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Andy Shauf Premieres New Song Live on KCRW: “Magician”

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 975 views]
Andy in the middle! Next to DJ Eric J Lawrence, who is in blue

Andy Shauf is an artist that a lot of KCRW DJs are excited about. With comparisons to Elliott Smith, his music saddles up nicely next to Nick Drake in a radio set.
DJ Eric J Lawrence recently hosted a live session with the Canadian artist, saying he “comes from that tradition of certain singer/songwriters who don’t rely on theatrics to convey their point in their …

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Your 33 Black Angels: Artist You Should Know (Song Premiere)

Posted April 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,166 views]

Bands like to be mysterious these days.
Like “we don’t have a bio” kind of mysterious.
Your 33 Black Angels are kind of like that.
They’ve been around for a while – I still break out their 2008 album, “Tales of My Pop-Rock Love Life“, every so often.
They are based out of Brooklyn and are non-infrequent performers at East Coast venues.
Their line-up seems fluid.
They play a fairly …

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KCRW Exclusive: Nick Monaco Remixed by Jeremy Sole: “She Got That Fire”

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,562 views]
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Lipstick-wearing Bay Area producer Nick Monaco lives by the philosophy “the weirder, the funkier, the better.”
He immersed himself in turntablism as a high schooler. Now in his early 20’s, he’s released music on three respected electronic imprints — DirtyBird, Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap Records.
His debut album “Mating Call”, released last year, was aimed at getting everyone to fearlessly – and freakily — …

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Day Wave: Artist You Should Know (Song Premiere)

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,901 views]
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Jackson Phillips is one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel, but like many talented musical types, he’s got other irons in the fire.
His new solo project, Day Wave, has been, ahem, making waves on the internet with a handful of tracks that have excited much of the taste-making community with their easy-going, uber-catchy vibe.
We’re excited to premiere Day Wave’s latest offering: a sun-drenched, …

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KCRW Rewind — David Byrne & Host Tom Schnabel

Posted April 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,018 views]
Tom and David Byrne

The first time David Byrne came to MBE in the early 1980s, he wasn’t very talkative.
I think it was around the time the “Knee Plays“ album came out in 1985, an album Byrne composed for Robert Wilson’s opera the CIVIL warS.
He seemed diffident and awkward, and the sentences he uttered didn’t come out very smoothly.
It wasn’t easy. Maybe part of the reason was that …

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KCRW Exclusive: Dan Deacon – “When I Was Done Dying”

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,722 views]

Dan Deacon saved something special for his debut performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, the live premiere of “When I Was Done Dying”, a standout from his most recent record “Gliss Riffer”.

It’s safe to say the album (which is excellent) is his most accessible material yet.
I’ve always thought of the Baltimore producer as a mad genius wizard and everything he said in his interview with …

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KCRW Premiere: Oil Boom – “Röckenröül” Video

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,186 views]
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From KCRW DJ Anne Litt
I met Oil Boom in one of those happy SXSW accidents – I hear music I like, I wander into a bar on 6th Street and boom!
It’s gritty, bluesy, tight, and fun. They pay homage to the cassette, and in the spirit of this video, it’s Roukenroul (with umlauts)!!
They don’t take themselves too seriously – one of my favorite traits …

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KCRW Exclusive: Milo Greene — “Lonely Eyes” (Valida Remix)

Posted February 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,419 views]
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There is something about the title of this Milo Greene’s song that immediately caught my attention – “Lonely Eyes“.
It’s on their new album, “Control“, which came out at the end of last month.
I am a sucker for anything that sends “messy love” signals and this one had “messy” written all over it…
I fell for it at first listen.
The instrumentation is really gorgeous right from …

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Courtney Barnett and KCRW!

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 3,040 views]
Courtney Barnett by Mia Mala Mcdonald

It’s no exaggeration to say Australian singer Courtney Barnett is one of the most exciting artists making music right now.
Her clever free-flowing, stream of consciousness lyrics bring to mind the wordy genius of 60’s era Bob Dylan.  And it’s all delivered in her deadpan style, a dry reportage of the world around her.
She’s an incredibly witty observer of life and when it came time to …

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Adna: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,854 views]

It is no secret that I have a soft spot for contemporary Scandinavian music.
If you happen to tune into KCRW on any Sunday morning when I host The Lab, you will be treated to at least one, but more likely several Nordic acts.
I am equally enamored with First Aid Kit’s tender folk lullabies as I am with Todd Terje’s iconic dusty disco tracks…or Lykke …

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