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Tom Vek Gives Emmy The Great a Drum N Bass Remake

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 941 views]
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Tom Vek is an longtime personal and KCRW favorite. Since his future classic “We Have Sound“, Vek has built his signature sound on mesmerizing loping rhythms over which he floats super catchy crystalline melodies.
When I caught up with him a few months back, he told me about his increasing fascination with the Drum N Bass sounds of his ravey mid-90s youth.
We reminisced at length about Mo’ Wax comps, Goldie’s “Metalheadz“ and Bukem’s …

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Ride, Other Lives and More on KCRW This Week

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 632 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Wednesday, April 8, Influential British shoegaze band Ride broke up in 1996 and have recently announced their reunion — a special performance at Coachella. Before they head out there, we’ll host their first live radio performance in 20 years on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Thursday, April 9, Dreamy and cinematic Other Lives are getting …

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Adam Carolla on Prince, The Boss and Why Smokey is the Best

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 888 views]
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When I booked Adam Carolla for the Guest DJ Project, I was expecting it to be pure comedy.
And while he was absolutely hilarious in tearing apart people’s worship for artists like Prince and Bruce Springsteen (instead of artists he feels are more deserving, like John Hiatt), he was surprisingly sentimental, and chose songs with real meaning for him throughout his life and career.
Before I …

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Friday Free For All: Daniel T, ILoveMakonnen, Marvin Gaye Remixed

Posted April 3, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,670 views]
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LA’s Daniel.T. continues to impress in 2015.
We’ve covered some of Mr. T’s solo work (he’s also one half of Cosmic Kids) in this space before, but his most recent work might be his best yet.

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In addition to his fantastic production work, Daniel.T.’s Chit Chat Records imprint has also put out an excellent 12″ of Brazilian Disco edits that I highly recommend. It features work …

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KCRW Rewind — David Byrne & Host Tom Schnabel

Posted April 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 983 views]
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The first time David Byrne came to MBE in the early 1980s, he wasn’t very talkative.
I think it was around the time the “Knee Plays“ album came out in 1985, an album Byrne composed for Robert Wilson’s opera the CIVIL warS.
He seemed diffident and awkward, and the sentences he uttered didn’t come out very smoothly.
It wasn’t easy. Maybe part of the reason was that …

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DMA’s: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 962 views]
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I’m a sucker for Aussie pop. Especially when it sounds kinda like my favorite early 90’s Brit pop.
The DMA’s immediately reminded me of the Stone Roses (and right afterward, I read that Noisey had said the same), with a dash of Oasis.
This is no coincidence — singer Tommy O’Dell’s father is “very, very English” according to guitarist Johnny Took, whose father also lived in …

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Shelf Life: Susanne Sundfor, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Cat’s Eyes

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 715 views]
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Susanne Sundfor – “Ten Love Songs” (Sonnet Sound)
Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve probably heard Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfor before.
She has appeared on songs by Royksopp, Maps, Nils Petter Molvaer and M83 (on the soundtrack to the film, “Oblivion“), not to mention her own numerous solo albums.
“Delirious“, from her new album, has been my jam for the past couple of months, perfectly …

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Coachella Preview: AC/DC Guest DJ Project Special Edition

Posted April 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,307 views]
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When I heard AC/DC were headlining Coachella, I immediately thought of all the folks who have picked them for their Guest DJ Project sets in the past and immediately started putting together this tribute.
Their stories really stick with me (I produce the show), and even though I think everyone loves a great rock song, these Aussies had a major impact on some very cool …

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Heartless Bastards Song Premiere: “Gates of Dawn”

Posted April 1, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,649 views]
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Austin rockers Heartless Bastards return with a new album called “Restless Ones” on June 16.
They’ve shared the first single from their 5th studio album, which was produced by Grammy-award winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen) and recorded over 10 days at Sonic Ranch, a pecan orchard in El Paso.
Singer Erika Wennerstrom’s powerhouse vocals — husky, soulful and commanding — anchor their blues-driven …

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Jamie xx’s Quiet “Loud Places”

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 753 views]
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Without a doubt, one of this generation’s most talented and intriguing outfits, The xx have a white hot allure that revolves around their being virtually untouchable (even and possibly moreso to each other.)
Having seen them a number of times, most recently a few years back at Coachella, their music and dynamic all teeters on push/pull tension that feels like Oliver and Romy are Richie and Margot Tenenbaum on …

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