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Photos: Belle and Sebastian Live on KCRW

Posted January 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,752 views]
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I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 15 years and one of my most vivid – and favorite – musical memories is Belle and Sebastian’s sold out 2006 show at the Hollywood Bowl. It stands out so much, that I can never talk about the band without mentioning it.
Why, you might ask?
It was some of the most unadulterated musical joy I’ve ever experienced — along …

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Gaussian Curve: Collaboration You Should Know

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 773 views]

Although the year end list season is over, it bears repeating that Young Marco, Gigi Masin & Jonny Nash all released remarkable albums in 2014.
And, somehow, in the midst of touring, DJing and promoting, these 3 dudes carved out time to ALSO work on a dreamy collaborative album called “Clouds“.
If you’ve listened to any or all of their albums, you know they’ve all got pretty distinct individual, but totally complementary, styles.
That …

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Hanni El Khatib, The Decemberists and More on KCRW This Week

Posted January 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 607 views]

Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, January 20, “Vintage rock ’n’ soul whirlwind” Hanni El Khatib returns to the basement studios at KCRW to perform songs from his impressive new album on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Wednesday, January 21, The city of Portland, Oregon has declared January 20 as “The Decemberists Day”. While we can’t do that in Los …

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Coachella Preview – For Your Weekend Watching

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,036 views]
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Yes, we know tickets are sold out. Yes, we know it’s not for a few more months.
But it’s a relatively quiet time for music right now so we thought we might as well share some live MBE performances from Coachella 2015 artists for you to enjoy over the weekend.

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The Return of Django Django

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,073 views]

UK band Django Django’s 2012 self-titled debut was one of my personal favorite albums of that year.
Unlike a lot of their wavy peers, The Djangos take the high road with their sun-kissed psychedelia, exploring lightness instead of being mired in the din of a heavy fuzz.
Where some might be sitting on the ground sorting it out, Djangos is the sound of taking off running through a field …

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Patrick Stewart Loves LA!

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 723 views]
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From Shakespeare to Star Trek and the hugely successful X-Men series, Sir Pat Stew, as he is known on Twitter, is an iconic actor who has demonstrated an incredible sense of humor on that account.
He also, we learned, appreciates humor and wit in his songwriters.
For his Guest DJ Project set for KCRW, he picked three “songwriters, musicians, lyricists combined” who “represent the very best …

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Shelf Life: Clap! Clap! , Sloan, Jaga Jazzist

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 980 views]

Happy 2015! Here in the KCRW Music Library we are excited about all of the new records that just beginning to trickle into our hands this year. But the holiday break gave me a chance to catch up with some records from the end of last year.
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba (Black Acre)
Italian producer Cristiano Crisci aka Digi G’Alessio offered up his debut album …

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Premiere: Bells Atlas Cover Future Islands’ “Little Dreamer”

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,177 views]

A phenomenal Future Islands remix was unleashed at the end of 2014 by BadBadNotGood and now Oakland’s Bells Atlas is taking on a track from their 2008 album” Wave Like Home”.
The Baltimore band’s slow synthy album ender is given a fresh take thanks to the sweet vocals of singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu.
They speed it up into a multi-layered pop tune with stop-start drum punctuations and …

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Jóhann Jóhannsson Grabs the Globe!

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,426 views]
Johann Johannsson by Bil Zelman

I was thrilled when Icelandic pianist Jóhann Jóhannsson picked up the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for “The Theory of Everything” last night.
It was a similar feeling to when Swell Season took home an Oscar years back – the indie underdogs triumphing on Hollywood’s biggest stage against the odds.
Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat do consistently fantastic work and Trent Reznor has made an …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Tropics, Twerps, Guards, Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,041 views]

Tropics – “Rapture”
“Rapture” is a seductive song by producer Chris Ward, aka Tropics.
It’s the title track from his forthcoming album, set for release February 17 on local label Innovative Leisure.
What I really dig about this dreamy song song are it’s many layers. It locks into a steady groove for the first half and then at exactly two minutes, another beat kicks in on top …

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