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Friday Free For All: Tame Impala and Nuve

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 3,778 views]

Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
It seems hard to believe, but it’s been nearly three years since Tame Impala’s last studio album — “Lonerism” — came out.
Not that Kevin Parker has been sitting idly by in that time; between touring (and releasing the excellent Live Versions album last year (“Be Above It”  from that album is EPIC!), producing and collaborating on releases by Melody’s …

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Temples, Restructured Beyond (the Wizard’s Sleeve)

Posted January 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,849 views]

Erol Alkan and Richard Norris’ Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve project presaged the modern psych-rock explosion with their EPs of fuzzy, warm edits of glammy psych-outs.
Their time warp excursions felt (and still feel) like loopy trips to a Carnaby Street club that never switched formats just got weirder and weirder over time.
Temples , out of Kettering, UK, are cut from this cloth.
Their debut album “Sun Structures“ came out …

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Best Cover Songs of 2014

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 9,875 views]
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A great cover song can be a swift brushstroke that paints a moustache on the Mona Lisa.
Refreshing retouch, subversive statement or vandalism? All in your perspective but, either way, it forever changes the way you look at a work of art.
Here are the greatest retouches/statements/vandalisms from 2014:
1) Built To Spill — “Jokerman” (Bob Dylan cover)
Bob Dylan’s catalog has always been fertile ground for creating …

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KCRW’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 8,117 views]

For the last 7 years, Record Store Day has been celebrated the third Saturday in April.
While digital formats serve their undeniable purpose, it’s the vinyl record that manages to fuse artifact with art.
The vinyl record was invented by Emile Berliner and first marketed in 1889 and is still collected 125 years later.And thus, Record Store Day carves out its niche on every calendar as …

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Erol Alkan Takes Tame Impala “Be Above It” Above and Beyond

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,312 views]

Whether it be through his Phantasy label, DJing or production, Erol Alkan breathes pure dancefloor fire.
Now, he’s breathed twitchy acid vibes into Tame Impala’s already super trippy, breathy “Be Above It“.
It starts familiar enough but descends maddeningly into almost Broken-era Nine Inch Nails meets Surrender-era Chemical Brothers chaos, with the vocal loop swirling into whispery incantation amid a din of colliding drum loops. The track bubbles with acidic phrases and an …

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NEW Discodeine! Featuring Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala)!

Posted April 30, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,929 views]

Cédric Marszewski, aka Pilooski, has maintained a relatively low-profile since the 2011 release of Discodeine’s self-titled LP.
Then, out of the blue, a few hours ago VICE France premiered this brilliant animated video for a brand new Discodeine single, “Aydin.”
Featuring Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, the track features Piloo’s signature psychedelic chugger vibes with a combination of Disco strings and 80s New Wave 7″  synthline reminiscent of Thomas Dolby’s …

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Tame Impala Live on KCRW – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

Posted April 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 4,699 views]

It’s no secret that we love this Australian band. With two excellent albums under their belt, they continue to impress us with a live performance that puts everything we love on full display. Their dreamy, psychedelic rock stylings were meant to be played live. They simply killed it!
A lot of the songs for their sophomore album started while they were touring behind their debut …

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Review: Vive Latino!

Posted March 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,092 views]

KCRW’s Raul Campos spun a set at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico last weekend. We hear about some event highlights from KCRW volunteer Jose Alejandro Castillo:
Oh man! After a bumpy 4 hours (ish) flight we got to the great Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City for the Anglo-Saxons). Weather wasn’t definitely the greatest, specially at 5am, but we are way to stoked too care. …

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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums of 2/11/13

Posted February 14, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,463 views]

KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums of 2/11/13
1 TORO Y MOI == Anything In Return >> [Carpark]
2 TAME IMPALA == Lonerism >> [Modular]
3 FRIGHTENED RABBIT == Pedestrian Verse >> [Atlantic]
4 LOCAL NATIVES == Hummingbird >> [Frenchkiss Records]
5 CAYUCAS == Bigfoot – Sampler >> [Secretly Canadian]
6 CLARK, GARY, JR == Blak & Blu >> [Warner Bros.]
7 RHYE == Fall >> [Republic]

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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums for the Week of 1/14/2013

Posted January 16, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,996 views]

KCRW TOP 50 FOR WEEK OF 01/14/2013
1 TORO Y MOI == Anything In Return >> [Carpark]
2 RA RA RIOT == Beta Love >> [Barsuk Records]
3 FLAKO == Eclosure Ep >> [Five Easy Pieces]
4 TAME IMPALA == Lonerism >> [Modular]
5 NOSAJ THING == Home >> [Innovative Leisure]
6 POOLEY, IAN == What I Do >> [Pooled Music]
7 LOCAL NATIVES == Hummingbird – Sampler >> [Frenchkiss Records]
8 …

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