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Viet Cong: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 202 views]
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Viet Cong formed a couple of years ago, rising from the haunted ashes of the gloriously confounding, and deeply respected Calgary-based rock outfit Women.
Their first proper release happened last year via the Mexican Summer record label. That EP, “Cassette”, was a cleaned up version of a tour only (you guessed it) cassette that quickly began attracting the attention of Women fans, and newbies alike.
Still …

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Mild High Club: Local Artist We Love

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 862 views]
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Like lots of folks in LA, jazz musician Alex Brettin is from “somewhere else.” (Chicago, actually.)
But, one listen to Brettin’s Mild High Club and at first you’ll think he’s just from “way out there” and then you’ll conclude he is undoubtedly puro Los Angeles.
His hazy, sunshine superman sound can only come from having drunk of the waters of the LA River…if not at the very least from having scooped some into his …

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KCRW DJ Valida – “Wild Heart feat. Justine Bennett” (Stevie Nicks Cover)

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,287 views]
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I’ve always loved “Wild Heart” but after I saw this video of Stevie Nicks singing an early version of it backstage while getting her make-up done, my love for the song just grew my leaps and bounds. It’s so pure.
It sincerely gives me chills every time I watch it.

Interestingly enough, it was this video that prompted KCRW DJ Valida to cover the track.
More from …

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KCRW’s Most Played Artists of 2014

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,041 views]
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KCRW’s Most Played Artists of 2014

1) Little Dragon
2) Spoon
3) Jungle
4) Ray LaMontagne
5) Beck

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Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Favorite MBE Performances of 2014

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 6,125 views]
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We hosted 125 performances on Morning Becomes Eclectic this year and the variety of artists was pretty stunning, from the experimental electronics of Daniel Lanois to dueling guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela, the funky jams of Chromeo, and full on rock-out sessions from Ty Segall and Sleepy Sun.
We hosted longtime favorites like Beck, Pixies, David Gray and Roseanne Cash and the live radio debuts of …

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Top Songs of 2014 from Anne Litt

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,870 views]
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My favorites songs of 2014.

Order? The only ones I’m sure of are the Top 5. Otherwise put this sh*t on shuffle. Enjoy!

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Music Director Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 9,922 views]
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1. Ray Lamontagne – “Supernova “
2. The War On Drugs – “Lost In The Dream”
3. Hozier – “Hozier”
4. Spoon – “They Want My Soul”
5. alt-J – “This Is All Yours”

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KCRW Video Premiere: Atmosphere – “Fortunate”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,942 views]
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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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Friday Free For All: Misun + The Drums (Remixed by YACHT)

Posted November 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,994 views]
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Misun – Superstitions
It’s no secret that Misun is one of my favorite bands.
The LA-via-DC group first caught my attention through their consistently great stream of free releases on Soundcloud, each one wildly different from the last, but always super catchy.
This week they released their first full length, “Superstitions“.
It finds Misun gliding between rock, pop, and electronic sounds. Powerhouse lead singer (and group namesake) Misun …

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Pan Caliente – Dia de los Muertos/Halloween Playlist

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,983 views]
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The time for ghosts, ghouls and sexy anything & everything is here.
Ahhh yes… Halloween.
Of the “holidays” or celebrations, Halloween is one of the few, much like Christmas, that actually has a soundtrack.
For me, my playlists are peppered with tons of great music of the macabre.
Oingo Boingo, The Cramps, The Misfits, Rocky Horror cast recordings, and any other eerie sounding bands that inspire the candy …

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