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Andy Shauf Premieres New Song Live on KCRW: “Magician”

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,065 views]
Andy in the middle! Next to DJ Eric J Lawrence, who is in blue

Andy Shauf is an artist that a lot of KCRW DJs are excited about. With comparisons to Elliott Smith, his music saddles up nicely next to Nick Drake in a radio set.
DJ Eric J Lawrence recently hosted a live session with the Canadian artist, saying he “comes from that tradition of certain singer/songwriters who don’t rely on theatrics to convey their point in their …

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Jodie Abacus: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 732 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 | 1,021 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 | 986 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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RIP: Barron Machat, Co-Founder of Hippos In Tanks

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 880 views]
Hippos in Tanks logo

I met Barron about 4 years ago at El Coyote.
Like a cliche, I totally walked in super late and I looked around the empty restaurant and all I saw was this smiling kid in a booth.
I looked right at him, the only dude in the room and was unsure if I was looking at Barron because A) he was so remarkably young and B) …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Samaris, Madeon, Low Roar, St Paul and the Broken Bones

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,009 views]
photo by halldora & laurent

Samaris – “Tibra”
My discovery of this band has a very cool story.
Sigtryggur Baldursson from the Icelandic Music Export office dropped by the basement last week with new music in tow.
He just so happens to be one of the founding members of the Sugarcubes, so his musical pedigree is well established. He handed me a CD from a band called Samaris and I was pretty …

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Coachella 2015 Weekend 1 Highlights From DJ Travis Holcombe

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,607 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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Pan Caliente: 60 Tigres

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 773 views]
60 tigres

New Music is pretty much what we live for over here at Pan Caliente.
And when it mysteriously comes from a band that was rumored to have split up back in 2012 it’s even more exciting.
60 Tigres, a band that formed in the musical mecca of Monterrey, Mexico, about 9 years back, returns with a new album and tour dates to boot.
“Hay Más”, the lead …

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Sylvan Esso and More on KCRW This Week

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 688 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, April 13, Between Coachella weekends, we’ve feature a performance from North Carolina-based electropop duo Sylvan Esso. Singer Amelia Meath of Mountain Man and producer Nick Sanborn of Megafaun joined forces for an excellent debut album that we’re excited to hear live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Monday, April 20, Charming Canadian singer/songwriter Andy …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Avers, Sufjan Stevens, Annabel (Lee), Pops Staples

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,836 views]
Pops Staples at the Petrillo Band Shell for the Chicago Blues Festival on June 8, 1986 in Chicago, Illinois.

Avers – “Vampire”
I have the great honor of getting to geek out on music directly with KCRW DJs.
In this case, Anne Litt sent this track my way.
She was hooked when she noticed they are from her hometown (Richmond,VA) and it was the Dandy Warhols-like psychedelic pop that grabbed me (though the nonchalant vocal delivery reminds me of Courtney Barnett).
The sextet – which features Tyler …

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