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SXSW Wrap Up: How I Found Myself

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 498 views]

You know those kids who graduate college without needing to get a job right away and go backpack Europe for months on end in order to “find oneself”?
Well, it happens when you’re older too.
Really, being in your 30s is all about trying to find ways to make life more like college (read: SXSW = Spring Break) so I decided to wrap up my SXSW …

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Jose Padilla’s Bright New Day

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 311 views]

Jose Padilla’s last (and most recent) release for International Feel was a deliciously woozy 12″ called “Solito“.
The totally Romantic diminutive of alone, “Solito” perhaps found Padilla exorcising some spirits of loneliness.
That release, however, was only the beginning of a budding new relationship with International Feel’s Mark Barrott. That relationship now in full bloom, has birthed a brand new Padilla release, “Day One” out this week.
A blissed-out sliver of beachy sunlight, …

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SXSW 2015 Day 5 & 6: Seinabo Sey, Amason, Best Coast, Twerps

Posted March 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 794 views]

Our first live broadcast from Austin was on Friday for Morning Becomes Eclectic and we had set up a makeshift studio in the restaurant next to FLOODfest so I could easily run out and see an band for a song or too.
The Sweden showcase started at 11am. I’ve been obsessing over the haunting yet infectious indie rock of Amason for almost a year now …

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SXSW Day 4: Tobias Jesso Jr, Ibeyi, Tei Shi, and More

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 773 views]
Tei Shi

When those of us who are SXSW alum talk about the “good ‘ol days,” often we’re referring to the time when you could hopscotch from club to club seeing a dozen bands in a matter of hours.
It’s been incredibly difficult to do the last handful of years, but something changed in 2015. All of the sudden, what seemed impossible is now possible again.
As I …

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SXSW 2015 Day 3: Wolf Alice, ODESZA, James Bay, BØRNS and More

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,059 views]
Wolf Alice by Dustin Downing

Wednesday is a big day for KCRW at SXSW as we host TWO showcases — that’s 9 bands total!
Dark clouds have been hovering over Austin for much of the week, constantly threatening rain but never releasing more than a drizzle. That said, I was thrilled our day showcase was in the safe confines of the Convention Center’s Ballroom D.
James Bay was soundchecking when we …

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Courtney Barnett Live on KCRW: “An Illustration” and “Avant Gardner” (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 610 views]
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I’m been anxiously awaiting Courtney Barnett’s MBE debut and she did not disappoint.
With her bandmates, fellow Aussies Dave and Bones (who were absolutely giddy when I showed them KCRW’s music library,a treasure trove of thousands of records), the trio tore through a bunch of new songs, alongside two favorites from last years “A Sea of Split Peas” double EP — “Avant Gardner” and “History …

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Ryley Walker: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 812 views]

Ryley Walker first came to my attention with the release of his debut album “All Kinds of You” last year on Tompkins Square.
Due to that label’s tendency to reissue rare recordings combined with Walker’s knack for a vintage production sound, I thought for some time the album was recorded 45 years ago instead of 2014. (I should really pay more attention to these press releases)
Walker is …

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Cotto Social Anxiety SXSW 2015 Preview

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 997 views]
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I am old.
I haven’t been to SXSW in over 10 years.
And when I went it was for my cousins Bachelor Party which happened to fall at the same time as the Interactive Week. Austin was teeming with drunk nerdy people in lanyards speaking in tongues all over each other about “new media.”
Mind you this is before iPhones even.
In any case, the atmosphere gave me a kind …

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Hard Proof: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,435 views]

Visiting Austin during SXSW gives you the opportunity to discover musicians and bands from all corners of the earth. But make sure you check out some of the local talent as well!
I’m particularly fond of the band Hard Proof.
Afrobeat music and Texas might seem like a mismatch, but this 9-piece band brings the funk and will have you dancing.  Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds …

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Revisiting the Roots of Now With Early Bjørn Torske

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 566 views]

10 years ago we had Jobs, Hope and Cash…now we don’t have any of those. :\
If someone had intimated 20 years ago that Norway would the be epicenter for a modern Space Disco movement, it would have seemed like an absurd claim, as nobody cared about Disco and a great number of American’s wouldn’t have been able to point at Norway on a map.
Although Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. …

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