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Museum of Love Make Exclusive Mix for KCRW

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 642 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 | 1,572 views]
Oceaan Promo for KCRW

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 | 1,131 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 | 3,833 views]
Atmosphere Photo 4

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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The New Basement Tapes; Video and Interview With Anne Litt

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,047 views]
The New Basement Tapes by Paul Moore. (From L to R: Taylor Goldsmith, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Anne Litt, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim James.)

For the uninitiated, The New Basement Tapes are a newly formed, one-off group of artists brought together by the legendary producer T Bone Burnett after he was personally given a box of lyrics written by Bob Dylan.
The lyrics came from a major writing session in 1967 , when Dylan invited some fellow musicians (who later became The Band) to upstate New York for some …

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Waters Debut New Track “Up Up Up” Live on KCRW

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,455 views]
Waters by Brian Lowe

The man behind Waters, Van Pierszalowski, told Jason Bentley he was not shying away from big choruses on their new record, slated for release in Spring.
They have an EP out now, but played a bunch of new tracks during their Morning Becomes Eclectic set this morning, including the radio debut of the ultra catchy “Up Up Up”.

Van said he aimed to make music for …

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KCRW Premiere: Talk in Tongues Remixed by Dungen

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,865 views]
TalkinTongues_PressPhoto

Lots of folks can articulately argue that time is a loop.
Often times, the people who tend to have sorted it out are people deep in the throes of a psychedelic experience. I don’t think I’m one of those people, but…
Take for example this scenario: In actuality it begins over 40 years ago, but let’s start about 15 years ago when Swedish psych-rockers Dungen start mining their country’s INSANE legacy of 70s super fuzzed out, …

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KCRW Exclusive: All 45′s Guest DJ Set from J Rocc!

Posted November 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,039 views]
breaks and beats crop

You ever see those videos of DJs standing around, having a smoke and just hanging?
This might be the end of the era where the DJ had to match beats based on feeling, rhythm and foot taps. I see it weekly sometimes. And there is nothing wrong with it. You adapt or you fade.
But DJs like J Rocc are of a different cloth.
Constantly moving and …

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KCRW Song Premiere: Mansions on the Moon – “Truth”

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,173 views]
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It’s been a big year for LA via Virginia Beach band Mansions on the Moon.
The quartet – who have previously collaborated with N*E*R*D, produced for Mac Miller and toured with Wiz Khalifa – have offered up a few well-received dreamy, electro-pop singles in preparation for their full length debut release on October 22 and we’re happy to premiere their latest.
There are echoes of …

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KCRW Exclusive: Lily and Madeleine Cover Alex Turner’s “Stuck on the Puzzle”

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,938 views]
Photo by Julien Bourgeois

When Lily and Madeleine made their MBE debut earlier this summer, they played a new song to get us excited for their forthcoming album.
“Hold Onto Now” was one of the highlights of that session and is one of the best tracks on “Fumes”.
And to celebrate the album — out October 28 on Asthmatic Kitty Records – we’ve got a special premiere: The lovely sisters …

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