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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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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 — 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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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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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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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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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 …
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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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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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 …