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Shamir: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 157 views]
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Shamir (Bailey) is a 19-year-old, wilfully androgynous singer/songwriter/burgeoning dance music producer hailing from North Las Vegas.
Why has the music world not been completely consumed by this guy?
Granted, niche media is perhaps at it’s peak right now, and chances are that whatever weird thing that speaks directly to you will be represented somehow, somewhere (and almost certainly in the form of song). Your options for …

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Ghost Culture: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 275 views]
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Always under the excellent curatorial tutelage of Erol Alkan, UK based record label Phantasy has been around for 7 years but has hit it’s stride in the last 3 years.
Between the rise of wavy space cowboys Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, banging solo work by Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands, and Alkan’s own foray into producing original work…Phantasy is doing the damn thing.
And with the recent announcement of a full length …

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KCRW Music Librarian Picks of the Week: Castanets, twain, Absolutely Free

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 394 views]
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Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free. (Lefse)
Canadian trio Absolutely Free offer up their self-titled debut (well, technically there is a period in the album name).
It’s often tough to make a modern record with extensive electronic elements sound genuinely psychedelic, but they manage quite nicely, touching on just about every kind of music on the spectrum in mind-blowing fashion.

Castanets – Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)
Portland, OR-based artist …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Leon Bridges, Niia, Penguin Prison, Lisa Mitchell

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,184 views]
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Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”
On my first listen to this track, I had to go back and check whether it was brand new or very old.
It taps into some serious Sam Cooke-style soul and I wasn’t sure! I found it via Gorilla vs Bear, where I learned that that it’s from an artist named Leon Bridges, a singer/songwriter from Fort Worth who brought in …

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Artist You Should Know: Museum of Love

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,056 views]
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While James Murphy was the heart, soul, and face of LCD Soundsystem, drummer Pat Mahoney was it’s backbone.
Pounding the skins with metronomic precision for the group’s entire seven year run, Mahoney was the anchor of LCD’s muscular rhythm section.
Three and a half years removed from LCD Soundsystem’s final show at Madison Square Garden (immortalized in the film Shut Up And Play The Hits), Pat …

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KCRW Music Librarian Picks of the Week! Wampires, Ex Hex, S

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 856 views]
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KCRW Music Librarian and DJ Eric J Lawrence shares three albums he added to the KCRW Music Library this week that should be on your radar.
Wampire – Bazaar (Polyvinyl) 
Portland, OR-based indie rockers Wampire live up to their creepy name, with the hint of a gothic flavor haunting their catchy tunes.  Touchstones include the Damned, the Horrors and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (whose Jacob Portrait produced …

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James Bay: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 592 views]
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It was about a year ago when I first heard and met James Bay in Los Angeles. His first EP, “The Dark of The Morning” really drew me to him.
In the song “Move Together”, James sings with a thoughtful, old soul and his lyrics are beautiful. So when you meet him, you are amazed that he is only 24 years old.
With a deepness and …

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Boxed In: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 656 views]
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Boxed In is the brain child of London-­based producer Oli Bayston.
A friend of mine at Nettwerk Records made the mistake of playing some album demos for me earlier this year, and I’ve been overly eager to share these songs with you on KCRW ever since.
Originally I was told the album would come out this month (October), but it’s been pushed back to 2015. So …

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Harriet Brown: Local Artist You Should Know

Posted October 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 732 views]
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Part of the local Feels So Real family of artists, run by LA’s retro-sensual R&B outfit Rare Times, comes enigmatic, talented mulit-instrumentalist Harriet Brown.
Channeling wavy purple synth funk that’ll appeal to anyone vibing on the 90s MTV R&B of artists Toro Y Moi, Blood Orange, Kindness, The Artist Known as Harriet Brown is intending to set off a new era of sensual funk.
Below you’ll find …

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KCRW Song Premiere: Mansions on the Moon – “Truth”

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 916 views]
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It’s been a big year for LA via Virginia Beach band Mansions on the Moon.
The quartet – who have previously collaborated with N*E*R*D, produced for Mac Miller and toured with Wiz Khalifa – have offered up a few well-received dreamy, electro-pop singles in preparation for their full length debut release on October 22 and we’re happy to premiere their latest.
There are echoes of …

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