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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Thanksgiving Edition

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 260 views]
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I’m always thankful for music; how it unites us, inspires us and makes us all feel a little less alone.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are four songs you should hear that are delightful new interpretations (remixes, reworks, covers, etc) of already great songs.
“Seasons (Waiting on You)” — BadBadNotGood Reinterpretation
Future Islands have had an amazing year.
They released the record “Singles” with high hopes and …

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Ryan Adams — Live From The Village Studios for KCRW

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 274 views]
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Ryan Adams is somewhat of a unicorn as far as artists go.
An undeniable talent not only as a musician and a songwriter, but as an accomplished producer as well.
His personal music style casts a wide net over several genres, including Folk-Rock, Americana, Punk and even a little bit of Metal. His equally diverse and devout fan base is handsomely rewarded with an incomparable output …

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KCRW Exclusive: Ben Watt’s “Hendra” – Live from London

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 727 views]
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Sneakily Ben Watt has become one of the great Renaissance men of the new millennium.
Best known for his long-time collaboration with spouse Tracey Thorn in Everything But the Girl, Watt has also worked as a solo artist, a club and radio DJ, the head of a record label (Buzzin’ Fly, whose latest release is a new remix EP of tracks from his 2014 album, …

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M. Ward Covers David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 521 views]
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M. Ward is one of those incredible yet understated artists that has accomplished so much but is never flashy about it.
He’s collaborated on some great projects, including with Zooey Deschanel on She & Him. They have a new album, “Classics”, which is streaming now as part of our Album Preview series, but I wanted to flash back to some of his solo work.
Matt appeared on …

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Psychemagik’s COSMIC CODE Mix

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 799 views]
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The rad dudes of Psychemagik collaborated with video artist Ari Russo for a one-off, live improvised performance  at The Ace Hotel’s Miranda Bar in Shoreditch, called “Cosmic Code.”
Diving into their unbelievably deep stacks of records and VHS tapes and laserdiscs, Psychemagik mined thousands of sources for tracks, clips and samples to create a unique soundtrack which they played over a gnarly collection of found footage, manipulated by Russo.
The result by all accounts was a decidely …

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Shelf Life: Dutch Uncles, Reigning Sound, The History of Apple Pie

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,254 views]
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Dutch Uncles – “In N Out” (Memphis Industries)
UK quintet Dutch Uncles have quickly become a favorite of mine with their dynamic sound which recalls both the best of 70s progressive rock and 80s new wave.
Their latest single (from a forthcoming album due in Feb ’15) might have an extra unintended meaning for fans of a certain West Coast burger chain…

Reigning Sound – Shattered (Merge)
Garage …

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Slim Twig: Artist You Should Know

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 941 views]
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Toronto’s Slim Twig is literally an art brat.
Born Max Trumbull, Twig’s parents are filmmakers and quite obviously made him feel comfortable acting, performing and trying on different masks from a seemingly early age.
Still in his early 20s, he’s been in films with Ellen Page, done some film scoring and aside from releasing his own work as Slim Twig, has done production on albums by U.S. Girls and (Toronto band) Tropics.
His self-released 2012 album …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Urban Cone, Generationals, Angel Olsen, Quantic

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 985 views]
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Urban Cone – “Sadness Disease”
Workouts are a great time to listen to new music and a little Swedish pop goes a long way, especially when you’re repeatedly running up and down flights of stairs.
This high energy track is super infectious and is all the motivation you’ll need to do just about anything.
The quintet is composed of Rasmus Flyckt, Magnus Folkö, Tim Formgren, Emil Gustafsson, …

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Friday Free For All: Misun + The Drums (Remixed by YACHT)

Posted November 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,887 views]
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Misun – Superstitions
It’s no secret that Misun is one of my favorite bands.
The LA-via-DC group first caught my attention through their consistently great stream of free releases on Soundcloud, each one wildly different from the last, but always super catchy.
This week they released their first full length, “Superstitions“.
It finds Misun gliding between rock, pop, and electronic sounds. Powerhouse lead singer (and group namesake) Misun …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Travis Bretzer, Oceaan, Francisco the Man, Monogold

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,900 views]
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Travis Bretzer — “Promises”
There is a sweet simplicity to this song that I love – and the fact that it will be included on an album called “Waxing Romantic” pretty much tells you everything you need to know. It’s got a breezy 70’s vibe as he ruminates on his relationship.
It will be on the debut full length from Canadian artist Travis Bretzer (out February …

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