Best New Music
Local producer and studio wizard Josh Marcy is a righteous dude.
An unassuming and generally beatific kind of dude, you’d have to twist his arm to get him to tell you about being DJ Harvey’s engineer.
But that’s seemingly not his trip anyways, for a true head like Marcy, the trip is the trip.
And that literally and figuratively has resulted in the release of one of the most unique world …
Kindness – “World Restart (Ft. Kelela & Ade)”
At every music festival I go to, my favorite set of the day is ALWAYS a band I’ve never seen before. I see a lot of music so an unexpected surprise is always the most impactful and welcome. This weekend at FYF Fest, that band was Kindness.
WOW. They were great.
Kindness is 32-year-old Adam Bainbridge, who performs with …
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Always a fragile and tenuous experiment, bands are an intimate relationship with all the ups and downs of a romantic relationship but multiplied exponentially and generally without the tension relieving outlet catalyst of sex to help weather the rough patches.
Consequently, when a band breaks up, there’s rarely any one thing that can members of the band can point (or are willing to share) as …
Fade To Mind Edits
The Fade To Mind crew, whose members hail mostly from Los Angeles, have been responsible for some of the most forward-thinking music of the past few years.
From Kingdom’s Vertical XL EP to Kelela’s Cut 4 Me mixtape to Nguzunguzu’s Skycell release, Fade To Mind has consistently demonstrated a knack for making cutting edge music that always defies traditional pigeonholing.
This past week …
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In the short six or so years Ty Segall has been releasing music under his own name (not to mention the couple of years previous in the band Epsilons), he has been prolific enough to establish himself as a brand name.
And not merely a brand denoting a specific type of music, as his records all flirt around subtle but distinct garage rock varieties, from …
One morning I was going through my iTunes and I got a message from Peanut Butter Wolf, founder and honcho over at Stones Throw, with an mp3 from a band that he was excited about.
It was the perfect song that I needed to hear at that moment.
It was the ultimate break up song complete with a haunting organ, wah wah guitar and strings with …
Deers – “Bamboo”
The first time I heard Jason give this track a spin on MBE, the back and forth of the two female vocalists instantly caught my ear.
It’s lo-fi surf rock that is bursting with attitude from this duo out of Madrid (Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials).
They released this track under the title DEMO on their Bandcamp page and described the circumstances behind …
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If White Fence’s Tim Presley sleeps, it must be upon a bed of white polar bear fur floating on a cloud of pink smoke high above an animated George Dunning landscape.
But I doubt he does, as in the last 4 years, his White Fence project has released 6 studio albums, 2 live albums and a collaborative album with garage rock genius Ty Segall.
In approximately half …
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Laura Mvula with the Metropole Orkest – “Make Me Lovely”
Soul chanteuse Laura Mvula burst onto the scene last year with her debut album, “Sing To The Moon”, an album of prodigious grandeur that felt both timeless and out of time.
So how will Ms. Mvula top the epic epicness that was “Sing To The Moon”?
BY MAKING IT EVEN MORE EPIC!
Laura Mvula has re-recorded all …
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Brazilian-born, Paris-based musician Dom La Nena made her U.S. radio debut on KCRW and we were all big fans of her album “Ela”.
When asked to remix a song, KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole said he would only do it if he could use “Batuque”. It’s totally unlike any of her other songs, favoring a Brazilian groove with ritualistic drums and chanting over her normal singer-songwriter …