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Friday Free For All: La.Ga.Sta Comp + D.R.A.M. Epic Summer Mixtape

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 245 views]
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Various Artists – La.Ga.Sta Late Summer Compilation, Vol. 4
Sneaking in just days before the Autumnal Equinox, the La.Ga.Sta music blog has just released the fourth installment of its yearly Late Summer Compilation series, showcasing unreleased and overlooked tracks from some of the most exciting acts in electronic music and nu disco.
This year’s compilation is the best yet and I cannot recommend it enough.
Los Angeles …

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Beaty Heart: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 272 views]
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Many KCRW fans are gearing up to see buzz-worthy UK future-funk group Jungle at the Fonda this Friday, as well they should. But I also recommend getting there a little early, as fellow countrymen Beaty Heart make an appearance on these shores as the opening act for the show.
Fresh from the summertime festival circuit, including the acclaimed Bestival on the Isle of Wight, the …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Sondre Lerche, Christian Gregory, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Barr Brothers

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 444 views]
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The Barr Brothers – “Love Ain’t Enough”
This one is a doozy – it’s so beautifully dreamy.
The song is so good I don’t want to write too much but, man, that falsetto right before the chorus really just cuts through.
Proving once again that love is the best songwriting topic of all time.

The Montreal-based band (which we first wrote about back in 2011!) recorded some of …

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The Afghan Whigs Cover the Police “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,015 views]
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It’s not surprising that when the Afghan Whigs take on the Police, the results are sexy and a little dangerous.
They played their version of the 1981 hit “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” during their Morning Becomes Eclectic session and it was everything a cover should be –a really inspired interpretation with a dark twist that is pure Afghan Whigs.
I’ve seen versions of …

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 427 views]
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I may be a little late to the game as I’m just discovering Hiss Golden Messenger on their 5th album, “The Lateness of Dancers”, out now on Merge Records. It’s the band’s first record for the famed label and I fell fast and hard on my first listen.
The fact that I warmed to it so quickly doesn’t surprise me since it features Phil and …

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New Music From Warp Favorite Clark: “Unfurla”

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 441 views]
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Christopher Clark is a long time personal favorite of mine.
His releases all occupy a perfectly comfortable space on the shelf with any and all of Warp Records’ finest.
Clark splits the difference between all of the labels’ elder statesmen and has carved out his very own style. The stark, clean productionof  Autechre, chaotic, polyphonic atmospherics of Aphex, soulful, moody introspection of Boards of Canada, Plaid’s pretty playfulness.
Clark does …

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Friday Free For All: Action Bronson Remixed and The Derevolutions

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 544 views]
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Action Bronson – “Easy Rider” (Thee Mike B Remix)
Action Bronson‘s psychedelic hip hop monster “Easy Rider” is one of my favorite singles of 2014 has been a staple of my playlists for the past couple of weeks.
Produced by New York duo and frequent Bronson collaborators, Party Supplies, the track packs a heavy lysergic punch, built off of a sample by an obscure Turkish track …

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Ariel Pink Plays Hard to Get

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 753 views]
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I suppose now that the first track is out I can talk about the Ariel Pink listening party I went to several weeks ago where some LA cats got a preview of his forthcoming album.
Needless to say it was a sublimely strange and completely lysergic fever dream of a listen, that left a lot of listeners blissfully weirded out.
At one point, my good friend …

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KCRW Exclusive: Download a New Track from Mariachi El Bronx “New Beat”

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 1,708 views]
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Mariachi El Bronx are back!
After returning to their punk rock roots as The Bronx last year, they’ll release a new album as their alter-ego on November 4.
The band recorded most of the album – “III” – over two weeks at a private countryside studio surrounded by woods (with no cell phone reception. The horror!)
We’re thrilled to premiere a track, which is available streaming and …

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Odessa: Local Artist We Love

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 566 views]
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A few months ago, a friend I trust in the music biz recommended I give Odessa’s “I Will be There” a listen. I liked it, but it wasn’t until I revisited it recently that I realized how special it is.
It’s a really sweet love song. I really like her voice and the lyrics are a meditation on love, dedication and loyalty.
Now, I can’t get …

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