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Other Lives Live on MBE – “Easy Way”

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 764 views]
Jesse Tabish by Larry Hirshowitz

I love when I get to experience a band’s new music in a live setting first.
Other Lives treated us to songs from their forthcoming album “Rituals”, out next month. They played six new songs live on MBE, but they wrote 60 for their 3rd full length, over a period of 18 months.

The core trio moved from their longtime home in Oklahoma to Portland, seeking …

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Your 33 Black Angels: Artist You Should Know (Song Premiere)

Posted April 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,236 views]

Bands like to be mysterious these days.
Like “we don’t have a bio” kind of mysterious.
Your 33 Black Angels are kind of like that.
They’ve been around for a while – I still break out their 2008 album, “Tales of My Pop-Rock Love Life“, every so often.
They are based out of Brooklyn and are non-infrequent performers at East Coast venues.
Their line-up seems fluid.
They play a fairly …

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Ride Live on KCRW – “Seagull”

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,882 views]
Jason Bentley and Ride. Photo by Brian Lowe

After a nearly 20-year break, hugely influential UK band Ride has reunited and they chose KCRW for their first U.S. show since they’ve reemerged as a band.
They played a live set on MBE this morning in advance of their Coachella appearance this weekend and they were in top form.

According to Mark Gardener, the band has stayed in touch and were aware that fans were …

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KCRW Exclusive: Nick Monaco Remixed by Jeremy Sole: “She Got That Fire”

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,640 views]
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Lipstick-wearing Bay Area producer Nick Monaco lives by the philosophy “the weirder, the funkier, the better.”
He immersed himself in turntablism as a high schooler. Now in his early 20’s, he’s released music on three respected electronic imprints — DirtyBird, Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap Records.
His debut album “Mating Call”, released last year, was aimed at getting everyone to fearlessly – and freakily — …

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Day Wave: Artist You Should Know (Song Premiere)

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,029 views]
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Jackson Phillips is one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel, but like many talented musical types, he’s got other irons in the fire.
His new solo project, Day Wave, has been, ahem, making waves on the internet with a handful of tracks that have excited much of the taste-making community with their easy-going, uber-catchy vibe.
We’re excited to premiere Day Wave’s latest offering: a sun-drenched, …

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Fandom: ODESZA on Jamie xx

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,607 views]
Odesza by Tonje Thilesen

(For this edition of Fandom, Harrison Mills — one half of Seattle duo ODESZA — shares a favorite artist in advance of the band’s Coachella appearance. Hear them live on MBE on April 24)
“Jamie xx continues to impress us as a producer and evolving musician. What’s most exciting about the preview he just released of his next record is that you can tell he’s …

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Celebrating Billie Holiday

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,568 views]

Billie Holiday would have turned 100 years old today and both Strictly Jazz host Bo Leibowitz and Rhythm Planet’s Tom Schnabel have paid tribute to the singer, who started singing in nightclubs as a teenager and released her first two tracks at age 18. Despite her success she faced rampant racism and struggled with substance abuse.
Bo dedicated his weekend show to the extraordinary singer …

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Tom Vek Gives Emmy The Great a Drum N Bass Remake

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,048 views]

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 | 708 views]

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 | 924 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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