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KCRW Most Played Albums for the Week of 6/29/2015

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,448 views]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love”
Leon Bridges – “Coming Homer”
Cayucas – “Dancing At The Blue Lagoon”
Jamie XX – “In Colour”
De Lux – “Generation”

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LAMC Preview: Systema Solar

Posted June 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 970 views]
systema solar

By now, you’ve probably gathered that I have an affinity for bands that bring the party to the stage. Translating the energy from their recordings to their live show and visa versa. This next band is no exception.
Meet Systema Solar, ambassadors of the vivacious lands that make up Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and heirs to a musical region so rich in folkloric music that it …

Morning Becomes Eclectic, mp3 Stream, We've Got It Covered »

Tei Shi Covers Beyonce – “No Angel”

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,508 views]
tei shi

Argentinian-born, Brooklyn-based songstress Tei Shi’s songs have been described as everything from “bedroom music” and “mermaid rock” to “future pop” and “alt-R&B”.
On her debut visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic, the singer treated us to a few tunes from her Verde EP and threw in a cover of Beyonce’s “No Angel”.
She said she was drawn to it because it was a little grittier than a lot …

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The Berghain Chronicles – KCRW in Berlin

Posted June 28, 2015 by | 3 Comments | 1,610 views]
The line at Berghain

(Berlin is one of the biggest exporters of culture in the world and KCRW is in the German capital to explore how the sister cities connect and much more.)
When I first told people I was going to Berlin, my music friends said I had to hit Berghain. It’s possibly the most famous nightclub in the world and people travel from far and wide to …

Best New Music »

The Late Arthur Russell’s lost recordings in new LP Corn

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,009 views]

As a longtime subcultural icon, cellist Arthur Russell was a musician of remarkable esteem and talent.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Russell collaborated with everyone from Phillip Glass to the Talking Heads to Bootsy Collins. His early 80s No Wave disco experiments as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L were light years ahead of their time and created the template for New York’s dance-punk movement in the early …

Best New Music, KCRW Exclusive, mp3 Stream »

Song Premiere: The Frightnrs Cover Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,096 views]

It’s strange to hear a reggae remix of one of the most painful love songs of all time, but somehow The Frightnrs totally make it work — and makes me want to slow dance with my head on someone’s shoulder…on a Caribbean beach…at midnight…with a full moon shining down on us.
No matter what you’ve been through in your life as far as love and …

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Fandom: The Very Best on Gramps Morgan

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,310 views]

On the final day of their North American tour, The Very Best visited KCRW to record a live session in our studio which will air next month.
After the set, I asked the Malawian singer, Esau Mwamwaya, about what music he is spinning to keep his spirits up on tour.
He immediately replied, “Gramps Morgan!” — the keyboardist for the reggae band Morgan Heritage.
The band formed in …

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Fandom: Vetiver on Arve Henriksen

Posted June 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,752 views]
Andy Cabic by Terri Loewenthal

Andy Cabic has been playing under the name Vetiver for over a decade and the Bay Area-based musician released an excellent album called “Complete Strangers” earlier this year. He shares an artist he loves as part of our Fandom series!
“I am a fan of Arve Henriksen, the Norwegian trumpet player and composer.
His last album “The Nature Of Connections” is one I listen to …

LAMC, Pan Caliente »

LAMC Preview: Gepe

Posted June 22, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,442 views]

It’s no little known secret that a country once suffocated under a brutal dictatorship, has now experienced a cultural rebirth and contributed dozens of bands ranging from electro-pop fusions to hip-hop hybrids to indie-folk creations back out to the world.
In this resurgence, Chile’s music scene, despite all its facets, has valued artistic integrity above all. Musicians here seem to have an affinity for the …

Friday Free for All »

Friday Free For All: Janet Jackson x MANIK + A New Caribou Edit!

Posted June 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,785 views]
JJ1 Manik

Janet Jackson “JJ01 (MANIK Summer Refix)”
With an upcoming tour and an album in the works, the Summer of Janet is fast approaching.
In celebration of this fact (or maybe just coincidentally), LA-based producer MANIK has released the first of four edits of Ms. Jackson.

MANIK gives Janet Jackson’s 1986 classic, “What Have You Done For Me Lately” a DJ-friendly disco house edit, perfect for the summer …

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