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Shelf Life: Superfood, Olive White, Dick Diver

Posted April 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,600 views]
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Superfood – “Don’t Say That” (Infectious)
I was working as Music Director at KLA, UCLA’s student-run radio station in the early ’90s, so I have a particular affection for the alternative music of that time. One popular style coming out of the UK was so-called “baggy” music, popularized the likes of Happy Mondays, the Charlatans & EMF.
British newcomers Superfood bring that sound into the 21st …

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Corsica Arts Club: Local Band We Love

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,096 views]
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Corsica Arts Club came on my radar last summer and, with word that they will be releasing their self-titled debut EP on June 9, I thought it was time to share.
The sunny synth pop track “Untamed” is my favorite so far.
It’s a dancefloor-ready track that would fit in perfect on any 80’s mix nestled up against songs by New Order and Erasure.
Brendan Thompson and …

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Alabama Shakes, Shelby Lynne and more on KCRW This Week

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,264 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, April 27, Morning Becomes Eclectic will feature a special performance by Grammy-nominated rockers Alabama Shakes, recorded the day before their album release at Apogee Studios. Tune in at 11:15am.
Wednesday, April 29, Rhythm Planet host Tom Schnabel stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic at 10am to share a few favorites, including a classic French song …

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Friday Free for All: Oddience, Misun, The Derevolutions, Chromatics

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,402 views]
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I can’t remember ever being more excited about the slate of upcoming releases than I am right now.
The next couple of months hold the promise of new albums from Hot Chip, Shamir, Mbongwana Star, HNNY, Jamie xx, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Major Lazer, De Lux, Kanye West (possibly), Chromatics (hopefully), Tanlines, and Hudson Mohawke.
Even if only half of these releases hit the mark, 2015 is …

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FANDOM: Joy Williams on Kan Wakan

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,310 views]
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(Joy Williams is set to release her first solo album since the break up of The Civil Wars. She’ll be playing the El Rey on May 19 and wanted to share her love for LA’s Kan Wakan as part of our FANDOM series!)
“I have been listening to Kan Wakan’s debut album, “Moving On“, for almost a year now, since it released last June.
Gueorgui’s …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Kygo, Lianne La Havas, Aquilo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,494 views]
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”
This Portland-based band keeps getting better and better with each release. On their newest single, they really bring the FUNK!
They go all in on “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” from the album “Multi-Love” out later next month on Jagjaguwar.
The album is an upbeat catharsis reflecting on the difficulties of being in a relationship. On this song, …

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Brooklyn’s LEGS Get Sprinkled with Midnight Magic Glitter

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,158 views]
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Brooklyn art-rock indie-pop outfit LEGS garnered some attention when their track “So Obvious” landed on the soundtrack to Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child.
Literally a couple of pairs of brothers and their lifelong childhood friends, the band plays slinky, angular funk that would probably make David Byrne do a chicken dance.
The band’s new track “Jungle” has gotten a juicy Midnight Magic rework that beefs up the groove …

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Photos: Alabama Shakes Live on KCRW

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,477 views]
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Every time I’ve talked about the new Alabama Shakes album “Sound & Color”, I describe it as a headphone record. It sounds intricately crafted, yet chock full of raw emotion. They lost none of the passion and intensity of their beloved debut, instead they built it out further in the form of new sonic sculptures.
But the question becomes, how does a headphone record, with …

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Andy Shauf, Ivan & Alyosha, Gang of Four, ODESZA and More on MBE this week

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,241 views]
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Upcoming Live Performances on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC with host JASON BENTLEY
Monday, April 20, Charming Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf made his album debut with a collection of seemingly lonely songs with optimistic touches that smartly color his tunes. We’ll feature a short set on Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 10 o’clock hour.
Tuesday, April 21, Ivan & Alyosha have released a catchy folk-pop song as the …

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Jim And Sam: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,387 views]
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A friend introduced me to this local duo about a month ago, almost as an after thought.
“Oh,” he said as we were in the middle of discussing a completely different topic, “I need to send you my friends’ song, it might be good for your radio show.”
I’m always excited to hear those words, especially from someone whose taste I trust as much as that …

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