen to it four times in a row.
Animals …

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Beachwood Sparks: Local Band We Love

Posted June 20, 2012 by | 4 Comments | 2,334 views]

From KCRW DJ Valida:
I was introduced to Beachwood Sparks’ Farmer Dave by a mutual friend via email in November 2010. He thought Dave would be a good addition to my Desert Nights live music series at The Standard Hollywood.
He was right. We had some sound issues and rather than to fiddle with the amps in perpetuity (which is what I’ve seen some acts do), …

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Father John Misty: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 1, 2012 by | 6 Comments | 4,874 views]
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I met Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty in September at the Fleet Foxes Santa Barbara Bowl show. He’d been playing drums for them since 2008 and recently left the band in order to preach the gospel of his solo project full-time.
To be honest, I didn’t know his work outside the band. But we shared a nice good conversation after the show at a …

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SXSW 2012 Wrap by by KCRW DJ Valida

Posted March 23, 2012 by | 6 Comments | 4,830 views]
1. Kimbra

This was my second SXSW and you know that Sade song, “it’s never, as good as the first time….” Well, that definitely does not apply to SX. It was a fantastic experience the second time around and I cannot wait for next year! It’s difficult to extract 5 favorite moments, as there were so many, but, these definitely stand out:

1. Seeing Kimbra live.
I …

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Allah-Las: Local Band We Love

Posted March 14, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 3,669 views]
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It is a comfort to know that I can always rely on my friends Jamie Strong and Nate Nelson, founders of LA’s buzzing new label Innovative Leisure, to champion great music.
These are the same folks who shone the light on some of my favorite finds of 2011 — Hanni El Khatib and Nick Waterhouse — and continuing in the tradition of the ‘new oldies’ …

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Bahamas: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 7, 2012 by | 19 Comments | 7,591 views]
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From DJ Valida:
I have no idea how Bahamas’ album “Barchords” ended up in my inbox.
All I remember is that I was getting ready for my KCRW show a couple of weeks ago – which means sorting through a pile of physical CDs and also a digital folder on my desktop where I literally dump everything that accumulates via emails – and I stumbled across …

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