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Perfect Summer Song: “Paradise Waiting” by Vacationer

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,281 views]
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I always love a track that can mentally transport me to vacation mode – particularly a tropical beach, with a fruity beverage in hand, all my anxieties melting into an endless glistening ocean with the sun shining and sand between my toes.
“Paradise Waiting” by Vacationer does that and it is emerging as my favorite summer jam.
It just FEELS like summer when you hear it …

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Songs About LA: The Ultimate Playlist

Posted July 10, 2014 by | 17 Comments | 2,052 views]
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Editor’s Note: Over the long holiday weekend, DJ Anne Litt reflected on her favorite LA songs

Stream a Spotify playlist below as well as thoughts from Anne!
I love holiday weekends in Los Angeles. It’s the closest we ever get to tumbleweeds blowing down any LA thoroughfare. Over the July 4 weekend, I found myself taking different ways to and from KCRW – staying off the …

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Fandom: Sturgill Simpson on Angel Olsen

Posted July 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,015 views]
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As part of our Fandom series we have Sturgill Simpson telling us about one of his favorite new artists. 
Angel Olsen…I’d swim across two oceans just to play music with her.
Lyrical content, abstract chord structures…I love it.
Plus she also has this look in her eyes that reminds me of a girl I knew in high school that was smoking hot, but always made me feel …

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LAMC Preview: Babsónicos

Posted July 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 971 views]
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Editor’s Note: The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is July 8-12 and Pan Caliente blogger Jose Galvan previews some of the most exciting artists playing this year.
Babasónicos – Playing LAMC on July 12 at the Central Park Summer Stage 
For fans of: Temples, Zoé, The Virgins
As music lovers, we tend to focus on new bands and emerging artists. But every now and then we …

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Supersonico Lineup Announced!

Posted July 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 7,841 views]
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Every year, KCRW DJ Raul Campos travels all the way to NYC to be immersed in the best in Latin music from around the globe during the Latin Alternative Music Conference. This year, we learned that many of these bands will be coming together and bringing the party to us in LA this fall!
KCRW is thrilled to be the radio sponsor for Supersonico, headlined …

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Psychedelic Bubblegum

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 943 views]
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Even at it’s most mindblowingly bubblegummy and catchy, American pop tends to rely heavily on the notion of transgressively overt sexuality. Although admittedly, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani have indelible pop earworms, their singles and videos are always unquestionably married to imagery that is designed to titillate as if there weren’t potentially other means of getting one’s attention.
Thank you Japan …

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LAMC Preview: AJ Davila

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,037 views]
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 Editor’s Note: The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is July 8-12 and Pan Caliente blogger Jose Galvan previews some of the most exciting artists playing this year.
AJ Davila– Playing LAMC on July 11 at SOB’s acoustic showcase in NYC
For Fans of: Savages, Hanni El Khatib, Rey Pila
When Puerto Rican garage rockers Davila 666 burst onto the music scene, my head nearly exploded.

SO GOOD!
It was …

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French Style Furs Radio Debut on KCRW

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 828 views]
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The very first time Jason Bentley played French Style Furs’ “All the Way Down“,  I immediately recognized Nathan Willett’s voice. He’s the singer/frontman for Cold War Kids and it turns out FSF is a side project with him, CWK bassist Matt Maust and Nathan Warketin from We Barbarians.
For their in studio session at KCRW — their radio debut!! –  they beefed up the band,  adding …

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Best Albums of 2014 (So Far) by Anne Litt

Posted July 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,734 views]
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Editor’s Note: If you have time over the holiday weekend to catch up on some jams, here is where you should start!
These are in no particular order. 

Curtis Harding – “Soul Power”
The first time I heard the funky soul of “Keep On Shining” my eyes and ears widened. As I dug deeper into the “Soul Power”, the sounds of rock, surf and psychedelics …

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Prins Thomas III: The Return of the Prins

Posted July 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,029 views]
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I’m not a fan of fantasy as a genre, per se. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example, is a crushing bore. Why anyone would want to watch 9 hours of tracking shots of people walking over snowy peaks is beyond me. But I suppose the take away is that these movies are about the journey, not the destination.
On the cover of his latest …

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