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KCRW Premiere: Oil Boom – “Röckenröül” Video

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,062 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 | 1,734 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 | 2,037 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 | 2,111 views]
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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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Drunken Prayer – “Satin Sheets” Video Premiere

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,033 views]
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I traveled to Portland, Oregon a couple of time over the holiday season, which is always a fun trip.
The city seems to me to comfortably combine the best elements of the Midwest (friendliness, lack of pretension) and the Pacific coast (sophistication, supportive of the arts).
So it is no surprise that many independent-minded artists, such as Stephen Malkmus, Elliott Smith, James Mercer of the Shins, …

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Premiere: Bells Atlas Cover Future Islands’ “Little Dreamer”

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,794 views]
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A phenomenal Future Islands remix was unleashed at the end of 2014 by BadBadNotGood and now Oakland’s Bells Atlas is taking on a track from their 2008 album” Wave Like Home”.
The Baltimore band’s slow synthy album ender is given a fresh take thanks to the sweet vocals of singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu.
They speed it up into a multi-layered pop tune with stop-start drum punctuations and …

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Museum of Love Make Exclusive Mix for KCRW

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,002 views]
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Museum of Love — the duo consisting of Pat Mahoney (drummer for LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (a.k.a. Jee Day) — made one of my favorite albums of 2014.
So, needless to say, I was very excited when they sent me a DJ mix they made to play on my show last night.
It’s an engrossing mix highlighting their love of house music, featuring modern classics …

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KCRW Premiere: Oceaan Remixed by Young & Sick

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,737 views]
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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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KCRW Rewind — Barry White & DJ Tom Schnabel

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,577 views]
Tom Schnabel and Barry White by Steve Laufer

In late 1991, I interviewed the great love doctor Barry White.  The a/c had broken down and the temperature in master control was about 95 degrees. Barry’s vanilla-scented jheri-curl suffused the air.
He said his car was parked illegally outside, so I sent my production assistant out to move it.
What kind of car would Barry drive?  Cadillac? Rolls?  Lincoln Continental?
No, he drove a Stutz.  A …

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KCRW Video Premiere: Atmosphere – “Fortunate”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,898 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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