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Back in October, without warning or much accompanying information, Brooklyn-based House label, run by Francis Harris and Anthony Collins, Scissor & Thread released a stunning 4 track EP by Desert Sound Colony.
Moody, downtempo grooves that occupy a new space between chill-out electronica and swirling indie psych rock.
“The Way I Began“ EP is immediately familiar but doesn’t quite sound exactly like anything else. The closest …
Best New Music, KCRW Exclusive, Uncategorized, Video »
Generally speaking, the state of the music industry is in critical condition.
The industry’s award winning “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist” is a blonde Australian girl. Even with people curiously buying vinyl again, album sales are at an all time low.
After 25 years of grinding, Minneapolis’ underground hip-hop kings, Atmosphere have proven against all odds, that survival (and relevance) in (or outside) the game is absolutely possible, if not …
Guest Dj Project, Uncategorized, Video »
Kari Byron is best known as one of the hosts on “Myth Busters”, as well as the Science Channel’s “Head Rush”. This week she joins us as our Guest DJ (listen here!!) and we learned that she is an aficionado of French pop so we asked her to create a playlist for us.
“Remember Simone from PeeWee’s Big Adventure? I feel like a crazy francophile …
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For the uninitiated, The New Basement Tapes are a newly formed, one-off group of artists brought together by the legendary producer T Bone Burnett after he was personally given a box of lyrics written by Bob Dylan.
The lyrics came from a major writing session in 1967 , when Dylan invited some fellow musicians (who later became The Band) to upstate New York for some …
Best New Music, Video »
South African producer Alan Abrahams produces exciting variations of Techno/Machine Funk/House under several monikers.
As Portable, Abrahams released pretty heady House Music with a distinctly European leaning on Sud, Background and Live at Robert Johnson labels and intermittently Abrahams releases work as Bodycode via Spectral Sound in the US.
These distinctions between projects though notable are negligible as it’s literally “all good” as they say.
For the first time in a couple of years, Abrahams …
Morning Becomes Eclectic, Video »
Digitalism recently made their Morning Become Eclectic debut and while the title track of their latest release “Second Chance” was clearly a highlight, longtime fans will appreciate their remix of Riton’s “I Need Your Love” as well as “Zdarlight” from their debut album, and another early favorite “Pogo”.
Host Jason Bentley mentioned how the German duo first came on the scene when a “hard …
The man behind Waters, Van Pierszalowski, told Jason Bentley he was not shying away from big choruses on their new record, slated for release in Spring.
They have an EP out now, but played a bunch of new tracks during their Morning Becomes Eclectic set this morning, including the radio debut of the ultra catchy “Up Up Up”.
Van said he aimed to make music for …
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Who knew that Scottish indie popsters Belle and Sebastian would make one of the best dance songs of 2014??
They haven’t released a new studio album since 2010, but they’re gearing up for the release of “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” on January 19 on Matador Records and I couldn’t be more excited.
“The Party Line” will make you want to move and the video, …
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Earlier this year, Joakim released a fantastic album called Tropics of Love. It’s a truly spectacular album from a truly spectacular artist.
One of the highlights of the album is an autobiographical jam called “This is My Life” that traces (with heartbreaking sincerity) epic and sometimes mundane life-changing moments in Joakim’s life.
After an instrumental bridge, he plaintively asks the listener, “This is my life. What will you do with it?” and it’s one …
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While Christmas gets the major love for holiday-related tunes (and beware, the stations that switch to 24-hour Christmas song formats are bound to start up in the next week or two…), Halloween and related spooky themes have been a common source of subject matter for songs since time immemorial.
This year, I shared some of my favorite songs for the spooky season with Madeleine Brand …