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Osca: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 250 views]
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About a month ago, I heard this song “Blood” by London-based band OSCA that I instantly dug.
It’s one of the first songs the band worked on and has lyrical elements about vulnerability in relationships and in life. Musically, rather than a giant crescendo, it fades off.
Lead singer, Jack Kenworthy says, “like in jazz, the song is more like a feeling and it changes the mood …

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The Acid: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,444 views]
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Sometimes the internet really works.
I met artist Steve Nalepa through Twitter. He sent me some music that I loved and I began to play it on the radio. A month or so ago, he sent me his new project, The Acid.
The first song I heard, which you can hear below, is “Fame.”
What I heard is a baseline of electronics, with sweet melodies performed with …

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Landlady: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,328 views]
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Landlady is the latest venture from Adam Schatz, who has been involved in so many musical projects it makes the head spin (member of Man Man, co-producer of Winter Jazzfest, session saxophonist for Vampire Weekend, etc.)
But as Landlady, he and his four Brooklyn bandmates churn out quirky rock tunes that satisfy one of my basic tenants of Great Songs: they rarely end up in …

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Who is Waldemar Schwartz?

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,078 views]
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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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Ryn Weaver: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,040 views]
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As I write this, Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate” has been out on Soundcloud for less than 24 hours and has already amassed 80,000 plays. This is the internet version of overnight stardom.

Having never heard Ryn Weaver’s name 24 hours ago, it would be easy to brush this all off as hype for the sake of hype, but as I listen to “OctaHate” for the fifth …

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Clean Bandit: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,108 views]
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We’ve been playing British band Clean Bandit at KCRW for about a year and now their single “Rather Be” is a bonafide hit – it’s one of the most tagged songs on Shazam in recent history.
The video, which was shot entirely in Tokyo, has now received over 68 million views.  But this is only the beginning of something spectacular.

They granted me their first U.S. interview since I’ve …

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Jose Padilla: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,339 views]
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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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Blackbird Blackbird: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,249 views]
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I’m always on the lookout for an album like this — one that can easily exist as background music, but can also command my full attention.
I’m a big multi-tasker and sometimes I need an album that isn’t intrusive but sets a mood. Blackbird Blackbird’s “Tangerine Sky” is that kind of album.
And fans of dreamy chillwave synth pop ala Washed Out – or even fellow …

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Benjamin Booker: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,179 views]
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His debut single is a searing rock track, he’s heading out on tour with Jack White in July, AND playing the Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza this summer. Things are looking good for Benjamin Booker.
The 22-year-old singer from New Orleans has a full-length album set for release later this year.
His single “Violent Shiver” doesn’t sound like anything else on the KCRW airwaves right now …

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Little Daylight: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,125 views]
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Trio Little Daylight are on a roll.
Matt Lewkowicz and Eric Zeiler met each other as teenagers while stuck in detention at a school in New Jersey. The boys met Nikki Taylor though a friend years later and they instantly became friends and musical partners. Nikki was originally a keyboardist and singing is fairly new in her musical life.
They started doing remixes in 2012 before …

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