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If you ever happen to catch my show on Saturday nights, you’re probably aware of my long-standing admiration for legendary UK DJ, half of ….Wizard’s Sleeve and Phantasy label boss Erol Alkan.
His influence on my ears is undeniable.
His penchant for looking for (and finding) the place where dreamy psychedelia and dark teeth grinding bangers meet is a next level gift and something I can only keep aspiring to do.
LA’s Fitz and the Tantrums seem unstoppable right now. Their songs are ubiquitous on pop radio and they’re in the midst of a national tour that lands at the ACL Music Festival the next two weekends.
To honor the occasion, we asked the band to offer up a song from an artist they love as part of KCRW’s Fandom series.
From Noelle Scaggs -
Early this year, KCRW DJ Raul Campos started spinning this band from Philadelphia called Cheerleader.
As their name might suggest, their tunes are straight up power pop.
I was really taken by the song “New Daze” and made a mental note to keep an eye on them.
Well, the quintet is back with a new track and it’s fantastic. It’s called “On Your Side” and I’ve been …
Motopony – “Get Down”
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from our Seattle friends Motopony but it was totally worth the wait considering the excellence of their track “Get Down”.
If you need a little Monday motivation, this propulsive track should help.
The song is on a 5-song EP called “Idle Beauty”, released earlier this month.
Wet – “Dreams”
“Some days just aren’t good for anything at all”
I hear …
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Tuesday, September 30, Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini is a household name across the pond. His excellent third album is a diverse collection of songs, including some bittersweet ballads. We’ll hear it live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Wednesday, October 1, The legendary leader of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde performs work from her first solo …
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Ty Segall – “Manipulator”
Manipulator is the seventh studio album by the American rock musician.
Goddess is the debut studio album from the American singer songwriter.
Ryan Adams is the 14th studio album from the singer-songwriter.
Twice is the 2nd studio album from the British.
Redinho is the first studio album from the producer, songwriter and vocalist.
Jungle is the July 2014 release from the British duo.
A number of years back, on the strength of some really strong, super wonky graphic design I picked up a 12″ by Lauer called “H.R. Boss“.
A chuggy, lush slice of beachy sunrise House, it turned out to be a set fixture for awhile.
Fascinated with all things Lauer, I started following the German artists output…Lauer, Hotel Lauer, Tuff City Kids (his project with Running Back label boss …
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TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) was one of KCRW’s most played artists of 2013 based on two excellent singles (“Go With It” and “Foolish”) and just released a new mini-album on her own Young Art Records earlier this week.
You can stream the full album below, including our current fave “Drive (Feat. Arama)” which is getting steady spins both on MBE and Metropolis.
For me, TOKiMONSTA’s music …
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LA band Cherry Glazerr have had a big year. The band had a well-received debut released by the current kings of DIY power pop and garage rock Burger Records and haven’t stopped since.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that two of the members aren’t even old enough to vote yet.
As KCRW fans may guess, their name was inspired by our own news host Chery Glaser and …
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(Local Natives have been an hugely important part of the LA music scene over the last few years. They’re hard at work on their 3rd album and will headline the first night of the Way Over Yonder festival THIS Friday at the Santa Monica Pier.)
From vocalist/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer:
“Damon Albarn is one of those people who makes you feel that, as hard as you’re working, …