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Beaty Heart: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 602 views]
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Many KCRW fans are gearing up to see buzz-worthy UK future-funk group Jungle at the Fonda this Friday, as well they should. But I also recommend getting there a little early, as fellow countrymen Beaty Heart make an appearance on these shores as the opening act for the show.
Fresh from the summertime festival circuit, including the acclaimed Bestival on the Isle of Wight, the …

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Hozier U.S. Radio Debut on KCRW – “Take Me To Church”

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 857 views]
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Jason Bentley has his eye on Irish singer-songwriter Hozier before SXSW, when he seemingly started taking the world by storm.
Early in the year, he included the 24-year-old artist in a list for Wired about 10 bands he expected to blow up in 2014 and then hosted his U.S. live radio debut immediately following his breakout performances at the famed Austin music festival.
In anticipation of …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Sondre Lerche, Christian Gregory, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Barr Brothers

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 820 views]
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The Barr Brothers – “Love Ain’t Enough”
This one is a doozy – it’s so beautifully dreamy.
The song is so good I don’t want to write too much but, man, that falsetto right before the chorus really just cuts through.
Proving once again that love is the best songwriting topic of all time.

The Montreal-based band (which we first wrote about back in 2011!) recorded some of …

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The Afghan Whigs Cover the Police “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,409 views]
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It’s not surprising that when the Afghan Whigs take on the Police, the results are sexy and a little dangerous.
They played their version of the 1981 hit “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” during their Morning Becomes Eclectic session and it was everything a cover should be –a really inspired interpretation with a dark twist that is pure Afghan Whigs.
I’ve seen versions of …

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Ryan Adams and More on KCRW This Week

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 545 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Tuesday, September 16, Ryan Adams 14th studio album was recorded at his own Pax AM studios here in LA. The self-titled work is heartland rock at its finest, with Ryan’s special flare. The singer-songwriter recorded a special session for us at the legendary Village Recording Studios which you can hear on Morning Becomes Eclectic …

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 706 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 | 674 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 | 1 Comment | 829 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 | 635 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 | 982 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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