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SXSW Wrap Up: How I Found Myself

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,413 views]

You know those kids who graduate college without needing to get a job right away and go backpack Europe for months on end in order to “find oneself”?
Well, it happens when you’re older too.
Really, being in your 30s is all about trying to find ways to make life more like college (read: SXSW = Spring Break) so I decided to wrap up my SXSW …

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DJ Anne Litt’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

Posted December 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,890 views]

1. Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City)
2. The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
3. The Acid – Liminal (Mute)
4. Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (Concord)
5. Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol)

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The New Basement Tapes; Video and Interview With Anne Litt

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,483 views]
The New Basement Tapes by Paul Moore. (From L to R: Taylor Goldsmith, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Anne Litt, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim James.)

For the uninitiated, The New Basement Tapes are a newly formed, one-off group of artists brought together by the legendary producer T Bone Burnett after he was personally given a box of lyrics written by Bob Dylan.
The lyrics came from a major writing session in 1967 , when Dylan invited some fellow musicians (who later became The Band) to upstate New York for some …

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Principles of Geometry: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 22, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,214 views]

“Behind the simplest things lie the deepest feelings.”
This is the motto behind French electronic duo Principles of Geometry’s latest aural salvo, “Meanstream“.
Following a trilogy of haunting full length releases that ended with 2012′s excellent, “Burn the Land and Boil the Oceans”, the mysterious duo ducked into the darkness of the studio for almost 2 years dreaming up their next gloriously trippy album for Joakim’s Tigersushi label.
A longtime …


Producer Collin’s SXSW Round Up

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,665 views]
Hotel Vegas

For many, the theme for  SXSW ’14 was the massive tipping point of huge corporate entities using even bigger pop stars to sell their products, pushing the 99% of artists out into the margins.
So, what better place to find the real goods than on those exact fringes of this fine TX city? Let’s start with:
BEST SXSW VENUE: Hotel Vegas. With one stage in the …

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RIP Adam Yauch. KCRW Pays Tribute to the Late Member of The Beastie Boys

Posted May 4, 2012 by | 5 Comments | 12,875 views]

Adam Yauch, aka MCA, of the Beastie Boys has been battling cancer since a 2009 diagnosis. The basement filled with heartbreak as the sad news of his passing came to us this morning. We grew up with him. It sucks getting old and seeing the icons of our youth meeting their end. The phones rang, a listener even requested a full hour tribute to …

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Photos: Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier

Posted September 7, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 4,152 views]
Tutu Sweeney and the Brothers Band by Brenda Janario

The last night in the 2011 Twilight Dance Series is THIS Thursday — the theme is “A Night in Treme” and it will be hosted by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole. Find details here!
The following photos, from photographer Brenda Janairo, were from Rock of the Bay – an evening to support Heal the Bay- with Tutu Sweeney & the Brothers Band; Nelson Marquez & The …

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Alela Diane & Wild Divine: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 3, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,445 views]

From KCRW DJ Anne Litt:
The first thing that caught me when I heard Alela Diane’s new album was her voice.  It is front and center as it should be. The second thing I noticed was the warm analog sounds that began to envelope me as I listened.  There’s something special about listening to a record that is toasty, real, organic and full of rich …

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Anna Waronker: Local Artist We Love

Posted April 1, 2011 by | 2 Comments | 5,777 views]

From KCRW DJ Anne Litt -
I didn’t set out to be the “chick record” reviewer at KCRW but somehow the records that have touched me the most lately have been the Sharon Van Etten’s, the Anna Calvi’s and the Anna Waronker’s of the world.
It may be because of their messages; these women have something important to say right now.
Anna’s album is at times …

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Anna Calvi: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 29, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,338 views]

From KCRW DJ Anne Litt:
When the record books are closed on 2011, Anna Calvi’s debut will be in top 10’s across the board.
She has the power and poetry of Patti Smith and the heartbreaking strength of Chrissy Hynde.
The album opens with an instrumental, which I love, and then moves into the moody sexiness of “No More Words.”
In interviews, she talks about singers like Edith …

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