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From KCRW DJ Anne Litt
I met Oil Boom in one of those happy SXSW accidents – I hear music I like, I wander into a bar on 6th Street and boom!
It’s gritty, bluesy, tight, and fun. They pay homage to the cassette, and in the spirit of this video, it’s Roukenroul (with umlauts)!!
They don’t take themselves too seriously – one of my favorite traits …
You never know quite what to expect with Father John Misty.
The last time he visited our studio, he took our portrait of David Lynch off the wall and brought it into the studio with him as a backdrop to his performance.
This time, there were less shenanigans, but the music exciting enough as he ran through live versions of his new songs (with the help …
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I traveled to Portland, Oregon a couple of time over the holiday season, which is always a fun trip.
The city seems to me to comfortably combine the best elements of the Midwest (friendliness, lack of pretension) and the Pacific coast (sophistication, supportive of the arts).
So it is no surprise that many independent-minded artists, such as Stephen Malkmus, Elliott Smith, James Mercer of the Shins, …
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DJ Anthony Valadez‘s “Top 5 Music Videos of 2014 I Could Watch Over and Over and Over”
Ibeyi — “Come To My River”
Beyonce — “7/11″
Editor’s Note: Anthony was so inspired by this vid, he did this:
Good morning! #Cardio #Bey
A video posted by Anthony Valadez (@anthonyvaladez) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:40am PST
Kendrick Lamar – “I“
Nick Hakim – “The Light“
Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me“
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …