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Top 10 EPs of 2014 by Aaron Byrd

Posted December 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 920 views]

Some of my favorite releases of this year were EPs. So this was even harder to put together than either of my TOP TEN ALBUMS lists.
Nevertheless, these are the 10 best EPs of 2014.
1) Shamir “Northtown EP” (GODMODE)
This EP might be my favorite discovery of 2014. The first couple of tracks are simply fun. Try not to feel good when you put this on…it’s …

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KCRW Premiere: Oceaan Remixed by Young & Sick

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,401 views]
Oceaan Promo for KCRW

Young & Sick aka Nick Van Hofwegen made a big impression on us at SXSW with his electronic soul and now he’s taken on one of our favorite tracks of the moment, “Veritas” by Manchester-via-Brussels producer Oceaan.
He strips back some of the original’s layers of sound for a more simple approach that somehow manages to give the song MORE impact. I love what he’s …

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Shelf Life: Jim Noir, Soft Hearted Scientists, Paul Smith & Peter Brewis

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 870 views]
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Jim Noir – Finnish Line (self release)
Jim has been making music for a decade now & getting new songs from him is always a treat.
His latest album doesn’t travel very far from his previous work, but being able to find ways to make catchy Beatles-esque pop continually sound fresh is truly his superpower.

Soft Hearted Scientists – The Slow Cyclone (The Hip Replacement)
Cardiff, Wales is …

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Eric Copeland: Artist You Should Know

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 894 views]

A tried and true tenured artist throughout DFA’s history, Black Dice has also arguably always been it’s most left-field. A truly one of a kind outfit, they’ve pretty much always done things their way without regard for trends or what is “cool.”
Although they started as an experimental noise project, like early Animal Collective or Tobacco, it was always hard to tell if Black Dice were a noisy dance music outfit tripping …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Mainland NYC, Alice Smith + Dave Sitek, Teammate, Nicole Willis + Bosq

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,648 views]

Mainland NYC – “Leave the Lights On”
I heard this song thanks to a Twitter exchange between KCRW DJ Jason Kramer and Twitter’s Head of Music Bob Moz.
Two minds I trust, so I had to take a listen and it was love at first note!
A driving pop-rock song that grabs you instantly. I’m willing to bet you find yourself singing “leave the lights on” in …

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Friday Free For All: Museum of Love + New Build Remixes + New Interpol

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,734 views]

Museum of Love + New Build Remixes
Museum of Love’s eponymous debut album was one of my favorite albums of 2014.
Next Friday, they will make their LA debut at the Regent Theater as part of a co-headlining tour with New Build (a group lead by Hot Chip members Al Doyle and Felix Martin). If I didn’t have a radio shift that night, I’d totally be …

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Desert Sound Colony: Artist You Should Know

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 848 views]

Back in October, without warning or much accompanying information, Brooklyn-based House label, run by Francis Harris and Anthony Collins, Scissor & Thread released a stunning 4 track EP by Desert Sound Colony.
Moody, downtempo grooves that occupy a new space between chill-out electronica and swirling indie psych rock.
“The Way I Began“ EP is immediately familiar but doesn’t quite sound exactly like anything else. The closest …

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New Hiatus Kaiyote – “By Fire”

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,718 views]

There is a lot of great music out there, but very little of it REALLY stands out as unique and different. Enter Hiatus Kaiyote.
KCRW DJs have been championing the Australian band from the start and when they made their triumphant U.S. live radio debut on our airwaves about a year ago, I realized the possibilities for their soul-jazz-funk mashup were endless.
Frontwoman Nai Palm is …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Thanksgiving Edition

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,282 views]

I’m always thankful for music; how it unites us, inspires us and makes us all feel a little less alone.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are four songs you should hear that are delightful new interpretations (remixes, reworks, covers, etc) of already great songs.
“Seasons (Waiting on You)” — BadBadNotGood Reinterpretation
Future Islands have had an amazing year.
They released the record “Singles” with high hopes and …

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KCRW Video Premiere: Atmosphere – “Fortunate”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,754 views]
Atmosphere Photo 4

Generally speaking, the state of the music industry is in critical condition.
The industry’s award winning “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist” is a blonde Australian girl. Even with people curiously buying vinyl again, album sales are at an all time low.
After 25 years of grinding, Minneapolis’ underground hip-hop kings, Atmosphere have proven against all odds, that survival (and relevance) in (or outside) the game is absolutely possible, if not …

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