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Best Cover Songs of 2014

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,104 views]
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A great cover song can be a swift brushstroke that paints a moustache on the Mona Lisa.
Refreshing retouch, subversive statement or vandalism? All in your perspective but, either way, it forever changes the way you look at a work of art.
Here are the greatest retouches/statements/vandalisms from 2014:
1) Built To Spill — “Jokerman” (Bob Dylan cover)
Bob Dylan’s catalog has always been fertile ground for creating …

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Top 10 Reissues of 2014

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 980 views]
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1 Lewis – L’amour
2 Minoru Muraoka – Bamboo
3 The JB’s – These are the JB’s
4 Hailu Mergia and the Wallias – Tche Belew

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Top 10 EPs of 2014 by Aaron Byrd

Posted December 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,078 views]
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Some of my favorite releases of this year were EPs. So this was even harder to put together than either of my TOP TEN ALBUMS lists.
Nevertheless, these are the 10 best EPs of 2014.
1) Shamir “Northtown EP” (GODMODE)
This EP might be my favorite discovery of 2014. The first couple of tracks are simply fun. Try not to feel good when you put this on…it’s …

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KCRW Premiere: Oceaan Remixed by Young & Sick

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,590 views]
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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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Shelf Life: Jim Noir, Soft Hearted Scientists, Paul Smith & Peter Brewis

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 1,019 views]
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Jim Noir – Finnish Line (self release)
Jim has been making music for a decade now & getting new songs from him is always a treat.
His latest album doesn’t travel very far from his previous work, but being able to find ways to make catchy Beatles-esque pop continually sound fresh is truly his superpower.

Soft Hearted Scientists – The Slow Cyclone (The Hip Replacement)
Cardiff, Wales is …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Mainland NYC, Alice Smith + Dave Sitek, Teammate, Nicole Willis + Bosq

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,787 views]
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Mainland NYC – “Leave the Lights On”
I heard this song thanks to a Twitter exchange between KCRW DJ Jason Kramer and Twitter’s Head of Music Bob Moz.
Two minds I trust, so I had to take a listen and it was love at first note!
A driving pop-rock song that grabs you instantly. I’m willing to bet you find yourself singing “leave the lights on” in …

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Friday Free For All: Museum of Love + New Build Remixes + New Interpol

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,997 views]
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Museum of Love + New Build Remixes
Museum of Love’s eponymous debut album was one of my favorite albums of 2014.
Next Friday, they will make their LA debut at the Regent Theater as part of a co-headlining tour with New Build (a group lead by Hot Chip members Al Doyle and Felix Martin). If I didn’t have a radio shift that night, I’d totally be …

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New Hiatus Kaiyote – “By Fire”

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,781 views]
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There is a lot of great music out there, but very little of it REALLY stands out as unique and different. Enter Hiatus Kaiyote.
KCRW DJs have been championing the Australian band from the start and when they made their triumphant U.S. live radio debut on our airwaves about a year ago, I realized the possibilities for their soul-jazz-funk mashup were endless.
Frontwoman Nai Palm is …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Thanksgiving Edition

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,326 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 | 1,128 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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