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Shamir: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 131 views]
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Shamir (Bailey) is a 19-year-old, wilfully androgynous singer/songwriter/burgeoning dance music producer hailing from North Las Vegas.
Why has the music world not been completely consumed by this guy?
Granted, niche media is perhaps at it’s peak right now, and chances are that whatever weird thing that speaks directly to you will be represented somehow, somewhere (and almost certainly in the form of song). Your options for …

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Joseph Arthur Covers Lou Reed: “Walk On The Wild Side”

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 187 views]
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On May 13, 2014 prolific artist Joseph Arthur released his first album on the Vanguard Record label, though perhaps not the record he initially imagined.
The release, titled “Lou: The Songs Of Lou Reed” is a collection of cover songs performed solo, stripped away, pulled apart and generally re-imagined as a way to remember his late friend and mentor who suddenly passed away on October …

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Pan Caliente – Dia de los Muertos/Halloween Playlist

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 344 views]
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The time for ghosts, ghouls and sexy anything & everything is here.
Ahhh yes… Halloween.
Of the “holidays” or celebrations, Halloween is one of the few, much like Christmas, that actually has a soundtrack.
For me, my playlists are peppered with tons of great music of the macabre.
Oingo Boingo, The Cramps, The Misfits, Rocky Horror cast recordings, and any other eerie sounding bands that inspire the candy …

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Jenny and Johnny Cover “Love Hurts”

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 212 views]
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Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice aka Jenny and Johnny are one of my favorite musicals couples because they are both ultra-talented and compliment each other so well.
We recently recorded a live session with Jenny around her latest solo album “The Voyager” (airing on Monday, 11/3) and seeing Johnathan behind the scenes, clearly providing off stage support, made me want to revisit their session in …

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Ghost Culture: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 269 views]
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Always under the excellent curatorial tutelage of Erol Alkan, UK based record label Phantasy has been around for 7 years but has hit it’s stride in the last 3 years.
Between the rise of wavy space cowboys Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, banging solo work by Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands, and Alkan’s own foray into producing original work…Phantasy is doing the damn thing.
And with the recent announcement of a full length …

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Jeremy Sole Remixes Alsarah and the Nubatones

Posted October 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 283 views]
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KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole has spent the last couple weeks as the opening artist for Bonobo’s sold out U.S. tour and returns to our airwaves this week.
To celebrate his return, I wanted to share this just-released remix!
Jeremy put his special touch on a track from Sudanese American chanteuse Alsarah and her band the Nubatones.
He recruited Clap! Clap ! and Beats Antique for the classy …

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KCRW Music Librarian Picks of the Week: Castanets, twain, Absolutely Free

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 391 views]
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Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free. (Lefse)
Canadian trio Absolutely Free offer up their self-titled debut (well, technically there is a period in the album name).
It’s often tough to make a modern record with extensive electronic elements sound genuinely psychedelic, but they manage quite nicely, touching on just about every kind of music on the spectrum in mind-blowing fashion.

Castanets – Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)
Portland, OR-based artist …

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Friday Free For All: Run The Jewels + Denitia and Sene

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 364 views]
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Run The Jewels – RTJ2
Late last night, El-P surprised everyone and dropped the new Run The Jewels album – entitled “RTJ2“- ahead of its originally scheduled October 27th release date and made it available as a free download.
RUN THE JEWELS 2 DROPS NOW!!!! #runthejewels killermikegto http://t.co/8u29pLI11O http://t.co/O1iAr7mUR4
— el-p (@therealelp) October 24, 2014

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM HERE
Let’s back things up for a second for the uninitiated; …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Leon Bridges, Niia, Penguin Prison, Lisa Mitchell

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,161 views]
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Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”
On my first listen to this track, I had to go back and check whether it was brand new or very old.
It taps into some serious Sam Cooke-style soul and I wasn’t sure! I found it via Gorilla vs Bear, where I learned that that it’s from an artist named Leon Bridges, a singer/songwriter from Fort Worth who brought in …

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Ptaki: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 376 views]
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Polish DJ/production duo Ptaki (which means birds in Polish) flew into discerning listeners radars like a full on flock sometimes registers on an air traffic controllers screen awhile back with a ripping 7″ on the Very Polish Cut-Outs label a few years back. “Krystina” is a laid back groover that by edit standards stands out as a shimmering example of what a savvy editor can do …

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