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Hiss Golden Messenger: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 646 views]
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I may be a little late to the game as I’m just discovering Hiss Golden Messenger on their 5th album, “The Lateness of Dancers”, out now on Merge Records. It’s the band’s first record for the famed label and I fell fast and hard on my first listen.
The fact that I warmed to it so quickly doesn’t surprise me since it features Phil and …

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New Music From Warp Favorite Clark: “Unfurla”

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 645 views]
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Christopher Clark is a long time personal favorite of mine.
His releases all occupy a perfectly comfortable space on the shelf with any and all of Warp Records’ finest.
Clark splits the difference between all of the labels’ elder statesmen and has carved out his very own style. The stark, clean productionof  Autechre, chaotic, polyphonic atmospherics of Aphex, soulful, moody introspection of Boards of Canada, Plaid’s pretty playfulness.
Clark does …

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Friday Free For All: Action Bronson Remixed and The Derevolutions

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 766 views]
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Action Bronson – “Easy Rider” (Thee Mike B Remix)
Action Bronson‘s psychedelic hip hop monster “Easy Rider” is one of my favorite singles of 2014 has been a staple of my playlists for the past couple of weeks.
Produced by New York duo and frequent Bronson collaborators, Party Supplies, the track packs a heavy lysergic punch, built off of a sample by an obscure Turkish track …

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Maya Angelou and Music

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 618 views]
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Editor’s Note: When Jason Bentley played the Buckshot LeFonque song “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” earlier this week, it immediately reminded me of the passing of Maya Angelou earlier this spring.
Music librarian Eric J. Lawrence was reminded as well & wrote this remembrance of the great American poet and her presence in popular music.

American writer & professor Maya Angelou was probably the …

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Ariel Pink Plays Hard to Get

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 965 views]
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I suppose now that the first track is out I can talk about the Ariel Pink listening party I went to several weeks ago where some LA cats got a preview of his forthcoming album.
Needless to say it was a sublimely strange and completely lysergic fever dream of a listen, that left a lot of listeners blissfully weirded out.
At one point, my good friend …

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KCRW Exclusive: Download a New Track from Mariachi El Bronx “New Beat”

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 6 Comments | 2,135 views]
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Mariachi El Bronx are back!
After returning to their punk rock roots as The Bronx last year, they’ll release a new album as their alter-ego on November 4.
The band recorded most of the album – “III” – over two weeks at a private countryside studio surrounded by woods (with no cell phone reception. The horror!)
We’re thrilled to premiere a track, which is available streaming and …

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Odessa: Local Artist We Love

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 751 views]
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A few months ago, a friend I trust in the music biz recommended I give Odessa’s “I Will be There” a listen. I liked it, but it wasn’t until I revisited it recently that I realized how special it is.
It’s a really sweet love song. I really like her voice and the lyrics are a meditation on love, dedication and loyalty.
Now, I can’t get …

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Alt-J Live on KCRW: “Left Hand Free”

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 652 views]
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Since Alt-J made their live U.S. radio debut on KCRW just over two years ago, a LOT has changed for the band. They won the Mercury Prize in the UK that year and were pretty much catapulted to stardom.
We’ve been spinning the first two singles off their sophomore release, and were really excited to have them in the studio today to play the new …

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Penthouse Penthouse Cover Sisqo’s “Thong Song”

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,031 views]
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Oh, to remember the summer of 2000.
The “Thong Song” was ubiquitous and, in a time where we were being bombarded by boy bands, it was a somewhat welcome — albeit random — pop sensation.
It was kinda funny, it seemed in good fun and it was pretty easy to learn all the words without much effort.
Now, all these years later, LA’s Penthouse Penthouse have put …

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The Music of Masquerade 2014! Exclusives, Re-Edits, Downloads and More

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 1,659 views]
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KCRW’s annual Halloween fundraiser Masquerade returns on Saturday, October 25 from 9p to 2a at The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel. Tickets are on sale now.
With circus troupes, costume contests, burlesque performers, food trucks, and ghost stories, music is just part of the fun and we’re proud to announce this year’s lineup!
MASQUERADE 2014 FEATURING
DJ Sets by:
BONOBO
LES SINS
CHRIS MALINCHAK
+13 KCRW DJs,  including Music Director Jason Bentley
Live …

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