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KCRW Exclusive: Dawn Landes’ “Home” Video

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,055 views]
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Dawn Landes is touring with Bryan Ferry and if his vote of confidence is not enough, I’m here to tell you that her album “Bluebird” is one of my favorite albums this year.
They’re touring through the West Coast soon, with an LA date on April 15th at Club Nokia, and we’ve snagged the premiere of the video for “Home” as a treat for our …

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KCRW Exclusive: Spanish Gold Covers The Ghetto Brothers’ “There is Something in My Heart”

Posted April 7, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,940 views]

Spanish Gold is a trio made up of drummer Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), guitarist Adrian Quesada (formerly of Grupo Fantasma) and guitarist and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (City and Colour, formerly of Hacienda).
Their debut record “South of Nowhere” will be out in late May and we’ve been spinning the single “Out on the Street”, but I’m flipping out for a cover they’ll be releasing on …

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The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne is Our Guest DJ

Posted March 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 938 views]
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It seems hard to believe but Henry Rollins and Buzz Osborne, frontman for the Melvins, have never met before — until last night, in KCRW’s Master Control, where Henry confidently handed over the reins for the entire two hours.
Their combined music knowledge was incredible and hearing them bounce off one another with stories and information was really something special.
Buzz described his tastes as “musically …

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KCRW Exclusive: DJ Anthony Valadez Premieres the Video for “Searching For” Feat. Miles Bonny

Posted March 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,151 views]
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Editor’s Note: LA label Plug Research will be releasing the latest full length from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, called “In Search Of”, on March 18. He gives us a sneak peek behind the making of the video for the track “Searching For” featuring Miles Bonny.
From Anthony:
This song captures exactly where I find myself at this point in my life.
Miles Bonny is an artist I …

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Nick Waterhouse Covers The Seeds’ “Pushin’ Too Hard”

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,193 views]

The Seeds‘ single “Pushin’ Too Hard“ was released in 1965 and although it didn’t see any time in the Billboard charts right away, it climbed to number 35 when it was re-released later that year.
I guess you could say “Pushin’ Too Hard” was a euphemism about timing.
The Seeds were Southern California through and through, ushering a new era of psych-rock and experimenting with sounds …

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KCRW Premiere: Ana Tijoux’s “Los Peces Gordos No Pueden Volar”

Posted March 6, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 3,568 views]
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Santiago-based MC Ana Tijoux has heart.
Since hearing her on mixtapes and demos, when I first admired her sexy rasp and slick intellectual rhymes in spanish and french, I could only make out a few words but felt she was coming from a deeper place – a deeply rooted place.
Similar feelings were evoked by Lauryn Hill during the golden era of North American hip hop …

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KCRW Exclusive: Michael Kiwanuka’s “It Always Comes Back Around” from House of Lies Season 3 Finale

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,445 views]

Rarely have I seen an artist grow in stature at KCRW faster than Michael Kiwanuka.
After only a couple of EPs releases, Michael was handpicked by Adele to open her US dates in 2011, that were subsequently cancelled due to her vocal chord issues.
Eventually, Michael made his way to the US in December of that year and made his U.S. radio performance debut at KCRW, …

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KCRW Premiere: Vince Clarke Remixes Polly Scattergood’s “Subsequently Lost”

Posted February 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,987 views]

Sometimes I feel that UK songstress Polly Scattergood gets a raw deal.
She doesn’t get as much press as St. Vincent, she doesn’t have as many Grammy Awards as La Roux, and she hasn’t built up as revered a body of work as Kate Bush – yet!
But to my ears her songs are like a tasteful blend of these artists, and clearly I’m not alone, …

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Robyn Hitchcock

Posted February 14, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,585 views]
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When Robyn Hitchcock appeared on Morning Becomes Eclectic last year, I made a mental note to ask him to make a Valentine’s Day playlist for us. He’s so witty, I  couldn’t wait to hear his take on the big four-letter word – LOVE.
When he sent the playlist, I asked him to expand on his thoughts, so he sent a poem as well. Enjoy …

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Spike Jonze, Karen O and KK Barrett Play “The Moon Song” Live on KCRW

Posted February 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,957 views]
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The story behind the movie “Her” is really a story of a group of passionate, talented people making something beautiful together.  And that’s how it feels when you watch it.
The exploration of relationships and our “need for intimacy” was written and directed by Spike Jonze, who brought longtime collaborators like production designer KK Barrett and songwriter Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) to flesh out …

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