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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Spoon, White Fence, White Arrows, Sea Wolf

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 347 views]
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I’m dubbing this post the “Twitter Inspiration Version” of my regular column. I also noticed at the end that all of these bands of local! (Word is that Spoon’s Britt Daniel moved here a few years ago)
So here it goes…
White Fence – “Like That” + White Arrows – “I Want a Taste”
A few weeks ago, I approached the Twitter-verse for help clearing up …

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Osca: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 435 views]

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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Erol Alkan’s Rework of Manic Street Preachers

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 376 views]

Baroque Welsh glampoppers Manic Street Preachers are one of the most resilient acts to come out of the 90′s.
Perpetual miserablists with unrelentingly bleak lyrics, album art and gnarly history, the Manics make Radiohead’s navel gazing discography seem almost poppy.
In the service of authenticity, their somewhat damaged guitarist (and lyricist) Richey Edwards carved  “4REAL” into his arm with a razor in the middle of an NME interview with Steve Lamacq.
In …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Bahamas, Alvvays, Hollie Cook, The New Pornographers

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,072 views]

Bahamas – “Stronger Than That”
I’ll be honest. It took me a couple listens to get into the new Bahamas album.
But once I did, I fell for it hard. There’s always something more rewarding about those albums that require a closer listen, a bit more attention and focus to make their full impact. In 2014, focus is ever harder to come by so the reward …

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The Acid: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,512 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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Friday Free For All: LA Pool Party Edition

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,154 views]

Regional Garland – “Chillin’ Out” (Poolside Edit)
One of the most striking aspects of Poolside’s debut album, “Pacific Standard Time”, was how fully formed their whole “poolside” ethos was right from the start.
Everything fit a very specific vibe – from the name, their laid back sound, and even down to where they recorded the album (in a studio next to a pool, natch).
“Chillin’ Out” isn’t …

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Perfect Summer Song: “Paradise Waiting” by Vacationer

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,332 views]

I always love a track that can mentally transport me to vacation mode – particularly a tropical beach, with a fruity beverage in hand, all my anxieties melting into an endless glistening ocean with the sun shining and sand between my toes.
“Paradise Waiting” by Vacationer does that and it is emerging as my favorite summer jam.
It just FEELS like summer when you hear it …

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LAMC Preview: AJ Davila

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,054 views]

 Editor’s Note: The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is July 8-12 and Pan Caliente blogger Jose Galvan previews some of the most exciting artists playing this year.
AJ Davila– Playing LAMC on July 11 at SOB’s acoustic showcase in NYC
For Fans of: Savages, Hanni El Khatib, Rey Pila
When Puerto Rican garage rockers Davila 666 burst onto the music scene, my head nearly exploded.

It was …

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Best Albums of 2014 (So Far) by Anne Litt

Posted July 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,757 views]

Editor’s Note: If you have time over the holiday weekend to catch up on some jams, here is where you should start!
These are in no particular order. 

Curtis Harding – “Soul Power”
The first time I heard the funky soul of “Keep On Shining” my eyes and ears widened. As I dug deeper into the “Soul Power”, the sounds of rock, surf and psychedelics …

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Prins Thomas III: The Return of the Prins

Posted July 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,037 views]

I’m not a fan of fantasy as a genre, per se. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example, is a crushing bore. Why anyone would want to watch 9 hours of tracking shots of people walking over snowy peaks is beyond me. But I suppose the take away is that these movies are about the journey, not the destination.
On the cover of his latest …

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