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FANDOM: Joy Williams on Kan Wakan

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,007 views]

(Joy Williams is set to release her first solo album since the break up of The Civil Wars. She’ll be playing the El Rey on May 19 and wanted to share her love for LA’s Kan Wakan as part of our FANDOM series!)
“I have been listening to Kan Wakan’s debut album, “Moving On“, for almost a year now, since it released last June.
Gueorgui’s …

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Brooklyn’s LEGS Get Sprinkled with Midnight Magic Glitter

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 384 views]

Brooklyn art-rock indie-pop outfit LEGS garnered some attention when their track “So Obvious” landed on the soundtrack to Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child.
Literally a couple of pairs of brothers and their lifelong childhood friends, the band plays slinky, angular funk that would probably make David Byrne do a chicken dance.
The band’s new track “Jungle” has gotten a juicy Midnight Magic rework that beefs up the groove …

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Contemplates the Universe Through Music

Posted April 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,423 views]

First off, it must be said that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has the best laugh.
Even if you only listen to his Guest DJ Project set to hear his chuckle as he reveals his longheld desire to be abducted by aliens (!!), you won’t be disappointed.
His admission comes through his choice of Styx’s “Come Sail Away”.
I never realized the prog rock hit was about an …

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Jodie Abacus: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 598 views]

Hailing from the UK, Jodie Abacus provides deep, heartfelt songs stemming from real life experience.
With a radio DJ as a father and a fascination with MTV, connecting to audiences has always been his biggest priority.
Listeners can feel the intimacy of Abacus sitting in a dark room with his keyboard writing these songs, as he did in his breakout single “I’ll Be That Friend”.
This upbeat, …

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Sylvan Esso Live on KCRW: “Coffee”

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 880 views]
Photo by Larry Hirshowitz

I had only heard glowing reviews of their performance at Coachella before Sylvan Esso arrived in our studio.
After seeing them myself at the Troubadour last year, I knew what we were in store for – Amelia Meath is an unrivaled frontwoman when it comes to delivering a performance you can’t keep your eyes off of, without ANY tricks whatsoever.
It’s just her. Her supreme confidence. …

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This Soft Machine: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 826 views]
This Soft Machine artwork

Borrowing some titular inspiration from William S. Burroughs, like Robert Wyatt before him, Australian DJ/Producer Tim Sullivan called his music project This Soft Machine. 
Making it’s debut on Eskimo Recordings in April, This Soft Machine has less in common with the Canterbury sound and more to do with the LCD and !!!. Sullivan’s first single has a pair of cool cuts and features instrumentation from Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE a​nd Cut …

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Coachella 2015 Weekend 1 Highlights From DJ Travis Holcombe

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,426 views]
Azelia Banks by Ethan Shvartzman

For all the talk of Coachella being an over-hyped, overly saturated haven for bros, douchebags, and basic bitches, it’s still undoubtedly one of the best music festivals in the world and a great way to see an incredible line-up of artists (usually bringing their A-games) in a short amount of time.
Doing a radio show from 10 to midnight Monday through Friday has its perks, …

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Other Lives Live on MBE – “Easy Way”

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 640 views]
Jesse Tabish by Larry Hirshowitz

I love when I get to experience a band’s new music in a live setting first.
Other Lives treated us to songs from their forthcoming album “Rituals”, out next month. They played six new songs live on MBE, but they wrote 60 for their 3rd full length, over a period of 18 months.

The core trio moved from their longtime home in Oklahoma to Portland, seeking …

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Fandom: ODESZA on Jamie xx

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,485 views]
Odesza by Tonje Thilesen

(For this edition of Fandom, Harrison Mills — one half of Seattle duo ODESZA — shares a favorite artist in advance of the band’s Coachella appearance. Hear them live on MBE on April 24)
“Jamie xx continues to impress us as a producer and evolving musician. What’s most exciting about the preview he just released of his next record is that you can tell he’s …

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Tom Vek Gives Emmy The Great a Drum N Bass Remake

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,029 views]

Tom Vek is an longtime personal and KCRW favorite. Since his future classic “We Have Sound“, Vek has built his signature sound on mesmerizing loping rhythms over which he floats super catchy crystalline melodies.
When I caught up with him a few months back, he told me about his increasing fascination with the Drum N Bass sounds of his ravey mid-90s youth.
We reminisced at length about Mo’ Wax comps, Goldie’s “Metalheadz“ and Bukem’s …

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